Union Church

Peace and presence by the sea…

Union Church is an interdenominational Christian church that welcomes those who wish to journey with us as we seek to receive and follow God’s sacred spirit and the ethical teachings of Jesus Christ. We are an evolving community of faith that seeks to reflect the love and compassion of God through our conduct. We follow the teaching of Jesus to love God, neighbor, and self. We have reverence for Earth and all living creatures. We are a worshiping community that gathers to give thanks and to celebrate the Holy Presence of God in all things. We welcome all visitors.

From the Pastor…

Dear Friends,

Hoping you enjoyed a lovely Thanksgiving.  Next Sunday, we begin the Advent Season once again.  We will be putting up the tree and decorating the church in anticipation of our time of hopeful waiting for the celebration of the birth of Christ again on Christmas.  Each year, as these special weeks pass quickly, I want to be more intentional, more mindful to the moments of these days so that I might be more present to this precious time of year.  Perhaps you feel much the same, and so I invite us this year to slow down and enjoy the moments of each day, to take time for prayer and quiet, to be intentional about making time to observe these wondrous days and be present to this opportunity to open our hearts to the Season of Advent.

The theme of our Advent Worship in the coming weeks will be Calm and Bright as we remember the 200th Anniversary of the beautiful hymn, Silent Night.  We will light the Advent wreath each week as we enter into the moments of peace, hope, joy and love and reflect on how we encounter each of these in our daily lives.  We know that they are central to the Christmas message and we know that our nation and our world are in such need of these gifts.

Just a few weeks ago, one of our oldest members, Laura McKenney, passed away surrounded by her family.  Many of you know that Laura grew up in Biddeford Pool, just down the street from Union Church and that this church was so important to her life over many, many years.  We gathered on November 10th to celebrate her life and to commend her lovely, gentle spirit to God.  We continue to thank God for the gift of her life in each of our lives and for the ways she shared her time and gifts with this church community.

In addition to our weekly worship to observe the Season of Advent, we will gather for the annual Fireside Chat on Wednesday evening, December 12th at 6pm at the Biddeford Pool Community Center.  This will be a simple evening of fun, food, and a conversation about the meaning of Advent and Christmas.  Please join us.

In January, we invite you to a retreat at the Marie Joseph Retreat Center at the Pool. The title of the Retreat is the Long and Winding Road: A Spirituality for Our Life Journey.  A group of us have been meeting in recent months to organize this offering, including Rev. Ned Dougherty, Rev. Jan Hyrniewicz, Anne Murray, and Lisa Barstow. Please join us for a special day.  A lovely poster with more information is found later in this Newsletter.

Wishing you all the blessings of this Advent Season as we make our way to the wonder of Christmas.

In Peace,


Your faithful Pastor


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