What is Lay Pastoral Care?

Our Lay Pastoral Care Team grew out of a work session here at Rhinelander UCC last summer, after more than one of our congregation asked, “Who is going to look after our spiritual needs when we don’t have a minister to call?” Since that time, six members of our congregation have had training through Luther…

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Plastics Part 2

This article is a follow-up to last month, which was about our plastic crisis – how much oil goes into producing millions of tons of plastic per year, and that it persists 500 years in nature. This month our focus is on the harm caused by the production of that plastic from oil. I attended…

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June Moderator Musings

Gene and I returned at the beginning of April after wintering in the south, and already I’m very busy with Church life. It has been shared in the Bulletin but wanted to let everyone know that our search for a Summer Pastor was not successful. There were many variables in the candidate’s decision to decline our…

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Creation Care: Our Plastic Crisis

Plastic first started being created on a global scale in the 1950s.  Since then annual plastic production has exploded to an estimated 460 million tons as of 2019.  While plastic has many beneficial uses, single-use plastics have become a real environmental threat.  All manner of groceries and consumer goods come with plastic wrappings that ultimately…

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Pride in Texas

Through the Strengthen the Church Offering, people across the United Church of Christ support the formation of new congregations and the renewal of existing ones, fund new programs for youth and young adults and sponsor leadership development for the whole church.  Faith Church UCC in New Braunfels, TX, received a CASA New and Renewing Church…

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