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1 Midday Prayer/Meditation Noon

Foreign Relations Luncheon    Noon

2 Literacy Class Orientation 6:00 pm

  Voices of Soul Rehearsal 6:30 pm

5   Worship          10:15 am


  Choir       9:00 am

Church School for All Ages       9:15 am

Chinese School       1:30 pm

7 Diaconate       6:30 pm

CE Board       7:00 pm

8 Midday Prayer/Meditation       Noon

9 Foreign Relations Luncheon      Noon

Literacy Class      6:00 pm

Voices of Soul Rehearsal      6:30 pm

12 Worship               10:15 am

Choir            9:00 am

   Church School for All Ages          9:15 am

   Chinese School 1:30 pm

  African American History Concert 6:00 pm

15   Midday Prayer/Mediation Noon

  Foreign Relations Luncheon Noon

16  Women's Lunch @ El Bandito's    11:45 am

18   Men's Breakfast @ Bluebird        8:00 am   

19 Worship            10:15 am

Choir      9:00 am

Church School for All Ages      9:15 am

Confirmation Discussion        11:00 am

Confirmation Class    11:30 am

Chinese School                1:30 pm

African American History Concert 6:00 pm

21 Stewardship      4:00 pm

Membership Board      5:30 pm

Trustees      7:00 pm

22 Midday Prayer/Mediation        Noon

Foreign Relations Luncheon       Noon

23 Literacy Class      6:00 pm

Voices of Soul Rehearsal      6:00 pm

26 Worship        10:15 am

Choir      9:00 am

Church School for All Ages      9:15 am

Confirmation Class     11:30 am

Chinese School       1:30 pm


Join us for worship on Sunday, February 19, at 10:15 a.m.


This morning we conclude a series of readings from the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus tells a parable and all who listen are astonished, even shocked. Jesus does say surprising things and calls us to act on what we here in ways that are often shocking as well.


Scripture Lessons:        Deuteronomy 11:18-21, 26-28; Matthew 7: 24-29

Sermon:     “A Shocking Sermon”

The Rev. William Lovin preaching


Anthem:    “Draw Us in the Spirit’s Tether”    Dearmer/Friedell


This morning during the 9:15 a.m. adult education time, the Mission Board continues its 6-week program on racism. The title is: “Does Racism Require Intent?” It will be explored using the “White Privilege—Let’s Talk” curriculum published by the national office of the United Church of Christ in 2016:


This series reflects the urgency in our church and in our society to address divisiveness related to “whiteness” and “otherness” which continue to undermine the Christian values of equality for all that we in the UCC have long cherished, even from the days of the Amistad.


Attendant to the curriculum, readings will be available though not required. We had an excellent turnout for discussion of this topic last January-February and hope that this new series will build on that and lead us to ways to act as allies against ”otherness” in our individual and societal lives. 


On Sunday evening at 6:00 p.m., Aura Strohschein, a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate in piano performance and pedagogy at the University of Iowa, will offer a second performance of spirituals and protest songs in honor of Black History Month. This material is different from last Sunday’s concert. The performance is free and open to all.


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Free parking at the Iowa Memorial Union Ramp (Park east end of the 4th level for a one block walk.)

No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here.

Nursery care is provided during worship for the youngest children. Children through grade 4 may stay in worship through the children's message and then go to Children's Church. Older children and youth are encouraged to remain in worship. Join us after worship for good (Fair Trade) coffee and great conversation in Rockwood Hall.

9:15 Christian education for all ages
10:15 Worship for everyone

Our Mission


Whoever you are, where ever you are on life's journey you are welcome here. 

The Congregational United Church of Christ is an “Open and Affirming” congregation. 

We know, with Paul, that as Christians, we are many members, but are one body in Christ, members of one another, and that we all have different gifts. With Jesus, we affirm that we are called to love our neighbors as ourselves, that we are called to act as agents of reconciliation and wholeness within the world and within the Church itself. We recognize the presence of ignorance, fear and hatred in the Church and in our culture, and covenant to not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, nor any other irrelevant factor, and we seek to include and support those who, because of this fear and prejudice, find themselves in exile from a spiritual community. 

We welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people to worship with us, join our congregation, and take an active role in our leadership, ministry, and mission.  

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