Month: October 2018

The Little Things (Sermon for October 28, 2018)

Today is Reformation Sunday. It’s a weird little holiday in Protestant churches. There are no greeting cards or mattress sales or big family dinners. But some Lutherans make a big deal out of it. And some Reformed churches make a big deal out of it. And some Anglicans make a big deal out of it.

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Christmas Program Practice Begins Sunday, November 11!

This year’s children’s Christmas Program will be held during worship on Sunday, December 16th. And rehearsals start soon! There are different options for participating for different age groups: Children 4 years old through 6th grade can participate in the program. Rehearsals for that group begin on Sunday, November 11th, and will be held on Sundays before

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Love and Judgement (Sermon for October 21, 2018)

It is election season. I know this because I haven’t seen a commercial for a product in weeks. Instead, I’ve seen commercials for people: Fred Hubbell and Kim Reynolds and Dave Loebsack. And, because I live on the Iowa-Illinois border, J.B. Pritzker and Bruce Rauner. And I’m ready for it to be over. I never

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Visioning Update

As you may know, First Congregational United Church of Christ is in the midst of a visioning process. For the last couple of months, members of the Church Council have been interviewing members of the church asking a handful of questions: Tell a story about a time in the life of the church that was

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Youth Trick-or-Treating for the Referral Center

Help the DeWitt Referral Center this Halloween! Seventh through twelfth graders are invited to join us to trick-or-treat for food and paper items on Saturday, October 27th, from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. After trick-or-treating, we’ll enjoy pizza. Then, we’ll head to Stanwood for Terror in the Timber! We’ll wrap up around 9pm. Contact Shannon Edwards or

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Being Seen (Sermon for October 14, 2018)

This Sunday, my wife Mariah and I had a pulpit exchange. That means that I preached at her church (Church of Peace United Church of Christ in Rock Island, Illinois) and she preached here. Her sermon in below. Also she uses a poem in the sermon. Due to copyright, we can’t reprint that here, but there’s

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Support the Referral Center with a Regular Donation

First Congregational United Church of Christ does a great job of supporting our local Referral Center. Four months a year, we collect goods for their food pantry; and I know that many of you give food and money at other times of the year. The Referral Center is a community effort, and my sincere thanks

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All Souls’ Sunday/Totenfest

A while ago, I heard a song by Death Cab for Cutie on the radio. If you’re wondering about the name of the band, it’s from the song “Death Cab for Cutie” by the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band (don’t ask). The song is called “Gold Rush,” and it’s about a man watching his neighborhood

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The Big Table (Sermon for October 7, 2018)

I listen to a lot of podcasts and a lot of NPR. They’re nice things to have on when I’m driving, or in the background when I’m writing, or to pay attention to when I’m doing yard work. And I listen to the news sometimes. Other times, it’s stuff that’s funny and relaxing: Wait Wait

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