Sunday, December 23, 2012






Faith United Church of Christ
invites you to



6:00 P.M.
December 24, 2012

Christmas Scriptures, Stories, Carols, and Candles

No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey
You are welcome here.




Tuesday, December 18, 2012


Advent 2012

The journey continues Sunday, December 23 9:30 worship service as we celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Advent. As this season of sparkle and bright unfolds around us the welcome beauty of love is found, woven into the simplicity of every moment.
May love flow from our hearts with abundance filling every moment with the season’s gifts of hope and peace and joy. May it be shared truly and deeply that all who encounter it, be charged with its message and become, themselves, the agents of love. And may our children, who love without reckoning, teach us the truth of this most precious gift–we are nothing without each other. Let us live, then, in the blessing of love.

Please take the time to explore our web site while you are here!  Faith United Church of Christ is an active community for faith that is open, affirming, a just peace congregation that is accessible to all.  Our ministries help us engage people from all walks of life.  You are most welcome to be a part of our ministry not only here in Iowa City, but around the world.


Faith United Church of Christ
Invites you to



 6:00 p.m.
Monday, December 24

Scriptures, Stories, Carols and Candles

No matter who you are or where you are on your journey, you are welcome here!









Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Advent 2012

Please join us at our 9:30 a.m. worship on Sunday, December 16.  The Advent journey, which began on December 2, 2012 will continue into week three.  As this season of “sparkle and bright” unfolds around us the transforming wonders of joy await discovery like shimmering sugar crystals on a favorite treat.  This Sunday the candles of Hope and Peace will be re-lighted.  The third candle, JOY, will be alight for the first time this Advent Season.

May we create joy in all our surroundings as we share gifts, meals, and simple pleasures with family and friends. May the easy gift of a smile bring the power of joy’s touch to those we meet through these busy days. And may we experience the joy of this season as though with the eyes and hearts of children that we might be transfixed by power of what could be.


Please take the time to explore our web site while you are here!  Faith United Church of Christ is an active community for faith that is open, affirming, a just peace congregation that is accessible to all.  Our ministries help us engage people from all walks of life.  You are most welcome to be a part of our ministry not only here in Iowa City, but around the world.

Check back each week for a short meditation for the new Advent Candle and to explore the new items on the web site.  Advent blessings to all!




Tuesday, December 4, 2012


Advent 2012


The Advent journey, which began on December 2, 2012 continues into week two.  Please join us at our 9:30 a.m. worship on Sunday, December 9 where the candle of Hope will be re-lighted and the second candle, the candle of Peace will be lighted.

 As this season of “sparkle and bright” unfolds around us, the silent prayers of peace lie like stars hidden in a clouded night.  May we inspire the world with peace. May we touch it to our lives that in every place of stress, frustration, or fear, we might feel the presence of peace easing our hearts and transforming our lives. And may we share the its healing power with our children, that they might become the inspiration through which peace makes its way to a new yet-dreamt-of world.



Please take the time to explore our web site while you are here!  Faith United Church of Christ is an active community for faith that is open, affirming, a just peace congregation that is accessible to all.  Our ministries help us engage people from all walks of life.  You are most welcome to be a part of our ministry not only here in Iowa City, but around the world.

Check back each week for a short meditation for the new Advent Candle and to explore the new items on the web site.  Advent blessings to all!





Thursday, November 29, 2012

Advent 2012


The Advent Season begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas.  Sunday, December 2, 2012 is the first Sunday of Advent.  Please join us at Faith United Church of Christ for Advent worship at 9:30 a.m.

Each Sunday during Advent we will light one new candle.  Candles that have been previously lighted will be re-lighted; but each weeks' focus is on the new candle with a new theme for that Advent Sunday.

The first candle is the candle of hope.  As this season of “sparkle and bright” unfolds before us, the glimmering promises of hope lie like boxed jewels awaiting an adoring light.

May we hold fast to hope’s patient possibilities. May we lift them high that they might catch the light of our dreams and shine bright in our broken world.  And may we instill hope’s challenge in the hearts of our children that they, too, will live it into meaning–pouring their lives, as we do ours, into making it real–for themselves, for each other, for the world.




Please take the time to explore our web site while you are here!  Faith United Church of Christ is an active community for faith that is open, affirming, a just peace congregation that is accessible to all.  Our ministries help us engage people from all walks of life.  You are most welcome to be a part of our ministry not only here in Iowa City, but around the world.

Check back each week for a short meditation for the new Advent Candle and to explore the new items on the web site.  Advent blessings to all!
















