Rev. Wendy Jaine Summers, Interim Minister

Wendy Jaine's academic credentials include:  B.A. Psychology/Biology, M. Divinity Ministry, M.A.
Conflict Management/Dispute Resolution and D. Ministry Theology.  She has specialized training in
Clinical Pastoral Education, Interim Ministry, Clinical and college teaching skills and mediator skills.
Throughout her career, teaching and counseling, worship and spiritual guidance, influenced by
progressive Theology inspires and excites her leadership style.  All human rights issues, social justice and mission projects which generate self development of people in economically challenged areas energizes her ministry.
Rev. Summers has served as Chaplain in hospice hospitals, and in a maximum security prison.
She has taught religion in a small college in the Appalachian Mountains, and has taught numerous
programs in cultural and spiritual diversity, grief, Alzheimer's Disease, and compassion in various
She loves the north woods, the smell of snow, trekking across frozen lakes, cross country skiing,
and the forests in Minnesota.

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

Moderator,  Tom Cox;    Treasurer, Stan Kumpula;    Clerk, Karen Holle;
Minister, Rev Wendy Jaine Summers               

Chair, Stan Kumpula;    Staff Treasurer, Julie Rono,    Financial Secretary, Don Hoppe,    Assistant Fin. Sec.,Ron Merritt;    Member, Sheryl Kaubisch;

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


 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.