Advancing God’s Love and Justice

Greetings Friends, It is time again for Confirmation! This year we have two wonderful young people who’ve agreed to be confirmed and join the church. They have spent the past year learning more about our faith tradition. We started with Jesus, and God, then learned about Christian history, spiritual practices,

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Advancing God’s Love and Justice

Greetings friends, We recently celebrated Mother’s Day at our house, as, I’m sure, many of you did as well. The holiday comes with mixed emotions for many. Perhaps you recently lost your mother, or you may have some conflict with your mother or children. Women who don’t or aren’t able

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Advancing God’s Love and Justice

Greetings Friends, While in Phoenix a couple of weeks ago, we met with two activists who are working on immigration issues. One of them was born in Mexico, but her family moved to Phoenix when she was an adolescent. (I’m guessing she’s now in her late 20s.) She has qualified

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A Word from the Missions and Social Action Ministry

Well, your generosity helped us exceed our expectations! I had mentioned last year that we wanted to help settle and befriend one refugee from Syria. In partnership with World Relief and your generous donations, we have been able to help two families. Our two Good Neighbor Teams have been tirelessly working since December to

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Advancing God’s Love and Justice

Greetings friends, If you haven’t already heard, I’m happy to share with you that Leah Kabira passed her Ecclesiastical Council on Sunday! The next step for Leah is to begin searching for a pastoral position with a local church. Once a church calls her to be their pastor, she will

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Advancing God’s Love and Justice

Greetings Friends, Now that Lent is over, I’m now able to break my fasting from screens after 8:00 p.m. I predicted that it was going to be really hard for me. I’m fairly addicted to my phone, especially. And I find it easier to get lost in Netflix than a book,

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Advancing God’s Love and Justice

Greetings Friends, I’m very pleased to share with you that we have hired a new bookkeeper! Kathy Clolinger comes to us well qualified to do far more than what we need from her (she has an MBA and is a CPA), but she lives in Naperville and is looking for

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A Word from the Trustees Ministry

The primary duties of the Trustees include maintaining oversight of the budget, the endowment, the physical building, and the staff at our church. Over the past year, our ministry made great strides in tightening up our financial procedures, overseeing the implementation of improvements to our roof and parking lot, and

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A Word from the Worship Ministry

Communion is one of two sacraments we celebrate in the UCC; the other one is Baptism.  These are holy moments.  Pastor Mark said it beautifully in a recent Worship Ministry meeting: Communion is a “thin space,” an event when the divine and our day-to-day world touch.  This is a time

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Advancing God’s Love and Justice

Greetings Friends, “He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.” —Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Martin McGuinness died this week. McGuinness was a member of the Irish Republican Army, and from various reports, a rather high ranking member at that. He

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