Our World, Our Lives – Shaping the Future

This Sunday (8/13) we are privileged to host Rev. Shari Prestemon, the UCC’s MN Conference Minister. Shari has brought a diverse set of skills to lead the conference into the future. I hope you can be in church to hear her preach!

Your worship staff – myself, Leah, Peggy and Art – have been working hard the past two weeks to develop a theme for this Fall. We considered the issues of the day:

  • a growing number of people not attending or affiliating with church in any way,
  • the anxieties of having a white nationalist government that wants to reverse decades of progress and ignore the well-being of its citizens, especially the marginalized
  • our concern about how to be church with an unsustainable and upside-down budget.

    “Our World, Our Lives – Shaping the Future” is a theme of hope and promise reminding us of the ‘good’ that God has intended for us. Our Sunday worship will be planned around this theme.

    Many of Union’s church leaders have been working hard this summer to process all the comments made in the focus groups for the Moving Off the Map process. The MOtM team will be putting together a summary and report for the congregation early this fall.

    And speaking of strengthening the church, we will be taking one of the UCC’s special offerings, Strengthen the Church, on Sunday, too.

    As we continue to work and to pray toward Union’s future, some key questions have been wrestled with: why is Union church here, now? Who are we being called to serve (not including ourselves)? How can Union be more of a ‘maternity ward’ for each other and our community? Do we have the courage to take Jesus’ words seriously? …

    “Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over. In the same way, anyone who holds on to life just as it is destroys that life. But if you let it go, reckless in your love, you’ll have it forever, real and eternal.”

    (John 12:24-25)
    See you in church!

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