May 7 Rummage Drop off/Set up 10:00 - 3:00 May 8 Rummage Drop off/Set up 4:00 - 7:00 Choir Rehearsals 6:00/7:15 p.m. May 9 Rummage/Bake Sale 8:00 - 5:00 May 10 Rummage/Bake Sale 8:00 - 2:00 May 12 Mother's Day Sunday School sings during worship Chimes Articles are Due. May 13 Ladies' Fellowship 7:00 p.m. Guest Speaker - Kirstin Sterk May 14 MLG Meeting 6:00 p.m. April 15 Choir Rehearsals 6:00/7:15 p.m. May 19 CROP Walk Sunday School Mini CROP Walk May 27 Memorial Day - Church Office Closed
Graduation Sunday: We will honor all of our graduates on Sunday, June 9th. If you or someone you know has graduated from high school, technical school, college, etc., please call the church office or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 26th with the graduate’s name, school and future plans, so we can include them on a bulletin insert.
Strengthen the Church Special Offering June 9, 2019
The Strengthen the Church offering supports the expansion of ministry and growth of UCC local congregations. Your support of this offering will help the UCC fulfill its commitment to creating a just world for all by investing in new ministries and practices that meet the emerging needs of local communities.
In 2018, your support:
Increased church vitality by awarding 12 grants totaling $350,000 through the New and Renewing Spiritual Communities program.
Ensured excellence in ministry through the completion of the Habakkuk group and the Manual on Ministry
Worked to alleviate poverty through the Adese Fellowship program for spiritual entrepreneurship.
Strengthened your local church through the services provided by the UCC Conference.
Please join us in planting the seeds needed to grow and sustain our denomination by making a gift to the Strengthen the Church offering.
When 20-year-old Hunter Shamatt lost his wallet while traveling to a wedding last fall, he assumed its contents — including $60 in cash — were gone forever. But not only did someone return the wallet and everything inside it; the good Samaritan also added money. “I rounded your cash up to an even $100 so you can celebrate getting your wallet back,” read a note signed with the initials TB.
Hunter’s mom, who posted a photo of the note on Facebook, said her faith in humanity was restored. The world’s “not as grim as it’s being made out to be,” Jeannie Shamatt wrote.
Like the good Samaritan in Luke 10:25-37, “TB” — who turned out to be Todd Brown of Omaha — went above and beyond in expressing kindness to a stranger. May we do likewise, bandaging one another’s wounds, providing comfort, sacrificing our resources and showing mercy, all in Jesus’ name.
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Welcome Rev. Dr. David Moffett-Moore Transitional Pastor
Grace and peace! I am honored to accept the call to be your Transitional Minister and look forward to serving you during this transitional period. In the coming months I will have a column in The Chimes on our process and priorities, but this month I thought I would just introduce myself.
I grew up in small towns in central Indiana, one of five children in Methodist parsonages. I earned my Bachelor of Arts at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, where my parents met. I’ve been working since I was 11: mowing yards, shoveling walks, delivering newspapers, writing for the local newspaper, working in factories and farms. My first job after college was as a loan collector for a consumer finance agency.
Two years after college, I entered the ministry. I have served 8 churches in three states and two denominations: 15 years as United Methodist and 20 years as United Church of Christ. I was Spiritual Formation Program Director for a Roman Catholic retreat center and worked for Mennonite Mutual Aid. Between being UMC and UCC, I spent a decade in the financial services industry, earning Chartered Financial Consultant, Registered Investment Advisor and Registered Financial Principal designations. I’ve written seven books and have taught Psychology and Philosophy at several regional campuses. I’ve a Ph. D. in Celtic Spirituality and a D.Min. in Spirituality and Psychology.
It’s a second marriage for Becki and I; we’ve been together 23 years. Together we have four grown children in four different time zones. We have five grandsons and one granddaughter, with two more grandsons on the way. Becki has a Masters in Ceramic Art, taught at a Community College in Illinois, and was an Advanced Master Gardener in Indiana – ask about her deer proof garden! She grew up in the shadow of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.
This is a little bit about me; I look forward to getting to know you in the coming months. We do have work to do, but first let’s get to know each other!
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