Wendy Jaine Summers, Pastor
The Rev. Dr. Wendy Jaine Summers - Doctor of Divinity, Master of Arts in Conflict Mgmt and Dispute Resolution, B. A. in Psychology/Biology. She began her Designated Term Ministry on August 1, 2017. Dr Summers is a trained interim Minister and experienced Hospice Chaplin and has served in many States, growing up in Missouri. Dr. Summers is experienced not only in the fields of hospital chaplaincy and pastoral care and leadership, but also in the field of conflict resolution and mediation in small claims court. She has served on a racial justice committee in a Unitarian Church in Kansas City; as an educator for the St. Louis Alzheimer’s Association Chapter, as a Nutrition Educator in Kansas City; as a missionary in Haiti and in Juarez, Mexico. She has planted trees in Jerusalem.
Jeannie Blomme, Parish Nurse
Jeannie received an associate Degree of Nursing and two years CLA Program at the U of Minnesota. She has worked for a number of Medical Centers in Southwest Minnesota and time at St Luke's Hospital in Duluth, Minnesota.She and her husband are now full time residents of the Hackensack area. "The primary focus of the Faith Community
Nursing is the intentional care of the spirit, differentiating this specialty practice from the
general practice of the registered nurse." "Nurses have long observed that when illness and brokenness occur, healthcare consumers--whether individually or with their family and friends--may turn to their source of spiritual strength for reassurance, support and healing." Throughout history, faith and health have had a connected relationship of wellness and healing. This philosophy is being strived for by UCC!
So the ultimate goal I see as a Parish Nurse/Faith Community Nurse is to promote HEALING! Faith Community
Nursing defines HEALING as "the process of integrating the body, mind and spirit to bring about wholeness, health
and sense of spiritual well-being, although the healthcare consumer's disease may not be cured"!
Together our congregation is striving to make this a reality at Union Congregational Church!
Julie Rono, Office Administrator / Secretary
Julie Rono has lived in the Hackensack area for over 20 years. She was a certified EMT and served with the Hackensack First Response and the Hackensack Area Fire and Rescue for 18 years. She also served as secretary (16 years) for the Cass County EMS Task Force and has helped with design and follow-through of county disaster drills and training. She holds a degree in Criminal Justice through Western International University. Julie has worked a variety of jobs from child care, logging, waitress, Corrections Officer, respite care, secretary and the list goes on. Julie lives with her significant other (Butch, retired Hackensack Fire Chief and owner of the Woodshed Cabinet Shop). She has 6 children and he has 2 children and they decided 8 was enough. They also, together, have 8 grandchildren. She enjoys mentoring, working with youth and volunteering. She keeps busy with her positions here at Union, her "It Works" Business, volunteering, many hobbies and play. She has not decided what she wants to be when she grows up and believes your only as old as you act.
Sue Johnson, Morning Out Coordinator
EXECUTIVE OFFICERS ON THE COUNCIL
Moderator, Tom Cox; Treasurer, Stan Kumpula; Clerk, Karen Holle;
Minister, Rev Wendy Jaine Summers
BOARD OF FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP
Chair, Stan Kumpula; Staff Treasurer, Julie Rono, Financial Secretary, Don Hoppe, Assistant Fin. Sec.,Ron Merritt; Member, Sheryl Kaubisch;
CHRISTIAN LEARNING MINISTRY
Chair, Jo Horak;
CONGREGATIONAL LIFE MINISTRYY
Co-Chairs, Mike Bohannon and Ron Merritt
Members, Stan Kumpula, John Stephan
Chair, Heidi Hoppe; Music, Heidi; Communion, Gracee Rutkin; Ushering, Linda Merritt
POLICY CONCERNING MARRIAGE AND OTHER SERVICES
AT UNION UCC, HACKENSACK MN
Adopted Unanimously by Church Council -- September 17, 2013
1.The core purpose of the United Church of Christ is that “Drawn together by the Holy Spirit, we are a distinct and diverse community of Christians that come together as one church, joining faith and action. In covenant with the church in all of its settings, we serve God in the co-creation of a just and sustainable world as made manifest in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” 2.The Mission Statement of Union UCC, Hackensack MN, states that “Union Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, is a community of diverse believers, sharing with one another and accepting of all. With God's unconditional love, we come together to worship, to nurture each other and to reach out with love to all persons” 3.Since the founding of Union Congregational Church - UCC in 1905, it has been the long held tradition that no person will be denied participation and access to the sacraments of the church (baptism and holy communion), the rituals of the church (worship, marriage and funerals), and full participation if the life of the church. 4.In the State of Minnesota marriage equality for all persons is the constitutional law of the land. 5.Weddings, funerals, and baptism have always been done at the discretion of the pastor.
The United Church of Christ affirms that “no matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey you are welcome here!” Union UCC also affirms that all of God’s children are welcome, and that baptisms, marriages, funerals, memorial services and other appropriate services will be performed at the pastor’s discretion with the tradition of openness to all persons and in accordance with the policy and procedures of the church.