2885 JFK Road, Dubuque, IOWA 52002.
Phone 563.582.5661 and leave a message!
Phone 563.582.5661 and leave a message!
The Rev. Ms. Karen Candee
is leading worship and preaching.
Save the Dates
Come Journey with us through Lent beginning on
ASH WEDNESDAY -
February 26, 2020
Free Soup Supper 5:30 p.m.
Worship 6:30 p.m.
with Imposition of Ashes & Holy Communion
CWU World Day of Prayer:
Friday March 6th with Snow Date March 13th
Where: Sisters of the Presentation 2360 Carter Rd.
Use Canopy Entrance facing Carter Rd.
Meet & Greet 9:30; Program & Worship 10:00
Service: Rise & Take Your Mat;
Program: Exploring Zimbabwe
Service prepared by WDP Committee of Zimbabwe – Uniting Continents – All are Welcome!
SUNDAY February 23, 2020
9:00 a.m. Bible Study Group
9:15 a.m. Choir Practice
10:00 a.m. Worship
MONDAY February 24, 2020
9:00 a.m. - Noon: Pastor's Scheduled Office Hours
6:30 p.m. Church Council
WEDNESDAY February 26, 2020 ASH WEDNESDAY
5:00 p.m. Choir Practice
5:30p.m. Soup Supper
6:30 p.m. Worship Service
FRIDAY February 28, 2020 SPARKS ARTICLES DUE!
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Confirmation
SUNDAY March 1, 2020
9:00 a.m. Bible Study Group
10:00 a.m. Worship with Holy Communion
Summit is a small congregation of around 100 members, 50 of whom attend the Sunday service. While many members are older, there are some young families and we have a multiracial Sunday School class of around 10 children. People wear what's comfortable for them.
There is plenty of parking and the main entrance is the one with the canopy (where you may drop people off in bad weather or if they need assistance).
Someone will greet you at the door. The worship space is to the right, and the restrooms are to the left.
Visitors are always welcomed warmly. You are invited to contact us if you'd like more information before attending for a first time.
Email the church with any questions or comments.
E-Mail: click here to send us a message
Sunday Worship Service - 10 AM
COMMUNION is the first Sunday of each month for children and adults, old-timers and newcomers.
Sunday Learning Opportunities:
Adult Bible Discussion - 9 AM
Multi-age Sunday School -
Every Other Week 9 AM (October - May)
Youth Moment during 10:00 a.m. worship.
All are welcome to check us out and see if we measure up to what you're seeking in a church community.
Summit Church is an accessible facility with no steps!
Summit Congregational United Church of Christ has created an agency endowment at the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque. This fund assures our organization of a permanent source of steady income to stabilize and strengthen our programs. Any gift over $50 to this fund is eligible for the Endow Iowa 25% State Tax Credit. You can contribute directly to this fund by visiting our Giving Center page on the CFGD website (click here) or by contacting CFGD at 563-588-2700.
Isaiah 58:1-12 (NIV)
58 “Shout it aloud, do not hold back.
Raise your voice like a trumpet.
Declare to my people their rebellion
and to the descendants of Jacob their sins.
2 For day after day they seek me out;
they seem eager to know my ways,
as if they were a nation that does what is right
and has not forsaken the commands of its God.
They ask me for just decisions
and seem eager for God to come near them.
3 ‘Why have we fasted,’ they say, ‘and you have not seen it?
Why have we humbled ourselves,
and you have not noticed?’
“Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please
and exploit all your workers.
4 Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife,
and in striking each other with wicked fists.
You cannot fast as you do today
and expect your voice to be heard on high.
5 Is this the kind of fast I have chosen,
only a day for people to humble themselves?
Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed
and for lying in sackcloth and ashes?
Is that what you call a fast, a day acceptable to the Lord?
6 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?
7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter--
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness will go before you,
and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.
9 Then you will call, and the Lord will answer;
you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.
“If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
with the pointing finger and malicious talk,
10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday.
11 The Lord will guide you always;
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
ike a spring whose waters never fail.
12 Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins
and will raise up the age-old foundations;
you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls,
Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent which lasts for 40 days plus 6 Sundays. Forty days was the number of days Moses fasted in repentance for the Israelites making the Golden Calf while Moses was up on Mt Sanai. Forty days was also the number of days Jesus fasted and was tempted in the wilderness after he was baptized and before he began his public ministry in order to draw near to God and be strengthened by God. Though every day is the perfect time to draw near to God and be strengthened by God, Lent is a gift to us in that it specifically draws attention to our need to draw near to God and to rely on God and God’s wisdom and ways. Sundays are not included in this time of fasting and penitence because every Sunday is considered to be a mini Easter and therefore we celebrate the risen Christ every Sunday.
Biblically speaking, fasting was a type of abstaining from food or fatty foods. Today a fast may incorporate fasting from things that hinder our relationship with God or harm God’s creatures or creation, such as fasting from the use of Styrofoam and plastic which harm the environment, fasting from or limiting our time on electronic devices should they be hindering our relationship with God or others or the ability to carry out service to God and others. Sometimes instead of fasting we pick up a new spiritual discipline such as worship, prayer, bible study, devotional reading, or we work more diligently to end oppression and injustice in the world in order to draw nearer to God. Whatever you choose to do, let this Lent be a gift to draw you nearer to God;.
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right Spirit within me.