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Sunday, March 29 at 10:00 a.m.


All Are Welcome!

No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here. We are affiliated with the United Church of Christ, a mainline Protestant denomination rooted in the free church tradition. This church and its members are represented at and involved in the wider work of the denomination through distinct, association, statewide conference and national General Synod gatherings. We are a church large enough to provide a variety of ministries and programs, yet small enough so that each member feels welcome and has something to contribute. Our membership represents a variety of ages, family situations, occupations and interests learning and growing in faith together.

We affirm together the following Mission Statement:

The mission of the United Church of Christ–Congregational, Delavan is to unite in our quest to authentically live our faith in our constantly changing world by: Exploring open and progressive theology, Embracing God’s diverse creation, Encountering God in relevant worship, Encouraging questions, Serving the community with commitment, conviction, love and compassion. 


We are an open and affirming congregation.


We, the congregation of the United Church of Christ-Congregational, Delavan, embrace the designation of Open and Affirming.  We regard all persons as creations made in God's very image, regardless of sexual orientation or expression, gender identity or expression, age, race, ethnicity, national origin, marital status, abilities, economic status, family structure, or any other label that would seek to divide rather than unite.  We affirm the rights and responsibilities to all of full participation in the ministry of our church.

Rev. Laura McLeod



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Lenten Devotional for March 29

Mark 11:1–11

When they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples and said to them, ‘Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden; untie it and bring it. If anyone says to you, “Why are you doing this?” just say this, “The Lord needs it and will send it back here immediately.” ’ They went away and found a colt tied near a door, outside in the street. As they were untying it, some of the bystanders said to them, ‘What are you doing, untying the colt?’ They told them what Jesus had said; and they allowed them to take it. Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it; and he sat on it. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields. Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting,


   Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! 

   Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David!

Hosanna in the highest heaven!’

 Then he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple; and when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.

Jesus rides a colt into Jerusalem where there are two kinds of crowds to greet him – those cheering

“Hosanna!” and those calling for his death. Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Jesus’ Passion. His real identity is about to be revealed. He is the Messiah and this is the week life turns to death and to life again.

This week, reflect on your Lenten journey and share that story of faith with someone. What has

challenged you? What has surprised you? What do you most look forward to in the Easter season?



Delavan UCC-Congregational in Delavan, Wisconsin welcomes Mr. David Bahrke as organist. Mr. Bahrke has worked as a director of music in Episcopal, Lutheran and Roman Catholic parishes as well as other orthodox and protestant denominations. He has serviced as Dean and Sub Dean of the American Guild of Organists-Milwaukee Chapter and as a member of the Development and Finance Committee of the AGO National Council. For seventeen years he was Chorus Manager and Artist Liaison for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Bahrke also has his own business: David Bahrke Music and Music Media and is also a choral director, vocal coach and pianist.



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