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A Greeting from Rev. Rick

The fall months are among the busiest of the year, with school, music and athletic activities getting our schedules again into high gear. The church is no exception. Sunday School programs start up again, committee and boards resume their meetings, music groups begin getting the cobwebs out of their voices and instruments, stewardship campaigns get people thinking about their financial responsibilities to God, and fellowship activities try to keep church members active and connected.


Throughout the year you will find the revolving programs and activities of UPC, Flanders on our webpage. We are a small to medium size congregation and part of the larger Presbyterian Church (USA) body of churches. Having been created by the merger of two pre-existing congregations in November, 1959, we are now celebrating 60 years of ministry, mission, fellowship and learning in Mt. Olive Township. One of our themes for our diamond jubilee year is “Diamonds in the Rough – God is not finished with us yet!”


Worship is at the heart of congregational life. We put our own twist on a Presbyterian worship style, incorporating a wide variety of worship music and music groups through the seasons of the church. Our monthly Newsong worship band and Bell Choir, Chancel Choir, Little Ringers, Barbershop Quartet and so much more enhance our worship experience through the course of the year.


If you find yourself searching for a new church home in Mt. Olive Township, we extend a warm invitation to join our worshiping family any Sunday at 10 am. You will find us a warm and welcoming congregation. As we often say in worship, “There are no strangers, only friends we have not yet met!”


In the spirit of this fall season now upon us, I leave you these words from the song “Every Season” by popular Christian singer Nicole Nordman.


And even when the trees have just surrendered to the harvest time

Forfeiting their leaves in late September and sending us inside

Still I notice You when change begins and I am braced for colder winds

I will offer thanks for what has been and is to come.

You are autumn.


May the God of all seasons bless and keep you!


Rev. Rick


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