United Church of Christ  

Indianola, Iowa 

 an open and affirming congregation

Worshiping at Smith Chapel

on the Simpson College campus


Pastor: Rev. Julia Tipton Rendon

Worship at 10:30 
 Sunday School for all ages at 9:30 
We worship on Zoom every Sunday.
Sunday School "meets" at 9:30.

Here are the CDC guidelines for faith-based organizations.




Ordinary Time

Bulletin for November 22


Word for the day: NEIGHBOR



LEADER: The Lord is making a new covenant with the people of God.


Leader: We belong to the living God.



HYMN NCH #383 “Come, Let Us Join with Faithful Souls”


1.  Come, let us join with faithful souls our song of faith to raise;

one family in heart are we, and one the God we praise.


2.  Faithful are all who love the truth and perfect truth proclaim,

who steadfast stand at Go’s right hand and glorify God’s name.


3.  And faithful are the gentle hearts to whom the power is given

of every hearth to make a home, of every home a heaven.


4.  O God of hosts, our faith renew, and grant us, in your grace,

to join the songs sung by the saints in every time and place.


SCRIPTURE READING: Jeremiah 36:1-8, 21-23, 27-28; 31:31-34


HYMN NCH #388 “Help Us Accept Each Other”


1.  Help us accept each other as Christ accepted us;

teach us as sister, brother, each person to embrace.

Be present, God, among us, and bring us to believe

we are ourselves accepted and meant to love and live.


2.  Teach us, O God, your lessons, as in our daily life

we struggle to be human and search for hope and faith.

Teach us to care for people, for all, not just for some,

to love them as we find them, or as they may become.


3.  Let your acceptance change us, so that we may be moved

in living situations to do the truth in love;

to practice your acceptance, until we know by heart

the table of forgiveness and laughter’s healing art.


4.  God, for today’s encounters with all who are in need,

who hunger for acceptance, for righteousness and bread,

bring us new eyes for seeing, new hands for holding on;

renew us with your Spirit; God! Free us, make us one!




Prayer hymn NCH #743 “Be Still and know that I am God”



Lord’s Prayer

Our Mother/Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.  Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread.  Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.  Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.  For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours now and forever.  Amen.


HYMN NCH #609 “Now Is the Time Approaching”


1.  Now is the time approaching, by prophets long foretold,

when all shall dwell together, secure and manifold.

Let war be learned no longer, let strife and tumult cease,

all earth a blessed garden that God shall tend in peace.


2.  Let all that now divides us remove and pass away,

like mists of early morning before the blaze of day.

Let all that now unites us more sweet and lasting prove,

a closer bond of union, in blessed lands of love.


3.  O long-expected dawning, come with your cheering ray!

Yet shall the promise beckon and lead us not astray.

O sweet anticipation! It cheers the watchers on

to pray, and hope, and labor till Christ’s new realm is come.




Benediction hymn NCH #419 “Now Thank We All Our God”


1.  Now thank we all our God with heart and hands and voies,

who wondrous things has done, in whom this world rejoices,

who, from our parents’ arms, has blessed us on our way

with countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.


2.  O may this bounteous God through all our life be near us,

with ever joyful hearts and blessed peace to cheer us,

and keep us still in grace, and guide us when perplexed,

and free us from all ills in this world and the next.


3.  All praise and thanks to God our Maker now be given,

to Christ, and Spirit, too, our help in highest heaven,

the one eternal God, whom earth and heaven adore,

for thus it was, is now, and shall be evermore.



Crossroads members Easter 2014

Here we were at Easter breakfast!


What we believe

The United Church of Christ is a non-creedal church.  It is the responsibility of every member to work toward a coherent and informed faith.


The United Church of Christ embraces a theological heritage that affirms the Bible as the authoritative witness to the Word of God, the creeds of the ecumenical councils, and the confessions of the Reformation. The UCC has roots in the "covenantal" tradition—meaning there is no centralized authority or hierarchy that can impose any doctrine or form of worship on its members. Christ alone is Head of the church. We seek a balance between freedom of conscience and accountability to the apostolic faith. The UCC therefore receives the historic creeds and confessions of our ancestors as testimonies, but not tests of the faith. 



Want some links to scientific information about climate change?  Go to our Links page!


Some of what we do at Crossroads

We worship by Zoom.  If you'd like to join us, email the pastor, identify yourself, and we will send you a Zoom link.  Pastor *at* crossroadsucc *dot* org

We serve two meals a month at the Catholic Worker House in Des Moines. 

We micro-lend to small business owners through Kiva.  We have lent about $21,000 to help people start or expand businesses!

We are a Jubilee Congregation, supporting efforts to serve, protect and promote economic participation by the most vulnerable. Find out more about Jubilee here!


When it is safe and responsible to be out and about, we'll resume our other social activities.


About Crossroads UCC

Crossroads United Church of Christ is an open and affirming congregation of the Iowa Conference of the United Church of Christ.  We believe that we are called by God, as Christians, to gather people

into community, build them in a relationship

with God, and send them into ministry.


We try to make our congregation a place where you can be yourself, and we believe that the practice of hospitality helps us to learn the mind of God.


We are "the church you didn't know you were looking for"--a small but active congregation

that is focused on mission, spiritual growth, and community involvement--that doesn't take itself too seriously.


Visitors are always welcome.  If you're looking

for a church home, or if you're just curious, please come worship with us!




PO Box 811, Indianola IA  50125

tel.: 515-961-9370

email: pastor *at* crossroadsucc *dot* org 



head and shoulders of womanThe Rev. Julia Rendon


Where to find us

We are in Indianola, Iowa, a community of 14,000 just 12 miles south of Des Moines on Highway 65/69. 


Crossroads UCC does not own a building.  We meet in Dirlam Lounge in Smith Chapel of Simpson College.  Here is a campus map


Here is a Mapquest map. 



Worship and Sunday School

Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:30 during the school year, and worship is at 10:30.  


We have a Safe Church policy for our Sunday School and youth programming.


A good resource for learning about dismantling racism is here.