This Week – June 7, 2018

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, June 10, 2018
10:15 a.m. Worship
11:15 a.m. Dessert of the Month Drawing

Scripture: Genesis 24, 25, 27 – selections
Sermon: “Rebekah”

Serving Our Church:
Liturgist: Susan Brauer
Greeters: Pat Heiman & Caroline Mast
Ushers: The Worship Team

Last Chance to Buy Tickets
Dessert of the Month Fundraiser

Get your tickets before this Sunday’s drawing! $5/ticket or $20/5 tickets.  Don’t miss this delicious opportunity!  We will draw 12 names on Sunday, June 10th (one dessert for each month).

House of Charity
Special thanks to Mark & Susan Brauer and Bob & Julie Guelich, who will be representing Chapel Hills at the House of Charity this Saturday, June 9th.

Recognizing our 2018 High School & College Graduates
Please email us the names of your graduates so we can acknowledge their well-deserved success. The church email address is:

Being Mortal – Book Group Discussion
BEING MORTAL by Atul Gawande is a book every aging American should read… and reread… and reflect on deeply and intentionally. Our 2nd discussion (chapters 5-8) will be on Sunday, June 10th – following worship. All are welcome to join the conversation.

Church Bylaws
We are in the process of revising our Church Bylaws. Copies of the current Bylaws, the proposed new Bylaws, and a summary of the changes are available at church. If you would like copies of any or all of those documents emailed or mailed to you, please let us know and we will send them.

Flowers from Your Garden
During the summer months we welcome and encourage folks to help brighten up the Sunday morning worship service by bringing fresh cut flowers from their gardens.

You may sign-up to bring flowers if it’s to celebrate a special occasion that you would like noted in the weekly news and the Sunday bulletin. Otherwise, just bring them!

Thanks in advance to those who will be sharing the beauty and abundance of summertime.

The Will of God
Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

People often talk about their church as their family, and it certainly can be that for people. We take care of each other. We share food. We go on trips together. We visit each other when we are sick. We pray for one another. These are all the warm and obvious ways we understand family. Jesus, however, ups the ante on his understanding of family. Jesus says that his family are those who do the “Will of God.” If Jesus was a bona fide current member of your congregation figuring out the Will of God (WOG) would be easy. You could just ask him. Today, however, there are many people who think they know exactly what that the WOG is, and all of them can’t be correct…can they? Even within our churches people disagree about what WOG looks like. But Jesus says that’s the only way you know who are in your family. What’s a church family member to do?

We could throw our arms up and say that since we can never know for sure about the WOG we shouldn’t even try to figure it out. But figuring it out, at least trying to, is what being a Congregationalist is all about. We are each of us called to interpret and study and discern God’s will for ourselves to be the best of our ability. Sometimes congregations call themselves to discern God’s will about their vision for the church or where God is calling them. Sometimes individuals or small groups get together in the same sort of discernment. It’s not a frivolous journey to take with others. It requires commitment and sincerity.

In service to small groups and congregations, the United Church of Christ has developed a resource for churches, small groups and individuals called a DISCERNMENT TRAVELOGUE. You can find it at the UCC resources section of Your Pastor may have some materials as well. Getting together with others in search of answers to life’s big questions, the direction of your own ministry, or the ministry of your congregation is an opportunity to develop deep spiritual bonds with people. The biggest commitment is agreeing that no one knows the answer before you start. Then, stepping out on that discernment limb together, is an adventure worth having. At some point, you’ll understand what Jesus meant about family. You may not uncover certainty but the WOG will feel more like a solid path under your feet and one that you travel with others. And, the congregational part of our heritage will glow with appreciation.

Looking Ahead
June 9 House of Charity
June 10 Pastoral Relations Meeting – 8:30 a.m.
Dessert of the Month Drawing
Book Group – Being Mortal (chapters 5-8) – Following Worship
July 1 Communion & VEAP Food Shelf Sunday

Worship This Sunday
Scripture: Genesis 24, 25, 27 selections
Sermon: “Rebekah”

Top 3 Hymn Selections: Morning Has Broken, Simple Gifts, Softly and Tenderly

Almighty God, you have taught us that all our doings without love are nothing worth: send your Holy Spirit and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of love, without which whoever lives is counted as dead before you. Amen.

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