Upcoming Sermons

November 29 & December 2015

Sunday Services at 9:15 and 11:00 a.m.

November's Theme:
"What does it mean to be a people of ancestry?"

November 29
"You Make the Call Weekend"
with Rev. Mark Stringer; Celebrant: Lyra Halsten

At our October 25 services, the congregation voted for a sermon they would like to hear Mark deliver again. “Arriving Empty Handed”—originally presented in 2014—was the winner. We often think we are not enough as we are, that, to be of use in encounters, especially those heavy-hearted moments when people we love are in trouble or hurting, we must come bearing presents of the “right” thing to say or to do. What if we lived as if the only gift we needed to bring to our encounters was our presence? A meditation on the vulnerability and the value of being present.

December's Theme:
"What does it mean to be a people of expectation?"

December 6
"Believing in Santa"
with Rev. Mark Stringer; Celebrant: Bryan Helmus

Mark shares with us his personal journey with the mystery and mythology of Santa Claus. He hasn’t always believed. But he does now.

December 13
"Making a Life: Faith and Living the Big Open Question"
with Linda Barnes; Celebrant: Lizzie Mora

We are born of mystery and we die into mystery. Our task is not to answer the questions but to make a life in light of the not knowing. Join Linda in exploring how we might use our faith to lean into and shine light on living the questions themselves as we strive to make ours a rich and meaningful existence.

December 20
"Hope in the Dark"
with Rev. Erin Gingrich; Celebrant: Elaine Imlau

Nature's dark season reminds us of the nourishment of being fallow. This Solstice, let us slow down to embrace the gifts and nourishment of the dark, even as we celebrate the returning of the light.

December 24 (Thursday)
"Christmas Eve Services"
5:00 & 7:00 pm
As the darkness envelops the land on this night of memory and tradition for so many of us, we’ll share in a 5pm family-friendly service that will include singing, candlelight and storytelling. At 7pm, we will hold our familiar evening service, complete with carol singing, a Christmas Eve homily, and candlelight.
Following both services, you are invited to linger and enjoy cookies (brought by those attending) and holiday fellowship. Children can be dedicated at either service. (If you wish to have your child included, call or e-mail Mark at minister@ucdsm.org before December 14.)

December 27
"Sing Out the Old, Sing in the New!"
ONE SERVICE ONLY at 10:00 am

with Barb and Bruce Martin; Celebrant: Mike Shaw

Come be with Barb and Bruce Martin and your church family as we sing in the approaching new year with favorites of your choosing from our hymnals. Just one service this week, so that we can fill the auditorium with song. Fun for all those who like to sing, and for those who like to listen!