Broadcaster Newsletter

Vol. XXVII No 2                                             February 2018

From the Pastor’s Desk—  Re-Lent

Remember. Redevelop. Refine. Rekindle. Rebirth. Reward. Revive. Restart. Reform. Reunite. Refresh. Rebuild. Recycle. Redeem. Relieve. Rebound. Reflect. Remind. Reopen. Redraw. Renew. Reinvent. Reclaim. Recreate. Reboot. Relax.


These are the words artistically rendered by New York artist Ted Dawson for the cover a  UCC Stillspeaking Writers’ Group Lenten devotional titled “Re-Lent” from a few years ago.  One of the devotionals, by Matt Laney, really stood out to me, titled “Who Can?”


God helps those who cannot help themselves. Sometimes, it’s only when we admit we are powerless that we are more open to hearing God say, ‘But I can . . .  and I will bless you and countless people through you!’

After all, when we sing, ‘Amazing Grace’ we don’t sing:
Unremarkable grace how ordinary the sound,
That bored a perfectly upstanding, capable, respected member of society like me.
I once was just temporarily misplaced through no fault of my own,
But now, thanks to my brains and quick wits,
I see what caused me to stumble and will avoid it next time.

Grace means less on the mountaintops of life. Grace makes a better entrance in the valley, in the desert, in the barren places. Grace becomes real when it’s the only thing we’ve got left.


Lent, the 40-day journey to the pinnacle of our faith–resurrection on Easter Sunday—begins on Ash Wednesday, February 14. Make something positive of Lent this year, for your faith, your life, your world.  Among possible “re-“ words, “re-defining” Lent in shared worship on Sundays and Holy Week might not be a bad way to “Re-Lent”.


See You in Church!

Pastor Doug


Leadership Installation & “Advance”

We will celebrate the leadership and officers for the congregation in the upcoming year with an order for installation during worship on Sunday, Feb. 4.  The annual leadership “advance” (we don’t retreat!) will be held on Saturday, February 17, 9 AM-11 AM.  This is an opportunity to discuss leadership in general and break into committee and board meetings for organization, goal-setting and other needs for the year ahead.  All who are on boards/officers are strongly encouraged to attend.  If possible, please RSVP your “advance” participation to Pastor Doug at, or sign-up at church.


A note from the Moderator

Did you Know . . .?


If you have a particular mission or social concern interest, you can apply to the Trustees for a Mission/Social Concern grant from the Endowment Fund.  Although most grants are suggested by the Trustees, the fund is available for projects and grants upon application of any member of the congregation.  If you are interested, the church has a specific form for you to fill out to submit to the Trustees. The forms are located in the church policy binder (red binder in the church office) and are available in the rack in the narthex.  Priority projects are those that benefit our local community.  National and international projects are less likely to be funded.  Guidelines for mission/social concern grants are included in the Endowment Fund information contained in the church policy binder.


The newsletter of the Southwest Association of the Wisconsin Conference UCC is a great way to learn about what is going on at other SW Association congregations and to stay connected to the wider church.  You can access the newsletter at the Conference website at (look for a link to the associations) or use this direct link:

You can also sign up to receive the newsletter via e-mail by contacting Roger Brooks at:


If you have any questions about the mission/social concerns grants or the SW Association newsletter, just let me know.  Do you have questions about other aspects of our congregation, polity, or wider church?  I’ll do my best to answer them in this space.


Gretchen Viney



MARDI GRAS “LITE”:  February 11

A few years ago a decision was made to alternate full-on Mardi Gras with bigger anthems and music and a planned potluck featuring Gulf-style foods with a less intense observation of the last Sunday before Lent every other year.  That said, you’re still invited to wear beads—beads will also be provided—funny hats, masks and traditional Mardi Gras colors: green, gold and purple—to worship.  After worship, just happens to have worked out to be the second Sunday of the month, we have monthly potluck.  If a Gulf-inspired dish is something you’d like to bring, by all means, do so!


