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Some Thoughts from Pastor Alana....

posted Aug 25, 2016, 10:48 AM by First Congregational Church United Church of Christ   [ updated Sep 15, 2017, 10:29 AM ]

  September 1, 2017

As summer winds down and we prepare to begin a new program year at church I’ve had some time to reflect on the past year and nine months. Goodness, how time flies!

I can safely say David and I are both feeling settled in and have gotten used to and even enjoy our commuting routine. We love being able to share our time together in both St. Clair and in Oberlin. We are only apart for three days each week and as it turns out, those three days give us good solid time to get a lot done, since we are both so busy.

Plus, being away from one another contributes to making the time we have together that much more special. David is usually in St. Clair with me for the weekends.

I find it a blessing that my three grandkids are only three hours away from St. Clair so I get to see them almost weekly! Many grandparents do not have that luxury.  And Solomon and Elias love visiting St. Clair and First Church St. Clair.

As I have gotten to know this congregation better, I find it to be extraordinary in many ways. I say extraordinary because the congregation is so motivated to do right by the Church and by God. There is energy here that is contagious. Those who want to be involved seem to dive in. Compassion and motivation are abundant. So many of you share numerous fantastic new ideas and every time I learn of something someone wants to try or a ministry someone is feeling called to explore I realize that God is here in this place, nudging and coaxing all the time. And YOU help me to remember that God is good all the time.

In this new church year we will have an opportunity to look at how best to be the church God is calling us to be at this time. You’re invited to be part of important discussions as we gather for Be the Church meetings on the second Thursdays of the month at 7 p.m. beginning on September 14th. Dessert and coffee will be served.

Of course, God asks much of all of us and every single person is needed for us to BE THE CHURCH. We each have special gifts to share. We each have qualities that become important in the many undertakings involved in both being the church and running the church. I personally feel very blessed to be here as pastor to so many faithful and good people.

Yours on the Journey,

Pastor Alana

Isaiah 6:8  (NRSV  Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!”


We will begin a new year in Sunday School with a super, exciting new curriculum, Seasons of the Spirit. It’s a curriculum that provides lessons that match up to what the grownups will be talking about during worship each week. Lessons are easy to follow and to share. We have wonderful volunteers signed up to teach, and we still have space for a few more teachers. If you’d like to be a part of this ministry of teaching our youngest Christians about the Bible and our Christian faith, the children are waiting for you! It’s fun, rewarding, important work! We’ll be holding a meeting before church at 9:00 a.m. on August 27th and again on August 27th at 11:15 a.m. Attend one or the other. All are invited.