April 30, 2013

Psalm 133
2 Samuel 1:4-27
Acts 11:27-30

A congregation member sponsors each weekly program from Neillsville, WI, United Church of Christ, typically to celebrate a special occasion like a birthday, anniversary or day of memorial, which is announced at the end of the sermon.

"People want special dates, like anniversaries," Vradenburg said. "It works out pretty easy that way."
The broadcasts are part of the congregation's Care and Share program, which includes other types of outreach that benefit the elderly, such as newsletter delivery and holiday visits. Going one-step further, the congregation also offers taxicab vouchers for people who are physically able to attend church but do not have a mode of transportation. The church coordinates the free rides working directly with a cab company. According to Vradenburg, it's just another way Neillsville UCC keeps every member as part of the family.

"They are good guys and women," Vradenburg says of the church's elderly members. "We want them to be happy."

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