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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

 

Sept 7th                              Can the bones live again?                                    Ezekiel 37
Can the bones live again if we don’t recognize how dead they are? 40% of Americans report that they attend worship regularly– but on any given Sunday according to church attendance reports only 18% of people are in church. I think the one thing really holding us back is that we don’t understand how far we have fallen in our desperate need for a new outpouring of God’s spirit, so the bones WILL live again. While the BREATH made the bones live, Ezekiel was required to speak to them first. We have a job to do, its called making disciples. Today we will introduce 5 Shifts that can help the bones move again.

Sept 14th                           shift one: from fellowship                          2 Timothy 1:3-7
                                                    to hospitality

The church has a mandate to make disciples, but we are far from making disciples, we are in decline. We have the power to change the outcome but some reflection is necessary! What do we do on Sunday mornings that provides fellowship but may be a significant detriment to being hospitable to guests & new people in our midst? Do we express love for each other, but not for the stranger? How do we show loving kindness to people we don’t know? Self Discipline. Once we identify places where we need to make a shift– we need to have self discipline to carry it out. This isn’t just about mind set it’s also about training ourselves to be disciples that are obedient to Christ’s call to make MORE disciples.


Sept 21st             Shift 2: worship as an event or lifestyle?         Matthew 9:35-38 
Worship can be a training time to teach people how to worship the rest of the week. What would need to change in our worship services for this to be true? For example: What if our prayer time taught people to pray during the week. There is no one “right” style of worship– but whatever we are doing needs to be relevant to people’s lives. Do the scriptures and topics we choose give bread for the journey of daily life? Church can be the time when the laborers in the vineyard pick up the tools to bring in the harvest– to make disciples.

 

Sept 28th               shift 3: from membership to discipleship            Acts 10:34-11:3
The scripture example today shows how Peter grows in his ability to make disciples. He knew himself to belong but still didn’t fully grasp that even Gentiles could receive the Holy Spirit and belong. Understanding that we belong is a far cry from understanding that God has not only invited everyone to belong, but, by the power of the Holy Spirit, become something more. How can we grow if our highest goal is belonging? Baptism is the beginning, it is birth. The maturing follows. Do we know what our own next step is to grow in faith or are we content where we are? If we aren’t content what are we doing about it? Today I hope to share the results of our “Real Discipleship Survey” if enough people are willing to participate by adding their tally marks to the board.


October 5th             Shift 4: From “Serve Us” to Service                           Acts 6:1-7 
Today’s text shows how the early disciples chose people to serve outside of the church. We’ll explore the call of Stephen and learn about Stephen’s Ministries. We will explore the difference between churches that are attractional (focused on getting people in) vs. missional (focused on serving with those who are out). Where are we and where can we grow? How are we uniquely shaped to serve? Today we’ll take a look at our shape with something more telling than a mirror!

 
October 12th Shift 5:  From Survival Mentality to Generosity        Matt 6:19-34

In a recent survey:

  • 87% report feeling anxious about money
  • 65% live paycheck to pay check
  • 32% can’t cover a $5000 emergency
  • 63% don’t pay off their credit cards monthly.
  • 53% have less than $25,000 in retirement

So – we have some money issues in our communities. Church should be a safe place to talk about money because people have issues with money and they need help. We should also be speaking about money in church because that is the model Jesus left for us. Depending on how you count, some say Jesus told 39 to 46 parables. Regardless of how you count, fully a third of them have to do with money and/or how it is used. The only thing Jesus spent more time talking about was the kingdom of God!

Since many of us are focused on surviving our money woes and Jesus was primarily inviting us to be generous – how do we shift from the survivor mentality to generosity? How do we become the help and not the hindrance? Join us Oct 12 to find out.

 

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