A MESSAGE

From our Pastor

Dear Friends,


“Hosanna”, “Hosanna” is the cry associated with the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. The word Hosanna in Hebrew translates as “O Save Us Now!” The people crowded along the road to see Jesus, the one who brought a message of hope:  Hope of a new world order that would end oppression, Hope for peace, not violence, to rule the land, and Hope that those in need would receive compassion. Jesus was the one who performed miracles; Jesus who preached about loving Yahweh and loving each other. Their very souls longed to be saved by the One who offered them the Kingdom of God. The crowds had no way of knowing how the week would unfold. They had no way of knowing the promise found in the empty tomb.


Here we are in 2021, and we join our voices saying Hosanna as words of praise and  words of longing. For we have known both praise and despair during these months of lockdown. Our hearts have more than once cried out “Save Us Now!”   We have longed for new life and fresh beginnings.


We have an advantage that the crowds along the dusty roads did not have. We know how the events of Holy Week will unfold. We know the tomb is empty. We know the promise of the resurrection. Easter shows us that transformation is possible. Death is not the final word. New beginnings are constantly being revealed through God’s amazing love. We know that hope is reborn because of Easter.


My friends, we will gather, some of us in person and some online, and we will hear the sweet refrain of “Christ the Lord is Risen Today”. We, too, are beginning to emerge, and we, too, will rejoice!


We will be transformed from the Hosannas on Palm Sunday to the Alleluias on Easter. We will rejoice knowing that the Good News was never silenced. We rejoice that the promises of new life were not locked in the tomb. So, wherever we are, we will join our voices saying, “Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed!” Alleluia!


Easter 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)

Kirk Schoenherr

​​​​​​​Nancy Michelson

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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