Welcome to the United Church of Sun City
Rev. Brady Abel.
Ash Wednesday, February 26, 5 pm: All are welcome at a service of confession, ashes, and preparation for Lent with four Sun City congregations. Location: Sun City Christian Church, 9745 W. Palmeras Drive in Sun City.
SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE - 10:00 a.m. All are welcome!
We're a lively congregation where age is a number and life is a gift...
In short, we're a community where people come to be part of family who worship, work and have fun together.
The United Church of Sun City is the first church established in Sun City, Arizona. We have a well-deserved reputation for excellence in programming and warmth in our welcome.
But we aren't stuck in the past! We know God is still speaking, and we are still listening! Come see for yourself.
Buzz from the Beehive
Looking for something to do? The monthly newsletter will have a NEW calendar of events (it’s a keeper) with many fun, educational, and spiritual program choices. Bring a friend!
P.S. Weekly postings are printed in the Sunday bulletin calendar. Be sure to check out our Facebook page!
United Church of Sun City enthusiastically supports Treasures 4 Teachers with the collection of recycled items. Learn more from the videos below!
Our Speaker Series will continue with a Dementia Care Education 3-part presentation on “Memory and Faith.” The first session at 2:30 pm on Feb. 25: “The Aging Brain: What We Can and Can’t Control.” Brian Browne, MS CSA, presented here last year and received the highest praise from those attending.
Springtime in Paris: Second Annual Women's Afternoon Tea on Sunday, March 15 at 2:30 pm. Tickets $5 available after worship from Maria Coesens-Kelsall, or stop by the church office 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Seating is limited so call the office 623-933-0058 for availability.
United Church of Sun City
Several years ago, Ann Landers or Abigail Van Buren (Dear Abby) got into trouble when they repeated columns that they had previously published and didn’t explicitly indicate that’s what they were doing. So, I am rerunning a portion of a newsletter article published last fall. It’s about the sabbatical which is April 20 – July 19. I thought with the sabbatical getting close, it might be worth another look.
Sabbatical – Periods of time when one does not work at their regular employment and takes a break for rest, travel, or research (Merriam Webster). Ever since I have served as an ordained minister, I have had the opportunity for a sabbatical (my call agreement at both churches I have served indicates eligibility for a sabbatical after five years of full-time ministry). However, I just never felt the need or sensed the call to take a sabbatical. That all changed in the Fall of 2018.
I cannot put my finger on a particular reason why, but I began to feel the need for an extended period of time for rest and renewal. The feeling does not come from anything United Church has done. I love my work at United Church! And yet I sense the need for sabbatical does come from being on call as a parish pastor every day. Every time the phone vibrates, a text comes through, an email pops up in my mailbox or someone comes to the church building; I never know for sure what life experience might need my attention and my presence as pastor. It’s a privilege to serve as pastor, but there are demands that go with that service.
In working with the church council and a sabbatical committee appointed by the church council late in 2018, plans have been made and approved for a sabbatical from April 20, 2020 – July 19, 2020. The sabbatical will include time to unwind, hike throughout this beautiful state of Arizona, several weeks with family and friends in the Midwest, and then more hiking in Alaska before getting geared up for my return as Senior Pastor of United Church.
We’ll plan an ice cream and chocolate cake sabbatical kickoff for Sunday April 19 – Holy Humor Sunday! Before then . . . feel free to visit with Moderator Norm Still, Sabbatical Chairperson Pat Dilmore, or me anytime. For now, most of all, please know I am terrifically grateful for this sabbatical opportunity!
P.S. Since the first time this article ran in the newsletter, the council has approved Rev. Jim Cunningham to be our Sabbatical Pastor. Thank you, Pastor Jim!