Church News and Information

Dear Union Church Family,
Union Church will continue indoor services each Sunday following the UCC-NYS Conference COVID-19 guidelines.  There will be limited seating as we will be socially  distanced (6 feet apart). Everyone entering the church must wear facial coverings.  
Because of the limited seating we are asking for a response (reservation) by Saturday mornings. (The day before the service) You may email the church (  or call (585-293-1665) and leave a message with Lori Kellogg.  Please leave your name and how many family members will be attending.  We will need a new reservation each week going forward so we will know if we’re able to accommodate everyone. If you have an announcement or prayer concern, you may send an email, text or provide a written note for Pastor Brad before the service.
Thank you and we hope to see you if possible.
Blessings to each of you.
From the deacons.

**If you can’t come in person,  we have started live streaming our worship service on Facebook (Sundays @ 10AM.) If you are on Facebook, all you need to do is put Union Congregational United Church of Christ – Churchville in the search box.  Our church page should come up.  If you can’t watch at that time, the video will be available on the page for viewing after the service.**


Union Church will be having a Drive-thru Ham Dinner on March 13, 2021 from 3:30 PM till gone. More Info to Come!

→The Union Church Chancel Choir is saying goodbye to our leader, Jim Burlingame. Though the choir will not be singing right away, as the UCC and NYS guidelines prohibit choirs and other group performances, the Deacons will be looking for a new Director of Music. An application is available by request. Please Call 585-293-1665 and leave a message, or email us at to have an application sent to you. You may also click on the below links to view and print the application and/or job description.

Music Director Job Description

Music Director Job Application


Our very successful end of November scrip order supplied twenty-five families with a total of 474 gift cards and profited Union Church $648.11.  We’ve been doing this fundraiser for over twelve years and provided our church with a total of $14,679.  Thank you so much to everyone who supports this program.

Our next order will be placed on Sunday, January 31st and order forms will be emailed in early 2021.  Orders may be mailed to Carol Turkett at 50 Gateway Rd, Rochester, 14624 no later than January 25th or picked up by calling Carol at #315-1569 or Maryjane at #615-5356.  Remember scrip cards can be used at many local stores and restaurants as well as online purchases.

Thanks to all who support this program!
Carol & Maryjane

POP TABS – Please keep those tiny tabs coming in!  They may be small but they help families with seriously ill children in the Rochester area thru the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Collection containers are located in the Fellowship room and lower hall.
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First Responders Honored at Union Church
For the second year, Union Congregational Church honored the fire fighters and first responders of Churchville by providing a free chicken and biscuit dinner for the men and women who bring protection and safety to our community.

It was an honor well received and well deserved for these unsung heroes.  Forrest, who served with the Churchville firefighters for over 47 years, mentioned that they do not serve for accolades, but because they enjoy doing what they do to serve the community.

Each of them commit to many hours of training before they are certified and many more hours on a weekly basis to be adequately prepared for any emergency they must confront.  They are very familiar with our area and respond quickly to each call to assess the situation and provide the service needed.

Many of the attendees, such as Leon, Rebecca, Steve, Jim and Gary were quick to comment on the delicious food and how appreciative they were of being recognized in this way.  They know that the community values their service but it is good to be acknowledged.

Jamie, whose expertise is in the medical area of firefighting, has served with this group for over nine years.  She has trained extensively and continues to learn from her experiences and enjoys all of her time with this amazing team of men and women.

Leslie, who is fire captain, was so pleased to be acknowledged.  She said it is wonderful to know that people really do care about the service the first responders provide.

They say that when you meet a soldier, you should thank him or her for their service.  We would add to that by saying when you meet a firefighter or first responder don’t hesitate to tell them how you appreciate their sacrifices. contributions and dedication to serving our community.  This was one way we said thank you to each of them.

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First Responders Appreciation Dinner Hosted by the
Union Church “Work Group”

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From the Trustees
Your Trustees have been busy!   We have raised the front access to the church, making it easier for everyone to enter.  We have replaced damaged sidewalk sections and capped and painted the retaining wall.  In the process we repaired serious damage to a foundation beam and made sure it will be protected in the future.  We also caulked and painted the entryway columns and rebuilt and reinstalled the wrought iron railings.  Thanks go to our contractors: LST Construction, Bruce Steele Construction, Bill Wittman and Level Up Painting.  The kitchen has received some attention too.  The work group has updated the lighting fixtures with LED lights and the difference is like night and day, literally.  They also helped pay for a grease trap repair.  And it was time for the kitchen Fire Prevention Suppression System to be replaced and that is being done by Churchville Fire Equipment Company.  These repairs and renovations make it clear to the community that we are alive and well and open for business.  Come join us…

WOW!  Did you see the musical “Life of the Party”?  Kudos to Steve Valvano who pulled it together so beautifully within a week.  It was the culmination of a great week of VBS at Union Church.  Everyone, children and adults — from 3 to 83 — seemed to have a great experience.  From the start of listening to stories, singing songs, learning in the classroom, working at a craft, and of course, enjoying some snacks, to gathering together at the end with a song and prayer, it was a lot of fun and joy. It could not have happened without the cooperation and help by all of you – from teaching to bringing cookies for the reception. Thank you for contributing to the success of this year’s VBS.  We would love to hear your comments and feedback.

UNION CHURCH 2018 PARADE FLOAT – Smile, God Loves You! was the theme of our Parade Float this year.  We’re sure it brought smiles to many along the way.  Again we displayed the miniature church built by Harry Pimm many years ago.  Al Cullen drove the truck and pulled the trailer provided by Andy Fuller and we decorated it with balloons ad balloon fringe.  But the best attraction were the smiles, singing and kazoo playing by old and young sitting on the float and walking alongside with candy and bookmarks for the onlookers.  We hope you did not miss this joyous occasion.  If so, enjoy the pictures taken by several people.  So many thanks to all who helped in all kinds of ways to make this a successful contribution to the community.