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Daily Devotional – Locusts and Chocolate

December 01, 2017

Written by Emily Heath

“And as John was finishing his work, he said, ‘What do you suppose that I am? I am not he. No, but one is coming after me; I am not worthy to untie the thong of the sandals on his feet.'” – Acts 13:25

A non-Christian friend of mine registered a complaint last year. She had just found out that Advent does not begin in December, but usually on one of the last days of November.

“If that’s true,” she asked, “why does my chocolate Advent calendar start on December 1st? I am only getting 24 pieces of chocolate.”

“You’re being cheated,” I told her. She nodded sagely. I think she may have gone back to the store and demanded satisfaction.

Chocolate aside, there’s a lot that we miss out on during the Christmas season if we let the shopping malls and stores dictate our Christmas. Take, for instance, John the Baptist. He’s hardly a Christmas card-worthy character. The camel’s hair clothing. The locust-eating. The yelling in the wilderness.

And yet, John the Baptist’s story is intricately tied to the season of Advent, and the birth of Christ. He’s the one who shows us that something big is coming. He calls us to get ready for Christmas, not by sending out the cards and packages, or trimming the tree, but by preparing our hearts for love incarnate.

What I love about reading Scripture in Advent is that it calls me in. It reminds me that all the trappings of Christmas, which I love, are only signs of something better which is to come. It makes me slow down and get ready. It helps me not to miss the season because I am so caught up in preparations.

John the Baptist’s cries are a little different from opening the doors on an Advent calendar, but what they are calling us to is even sweeter than what we might find inside.


Dear God, help me to open my heart up to you this Advent, and help me to prepare the way for your love incarnate.

Reference:December 1st Daily Devotional “Locusts and Chocolate”

October Sunday Sermons

  • October 01, 2017
    Speaker: Rev. Paul Nye
    Sermon: “If I Could Ask God One Question”
    Scripture: Job 23:1-9 & 16-17


  • October 08, 2017
    Speaker: Pastor Chuck Krieg
    Sermon: TBD
  • October 15, 2017
    Speaker: Pastor Chuck Krieg
    Sermon: TBD
  • October 22, 2017
    Speaker: Cindy Flagg
    Sermon: TBD
  • October 29, 2017
    Speaker: Pastor Chuck Krieg
    Sermon: TBD

Updates coming soon!

Bethlehem Market – Nov. 11, 2017

Bethlehem Market will take place on November 11, 2017 from 8:30am to 2pm

For a vendor application please click here beth market application 2017

Please direct questions to Lily Myers at (574) 936-2439 or email the church at
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UCC Daily Devotional – Visiting

September 24, 2017
Written by Mary Luti

“I’m hard-pressed: I long to die and be with Christ… but my remaining here in the flesh is better for you. Since I’m convinced of this, I will remain.” – Philippians 1:21-23

For the sake of the church at Philippi, Paul chose to remain. While there’s still ministry to do on earth, heaven can wait. Good decision, but wasn’t it a no-brainer? Why did he even have to think about it? Why was he so torn?

As a small Catholic child I believed that Jesus, hidden in the communion wafer, lived in the tabernacle on the altar of my parish church. He was determined to be close to us, so he became bread to feed us. And when he wasn’t feeding us, he was content to be confined in a little box so we could drop by and visit him. I did, almost every day.

Getting up to leave was always sad. I worried about him, knowing he was by himself in there for such long stretches—overnight, for example, when the church was locked up tight, and during long summer days when everyone was at the beach. He didn’t mind. He was glad whenever we visited, however long we stayed. But I minded. He was always there for us. Why weren’t we always there for him? How could we leave him alone, even for an hour?

I discarded Jesus in a box theology long ago, but not its desire and affection. When I recall how keenly I longed for my tabernacled Christ, I have no trouble understanding Paul. He was right to remain, but I get why it was hard.

Do you?


Increase my love for you, O Christ. May my heart always be visiting you, everywhere you are, in heaven, and on earth in my every neighbor

Click here for original posting on UCCs website

Marshall County Historic Walk

Join us on September 15th, 5:30pm-8:30pm for a historic walk through Marshall County’s historic churches. Tours begin at 5:30pm, 6:00pm, and 6:30pm from the First UCC parking lot. Tickets are $10 each and Children under 12 years old are free.

