Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Urbana, IA
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FREE SOUP SUPPER Feb 26 from 4 to 7 pm. Anyone and everyone welcome to attend. Urbana Christian Church.
The 1st stage of armanger is up at the church drive by and take a look
Don't forget this coming Saturday Aug 28 is our 175th anniversary party. It starts at 5pm with free food, games, bouncy house and an outdoor movie. We will have church open for anyone who can't handle the heat if it gets too warm out.
There is no service or anything religion related. Just a celebration for the town and history.
Please come and join us. The whole town and family and friends are all welcome.
We will be having a celebration on August 28th for the Urbana Christian Churches 175th anniversary. ALL ARE WELCOME. Watch for details in the city newsletter and fb. Movies, food, fun. Looking forward to seeing you all there.
We have a new pastor. Pastor Pam Gibbs started last Sunday. She's a wonderful speaker, will bring life, encouragement and balance to our congregation. It's always good to have a great leader and a set of fresh eyes.
Everyone is welcome. Service is every Sunday at 9 am. We are the church on the curve.
Hope to see you there.❤🙏🙏
Holy week devotional: John 20:11-29 https://www.blueletterbible.org/nlt/jhn/20/11/s_1017011
Consider: How did Mary and Thomas respond to the news that Jesus was once again alive? Do you relate to either response? Why do you think John chose to share both stories? How do you think you would have responded if you had been a first-hand witness to the crucifixion and then to the resurrection? How would this impact your life?
Practice: Listen to Christian worship music. Christian Worship Music Stations: 101.9 FM / www.life1019.com; 89.1 FM / www.air1.com
Prayer: Praise the Great I AM! Today, we/I celebrate You and all that You embody! You are the resurrection and the life! Thank you, Jesus, for the gift of salvation and eternal life! Praise Jesus! Amen.
Holy week devotional: John 20:30-31 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%2020%3A30-31&version=NIV
Consider: What place does the Bible have in your life? Why was the gospel of John written?
Practice: Just as there are New Year’s Resolutions, one can make New Life in Christ resolutions. What is one way you plan to live for Christ in response to the Easter message this year?
Prayer: God, in this time between the crucifixion and resurrection, we/I recognize that You have given us/me an opportunity to be made new in Christ. Help us/me not to waste this moment. Help us/me to embrace the hope of the resurrection and the new life that You offer us/me as well. Made new in Christ, Amen.
Holy week devotional: John 19:28-42 https://www.blueletterbible.org/kjv/jhn/19/28/s_1016028
Consider: Take some time to research Roman crucifixion and Jesus’ death. There are some interesting articles online written by medical professionals about Jesus’ death. Jesus’ dying process was not easy.
It has often been said, “I’m not afraid of death, but I’m afraid of dying.” How do you think about death? How does the fact that Jesus actually died impact your view of death? Describe how different people handled Jesus’ body after he died.
Practice: Draw a cross on a piece of paper. On the cross list one of the following: 1) that which is dying or darkness in your life; 2) fears or worries; 3) sins you need to confess.
Prayer: Oh, merciful God! Oh, precious Jesus! Oh, listening Holy Spirit! I need you! Please take these items that I have placed on the cross. I release them to you. I trust them into Your wise, loving, and merciful hands. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you! In Christ’s name, Amen.
Holy Week Devotional: John 13 (or John 13:1-20) https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+13&version=ESV
Consider: What does it mean to wash someone’s feet? What did Jesus mean when he said, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me?”
Practice: Hold a foot-washing service in your home. Re-read John 13:1-20 as a family. Then take time to wash each other’s feet. OR Take time to bathe or wash your own feet. As you do, reflect upon what it means to be washed by Jesus.
Prayer: Jesus, I invite you to wash me and cleanse me. Thank you. Amen.
Holy Week Devotional: John 12:27-50 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+12%3A27-50&version=NASB
Consider: What did Jesus say about judgment and salvation? Light and darkness? Confession and glory?
Practice: Find a quiet place to sit alone in silence. Set a timer for five minutes. Select one of the following words to reflect upon for five minutes: glory, salvation, light, confession, or Father God.
Prayer: God, You are our/my Light and Salvation. Help us/me to believe in You as You would like us/me to believe. Help us/me to put our/my trust in You, recognizing You solely as the source of our/my salvation. In Jesus Christ’s name, we/I pray, Amen.
Holy Week Devotional: John 15:1-17 https://www.blueletterbible.org/esv/jhn/15/1/s_1012001
Consider: What does it mean to abide in Jesus and to find joy through that relationship? Is it the fruitful or unfruitful life that is pruned? What does God desire for us?
Practice: Take a paper and divide it into three columns. In the first, list areas in your life where you are being fruitful. In the second column, list areas in your life where you think God may be cutting away the excess or pruning. In the third column, list areas in your life that are unfruitful. Take some time to reflect upon what you have written.
Prayer: Jesus, You are the vine. Father, You are the vinedresser. Help me to abide in You and in Your love. Help me to recognize and give thanks when You are pruning my life. Help me to be fruitful for Your glory. Amen.
Holy Week Devotional: John 12:12-19 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+12%3A12-19&version=NIV
Consider: Name some events recorded in the New Testament that likely made more sense in retrospect after Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. Are there any events in your life that have gained meaning as time has passed?
Practice: Think of one event in your life that gained meaning or significance as time passed. Create a piece of artwork or write a few paragraphs about this event.
