United Christian Parish (UCP) is located at 745 N Brush Street (at the intersection of 8th and Brush) in Lakeport, California near beautiful Clear Lake.
Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:00 am
Hymn Sing at 9:45 am
Worship Service at 10 am
with Kid's Choir after the Children's Moment
On the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month
UCP hosts Free Kitchen from 1:00 to 5:00 pm
Meals served from 4:00 to 5:00 pm
On the 2nd Sunday of the month
Following our worship service we will have an all church potluck from 11:20 am to Noon
All Committees (except Buildings and Grounds) meet from Noon to 1:00 pm
Parish Coordinating Council meets from 1:00 to 2:00 pm
Upcoming Worship Services
July 27th Weird Animals, Jesus Loves You!
Easily the most joyous service of the year today our VBS children will lead our worship and teaching! They will share stories and songs from their encounters with the radical love of Jesus for each of us. Please do bring a friend, as this is a great time to introduce folks to our ministry, but carpool today if possible, as parking is always at a premium on this Sunday.
VBS music. No Communion today.
August 3rd Science and Faith Genesis 1 & 2
As our youth group returns from their Blue Theology mission trip we will explore “what is the relationship between faith and science?” Do you have to choose one or the other? God charged us to care for creation – should we allow science to help us do that or is the mandate to do it enough? Can Christians believe in evolution? When God created the earth in 7 days was it seven 24 hour days or could it be longer? Why is this argument so heated in some Christian circles? Does it have to be?
August 10th Mental Illness 1st Kings 19, Psalm 22
Studies show that one in four Americans has struggled, or continue to struggle with, a mental disorder. This includes a broad spectrum from mood disorders (depression) to Anxiety Disorders (Panic attacks, PTSD etc.) and Behavioral Disorders (eating disorders, ADHD etc.) While one in four seems like a high number to me, I would believe one in four families have someone who struggles with one of these. Studies also show that mental illness is the leading cause of disability in the US.
Is this solely a matter for psychologists or does the church have a role in healing and helping? What of medicine? Is taking medicine for mental illness somehow showing a lack of faith? How does the mind/body/spirit connection work together to help the whole person?
August 17th Domestic Violence Malachi 2:16
2 Sam 13:1-22
Domestic Violence is not new to this generation. But this generation does have a different view than previous generations. 50 years ago it was not uncommon for a Christian woman to be told it was her duty to stay with an abusive husband, and while there are certainly still churches which would say that, more and more churches support safety plans and shelters that enable women to leave violent homes and marriages. What does the Bible actually say about Domestic Violence? Does Jesus speak to this issue?
Aug 24th Spiritual Not Religious Matthew 16:18 Psalm 150
Surveys show that most Americans describe themselves as Christian (between 60 and 90% depending on the survey, but still the majority in every survey I have looked at!). So if there are that many Christians why are so many churches in decline and why do people feel like it’s okay to be spiritual, “but not religious?” If our goal is to be more like Christ, what did Jesus actually say about religion and the church? Was “spiritual” enough for him? What is so important about CHURCH and, yes, religion?
August 31st When You Have to Take a Stand Ephesians 4:1-16
Some things are just wrong. Of course they can be wrong in different ways. Some things that are wrong for you may be right for someone else (for a great explanation of this see CS Lewis’ article on “Chastity” in Mere Christianity). But surely there are things that are wrong for everyone… how does the Christian identify wrong in the world, name it as wrong, but do it in a way that is not judgmental? What should we do when we know in our soul it is time to take a stand? How do we speak the truth in love without destroying the unity of the Spirit to which we are called?