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First Responders Honored at Union Church

Again this year, Union Church in Churchville honored First Responders at their outdoor service on Sunday, July17.

Attending were representatives of the Sherriff’s office and the Churchville Fire Department.  A Fire truck was there as well for the children and congregants to enjoy.  Represented also were two police officers who took part in the 300-mile bike ride to Washington DC in honor of all fallen officers.  Cheryl Fridley gave a brief talk about their experience among the thousands of officers who participated in this ride. 

These First Responders do not often get the attention and honor they deserve for their tireless efforts to serve their communities.  We thank them for their brave service and responding to calls so quickly.  Our wish is for their safety while they keep us safe. First Responders are our greatest heroes.  We salute and thank them for their service.  Do let them know that their commitment and dedication do not go unnoticed.

After the brief service, we had ice cream treats for all which were generously provided by Wegman’s of Chili-Paul.  We thank Wegmans for all they do for the communities surrounding them as well for the treats we enjoyed.



Scrip News

Scrip for the Summer

Our next scrip order will be placed on Sunday, July 24th and distributed the following Sunday. It’s a perfect time to order gift cards to be used on Summer sales and the back to school bargains. You’ll find cards for many local merchants – Home Depot, Lowe’s, Texas Roadhouse, Jo-Ann Fabrics, Target, Lands End, LL   Bean, Panera Bread, Taco Bell, Wendy’s, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Red Lobster, and many more. Order forms will be emailed in early July and found in the back of the sanctuary at the same time.  If you have any  questions, please contact Carol Turkett or Maryjane Starr.

Thanks to all who support this profitable fundraiser.



Union Church has supported Aurora House in Spencerport for many years.  You have read about what goes on there but this summer you will have an to opportunity hear firsthand about how those in their final days of life are cared for in this wonderful facility.  On August 7th a speaker from Aurora House will be coming to our morning worship to tell us about their services.  Please plan on attending church that morning.
 


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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.


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.

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.