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David Jaroszewski – President
Brenda Fluitt – Vice President, Worship Chair
Laura Bruce – Property Mananger
Juli Kring – Enviromental
Lisa Lum – Council Member
Stephen Loonam – Youth Education
Marilyn Reyes – Fellowship
Jane Eixmann – Church Secretary
Gail Hicks - Treasurer
“Open the gates of justice! I will enter and tell the Lord how thankful I am.” Psalm 118:19
In America, the topic of race continues to be difficult to discuss in many social settings. Very few Christian churches are leading bold and courageous conversations, engaging in direct social activism, and participating in civil disobedience as a way to bring attention to and disrupt racist systems and structures.
The call to be a multiracial and multicultural church is an acknowledgement that racial justice is the inclusiveness of all humans and never excludes anyone based on skin color, culture or ethnic origin. The United Church of Christ stands in solidarity with the creation narrative in Genesis 1:26-27, which clearly outlines what matters to God—all of humankind and a just world for all. God created humankind in God’s image and likeness, women and men are image bearers, sharing equal status as human beings. God did not create race, racism, superior groups of humans, and hierarchical and hegemonic social structures.
I hope that I will have the opportunity to welcome you into the life and ministry of this wonderful church family. Each week is filled with exciting activities and events that all come together on Sunday morning as we offer praise and give thanks to the Still Speaking God of Grace and Love who has come to us in Jesus the Christ. If you have any questions about Grace UCC, about your own spiritual journey, or a prayer request, I would be happy to visit with you and pray with you. I look forward to being with you in worship. May the love of God, the peace of Christ, and the power of the Holy Spirit surround you and lift you up as on eagles' wings. Isaiah 40:31 Yours in Christ, Pastor David
Rev. David Pantermuehl, his wife Esther, and their two daughters, Rachel and Leah came to Houston from Corpus Christi, Texas. Pastor David served St. Paul UCC of Corpus Christ for thirteen years and Redeemer UCC in Zuehl, Texas for five years following his graduation from Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. Esther teaches music at Deborah Brown Alexander Elementary School. Rachel graduated from TAMU and received her Master's degree from the University of Houston and is a behavioral pyschologist working with Autistic children and clinics in Houston. Rachel is married to Chad Kowalski. Leah also graduated from TAMU and teaches in Klein ISD. She is married to Sonny Plagens.
It is the prayer and hope of Pastor David that with the people of Grace and by the power of Holy Spirit, we will build on the strong legacy of this faithful church. God has placed us in a prime location for mission. Alexander Elementary School is across the street and Beechnut Manor Nursing Home almost borders our parking lot. We are supporting members of: the Christian Community Service Center, the Houston Association of the UCC, the South Central Conference of the UCC, Interfaith Ministries of Houston Texas, Church World Service, Care Van Immunization Project, Alief ISD and mission work in the Philippines. We are on the edge of one of the fastest growing counties in the country and within the International District of Houston. We are grateful to be in covenant with our Houston UCC churches and invite your continued prayers and support as we journey into a very promising future. Thanks be to God!
We are excited to welcome our new grandchild, Luke Allen Plagens, born on July 26.
Just Peace Church
The Just Peace Church vision is a hallmark of United Church of Christ theological identity. For over two decades, the Just Peace Church pronouncement has inspried a grassroots movement of UCC congregations committed to corporately naming and boldly proclaiming a public identity as a justice-doing, peace-seeking church.
UCC Environmental Justice
Did you know that UCC ministers coined the phrase “environmental racism” and played a leading role in giving birth to the environmental justice movement in the 1980s?
Did you know that the UCC has formed a special partnership with a leading climate organization called 350.org, so that church green teams are now becoming 350 affiliates?
Did you know that in places like Flint and Standing Rock the UCC has been actively involved in standing alongside those struggling for justice?
Purpose Statement (from the Gospel of Matthew):
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT)
Same Gender Loving (SGL) Ministries
Who ever you are, where ever you are on life's journey,You are welcome here!
Open and Affirming
Open and Affirming (ONA) is the United Church of Christ's (UCC) designation for congregations, campus ministries, and other bodies in the UCC which make a public covenant of welcome into their full life and ministry to persons of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.