SCRIP NEWS – Our Christmas order set new records – 498 gift cards purchased for a profit of $763.83! WOW! The total profit from our scrip program for 2018 was $1,559.29! Thank you to everyone who took the time to order and support this program. With Christmas and New Year’s behind us, already, please look ahead to Valentine’s Day, birthdays, and other family holidays in early 2019. Gift cards still make a wonderful present and you can support Union Church at the same time. Our next order will be due by Sunday, January 27th and distributed on Sunday, February 3rd. Order forms will be found in the back of the sanctuary and emailed after the first of the year. Please contact Maryjane Starr or Carol Turkett with any questions. Thanks again! Carol & Maryjane
Wheelchair pushers needed
Our next opportunity to serve the residents of St. John’s Home by pushing wheelchairs of those wishing to attend church will be on Sunday, February 10th. Volunteers need to be at St. John’s by 1:15 and will be finished by 3:30.
If you wish to join our group of volunteers, please put your name on the sign-up sheet in back of church. Carpooling is available
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.