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.
Dear Members and friends of Union Church,
May is upon us offering beautiful surprises each day: Most of the trees that were bare just one week ago are now showing off their tender lime green leaves and some are covered in clusters of delicate blossoms. Daffodils, narcissus and some tulips gather in joyful bunches in yards all over. Numerous versions of birdsong serenade us throughout each day. Tender blades of sweet-smelling grass are jumping out of the ground. The earth is in transition and it is a magnificent experience.
We at Union Church are also at another stage in our transition. Our able and dedicated search committee (Paul Schlaver, Katie Koles, Lamar Robinson, Debbie Lamb, Joe Boyle, Beth Baskin, Eve McPheeters and Heather Davis) have worked hard over several months and have now unanimously selected a candidate that they enthusiastically presented to the Deacons for approval. After meeting with the candidate this past week, the deacons voted to accept the search committee’s choice “with gratitude”. They also are very pleased with the selection. They will now recommend to you that this person become our settled pastor. You will all have a chance to meet the candidate on May 7th and after coffee hour members of Union Church will be asked to vote to affirm the Search Committee’s selection and the Deacons’ recommendation. With your affirmation the process of transition will continue, but it will be several months before the settled pastor is installed. This is what we have been praying for since Pastor Jan made her announcement about retiring. Yet now that this stage of the process is upon us, some members of the community may feel as anxious as they did when I first started as interim pastor. Change is frightening and it can be hard. We love our church. We are all invested in it. Hopefully, however, you have come to see that despite some changes in the past year and a half, Union Church is thriving. Our services are still beautiful and meaningful, we still love and support each other, and have a good time. None of that will change.
Let us take courage from God who orchestrates the transitions of the seasons and trust that this same God will guide and care for us in the transitions at Union Church.
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