Dear Sisters and Brothers of the PSEC,
New Jerusalem UCC, Fleetwood is a small congregation in a rural setting. We recently celebrated our 175th anniversary. Eighteen years ago, after sharing a building with our Lutheran neighbors for many years, we built a new, no-steps-to-negotiate, completely handicapped accessible building that houses our sanctuary, offices and Sunday school classrooms. We are grateful that we can serve our community by providing space for three Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and two Al-Anon meetings each week; we are also having conversations with Nar-Anon. A ministry for veterans is new to us. In 2017 the VA will begin using our building to provide counseling and support services for veterans, as well as informational meetings for the spouses of deceased veterans regarding VA benefits that are available. We help to support a local food pantry and a Loaves and Fishes meal ministry. In 2014 we voted to begin the process of becoming an open and affirming church.
There are many challenges that come with being a small congregation. Thanks to a solid core of dedicated volunteers, our shoo-fly pie sales help to significantly support our annual budget—more than 4,000 pies are made each year! In an effort to change with the times and adapt to the spiritual needs of a new generation, we have been rethinking the way we utilize our sanctuary space on Sunday morning and the style of worship we offer. We are also currently looking to partner with another congregation to combine resources and explore new possibilities for ministry. Even though we are small in number, New Jerusalem UCC is always looking for new ways to serve in Christ’s name.