This Week – February 9, 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.

lentSunday, February 12, 2017
9:15 a.m. Sunday School
Adult Choir Rehearsal
10:15 a.m. Worship

Scripture: Matthew 5: 17-37
Sermon: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Reconciliation

Serving Our Church This Sunday:
Liturgist: Evan Ramstad

Talk With, and To, Us About Getting Things Done
Message, Mission, Music, Meals and Hospitality are the five qualities we value at Chapel Hills.

Our current “structure” is not designed around those activities. We have been working on a model to incorporate those 5 into our “structure” and bring us into alignment with our current activities and practices.

We have a proposal to set before you at the Annual meeting for your comments and suggestions. We wish to share that proposal prior to the meeting so that you have some time to consider it. Following worship THIS Sunday, February 12, we invite you to take a look at our suggestions and tell us what you think. Copies of the proposal are included with the weekly news.

Cooks of Chapel Hills – Israeli/Palestinian Cuisine
Join us on Saturday, February 11th for an evening of great food and fellowship. Sign-up to attend… sign-up to host… sign-up if you need a ride. ALL are welcome! Questions?? Call Ann Derby.

February Book Club – A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
All are welcome to join the conversation on Sunday, February 12th – Following Worship.

We’ll take a few minutes following worship to get a cup of coffee/tea and then we’ll meet in the north classroom upstairs.

Blessing of the Cookies
Thanks to everyone who provided cookies and treats for our college students and homebound friends.  On Saturday, February 4th, the group of folks pictured below packed fifteen boxes that were shipped to college students in seven states.  Six smaller packages were hand-delivered to our homebound friends.
Pictured (left to right):  Marilynn Krekelberg, Pat Heiman, Chris Solso, Barb McNamara, Caroline Mast, Rachel Olson, and Alan McNamara.  Not Pictured (behind the camera): Laura Feierabend

“From the Heart”
Sixth Sunday after Epiphany

People talk about core values. Businesses gather employees and consultants and make lists and cover walls with sticky notes.  Mission statements emerge. Vision Plans are articulated and those core values finally get whittled down. Churches do this.  Conferences do this. Our denomination has done this.  Jesus did it.  In chapter 5 of Matthew’s Gospel Jesus lays out the core values for his community of disciples.

These values reflect the practices of early Christian churches.

Does your church have a list of core values?  Many UCC churches list their Core Values on their web sites.  Some of those values are what you might expect, like sharing the Gospel, praying together, following Jesus, being open and affirming, and some have something on their list that is a little different from the others, but they all seem to have Matthew, chapter 5 as their inspiration.  Here are some interesting core values from our family of churches:

  • Fellowship with open communication – Christ Church UCC in Bethlehem, PA
  • Celebrating life with others – Community Congregational UCC, Benicia, CA
  • Fun and Joy – Grace UCC, Lancaster, PA
  • Relationship building with the community – First United Church, Tampa FL
  • To learn from our past…– Ledyard Congregational UCC, Ledyard, CT
  • We value questioning… – Cedar Hills UCC, Portland, OR
  • Share our stories – Congregational Church Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, MI
  • Provide a safe and encouraging environment – Immanuel UCC, Louisville, KY
  • To stretch themselves – Archwood UCC, Cleveland, OH
  • Reflect into the World – Austin Congregational UCC, Austin, MN

Looking Ahead
February 11 Cooks of Chapel Hills – Israeli/Palestinian Cuisine
February 12 Governance “Structure” Meeting – Following Worship
Book Club – Following Worship (A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman)
February 14 Tai Chi – 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
February 15 Tai Chi – 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Adult Choir Rehearsal – 7:30 p.m.
February 18 House of Charity – Volunteers Needed
February 21 Tai Chi – 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
February 22 Tai Chi – 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Adult Choir Rehearsal – 7:30 p.m.
February 26 Annual Meeting – Following Worship
February 28 Tai Chi – 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Manor Homes of Edina – Annual Meeting

Worship This Sunday
Scripture: Matthew 5: 17-37
Sermon: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Reconciliation
Jesus has directed our eyes so we look for those who carry God’s blessing, then blessed us: you are salt and light. Now he begins to describe how we flavor and illuminate. Read Matthew 5: 17-37.
What is Jesus asking us to do? Have you been successful at doing those things?
Why do you think Jesus reinterprets Moses’ law? Wasn’t it good enough the first time around?
What is the impact on people of murder? Of divorce?  Of married people having sex with others?  Of lying to one another?
Give an example of where staying connected in a relationship overcame something negative like hate, hurt, or deception? Is love really greater?

‘Sin,’ he reflected, ‘is not what it is usually thought to be;
it is not to steal and tell lies. Sin is for one [person] to walk brutally over the life
of another and to be quite oblivious of the wounds [they] have left behind.

– Shūsaku Endō
We cannot merely pray to You, 0 God, to end war;
For we know that You have made the world in a way
That we must find our own path to peace
Within ourselves and with our neighbor.

– Jack Riemer

“Whenever you’re in conflict with someone, there is one factor
that can make the difference between damaging your relationship
and deepening it. That factor is attitude.”

– William James

“There are just some kind of men who–who’re so busy worrying
About the next world they’ve never learned to live in this one,
and you can look down the street and see the results.”

– Harper Lee

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.