The Lakeside Lighthouse above is a wonderful metaphor for us!  Historical, a light to those around seeking direction, beautiful and dependable.  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

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Sunday, July 22
Morning worship at 10:30 a.m.
 
Welcome, visitors!
 Please sign the guest register with your name and address so your presence can be acknowledged.
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     First UCC has assembled and took 13 disaster buckets and 20 personal care kits to the Northwest Ohio Association Annual Gathering at Genoa. The UCC will distribute these kits to victims of hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods.  
     Thrivent Financial donated funds for contents of the buckets and church members paid for the personal care kits.  Judie Sagendorf did the shopping for the items and oversaw the assembly of the kits and buckets.   Thanks, Judie! 
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  • Handicap accessible restrooms are located in the basement. Elevator is available.

  • Today. 11:30-1:30. BBQ chicken lunch is available at St. Joseph. $10.

  • July 19, Thursday, 7 p.m. Council.

  • See our church website at www.churchatthelake.org.

  • Church Office Phone 419-798-4612 Rev. Kay’s Home Phone 419-333-0433

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


NO-COST OPPORTUNITIES AT LAKESIDE

For the week starting Sunday, July 15, the Lakeside Preacher of the Week is The Rev. Dr. Susan Henry Crowe. She is General Secretary of UMC General board of Church and Society, located in Washington, D.C. For the prior 22 years she was Dean of the Chapel and Religious Life at Emory University, Atlanta. She has been repeatedly recognized for her work in social justice. At Faith for Living Hour, 9:15-10:15 a.m., Monday through Thursday, at Orchestra Hall, on 2nd street, she will speak about how faith supports various crossings we make in life. There are complimentary gate and auto passes for anyone to attend Faith for Living. These passes are available 8:30-9:15 am Monday-Thursday, valid until 1:30.

Sunday vespers on West Dock at 8:45 pm with guitar music. Tuesday and Thursday, 7:15 pm—evening vespers held at Pavilion, East Dock.

Everyday – a shopping/meal pass is available for 2 hours (must be validated at a restaurant or shop)

NO-COST OPPORTUNITIES AT LAKESIDE

For the week starting Sunday, July 8, the Rev. Dr. Thomas G. Long will be the Preacher of the Week at Lakeside. A Presbyterian Clergy, he was (for 15 years) the Bandy Professor of Preaching at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta. He has taught preaching for over 40 years. He served as president of the Academy of Homiletics and was senior homiletics editor of The New Interpreter’s Bible. At Faith for Living Hour, 9:15-10:15 a.m., Monday through Thursday, at Orchestra Hall, on 2nd street, he will talk on the theme “Puzzles, Riddles, and Paradoxes: The Strange and Wonderful World of Jesus’ Parables.” There are complimentary gate and auto passes for anyone to attend Faith for Living. These passes are available 8:30-9:15 a.m; Monday-Thursday, valid until 1:30.

Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, 7:15 pm—evening vespers held at Pavilion, East Deck.

Everyday – a shopping/meal pass is available for 2 hours (must be validated at a restaurant or shop)


OUR CONGREGATION’S 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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Who is my shepherd?

Psalm 23

Raise your hand if you memorized Psalm 23 at some point in your childhood. Now raise your hand if, like me, you took a while (decades) to realize that the shepherd in this psalm isn’t actually Jesus. That is: New Testament references to Jesus as the Good Shepherd are referencing the psalm, not the other way around. My confusion, I’m sure, came from the fact that I memorized this psalm before I understood in any meaningful way the difference between the Old and New Testaments. 

I’m also guessing Sunday school and Bible school story illustrations contributed to this childhood image of Jesus as the shepherd of Psalm 23. An internet image search for “the good shepherd” yields a vast array of both classic Bible illustrations and Eastern Orthodox icons. While many things could be said about the theological aesthetics of these images, I want to reflect on what is lost and what is gained when we conflate these various shepherd images and references. 

Since Psalm 23 precedes the incarnation, referring to God as our shepherd is clearly meant to invoke a metaphorical image of God. We know herding was incredibly important to and prominent among the characters we meet in the Hebrew Bible. Again thanks to the imprinting of Sunday school curricula and their illustrations, when we think of shepherds, we think of boys and men—Abraham and David being chief among them.

But we also know that shepherding wasn’t solely the province of men. In Every Living Thing, Obed Borowski points out that ethnographic studies of the preindustrial Near East paint a picture of shepherding as work done by girls and young women as well as boys and men of varying ages. Rachel (Genesis 29:9) and Zipporah and her sisters (Exodus 2:16) are two biblical examples of young women who are skilled shepherds. This work involved being able to safeguard one’s flock with a slingshot and staff.

Since shepherds weren’t by definition males—and in fact by definition both males and females—then Psalm 23’s metaphor of God as a shepherd need not be limited to being represented as a male shepherd. But we do limit this image when we conflate Jesus with the psalmic shepherd, making them one and the same rather than underscoring the metaphor.

Turning the metaphor into a simile is one way to push back against this reading. We are like sheep, and God is like our shepherd. Jesus is like a good shepherd. This gives us space to use these various references to female and male shepherds to name the qualities of shepherds that characterize Jesus and the Triune God. 

I know we are still months away from Christmas, but maybe when rehearsals for the Christmas play begin, we can resist the temptation to make all the shepherds male and instead celebrate the liberating quality of the shepherd, a powerful symbol of God’s compassion, protection, care, and saving grace.

- Malinda Elizabeth Berry
  Handicap accessible restrooms are located in the basement. Elevator is available.


        We look forward 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.
Church at the Lake
First United Church of Christ
802 Prairie St. 
 Marblehead, Ohio
419-798-4612  
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