Sunday Service, October 15 – 10:45 a.m., “Hold Fast” with Rev. Nathan Dannison

Rev. Dannison is the Senior Minister of the First Congregational Church and is a fierce advocate of social justice and benevolent localism.

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Sunday Service, October 8 – 10:45 a.m., “My Metamorphosis” with Diane Melvin

Director of Religious Education Diane Melvin will share how the daily religious practice of meditation and Lojong has been transformative in her life.

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Sunday Service, October 1 – 10:45 a.m., Blessing of the Animals with Rev. Rachel Lonberg and Diane Melvin

Let us celebrate and bless the animals in our lives and in our world.

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Sunday Service, September 24 – 10:45 a.m., “To Become Illumined” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg

Rev. Rachel will share the story of Arjuna from The Bhagavad Gita, a sacred Hindu text.

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Sunday Service, September 17 – 10:45 a.m., “The Spiritual Adventure of Aging” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg

What wisdom does Hinduism hold for us about aging?

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Homecoming Service, September 10 – 10:45 a.m., “Peace Like a River” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg

Please bring a small container of water to join together in this intergenerational service.

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Sunday Service, June 11 – 10:45 a.m., “Let Us Gather in a Flourishing Way: A Flower Service” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg

Please bring a flower to share at this intergenerational service.

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Sunday Service, June 4 – 10:45 a.m., “Branching Out: A Youth Bridging Service” with People’s Church Youth

People’s Church youth will reflect on their spiritual journeys and what People’s Church has meant to them.

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Sunday Service, May 28 – 10:45 a.m., “We Remember” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg

In our annual Memorial Day observance, we remember those who we have lost.

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Sunday Service, May 21 – 10:45 a.m., “This Is What Democracy Looks Like” with Rev Rachel Lonberg

What might the practice of democracy in our congregation have to teach us about democratic process in our wider society?

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Sunday Service, May 14 – 10:45 a.m., “What Does It Mean to Belong?” with Rabbi Matt Zerwekh

What does it means to belong to a religious community in an era when ‘none’ is the fastest growing religious affiliation?

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Sunday Service, May 7 – 10:45 a.m., #UUWhiteSupremacyTeachIn with Rev. Rachel Lonberg

We join with 500 UU congregations in answering the call to talk about white supremacist culture.

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Sunday Service, April 30 – 10:45 a.m., “i live in music”

We will experience music in new ways and reflect on how making music together helps us create community.

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Sunday Service, April 23 – 10:45 a.m., “Just Enough” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg

As we celebrate Earth Day, we will explore what it might mean to live with ‘just enough.’

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Sunday Service, April 16 – 10:45 a.m., “Heartland”

In this intergenerational service, we will celebrate the rhythms of the agricultural year.

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Sunday Service, April 9 – 10:45 a.m., “The Stones Would Shout Out” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg

On this Palm Sunday, Rev. Rachel will tell Michael Servetus’s story—and the story of the prophet Jesus who also gave his life for the truth as he understood it.

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Sunday Service, April 2 – 10:45 a.m., “The Promise-Making, Promise-Breaking, Promise-Renewing Animal” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg

Why do we covenant?

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Sunday Service, March 26 – 10:45 a.m., “A Brave Year” with Rev. Jill McAllister

How can we find ways to build and sustain courage and commitment in these politically charged times?

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Sunday Service, March 19 – 10:45 a.m., “Beyond Good Intentions: The Role that White People Must Play in the Work of Racial Justice” with Dr. Melanie Morrison

How can white people participate in movements led by people of color?

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Sunday Service, March 12 – 10:45 a.m., “Forging our Future” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg

What has People’s Church done to advance pure and practical religion in the community? What lies ahead?

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Sunday Service, March 5 – 10:45 a.m., “For Such a Time as This” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg

How might The Book of Esther in the Hebrew Scriptures inspire us to act with courage today?

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Sunday Service, February 26 – 10:45 a.m., “Pride Reclaimed” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg

Rev. Rachel will share the story of how the modern Gay Pride movement began.

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Sunday Service, February 19 – 10:45 a.m., “Bring Your Questions” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg

On this Sunday, Rev. Rachel will answer your submitted questions.

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Sunday Service, February 12 – 10:45 a.m., “Spirit in the Form of Time” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg

Rev. Rachel will reflect on Sabbath practices, how holy rest is different than sloth, and what she has learned from her own Sabbath practice.

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Sunday Service, February 5 – 10:45 a.m., “Dear Prudence” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg

What wisdom does the virtue of ‘Prudence’ hold for us today?

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Sunday Service, January 29 – 10:45 a.m., “Poetry: The Soul’s Call to Action” with Leeanne Seaver

We will explore the cause and effect relationship between life and its varied, mysterious, healing and poetic expression.

