Roberts Congregational

United Church of Christ

1001 Birch Drive, Roberts WI 54023                                                (715) 749-3225

ABOUT THE
UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

GET TO KNOW US

The United Church of Christ (UCC) is a distinct and diverse community of Christians that come together as one church to join faith and action.  With over 5,000 churches and nearly one million members across the United States, the UCC serves God in the co-creation of a just and sustainable world.  The UCC is a church of firsts, a church of extravagant welcome, and a church where "…they may all be one" (John 17:21).

THE CHURCH OF FIRSTS

Since 1957, the United Church of Christ has been the church of firsts, weaving God’s message of hope and extravagant welcome with action for justice and peace. Together, we live out our faith in ways that effect change in our communities.  The UCC's many "firsts" mean that we have inherited a tradition of acting upon the demands of our faith.  When we read in Galatians: "There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus"—a demand is made upon us. And so we were the first historically white denomination to ordain an African-American, the first to ordain a woman, the first to ordain an openly gay man, and the first Christian church to affirm the right of same-gender couples to marry. We were in the forefront of the anti-slavery movement and the Civil Rights movement.  Our response to the demands of our faith is woven into the history of our country.

A CHURCH OF EXTRAVAGANT WELCOME

Today, we continue to change lives throughout the world. We work alongside more than 200 mission partners. We labor ceaselessly to fight injustice, in the United States and abroad. We instill our vision into our youth and young adults, forging leaders who will imagine new dreams. And we sustain and develop church leaders, pastors, and our local churches to live their faith in exciting new ways.  We believe in a God that is still speaking, a God that is all-loving and inclusive.  We are a church that welcomes and accepts everyone as they are, where your mind is nourished as much as your soul.

We are a church where Jesus the healer meets Jesus the revolutionary, and where together, we grow a just and peaceful world.

THE MISSION OF ROBERTS UCC

Our mission is to connect with God, as we live by faith, are known by love, and cultivate hope.

Thoughts from Pastor Burt...

The statement itself can be broken into two very distinct threads “Our Goals/Desires” and “God’s Call” on our lives.  These two are interwoven so nicely and have a great deal of theology behind them; which really is the point of this article overall.  Most people think you need to have a seminary education to do theology.  This simply is not true.  The word Theology comes from the Greek Theologia; made up from Theo, “God,” and Logos, “Speech.”  In other words, Theology is simply a “discourse about God.”  And this mission statement is loaded with it.

Let’s start with God’s Call as seen by us through our mission statement: FAITH, HOPE, and LOVE.  These themes are found throughout Scripture, but we will focus mainly on 1 Corinthians 13 as it is very concise about these topics.  We will start with he obvious 13:13, “And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.”  These are God’s gifts to us which we are to use to become more God-like.  Or, to use the imagery of Paul from this chapter, we are the mirror which others see God dimly in.  We are given these gifts for this purpose.  We have no entitlement to them or have done nothing special to receive them, they are the gifts of God.  God gives them and then calls us to use them to “…make disciples of all nations…” (Matthew 28:19).  What I find interesting here is not these gifts though.  It is the way in which other ideas of God are so intricately woven into the statement without being spoken directly.  We are the “image of God” to the world.  We are not God, but are known by the world as God by how we use these gifts in participating in the creation of the “New Heaven” and “New Earth” talked about by John in the book of Revelation (chapter 21).  It also conveys our understanding of ourselves as Children of God on a journey toward a more adult understanding and relationship with our God, CONNECTING with GOD. 

 

“When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways.  For now we see in a mirror, dimly,[b] but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.”

— 1 Corinthians 13:11-12

 

Now whether this was done consciously, or was the word working within and through the congregation in the creation of the mission statement, is inconsequential.  The Spirit moved within those writing and those adopting in order to tell the world what Roberts Congregational UCC believes about God.  Much the same way that Scripture and Sermons touch people in different ways and at different levels depending on where they are at and what they need to hear.  Each of these pieces can be easily seen by those visiting and reading them.  They may not see all of them, but they are there for helping people CONNECT with us and what we believe and therefore with God through us.                                                       

 

This leads us to Our Goals/Desires: CONNECT, LIVE, KNOWN BY, and CULTIVATE.  What we believe about those gifts and our God moves us to desire a closer CONNECT-ion with our God.  It causes us to want to be that mirror image of God as we LIVE our lives.  It develops in us a desire to be KNOWN BY both God and the world to spread that LOVE God has gifted us with.  In this world we will not always get that right as Paul so aptly states in 1 Corinthians 13:12 about being partially known now and fully known when our time comes to be with God.

The final piece is in the CULTIVATE statement.  Though Paul is right that the greatest of the gifts we receive is LOVE, the one which is the greatest gift we can give to the world is that of HOPE.  LOVE is the power God uses to create/cultivate hope within us and others.  As those seeds grow and people are able to read this statement, they are able to see the HOPE God is asking us to maintain for others.  It speaks volumes about the calling God has given us.  We are not just to receive these gifts, but to use them in order to better those around us.

It is here that as a newcomer and a leader I get most excited.  Watching the way in which people within this family of God known as Roberts Congregational UCC wrestle with living this mission statement out at so many levels.  As they develop their connections with God through study, service, or worship, or they find ways to live out their faith in their daily lives; or continue to work on their growing edges around love and let others see that work; or share in the continued work of creating and cultivating hope for others; they speak volumes of theology to the world.

God bless each of you as you continue to find your way on this journey of faith.  May all we do individually and as a congregation always strive to follow and fit this mission statement.  I encourage all of us to intentionally think about it as we make the decisions we do daily about our individual journeys and the journey we take together as a church family. 

 

-Pastor Burt

OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM

AT ROBERTS UCC

PASTOR:
Rev. Burt D. Williams

(715) 749-3225

ruccpastor@gmail.com




ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT:
Kim Kramer

(715) 749-3225

ruccsecretary@gmail.com

CHURCH MODERATOR:

Lori Jurek

(715) 386-3214

aljurek@baldwin-telecom.net



CHURCH CLERK:

Cheryl Lindquist

(651) 270-8909

cherylllindquist@yahoo.com



C0-TREASURER:

Sonya Jansma

(715) 684-9661

sjansma@baldwin-telecom.net



C0-TREASURER:

Margie Ricci

(715) 377-6593

mlricci9@outlook.com


BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Chairperson:

Roger Ray

(715) 246-5239

rray@hiawatha-nb.com



BOARD OF DEACONS

Chairperson:

Rachel Ackley

(715) 338-5472

brjta@baldwin-telecom.net



BOARD OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

 Co-Chairperson:

Mandy Clay           

(715) 441-3683    

memory41@mail.com

 

 

WOMEN'S FELLOWSHIP

President:
Lenore Pechuman
​​​​​​​(715) 749-3836



FOOD PANTRY

Chairperson:

Roene Frederick

(715) 749-3478

rfrederick@att.net


FUNERAL COMMITTEE

Chairperson:
Sharon Johnson

(715) 749-3306



"That they may all be one." 

John 17:21