June 19th 2022

11 a.m One Worship Service

Flower Dedication

The sanctuary flowers are given today in loving memory

Of Skip Lucas from Michelle and Chauncey Smith.

The Flowers are given by the K.T.A. Class

June 26, 2022

What Is Interim/Transitional Ministry?

Rev. Doug Gebhard, Interim Pastor

Many years ago, the Alban Institute (church consulting organization) created “tasks” for helping congregations as they experienced the departure of a Pastor. It was recognized that congregations (as a body of people) go through a grieving process when the Pastor leaves. Using a set of skills for congregations in transition, specialized ministers were seen as beneficial for walking with a congregation during this season of change.

Alban’s “five interim tasks” of a congregation… aided people in reflecting on who they were as a congregation, clarified the congregations sense of mission, reviewed how power was used and shared, discerned where God was leading them, and helped the congregation commit to a new path toward the future.

Interim Pastors are trained in group dynamics, conflict management, and other skills fitting for this specific ministry. I was certified as an Interim Minister in 1998 and have served over twenty congregations who’ve been in transition. With a handful of exceptions, my churches have enjoyed the process and found it spiritually uplifting. More importantly, the overwhelming majority of Pastors who were eventually called had successful ministries. I think it’s because those congregations “did the work.”

I’ll be discussing with the Session on Monday night a timeframe for the searching and calling of your next Pastor. Since it’s been some time since Billy Younger left, I hope to expedite the process without rushing things. With collaboration and effort, I believe you can begin a search by the end of the year or the start of the new year.

A lot depends on the willingness to be a discerning people open to God’s leading. You want to call the person God has in mind for you and that requires following the Spirit. I intend on moving the process along but we all must be humble and follow the Holy One’s guidance.

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Women's Bible Study

Tuesday, February 22nd at 1 p.m. the Women’s Bible Study will be meeting in Fellowship Hall. Paul’s trial continues in front of King Agrippa and then we will set sail with Paul, headed for Rome, where he will be tried by Caesar. All women invited! Looking forward to seeing you! Feel free to wear a mask and we will continue to sit socially distanced.

Mission Outreach

The Mission Team is collecting donations for Tornado victims in Kentucky. Some of the items being collected include: Baby formula, diapers and wipes, flashlights, tarps, hygiene supplies, first aid kits, toiletry items, blankets, towels, wash cloths, kids snacks, cleaning supplies, gas generators, heaters and gift cards. If you wish to donate money, designate Mission/Tornado in the memo line. Mission will use the money to purchase needed items. Bring donations to Fellowship Hall by Sunday, February 20th. For more details or questions call Scott Davis (412)370-7899, Sinikka Davis (412) 956-3957 or Ed Jackson (315) 868-1085.

Upcoming Food Pantry

Tuesday, April 12th at 6 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Place your donation of non-perishable grocery items in “Food Pantry” bin located near Fellowship Hall entrance. We need: cereal, scalloped/au gratin (instant) potatoes, canned fruit, Jello mixes, cake mixes, icing, peanut butter and jelly, soap bars, shampoo and toilet paper. Also, gently used (or new) clothing, shoes, coats/jackets and household items are always welcome! Thank you!

Knitters and Crocheters Outreach

Looking for a mission project? Come and learn how to knit or crochet baby afghans. We just gave 43 baby afghans to Magee Women’s Hospital picked up by MedSpeed and delivered to Magee and clinics throughout Alleghany County. They are given to the less fortunate newborns. We thank all of you who continue to give yarn and monetary donations, they are much appreciated. For more information, please contact Loraine Shaffer at (412) 452-0297.

Sanctuary Flowers

The Deacons will be preparing our sanctuary flower calendar for 2022. If anyone would life to purchase flowers for a given Sunday please contact admin@unionpresbychurch.org or 412.787.1818. The cost will be $30.

Warmer Baskets

During these winter months, fill the “Warmer Baskets” with hats, earmuffs, scarves, gloves, mittens, and socks. The baskets are located near Fellowship Hall entrance and also Christian Education Building entrance. Deacons distribute to local families. Thank you!

Opportunities to Serve

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

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

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