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Sunday Service, January 22 – 10:45 a.m., “Want What You Have” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg

Rev. Rachel will explore the topic of envy.

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Sunday Service, January 15 – 10:45 a.m., “When Hope and History Rhyme” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg

On this Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend we will look back at the tidal wave of justice of the Civil Rights Movement.

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Sunday Service, January 8 – 10:45 a.m., “Life Calls Us” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg

What is life calling People’s Church to be?

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Sunday Service, January 1 – 10:45 a.m., “Happy New Year!” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg

At this service, there will be dancing, music, and ritual to rid ourselves of what we don’t want to carry with us into 2017.

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Sunday Service, December 25 – 10:45 a.m., “Tis the Season to Be Jolly” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg

Join us for a simple, intergenerational service where we will celebrate and share the joys of the holidays in story and music.

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Sunday Service, December 18 – 10:45 a.m., “Mrs. Jaye” with Chris Measzros and Matthew McCormick

“Miss Jayne” is a one act play about how we might honor someone who has made a profound difference in our life.

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Sunday Service, December 11 – 10:45 a.m., “Outlawing Jellybeans and Other Injustices”

In this intergenerational service, members and friends of our community will be acting out the fictional story of Duke Dwayne’s attempts to outlaw jellybeans (and other things).

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Sunday Service, December 4 – 10:45 a.m., “The Time That Santa Slapped a Unitarian” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg

At the First Council of Nicaea, Saint Nicholas slapped a Unitarian Christian priest. What might this story teach us today?

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Sunday Service, November 27 – 10:45 a.m., “A Kinder, Gentler Atheism” with Rev. Dennis McCarty

Rev. Dennis McCarty will explore with us “A Kinder, Gentler Atheism.”

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Sunday Service, November 20 – 10:45 a.m., “You Are Not What You Eat” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg

Rev. Rachel will explore the sin of gluttony and the complicated relationships we have with our food.

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Sunday Service, November 13 – 10:45 a.m., “Now What?” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg

With the election over, how do we look forward? Who is the world calling us to be?

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Sunday Service, November 6 – 10:45 a.m., “All Are Loved, Even You” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg

As UUs, how do we show our commitment to respect the inherent worth and dignity of every person, no matter what, no exceptions?

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Sunday Service, October 30 – 10:45 a.m., “Religion. Sex. Money.” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg

How could we become as comfortable talking about money as we are talking about sex?

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Sunday Service, October 23 – 10:45 a.m., “How We Live Our Faith”

Rev. Rachel, members of the People’s Church Social Justice Coordinating Committee, and other church members will explore the virtue of justice.

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Sunday Service, October 9 – 10:45 a.m., “Institutions, Innocence, and Complicity” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg

As we mark Indigenous People’s Day, Rev. Rachel will tell the story of a little-known piece of our denominational history.

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Sunday Service, October 2 – 10:45 a.m., “The Care of Magical Creatures” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg and Diane Melvin

Let us celebrate and bless the animals in our lives and in our world! Please bring your well-behaved pets, pictures of beloved animals (living or dead), and/or your favorite stuffed animals.

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Sunday Service, September 25 – 10:45 a.m., “Holy Anger” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg

Anger can eat us alive or fuel us to do good and important work in the world. How do we harness this powerful force?

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Sunday Service, September 18 – 10:45 a.m., “The Opposite of Certainty” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg

As Unitarian Universalists, how do we hold answers lightly and live a faith without certainty?

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Sunday Service, September 11 – 10:45 a.m., “Let Justice Roll Down Like Waters” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg

At this service we will dwell in that tension between saving and savoring this world. Please bring a small container of water from somewhere that is meaningful to you.

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Sunday Service, June 12 – 10:45 a.m., “Flowers Have Come: A Flower Ceremony Service” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg

At this intergenerational service, we will celebrate the beauty and impermanence of flowers—and each of us. Please bring a flower to share.

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Sunday Service, June 5 – 10:45 a.m., “Youth Bridging Service” with People’s Church Youth Group

At this service incoming freshman will be bridged into the youth group while seniors will share some reflections on their experiences growing up at People’s Church.

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Sunday Service, May 29 – 10:45 a.m., “We Remember” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg

On this Memorial Day Weekend, we remember those we have lost—in war and not in war, in our congregation and in the wider world.

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Sunday Service, May 22 – 10:45 a.m., “Everyday Spiritual Practice” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg

We’ll explore how we might imbue our everyday tasks with spiritual grounding.

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Rev. Rachel’s Installation, Saturday, May 21, 3:00 p.m.

