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Sunday, May 26, 2024

The image is “Holy Trinity,” an icon written by Kelly Latimore.

“Since I follow several literary-oriented blogs, I have been seeing stories about and quotations from commencement addresses this week. For some reason, the address Kurt Vonnegut gave at Fredonia College in 1978 held my attention. Vonnegut, a veteran of World War 2 who experienced the firebombing of Dresden in 1945, said, “It is a tragedy, perhaps, that human beings can get so much energy and enthusiasm from hate. If you want to feel ten feet tall and as though you could run a hundred miles without stopping, hate beats pure cocaine any day. Hitler resurrected a beaten, bankrupt, half-starved nation with hatred and nothing more. Imagine that.” I did imagine that, and that is why I believe Trinity Sunday presents a much less popular, but more powerful alternative to hate. Anybody can hate, and many have and still do. The scriptures we will hear on Sunday celebrate the superabundance of God’s love, a love so extravagant that the being of God cannot be sufficiently articulated by a single being, but must be understand as Three-in-One. A God not of solitary and irresistible, overwhelming power, but of a welcoming, generative, healing community. How something living and breathing, something creative and resilient like love can be stronger than the iron hardness and destructive megalomania of hate is part of the mystery of the Trinity. Join us on Sunday as we try to explore together the truth that we overcome evil with good.”

Pastor David

Join us for Sunday worship – In-person and Streaming in the Sanctuary at 9:30 a.m.

1. Facebook:
www.facebook.com/FirstPresChurchUrbana/
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2. Zoom click on: zoom.us/j/8144246357
Meeting ID: 814 424 6357 (if necessary)
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3. Landline or phone that is not a smart phone:
1 (312) 626-6799.
Meeting ID: 814 424 6357 (if necessary)
Password 475210

The Church Office will be closed on Monday, May 27 for Memorial Day. This week, the Office will be open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Tracy works from home on Thursdays).

New Adult Group Starting Sunday Mornings: What is this? This is a new adult group, name yet to be decided, which will focus on fellowship and faith-based discussions. Rather than having a set didactic curriculum, we will be learning from each other as we share our wisdom and insights on faith. We are considering an initial format which would discuss in detail the spiritual insights presented to us from the words to familiar hymns. We will also share joys and concerns. Don Greeley will convene the group.

When? We will have a short organizing meeting right after the annual meeting of the congregation on Sunday morning, June 9. Tentatively, we will meet once a month on Sunday morning in the summer and then make a decision on further scheduling.

Do drop by for the organizing/interest meeting on June 9. This promises to be a fun and rewarding group. For any questions, contact Don Greeley Donald.greeley@carle.com

Please Join Us! The FPCU choir would like to announce that we will be singing together on June 16 and invites anyone to join them. The rehearsal will start at 8:55 a.m., and we will be performing "Seeds Grow to Plants" by John Rutter. Questions? Contact Seungah Kwon at sakwoun92@gmail.com.

Food & More Program Item of the Month: For May the item is Canned Salmnon. Please place donations in the Food & More box near the church office.

WANTED: Twice Is Nice Thrift Shop needs smaller paper shopping bags. Also, large paper and plastic shopping bags. We DO NOT NEED very large plastic bags (13 gallon on up) used for tall garbage cans and larger—we have many of these from our donations. We also do not need newspapers at this time. We can always use men’s jeans and coats/jackets that are clean and in good condition. Thank you!
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Sunday, May 19, 2024

The image is “Pentecost,” an installation by Titian in the St. Aloyius Church, Somers Town, London, England.

“When I served a church just north of Milwaukee, my church stood next door to an ELCA Lutheran Church and right next door to it stood the Holy Family Catholic Church. Three churches in a row. The priest at Holy Family once said to me that of all of the church’s high and holy days, he loved Pentecost most. For him Pentecost was the Church’s day. There aren’t any commercial aspects to it. I have come to agree with him. On Pentecost Sunday, we celebrate the birthday of the Church, the day when by the gift of the Holy Spirit, the Church was born. It is a day of peace, of renewal, and mission. Join us on Sunday as we contemplate the scene from Acts Chapter 2 and hear once again just how broad and inclusive the day of Pentecost is intended to be. Oh, and don’t forget to wear Red!”

Wear Red! for Pentecost Sunday (May 19th) and enliven the sanctuary with fiery, vibrant color.

Pastor David

Join us for Sunday worship – In-person and Streaming in the Sanctuary at 9:30 a.m.

1. Facebook:
www.facebook.com/FirstPresChurchUrbana/
Scroll down to the post from that morning

2. Zoom click on: zoom.us/j/8144246357
Meeting ID: 814 424 6357 (if necessary)
Password 475210

3. Landline or phone that is not a smart phone:
1 (312) 626-6799.
Meeting ID: 814 424 6357 (if necessary)
Password 475210

The Church Office will be open Monday through Wednesday, and Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Tracy works from home on Thursdays). Tracy Weddle will take a day of PTO on Tuesday, May 21. David will be in the office.

Food & More Program Item of the Month: For May the item is Canned Salmnon. Please place donations in the Food & More box near the church office.

Calling All Graduates: Will you or someone in your family be graduating this spring? Please send information describing their degree, school/college/university, and plans for the future to the church office so we can celebrate with you! We will run notices in the bulletin and in the June Open Door.

WANTED: Twice Is Nice Thrift Shop needs smaller paper shopping bags. Also, large paper and plastic shopping bags. We DO NOT NEED very large plastic bags (13 gallon on up) used for tall garbage cans and larger—we have many of these from our donations. We also do not need newspapers at this time. We can always use men’s jeans and coats/jackets that are clean and in good condition. Thank you!
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