Duane and Sue Grage, Interim Pastors​

A Retired Elder in the United Methodist Church (UMC), Duane has had 38 years of experience in rural and urban congregations and five years of experience with the Annual Methodist Conference staff concentrating on Congregational Development. In retirement he has served as interim pastor with the Glenwood united Parish (UMC/UCC) and with the Walker Community Church, among others.

Sue has been a UMC certified lay speaker for the State of Minnesota since 1991. She has trained as a stewardship consultant working with some 15 different congregations. She has also worked at Hamline University School of Law for seven years in Alumni Relations and fund raising. She was the third pastor in the Central Parish of the Minnesota United Methodist Conference in 1997-98, and has co-pastored with Duane for 14 months at the Walker Community Church, UCC, among others.

We are grateful that Duane and Sue are available and willing to serve our congregation as co-pastors while we continue our search for a new settled minister. Please greet them warmly as you have occasion this morning and in the weeks to come

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, Custodian​

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.