Dear Friends,

I extend a warm invitation to you to bring a friend and join your church family in worship this Sunday, May 28. Our primary focus will be rooted in John 17:6-19. This passage is rich with options for us: truth, protection, destiny, joy, being hated, not belonging, being sent... All this, and a lot more, is in this prayer spoken by Jesus. Did I mention that? This is a prayer Jesus offers on behalf of his disciples. I've decided to entitle the sermon Abundant Joy. I'm leaning in this direction because I think I hear Jesus leaning in this direction as he prays for his disciples, as he prays for us. Our Band will lead us in couple songs (including a familiar one by Bob Dylan) and our Mixed Choir will kick off the summer season of special music with a beautiful anthem entitled, My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less. I do hope you'll join us.

Also: Miriam and David Moen have graciously offered to once again host our Annual Choir Appreciation Dinner, which happens Wednesday, May 24, at 6:00 p.m. Choir Members: Maps are on the bulletin board in the choir room if you need directions.

Lastly, we're all invited to an Open House Reception celebrating the high school graduation of Aubreanna Christensen. It will take place this Sunday, May 28, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This party will take place at her home -- 509 East Union Street in Detroit Lakes.

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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