Church News & Information

 

campfire worshipCampfire Service – The campfire service is scheduled for Sunday August 18th. Bring your lawn chairs if you wish.  If inclement weather, we will meet in the Lower Hall.  Look forward to a special service with an activity, a craft and a summertime treat.  Bring a friend!


On Sunday, July 21st we voted to call Pastor Bradley Klug (pronounced kloog, long u) to be our settled part-time pastor. He is a young man with 3 children living in West Chili. Some of you may have heard Pastor Bradley preach at St. John’s Home as he was their chaplain.  Our new pastor comes to us with a Masters in Divinity from Northeastern Seminary and experience with people in their later years as well as the youth.  Pastor Bradley will be working with the UCC NY Conference and the Genesee Valley Association Committee on Ministry towards ordination. Please welcome him with the warmth Union Church is known for. On Behalf of the Deacons we wish you abundant blessings, Maryjane Starr


 

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Thank you from the trustees, for approval of the Paving Project by the congregation. We appreciate your support! Work is tentatively scheduled for August 26, 27 and 28th.


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


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 Kathy.kuntz@dor.org.

 


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.