What Matters to Us
Just some water, just a simple meal of bread and juice, but for us in the United Church Christ, what is simple means much more. We celebrate two sacraments. One is Baptism. The other is Holy Communion which is also often called the Lord's Supper or Eucharist. Sacraments are our ritual acts in worship life when the Holy Spirit uses water, bread, and wine to make visible the grace, forgiveness, and presence of God in Christ.
Through water at baptism, God embraces you — no matter who you are — and brings you into Christ's Church. You become vital not only to a local church, but the wider Church. You share in the life, death, and resurrection of Christ. The church also promises to love, support, and care for you throughout your whole life. Baptized, you now participate fully in life of the Church and God's realm.
Practices of the sacraments vary among our congregations. A 2004-2006 UCC worship survey details our range of practices. Some congregations baptize infants through adults, while others seem to begin baptism with older children. All use water, but the amount varies from a small amount to full immersion in a body of water. Most often, a pastor baptizes "in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit," others use additional expressions of the Triune God. Baptism occurs within a worshiping congregation and, as the entry rite into Christ's Church, occurs only once.
All our emphases seem to come together in the sacraments. Christ claims us, and we belong to Christ. God offers an extravagant welcome, and we share in it. God keeps covenant with us, and we unite as one with Christians throughout the world. God offers a vision of justice and love, and we are inspired to live it. Together, through water, bread, and wine, we know the still-speaking God.
Welcome Sarah Mary Buck to our family at Hope UCC, Wind Gap. We celebrate Sarah's baptism along with her parents, Mary and Nathan Buck; Godmother, Danielle Shaver; Godfather, Aaron Buck; Grandparents, Larry and Kathleen Robinson, Justin and Lori Buck; Great grandparents, Irene Eckert, Margaret McDonald, Lucy Buck and Ruth Frace.
Welcome Maxwell Michael Morykin was Baptized into the Faith. We celebrate Maxwell’s baptism along with his parents, Stacey & Michael Morykin; Grandparents, Robert & Judith Bucher; Marie & Michael Morykin, Sr.; Godparents, Lisa Matyas and Mark Matyas.
Welcome Zachary Martin Gower into our family at Hope UCC, Wind Gap. We celebrate Zachary's baptism along with his parents, Ashley and Martin Gower; Godmother, Ashley Zicar; Godfather, Brandon Morris; Grandparents, Jennifer and Timothy Tocket, Mark and Kim Cook and Doris Johnson and Dale Gower.
Emerson Rae Kinney was baptized into the faith on Sunday, October 2, 2016 by Pastor Frey. Emerson is the daughter of Michael and Kasey Kinney. Her godmother is Jennifer Pickel and her godfather is Keith Gardinor. Her maternal grandparents are Michelle Beebe and Simon Phillips. Her paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Dale and Gini Kinney.
Isabel Marie Morykin was welcomed into the Christian faith though Baptism by the Hope Congregation on July 17, 2016. Her parents are Stacey and Michael Morykin, Jr. Stacey also has a brother Maxwell. Her Godparents are Allison and Ron Edelman, Jr. Her maternal grandparents are Michael and Marie Morykin and her paternal grandparents are RObert and Judith Bucher.
Brayden Scott Kindrew was baptized May 1, 2016. He was welcomed into the faith by the Hope congregation and his large, extended family. His parents are Eric Kindrew and Kim Henry. Brayden's maternal grandparents are Maryann and David Henry. His paternal grandparents are Jenny Mack and Walter Kindrew. His Godmothers are Melissa Henry, Missy Gottfred and TIffany Theadford. His Godfathers are Billy Harkleroad and Joseph Theadford, Jr.
On April 10, 2016 we welcomed Dominic Walters as he was baptized in the Faith. His sister, Peyton, was christened, also. Their parents are Nicholas and Brittany Walters. Dominic's Godparents are Jeffrey and Jessica Smith. Peyton's Godparents are Christopher Walters and Jessica Arnold. Their Maternal grandparents are Terry and Wanda Frey. Their Paternal grandparents are Douglas and Patricia Walters.
Gabriel Michael Martin was baptized Sunday, April 12, 2015. His parents are Kimberly Dyson and Michael Martin. He also brings with him his brother Isaiah and sister Isabella. His Godparents are Noelle and David Zagorski. Michael's grandparents are Wally and Kathy Dyson; Joseph Martin and Jacqueline Geller. He was baptized into the faith by his grandfather Wally Dyson.
On January 18, we welcomed Zachary Richard Moyer as he was baptized in the Faith. Zachary's parents are Kenneth and Kerry Moyer. His Godmother is Bridget Reto and his Godfather is Craig Reto. Zachary's maternall grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Leon Stackhouse and his parternal grandfather is Kenneth Moyer, Sr.
On October 26th, 2014 we welcomed John Oliver Long as he was Baptized into the Faith. John’s parents are Margaret Saunders and Todd Long. Grandparents are Louise & John Saunders and Pauline and John Long. His Godparents are April Brown and Ted Long.