Pastor

Pastor's Message

Dear Ones,

Grace and peace to you from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. My prayer for you all on this glorious day is that you take some time to notice God, to recognize the blessings of this wild and crazy life we have all been graced with!


 As spring gives way to summer, as the school year comes to a close and our graduates shift their focus to the coming fall and new adventures, we are continuing our Accessible Entrance project in earnest. Teams of the Building Project Committee will be making home visits along with me, Pastor Deborah. We will be listening for your stories of the remarkable history of the Community Church and its roots in St. John’s church and Trinity church.


 

We will mark the important milestone in our church’s history with a groundbreaking ceremony during worship on June 4th. We will pray some, dig the first holes in the yard, pray a lot and sing about our future. As ground is broken and the construction begins, we will look forward to all of us being able to enter our beloved Sanctuary without the struggle of the stairs to climb. We will rejoice in the blessings God has bestowed upon this congregation that is making this project possible. Being able to welcome everyone, anyone who wishes to join us on Sunday mornings or Wednesday nights or for committee meetings or youth group activities – whatever it is that brings you to this building – being able to come in one door together reflects who we are as a community church in this time and place.


 Yes, the project will continue to require funding until it is fully financed. Yes, each one of us, members and friends alike will be asked to dig deep to contribute to the project. We have a great legacy in this place and are called to carry it forward into the future. What a joy it will be when we celebrate the completion of the project in the fall! What a joy it will be when we burn the loan papers when the last payment is made!  What a joy it will be when our members no longer struggle to come up the stairs into the Sanctuary, but walk or ride in a wheelchair onto the lift and are able to join the congregation either in the fellowship hall downstairs, or the Sanctuary upstairs! My heart sings when I imagine each one of you easily accessing this beloved space!!


 I read a story recently about the time when one church building was moved by the members of the church to be joined down the street with the building we now worship in on Sunday mornings. I read about how the members gathered together to make that project happen by contributing labor as well as money. I read about the pride with which the congregation worked together to make their dreams possible. I read about the strength and determination that is the history both past and present of the congregation of Community United Church of Christ.


 May it be so as we lean on our history of coming together to make all things possible in God, with God and each other. “What a fellowship, what a joy divine, leaning on the everlasting arms. What a blessedness, what a peace is mine, leaning on the everlasting arms. Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms; leaning, leaning leaning on the everlasting arms!”


 See you in church and around the village!

Pastor Deborah


 












 


 




 




 




 




 








 


  


 





 


 




 




 



 






Reverend Deborah Tyler is our fulltime permanent pastor.  Reverend Tyler's responsibilities include:
  • Leading and preaching in the congregation’s worship services
  • Administering church business and overseeing the church staff
  • Working with the congregation’s governing board and its program committees
  • Overseeing the preparation of the worship bulletin and newsletter
  • Visiting members who are hospitalized, home bound and are nursing facility residents
  • Conducting funerals for members and friends of the congregation
  • Officiating at weddings for members and friends of the congregation
  • Providing counseling and making appropriate referrals
  • Teaching Confirmation/new member class for youth and adults
  • Maintaining a collegian relationship with the area clergy association


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