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Look Forward (Luke 3:7-18)

John the Baptist, good old bug-eating and camel’s-hair-wearing John the Baptist, gets in the face of his congregation, calling them, “A brood of vipers.”  You probably wouldn’t be too thrilled if your pastor did that, would you?  Now, what could … Continue reading

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Christmas Fund for Veterans of the Cross

For 117 years, the Christmas Fund for the Veterans of the Cross and the Emergency Fund has been a tangible expression of God’s love and light in the world.  One of the five Special Mission Offerings of the United Church … Continue reading

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Christmas Contata to be presented Sunday, December 16

Everyone is invited to join us on Sunday, December 16, at 10:30 a.m., when the choir of St. John’s UCC presents the cantata, “The Glory of Christmas”, composed by Lloyd Larson.  Dr. Crystal Sellers-Battle is the director for this presentation. … Continue reading

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Kindness and Beauty

During the frenzied pace of the Christmas season, we tend to lose sight of the message and promise that Christmas heralds. So often, we are caught up in getting read for this’s and last-minute that’s. We rush here.  We push there … Continue reading

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A Christmas Version of I Corinthians 13

If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights, and shiny balls, but do not show love to my family, I am just another decorator. If I slave away in the kitchen baking dozens of Christmas … Continue reading

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Make Ready Luke 3:1-6

It is a troubling moment in the history of Israel when John the Baptist appears in Luke’s Gospel.  It is the fifteenth month of the Roman emperor Tiberius, and Pontius Pilate is governor.  Herod along with his family, political sycophants … Continue reading

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Sign of Things to Come (First Night of Hanukkah) Luke 21:25-36

Portents of the end of everything doesn’t sound much like a Christmas story, does it?  This year the lectionary starts Advent off with a bang by not so much predicting an apocalypse but making sure we understand what the signs … Continue reading

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Church World Service Tool Project

Our special offering through November 25 was the Church World Service tool campaign.  Just as we  have offered CWS blankets as a special offering, we have an opportunity to join in this worthwhile project by providing tools for building construction … Continue reading

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This Week at St. John’s UCC

Centering Words for December 16:  God of  life and love, whose good news often comes in strange packages, open our eyes and ears to see and hear your  message.  Open our hearts to embrace one anther in our caring.  Help … Continue reading

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Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen

If you would like to volunteer for helping serve at Our Daily Bread soup kitchen in Lima on Tuesday, November 27 ,  please sign up on the bulletin board in the sanctuary.  Helpers are always welcome.

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