Oregon City, OR (September 1, 2015) -- The members of Atkinson Memorial Church look forward to a welcome celebration of their new minister on September 13. This marks a new era in the churchs 170-year history. The service and religious education program for children and youth will begin at 10:30 a.m. The service will be followed by a brief ceremony and potluck luncheon.
The congregation encourages visitors and newcomers to attend this and upcoming services to learn more about the church, the community, the many events and activities offered throughout the week, and Unitarian Universalism as a liberal religious faith.
Reverend Marcia Stanard became a minister because she feels that what happens in church matters. Rev. Marcia joins the church after having served as a part-time minister concurrently for Wyeast Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Portland, OR, and Free Church Unitarian in Blaine, WA. She holds a Master of Divinity degree and was ordained in 2011. Prior to being ordained, she worked as a Director of Religious Education. She has taught Our Whole Lives (OWL) and Coming of Age, two respected Unitarian Universalist programs for church youth, and she deeply values the religious education of both children and adults.
Those who served on the churchs Search Committee to narrow the choices for the new minister are very excited to have found Rev. Marcia. Her message of grace, gratitude, awe, and wonder left them feeling uplifted and hopeful. One Committee member said, Rev. Marcia brings a sense of joy and abundance with herI see her leading us with a powerfully positive presence. Another said, We have in Rev. Marcia a person who has a clear and appropriate sense of purpose; can do what ministers do, both as a preacher and as pastor; will develop others to participate in worship, pastoral care and all the other things involved in this wonderful enterprise.
Atkinson Memorial Church serves Clackamas County and the greater Portland area. Members come from Oregon City, West Linn, Lake Oswego, Milwaukie, Gladstone, Portland, and other nearby communities. The church is a welcoming congregation, supportive of LGBTQ community members.
Atkinson Memorial Church offers many activities and committees in which to get involved and is active in the wider community.
You are invited to join in worship and to welcome Rev. Marcia Stanard. For more information, call the church at 503-656-7296, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the website at www.atkinsonchurch.com.