Dear Friends,

I extend a warm invitation to you to join your church family as we gather in worship this Sunday, August 20. Our primary text will be Matthew 14:13-21. It's the story of Jesus feeding "5,000 men, besides women and children." It's a familiar passage. It certainly is for some of us -- Reva Husby preached on this just a couple weeks ago while I was on vacation. Something about it, however, has grabbed me and won't let me go. I can't bring myself to skip over it. I'm pretty sure you'll hear something different this Sunday. Regarding how we are to address hunger, I think we hear something personal in this passage, as well as something political. I know it's holy work. I'm calling the sermon, Who Will Feed Them? I'm guessing the answer I provide to this question won't surprise you. Not too much, anyway. I hope to see you here this Sunday morning.

Also, our annual All-Church Picnic will happen at the Eberhardt Shelter in Detroit Lakes City Park immediately following worship this Sunday, August 20. Sloppy Joes will be served by our Board for Congregational Life. Primarily, however, this is a potluck, so everyone is encouraged to bring a dish to pass. Games, including Bocce Ball, will be played. Please join us!

Grace and Peace,

Rev. Mark


The Congregational United Church of Christ
P. O. Box 642
Detroit Lakes, MN  56502

Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world's grief.

Do justly now. Love mercy now. Walk humbly now.

You are not obligated to complete the work,

but neither are you free to abandon it.

 ~ The Talmud



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