By now, you have probably heard about the President’s announcement about opening churches for worship. I know that many of you can’t wait to congregate, again. Having said that, I would caution each and everyone of you about opening your doors too soon. Instead, I would like to invite you to wait until the order is given by the Governor and ratified by your city or county. Only the experts on the ground know when is a safe time to do so. In the meantime, thank you for all you are doing! I know these are trying times! I hold you in my daily prayers, everyday!


Rev. Dr. Felix C. Villanueva, MCC
Conference Minister

A message for our Church Family During this Time

Greetings to each of you in the Name of the One who is WITH US!

This is a strange and special time for all of us and I first and foremost want to wish you the grace and peace of our God who walks beside us each step of the way, no matter the journey.

Under the advisement of our conference and your church leadership, and with the safety and well-being of all of God’s children as our highest concern, due to the novel coronavirus (Covid 19) pandemic, we are suspending nearly all in-person activities at the San Marino Congregational United Church of Christ until further notice.

With this announcement, we are aware that, as a church, we need each other more than ever and I encourage you to be in contact with one another as I will be in contact with you. I invite you to call or write anytime you need support or just want to reach out and connect.

A worship team will be working each Sunday to provide a virtual worship service that will be available to you as soon as possible via YouTube. We will send you a bulletin along with a link to the service, so that you can follow along and, hopefully, be inspired and feel connected.

As our conference minister Libby Tigner has written to all our conference churches, “remember this: we are an Easter people, bound to one another in covenant and in love.” This is a Lenten journey we never expected to make, but we can be assured that God’s love and God’s faithfulness is ever before us and that together, as God’s church, we are held in God’s hand.

With love and blessings,
Pastor Donald

Pastor Donald B. ShenkWe invite you to worship with our faith community. We are a close-knit group of families, neighbors, and friends who strive to discover God’s direction for our lives. We encourage searching minds and spirits as we celebrate together our faith in God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, through the guidance of the Holy Scriptures. Emphasizing individual choice and conviction, members follow the Word of God according to the dictates of their own consciences. Our church is called “Congregational”, reflecting our heritage in the New England Pilgrim experience in which local congregations retain control of their own decisions and direction. We are also a member church of the United Church of Christ denomination, which is dedicated to realizing God’s just and loving purpose in the world.

Pastor Donald B. Shenk
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