Here at First United Church of Christ we are thrilled and honored to have our church featured in this historic walk.

Marshall County Historic Walk

People’s University of Marshall County

People’s University has started accepting enrollments for classes! Classes range from Macrame, Senior Fitness, Woodcarving, Knitting, Essential Oils, Genealogy, and so much more! There is truly a class for everyone of all ages and walks of life. Some classes charge a small fee to cover costs, but most classes are free!

Contact the Marshall County Council on Aging at (574) 936-9904 to book your class today!

Marshall County Council on Aging – People’s University

Click here for a PDF Course Listing

September 2017 Guest Speakers

  • September 3 – Chuck Krieg

Sermon Title: “Sunset Clause”
Scripture: Romans 13:8-24; Matthew 18:15-20


  • September 10 – Geoffrey Scarberry

Sermon Title: “Have You Heard the Word?”
Scripture: John 1:1-4; John 15:7; Psalms 33:4


  • September 17 – Cindy Flagg

Updates coming soon!


  • September 24 – Cindy Flagg

Updates coming soon!

Light from the Least

Written by Kenneth Samuel
September 08, 2017

“Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward the sky so that darkness spreads over Egypt – darkness that can be felt. So Moses stretched out his hand toward the sky, and total darkness covered all Egypt for three days….. Yet all the Israelites had light in the places where they lived.” – Exodus 10:21-23 (NIV)

When thick, palpable, complete darkness descended upon the Egyptians, I wonder why none of them seemed to notice that the Children of Israel had light. Perhaps Egypt’s plague of darkness was really a plague of arrogance – a stubborn refusal to look for light among the people to whom the Egyptians felt superior.

How many of us stumble in the darkness because we can see no light outside of ourselves?

America may be a city set on a hill, but in order to see the light, we will certainly have to look down the hill to see the light that lesser nations have been forced to hide under a basket.

A county clerk in Georgia believed that according to established tradition, marriage licenses should never be extended to gay couples. But after the Supreme Court decision, a lesbian couple came to the clerk’s office to apply for a marriage license. After listening to the 13-year struggle of this couple for the legal recognition of their union, the clerk was moved to rekindle the passion for her own marriage.

If the religious rulers who decided to stone Stephen had looked into his face they would have seen a light of glory that would have made them drop their rocks of condemnation.

And if the Egyptians . . . engulfed in darkness . . . had opened their eyes to the value of Hebrew life, they would have been enlightened by the light of liberation.


Lord, help us to see the Light. Amen.


Passing Guests

March 21, 2017

Written by Mary Luti

“Teach me, O God, how fleeting my life is.Hear my prayer, listen to my cry; for I am your passing guest…,like all who have gone before me.” – Psalm 39:12

Whenever I’m herded onto a jetliner with a couple hundred other uncomfortable, prickly travelers, or crammed into a subway full of bleary commuters, or crushed in any crowd where a crash or a derailment or a shooting or a stampede could suddenly kill us all, I find myself thinking, “These are the people I may die with today.”

I look intently at them, eavesdrop on their conversations, imagine their back stories. “You and I may die together today,” I say to them in my inmost heart.

Does that sound morbid? Maybe it is, but it helps me be human. The more I see others as people I might die with, the harder it is to be rude and judgmental and impatient, my usual behavior in hordes. There’s something pathos-inducing about this thought. It elicits a softening.

We’re not rivals for life’s overhead bins. We’re not jockeying for earth’s limited seating. We’re not first class people and steerage people. We’re dying companions. How can I not be reverent? How can I not be kind?

The psalmist knows he’s here today, gone tomorrow, a passing guest of God. We all are. On earth for a fleeting breath, we live by sheer hospitality, God’s to us, ours to each other, our common death our closest bond.

For everyone in the great crowd of mortals, age to age, it’s the same. Soon I will die with you, and you with me.

In the meanwhile, let’s be kind.


Life is short, most holy God. Make me tender towards my dying companions, all of us your passing guests.

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