Church News & Information

A special meeting of the Union Congregational United Church of Christ of Churchville, New York will be held on July 28th, 2019 at 11:00 AM in the sanctuary, immediately following the service of worship.  The meeting is for the purpose of approving a contract to pave our deteriorating parking lots. The cost to the Church for the project will be $12,932.  Work will be performed by Ruston Paving Company.

On Sunday, July 21, 2019 Union Church will host the Deacons/Search Committee recommended candidate, Pastor Bradley Klug as our settled part/time pastor. He will lead the service as well as give the children’s message and gospel sermon.

After the service all voting members of Union Congregational UCC are asked to stay for discussion and at the close of all discussion will be voting to retain the services of Bradley Klug, Pastor.

Pertaining to the special vote according to the Union Congregational UCC By-Laws (revised and passed 6/5/2016)


B.) Business Meetings

  1. Special Meetings: …for business may be called by the Board of Trustees, Board of
  2. Rules & Regulations:
    a.) Notices: Notices for …and special meetings shall be read from the pulpit and/or
    printed in the church bulletin on two successive Sundays immediately preceding said meeting.
    b.) Quorum: A quorum shall consist of 25 voting members present.


  1. Pastor: The Pastor shall be called for an indefinite time by a two-thirds vote….

The notice will be read on Sunday, July 7 and 14, 2019 from the pulpit.

Please consider to take the time to hear Pastor Klug and make your voice heard at the special meeting. In addition, on Saturday, July 20 there will be an informal meet and greet with Bradley and his daughters from 1-3 pm in the lower Fellowship hall. This is an opportunity to begin to know Bradley as one of us.

Questions, please do not hesitate to contact one of the Deacons or myself.

Wishing you many blessings,

Maryjane Starr, Chair

Jill Brasser, Deacon
Rosalyn Nesbitt, Deacon
Diane Pusateri, Deacon
Janie Suarez, Deacon
Mary Terry, Deacon
Steve Valvano, Deacon

Bring  your pet to church on Sunday, July 28.  It will receive a blessing and bring joy to all. The 10 am service will be held outdoors (In rear of church) if weather permits.  Otherwise, it will be held in the Lower Hall.

BOARD-OF-TRUSTEES-graphic-imageThe Trustees are busy!  Led by Trustee Kevin Mead, we presented options to the congregation to begin modernizing the sound system in the church and with the help of the work group, to adapt the sanctuary for handicap seating.  After considering input, the Trustees approved removing part of a pew 1/3 rd the way from the back in the center isle.  The work group, with Al Cullen’s skills, plans to take care of that with little cost.  The trustees also asked Kevin to get a precise bid to create a sound booth and the basic technology needed.   We also hired Bruce Steele, Inc.  to repair a problem outside over a stained glass window;  we are beginning the process to create a 2020 church budget; and having received an anonymous gift of $7,000 to repair the deteriorating pavement in our parking lots, we are talking with paving companies to get advice and bids.

thank-youThe Annual Garage Sale made $384 for the church.  Many thanks to all who donated and attended the sale. A special thank you to Judy, Mary and Jim, Sandy M, Bill and Joan, Dallas and Al. Without their help we could not have done this…..Sandy Cullen

Again this year we will celebrate CHRISTMAS IN JULY on Sunday, July 14.  Click below for a list of gifts for the church which may be wrapped and placed on the altar on that Sunday.  We will also place a request for Christmas cookies on the bulletin board. If you are able to provide some cookies, please sign up on the list.  Many thanks!

  (Click) Christmas in July 2019

Update From the Deacons! God has blessed Union Church with so many inspiring speakers during our time since Pastor Shirley left us. But, the Deacons have been working towards inviting a settled part-time Pastor to serve us. As I write this, we do have a candidate in mind. We have had an initial interview and spoken to the candidate’s professional references, but there is still much to do. I apologize that I have not sent timely updates. There will be more updates as we move along together on the road to a new Pastor.
Many blessings to all of you, Maryjane Starr on behalf of The Deacons 

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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Ecumenical Vacation Bible School
Take an Adventure to the Holy Land and learn “Where a Savior is Born” at the Ecumenical Vacation Bible School this summer from August 19 through 23.  Sessions will be from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm at Union Church with a special presentation on Thursday evening at St. Vincents and closing ceremony on Friday at Union Church.  Children from pre-school thru Grade 5 are eligible.  (Pre-schoolers must be potty trained and age 3 by June 1.)   Youth volunteers are needed as well.  Join us for a week of learning, friendship and fun.  For more information or to register, contact Kathy at 585-748-3865 or 585-294-3085 or email


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.