This Week – January 24, 2019

Sunday, January 27, 2019
9:30 a.m. Adult Choir Rehearsal
10:15 a.m. Worship

Scripture: Selections from the Gospels
Sermon: “Gift or Task or Both: Joy”

Serving Our Church:
Liturgist: Amanda Kerr
Greeters: The Guelichs & Solso-Hubers
Ushers: The Worship Team

Annual Meeting
The Annual Meeting will be on Sunday, February 10th following worship. Please plan on attending.

Teams and committees are in the process of putting together reports and developing spending and program plans for this year.

Special Offering
American Indian Community Development Corporation (AICDC)

Last Sunday we heard from Mike Goze, director of the American Indian Community Development Corporation (AICDC). He described the ways AICDC is involved in the Navigation Center run by Simpson Housing. The Navigation Center is the location in Minneapolis that serves as the “replacement” for the encampment that existed on Hiawatha Ave. You can read about the Navigation Center here.

The AICDC has folks on the ground in the tents to help with services and counseling and transitional assistance. Mike reminded us that the folks who live in this Center have no storage space, so donating clothing or other items is not feasible as a way to offer assistance. He suggested the more traditional sites such as Goodwill or Salvation Army. The AICDC provides people vouchers for those places to buy necessities when they move from the tents to more permanent housing: the goal that Simpson, AICDC, and of course Minneapolis, has for these folks. If you wish to contribute to the work AICDC is doing you may do so by writing a check to Chapel Hills and putting AICDC on the memo line.

Cooks of Chapel Hills
Sign-up Sheet is in the Narthex

ONA Affirmation Statement
The deadline to submit your electronic signature is this Friday, January 25th.
Anyone who attends Chapel Hills and wants to sign the affirmation may do so. Those who are unable to attend in the next few weeks (home-bound? college students? away for the season?) may send their signature electronically.

Here’s How:
• sign a blank (unruled) piece of paper
• using a ballpoint pen (black ink – medium point)
• scan your signature or take a photo and
• email it to Chapel Hills (
• deadline to submit your signature is Friday, January 25

The electronic signatures must be added before the document is printed. Once it is printed on paper, the document will be available in the narthex for people who are able to sign in person.

Good News, Good Ways
Third Sunday After Epiphany

Health and Human Services Sunday

Across the country there is an epidemic. An epidemic that is killing our people and devastating communities. The reach of this crisis can be felt deep inside many of our congregations. It is the ongoing soul-emptying and family-destroying plague of opioid addiction. The UCC has ministries and congregations that offer support and various services to those affected. Our Council for Health and Human Services Ministry (CHHSM) is planning to offer a resolution at General Synod in July 2019 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Resolutions offered at General Synods have the effect of focusing our advocacy and energy toward legislative and public stances around those issues important to all of us. This is no exception. When Jesus stood up in that synagogue two thousand years ago and proclaimed himself sent to heal the brokenhearted and preach the Gospel to the poor, he could have been standing at the door of a family devastated by addiction. How will this resolution ask us to respond to this crisis?

CHHSM leadership plans that the resolution will call us all to act on advocating for better access to treatment and to call attention to how the pharmaceutical companies have contributed to the problem. It is a resolution that calls for comfort and aid to those afflicted and to afflict the powerful of the world with condemnation for their part in human suffering.

This two-part resolution would highlight the fact that treatment for this addiction is costly and access is limited. Without some action access will get more difficult. And, the resolution would call out the unethical marketing of drugs like oxycodone, hydrocodone, fentanyl and other such prescription pain relievers.

Did you know that according to the National Institute at least 115 people die every day from opioid overdoses? There are medications for opioid addiction, but their availability is limited. In addition, there is a call abroad in the land for drug companies to stop marketing these opiates to doctors recognizing that over prescribing them is part of the problem.

Perhaps this resolution, now in the process of being created, will come before our General Synod and prod all of us to work together to bring healing to those brokenhearted and broken bodied. This is a way we can continue to create a “Just World for All.”

Looking Ahead
January 27 Confirmation – Following Worship
January 30 Adult Choir Rehearsal – 7:30 p.m.
February 3 Communion/VEAP Food Shelf Sunday
February 4 Worship Team Meeting – 5:30 p.m.
February 6 Adult Choir Rehearsal – 7:30 p.m.
February 10 Annual Meeting – Following Worship
Confirmation – Following Worship
February 13 Adult Choir Rehearsal – 7:30 p.m.
February 20 Adult Choir Rehearsal – 7:30 p.m.
February 24 Confirmation – Following Worship
February 27 Adult Choir Rehearsal – 7:30 p.m.
March 3 Jazz Worship Service/Communion/VEAP Food Donations

Worship This Sunday
Scripture: Selections from the Gospels
Sermon: “Gift or Task or Both: Joy”

The fruit of the spirit is love and then joy? It is not striking to me that Paul begins with love. I have heard 1 Corinthians 13 read many times and I know that the greatest of these is love. Or as I prefer, the greatest of these is charity. But joy? Why not obedience: do what God tells you. Or what Paul tells you? Is joy part of your life? Do you wish joy was part of your life? Or like me, when joy is not always present will you settle for a sense of humor and the ability to laugh first at yourself and then at others?

May the light of God give us hope and the Power of God protect us.
May the light of God give us joy and the Peace of God calm us.
May the Light of God give us faith and the Grace of God fill us
this day and forevermore. Amen.

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