Rev. Rachel’s official installation as People’s Church’s minister will happen on Saturday, May 21 at 3 p.m. At this special service, we will celebrate our call to Rev. Rachel to be People’s Church’s minister.  There will be special music, preaching, and rituals.  Installations are a rare occurrence in the life of the church–this is […]

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Sunday Service, May 15 – 10:45 a.m., “Poetry Service” with Members and Friends of People’s Church

Come enjoy the sound of People’s own voices as we share heartfelt poetry together.

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Sunday Service, May 8 – 10:45 a.m., “Our Whole Lives” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg and O.W.L. Program Participants

Why does our church include comprehensive sexuality as a core part of religious education?

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Sunday Service, May 1 – 10:45 a.m., “Seeking Our Highest Values” with Rev. Fred Campbell

We’ll reflect upon reverence and where and how we come to know our highest values.

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Sunday Service, April 24 – 10:45 a.m., “The Promised Land” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg

We will mark the holidays of Earth Day and Passover while we reflect on the idea of ‘promised land.’

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Sunday Service, April 17 – 10:45 a.m., “Strong Is What We Make Each Other: An Intergenerational Service

This Sunday, we will explore the importance of living together in community through story, song—and a dance party.

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Sunday Service, April 10 – 10:45 a.m., “Love Trumps Fear” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg

This political primary season has brought into view a variety of prejudices that persist in our culture. As UUs, how are we called to respond?

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Sunday Service, April 3 – 10:45 a.m., “The Nature of Truth: Then and Now” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg and Mr. Edwin Palmer

This Sunday we will hold a conversation between Rev. Rachel and Mr. Palmer on the nature of truth by using excerpts from a sermon made 61 years ago.

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Sunday Service, March 27 – 10:45 a.m., “To Be Continued…” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg

How might we practice resurrection?

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Sunday Service, March 20 – 10:45 a.m., “Stronger Together” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg

What has People’s Church accomplished, and what lies ahead?

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Sunday Service, March 13 – 10:45 a.m., “The Anything Goes Religion?” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg

Can Unitarian Universalists believe anything?

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Sunday Service, March 6 – 10:45 a.m., “Superheroes” with Rev. Amy DeBeck

Why do we need superheroes?

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Sunday Service, February 28 – 10:45 a.m., “The Only Way Out Is Through” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg

What opportunities does grief offer us?

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Sunday Service, February 21 – 10:45 a.m., “Transformation Through Antiracism” with Dr. Charlae Davis and the ARAOMC Committee

What steps can People’s Church take to become an antiracist organization?

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Sunday Service, February 14 – 10:45 a.m., “Ways to Love” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg

On this Valentine’s Day, how might we learn to love better and bring more love to our relationships and our world?

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Sunday Service, February 7 – 10:45 a.m., “The Great Awakening” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg

What can an 18th century religious revival teach us about the Super Bowl?

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Sunday Service, January 31 – 10:45 a.m., “How to Heal a Broken Heart” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg

How do you heal a broken heart?

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Sunday Service, January 24 – 10:45 a.m., “Finding Our Way Home: A Covenant of Risk for Today” with Nic Cable

We will explore a vision of our shared covenant today, a vision that faces the risk, the fear, the uncertainty of life, and offers a path for all of us to return home.

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Sunday Service, January 17 – 10:45 a.m., “To Be an Ally” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg

We will explore how Unitarian Universalists have been allies for racial justice in the Civil Rights era of the 1960s and the #BlackLivesMatter movement of today.

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Sunday Service, January 10 – 10:45 a.m., “Rise Up O Flame” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg

We will trace the history of the flaming chalice from its origins in the radical reformation through today as the official logo of our faith.

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Christmas Eve Service, Thursday, December 24 – 6:00 p.m., with Rev. Rachel Lonberg and Rev. Duffy Peet

We will host our co-religionists from the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Southwest Michigan, to remember the stories of a 1914 truce and the stories of the first Christmas.

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Sunday Service, December 20 – 10:45 a.m., “The Longest Night” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg

During this contemplative service we will mark the longest night of the year.

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Sunday Service, December 13 – 10:45 a.m., “Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins: An Intergenerational Service”

Join us for this all-ages intergenerational service.

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Sunday Service, December 6 – 10:45 a.m., Holiday Music Service

Come, enjoy a special service filled with seasonal songs and old favorites.

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Sunday Service, November 29 – 10:45 a.m., “Charity Begins at Home” with Rev. Amy DeBeck

We will gather to ponder family and charity.

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Sunday Service, November 22 – 10:45 a.m., “Finding Grace in a Broken World” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg

How might we be receivers and creators of grace in this world?

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Sunday Service, November 15 – 10:45 a.m., “The Power of Story” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg

Why do we tell the stories we tell and how might we harness the power of our stories to create a more promising future?

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Sunday Service, November 8 – 10:45 a.m., “The Empty Church” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg

We will hear the story of New Jersey farmer, Thomas Potter in what has been called a Unitarian Universalist miracle story.

