Testimony by Hélène Benink
Messy Church will kickoff SEPTEMBER 10, 2017! This is our monthly cross+generational event for learning our most important faith stories. Held from 4:30-6:30 each month, it begins with Biblical storytelling, continues with hands-on learning through arts & crafts, and includes a simple dinner. We wrap up with a brief informal worship recapping the theme of the day, group prayer, and song. All are welcome.
This Sunday morning, August 27, during 10 am worship, we will bless backpacks and briefcases as students and teachers prepare for another school year.
This blessing is not just for the kiddos.
College students, come on down!
Adults headed back to school, you too!
If you forget your bag, come on down. After all, this is really a blessing of people – you don’t need a bag to get blessed.
We are pleased to be cosponsors of McFarland's Baccalaureate Celebration, to be held this year at one of our neighboring congregations. If you know a McFarland High School graduate, please encourage them to attend. Pastors from all 3 congregations will be present to offer blessings. Sunday evening, May 21 at Christ the King, beginning at 7 pm.
Sunday, May 14, our regular worship experience will be extended, lasting from 10 to 11:30 am. We will serve delicious breakfast, have hands-on activity stations, and enjoy a celebration of Messy Church as it wraps up for summer. Messy Church is our monthly cross+generational faith development event and will return in the fall.
At McFarland UCC we aren’t afraid to do church differently.
When you join us for one of these upcoming activities,
you’ll have a chance to experience the story of Easter – and the events leading up to it - in fresh ways.
Palm Sunday, April 9th 10 am
You won't want to miss this lively service with palm branches for everyone and a play developed by children of the congregation! CLICK HERE for a video invitation.
Messy Easter, April 9th 4:30 - 6:30 pm
Engage your inner child with storytelling, arts and crafts as we retell the Easter story in simple ways. Remind yourself – and teach your dear ones – that the story of Easter has so much more to offer than mere brunch and bunnies. Sunday April 9th. Arrive between 4:30 and 4:45 pm. Dinner is included. We wrap up around 6:15 pm. Questions about Messy Church? Watch our video.
Dinner Church - Maundy Thursday, April 13th 6:15 pm
Good food, spiritual conversation and a chance to build relationships with your neighbors. Dinner church is one of the oldest expressions of church - gathering together, breaking bread, and making sense of scripture and life through conversation around the table.
Dinner and worship begin at 6:15, and we should be done by around 8 pm. (Would you like to help with prep and setup? Email us to be connected with the ministry team, or arrive early; we create the setting together.)
As with all McFarland UCC activities, this is cross+generational - all ages are welcome at Dinner Church.
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Easter Breakfast, April 16th 8:30 - 9:30 am
The annual Easter Breakfast is FREE and a great way to start the morning!
Easter Sunday Service, April 16th 10 am
MUCC's Easter Sunday service is a celebration with new and traditional music throughout. Communion is open to all. Whoever you are, wherever you are on life's journey, you are welcome here.
This morning's scripture reading from The Message (MSG)
15 The Story of the Lost Sheep
1-3 By this time a lot of men and women of doubtful reputation were hanging around Jesus, listening intently. The Pharisees and religion scholars were not pleased, not at all pleased. They growled, “He takes in sinners and eats meals with them, treating them like old friends.” Their grumbling triggered this story.
4-7 “Suppose one of you had a hundred sheep and lost one. Wouldn’t you leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the lost one until you found it? When found, you can be sure you would put it across your shoulders, rejoicing, and when you got home call in your friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Celebrate with me! I’ve found my lost sheep!’ Count on it—there’s more joy in heaven over one sinner’s rescued life than over ninety-nine good people in no need of rescue.
The Story of the Lost Coin
8-10 “Or imagine a woman who has ten coins and loses one. Won’t she light a lamp and scour the house, looking in every nook and cranny until she finds it? And when she finds it you can be sure she’ll call her friends and neighbors: ‘Celebrate with me! I found my lost coin!’ Count on it—that’s the kind of party God’s angels throw every time one lost soul turns to God.”
The Story of the Lost Son
11-12 Then he said, “There was once a man who had two sons. The younger said to his father, ‘Father, I want right now what’s coming to me.’
12-16 “So the father divided the property between them. It wasn’t long before the younger son packed his bags and left for a distant country. There, undisciplined and dissipated, he wasted everything he had. After he had gone through all his money, there was a bad famine all through that country and he began to hurt. He signed on with a citizen there who assigned him to his fields to slop the pigs. He was so hungry he would have eaten the corncobs in the pig slop, but no one would give him any.
17-20 “That brought him to his senses. He said, ‘All those farmhands working for my father sit down to three meals a day, and here I am starving to death. I’m going back to my father. I’ll say to him, Father, I’ve sinned against God, I’ve sinned before you; I don’t deserve to be called your son. Take me on as a hired hand.’ He got right up and went home to his father.
20-21 “When he was still a long way off, his father saw him. His heart pounding, he ran out, embraced him, and kissed him. The son started his speech: ‘Father, I’ve sinned against God, I’ve sinned before you; I don’t deserve to be called your son ever again.’
22-24 “But the father wasn’t listening. He was calling to the servants, ‘Quick. Bring a clean set of clothes and dress him. Put the family ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Then get a grain-fed heifer and roast it. We’re going to feast! We’re going to have a wonderful time! My son is here—given up for dead and now alive! Given up for lost and now found!’ And they began to have a wonderful time.
25-27 “All this time his older son was out in the field. When the day’s work was done he came in. As he approached the house, he heard the music and dancing. Calling over one of the houseboys, he asked what was going on. He told him, ‘Your brother came home. Your father has ordered a feast—barbecued beef!—because he has him home safe and sound.’
28-30 “The older brother stalked off in an angry sulk and refused to join in. His father came out and tried to talk to him, but he wouldn’t listen. The son said, ‘Look how many years I’ve stayed here serving you, never giving you one moment of grief, but have you ever thrown a party for me and my friends? Then this son of yours who has thrown away your money on whores shows up and you go all out with a feast!’
31-32 “His father said, ‘Son, you don’t understand. You’re with me all the time, and everything that is mine is yours—but this is a wonderful time, and we had to celebrate. This brother of yours was dead, and he’s alive! He was lost, and he’s found!’”
The Message (MSG) Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson
It's hard to avoid talking about politics these days.
Have you found yourself struggling to be in civil conversation with a neighbor, friend, colleague, or family member in this highly charged political atmosphere? Many of us have, or know of, at least one relationship that has been strained because of polarized opinions.
As people of faith we are called to attend to the vulnerable, in the name of Jesus. Because so many government policies directly impact the vulnerable, they come to the attention of people of faith. And yet, discussing our views on important social issues in all but the safest of our circles can leave us feeling unsettled. Sometimes we are the vulnerable, seeking comfort and hope. Sometimes we would prefer to sidestep the conversation altogether rather than risk offending another who may disagree. But as followers of Jesus we are called to seek a different way. We are called to step into places of discomfort (even our own) and add a blessing - to "insert love where there is no love," in the words of St. John of the Cross.
This Sunday, February 19 at MUCC you'll be introduced to two new projects being launched, in collaboration with community partners, that will help bridge the divide. Please come. We think this work is tremendously important to our time.
Peace & blessings,
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