Lent is Coming:  Starting Ash Wednesday, February 14

Lent, the church season of reflection, contemplation and change, will begin with a simple supper on Ash Wedensday, beginning at 6 PM, followed by a brief service with the option of receiving the mark of ashes, at 6:45 PM.  The mark of ashes is more than a sign of mortality—it is a call to remember God’s everlasting love, from dust to dust.  We will not be having Lenten “Evening Prayer” services on Wednesdays.  Choir rehearsals will be at 7 PM, with the exception of Ash Wednesday when rehearsal will be at 7:30 PM.




Dear White Christians:  A Path toward Racial Justice

with Dr. Jennifer Harvey


Friday, February 9, 2018, 7 pm to 9 pm

Fountain of Life Covenant Church, 633 Badger Road, Madison, WI

Saturday, February 10, 2018, 10 am to noon

Calvary Memorial United Church of Christ, 4515 N. Mayfair Road, Wauwatosa, WI


Dr. Jennifer Harvey, author of Dear White Christians: For Those Still Longing for Racial Reconciliation, will be in Wisconsin to speak and share conversation on the subject of the church and racial justice.


Harvey, Professor of Religion at Drake University in Des Moines, specializes in encounters of religion and ethics with race, gender, activism, politics, spirituality, justice, and other aspects of social life. She has spoken and led workshops for faith communities and academic audiences around the nation. She is also a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and keeps her own blog:  formations.//living at the intersections of self, social, spirit.


She will offer largely identical presentations at two sites, one in Madison on the evening of February 9, and one in Wauwatosa on the morning of February 10.


Advanced registrations are welcome through the Wisconsin Conference of the United Church of Christ at Persons are also welcome to register at the door. The cost is $10.   Jennifer Harvey’s appearance in Wisconsin is sponsored by the Mutton Lectureship Group of the Wisconsin Conference of the United Church of Christ in cooperation with the Mission Team of the Southeast Wisconsin Association of the UCC.


In Case of Winter Weather

  1. Use good personal judgment at all times.
  2. Call the church (356-4300) for an answering machine message about cancellations after 8 am on Sundays, or one-hour before non-Sunday “all-church” activities. If the message is not changed, all will continue as scheduled. An email will also go to all on the weekly “First E-Pistle” email at about the same time.
  3. Cancellation of smaller group church activities (committees, choir, men’s or women’s fellowship) will be decided/communicated directly by the chairperson or other lead individual.


GREETER                                          LITURGiISTS                                                USHERS

  1. Patti Gerrish Sue Kujawa                                        :Luke Moll & Kristin Ellis
  2. Kristin Elllis Shari Russel                                       Basia & Vicky Rompa
  3. Judy Arend Barb McCormick                                Dale Sprecher & Dick Arend
  4. Mary Larson Basia Rompa                                      Terry & Barb McCormick






Sat, Feb 3

Habitat Chili Supper, 4:30-7 PM

Sun, Feb 4

Adult Study Class, 9 AM

Worship with Communion, 10:15 AM

Installation of Leadership

Tues, Feb 6

Trustees, 6 PM

Wed, Feb 7

No Choir Rehearsal

Sun, Feb 11-Transfiguration Sunday “Mardi Gras Lite”

Adult Study Class, 9 AM

Worship & Children’s Sunday School, 10:15 AM


Tues, Feb 13

Stewardship, 6:15 PM

Cabinet, 7 PM

Wed, Feb 14—Ash Wednesday/Lent begins

Supper, 6 PM

Ash Wednesday Service, 6:45 PM

Choir Rehearsal, 7: 30 PM

Sat, Feb 17

Leadership “Advance”, 9-11 AM

Sun, Feb 18—Lent 1

Adult Study Class, 9 AM

Worship and Children’s Sunday School, 10:15 AM

Mon, Feb 19

Parkinson’s Support Group, 2 PM

Tues, Feb 20

Mission & Social Concerns Bd, 6 PM

Wed, Feb 21

March Broadcaster items due to Chris C.

Choir Rehearsal, 7 PM

Thurs, Feb 22

Christian Ed. Bd., 6 PM

Sat, Feb 24

Rental of Lower Level for meeting, 8:30 AM-1 PM

Sun, Feb 25—Lent 2

Adult Study Class, 9 AM-Wired Word

Worship and Children’s Sunday School, 10:15 AM

Wed, Feb 28

Choir Rehearsal, 7 PM