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No matter who you are or where you are
on life's journey,
you are welcome
at Congregational
United Church of Christ!
308 East 2nd St. N
Newton, IA 50208
Church Office Hours
10:00am - 3:00pm
Tuesdays, Wednesdays,
& Thursdays



Please Note:  In-person worship services are also broadcast live Sundays beginning at 11:00AM on and posted immediately following the worship service on

/NewtonUCC and on our website at  

Any additional services (such as Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, and Maundy Thursday) will be announced in the weekly update, on our Facebook page, and here on our website.

Newton Congregational United Church of Christ
Who We Are
We are a community of God's beloved dedicated to following the teachings of Jesus as we live our faith by loving and serving all of God's creation and striving for justice and peace throughout our community, our nation, and the world.


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​    Upcoming Events​​​

Our in-person worship service begins Sundays at 11:00am, and is livestreamed on

Sunday, February 18

  • Worship Service in person at 11:00am or streamed live on

Tuesday, February 20

  • Musical Moments & Meditation 10:00am streamed live on

Sunday, February 25

  • Worship Service in person at 11:00am or streamed live on

Tuesday, February 27

  • Musical Moments & Meditation 10:00am streamed live on

February 11, 2024


Joys & Concerns

Welcome & Announcements

Prelude                                                                                 God Is so Good

Gathering Hymn #100                                           When Morning Gilds the Skies

Call to Worship                       inspired by Psalm 111 and Deuteronomy 18:15-20


Reading                                                                           2nd Corinthians 4:3-6

Gloria Patri Hymn #35                                                     Glory Be to the Father

Gospel                                                                                  Mark 8:34-38; 9:2-9

Sermon                                                                 “The glory of the Lord shines”

Music for Reflection                                                                    Transform Us

Prayers for Transformation & New Life

Words of Grace

Sharing of God’s Peace

Prayers of the People

The Lord’s Prayer

Offertory                                                               Open My Eyes that I May See

Doxology Hymn #47                             Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow

Prayer of Dedications & Thanksgiving

Sending Hymn #431                                        Go, My Children, with My Blessing


Postlude                                                                   Blest Be the Tie that Binds

Sending Charge

Pastor – Kurt Hoover        Liturgist – Larry Leitner   Organist – Bev Thomas

Resources: The Rising: Service Prayers for Transfiguration Sunday Year B was written by The Rev. Stephanie Perdew, PhD, Director, The Damascus Project, Shared Theological Education Ministry of the Wisconsin & Minnesota Conferences of the United Church of Christ.


God Is so Good, by Douglas E. Wagner.  © 2000 Lorenz Publishing Co., a division of The Lorenz Corporation.

Go, My Children, with My Blessing. Words: Jaroslav J. Vajda.  Music: trad. Welsh melody; harm. Ralph Vaughan Williams.  Words © 1983 Jaroslav J. Vajda; harm. © Oxford University Press.

Blest Be the tie that Binds by Larry Shackley.  © 2006 Lorenz Publishing Co., a division of The Lorenz Corporation.

All other recorded music is within the public domain.

Permission to podcast/stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE, License #A731412. All rights reserved.

Musical Moments & Meditation

Tuesday, February 13, 2024


Suzanne VanZandt shares a reflection on love and Bev Thomas plays the following selections:

  1. “God of Grace” by Keith Getty and Jonathan Rea.  Arranged by Molly Ijames.  Copyright © 2003 Thankyou Music (PRS) (adm. worldwide at excluding Europe which is adm. by

  2. “Children of the Heavenly Father” Arranged by Lloyd Larson.  © 2016 Lorenz Publishing Co., a division of The Lorenz Corporation.

  3. “Grace Alone” by Scott Wesley Brown and Jeff Nelson.  Arranged by Mark Hayes.  Copyright © 1998 Universal Music – Brentwood Benson Publ. (ASCAP) (adm. at


Reprinted/Podcast/Streamed with permission under ONE LICENSE #A-731412.  All rights reserved.

You are invited to send your financial offerings to:

Congregational United Church of Christ

308 E Second St. N, Newton, IA 50208

Congregational UCC is excited to offer you the opportunity to give online through!  You can give by visiting

Additionally, you may give by downloading the app on your smartphone and simply searching for "Newton Congregational United Church of Christ."  Donations may be made using a credit card or a bank account. gives those donating the option to cover the fees associated with each online giving transaction if you choose (these fees are lower when giving through your bank account).  Please contact the church office (641-792-3773) If you have any questions or difficulties giving through this new platform.  And, thank you for your continued generosity during these challenging times!

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