Thursday, November 1, 2012



November is about saints, elections, veterans, and giving thanks to God.  Faith United Church of Christ invites you all to be part of our faith community as we celebrate the varied dates of November.

Worship begins at 9:30 each Sunday morning.  We would be pleased to have you worship with us any time.

Communion is celebrated the first Sunday of every month.  Everyone is invited to share in the communion elements.

Our faith community is active in many ministry issues.  We are a people who work and serve together to bring praise to God.  We would like you to be part of the ministry we share.

Please review this web site for more information and feel free to contact us if you have further questions.


Thursday, October 11, 2012

You are
 at
Faith United Church of Christ

Faith United Church of Christ is a community of faith that welcomes all people to share in the mission and ministry of Jesus.  We would like to have you join us for worship, stay for a time of fellowship and education and come back to engage in ministry with us.

Our faith community is not large, but we have big hearts and a great capacity for serving the needs of our fellow travelers in life.

We are not a wealthy community, but we have enough to share, are willing to do so, and ask those who join us to share when, where, and how ever they can do so.

Come worship with us on Sunday mornings at 9:30.  Our dress is casual, the atmosphere is open, welcoming and accepting.  Please join us!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

You Are


Yes, it is true:  Faith United Church of Christ is a community of faith that welcomes all people to share in the mission and ministry of Jesus.  We would like to have you join us for worship, stay for a time of fellowship and education and come back to engage in ministry with us.

Our faith community is not large, but we have big hearts and a great capacity for serving the needs of our fellow travelers in life.

We are not a wealthy community, but we have enough to share, are willing to do so, and ask those who join us to share when, where, and how ever they can do so.

Come worship with us on Sunday mornings at 9:30.  Our dress is casual, the atmosphere is open, welcoming and accepting.  Please join us!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012


Saturday, August 25, 2012

9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m



You, as members of Faith United Church of Christ and the Eastern Iowa Association, have received an invitation to participate in a workshop on the Economic Justice Covenant Program of the United Church of Christ to be led by Dr. Edith (Edie) Rasell, Minister of Economic Justice, Justice and Witness Ministries of the United Church of Christ.  Here is how Edie is planning our workshop event:

o   A mix of things with the whole group and with small groups.
o   Bible study on passages focused on economic justice.
o   Information about the economic justice covenant program including resources that are available and tips for going through the process.
o   We will discuss how work on economic justice could bring in other people in the community who are concerned about justice and the common good.
o     We will learn about economic realities today including poverty and the root causes of poverty – the dire need to be doing ministries of economic justice.

Saturday, August 25, 2012.  9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Faith United Church of Christ, 1609 DeForest Avenue, Iowa City, Iowa

Registration is required!  Please register via phone, 319.338.5238, via e-mail faithucc@q.com or via U.S. Mail at 1609 DeForest Avenue, Iowa City, Iowa 52240.  The registration deadline is Wednesday, August 22, 2012 5:00 p.m.

Morning and afternoon snacks will be provided.  A light lunch will be served.
  A $7.00 per person charge is requested to cover the cost of snacks and lunch.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Back To School Back Packs for Mark Twain Elementary


WOW!!!  Take a look at the supplies for packing 175 back packs!
Click on each picture for a larger view.  Enjoy!






















Great Work!  Thanks to all!!!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012


Back to School Festivities at Faith


Are you beginning to hear boxes of fresh crayons calling to you?  Do you long to hold new markers in 8 vibrant colors in your hands?  How about boxes of unsharpened pencils with brand new erasers?  If you are like me, you get drawn to the aisles of new school supplies this time of year.  What could be better than a brand new Elmer's Glue Stick?

We are in the home stretch of our Back-to-School activities for Mark Twain School.  Stay after services on August 12th and get your hands on some school supplies.  We'll be filling 175 backpacks with grade appropriate school supplies.  It's traditionally been a fun event, rubbing elbows with our Faith friends, laughing at everyone's silliness, while supporting Mark Twain School.  Your efforts will be rewarded with snacks (yet to be announced) in addition to seeing the lineup of beautifully constructed and filled backpacks lining the back hallway; it's a sight to behold.

To top off the back-to-school experience, come join us at Mark Twain on August 14th for their ice cream social.  It's during this event that children are able to pick their backpack and proudly take it to their school room to await the first day of classes.  It's an inspiring event and one that will leave you with a smile on your face.  Please let me know if you can attend; I'll have a sign-up in the church kitchen.


