Lots of fun raising money for the Church!
Special appreciation goes to the generous donors of yummies, pies, unique crafts and raffle basket “fillers.” The Bazaar grossed almost $950 and you made it all happen.
Lucky raffle basket winners were Marcia Parker, Dallas Embling, Ruth Foley, Linda Brown, Alisha Chatman (Gayle Fritz’ daughter) and “Ron.” Linda Burlingame won the confirmation prize, which she donated! They join past winners like Maryjane Starr, Mary Terry, Sue Schwertfeger, Ann George, Sandy & Leon Mundt, Cheryl Valvano, Deb Janes, Zaria, Chloe, Art Kowalik, Joan Vanderhoof and more.
Extend special thanks to ANG Markets for their wine donations. Thank Higbie’s, Pontillo Pizza, Slice Pizza and AL Nails for their gift certificates as you patronize their businesses. We love this community’s support of Union Church.
Thank you! Jill, Gert and Joan
You won’t want to miss our Sunday worship service on December 23rd. A short skit –“Twas the Night Before Christmas” — will be performed by youth and adults; and a special anthem – “What Did the Star See” will be sung by youth and adults. Also, the handbell choir will accompany the congregational singing. It will be a happy celebration of this special season.
After the worship service, a light lunch in the Lower Hall will be provided for all. Please plan to attend.
On Christmas Eve, Monday the 24th, a Candlelight Service will be held at 11:00 pm. The Choir will offer Christmas anthems and Rev. David Branch will deliver a short message of joy. Although this is a late service, it is always a special time of remembering the birth of our Saviour –the true meaning of the season.
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.