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From Senior Pastor Scott Oberle

I have had so many people this year come to me feeling very discouraged. The nation seems divided. Politics are so ugly; front and center. So many people seem angry and choosing sides; friendships have been strained. “It’s hard for me to be on social media anymore.” one friend told me.

Any of this sound familiar? Perhaps, it all reminds us of how broken human relationships can become and how messy life together can be. But there is another truth. One which professes that light is greater than any darkness, hope more powerful than any despair, and that the love of God is more compelling and powerful than any hate or violence we might spill out upon one another.

There is Good News that you won’t find on any television news cast or twitter feed…. It is the news that Jesus Christ has come to bring us closer to God forever; that deeper more meaningful and life altering LIFE is available today in the resurrected Christ.

Come join us to reconnect with God and be with a community that believes that faith is more than a religion or an hour on Sunday, but a life that is changed in how we live and see the world around us because of the love of God in Christ.

EASTER SCHEDULE:

Maundy Thursday: March 29th -6pm Simple Supper provided by Congregational Care Ministries.

Maundy Thursday worship: 7:30pm

Good Friday Tenebrae worship service: 7:30pm

Easter Sunday 

6:00am Sunrise Service

9:00am Traditional Easter Service

10:47am Blended Contemporary Easter Service

Come Change the World with us! United in Love, Faith, Service and Community….United in Christ

First Congregational United Church of Christ of Downers Grove where no matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you’re welcome here. If you are traveling or home bound, you can see all of our services online at uccfn.org

Hate, hate and more hate

A child asked me why there was so much hate in America…..a child!!!!

So I looked up hate in America on the Internet where a child could easily access the information.  After the Charlottesville incident, the latest news articles listed what states had the most hate groups and the type of prejudice that they evoked. In fact, Florida was exemplified as one of the worst states for Americans….Americans.. I will state again…not to get along.

You have got to be kidding me!

I went to school in the 1960’s and grew up in a Jewish neighborhood with some of my best friends being Jewish and Black. And thank God in heaven the access to the virtual Internet, social networks and the media that is completely out of control didn’t exist for people to spew their dangerous name calling and insanity. These are virtual friends, for the most part, we may be talking to though I have known real intimate relationships deteriorate because of what that child called….what is it again???….hate. That is what it has become.

Back in the old days…better not say…automatically more grounds for discrimination and maybe hatred, we did not have to constantly verify what was fake news and the truth. And if we did not like someone…or hate someone which will always exist, we didn’t have social networks running with the highly exaggerated opinion or article so that writers could get a viral count in views for their work. Because that is what they want in the long run…they love to see us jump on ourselves, maim and murder others. They are right there to assist in anything that we need.

Hate articles bring in money. Because we read, we think, we have a bad day, think back to someone who we did not get along with in the past, watch more violent videos, suddenly, we too, are on our personal road to destruction. And you know what….hate, emotional pain, depression, animosity brings on the same in our own lives.

We begin to see our jobs suffer, our relationships weaken, our children struggle and illness take on new meaning;  becoming a part of our community, family and friends. All we have to do is read and think anti semetism, white supremacy, racism, KKK and we are creating lives for ourselves that will lack opportunity, happiness and ultimate peace. Wayne Dwyer constantly said what you think about, you create!

We are not Jewish Americans, Black Americans, Mexican Americans, Irish Americans or German Americans, the latter many will call me. I don’t want to be known as a German American. I want to be known as an American that supports her fellow countryman…..that’s a line I haven’t heard in awhile. I want to be someone I can help to improve the lives of others. I want others to feel safe in my community and be understood for there differences. I want to be able to focus on the positive….because guess what, greater gifts are given to me when I can bring a smile to someone that may be living a life much worse than my own.

And I never want to be asked by children why there is so much hate in America. Because I can’t answer that question…nor do I  ever want to!