A MESSAGE

From our Pastor

Dear Friends,

 

How are you doing? It’s to be expected that we would be feeling anxious during this time. After all we have never experienced anything like this. We turn to our faith to find comfort and courage. We remember that God doesn’t promise us that all will be rosy but instead promises us that we are not alone for God walks with us.  The following is an updated version of scripture as it might appear if it was written by today’s disciples.

 

An update for today, of scripture found in Romans 8:30-39 in the face of COVID-19 ….

 

"What shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?"

 

“What shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or empty shelves at Kroger or paychecks slashed or danger from Covid 19?”

 

"No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

 

“No, in all these things we will stay strong because we know we are not alone. For I am convinced that neither sickness or health neither panic or isolation, neither pandemic and its complications either today or in the weeks to come neither social distancing or home quarantine or any other restrictions will be able to separate us from the love of God that we know in Christ Jesus.”

 

Nothing will separate us from the love of God. Now is the time to act with compassion, to practice self-care and to rely on God. Remember although much is canceled, love, faith, music, books, writing, sunshine, walking, laughter, prayer, friendships, dogs, cats, faith, family still remain available to all of us.

 

As I look out my window and see the pussy willow tree with lovely gray buds, I am reminded of the quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson, “All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.” Together let’s keep trusting and hoping…

 

Blessings in this season,

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)

Rick Cole (Vice President)

Donna Canu (Secretary)

Norm Nenninger (Treasurer)

Janet Dolland

Kirk Schoenherr

Ida Eckert

Steve Nielson

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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