A Word from Pastor Bill

Good evening United Church family! It was a beautiful, almost spring-like today. I hope you were able to enjoy at least a little bit of it. I wanted to let you know that we will be having a Christmas Eve service. At this point, it will most likely be a Zoom gathering. We will keep

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A Word from Pastor Bill

Good morning United Church family! I’ve been thinking of you and praying for you this morning, this Thanksgiving Eve. Even with all the challenges facing us, we do have much to be thankful for. One of those for me is you, the people of our church!! We aren’t gathering in person these days, but when

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A ‘word’ from Pastor Bill

Hello United Church family! Just wanting to say hello and let you all know that I am definitely thinking of you and praying for you. These are indeed challenging times as we enter into the holidays facing the prospect of not any or limited family gatherings. It is certainly affecting Mary and my plans. We

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Hello from Pastor Bill!

Just getting started using this. So, here is a hello to the folks from United Church and anyone else growing our web page. Challenging times we are living in!! We will continue in-person and Zoom worship this coming Sunday as we celebrate communion together. Hope this finds you safe and growing in your faith in

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Quotes

Sittser on Redemption

“Redemption promises to transform us…Once broken, we become whole again; once selfish and insecure, we become stately and serene and self-giving; once rabid sinners, we become glorious saints…He wants to restore us to a right relationship with him and to remake us according to the image of Jesus Christ, which will ultimately lead to the

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Quotes

Manning on Failure

“The mature Christians I have met along the way are those who have failed and have learned to live gracefully with their failure. Faithfulness requires the courage to risk everything on Jesus, the willingness to keep growing, and the readiness to risk failure throughout our lives…” (Brennan Manning, “Ragamuffin Gospel”, p. 192)

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Quotes

Swindoll on Roots

“It takes roots, stubborn, deep, powerful roots, to keep us standing. That explains why the Savior said what He did about the plant that withered. It had a root problem (Mark 4:6), so it couldn’t handle the blistering rays of the sun. And why Paul’s prayer for those young, energetic Ephesian believers included the thought

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Quotes

Swindoll on Comparisons

“Comparisons are odious. Odious=disgusting, detestable. If you want to be a miserable mortal, then compare…God, our wise and creative Maker, has been pleased to make everyone different and no one perfect. The sooner we appreciate and accept that fact, the deeper we will appreciate and accept one another, just as our Designer planned us…” (Charles

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Reflections

Building Community

One of the ways we can build community whether in our family of origin, our church family, or the places we live is by affirming one another’s strengths, abilities, and gifts. Consider these words of encouragement from the Bible: “Honor one another” (Romans 12:10). “Don’t grumble against each other” (James 5:9). “Confirm the gifts of

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Quotes

Bonhoeffer on Listening

“The first service that one owes to others…consists in listening to them. Just as love to God begins with listening to His Word, so the beginning of love for (others) is learning to listen to them…Listening can be greater service than speaking…” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer, “Life Together”, p. 97-98)

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Many in our congregation appreciate the wisdom of Philip Yancey, we suggest visiting his blog for recent musings and reflections.

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