For 12 years the New Community Church of Union has enjoyed serving the greater Union Community, relying on external places for most of its activities. Our vision has always been of one day building a facility where worship, education, and fellowship can take place, but also where youth and seniors, civic clubs, and other public service events could find a home. Under the banners of “Anchored in God’s Love” and “All Are Welcome”, NCCU has been blessed to grow and build connections through its service. We believe that the time is NOW to turn dreams into reality by building a first stage facility on our property to meet those needs.
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From Pastor Oliver:
“Be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing….and making melody with your heart to the Lord.” Ephesians 5:18-19
The Apostle Paul remembered how the church of Ephesus was birthed through their own experience of Pentecost as told in Acts 19:1-7. In his letter to them, written from a Roman jail cell, he reminded them that the power of the Holy Spirit was more than a one-time happening in their lives, but the essential fullness of God’s love that they needed to shine every day with the light of Christ. “Allow yourselves to be continually made full of the Holy Spirit” is the actual translation of the Greek here, and it points us to the promise that the Holy Spirit is given to us personally, and corporately, so that we can shine with the light of Christ as we
continue to serve Him in our world today.
I’m really excited as we approach the celebration of Pentecost Sunday in the life of the Church today, on May 15th, that we can continue to ask our Loving Father to pour out upon us the good gift of the Holy Spirit! It is only by the fullness of God’s Spirit that we can have the energy and power we need to blossom and bear fruits as God’s people today. Praise God there is no energy crisis or shortage where Holy Spirit is involved!
Pastor Terry Oliver
From Pastor Oliver:
“I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in Me, and I in
them, bear much fruit.” (John 15:5)
April is a month to celebrate great possibilities! The joy of singing
“Alleluia” at Easter time seems to be displayed by the blossoms of the
fruit trees and flowers all around Western Washington this time of the
year. Longer, warmer days seem to lift my attitude, and launch new plans
and projects for the summer months. But still the old adage about “April
showers…” comes true, and gray blustery skies will strip the petals from
those flowering buds, leaving one wondering how the apples and pears will
ever start taking shape on those fruit tree branches. In the same way in
our Christian lives, we often don’t see the fruit of Christ’s living
presence in us taking shape immediately. The storms of everyday life can
take a toll on our “blossoms” and call into question whether or not we will
see much of an expression of Christ’s love, joy, and peace in our
Thankfully, it is no more up to us to bear fruit for CHRIST in our lives
than it is the responsibility of the branches to pick delicious fruit from
their boughs! The fruit is the expression of the life within it, and as
long as the branches stay connected, or ABIDE as Jesus says, they will in
time bear much fruit. How do we abide in Christ? I believe we do that
best as we learn to focus our hearts and lives in TRUST and THANKFULNESS to
our Lord. April is a good time to grow in quiet trust and generous
gratitude for the Good News of Christ’s victory over sin, death, and evil!
God is Faithful,
From Pastor Oliver:
“I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried and was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said.” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)
Now that I’ve announced my retirement in July, I find myself coming back to “summary statements” that bring into focus what’s been most important in our work and life together. I can’t think of anything that is more central to what we are about than the good news of Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection! That is the main thing for my life and for the existence of our church, as well. We are a people who have been brought from death to life by this good news that changes everything. From our tiny, personal spaces all the way out to the far flung reaches of the created universe, the Kingdom of God has invaded, bought back and transformed a world broken by sin, death and evil. Hallelujah!
do we ever outgrow our need for unshakable HOPE that comes from the shout of Easter morning: “He is risen”! For me these will always be our “main thing”!God is faithful,