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Useful QUICK Links

Below are some links that may be useful for those who want to participate in the variety of online opportunities being offered during the COVID19 pandemic. Simply click on the link to join or view the event you’re interested in. VIRTUAL SURVEY – COVID-19 have changed many of our lives in a variety of ways. […]

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Singing Advent

As we journey deeper into Advent and towards Christmas, the northern hemisphere also moves more deeply into the darkness of winter. The winter solstice and the longest night are just days prior to Christmas. Because we do not know the actual historical date of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, early church leaders chose a […]

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11/30 News and Opportunities

The Church Council reviews the current Covid situation on a regular basis to help set recommendations for our various gatherings. At the last Council meeting it was decided that we will continue to register people in the case we need to contact people who attended an activity where they may have been exposed. (We actually […]

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Singing Advent

When we head into our preparations for Christmas and think of music we often jump right into “Silent Night” and “Joy to the World” and “Away in a Manger.” Those are great for Christmas. But we miss out on some of the richness of the Advent music. If the church were to be real sticklers […]

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Important Congregational Meeting

Planning is underway for our 2023 budget. Due to declining pledges and the downturn in the financial markets, we are experiencing a budget shortfall and cuts will likely need to be made. Your Business Affairs board has called for a Congregational Meeting to be held following Worship on December 4 in the Parlor. The meeting will also be offered via Zoom. The purpose […]

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Dusting Off

Like many of you, as the seasons change, I pull out different clothing for the changing weather. I keep a couple of containers in our storage room to hold the t-shirts and shorts that will not be needed during the winter months. Come Spring, I’ll pull those out and replace them with the sweaters and […]

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Voting

The first year I was eligible to vote was a presidential election year. I was excited to go to the polls which were located in the lobby of my alma mater. I was proud to be returning to the lobby of the high school from which I had graduated the previous May to do a […]

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Connections

“In the same way, though there are many of us, we are one body in Christ, and individually we belong to each other.”—Romans 12:5 (CEB) There’s been a whole lot of connections going on lately and I’m loving it! A couple of weeks ago, a group of UCC clergy from all across central and western […]

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The Spirituality of the Offering Plate

You may have seen the note in this newsletter indicating that we’re bringing the offering plates back and will be passing them for the offering during worship. Just one more little step back into some of the normal routine of “before.”  It feels a bit like we’re welcoming back an old friend, or at least […]

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Boots

I now have my dad’s dress “cowboy” or western boots. They don’t fit anyone in our house but, I have them. It goes back to a sabbatical discovery that my riding boots didn’t have enough cushion to keep my aging, falling-arches, losing-fat-pads-on-my-sole feet from hurting in the stirrups. While visiting my mom, I mentioned that […]

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