Church News

Pride Fest 2024

July 2, 2024

On Saturday, June 15th, the 8th Annual Northwoods Pride Festival was held at Hodag Park in Rhinelander. The Outreach Board felt it was important that our Church once again have a presence there, to let people know our congregation is Open and Affirming. Jackie Schmieder and Amanda Jahn got a banner made, Judy Thoms brought…

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Peace between Palestine and Israel

July 2, 2024

On June 8th, Sandy McKitrick and Lisa Johnson traveled to Green Lake Conference Center to attend the 62nd Annual meeting of the Wisconsin Conference of the United Church of Christ.  The Conference voted to overwhelmingly pass “Resolution of Witness to Adopt the 2021 General Synod Resolution, declaration for a Just Peace Between Palestine and Israel.” …

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Moderator Musings – Giving Thanks!

July 2, 2024

There are so many components taking place behind the scenes to keeping our church community informed, prepared for Sunday services, providing for refreshments, planning for pulpit supply…the list goes on! This month I’d like to give a special shout out, and hope you will as well, to the many people who participate in our Weekly…

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What is Lay Pastoral Care?

May 31, 2024

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

May 31, 2024

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

May 31, 2024

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

May 20, 2024

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

May 20, 2024

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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Pastor’s Report : March

March 1, 2024

Lent began on Ash Wednesday, an awkward collision this year with our very secular celebration of St. Valentine. Our final weeks together will follow this season of introspection and preparation for the death and resurrection of Jesus. These weeks are a time to give attention to how you understand Jesus, his ministry, his death, and…

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Short Story of the Rainbow Banner

February 20, 2024

At the January 28, 2024, Annual Meeting the topic of the rainbow banner was requested to be added to the agenda. Discussion followed and two questions were posed for a vote: If to remove the banner or  If to change the wording on the banner. The vote was to keep the banner but change the…

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