Greetings from our Pastor
Hello - and Welcome!
As you enter through this “virtual door” of The United Church of Christ, Congregational, in Burlington and navigate its “corridors,” I hope you’ll catch glimpses of what this church community could be for you – as well as what you could be for God’s Loving Spirit in this world through participation here. If you are seeking a thoughtful congregation that is open-minded, inclusively affirming, and environmentally "green" at heart, you’ve come to the right place!
Here, given our heritage and vision for the future, two qualities stand out: our broad sense of concern and care for this world and our covenantal nature. The first means we seek to care for all of God’s creation whether it be a single person, the entire human race, or the earth itself. The second means that our manner of caring - our stewardship - involves each member’s unique perspective in discernment and decision-making because we value everyone’s right to their own personal beliefs as well as the loving deeds we may produce together by being in relationship with one another.
If you don’t find exactly what you’re looking for in a church here, maybe it’s because you are missing from our midst! If so, we could benefit from your presence and particular passions for life to enrich our well-being as a symbolic “Body of Christ" in Burlington.
If, after wandering around our website, you don’t find the information you seek, or if you have questions, I hope you’ll contact us or worship with us.
Blessings for your life journey,
Ed Koonz, Interim Pastor
Bobbie Killilea has been the Administrative Assistant for over 15 years. She is our main contact for members and friends of the church, not to mention all our renters. Bobbie works closely with the Pastor, Trustees and various board members. She handles correspondence, keeps records of baptisms, marriages, burials, as well as our Church Directory. She prepares bulletins for worship service, weddings, funerals, special services; our monthly newsletter “The Hilltop Herald”, renter schedules and payments. Also maintains and updates volunteer information for all the church committees. Having served on the Board of Youth for over 5 years she is currently on the Board of Deacons and the Church Service Award Committee. Bobbie is married, has three grown children and lives in Burlington. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Joe Stoddard teaches music to grades 4-6 at Village School in Marblehead, Massachusetts and is the Director of Music Ministries at the Burlington United Church of Christ in Burlington, Massachusetts. Joe earned the Bachelor of Music degree in music education from Oberlin College in 1994 and the Master of Music degree in music education from UMass Amherst in 2000, where he was also certified in all three levels of Orff-Schulwerk. In addition, he earned the Kodaly certificate from the Hartt School of Music, studying with Dr. John Feierabend. He became a National Board Certified Teacher in 2009, earning certification in Early and Middle Childhood Music. He has been an organist and choir director at churches in New Bedford, Fall River, Gardner, and Salem, Massachusetts; as well as in Elyria and Oberlin, Ohio. He has taught music in Fall River and Ashburnham, Massachusetts. Joe is also an amateur composer; a few of his compositions have been included in Polly Bradley’s book Seaward, Skyward, recently published by the Harvard Bookstore. Joe and his husband Paul live in Salem, Massachusetts. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deb Raymond is the newest member of our staff, joining us as CE Director. She has been involved with this church since childhood, attended Sunday School, Youth Group & she sang in the choir. She grew up in Burlington & currently lives in Waltham. Deb works hard to create a fun, educational atmosphere for all of our children. She also plans intergenerational all-church events throughout the year. She recently earned her Christian Education Certification through the Massachusetts Conference of the UCC in the fall of 2019. Deb welcomes input from children, youth & adults so we can continue to offer meaningful education & faith formation. She can be reached at email@example.com.