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U Matters - 21 Aug 2014

Posted by Greg Anderson on

It's Family Fiesta Sunday at Union!  As we meet new friends and reconnect with old, this Sunday promises to be a celebration of community. Our special speaker will be Gregory Slayton, the author of  "Be a Better Dad Today!" He is a diplomat, businessman...

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U Matters - 14 Aug 2014

Posted by Brenna Dykman on

One of my favorite Theologians Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, "God does not love some ideal person, but rather human beings just as we are, not some ideal world, but rather the real world." Next Friday night we have our youth kick-off night. Our U'th Program is a place where young people...

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U Matters - 07 Aug 2014

Posted by Matthew Fredericks on

Greg McKeown, in Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, speaks of setting aside a few hours every quarter to reflect on what matters most. What matters most to you?  As the summer closes, is there something you look forward to doing with God this summer...

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U Matters - 31 Jul 2014

Posted by Greg Anderson on

I am sitting in suburban Chicago late at night watching fireflies. On a dark night every flicker of light is welcome.    Think of someone you know who is going through a time of spiritual, vocational, emotional, relational or physical darkness. How can you be Christ's light to them?...

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U Matters - 24 Jul 2014

Posted by Greg Anderson on

Tuesday night at Summer Reflection Series we discussed four distinctives of Union: Biblical/Transformational, Communal, Attractional, and Missional. Those present thought we were Communal first, Attractional (strong programs in youth, Sunday School, etc., to bring people...

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U Matters - 17 Jul 2014

Posted by Greg Anderson on

You guys are much better at sharing about Jesus Christ with your friends and colleagues than I am. Today I was at a lunch meeting where the guy next to me said a member of Union Church had a profound impact on him as he was searching for faith. Sunday someone pelted the pastor with...

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U Matters - 10 Jul 2014

Posted by Greg Anderson on

Tuesday night architect Willem Jan de Hek gave a brilliant presentation, interspersed with spirited small group discussion, on the church. He traced the evolution of church buildings from a focus on the altar (Eucharist) to the pulpit (Bible) to the auditorium (performance). This helpful...

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U Matters - 03 Jul 2014

Posted by Greg Anderson on

This week Pastor Matthew and I had a farewell lunch with a Union family moving from Hong Kong after three years. I was sad, they were very sad, and Matthew was very, very, sad. Matthew mentioned that now that he has been here two years it is harder to say goodbye. Since this is my 19th year of...

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U Matters - 26 Jun 2014

Posted by Greg Anderson on

I was walking down the sidewalk Tuesday in suburban Chicago, texting on my phone. Imagine my surprise when I found myself ankle deep in freshly poured cement. My new shoes, my favorite trousers, and my pride were ruined. The workers and Holly were amused rather than angry. I was fuming. Life is...

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U Matters - 12 Jun 2014

Posted by Greg Anderson on

What a week it was! Attendance records shattered in worship, an all-church BBQ, and a baptism at Oasis! It felt like a church family reunion. Speaking of reunions, all six Andersons will meet up this week in the US and participate in a gathering of Holly's family. I look forward to fun...

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