We have one last call for Back-to-School donations.  We would like to provide Twain school with additional glue sticks and pencils in bulk for them to have in their supply closets to be used throughout the school year.  The pencils and sticks provided in our backpacks in August are an excellent start to the year, but having extra items that can be used to resupply in the middle of the school year will be greatly appreciated.  If you've ever priced a glue stick in January, you'll appreciate having extras on hand in the supply closet.  So please consider donating extra pencils and glue sticks, and we'll deliver them to Mark Twain the night of our ice cream social.

MANY thanks go out to you all for your work thus far, from sewing backpacks, donating time, money, Ziplocs and tissues, as well as your prayers and words of support.  It is your devotion and commitment to this special community of children that will give them equal footing and solid ground for their next steps.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Christmas in July is here at last!



Please help the Domestic Violence Intervention Project (DVIP) parents and children celebrate “Christmas in July.”  All month, we’ll be gathering needed items for DVIP house residents all month in July (5 Sundays!)  See the list of requested items at the end of this article.




Plus, look what’s scheduled for Sunday,July 22, 2012.

Undie Sunday is baaaack.
Remember your underwear that day, and bring some extras too.  As per a DVIP spokesperson, residents of the house can use donations of diapers (sizes 4-5-6) and all sizes of women’s, boys and girls underwear.

Assembling Welcome Bags
 for newly-arrived moms. 
Can we put together 20?
We’ll pack individual toiletries bags on the 22d, so bring in any cosmetics bags you find in drug and department stores; or, if you’re like me that stash of Clinique bonus bags you’ve been collecting since the last time we did this at Faith.  Also watch for specials on toothbrushes and razors, plus travel-sized deodorant, toothpaste, body wash/soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, make-up, nail products, and mouthwash.  When you are buying, keep in mind that African-American hair care products are always in high demand.
Bring Welcome Bag items—and small travel/cosmetic bags—any Sunday up until Undie Sunday.  Then stay after the service on the 22d to fill those bags and share some food and conversation.
Do you think we can fill 20 Welcome Bags, i. e. 20 bags that contain all the personal items listed above (and below)?  I think we can! 

Here’s the list of especially-requested items from DVIP:
Items for general collection through the month:  Can openers; forks; diapers (sizes 4-5-6); girls clothes (sizes 8-12); women’s, boys and girls underwear (all sizes); women’s jeans (all sizes); women’s tops (size medium); women’s pajamas (all sizes); African-American hair care products; larger shoes (sizes 8+)
For the personal care bags:(travel-size)  deodorant; tooth brushes; toothpaste; body wash and soaps; razors; shampoo/conditioner; lotions; make-up; nail products; mouth wash.

Thank You once again from the Missions Committee





Tuesday, June 5, 2012

     

Graduation, the end of the academic year, the beginning of the summer season activities, family events, and thoughts of leisure are either recently past or in our not too distant future.  Nothing is static.  We do not live in a world that remains the same. Everything and everyone changes, whether we like it or not.  Life goes on” says the hymn, “in endless song . . . how can I keep from singing?”

What will we sing in the upcoming days and months?  Are the verses familiar and the tune simple?  Is there a new song for us to learn as well as some old favorites to sing anew?  Will we take the time to enjoy the melody or just rush through to get to the next verse?  Will we enjoy the harmony of life within a community that is diverse and unique? Will we listen as well as sing so that we might hear and understand the beauty of the notes that are not our own?

We all have songs to sing, melodies to enjoy and harmonies that are for others to sing with us.  Of course, not all of us “sing” them.  Some of us claim “tone-deafness” or say, “I can’t carry a tune in a five-gallon bucket.”  Perhaps, there are those for whom those statements are true, but even so, we can still enjoy the lilt of a tune that tells the story of life, love, forgiveness, grace, awareness, truth, peace, and joy.

All of us may not sing, but all can enjoy the stories songs tell us.  All of us may not thrill to the sound of music in the air, but all of us can rejoice in the joyful noise God seeks from all who wish to serve God, and the Church in the name of Jesus Christ.

What stories will you share?  What songs will you sing?  What joy will you know as life goes on?

Join us on Sunday mornings for worship at 9:30 as we share stories, sing songs, and celebrate as in joy as life goes on!!  You are welcome here!




Monday, May 21, 2012

Economic Justice Covenant Coordination Meeting -- 05/22/12 at 5:30 PM

Dear Faith Members and Friends,

I'm excited! Last Thursday, our Faith Council voted as one to support enthusiastically a proposal to study economic justice. (See below).

Last spring, the Membership and Faith in Action committees began talking about our existing programs, areas of concern to committee members, and programs supported by our denomination. We all converged on the broad subject of economic justice.

