October 17th, 2021

9 a.m. Contemporary Service

January 30, 2022

11 a.m. Contemporary Worship

Flower Dedication

The sanctuary flowers are given today in loving memory of our parents Jim and Sinikka Zurna and Bill and Alice Davis from Scott and Sinikka Davis.

Rose Dedication

The white rose is in memory of Jackie Pfaub who went home to be with the Lord on September 26th.

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January 28, 2022

Hi Family and Friends of Union Church…

Need a word of encouragement? Try these on for size. “For God so loved the world, that he gave…” So begins John 3:16, one of the Bible passages with which our culture, generally speaking, is most familiar. It ranks up there with a few select lines from the Sermon on the Mount, the 23rd Psalm, and the Lord’s prayer. But what does it mean to love? And particularly, what does this “agapé” love (the word used in John’s gospel) look like?

It appears that the Biblical writers, searching for a Greek word that could be filled with new meaning, and capable of carrying the fullness of God’s love for us in Jesus Christ, and subsequently, our love for God and each other, chose the verb agapaō, and the noun agapé to do the job. The more popular Greek words for love, erãn and phileĩn, were passed over because they carried too much baggage in common Greek usage to be able to capture the highest expression of steadfast love displayed at the cross of Jesus Christ. The Biblical writers needed a word that would convey a kind of love that stands out from the popular notions of love such as sentiment, or passion, or duty, or loyalty to one’s tribe that were so common in their time (and ours!).

The Lord’s agapé-love for the world is the ground of our hope and confidence in this life and the next. It is the difference-maker in all circumstances. The unmatched agapé-love of God is indispensable to faithful living, all acts of service, and every word of encouragement offered to those who suffer. If you need encouragement today, please hear afresh the reassuring words of John’s Gospel…God loved the world in precisely this way: God gave his only Son, lifted up on a cross, so that all who trust in him would not perish but have life. If you entrust your life to the Lord, the Lord will not disappoint!

This week in worship we will celebrate the agapé-love of our Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer as we zero in on 1 Corinthians 13, Paul’s hymn of love. We’ll also see that same love on display as we baptize Maggie Minnier, daughter of Jen and Chris Minnier. If you have a chance, please read through 1 Corinthians 13 and refresh your memory of this beautiful song of love. Then join us for worship at 11 a.m. and we’ll offer praise and honor and glory to the author of the love that really does make the world go ‘round!

FYI – a quick update on the Union transition front: the Session has received a couple of PIFs (Person Information Form – the Presbyterian version of a resume) from candidates for the Interim Pastor position. We hope to have candidate interviews scheduled soon. Please remember this important work of the Session and the Administrative Support Team in your prayers.

Blessings…see you Sunday.
Peace,
Tom

Thank You!

A BIG thank you for all the prayers, thoughts, calls, cards, meals and words of comfort in the loss of our Mom, Jackie. Thank you so very much!! Love, Kathy, Tim, David, Alyssa and Alexis.

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.

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 tbribar@outlook.com, 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 thomas.maclachlan@pnc.com

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 aburke3503@gmail.com

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 jobarker59@comcast.net

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 tbribar@outlook.com

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 tbribar@outlook.com

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 anthonycalvario@gmail.com

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

Ph: 4127871818
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Services
10:45am-12:15pm: Nursery care and coffee fellowship
11am-12pm: One Worship Service
11am-12pm: Children’s “Discipleship Connect Hour” in CE building