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.


 

Dear Union Church family,

Here we are in the last full month of summer and the last full month that I will be your interim pastor. It has been an honor and one of the greatest blessings of my life to journey with you in my capacity as your pastor. Union Church is an amazing spiritual community and I’m so grateful that you have given me the opportunity to serve as you r leader.  I want to end, however, as I began; reminding you that we together are Union Church, and that a change in leadership will result in some things being different, but does not in any way threaten the soul of who we are. If we together, leadership and congregation,  listen and respond to the urgings of the Spirit, we will continue to thrive and grow.

The first four services that I led at Union Church focused on how we have defined ourselves as church, what is core to who we are and how together we can preserve those elements and develop them.  Now, almost two years later, we see that has been the case. Union Church remains Union Church.  All of the elements that we identified as important to who we are  have endured.  As we prepare to enter our final major stage of transition, welcoming a new pastor next month, I want to once again review with you our Covenant and the profile that we developed together. It is the responsibility of all of us to ensure that Union Church continues to be the spiritual wellspring that we all treasure and the “little church with the big heart” of which we are so proud.

To that end, the  themes for our services in August will  be:

August 6 – (Communion Sunday) – We are a Pilgrim People (We are on a journey together, advancing the reign of God. What do we need for the journey?)

August 13 – Worship (We will celebrate this dimension of who we are with Music Sunday. We all value this wonderful aspect of our services. Please consider becoming involved even for this one service). Also, Rev. Paula Norbert, who will begin as our settled pastor on September 10th will co-preside at our service with me and you will have a chance to meet with her at our church picnic which will follow our service.

August 20 – The sacredness of all creation. ( In our profile we state, “We recognize the place we hold in nature as a reciprocal partnership; we walk together with, and are not in dominion over, all of God’s creation.”  During our service we will prayerfully reflect together the ramifications of that statement and how we want to preserve and promote that significant component of how we describe ourselves.)

August 27 – Mission. (Our profile states, “Through financial support and volunteerism we have benefitted the local community and beyond.” Members of the Mission Committee will be planning this service with me. We will review our present commitments as a church community and each of you will have an opportunity to reflect on how you will be involved in Union Church mission endeavors going forward.)

Life is change and without change there is no growth. At the same time, change is anxiety provoking. Let’s together bring our concerns and aspirations  to prayer, continue enjoying our summer and enter joyfully into this next phase of our transition as church.

Blessing and love,

Nancy


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