This Week – April 20, 2017


We open ourselves to God’s Spirit in worship, prayer and study, holding each other
in community and encouraging one another to grow in the Spirit.
We reach out in generosity and compassion to the people around us.

Sunday, April 23, 2017 – Easter
9:15 a.m. Sunday School
Adult Choir Rehearsal
10:15 a.m. Worship

Scripture: Psalm 78: 1-7; 12-25, Luke 24: 13-32
Sermon: “Rewriting for Clarity”
Serving Our Church This Sunday:
Liturgist: Tom Okonek
Greeter: Evan Ramstad

Dessert of the Month Fundraiser


Twelve bakers from Chapel Hills will once again be honing their
culinary skills by creating twelve delectable desserts.

Tickets are On-Sale NOW… $5 per ticket or $20 for 5 tickets

We are in the process of securing the bakers.
Do you have a favorite dessert you’d like to make??
Please sign-up in the Narthex if you’re interested in making & sharing a dessert.

The Chimney!
As you enter the building from the parking lot, you may have noticed a new item in the garden area: bricks from the chimney. The winter left the brickwork in bad repair. Discussions are under way about the repair and boiler system. Stay tuned for news and an invitation to a discussion.

Lost & Found
We have accumulated a variety of “Left Behind Items” (sweaters, hats, gloves, coffee cups, etc.). Please stop by and claim your belongings. Items will be on display for two weeks. After that, we will donate or discard them.

The Sanctuary Looked Beautiful on Easter Sunday!

flowers A special thanks to the following people who ordered & shared an array of Easter flowers with us…  Ginny Abullarade, Doug & Meredith Allen, Gene & Nancy Booker, Bob Huber & Chris Solso, Scott & Marj Johnson, Marilynn Krekelberg, Michelle Liebl, Peggy Loving, Bob Lucas & Heidi Schellhas, Caroline Mast, Alan & Barb McNamara, Ron Molony & Stephanie Tesch, Nancy Norris-Weber, Tom & Barb Okonek, Jackie Onischuk, Evan Ramstad, John & Annette Ronan, Pam Rypkema, Waid Whatley & Carol Abullarade

youarehereOne Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) Offering
We will receive the One Great Hour of Sharing offering on Sunday, April 30th. OGHS Supports partners in countries with ministries that fund health, education and agricultural development, emergency relief, refugee ministries and both international and domestic disaster response, administered by Wider Church Ministries, Global Sharing of Resources. Checks can be made payable to Chapel Hills UCC, write OGHS on the memo line.

Building Task Force • Remodel Discussion
Sunday, April 30th – Following Worship

When we met as a congregation to brainstorm and prioritize improvements to the building, the top two were repainting the outside (lose the pink) and address the upstairs restrooms:  fully accessible and nicer appearance and try to expand capacity. The painting is finished. The first sketches of the proposals for renovating and adding bathrooms on the first floor and putting a usable sink in the north classroom are also finished. Take a look. These are only preliminary ideas and we talk about the preliminary sketches following Worship on April 30 to develop the best plan before seeking funding and bids.

bookMay Book Club – Sunday, May 21st
We chose A Good Time for the Truth, Race in Minnesota for our May Book Club Discussion.

In this provocative book, sixteen of Minnesota’s best writers provide a range of perspectives on what it is like to live as a person of color in Minnesota. They give readers a splendid gift: the gift of touching another human being’s inner reality, behind masks and veils and politeness. They bring us generously into experiences that we must understand if we are to come together in real relationships.

Minnesota communities struggle with some of the nation’s worst racial disparities. As its authors confront and consider the realities that lie beneath the numbers, this book provides an important tool to those who want to be part of closing those gaps.

“Breaking Bread”
Second Sunday of Easter

Food and churches are a universal combination. Breaking bread together is something we all do, no matter who we are as a congregation and where we are on our journeys. Eating something made for us, something that comes from a person’s background, is a way of sharing ourselves. Recipes and foods represent history and tradition and experiences. A pot luck is a kind of revelation: just as breaking bread with Jesus revealed the risen Lord to the disciples, so does bringing a covered dish to a church event reveal something about us to each other.

Many of our UCC congregations represent the cultural and ethnic geographies in which they exist. You can tell where you are by what they serve you after church. If you are served lots of vegetarian dishes and fish tacos then you are probably in California.  Pork and oysters? In 1871 the Christian Church in Carversville, Pennsylvania, held its first Oyster Pork Supper. Today, the Carversville Christian Church UCC still hosts those dinners, and every October they fry over 1,800 oysters and cook at least 23 delectable pork roasts for a community feast and fundraiser. Elsewhere in Pennsylvania, traditional Welsh churches still fry Welsh cookies on electric griddles, and Pennsylvania Dutch churches still make shoe fly pie and apple dumplings. Just south of Minneapolis, in Faribault, you can get yourself a great ham supper, complete with home-made potato salad and baked beans.

In all this eating and stirring and washing up, the ordinary work of the church is often accomplished. It is the work of being together in genuine love and recognition of the worth of all people, no matter who we are—especially when it includes dessert!

Looking Ahead
April 22 Cooks of Chapel Hills – Midwest Supper Club
April 25 Tai Chi – 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
April 26 Tai Chi – 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Adult Choir Rehearsal – 7:30 p.m.
April 30 Remodel & Chimney Discussion – Following Worship
One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) Offering

Worship This Sunday
Scripture: Psalm 78: 1-7; 12-25, Luke 24: 13-32
Sermon: “Rewriting for Clarity”

Garrison Keillor once use the Gospel Reading for this morning as one of the stories on Prairie Home Companion. He commented, as I usually do, that the other disciple with Cleopas is probably Mrs. Cleopas. Luke is nervous about naming her. The two disciples are mourning and are angry. They mourn the loss of the friend and teacher. They are angry at Jesus because their hopes have been dashed. They are angry at those who killed him.

• Have you found yourself both grieving and angry when someone close to you dies?
• Can you imagine that some people might have both those feelings?
• What did you do to find healing?
• Are you still looking for that healing?
• How believable is this story of the way these disciples found healing?
• What kept their eyes from seeing? Or is it who kept their eyes from seeing?

Almighty God, who in Your great mercy made glad the disciples with the sight of the risen Lord: give us such knowledge of His presence with us, that we may be strengthened and sustained by His risen life and serve You continually in righteousness and truth: through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.