September 19th, 2021

9 a.m. Contemporary Service

September 19th, 2021

11 a.m. Traditional Service

Flower Dedication

The sanctuary flowers are given today in loving memory of Stanley B. Jackson from Terry & Cheryl Jackson.

September 17, 2021

Dear Union Church,

God is not only better than what we think. God is more beautiful than we can ever imagine. “One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord” (Psalm 27:4). “God has made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (II Corinthians 4:6).

Those two verses are not only amazing to me, but I believe they serve as the rallying cry for our church as we gather back together for this next new season of life and ministry. Because not only is God beautiful in and of himself, but he also imparts something of his beauty to us, his people. “And we, who with unveiled faces, all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory” (II Corinthians 3:18). “And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands” (Psalm 90:17; KJV). This is amazing news, is it not? That means that as we earnestly seek him, God is pleased to place some of his own beauty and attractiveness upon us. Let me ask you--- is there no greater privilege in life than this? So as we think about this next new season, how would the beauty of the Lord be made visible at Union Church? I can think of at least three ways.

One, a beautiful message. The gospel is not only the power of God; it is the beauty of God. Is there anything in the universe more winsome and heart-melting than the dying love of Jesus Christ for sinners like you and me? But that is our message! Our message is not all the wonderful things we do for God, but rather what he has done for us through the finished work of Christ on the cross. The high cost of his sacrifice, our own unworthiness, the eternal success of his purpose--- These are the truths that continually melt us like no others can. God has put a beautiful message into our mouths and hearts. Therefore, let us think and talk more and more about the gospel and less and less about anything else — more than this ongoing pandemic, more than politics, more than mask-or-not-to-mask? Yes— even more than football! Let us never be ashamed of talking about the gospel and making a big deal about it.

Two, beautiful worship. The Bible says that those who worship idols become like the idols they make (Psalm 115:8). The idols have mouths but cannot speak, eyes that can’t see, and so on. Idols are a fraud, and they defraud us. They claim everything but turn around and give nothing. They make demands but they never forgive. But how different is the One we worship. He is the greatest Giver in the universe. In turning to him, we are immeasurably enriched forever. Who has ever attended a worship service, genuinely found and experienced Christ in that worship, and then walked away unfulfilled? It has never happened, and it never will happen. Engaging with Jesus Christ in joy, and service and surrender fills up our sails. He dignifies and lifts us up at every level, every time. God has given us a beautiful privilege in weekly worship. If we are to be renewed in this next season of life and ministry, we will love coming to worship. We will show up with a joyful expectancy that not only is He already here, but that He is ready to transform our lives into something beautiful. We will expect to encounter the beautiful Lord and be changed from the inside-out.

Three, beautiful relationships. It is in the concrete realties of our life together (the good and bad) that the beauty of the Lord becomes most convincing. Jesus said, “Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another” (John 13:34). So, how has Jesus loved us? If his love is the standard, how has he loved us? Well, he died for us. He remains patient with us. He forgives us. He defends us. He gives us more than we know. Even so, this is how we are to love one another--- even to the point of dying for one another! It’s an astonishing, sacred thought. But that love is so beautiful in this unloving world that “by this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:25). Therefore, if Christ has shown us the beauty of his love and commanded us to follow him there, then we will aspire to it, and with self-forgetting devotion we will endeavor to build such beautiful relationship in the days to come.

Now, if I sound overly optimistic about all of this, then I readily admit to you--- I am. I am because I also see in Jesus a beautiful hope for the future. In fact, I have no other option but hope. Like the prophets of the Old Testament my vision of Christ and the future of his people is one of victory, hope and promise. What does Isaiah see as the future for God’s people? “You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst forth in song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands…This is will be for the Lord’s renown, for an everlasting sign that will not be destroyed” (Isaiah 55:12,13). This is the kind of church and world I long for! This is what Christ has promised, and Christ himself will accomplish it. So we look to him as our glad hope in the day of uncertainty. Whatever happens though, the end of the story will be beautiful, and all who love the Lord and seek his beautiful face will be part of it. This prophetic hope brings energy and sparkle to my eyes and a spring back in my steps as we move forward into the fall. I hope that in thinking of these things it does yours too.

“Let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us” in our message, our worship, our relationships and our hope for the future. And let us together have a blessed and glorious new ministry year and beyond!


P.S. Twoopportunities this fall for growth and service:

Women’s Growth Group:

Have Serious Fun: And 12 Other Principles to Make Each Day Count, by Jim Burns. This group will be meeting the first and third Tuesdays of the month in the Nobel House, beginning September 21st at 7p.m. If you are interested in participating please contact Ashley Reeves in the church office. Also, please purchase your book prior to the first meeting. Deadline to register is September 19th.