A coordinating committee is being formed this Tuesday evening, May 22, following a 5:30 PM soup supper. We urge everyone to attend and consider joining this group. If you cannot make it at 5:30, come when you are able. We especially ask that each church committee have a representative on the coordinating committee.

At last Saturday's Evangelism Workshop, Charlene J. Smith, UCC Minister of Evangelism and Church Vitality, used the phrase "fearlessly take action" regarding church ministry. Your Council believes that the proposed study of and movement toward considering an Economic Justice Covenant is the right thing to do. We believe that this is the right time to challenge and enrich ourselves through such a process.

I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday evening and sharing our progress with you over the coming weeks.

God's blessings,

Marilyn Calkins, President
Faith U.C.C. Council

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Evangelism 2012: Not Your Grandmother's Evangelism

A special workshop, "Evangelism 2012: Not Your Grandmother’s Evangelism", will be held at Faith United Church of Christ on Saturday, May 19, 2012 from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM.

We have misconceptions about evangelism because we are still defining it the way our grandparents did. Evangelism 2012 is up-to-date, real, makes sense for us in today’s society, and is not at all scary. Together we will examine what evangelism is and isn’t and ways to do evangelism more effectively with less stress and work.

Register before May 15th via e-mail at faithucc@q.com, by phone 319-338-5238, or by mail at 1609 DeForest Avenue, Iowa City, Iowa 52240.  The cost is $7. That includes morning and afternoon snacks and a light lunch.

Make your plans to attend and then invite someone to come along!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Holy Week at Faith United Church of Christ

Holy Week is here and the Worship Committee invites you to participate in planned events for Holy Week.

On Maundy Thursday (April 5) we will observe a simple Seder meal at the church, beginning at 7 PM. Everyone is invited and encouraged to bring a friend with you.

The church will be open on Good Friday (April 6) for silent meditation. There will be a list of scripture readings to refer to if you desire.

On Saturday, April 7, the Worship Committee will decorate for Easter Sunday. The congregation is invited to bring spring flowers of all colors. Please have flowers to the church no later than 10 AM on Saturday.

To culminate the Lenten season and Holy Week, please join us for an Easter brunch at 8 AM, Sunday, April 8. Finger foods (muffins, breads, fruit) are suggested. We will then join together in worship at 9:30 AM to celebrate Easter Sunday.

Faith United Church of Christ is located at 1609 DeForest Avenue in Iowa City. All are invited and welcome to join us in worship and in fellowship.

April Message from Faith UCC!

Dear Friends:

A frog once hopped into a deep rut on a country road, and though his friends tried desperately to help him out, they were unsuccessful and finally left him in deep despair. The next day one of these friends was hopping along when he met the frog who, the day before, had been hopelessly stuck in the rut on the road.

“I’m surprised to see you,” said the friendly frog, “I thought you were unable to get out of that rut.”

“I couldn’t get out,” said the other frog, “but a truck came along and I had to!”

The above fable is illustrative of the fact that necessity often overcomes the impossible. All of us fall into ruts of adversity, and we sometimes become prisoners of those ruts because we do not have the determination and faith to jump out, yet when we have a compelling reason to do so, we usually are able to move quite well.

In Nicaragua some years ago, I met a young man twenty-five years of age who had only the equivalent of a fourth-grade education, yet he could speak both Spanish and English fluently. The most remarkable thing about this situation, however, was that the boy’s family was extremely poor and the boy’s library consisted only of an old English-Spanish dictionary, a tattered mail-order catalog and two New Testaments in English and Spanish languages.

But with these few instruments and a positive faith, that young man had made his jump toward a more positive future.

A few years ago, a man of middle-age came to me and poured out his tragic story of immorality, divorce, and alcoholism. When he had finished I could think of few words to encourage him, so I simply asked, “Well, where do you go from here?”

He sat silently for a moment, tears in his eyes, and then looked at me with a grim determination. “I have fallen so low I suppose there is only one place for me to go—up!”

A few months later that man had regained his place within his profession, his family, and with God.

Determination, with faith, can overcome all obstacles and change the ruts of life’s highway into stepping stones that can lead us to the ultimate achievement.

The message of the Cross of Jesus Christ is not just that the impossibilities of death’s darkness have been overcome, but rather that the promises of life have been made available to all. As the disciples of long ago, we each stand at the foot of the Cross, looking up. And now the living God asks each of us the question:

“Where do you go from here?”

Peace and Good Cheer,
Pastor Bob