A MESSAGE

From our Pastor

MARCH 2024

 

God Is Love

Hosanna”, “Hosanna” is the cry associated with the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. The word Hosanna in Hebrew translates as “O Save Us Now!” The people crowded along the road, laying down cloaks and palm branches. I imagine the crowds were filled with excitement; after all, Jesus brought a message of hope. Hope for a new world order that would end oppression. Hope for peace, not violence, to rule the land. Hope that those in need would receive compassion. Jesus was the one who performed miracles. Jesus, who preached about loving Yahweh and loving each other, was riding in on a donkey. Their very souls longed to be saved by the One who offered them the Kingdom of God. The crowds had no way of knowing how the week would unfold. They had no way of knowing the promise found in the empty tomb.


Here we are in 2024, and we join our voices in shouting Hosanna, both as words of praise and as we see our world in turmoil and filled with division, and we cry out, “Save Us Now!”


We have an advantage that the crowds along the dusty roads did not have. We know how the events of the week will unfold. We know the tomb is empty. We know the promise of the resurrection. Easter shows us that new life is a gift from God. Transformation is possible. Death is not the final word. New beginnings are constantly being revealed through God’s amazing love. We know that hope is reborn because of Easter.


My friends, it is important that we walk through Holy Week together because it gives us a deeper appreciation of Easter. On the day of the resurrection, we will stand in the sanctuary to sing “Christ the Lord is Risen Today.”.


We will be transformed from the shouts of Hosanna on Palm Sunday to the shouts of Alleluia on Easter. We will rejoice in the joyous good news that cannot be compromised by the turmoil in our world. We rejoice that the promises of new life were not contained in the tomb. Please come and join us as we release balloons and unite our voices, saying, “Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed!” Alleluia!

 

Blessings,

Pastor Meg

WHO IS UCC

The United Church of Christ (UCC) is a distinct and diverse community of Christians that come together as one church to join faith and action.  With over 5,000 churches and nearly one million members across the U.S., the UCC serves God in the co-creation of a just and sustainable world.  The UCC is a church of firsts, a church of extravagant welcome, and a church where "…they may all be one" (John 17:21).


The Church of Firsts

Since 1957, the United Church of Christ has been the church of firsts, weaving God’s message of hope and extravagant welcome with action for justice and peace. Together, we live out our faith in ways that effect change in our communities.  The UCC's many "firsts" mean that we have inherited a tradition of acting upon the demands of our faith.  When we read in Galatians: "There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus"—a demand is made upon us. And so we were the first historically white denomination to ordain an African-American, the first to ordain a woman, the first to ordain an openly gay man, and the first Christian church to affirm the right of same-gender couples to marry. We were in the forefront of the anti-slavery movement and the Civil Rights movement.  Our response to the demands of our faith is woven into the history of our country.


A Church of Extravagant Welcome

Today, we continue to change lives throughout the world. We work alongside more than 200 mission partners. We labor ceaselessly to fight injustice, in the United States and abroad. We instill our vision into our youth and young adults, forging leaders who will imagine new dreams. And we sustain and develop church leaders, pastors, and our local churches to live their faith in exciting new ways.  We believe in a God that is still speaking​, a God that is all-loving and inclusive.  We are a church that welcomes and accepts everyone as they are, where your mind is nourished as much as your soul.


We are a church where Jesus the healer meets Jesus the revolutionary, and where together, we grow a just and peaceful world.

MEET OUR STAFF

Staff

Rev. Meg Wilson (Pastor)

Calley Garvin (Admin. Assistant)

Board of Trustess

Steve Nielson (President)

Rick Cole (Vice President)

Terry Hillman (Treasurer)

Nancy Michelson

Ida Eckert

Jerry Rogers

Linda Parsons

Linda Rehm

Lori Sarnowski

Sunday School

Music Ministry

Deborah Frontczak (Music Director)

Denise Kildea (Accompanist)

Patrick Baker (Organist)


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