A MESSAGE

From our Pastor


Dear Parents and Grandparents,


Please take a few moments and read this letter.


I want to welcome you and your children to the new 2019/2020 Sunday School Year. Here at Hope Church, we are making some changes to help the kids build their own faith community. Children ages 3 and above will go to Sunday school after the children’s message. The young people will learn about God and Jesus through a variety of engaging styles to help make the Bible stories and faith messages relevant in their lives.


I recognize that weekends are very busy and sometimes church gets lost in all the other commitments that families have to meet. I’m suggesting 4 reasons that coming to Sunday school is more important than ever before! These aren’t “hell fire and brimstone” reasons but very practical reasons.


1 We are living in times of high anxiety. Even though you work to shield your child, they are exposed to the stress of current events. Church is the place that they can learn about the goodness in the world and the love of God. They also learn that in the past, people have relied on their faith to help them cope during times of community and personal anxiety.

2 The Church enables kids to learn the teachings of Jesus and to recognize the importance of helping others. Realistically, we can’t make our children happy 100% of the time. Learning about how our faith ancestors have managed disappointment and tough times will help our children develop character. Serving others has been proven to build young people’s self-esteem.

 3 The Church is a place to ask hard questions. Why did my friend get sick? What happens when Great Grandma dies? It also equips you as a family to discuss difficult topics and manage painful times.

 4 The Church encourages kids to build connections. We are living with tablets and cell phones and it’s easy to become isolated. Church offers youth a place to engage with others who may be different. They may not play the same sports or have similar families but we all gather to grow in our faith.  There is also a sense of shared history, we’ve been doing this for years and people have joined together to build old and new traditions that are filled with faith and love.


By the way, all the reasons church is healthy for children and youth are also helpful reasons for adults! We worship at 10 am and your families time commitment only needs to be one hour per week. Please pray and talk together about how to use church as a tool in your life to aid in growing healthy and faith filled children and youth. Visit the "EVENTS" tab on this site to see a list of upcoming special events at Hope Church. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.


Blessings,                         


Pastor Meg Wilson

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)

Sue Robinson (Administrative assistant)

Board of Trustess

Nancy Burnham (President)

Nancy Fay (Vice President)

Janet Dolland (Secretary)

Norm Nenninger (Treasurer)

Rick Cole

Ida Eckert

Donna Canu

Linda Parsons

Donna Lasecki

Lori Sarnowski

Jim Wilson

Susan Winters

Sunday School

Pam Flaherty (Superintendent)

Music Ministry

Deborah Frontczak (Music Director)

Denise Kildea (Accompanist)

Patrick Baker (Organist)


JOIN US THIS WEEK

WORSHIP SUNDAYS AT 10:00 am