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Dearborn Congregational United Church of Christ provides opportunities for worship, spiritual growth, fellowship and service in a small congregation where all are valued and supported wherever they are on their individual faith journeys.
If you would like to get in touch with Pastor Lew via email. Please use this email: DearbornCongregational@gmail.com
Council Meeting: There will be a Church Council meeting on Tuesday, October 22 at 7 pm in the Library. ALL members are invited to attend! The heads of both Boards and Committees should attend. Discussion will focus on the work and initiatives of the Way Forward Committee, re-organizing and enlarging that committee, and options for hiring a long-term, settled minister. The meeting will also serve to set the record straight on actual church plans.
NEW- Fundraiser for Utilities: To bolster our stewardship ministry, instead of a general pledge drive in October, today we're launching a congregation fundraiser to collect donations to cover the church's utility bills this winter. We hope you'll prayerfully give to this special fund in addition to your regular support of the church. There are special envelopes in the pews to use to donate. The goal is $5,000 to cover anticipated heating, electricity, and water bills which make up a large chunk of the operating costs of our church. Thank you!
Calling All Bakers!: Pat Stacho is asking all bakers of the church to help out with the Craft Show/Bake Sale on October 19th. She really needs any kind of baked good for the Bake Sale. Bring your speciality, cookies, pie, cake, whatever you enjoy making. Let Pat know so she can plan for the sale. Thanks for your help!
Group Study:The next gathering to discuss the book, "Weird Church: Welcome to the Twenty-First Century", that explores a shift in thinking about the future of church & ministry to become more connected to God's work and the community is at 6:30 pm, Wednesday, October 16th in the Library. Participants should buy the book. Used copies can be found at Amazon for $10-$15, including shipping. A Kindle version is available, too. There is also a free Study Guide you can down-load at www.epicentergroup.org. The study sessions should be eye-opening and inspiring! We hope you'll join in!
Blankets for Kids: We are hosting a program called Blankets 4 Kids, a program of Child’s Hope. It is going to be on October 16 at 7 pm. It’s kind of like a quilting be, only instead of quilting we will be making fleece blankets for children who are experiencing abuse and neglect and entering the foster care system. The contact people are Judy Buck or Carol McAdam who live in Springwells. There’s a sign up sheet in the Mayflower Room.
Sleeping Mats for the Homeless Project: This is an ongoing project where any-one can make sleeping mats from plastic shopping bags. The group meets on Mondays from 6-8 pm at First Presbyterian Church, 600 Brady St. Dearborn, MI 48124. Bring your bags and your friends. For more information, call Charlie at (313) 506-0907, or see the orange flyer in the sanctuary.
Prayer List Update We've updated the prayer requests listed in our Sunday bulletin. If someone's name has been removed and they are still in need of our prayers, please contact the church office at 313-271-8552 to have their name added back on the list. To keep our list current, we will date when the prayer request is received and after a month, unless it is renewed, it will be removed.
'Restorative' Yoga at the Church: Karen Lawrence would like to restart yoga at the church. This time, a less-intensive version called "restorative yoga" will be of-fered. Poses are held, but at a less intense pace and there will be a break during the sessions. Ideal for ALL AGES! Participants need to bring their own yoga mats or blankets. Classes will take place in the Mayflower Room. The cost is $5 per session with all proceeds going to the church. If you're interested, please let Karen know in person or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Group Study: Coming soon...John Peters will lead a series of group discussions of the book, "Weird Church: Welcome to the Twenty-First Century", which explores how to create a new form of church emphasizing spiritual growth tied to becoming more welcoming to outsiders and becoming relevant in the community. Dates and times TBD. You do not need a copy of the book. Reading material will be provided. A signup sheet will be posted.
Strengthen the Church Offering: Our Strengthen the Church Special Offering begins today. As God calls our local congregations to be the Church in new ways, your gift will help create new churches, awaken new ideas in existing churches, and develop spiritual life in youth and young adults. Special offering envelopes will be in the pews through June 9.
Downriver for Veterans: We are collecting non-perishable food items for Downriver for Veter-ans located on Fort Street in Wyandotte. Only in its second year, this organization needs on-going support to assist local resource-limited veterans with food and other needs. Some veterans are on disability income and don’t have enough to pay their bills and buy gro-ceries. You can place your donations in the Totes of Love bin in the back of the Sanctu-ary. Please check the expiration date to make sure items have not expired. Thank You!
Attention Amazon Shoppers: If you currently have an Amazon account (regular or Prime) your purchases can now earn our church .5%. All you need do is sign into Amazon Smile and log in just as if you were on your regular Amazon account, designate our church as your charity and shop. Please share our Charity with friends and family – anyone who has an Amazon account can donate to us. See Diana Schilbe if you have questions.
Yoga Class: Karen Lawrence will once again be conducting a beginner yoga class. (You can do
it from a chair, so everyone can participate.) Interested?? Ask friends or family, the
more the merrier. $7 per class, with all proceeds going to the church. Stay tuned for
Altar Flower Dedications: Please check the flower calendar in the back of the sanctuary. There are many Sundays available to reserve flowers in honor or memory of loved ones.
Attention Amazon Shoppers: If you currently have an Amazon account (regular or Prime) your purchases can now earn our church percent. All you need do is sign into Amazon Smile and log in just as if you were on your regular Amazon account, designate our church as your charity and shop. Please share our Charity with friends and family – anyone who has an Amazon account can donate to us. See Diana Schilbe if you have questions.
Book Club: The book club is is reading Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout. We will meet and discuss the book on Monday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m.