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Grace United Church of Christ, Houston Texas

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David Jaroszewski – President

Brenda Fluitt – Vice President, Worship Chair

Laura Bruce – Property Mananger

Juli Kring – Enviromental-Fellowship

Lisa Lum – Council Member

Rev. Stephen Loonam – Youth Education

Marilyn Reyes – Fellowship

Jane Eixmann – Church Secretary

Gail Hicks – Treasurer

SEEKING JUSTICE:

“Open the gates of justice! I will enter and tell the Lord how thankful I am.” Psalm 118:19

In America, the topic of race continues to be difficult to discuss in many social settings. Very few Christian churches are leading bold and courageous conversations, engaging in direct social activism, and participating in civil disobedience as a way to bring attention to and disrupt racist systems and structures. 

The call to be a multiracial and multicultural church is an acknowledgement that racial justice is the inclusiveness of all humans and never excludes anyone based on skin color, culture or ethnic origin. The United Church of Christ stands in solidarity with the creation narrative in Genesis 1:26-27, which clearly outlines what matters to God—all of humankind and a just world for all. God created humankind in God’s image and likeness, women and men are image bearers, sharing equal status as human beings. God did not create race, racism, superior groups of humans, and hierarchical and hegemonic social structures.

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Sunday, November 06 - All Saints Sunday. Holy Communion for all. Please bring photographs of your ancestors who have joined the great cloud of witnesses in heaven. 

SENIOR FELLOWSHIP

Grace UCC Senior Fellowship - Please join us on Thursday, November 7, for a trip to the Bayou Wildlife Zoo in Alvin, TX. We will leave from the church parking lot at 8:45 AM. The discount entrance fee is $8 plus a bus fee of  $1.00. Lunh will be at King's Biergarten in Pearland. The lunch expense will be your own choice. The plan is to return to church by 2:30 PM. 

CARE VAN

The Care Van will be at church to offer free immunizations to all children ages 0 - 18 on Wednesday, November 6 from 4 - 6:30 PM.

Sunday, November 24 - Thanksgiving Sunday. The UCC dates back to the pilgrims. One of our church members had relatives on the Mayflower. Another member is part native American. There will be a pot luck (bring your favorite Thanksgiving dish to share) Thanksgiving luncheon after worship.

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THE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST has a vision of a just world for all. In this world all are welcomed, everyone is loved and justice is inherent. The 3 Great Loves is the denomination’s opportunity to express how our Love of Neighbor, Love of Children, and Love of Creation work together to address the inequities in our current world.

3 Great Loves is a denomination- wide effort that is about engaging the UCC to take action and to show the impact of the UCC, working together as one church, with one voice and one vision – a vision of a A Just World for All.

Beginning at Synod 2017 and ending at Synod 2019, through the lens of the 3 Great Loves, the United Church of Christ in its many settings of ministry will discern and lift up how we act upon these 3 Great Loves. As we do so, we will tell the story of how we are impacting and transforming the world, as covenantal partners united in common purpose and mission.
During these upcoming two years, there will be moments of special invitation to participate in this denomination-wide undertaking. One by one we will focus on each of the 3 Great Loves in service to our communities.

There’s never been a greater need for love – 3 Great Loves is how we can partner together as one voice, one church to live into our vision:  A Just World for All.

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Sunday, September 22, is the fourth and final Sunday in The Season of Creation. Each Sunday we will focus on one aspect of God's creation; ocean, flora and fauna, storm and the cosmos. Through scripture study, reflection, prayer and praise we will explore God's presence in the world and in our lives. The scripture readings for Cosmos Sunday are John 6:41-51, Proverbs 8:22-31 and Psalm 148. Church School Classes for Pre-K through 5th Grade will be offered after worship. Confirmation Class, Youth and Adults are invited to a special viewing of the National Geographic documentary on Climate Change - Paris to Pittsburgh after Fellowship.

Mission Opportunities

CCSC is collecting manual can openers for their clients. The church will collect them and one of our CCSC volunteers will deliver them.

Settegast Heights Apartments (a housing complex located in NE Houston for economically challenged families begun by the Houston Association of the UCC and now subsidized by HUD) are accepting donations to purchase $25 gift cards to HEB to be delivered to the residents in time for Thanksgiving. We will collect funds for this during September. In October and November we will accept donations to purchase gifts for children/senior adults for Christmas. We try to sponsor between 10 - 15 children/seniors.

Up Coming Events

Sunday, October 6th - World Communion Sunday. We will join churches throughout the world in promoting Christian unity. We will also collect the Neighbor's In Need Offering (NIN). NIN is one of the five special denominational offerings collected throughout the year. Grace UCC continues to be a 5 for 5 congregation!

UCC 2019 Southern Region Women's Retreat

Strong Sisters' Stories

United Church of Christ 2019 Southern Region Women’s Retreat - Oct 18-20, 2019 at Blowing Rock Conference Center in North Carolina. (www.BRCCenter.org)This is the Official Invitation and Opening for Registration for the 2019 UCC Southern Region Women’s Retreat (SRWR) – hosted by the Southern Conference and planned by the 2019 SRWR Planning Team.

Dear UCC Sisters and Friends,

We invite you to come, join us at this year’s Southern Region Women’s Retreat. This event includes the United Church of Christ Conferences: Southern, Florida, Southeast and South Central.

Meet us in the mountains at Blowing Rock Conference Center (BRCC) in Blowing Rock, North Carolina for this year’s retreat. The theme for the weekend is “Strong Sisters’ Stories”. This fun and meaningful gathering is taking place October 18-20, 2019 (Friday, Saturday & Sunday). The fall foliage should be spectacular in the mountains while we’re there. (BRCC is a couple of hours northwest of Charlotte, NC.) Registration is NOW OPEN – Fill out your Registration form and send it to the Registrar before the deadline (early bird deadline is August 30th). (Note: You only need to send back pages 2 and 3 of the 3-page Registration packet).

General Registration Questions contact the Registrar:

Nancy Glenz 336-543-5605 nlglenz@gmail.com 

2019 Southern Region Women’s Retreat 

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    UNITED CHURCH O F   C H R I S T
    8515 Brookwulf Drive
    Houston, Texas 77072
    PH: 281-575-7866

    Worship 10:00 AM Sunday School for all ages 11:30 AM