October 17th, 2021

9 a.m. Contemporary Service

November 28th, 2021

11 a.m. Contemporary Service

Flower Dedication

The sanctuary flowers are given today in loving memory of our Harold D. Work III

from Blair & Mary Kay Glass

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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November 26, 2021

Dear Family and Friends of Union Church,

I hope and trust that you have enjoyed a healthy and joyful Thanksgiving. We have much for which to be thankful, don’t we! Truly one of the surest signs of genuine faith is a life lived in gratitude. We, who go by the name of Jesus Christ, ought to excel at thanksgiving because we know the depth of God’s love in Jesus. God reveals that deep love in the advent of the Son of God born to Mary over two thousand years ago.

We have a wonderful Advent Season planned for our Union Church community. We begin with Advent worship on the four Sundays of Advent, starting this Sunday, November 28th. These next four weeks we will explore the question, “What is the purpose of the Lord’s coming (advent)?” Week one will take us back to the beginning of God’s story and the Lord’s purpose to create a People who will bear the Lord’s image and glory throughout the creation. Week two will zero in on the Lord’s purposes revealed in the Promises the Lord makes and fulfills at just the right time! On the third Sunday of Advent, we will look at the Lord’s purpose to speak through the Prophets, which happens definitively through the Son. Week four will conclude our Advent worship with careful consideration of the Lord’s purpose to restore Perfection to the people of God and the creation.

We have two times scheduled for worship on Christmas Eve. The evening will start with a contemporary service for families and children at 4 p.m. (Please note the time change from the past couple of years.) The Family Christmas Eve Service will be interactive for young children and feature some favorite carols. Then, we will gather at 7 p.m. for a traditional candlelight Christmas Eve service. John and the choir will lead us in song, helping us to pause in wonder at the miracle of the incarnation that culminates “the hopes and fears of all the years.”

The Discipleship Team is preparing a family-oriented Advent celebration for the middle of the Advent season. The Advent Celebration will take place on Saturday, December 11th, beginning at 10:30 a.m. We will gather at the church and then head out to sing Christmas carols for some of the homebound members of the Union Church family. We will return to the church for lunch, activities and trivia that will help to focus our hearts on the coming of Jesus. Members of all ages are invited and encouraged to join us for caroling and the festivities to follow. We are asking for an RSVP by December 5th so that we can prepare adequately for the lunch meal.

The next day, December 12th, after worship will be an opportunity to minister to those who are grieving the loss of loved ones. We are blessed to have Krista Johnston as part of our church family. Krista, a Bereavement Counselor, has put together A Service of Hope and Comfort that will include John and the choir. The service will begin at 1:30 p.m. and all who find themselves grieving, especially during the holiday season, are welcome. The service will be preceded by activities and a luncheon at 12:30 p.m. Please see the MyChurch app or the bulletin for information about RSVPing for this event.

I commend this season of Advent to you. Won’t you make time and space for the Lord to fill your heart afresh with the joy of His appearing? See you in worship!

With Gratitude for Each One of You!

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
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