A MESSAGE

From our Pastor

JULY 2022

 

One of my favorite parts of being your pastor is getting a front row seat to watch the body of Christ come alive, meeting the needs of God’s children. The past couple of years, it seems as though heartache and struggle have been present in the lives of many in our community. As the reality of life has hit hard, the love of Christ has shown up through everyday people walking in love and simply showing up for those around them.

 

Scripture instructs us in Galatians 6:2 that, as believers, we are to carry one another’s burdens: “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” I have watched this Scripture come alive. I have watched as you have shown up to help carry the weight of loss. The weight of sickness. The weight of need. The weight of all the hard things life can bring us. You have lifted the burdens of others simply through your presence—simply by showing up.

 

Showing up requires us to look past our own fears and our own insecurities. Often, our own fear holds us back from showing up for people. We feel like we don’t know what to say or what to do that might be helpful, so we stay away from those who are suffering. But when we resist the urge to fix the situation or say something profound and simply show up, we are able to actually care for others in a meaningful way.

 

In his book, Out of Solitude, Henri Nouwen says this, “When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen, rather, to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.” We see Jesus model this idea of simply showing up throughout the Gospels. When his friend, Lazarus, dies, initially, Jesus simply shows up. He shows up and he weeps with those who are mourning. He enters into Mary and Martha’s grief, and he touches their wounds with a warm and tender hand.

 

I thank you for being there for each other and for those you do not even know by name and for me. I thank you for remembering the value of just simply showing up for each other. For the love of Christ is made tangible to those who are struggling simply by you showing up and sitting with those in need. Continue to trust that the Spirit of God is working through your presence. Together we can get through the toughest of times and still find reasons to rejoice! 

 

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)

Donna Canu (Secretary)

Norm Nenninger (Treasurer)

Kirk Schoenherr

Nancy Michelson

Ida Eckert

Jerry Rogers

Linda Parsons

Linda Rehm

Lori Sarnowski

Jim Wilson

Sunday School

Pam Flaherty (Superintendent)

Music Ministry

Deborah Frontczak (Music Director)

Denise Kildea (Accompanist)

Patrick Baker (Organist)


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