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Do you have a favorite hymn/song that you'd like to sing in our worship service? Maybe your grandmother sang it; maybe it's a new one; maybe it's from your past spiritual background...
In any case, the Worship Team is putting out a drop box at the rear of the sanctuary where you can place cards offering your suggestions! Each week, we'd like to select one suggestion to be used in the Sunday service. Your favorite doesn't need to be in our hymnal, but please note a source where the music can be found. We'll have a "hymn sing" at the end of the quarter so that we can sing all the songs that couldn't be fit into the morning worship services!
Dwight (& Adrianne Walker, Worship Team Chair)
Continuing on Wednesdays
Jack Shuler is leading a five-week reading & discussion group here at UCG on Wednesday nights at 8 PM, beginning Sept. 16th, focusing on his latest book,
The Thirteenth Turn: A History of the Noose
(Public Affairs, 2014). From The Boston Globe: "Richly researched and beautifully written, this is an essential history of our country, as seen through one homely, terrifying object." For those who may not know, Jack teaches American literature and Black Studies at Denison University. A great opportunity! P.S. Jack has access to books he can sell at cost--speak to him tonight, if you're interested in one!
All are invited to a Celebration in Memory of Dominick P. Consolo at Denison's Swasey Chapel this Saturday, 10:30 AM.
Please keep Gary Stansbury in your prayers as he continues to battle illness, and remember Jane Glennie, who has been hospitalized with an infection.
Also, Jane Glennie shares that, in preparation for a move later this month, she
needs to find a home for her two, good-natured cats
, one 4 yrs. old and one 8 yrs. old. If you know of a good home, please let Jane know by calling (740) 755-5853!
This Sunday, October 11th
20th Sunday after Pentecost
Have you wondered about the morality of killing to punish killers? This Sunday, our service will focus on the question of capital punishment. Jack Shuler will be sharing a message, "Looking at the Things that Make us Wince." As background, both the UCC and the ABC/USA have produced resolutions on the death penalty, which may be read here:
ABC/USA Resolution on Capital Punishment
(first adopted, 1958)
UCC Resolution to Abolish Capital Punishment
(first adopted, 1969)
After worship --
- Nursery care available until 12:15 PM
- Kid's Club (K-5th grade) in the Annex Gym
- Middler's Class in the Annex, 1st Floor
- High School PeaceJam Youth Group, Annex Youth Room
- Feminist Class in the Choir Room, 11:30-12:15
- Laudato Si' Reading Group in the Chapel, 11:30-12:15 (see notice below for details!)
- Open Board Meeting, 12:30 in the Annex
Children & Families News!
Please plan to join us for
Parents' Night Out on October 24th! We'll have childcare from 5-7:30 at the church. Dinner will be provided for the children. And then...parents will meet out in the village (within walking distance of the church--suggestions welcome for where you'd like to get together). It'll be great to get out together, share a drink or appetizer and just relax and talk. Parents of all ages welcome.
- Ceciel Shaw
Opportunities to grow, connect & serve...
Peace & Justice
Two of the large concerns that face us and our society are Climate Change/Earth Care and Racism/Black Lives Matter. What do we as individuals know and need to know about each? What can individuals do about each concern? Can UCG play a role in responding to these concerns?
The Feminist Class
If you are interested in being a part of either discernment group, please call or email Pastor Dwight and indicate which group you'd like to join (740-587-0336,
is meeting in the Choir Room on Sunday mornings, 11:30-12:15.
Laudato Si' Reading Group, Sunday mornings in the chapel, 11:30-12:15. This week, we're discussing the second chapter of Laudato Si' which can by read
If you'd like to look over the discussion questions beforehand, click here!
We'll take six weeks (Oct. 4,11,18 and Nov. 1,8,15) to read through the letter carefully, discussing a chapter a week. Laudato Si' is a
revolutionary call for the church to take a moral stand against the exploitation of people and of our sacred Earth home.
