A MESSAGE

From our Pastor

DECEMBER 2022

 

What are we waiting for? The question has some simple answers this time of year. For the Amazon delivery, cookies in the oven, presents under the tree. We wait for the singing Silent Night and to gather with family and friends on Christmas. As people of faith, we are waiting to declare once again the birth of the Christ child! Advent is a time to reflect and remember that God reveals God’s self to us every day. We find God’s presence in the love we experience, through prayer and in the words of Scripture. We don’t need to wait for God to appear because God is accessible to us even as we wait.

 

Advent is a call to draw closer to Christ. We don’t need to wait to for a better time, to be the person Christ calls us to be. We don’t need to wait, to forgive others and ourselves for the wounds we carry. We don’t need to wait to offer compassion to those who feel broken or in need. Advent shouts “Now is the time!”

 

Yes, we are preparing for Christmas, but our immediate task is to respond to the love that God has showered on us in Jesus, and we don’t need to wait for that.

 

Knowing what we are waiting for during Advent helps us to wait with holy wonder. During this season of expectation, we look for ways to experience the love of God in our relationship with others. We seek ways to be peacemakers through our words and actions. 

 

We commit to being a source of joy to all of God’s children, especially those in need. We wait with hope, peace, joy and love and we respond to our Savior’s presence among us right in this moment. We pause with wonder as we reflect on the message of love born in a humble manger. We realize that God has always been with us and we rejoice that through the story of the nativity love enters our hearts in a new and profound way.

 

Advent 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

Steve Nielson (President)

Rick Cole (Vice President)

Norm Nenninger (Treasurer)

Kirk Schoenherr

Nancy Michelson

Ida Eckert

Jerry Rogers

Linda Parsons

Linda Rehm

Lori Sarnowski

Jim Wilson

Sunday School

Music Ministry

Deborah Frontczak (Music Director)

Denise Kildea (Accompanist)

Patrick Baker (Organist)


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