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UCC Missoula creates more joy and more justice through Jesus.

We welcome you to join us Sundays this summer online at our UCC Missoula YouTube Channel.
We'll have two more outdoor, in-person services in our courtyard on, July 25th, and August 15th.

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Summer Covid Practices

UCC Missoula requires mask wearing during the summer to protect vulnerable groups....
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12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit14 Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many.  – I Corinthians 12:12-14

Dear Friends,

We are writing to you with an update on UCC worship and gathering plans for the rest of the summer and early fall, as all of us continue to emerge from the past year and a half of pandemic life. We pray that this letter finds you well.

Pastor Jennifer is on her well-deserved, three-month summer sabbatical (June 13-Sept. 12). As she kayaks along, Rev. Janice Springer, Rev. Laura Folkwein, and a host of other talented and generous UCC leaders from Visionaries to Cabinet members, are keeping our wonderful church afloat and heading in a consistent direction. We are so fortunate to have such generous and strong leaders at UCC!

Have you heard of the “Slow Food Movement”? It is an effort to slow down the way people produce, harvest, prepare and enjoy food. Slow food is good for plants, animals, people, and the whole planet.

UCC Missoula is approaching the summer with an attitude of “Slow Pandemic Re-entry.” Some of us are excited to see each other and resume activities we love with a sense of joy and blessed relief. Others of us are half-way out of cautious quarantine and uncertain about our next steps. Still others are not able to be vaccinated due to age (kids!) or personal health. Yet we are all one Body in Christ, different parts with different needs, and we very much want to be together in body and in spirit.

Our church is going to approach the summer with a spirit of “Slow Re-entry” because we want to be able to include as many folks as possible in worship, small groups, and other gatherings. “Slow Re-entry” means that we are going to do our best to remain extremely safe and very inclusive. We will take our time to prepare carefully and to savor our experiences together.

Our Covid Advisory Team, Worship and Spiritual Life Team, and our Cabinet have advised and approved the following summer plans:

• When you come to the church, please wear a mask. We will be maintaining mask requirements inside and outside the building.

• Join us for online worship every Sunday, and IN PERSON, OUTDOOR worship once a month at 10 a.m.  June 27th - Pride Sunday, July 25th - Poetry Sunday and August 15th - a meditation on Kindness.

• Rev. Janice Springer will lead small group workshops outside with masks, as much as possible (moving inside if necessary for smoke or bad weather). Sign up on our website.

• Enjoy masked social gatherings in the courtyard with Pastor Laura and others.

• Join our youth group and others in service to the community.

As our ancestors in faith and family have walked through challenges in hope before us, we will anticipate the fall with great hope for the ability to meet often and in-person, with fewer restrictions and a whole lot of celebration.

In the meantime, we know you are doing your part encouraging others to get vaccinated, washing your hands, masking when you need to, and staying safe as you travel, float, camp, enjoy family, shop, and do all the summer things we have been missing. Thank you!

Please sign up for the eblast (email info@uccmissoula.org), read your eblast, and check our website, YouTube and Facebook pages for updates as we go.

As always, your contributions of time, talent, and treasure are deeply appreciated and help us continue to be a voice of love, joy, hope, and justice in Missoula and beyond. You can give online at www.uccmissoula.org/giving or send a check to the church.

If you have questions about our summer plans or how you can help, please contact Moderator Pattii Nau or Pastor Laura Folkwein. Pattii can be reached at pattii240@gmail.com and Laura is at laura@uccmissoula.org or (406) 543-6952.

Yours in grace and peace, and with great hope,

Pattii Nau Rev. Laura Folkwein, MSW

Moderator Associate and Sabbatical Coverage Pastor

This Week's Worship

Dear Friends,

Do you ever do word puzzles—crosswords, word searches, brain teasers? I am preaching this week, and I am going to talk about word puzzles and how confusing words can be. Take for instance the word God. That word is a puzzle indeed! What does it mean in the 21st century? Does that word refer to a Presence with whom we can be in relationship? Or is God a symbol for the creative evolutionary process of the universe? Bring your own history with that word and something for Communion, and worship with us this week. We will be on-line at 10:00 a.m.

