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In 2021, First Congregational UCC said farewell to Rev. Bruce Bergthold and his spouse Cynthia after almost 14 years of service when Bruce retired. Both are dearly missed. At about the same time this congregation voted to become an Open & Affirming congregation and is now living into what that means. Lots is happening during this period of transition as we discuss the future of this congregation and prepare for the next longer term pastor.
My calling as a pastor is to serve short term (1-3 years) with congregations. I enjoy the challenge and becoming a part of each new community. Every congregation is different while also being somewhat similar. I enjoy creativity and thinking outside the box, trying to find new ways of being church.
I like serving in a denomination and with congregations that affirm the right of individuals to think critically and independently. We will not always agree and should not always agree. In the UCC we say, God is still speaking,
Like many of you, I am a believer that there are many paths to the truth; mine happens to be one where I claim Jesus and understand God as Creator, Christ, and Spirit. As I reflect on the nature of God and to what God calls me to be, I enjoy engaging with sacred text. I invite you to join me on that journey.
On a more personal note: I am single, owned by a cat, and rent a home here in Geneseo. I am a Pittsburgh Steeler fan. I was born in Turkey (my parents were Christian Missionaries), graduated from High School in Ohio, earned a business degree from Ursinus College in Pennsylvania, and went to seminary in Boston. I have lived and served in Pennsylvania, rural Nebraska, small town Iowa, St. Louis, South Carolina, Lebanon, Ghana, Massachusetts, New York, Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, and Tennessee.
Life is good, and interesting, and sometimes frustrating.
Choir Rehearsals; September through May; Wednesdays at 6:30pm
We are currently seeking an organist/pianist to play for the 9:00 am service. The pianist/organist has one Sunday off each month, with it generally being the last Sunday of the month. In addition to playing for the Sunday service, the musician accompanies the choir. Choir rehearsals are Wedneday Evening (September-May @ 6:30 pm). Experience playing an organ is not a pre-requisite. There is a feature on the organ that allows pianists to more easily play it. To learn more, contact Pastor Stuart or Carol Neuleib.
Office Hours: M, TU, W, TH: 9:00am to 2:00pm