Prayer: Gracious King, You are worthy of our “Hosanna!” Thank you for being involved in our lives/my life. Help us/me to see the ways You have been there and how You have given significance to even the mundane.
Holy Week Devotional: John 12:1-11 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+12%3A1-11&version=NIV
Consider: How did Mary, Martha, and Lazarus show appreciation for Jesus restoring Lazarus’s life? How did Judas, the Jewish crowd, and the chief priests respond? Is there any irony in this story?
Practice: Make a list of persons / things / events for which you can give God thanks.
Prayer: God of incense and life, we/I pray with thanksgiving for Your many provisions. Help us/me to honor you as Mary did when she gave thanks with grateful tears and expensive perfume. To God be the glory! Amen.
Due to the negative temperatures, instead of offering both in person and online/phone worship opportunities tomorrow, we will only be offering the single option of online/phone. If you join us online, please announce yourself either by sharing your name or saying "Hi!" as you arrive. Thanks!
Music Selection: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3tPIVaHZkAzjVsHsAxewVCouOnbJZ23Z
Online / On Phone Worship Option
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This upcoming Sunday's theme: God's Beloved Son.
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Worship Selection for Sunday: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3tPIVaHZkAzjVsHsAxewVCouOnbJZ23Z
Due to the icy conditions, church services on Sunday will be online only at 9am.
Blessings in Christ this Christmas Eve!
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Enjoy this worship set for All Saints' Sunday! The sermon will go live at 9:15 a.m., so it is recommended to wait until 9 a.m. to start the worship service. There will be a time for communion. Blessings in Christ on this All Saints' Sunday!
Worship - All Saints' Sunday 2020 Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube.
This Sunday is All Saint's Sunday. We remember and celebrate the lives of those who have passed from this life to the next. Please let Pastor Stasia know if there is someone you would like to have remembered during the service.
How do you experience "ambiguous loss"? https://elemental.medium.com/your-surge-capacity-is-depleted-it-s-why-you-feel-awful-de285d542f4c
Your ‘Surge Capacity’ Is Depleted — It’s Why You Feel Awful Here’s how to pull yourself out of despair and live your life
This Sunday's sermon theme:
The Book of Proverbs - NIV In Proverbs chapters 1-9, Solomon teaches wisdom to young people. He speaks of details of Godly living and heeding parental advice, “The fear of the LORD is ...
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Region wide Worship begins at 10 a.m.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhhB3WfoA4g
2020 All Congregational Gathering Worship This is worship for the 2020 All Congregational Gathering Witness in the Wilderness Congregations from across the region contributed different elements of ou...
It is good to take time to praise the LORD! Here is a worship set of favorite hymns: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnz4O-Rfe89AfQUCuupICle_vTsKTaK8l
120 Bible Hymn Favorites with Lyrics Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube.
It is good to take time to lift our voices and hearts in praise! Enjoy this worship set of the top 40 Christian praise songs for September 2020: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLcHqC9YNzSaB621igMmxfeMUvroQqYr3L
Top 40 Worship Songs (CCLI September 2020) Updated September 12, 2020 Top 40 Worship Songs by CCLI SongSelect popularity report - - - Playlist managed by SFCH Worship
2020 All Congregational Gathering
Oct. 3, 2020
The Upper Midwest is going virtual for our 2020 All Congregational Gathering. Join us online on Oct. 3 for a chance to worship, celebrate our ministries, and welcome our new Regional Minister and President, Rev. Joshua Patty.
The morning will begin with a brief business meeting at 9:30. Voting for new Operations Council representatives will be completed online prior to the Gathering and announced during this business meeting. The regional budget for the 2021 calendar year will also take place during this meeting. Voting members of the region include all clergy with current standing as well as two delegates from every Upper Midwest congregation. Voting delegates will receive a zoom link to be able to join into the discussion and voting for the business meeting. Be sure the pre-register in order to receive the link directly. For all non-voting delegates, the business session will be live-streamed.
Worship will begin at 10 a.m. and will include
Greetings from across the region
Musical contributions from a number of our own congregations
Prayers for our communities in need
Communion (be sure to have your own supplies ready as well!)
Celebrations of our regional and local ministries
Commissioning of our new regional leadership
A message from our new Regional Minister and President, Rev. Josh Patty.
Following worship there will be a question and answer get acquainted session with Rev. Patty.
Register today to receive the live-streaming link by email.
Learn more, offer a question for Rev. Patty, or review the business items at: https://www.uppermidwestcc.org/2020acg
2020 All Congregational Gathering A Business Session will take place at the beginning of the virtual gathering. The agenda will include presentation of the 2021 Budget, an update on the status of the Christian Conference Center, and announcement of the 2020-2021 Operations Council members.
For those needing a holy word:
Dollar Store Children Sermons - September 27th, 2020 - Narrative Lectionary Narrative Lectionary Text: Genesis 37:3-8, 17b-22, 26-34; 50:15-21 Dollar Store Item: First Aid Kit, or the Gaps in the Text The Take Away: God is present wi...
There will be no service on Sunday, August 30.
There have been 12 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Benton County in the last 14 days. Please remember to wear a mask as an act of respect towards others. https://phys.org/news/2020-06-mask-materials-droplets.html
Face mask construction, materials matter for containing coughing, sneezing droplets Currently, there are no specific guidelines on the most effective materials and designs for facemasks to minimize the spread of droplets from coughs or sneezes to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19. While there have been prior studies on how medical-grade masks perform, data on cloth-based coveri...
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