A MESSAGE

From our Pastor

Dear Friends,

 

Charles Dickens begins his novel A Tale of Two Cities with these famous words, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Christmas 2020 is certainly a time of contrasts. We all want Christmas to be the best of times. That is why we decorate trees and bake cookies and sing carols. But let’s be honest, 2020 has been a very difficult year.

 

Some are struggling with their financial situation. Others are struggling with their health or the health of a loved one.  Families are dealing with stress of working and doing school at home. Still others are missing loved ones, perhaps because of death or because of the necessity to social distance.

 

Through the birth of Jesus, God joins humanity.  This sends a clear message telling us how precious we are to God.  Advent is a season for us to recognize not only our longing for God, but also God’s longing for us. God’s great desire for a relationship with us is embodied in Emmanuel - God is with us. “Fear not!” the angel says to the shepherds and to us as well. When we know deep in our hearts that God is with us, there is little room for fear.

 

God’s love quiets our minds and creates hope in our hearts. God’s love calls us to welcome Jesus into our lives this Advent. Here at Hope Church, we are ready to celebrate the hope found in a new season.  We, once again, remember the gift of love born in a manger, born in our hearts.

 

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)

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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