This Week – March 1, 2018


Sunday, March 4, 2018
9:15 a.m. Choir Rehearsal
10:15 a.m. Worship/Communion

Scripture: Romans 12: 9-18, Matthew 5: 21-24
Sermon: “Turning Our Faces and Lives Around:
Seeking Reconciliation with Those We Hurt”

Serving Our Church:
Liturgist: Heidi Schellhas
Greeters: Barb & Tom Okonek
Ushers: Worship Team



New Monitor in Sanctuary
Hopefully folks are enjoying the new updated monitor in the sanctuary. In addition, the ability to automatically simulcast to a small monitor in the choir loft was also added. Donations to offset the cost are always appreciated. Simply make a check out to Chapel Hills and the word “Monitor” in the memo line. Any questions, please talk to Bob Guelich or Tom Okonek.

VEAP is a basic needs and social services organization whose programs promote access to healthy foods, stable housing and transportation. VEAP’s programs are designed to address a particular need and when used together provide hope and can help avoid a financial crisis such as loss of housing, transportation or employment. Whether the hardship is from a disability, job transition, or the financial and physical stresses of aging, VEAP has been helping our neighbors in need for over 40 years.

Don’t forget about the March Food and Fund Drive. Our goal at Chapel Hills is to raise 650 pounds of food along with $312 dollars in support of VEAP’s overall goal of a 100,000 pounds/$150,000. Make a check donation out to Chapel Hill’s and simply referencing “VEAP March Drive” in the memo line or simply drop some change in the VEAP Bucket in the narthex. Food donations will be accepted all month so give a lot, give often and the heavier the better! One last note. You can be sure your donation is being put to good use by VEAP given their 4 Star Rating by Charity Navigator (highest rating possible).

hahahahaMark your calendar… Joke Sunday

A Lenten Tradition
March 11th

Alan is ready to receive jokes and cartoons. Send him your material via email.

Next Book Club is Sunday, March 11th
Our selection for March is…
The Last Week: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus’s Final Days in Jerusalem
by Marcus J. Borg, John Dominic Crossan

Everyone is welcome to join us following worship on Sunday, March 11th. We’ll take a few minutes to get a cup of coffee/tea and then we’ll meet in the north classroom upstairs.

We are accepting Enduring Fund grant proposals through April 30, 2018.

Printed copies of the application are in the Narthex. We can also send them to you electronically… just ask!

Enduring Fund Committee: Jerry Kerr, Stephanie Tesch, Waid Whatley

Easter Flowers


Add beauty and color to the sanctuary on Easter Sunday.
Choices this year: Easter Lily (white), Oriental Lily (pink),
Hydrangeas (blue or pink), and Azaleas (pink, lavender, salmon, or white).
Sign-up in the Narthex – last day to order is Sunday, March 18th.

Palm Sunday Breakfast
Sunday, March 25th @ 9:15 a.m.
Plan on attending this delicious breakfast. Sign-up sheet is in the Narthex.


“Beautiful Law”
Third Sunday in Lent

Amistad Sunday/UCC Women’s Week

Branded like animals, chained naked together, hundreds of human beings crammed into a tiny space and rowed across the Atlantic with a bucket for human waste and little food or air – such was the brutality of the Middle Passage. The “Middle Passage” is the name given to the journey by ships forced on to millions of human beings kidnapped and brought from Africa to the Americas. Many died and those who survived were sold as slaves into a world far from their homes. It was on one such ship that a slave named Sengbe Pieh found a file – given to him or left behind by a female slave and with it he sawed through his leg iron. He then freed others and led a revolt above decks. It was 1839 and such is one piece of the story of the ship slave ship called the Amistad.

We in the United Church of Christ remember that story because our past is tied to its events, and reflects how deep are our roots in the cause of freedom and equality for all. Sengbe Pieh and his fellow slaves were arrested and charged with murder and their case was tried and won in the Supreme Court by John Quincy Adams and the tireless work of many others, including prominent Congregationalists. Abolitionists of all colors gathered around in support of the slaves of the Amistad. The American Missionary Association was organized in 1846 by Congregational and Presbyterian abolitionists who had been active in support of the Amistad defendants. Twenty-five years later the AMA chartered seven colleges for the education of African American students: Berea College, in Kentucky; Fisk University, in Tennessee; Atlanta University, in Georgia; Hampton Institute, in Virginia; Talladega College, in Alabama; Tougaloo University, in Mississippi; Straight University, now known as Dillard, in Louisiana. They helped establish Howard University. Originally established to train teachers, these schools had trained over 7000 black teachers by 1888.

The AMA itself long ago folded itself into other associations including the United Church Board for Homeland Ministries and further into our denominational restructure in 2000. But its mission to support the empowerment of black Americans through education has helped create generations of black leaders whose articulate and powerful presence continues to make our country and world a better place; a freer place. Sengbe Piah didn’t just free himself and his companions. What he did started many people thinking differently about slavery and grew beyond what he might have imagined filing away at his leg irons in the hold of the Amistad.

Maundy Thursday o Dinner & Worship Service

Thursday, March 29th @ 6:30 p.m.
Bring a favorite dish to share – bread and beverages will be provided.
Sign-up sheet is in the Narthex.


Looking Ahead
March 2 A Toast to VEAP Fund Raiser
March 3 House of Charity
March 5 Worship Team Meeting – 5:30 p.m.
March 6 Tai Chi – 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
March 7 Adult Choir Rehearsal – 7:30 p.m.
March 10 House of Charity
March 11 Daylight Saving Time Begins
Joke Sunday
Book Club – Following Worship
March 13 Tai Chi – 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
March 14 Adult Choir Rehearsal – 7:30 p.m.
March 18 Last Sunday to Order Easter Flowers
March 20 Tai Chi – 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
March 21 Church Council Meeting – 6:30 p.m.
Adult Choir Rehearsal – 7:30 p.m.
March 25 Palm Sunday
March 27 Tai Chi – 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
March 28 Adult Choir Rehearsal – 7:30 p.m.
March 29 Maundy Thursday Dinner and Worship – 6:30 p.m.
April 1 Easter Sunday

Worship This Sunday
Scripture: Romans 12: 9-18Matthew 5: 21-24
Sermon: “Turning Our Faces and Lives Around: Seeking Reconciliation with Those We Hurt”


Jesus set his face toward Jerusalem and went that way, stopping to teach and heal but never losing sight of his journey’s end. So set our face toward you, O God. Give us the grace to stop and respond to human need and the wisdom to not lose sight of our goal. Amen.