“The Joy of Shared Ministry”

Rev. Judy Zimmerman, with Elaine Castles, celebrant. Join us for this final sermon that concludes Rev. Judy’s ministry with the members and friends of MCUUF. We’ll touch on some of the peaks and valleys, joys and cares of this labor of love between congregation and minister. 

This month’s theme is “Joy”

    Joy is the canary in the coal mine. As joy is squeezed out of people, their lives are threatened as if the air had become poisonous. It is impossible to thrive on the bread of despair, the gruel of joylessness, the struggle just to breathe. Joy is a life- line to hope, to the conviction that tomorrow can be better than today, and to the belief that the struggle is worth it. The rebirth of joy is a process that often begins where evidence of possibility is not obvious. Yet the winds of change signal a change in direction, breathing new life, and nurturing unexpected regeneration. They usher in a new dawn, enlivening the spirit, with an ode to joy that is soul-full.

    Upcoming Events

    • SING-ALONGS Paul Blackburn and Dick & Bonnie Withers are leading another in-person songfest at the Rockford Grange. By popular request, singalongs are now scheduled for the 3rd Wednesday of the month – so mark your calendars for  December 21 (Holidays – Solstice).

    In-Person Worship – What to Expect

    MCUUF offers in-person worship services the first and third Sundays of the month. We hope you’ll attend if you are  
    • Up to date for COVID vaccinations, including boosters, if you are eligible
    • Willing to sign-in for possible contact tracing
    • Willing to use hand sanitizer when you arrive
    • Willing to wear An N95 or KN95 mask. One will be given to you if you don’t have one
    • Willing to sit six feet apart from others
      Air purifiers, fans, and open doors help maintain good air flow.  A carbon dioxide [CO2] monitor continuously checks air quality during the service.   There will be monitors or screens that allow you to see people joining the service online. They will be able to see in-person worshippers. We are one congregation gathering in two places !  Online worship is offered every Sunday.   We’re still working on developing nursery and childcare options during in-person services. We hope to have those up and running soon.  Until then your children are most welcome in worship.  We have an adjoining ‘wiggle room’ where you can see and hear the service.  For more information contact the office at mcuuf1@gmail.com  or leave us a message at 541.241.6771