Marine United Church of Christ

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Welcome to the home page of Marine United Church of Christ.

A Church is a community of believers who share in the joys and trials of a church family. We seek to be united in our witness and mission to the world and to grow together spiritually through worship, study and fellowship.

We are nurtured through God's Holy Spirit and through our life together as the United Church of Christ in Marine. In our life together we proclaim Christ as the head of our Church; God as our Creator, Power and Strength; and the Holy Spirit as the divine Presence in our midst.

We are Christ's Church, dedicated to living and doing God's "Good News". We affirm the hope, healing, renewal, supply and love of God at work in our midst. We are open and receptive to other who would like to be a part of our church family.

We hope as you use this website you are reminded of our Church Family and ways you can serve as a part of it.

Say Hallelujah - June 21th

It is with great joy that we will resume sanctuary worship on June 21. That is next Sunday. It will not be worship as you are used to in the past, but it is a step forward. We will have to require that people attending wear masks. There will be no congregational singing. We will also be using ushers to spread out those attending. Immediate family members will, of course, be allowed to sit together, but we will need to maintain social distancing between others. Passing of the peace will be limited to waving and smiling at others. These are not the only changes, but they are the ones that will probably stand out the most in people's minds. We thank you for your patience as we move forward. We look forward to welcoming you back!

Sausage Dinner - Serving dinners for Over 70 Years

We regret to announce, as with so many events that are a part of our lives, covid-19 has caused the cancellation of this years's annual Pork Sausage Dinner for Sunday, November 1, 2020.

We hope that we will see you next year, on Sunday, November 7, 2020. Please note this date on your calendar and hopefully we will be able to again welcome you to our dinner.

A MESSAGE FROM THE COUNCIL

Dear Marine United Church of Christ Family,

The past several weeks has seen unprecedented measures taken to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus. On Monday, March 16, the Illinois South Conference informed church leaders of their strong recommendation to suspend in-person worship services for a minimum of four (4) weeks, until April 13, 2020. This advisement by the ISC, coupled with precautions implemented and closures prescribed by the Center for Disease Control and Federal and State government officials, dictates action.

On Tuesday, March 17, the Marine UCC Church Council met, and after discussion agreed, given the current circumstances, suspending services is the Church's most responsible action to protect our congregants and the community. Effective immediately, we will suspend church services for a minimum of four (4) weeks, with the anticipated resumption of regular worship services on April 19. We will monitor developments, and following the directives of those entrusted to ensure our safety, return to regular church activities as soon as possible.

Easter is April 12, the last Sunday of the minimum four-week suspension. Lenten services, Palm Sunday, Good Friday service, and both Easter Sunday services and breakfast sadly will not occur this year. We pray that the crisis passes faster and lives saved by the Church implementing these actions to reduce the potential spread of the virus.

The Church's Trivia Night with proceeds to benefit the Hoyleton Home is likely to be postponed until Summer.

The Council recognizes that the Church has financial responsibilities to uphold at all times. We will continue to pay the Church's staff during this period. In addition to payroll, the Church has regular monthly expenditures that will not significantly deviate. We expect to continue to be a pillar in the community, capable of performing charitable actions and contributing aid to those most affected during this unparalleled time.

Offerings and donations during Sunday services are most routine and accustomed, and our congregation has proven to be remarkably generous. During this upcoming, uncertain period, we ask that church members be diligent to continue offerings, despite the temporary suspension of worship services. Our Church is not in a position to successfully sustain a lengthy period with a significant loss of income. Weekly tithing maintains the operation of the Church, and the Council asks all contributors to continue their regular support.

In addition to delivering contributions to the Church, there are several options for remote giving:

The Church offices will remain open, with Pastor Phil available as always. Suggestions and opportunities to serve those in need in our community during the coming weeks are encouraged.

Facebook users, please join the Marine UCC Facebook Group and routinely check for updates and church-related information.

The Marine UCC is a caring, welcoming, and generous congregation. We have and always will support each other in times of grief, illness, and distress. Please routinely check on those at risk and continue to communicate regularly with our church family. Despite not being physically together, we WILL remain close, assist wherever and whenever needed, and get through this TOGETHER!

May God bless you and keep you safe.

Marine UCC Church Council

Rich Branson, President

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Donation Now

While we don't want to discourage the ease of using PayPal, please be aware that each donation carries a fee of 2.9% of the amount, plus 30 cents. Your donation is the total amount, and the wording will suggest that the church is getting the full amount. In reality, PayPal gets their cut and the church receives less than you expected.

If you want to ensure Marine UCC gets your intended donation, please mail to the address at the top of the home page. Thank you for your generosity, no matter which method you prefer to use.

Trivia Night

Sausage Dinner

Sympathy to the Family Of Larry Mills

Larry Mills

Talent Search

  • We are looking for individuals who might be able to play instrument (guitar, trumpet, etc...) and would be willing to put their talents to use to broaden our music program in worship. If you willing to help, please see Pastor Phil or Dave.

"Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right." Abraham Lincoln

Cinema Therapy Grief Support Group

Organzations

  • Quilters
  • Women's Guild
  • Widening the Circle
  • Book Lovers
  • Windmill Preschool
  • PALS Program
    • Meals for our members in need.

"if they pray to me and repent and turn away from the evil they have been doing, then I will hear them in heaven, forgive their sins, and make their land prosperous again."

2 Chronicles 7:14

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