Palm Sunday Photos
WELCOME TO UNION CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here. We worship in God’s house and all of God’s children are welcome here. God’s communion table is open, not closed. We advocate justice for all and extend hospitality as a sign of God’s inclusive love.
Our church’s mission is to change lives — individually, systemically and globally and we work to make transformation possible, but trust in God’s grace. Churches must be places of vitality in worship, learning and advocacy. Why? ♥Because God is still speaking.♥
Sunday Morning Service is at 10:00 AM – Child Care Provided – Wheel Chair Accessible
14 North Main Street
Po Box 123
Churchville, NY 14428
Call for a special meeting:
The Trustees are calling a special meeting of Union Congregational United Church of Christ of Churchville, New York to be held on Sunday July 10, 2022, immediately following the service of worship at 10:45 a.m., in the sanctuary. The purpose of the meeting will be to obtain approval of expenditure of funds for two necessary repairs/upgrades to the church. Item one is for the purpose of replacement of a non-functioning heating/air conditioning unit located in the lower hall. Trustees are requesting the expenditure of no more than $8500 to complete the purchase and installation of the unit. Item two is for necessary upgrades to maintain the operation of the church fire alarm system. Trustees are requesting the expenditure of no more than $6400 to complete the purchase and installation of the needed upgrade expenditures.
If you are unable to attend, you may request an absentee ballot from the church secretary by calling 293-1665 as soon as possible. The absentee ballot will be mailed to you, or it can be picked up in the church office, during office hours. All ballots must be received at church by Friday, July 8, 2022, by mailing it to the church office (Union Congregational Church PO Box 123, Churchville, NY 14428) or dropping it off during church office hours. We encourage those who feel comfortable attending the meeting in person, to please attend. We need a quorum of 25 people to be able to hold the meeting.
Additional information will be available in the church newsletter and paper copies available in the church sanctuary.
The Trustees have been aware of, and working on, heating and air conditioning issues in the sanctuary and lower hall. We initially had the contractor we had used before, come, and check on the lower hall. We were very dissatisfied with the service and then sought another contractor. Recently Holbrook Heating Inc. came and spent several hours checking all units, free of charge. Maintenance work was completed on the sanctuary units and the AC is working well. Unfortunately, the one unit in the lower hall is need of extensive repairs to the degree that replacement of the unit is a far better option. The unit is currently 8 years old and future issues are likely to follow because of its current issues. Replacing the unit will give us a larger unit to better serve the kitchen as well as the lower hall and it comes with a 12-year parts and compressor warranty. The unit we plan to install is a Mitsubishi 18K hyper heat pump system. The purchase and installation of the unit will cost no more than $8500.
The second item we are seeking funding approval for is, needed upgrades to the church’s fire alarm system. Some time ago we became aware of the fact that to continue using the fire alarm system upgrades are needed. Among other issues, smoke heads are outdated, and replacements are not available if one fails. We have been able to keep it functioning but without repairs parts of the church will not have protection in the future. This is especially important as we hope outside groups will want to rent church space for their events. A wide range of prices were received from different providers initially. Upon re-contacting businesses for an updated quote, our current provider (Casco) submitted a revised quote that was the most reasonable bid we have received. We are seeking funding, not to exceed $6500 to complete this project.
Bids for both projects are valid until mid-July and, if approved, we will immediately move forward with both to lock in the quoted prices. Please attend church on July 10th to vote on these items or obtain your absentee ballot so that it may be received no later than Friday July 8, 2022.
Our Service is now streamed live on Facebook….
“Jean is a long-time member of Union Church. Although she cannot attend our church services, she does keep connected by way of Facebook”
Annual Strawberry Social At Union Church
14 North Main St –
Village of Churchville-
Thursday, June 16th at
Union Church, between 4-7 pm.
Fishing Booth/Quilt Drawing
Serving – Hot dogs, strawberry desserts and ice cream. (293-1665).
HELPING OUR NEIGHBORS
Several churches have joined together to provide food for families who need a little extra. Some of this food is also provided by businesses as well as individuals. Residents in the Riga area are welcome to come to Union Church, 14 N. Main Street in Churchville, to pick up a box of nutritious food for their families. Distribution is made every third Tuesday of each month between 4 and 5 pm. Drive into the church parking lot and follow the signs. If you know of any in need, please inform them of this program.
Music Director Needed
Dog Therapy Ministry
Our Dog Therapy Ministry began on September 19, 2021, when Jenn Faro brought Pinot, an adorable black lab, to our Pet Blessing Service to be blessed. Pinot was blessed by Pastor Brad as she launched her ministry to bring comfort and joy to those who are housebound or are unable to attend services. Pinot is a Certified Therapy dog and Jenn is a warm and lovely young woman who has bonded with Pinot and wants to share her gentle and kind ways with others. If you need a visit or know of someone who cannot attend services or is experiencing difficulty of any kind, please call the church office and arrangements will be made for Jenn to bring Pinot to you and introduce you to her for a friendly visit. No cost is involved but smiles are always welcomed.
Pet Blessing Service Did you miss our Pet Blessing service on September 19th? What a wonderful time of praise for all of God’s creatures. It brought smiles and joy to everyone in attendance. We had 12 dogs that were blessed by Pastor Brad, 17 that were prayed for but were not able to be there, and 5 that were no longer with us. Even a stuffed elephant was given prayer that it would bless its young owner. A highlight of the service was Pinot who was blessed as she begins her Dog Therapy Ministry to those who need comfort and joy. If you know of someone who wants a visit from Pinot, please contact Maryjane who will direct you to Jen Faro who now begins this ministry. (see pics below)
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