Bless you, all of you,

Janice

University Congregational Church Missoula, United Church of Christ

About Us

No matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here! We are an Open and Affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ.

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Purpose

At UCC Missoula, we proclaim a Gospel that is Progressive, Inclusive and Inspired by the never-ending love of God.

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Cool Stuff @ UCC

We do a lot of cool stuff at UCC because our hearts are “warmed” by the Gospel of Love. (Luke 24:32)

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Youth and children's ministry

Youth Ministry creates a basis for parents and their children to become more thoughtful, kind and compassionate.

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Open and Affirming

Open and Affirming (ONA) is the United Church of Christ's (UCC) designation for congregations, campus ministries, and other bodies in the UCC which make a public covenant of welcome into their full life and ministry to persons of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions. UCC Missoula became an ONA Church in 1993, and we have LGBTQ people active in leadership and in all areas of church life.

Creation Justice Covenant

We created a Creation Justice Covenant to guide how we care for God’s creation. The covenant is also part of UCC Missoula becoming a Creation Justice Church within United Church of Christ.

Climate crisis is an urgent, all-encompassing, worldwide emergency. In affirming the divine gifts of creation and in affirming our connection to God, each other, and the world around us, we unconditionally commit ourselves as individuals and as a congregation to the intertwined responsibilities of caring for creation and seeking justice for the oppressed. With purposeful resolve, we commit ourselves with an awareness of how the abuses of creation inevitably cause human suffering and of how factors such as race, class, and global inequality inevitably cause some to suffer more than others.

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Small Groups

Small groups are a wonderful way to deepen your relationship with God and with the community at UCC. At our church, we joyfully believe that humans, in all of our beautiful and complex diversity, are created in the image of God, so building relationships with each other is sacred work.

Small groups happen in many forms at our church. Some meet long term (for years!), others gather for a 4-6 week study on a specific book or topic, and still others gather to learn a skill or complete a project. Our Contemplative Prayer Group meets every Thursday morning at 7:00 a.m., and other prayer groups are often formed during the special seasons of Lent (spring) and Advent (winter). Anyone can drop in on Theology Pub, which gathers monthly at a local brewery or coffee shop for discussion and fun. Small groups include retreats 2-4 times each year, on or off-site, and our annual Contemplative Backpack trip for 15+ years. Getting involved in a small group will help you grow spiritually, mentally, socially, and through serving others.

Worship/Music

We encourage worshiping God 24/7, but we gather on Sundays at 10 a.m. to sing, pray, and learn together. Worship is "traditional" in some ways and improvisational in others. Every week has a theme based on scripture and every theme points us toward some new or refreshed understanding of who we are called to be as God's people in the world.

We celebrate a wide variety of musical styles. We showcase two adult choirs, Flute choir, Bell choir, Woodwind ensemble, String ensemble, Brass ensemble, organ, piano, guitar, drums and solo instrumentalists and voices. Our children's ministry program also produces two musicals each year.

Our Ministry Team

We proudly claim that our ministers are "all the members of the church." Meet our staff of amazingly talented, motivated, and compassionate people who supports our larger ministry.

Rev. Dr. Jennifer Yocum (she/her) is a storytelling, kayak-paddling, gaze-in-wonder-at-God-in-the-world kind of person.

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Rev. Laura Folkwein

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Associate Pastor

Laura (she/her) is passionate about strengthening communities, treating all people with dignity and respect, and connecting people to care for and advocate with each other.

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"I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my savior"

Habbakuk 3:18

Featured Events

Power: Claiming it, Sharing it, Using it for Love

Janice Springer and Laura Folkwein lead this small group about recognizing our own power and using it to love and empower others.

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5:00 pm