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January 2017

Council Members 2017

First United Church of Christ

Executive Committee for 2017
Rachelle Yung – President
Barb Bateman – Vice President
Lily Myers – Secretary
Christine Jaynes – Treasurer

Elders
Rachelle Yung

Education
Nancy Keyser
Christine Jaynes

Business and Finance
Rex Nifong

Women of the Church
Lily Myers

Board of Deacons
Jeri Lansberg
Christine Jaynes

Memorial Committee
Elizabeth Brown
Betty Wenino

Church Historian
Elizabeth Brown

Parish Life and Festivals
Barb Bateman

Prayer Chain Coordinator
Amme Girten

Hospitality
Scott Wilhelm

Youth Representative
Annie Keller

ASK Coordinator
Erica Nagel

Property
Christine Jaynes

Personnel Nominating
Brenda Rose

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Garlic Party!

January 13, 2017
Written by Vince Amlin

“They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit. They shall not build and another inhabit; they shall not plant and another eat; for like the days of a tree shall the days of my people be, and my chosen shall long enjoy the work of their hands.” – Isaiah 65:21-22

Wendell Berry says, “plant sequoias.” That’s a little more faith than I can muster. But the new church I am starting with my friend Rebecca did host a garlic-planting party in November. And that feels like an act of hope.

Gilead Chicago is a church that doesn’t exist…yet. It’s mostly a beautiful website. And it’s Rebecca and me buying people coffee, talking to them about Jesus, and hoping that some of them stick around.

Meanwhile, garlic has to be planted in the fall. It has to rest in the snow-covered Chicago soil for months. It has to send up leaves and then scapes in spring. And finally, in July – eight unimaginable months from when we planted it – it will be ready to harvest, and eat, and share with our neighbors.

A timeline on our Google Drive says that by then Rebecca and I will be celebrating weekly worship with Gilead. But where that worship will be, I can’t tell you. Who will be in attendance is a mystery. And the funding…(pops a Tums).

Like Jeremiah, we (mostly) trust that God will bring this work to fruition. That those who plant will stick around to reap and be joined by others. When I’m feeling faithful, I can almost taste it.

Prayer

God, bless our garlic and every seed of hope your people dare to plant.

Retrieved from: http://www.ucc.org/daily_devotional_garlic_party

Pecan Sales

Good News!! The Women of the Church still have pecans pieces for sale. They are $9.50 a bag and so delicious! Contact Liz Brown at the church to get your own bag before they’re gone!!

Here is a link for toasted pecans: http://www.food.com/recipe/how-to-toast-pecans-2688

Enjoy!!

A Prayer for a Leader

January 03, 2017

Written by Talitha Arnold
May the leader be like rain that falls on the mown grass, like showers that water the earth.” – Psalm 72:6

Sometimes the daily scripture for these devotions poses a real challenge. The text doesn’t make sense nor does it seem relevant. Other times, like today, the lesson lobs you the reflection. As we anticipate the inaugurations of new leaders, from a president to county commissioners, Psalm 72 offers an ancient prayer for them all.

“Give the leader your justice, O God,” the Psalm begins, “and your righteousness to a leader’s heir. May the leader judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice.” It continues: “May the leader defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the needy, and crush the oppressor.”

The Psalmist affirms that a leader exercises power with gentleness and consideration: “May the leader be like rain that falls on the mown grass, like showers that water the earth.” Throughout their term of office, “may righteousness flourish and peace abound.”

The Psalmist concludes the leader’s job description with:

“For a leader delivers the needy when they call,
the poor and those who have no helper.
The leader has pity on the weak and the needy,
and saves their lives.
From oppression and violence the leader redeems their life.”

Finally, the Psalmist encourages the people to pray for the leader: “May prayer be made for the ruler continually, and blessings invoked all day long.” Yes, we need to pray for our leaders. Psalm 72 is a good place to start.

Prayer

God of all nations, as the Psalm affirms, give our leaders—and us—your justice, your compassion for the poor, and your passion for peace. Amen.

Retrieved from: http://www.ucc.org/daily_devotional_a_prayer_for_a_leader

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