Missions and Outreach Kickoff:

Sunday the 26th at Noon, the Missions and Outreach Team will be gathering in Fellowship Hall after the church service. This is a great opportunity for you to join the team and get involved! We have several opportunities to serve this fall, so please join us for one of these opportunities and/or join us for this meeting.

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Women's Study

We have decided on the book, Have Serious Fun: And 12 Other Principles to Make Each Day Count by Jim Burns. Jim was the author of our prior study, Living Life with Your Adult Children. We will meet the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 7 p.m. in the Nobel House, beginning September 21st. We are asking some of you to step up to facilitate if you feel led. If you are interested in participating in this study, please contact Ashley Reeves in the church office. Please purchase your book prior to our first meeting. Deadline to register is September 19th.

Women's Bible Study

We will be meeting on Tuesday, September 28th, at 12:30 in Fellowship Hall. As we come to the end of Acts, we will continue to follow Paul as he is now on trial again, and continues to defend his faith. Please feel free to join us! ALL WOMEN ARE INVITED! Looking forward to seeing YOU there! Please, wear your mask if you feel more comfortable and we continue to sit socially distanced.

Lunch, Learn and Laugh

Our book discussion group begins at noon (12 p.m.) on Tuesday, October 5th. We will be discussing Sheila Walsh's book, It's Okay Not To Be Okay. Bring your lunch and join us in Fellowship Hall for a time of sharing as we are reminded that God loves us even when we don't have it all together. If you are looking to join a new group - Welcome! If you have any questions, please call Sally Andrews (412) 787 2645.

KTA Bake Sale

Sponsored by K.T.A. (Kindness to All) there will be a bake sale on Sunday, September 26th in Fellowship Hall. Stop by after service to pick up some homemade goodies and support the mission!

The Sermon on the Mount - Jesus Teaches Kingdom Living

Have you every found yourself wondering what the Kingdom of God is all about? Jesus announces that the Kingdom is near; one should seek to enter the Kingdom; the Kingdom is something that grows; that it is worth more than anything else we might obtain in life. But how do we recognize the Kingdom? How do we know if we have entered the Kingdom? Jesus does not leave us in the dark. In Matthew 5-7, the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus teaches his disciples about the Kingdom of God. Come join us for a five-week study of the Sermon on the Mount. We’ll gather at the Noble House from 7-8:30 p.m. beginning Wednesday, October 6th. Let Tom know that you plan to join the study by emailing him at, or call Ashley at the church office.

Opportunities to Serve This Fall

The Usher Team

Join this ministry that helps guests and members experience the joy of worshipping God. Ushers create a great hospitality experience by helping people find a seat if needed, and making the service run smoothly by passing collection plates, taking attendance and more. If you are interested, speak to or email Tom MacLachlan at

The Welcome Team

Union desires to foster a warm, friendly, hospitable environment that surprises skeptics, eases the unchurched, and empowers members. Join the Welcome Team and help us! It’s fun and easy, say hello, exude warmth and friendliness. As Christ has welcomed you, so welcome one another. For more information contact Anne Burke at

The Coffee Fellowship Team

Coffee, tea and snacks are an essential component of Sunday morning church life and community. Join the Coffee Fellowship Team and help provide for this much needed ministry. Tasks include setting up, cleaning up and just providing help where needed. If you feel called to serve, speak to or email Joann Barker

The Live-Stream Team

[TBR] As we move to two worship services, we would like to expand our Live-Stream Team that takes care of operating the camera and the streaming box. The technology is pretty simple and easy to use. If you are the least bit tech savvy, this could be a good fit for you. We plan to put together a rotation so that team members would be responsible for 1 or 2 Sundays a month. If you are interested, speak to or email Pastor Tom at

The Nursery Team

Our new format for worship and the Discipleship Connect Hour will require expanded hours for our nursery care for infants and toddlers. We encourage parents and grandparents to consider signing up for one Sunday a quarter to help in the nursery. (Of course you don’t have to be a parent or grandparent to help out! All adults are welcome!) The nursery will always have one paid staff who will “be in charge.” Adults who sign up to serve will act as helpers, so there is no need for extensive knowledge of the nursery procedures or special clearances. Just an affinity for holding babies, changing diapers, and loving the children of our Union Family! If you are interested, speak to or email Pastor Tom at

Serve with the Praise Team

The Praise Team is looking for individuals who would like to play either piano or bass guitar during our contemporary worship services. If you are interested, speak to or email Anthony Calvario

Union Church of Robinson Twp.
6165 Steubenville Pike
McKees Rocks, PA 15136

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8:45am-12:15pm: Nursery care and coffee fellowship
9-10am: Contemporary Worship
9:30-10:45am: Children’s “Discipleship Connect Hour” in CE building
10-10:45am: Adult “Discipleship Connect Hour” in CE Lounge
11am-12pm: Traditional Worship