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For 15 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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Joseph went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem… He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. Luke 2: 4,5
As the crow flies, it was a journey of approximately 65 miles. Christmas pictures always show Mary riding a donkey, but we really have no idea of their mode of travel. Whether on foot or on the back of a brown animal, it wasn’t an easy journey, especially for a woman nearing the end of her pregnancy.
Why did she go?
Mary and Joseph knew they were going far from family and into a city whose streets would be clogged with strangers. There would be no one to welcome them, no cozy place to birth the expected child. The journey was long and hard, the destination uncertain.
Nearly nine months before their arrival in Bethlehem, Mary spoke life-changing words to God, words that were to comfort her in the many uncertain years ahead:
“I am the Lord’s servant. May it be to me as You have said.” With those simple words of faith, she could endure the long journey on the back of a donkey, the cold streets of Bethlehem, and a crude stable with its straw-lined manger.
Merry Christmas, Everyone!
It is so exciting to see God build His Church (NCCU)! The exciting thing for me is not that the Church building is going up (although that is very exciting). The exciting thing is that the Church that God is growing here is going to fill it. That’s the exciting thing —— that God has been building your lives, and now you are having to build a building to hold it. God is growing a Church. God is building the Church. God is doing it with living stones.
Ten years from now only God knows what this place will be, but my prayer is that God will add daily to the New Community Church of Union.
See you in Church,
From Pastor Gary Shirbish:
“News of this reached the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. 23 When he arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts." (Acts 11: 22-23 NIV)
He (Barnabas) was a wise choice for a number of reasons. From Cyprus, he would have had a natural national connection with the “evangelists” who had started the movement in Antioch. Barnabas was a generous man, having participated in the offering for the needs of the early Jerusalem church (4:36–37). His most redeeming quality, however, was wrapped up in the meaning of his name—“son of encouragement.” Barnabas had been the one willing to stick his neck out when everyone else was afraid of Saul of Tarsus and suspected Saul’s conversion to have been a trap for Christians (9:27). Barnabas began living up to his name by encouraging the believers. The Greek term here for encouraging is “parekalei” and can carry the idea of “encouragement,” “comfort,” “help,” or even “strong urging” and “counsel.”.
Like Barnabas arriving in Antioch, I have arrived in Union and with great joy have seen the work that has been done here through God’s grace. You are a very amazing group of God’s children, using each of your talents to build the entire Body.
In the likeness of Barnabas, God has a wise choice of a leader for us.
“Look at what the LORD has done”.
From Pastor Oliver:
"Be filled wih 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.
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!