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.

A Message From Your Pastor…

September-October 2018 Newsletter

It has now been more than a year since I was called to serve as Pastor at Union Church. For me, it has been a year filled with much joy and a sense of deep satisfaction in coming to know many of the members and friends of this vital and dedicated worship community. These recent summer months have been busy and filled with many good things.

Back in May, Paul Schlaver and I kicked off the “One to One’s” at the church. This allowed folks to spend time with another person from the church and come to know them a little better. We heard many positive stories from these gatherings, especially because it allowed people to learn more about others whom they see often at church. We hope to re-visit this in October for those who are interested. I encourage you to reach out to someone you’d like to know better from our church community and invite them to coffee or lunch or to share a walk together. It’s a nice way to strengthen the bonds within our church community.

We held the Semi-Annual meeting in late June which also went well; reports were shared and it was handled efficiently. People were very positive about all that had been accomplished since January.

During the summer, the Speaker Series committee worked very hard to bring another successful series to the church with interesting speakers who represented a variety of genres. Eileen Foley generously donated a beautiful painting to auction off with the proceeds donated in honor of Anita Shreve to a Boston writer’s program. We are deeply grateful for the hard work of the many folks who make this such a successful event. The profits will once again benefit the outreach work of our Mission Committee and the many lives which are touched by the love and support of Union Church.

In late July, we offered a gathering on Yoga, Mindfulness Meditation and Relaxation at the BPCC, with the leadership of Katherine Blaxter, an experienced yoga instructor. About a dozen people showed up for a great introduction to each of these relaxation techniques.

In August, we held a joint event with the Episcopal church in Biddeford Pool. I coordinated a Kid’s Yoga intro, again with the wonderful help of Katherine Blaxter. This was then followed by the decorating of cookies which were donated to the In a Pinch Meal at Seeds of Hope.

We welcomed many new and returning visitors to the church over the summer months with larger groups of children in attendance week to week. It certainly brought renewed energy to our time of worship. I really enjoyed meeting some of our summer regulars and had the opportunity to visit with several on an individual basis.

I also continued to support the Pastoral Assistants and the Helping Hands groups. The Pastoral Assistants have been great in offering additional visits to members of our church. Helping Hands have provided meals to those who have wanted some meals delivered and continue to be ready when such needs arise. There have been a number of people from the church who have been dealing with particular challenges, many connected to health concerns, among other things. I have been meeting regularly with a number of people and have reached out to offer visits and support to folks who may need some individual care. We continue to keep them in our prayers.

On September 8th, we had a lovely wedding at the church for a local Biddeford couple. The groom serves as a police officer in town so it was nice to meet him and others from the community. We have another wedding scheduled for next June. I am grateful to Ken and Anne Murray who joined me on the morning of the wedding to offer support to the family and guests, as well as me.

Along with our dedicated Deacons, we will be looking ahead to Thanksgiving and the Season of Advent and Christmas. I recently met with a small group to begin planning a retreat for the coming months called “The Long and Winding Road: A Spirituality for the stages of our lives.” Earlier in the summer, a meeting was held to discuss developing safety plans in the event of weather, fire, medical concern or other threats to our church community. We are developing a safety plan which we will soon share with the community and we intend to hold an announced fire drill before the weather gets cold.

It continues to be both a privilege and a pleasure to serve as Pastor of Union Church. As we move into the autumn months, I hope that we may all take time to enjoy the beauty of the changing seasons and continue to feel enriched, renewed and supported by our special connections to one another through this wonderful church. If I may be of support to you at any time, I do hope you will reach out and set up a time when we can meet. My very best to all of you.


Pastor Paula

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