Sunday Events and Some News

This weeks’ update is an announcement about church this Sunday. It is a busy day here and want to make sure everyone knows of our important programs. And, I also have included information about an event in which the UCC is in the news.

Pancake Breakfast: The Pilgrim Fellowship Youth Group will be serving a pancake breakfast before worship on Sunday. They will be serving between 8:45 and 9:45. This is a fundraiser for their Christmas Adopt A Family program—they are going to be working all year to prepare to help needy families at Christmas. Please come to support their cause and have a good breakfast with friends.

Labyrinth: The labyrinth is an ancient Christian spiritual practice. A form of walking meditation, the labyrinth is a design on the floor that one follows with an attitude of prayer to help uncover deeper levels of one’s own spirituality. We will have a canvas labyrinth in our church this Sunday as part of our Lenten season. At 11:30 AM I will lead a workshop on walking the labyrinth. The church will also be open from 6:00-8:00 PM for anyone to come and walk the labyrinth on their own.

One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS): As a special offering for the United Church of Christ, OGHS provides funding to help people better their lives around the world. It is an important opportunity to fund worldwide missions that provide educational, health, agricultural and disaster relief efforts. On Sunday there will be special envelopes in our church bulletin to contribute to this offering.

UCC, IRS, and Obama: You may have seen news reports that the Internal Revenue Service is investigating the tax-exempt status of the United Church of Christ for possible violation of rules governing electoral politics and 501c3 organizations. This is because Sen. Barack Obama addressed the denomination’s General Synod this past summer. The UCC national office denies any wrongdoing in this speech by a member of our denomination. Sen. Obama belongs to Trinity UCC in Chicago. You can learn more about this issue at http://www.ucc.org/news/obama-speech-in-2007-prompts-1.html. The UCC is also soliciting contributions for the defense of this investigation that is estimated to cost $100,000 or more.

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