Join us on October 16 from 9:00 to 11:00 am in the URC Fellowship Hall for a potluck style brunch. A morning of great food, fellowship, and hear about service opportunities, including There’s Always Room and City Rescue Mission. Sign up HERE.
A baptism service will be held Sunday, November 7 at both morning services. If you would like to have your child baptized, please fill out the form found here.
Join us the third Tuesday of every month, starting September 21, from 6:30 to 7:30 am in the Fellowship Hall for coffee, donuts, and conversation. We’ll be studying A Body of Divinity by Thomas Watson and will have a speaker at each meeting, kicking it off will be Pastor Jason encouraging us why it is good for us to read and discuss this book. This will be a great time of fellowship and learning. SIGN UP HERE and make plans to join us!
You are invited to an evening of live jazz music at University Reformed Church on Friday night, September 24th. It will feature musicians from the church, professional performers and students from the MSU College of Music. Admission is free so bring a friend!
Parents of children of all ages — Join us for the upcoming URC Parenting Weekend, Friday evening at 7:00pm and Saturday morning at 8:30am. Pastor Jason and URC veteran parents will provide encouragement and clarity on the significance of raising our children to love and fear our God. Childcare provided through age 10.
Friday evening beginning at 7:00pm
- Welcome — round table fellowship & desert
- Panel discussion with Cogans, Gothros, Knapps & Quinns, moderated by Dave Hinkley
- Jason Helopoulos speaking — “Your Home, A Little Church”
Saturday morning beginning at 8:30am
- Welcome — round table fellowship & simple brunch
- Steve Roskos speaking — “My Son Give Me Your Heart”, from Proverbs
- Breakout Seminars:
- Younger Children Parents — Disciplining Young Children
- Middle Children Parents — Ordinary Faithfulness & Families
- Older Children Parents — Social Media, Screens & Sexuality
Please plan to join us for a Church Picnic after the 2nd service, Sunday, September 12. We will eat and fellowship together outdoors. Sub sandwiches and drinks will be provided. Please bring a salad and/or dessert to pass and camp chairs if you’re able.
To promote equipping the saints for the work of ministry (Eph. 4:12) URC is offering its Biblical and Theological Foundations course this Fall. If you are interested in growing in your knowledge of Scripture and theology, and your ability to minister the Word to those around you, this class is for you. The class is a prerequisite for those interested in serving URC as an elder or deacon one day, but it is open to all members of the church — both men and women — with a heart to grow in leadership in the church. Meets Thursday mornings at 6:30 am, beginning September 16. Contact Chip Cogan for more info. Sign up here to attend.
View the class syllabus here.
Women of all ages are invited to this year’s evening Bible study options:
Wednesdays: Begins September 22, 2021 (meets 2nd and 4th weeks of the month)
Luke: Good News of Great Joy by Lydia Brownback. This 10-week study explores the theme of joy in the book of Luke, showcasing how the message Jesus proclaimed to the downtrodden, the hurting, and the outsider is still good news to the world today. Meets from 7-8:30 pm in the church library or on Zoom starting September 22. Contact Katie Young to sign up for the in person group or Cheryl McCormick to sign up for the online group.
Thursdays: Begins September 23, 2021 (meets 2nd and 4th weeks of the month)
Romans: A 12 Week Study (Knowing the Bible) by Jared Wilson. The book of Romans is one of the best explanations of the gospel and covers the doctrines we hold dear: original sin, unconditional election, justification by faith alone, sanctification, the sovereignty of God, and union with Christ. Romans was deeply influential in the lives and ministries of such Christian leaders as Augustine, Luther, Bunyan, and Wesley. Join us this year as we seek to understand its message and life-changing effects. Meets at Priscilla Lohrmann’s home (2837 River Pointe Drive, Holt) at 7:00 pm. Contact Priscilla Lohrmann or Penny Imeson to sign up.
August 19, 2021
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The Fall semester is upon us: the school year has started for many, children’s extracurricular activities are in full swing, students are returning to campus, and our church is beginning its full slate of ministries. As we enter the Fall semester together, our desire to be good witnesses to our neighbors and a commitment to in-person corporate worship continues. These remain high priorities for the leadership of the church; we also know it remains important to you. We want you to know clearly that we are listening to you and have been united with you in prayer as we enter into all the decisions before us.
We have decided to alter the two service times on Sunday mornings beginning August 29. The first service will begin at 8:45 a.m. and the second service at 10:30 a.m. The evening service will remain at the regular 6:00 p.m. We will also continue to livestream these services (10:30 a.m. & 6:00 p.m.), though we encourage you to attend in-person if you are able.
As was communicated before the summer months, our hope and intention was to return to no or limited health protocols this Fall. We have decided to remain on that path with our ministries, activities, the evening service, and second morning service. However, we will maintain the first morning service as a mask required service (in the sanctuary and nursery) with social distancing. After much prayer and discussion with many in the congregation, this decision affords the greatest opportunity to care for our membership with health issues and concerns for the coming weeks or months. As your pastor I have been especially blessed over these past couple of weeks to hear many express a desire for the Session to make this or a similar decision out of care and concern for their brothers and sisters who attend the earlier service. Thank you for seeking to love and serve one another well.
We look forward to seeing how the Lord works in us and through us for His glory in these upcoming months. As we have discussed over the past couple of weeks, let’s continue seeking fellowship and hospitality as we seek to Glorify Christ and Grow in Grace together.
By His Grace,
Pastor Jason Helopoulos on behalf of the Session of University Reformed Church