Union News

Dear Union Church,

I need to start by saying that Jesus has been exceedingly good to us. The past 18 months have been a roller coaster - when the COVID era began, we gathered through online "services" for 12 weeks. We then met outdoors in the hot sun and with wild west style kids care at the Lighthouse Orchard for six months. In December of last year, SCCS leadership generously opened their doors to us, and we met at their lower campus for another six months. Finally, we moved to the SCCS upper campus. Thanks to your generosity, SCCS's generosity, and God's grace, in June we gutted and completely remodeled the worship room in three weeks time. In each step of this journey we have seen the gracious hand of God at work. Disciples are being made, relationships are thriving, lives are changing, and our church is growing.
Think of our church like a young human: when growth occurs, proper and healthy adjustments need to be made. With the growth Jesus has brought to our body, we now have the joy of launching an additional Sunday morning service. We feel this is the right time to make this transition. We believe it will provide much needed space for more people to enter into UC, and also give members and visitors an additional time option to attend church and invite others.

We will be making this transition on Sunday, September 26th, with services at 8:30a & 10:30a. We are also going to celebrate our Fall Kickoff this day with baptisms, lunch, and extra fun.

If you call Union Church your home, here are a few ways you can be involved:

pray

Ask Jesus for continued growth and grace. It is our desire to see many people saved and many disciples made. Ask the Holy Spirit to begin softening the hearts of those he will draw to our church. Pray for Spirit empowerment and vision for leadership. Pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest that he would build laborers at UC for his harvest (Matt. 9:38).

Serve

In this transition, we will be doubling everything we do on Sunday mornings. That includes: Union Kids, Set Up / Tear Down, Hospitality, Audio / Visual, & Prayer Team. We cannot do this effectively without the sacrificial service of our people. If UC is your home, and you have not entered into serving yet, we ask you to do so - there’s plenty of areas you are needed!

Give

When the church grows, financial growth  usually lags behind people growth. But more people means more ministries, more needs, and more staffing. As Jesus became “poor for our sake, so that by his poverty we might become rich” (2 Cor. 8:9) so he calls us as his people to live generously like him. Again, if UC is your home, we ask that you would give sacrificially and cheerfully (2 Cor. 9:6-9).

Invite

This is an incredibly opportunity to invite people to church. We all have people in our lives that need to meet Jesus and enter into vibrant, healthy community. Think of a few people you want to invite, begin praying for them, then make the ask and trust God with the results.
Thank you for being part of Union Church. Jesus has established an incredible Gospel witness in our city, and is using you to build his body, accomplish his mission, and advance his kingdom. We trust him to continue the work he has started among us.

Your friend & pastor,

Aaron Newman