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Church at the Lake
First United Church of Christ - Marblehead, Ohio 
First UCC
802 Prairie St.
Marblehead, OH 43440
419.798.4612
Pastor@churchatthelake.org

For real! You are welcome here! We are the Marblehead First United Church of Christ.  Lets get to know each other,  worship, and visit a bit over a cup of coffee.  Or

write us a note now! .

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Serving since the1870's
Check out our History.
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December 17, 2017

Welcome, visitors! Please sign the guest register with your name and address so your presence can be acknowledged. Everyone is invited to stay for coffee.

 

Truth is! Giving through the church insures more money gets where you want it. The UCC has 5 churchwide offerings so you can give online We just had the Neighbors in Need in November. Now we are supporting the special church-wide offering for "Veterans of the Cross" for Christmas. Many consider a gift to help underpaid clergy in need. If you have been helped by a clergy person, this is an opportunity to return the favor.
  •  Handicap accessible restrooms are located in the basement. Elevator is available.
  • December 17, Sunday, after church. There will be a brief congregational meeting to vote on the 2018 budget.
  • December 17, Sunday. The Christmas Fund Special Mission Offering will be received.
  • December 24, Sunday. There will be no morning worship. Christmas Eve service will begin at 7:30, with music beginning at 7:10.


    ONGOING LOCAL

    • If you are willing tovolunteer (on a regular or irregular basis) to count the offering money, make deposits, keep track of pledges, or occasionally write checks, contact Lorrie Halblaub at 419-798-4132 or halblaubl@gmail.com.

    • Church Office Phone 419-798-4612 Rev. Kayís Home Phone 419-333-0433

    • Email:mooneyfarm@cros.net. You are welcome to call Rev. Kay at the church or at home anytime.

    • If a level 2 or 3 snow emergency is in effect for Ottawa County as of 7:00 a.m. on any Sunday morning throughout the winter, church services will be canceled. Please check local news for declaration.


     

OUR CONGREGATIONíS MISSION STATEMENT

The avowed purpose of this church shall be to worship God, to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and to celebrate the sacraments; to realize Christian fellowship and the unity within this church and the church universal; to render loving service toward humankind; and to strive for righteousness, justice and peace.

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We extend a special welcome to visitors! We have a regular congregation of the faithful, while we welcome vacationers, tourists, summer people, or new or old residents are invited to come to worship any and all Sundays.
                   We have a traditional worship service in a beautiful, historic building, where God is still speaking and ALL are welcome! Just come any Sunday morning at 10:30. Communion on the second Sunday of each month (first Sunday in October) is open to all Christians. Coffee hour follows every worship service.

We have more people in the summer than the winter because we have a lot of pleople spend their vacations here, then they join us for worship.

      You can expect traditional Protestant worship. During worship, at the time of prayers, you may hear members expessing their request for prayers. You may say something or not as you choose.

      We sing three hymns and hear a good and timely message. This is a church that expects the exposition of the Word to be applied to the condition of the world.
Lectionary Selection: Isaiah 40:1-11
Just as the people of Israel long ago were told to clear a path for God, to make a way where there appeared to be no way, the text tells us to make a way for God to come into our lives, to remove the obstacles and impediments, to tear down rather than build up walls, to clear out old animosities and grievances, to cut back the weeds of doubt and greed, not just to make a nice little bed for the newborn babe but to open up our lives to transforming grace.

In Advent, we attune our hearts and minds to the many ways that God enters our own lives and the life of the world, the holiness in the everyday reality of our lives and the momentous lives of nations in every age. The scholars writing on this text focus little on our private holiness and personal sins, and much more on the way we've collectively organized our lives, and the deep longing of the people for hope in the midst of the larger events in history (which we can't control).

However, we can't underestimate the collective effect of individuals seeking to welcome God's grace into their own lives and to encounter God each and every day, in most unexpected but wonder-filled ways. As Anne Lamott has said about this season, "in Advent, we show up when we are needed, with grit and kindness; we try to help, we prepare for an end to the despair. And we do this together."