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Shalom

My best friend, Franci, died three years this ago this month from breast cancer. She was only 52 years old. She taught me how to say, “I love you,” to my friends. When she first told me she loved me, I felt a dissonance in how I’d heard and said the phrase. I thought you […]

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Delight in Relationship

Last Sunday’s worship focused on “Delight in Relationship.” We actually ‘played’ in church! Several people told stories about events, people, and pets that influenced their lives in positive ways. We know that everyone has a story and in fact, IS a story! These stories connect us with God and with each other. We know that […]

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Mural Painting

I can hardly wait for Saturday’s mural painting! The design has been outlined and is ready for the us & the community to fill it with color! I know several families from Kid’s Zone are coming and who knows who else from the community. An advanced “THANK YOU” to Kathy and Tomi, Marilyn, Jan and […]

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Still Not Dead Again Today

Still Not Dead Again Today June 7, 2017 Martin B. Copenhaver “Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it?” – Isaiah 4318-19 (The Message) In Willie Nelson’s new album there is a song reflecting on his […]

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Trans-Etiquette

You may have noticed (hopefully) a new item on the bulletin board outside Fellowship Hall. It’s a take-home booklet called “Trans-Etiquette”. I mentioned in my sermon on Open & Affirming Sunday that I wondered if we at Union were ready to expand our welcome to include people who are transgender. This is an issue in […]

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Season of Community Activities

Now that schools are out and I’ve got some garden plants potted, I was hoping to get into a summer rhythm. You know, the slower-relaxed pace of fewer church activities or meetings or community activities. But wait… this is the high season of community activities! My jet-lag has worn off but my calendar continues to […]

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Glad to Be Home and Pentecost

Greetings all! Physically Paul and I are back in the country after three weeks in Germany and France, mentally well …. I’m trying to catch up with myself. You will be hearing more from me about our experiences abroad in the weeks to come, but for today I’m very happy to be home and back […]

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Churches Communication 3

The Center for Progressive Renewal has been a great ally and resource leading churches into the 21st century. Carol Howard Merritt wrote in a recent blog about “Popping the Communication Bubble:” “Most of our communication at church occurs with one another. It’s all important—requests for prayer, gratitude for volunteers, and planning for events. Yet, as […]

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Churches Communication 2

The Center for Progressive Renewal has been a great ally and resource leading churches into the 21st century. Carol Howard Merritt wrote in a recent blog about “Popping the Communication Bubble:” “Most of our communication at church occurs with one another. It’s all important—requests for prayer, gratitude for volunteers, and planning for events. Yet, as […]

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Churches Communication 1

The Center for Progressive Renewal has been a great ally and resource leading churches into the 21st century. Carol Howard Merritt wrote in a recent blog about “Popping the Communication Bubble:” “Most of our communication at church occurs with one another. It’s all important—requests for prayer, gratitude for volunteers, and planning for events. Yet, as […]

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