Monday Book Group & Meditation...
Monday's 3 PM spiritual life book group has resumed in the Martin library, reviewing/reading the book,
Radical Acceptance: Embracing your Life with the Heart of the Buddha
by Tara Brach. A few copies are available. For this Monday: read the Chapter 2 - "Awakening from the Trance [of Unworthiness]." Please enter through the "Office" door. Meditation/Contemplation will follow, from 4:15-4:45. All are welcome!
- Doris Jane Conway
Thursday-night Sitting Zen (Zazen)
Every Thursday night in UCG's chapel. 6:30 PM for first-timers. Bell will ring at 7:00 for a 20 minute sitting. Participants may stay afterwards for 15 minutes or so of sharing if they'd like.
for a good, short introduction to sitting from Fr. Ruben Habito's Maria Kannon Zen Center in Dallas. You may bring your own zafu/zabuton if you have a set--there are a number in the chapel as well. You may sit in a chair if it's more comfortable, too. This is free & open to anyone of any (or no) religious tradition. Peace.
United Church of Granville
Fall Women's Retreat
Friday 4 PM - Saturday 4 PM, Nov. 13-14
A retreat about Hope and Transformation
Fellowship Hill Cabins,
Brinkhaven, OH (1 hour drive)
About twenty people have registered to attend! We're looking forward to a wonderful time at Pilgrim Hills!
"Chaplain's Table" (most) Every Friday
Denison University's Slayter Dining Hall
Some may not know that the pastors of our four corner churches in Granville (& Msgr. Enke of St. Edward's) are considered adjunct chaplains at Denison. Pastor Dwight hosts "Chaplain's Table" every Friday from 12 noon to 1 PM up in Slayter. Come by and share lunch or just stop to say hello. All are welcome--"town & gown."
Pastor's River Road Coffee Hours
Most Tuesdays, 1:30-3 PM (check
before heading out!)
Come by to chat or to share a cup of coffee. No program--just conversation.
Also coming up...
Let's take a Climate Justice field trip!
Sunday, Oct. 25th, carpooling from Granville at 3 PM
We're going to join Ohio Interfaith Power and Light (and the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio) for a guided tour of the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, Scott Hall, 1090 Carmack Rd, Columbus (4-7 PM). The Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center (BPCRC) at The Ohio State University is recognized internationally as a leader in polar, alpine, and climate research. Dr. Lonnie Thompson, Principal Investigator and Professor, and Dr. Ellen Mosley-Thompson, Principal Investigator/Director will be available to share up to date information about the BPCRC's climate research and how ice cores allow scientists to study past climate.
An interfaith panel discussion will follow the presentation. Please let Pastor Dwight know if you're interested in attending. Also, to register, click here!
ABC/USA International Ministries Resolution
on Syrian Refugees
As the Syrian civil war enters its fifth year, the millions of internally displaced persons (IDPs) within Syria are streaming into neighboring nations and far beyond. Over the last four years, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and even Iraq have together received over 3 million refugees. In recent weeks, the stream of refugees seeking shelter further to the north and west-and, according to the United Nations, in some 90 countries around the world-has become a torrent.
The Board of Directors of American Baptist International Ministries (IM) unanimously adopted a resolution calling upon American Baptists to respond to the human disaster created by the ongoing civil war in Syria. Please read the full resolution here.
IM has sent One Great Hour of Sharing funds as emergency support, and now the pool of OGHS funds available to make initial emergency grants is significantly depleted. Therefore, the ability of IM to provide aid for Syrian IDPs and refugees will depend on giving that is focused on this need. Individuals can make tax-deductible contributions through their local churches, online by credit card or by mailing a check to International Ministries, Attn: Syria Refugee Relief, P.O. Box 851, Valley Forge, PA 19482. All checks should be identified with "OGHS-Syria Relief" on the memo line.
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Thought for the Day
"You become courageous by doing courageous acts. Courage is a habit."
- Mary Daly