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Sunday Service, November 1 – 10:45 a.m., “Waiting for the Big One” with Rev. Jill McAllister

How do we live in times of impending crisis, without being in despair or in denial?

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Sunday Service, October 25 – 10:45 a.m., “The End of Religion Is a Beginning” with Dr. Brent Smith

What does the declaration of “the end of religion” mean for spiritual communities in the 21st century?

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Sunday Service, October 18 – 10:45 a.m., “The Answer Is to Question” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg

Submit questions to Rev. Rachel, who will answer as many as she can during the time usually set aside for the sermon.

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Sunday Service, October 11 – 10:45 a.m., “Other People’s Children” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg

We will explore our obligations to the children within our community and in the the wider world.

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Sunday Service, October 4 – 10:45 a.m., “Why Me?” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg

Why do bad things happen to good people, particularly us?

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Sunday Service, September 27 – 10:45 a.m., “Angels Unaware” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg

Rev. Rachel will share a story about her time in Syria, and reflect on how we might engage the spiritual practice of hospitality in our lives and in our congregation.

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Sunday Service, September 20 – 10:45 a.m., “To Convert Life into Truth” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg

We’ll explore an address Ralph Waldo Emerson made to Harvard Divinity School in 1838 and what challenge it might hold for contemporary Unitarian Universalists.

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Sunday Service, September 13 – 10:45 a.m., “Joining of Waters; Joining Together” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg

All are invited to bring water from a special place. We’ll join our waters together in a common bowl, as we all join together to form this church community.

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Sunday Service, June 14 – 10:45 a.m., “Salvation”

With Rev. Dave Johnson
On Rev. Dave’s final Sunday in the pulpit at People’s Church, he’ll offer a personal spin on salvation. Please bring a flower.

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Sunday Service, June 7 – 10:45 a.m., “The Spirit of Adventure”

With Diane Melvin, Ben Miller and Religious Education Youth
This service, planned and led by our youth, is designed to honor and acknowledge important transitions.

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Sunday Service, May 31 – 10:45 a.m., “Spandrels I Have Known: Of Waste and Grace”

With Rev. Dave Johnson
The spandrels of the San Marco cathedral (in Venice) will serve as the iconography for some reflections on waste, and grace.

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Sunday Service, May 24 – 10:45 a.m., Green Sanctuary Service

With the Green Sanctuary Committee
The Green Sanctuary Committee will describe projects that have been undertaken to help the church be more environmentally sustainable.

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Sunday Service, May 17 – 10:45 a.m., Coming of Age Service

With Diane Melvin and Religious Education Youth
Join us as we affirm and celebrate our youth and their annual rite of passage.

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Sunday Service, May 10 – 10:45 a.m., “Your Mother Was a Liberal”

With Rev. Dave Johnson
On Mother’s Day we shall re-claim the “L-word” at its best: As the encourager of the human heart.

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Sunday Service, May 3 – 10:45 a.m., “The __________ People”

With Rev. Rachel Lonberg
Rev. Rachel will share a vision of how People’s Church might be known and experienced by members and friends, our children, visitors, and the wider Kalamazoo community.

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Sunday Service, April 26 – 10:45 a.m., “Say Yes”

With Rev. Rachel Lonberg
The Ministerial Search Committee, in close collaboration with Rev. Rachel Lonberg, will plan and lead all elements of this service.

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Sunday Service, April 12 – 10:45 a.m., Annual Earth Day Celebration: Inter-Generational Service

With Diane Melvin and Youth
Our children and youth will share their perspectives during this annual inter-generational celebration.

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Sunday Service, April 5 – 10:45 a.m., “Upsy-Daisy? Of Rolling Stones and Empty Tombs”

With Rev. Dave Johnson
What decisive actions have you taken to leave behind places of deadness, and move into the light?

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Sunday Service, March 29 – 10:45 a.m., “Love Reaches Out”

This service will celebrate the art of expressing ourselves poetically.

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Sunday Service, March 22 – 10:45 a.m., “Right Relations through the Lens of Shamanism”

With Lynetta Carnes
Together we will consider why shamanism is considered one of the fastest-growing spiritual practices today.

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Sunday Service, March 15 – 10:45 a.m., “The Myth-ing Piece: Is Hogwarts Home?”

With Rev. Dave Johnson
We’ll consider selections from the Harry Potter stories as telling signposts on our human journeys of faith development.

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Sunday Service, March 8 – 10:45 a.m., “Promises, Promises: Lord Moulton’s Middle Domain”

With Rev. Dave Johnson
We’ll explore implications of Lord Moulton’s model for our opportunities and challenges in strengthening “Right Relations” in our church and community.

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