Partner Church Recap

Experience the Partnership

What did we do all week with our Partner Church visitors? We're glad you asked! 

Their energy and enthusiasm never flagged. They ran up the art museum steps, visited a community garden, toured Independence Park and Valley Forge Park, visited a retirement community, a farmers market, a potato chip factory, and on their last day, they saw Times Square, Wall Street, and the Statue of Liberty. 

They demonstrated traditional dances at our Multigenerational Music night, shared meals in our homes, and made new friends at a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. They tasted shrimp, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie, local beers, and Chinese food.

They cheered a local high school football team to victory. They raked our leaves and planted bulbs, and they participated in our Sunday morning service. Above all, they shared their deep passion for our partnership.

Above all, they shared their deep passion for our partnership.

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MLUC Supports Budding Artists

Associate Minister, Morgan R. McLean and MLUC member, Mary Stromquist presented a donation of $1526 to the Center for Creative Works this past week. The check, given on behalf of MLUC’s Offering Outreach program, will help the center build upon its already flourishing program.

"Center for Creative Works is a unique, studio-based OOvocational art program for adults with developmental & intellectual disabilities. We are committed to an environment in which our participants learn, engage, create, build skills, take ownership & pride in their work as well as their place in the community."

Located in Wynnewood, PA, the center offers three types of valuable opportunities to participants: Vocational, Art, and Community. The Vocational aspect of the program gives participants access to a professional silk screen print shop, a ceramics studio, a full art studio, and a commercial kitchen (They even have their own line of all-natural dog treats!). The Art aspect gives participants a chance to learn painting & drawing, ceramics, printmaking, music, and more. The Community aspect allows the artists to participate in Art Reach, as well as other cultural events and activities around the area.

The center reguarly holds exhibitions at their location and around the Philadelphia region, and participants were featured as MLUC's Artists of the Month in the Fireside Room in December 2014.

“These funds will go toward our new woodshop,” said Lori Bartol, Executive Director. Along with two other grants received by the center, MLUC’s donation will allow for the completion of a functioning woodshop with workbenches for the artists.

To learn more about the Center for Creative Works, or to make a donation, visit them online at www.centerforcreativeworks.org .

A Week With Our Partner Church Visitors

Partner Church Varfalva

Don’t miss the many opportunities to enjoy meals with our partner church visitors from the village of Várfalva, Transylvania, Romania. The eight visitors arrive October 20. Stop by the Partner Church table in the Atrium on October 12 to sign up to attend the pancake breakfast, Thursday, October 23, at 9:00 a.m., and lunch, Friday, October 24, at noon. Chef Neil Chippendale will prepare both meals. Also, sign up to bring food to the multigenerational potluck dinner and evening of music, Saturday, October 25, beginning at 5:00 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help set up and clean up after the potluck dinner. Contact Jane LaMotte (; 610-687-1474).

Schedule of Events

Thursday October 23:

Pancake breakfast in the Fireside Room - 9:00 a.m.

Friday October 24:

Social Action Haiti Presentation - 10:30 a.m.

Upper Merion High School football game - 7:00 p.m.

Saturday October 25:

Multigenerational Community Service 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Multigenerational Church Potluck - 5:00 p.m.

Multigenerational Music Program - 6:00 p.m.

Sunday October 26:

Sunday morning services celebrating our partnership - 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.

Lunch at our Congregational Cafe, hosted by MLUC Youth