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World-Ending Hope (Sermon for December 2, 2018)

It is the first Sunday of Advent. Advent is a strange season. On the one hand, we’re looking forward to Christmas. In the church, we decorate the building, we make cookies for people who can’t be with us regularly, we prepare for the children’s Christmas program, we sing a handful of carols, and we give

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Support the Referral Center During December!

You know that it’s important to support the Referral Center throughout the year. But December is also a month when we have a special focus on supporting the Center as it helps people in our community who are struggling. If you don’t know what the Referral Center does, just take a look at this list

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Where Are You From? (Sermon for November 25, 2018)

Where are you from? It’s one of those questions that seems important… and it’s a question that’s worth pondering on this Sunday after Thanksgiving. Just a few days ago, you might have thought about the old story. A group of people from across the sea, our Congregationalist ancestors, arrived on this continent. They met the

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Advent 2018

The season of Advent begins on December 2, 2018! During this winter season, we look towards the past and the future as we anticipate the arrival of Christ. First, we look to the past: to the birth of God incarnate in a manger in Bethlehem. Second, we look to the future: to the return of

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Nothing Standing Between You (Sermon for November 18, 2018)

I’ve told you this before: before I was your pastor, I worked for Back Bay Mission in Biloxi, Mississippi. In fact, I worked for the Mission when I was ordained. And not long after I was ordained, something amazing happened. I was visiting the Mission—I spent most of my time working from my home here

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November 18 is Stewardship Sunday!

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been talking about stewardship. You’ve received letters that talked about imagining what this church could do if we stemmed the tide of a decreasing budget and grew it, instead. You’ve heard stewardship moments from people who believe in, and give to, this congregation. You even heard a sermon that

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A Stewardship Moment: Family

https://uccdewitt.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Stewardship-Moment-102818.mp3   On October 28, our own Chris Maricle gave a stewardship moment and talked about First Congregational United Church of Christ as his family’s DeWitt family. Please take a moment to listen to his story! Here’s a transcript: Good morning. I hope you will bear with me for a short story. In 2002, Holle

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The Seeds They Planted (Sermon for November 11, 2018)

Today is All Souls’ Sunday. It’s a day when we remember those who have gone before us. We’ll take some time to read their names and ring a chime and light a candle for them. And, if we have a photo of them, we’ll show that, too. And, as part of that, you’ll see a

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Winter Grant Applications are Available

The winter Endowment grant applications and scholarship applications are available on the website! You can find the general grant application here and the scholarship application here. Applications are due on December 3, 2018

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