Heidelberg consists of young (still in diapers!) and old (almost 100 years of age!). We are men and women and children. We are young families and empty-nesters. We are couples and individuals. We drive Porsches and 15-year-old Toyotas. We go to work wearing work boots and business suits. We are high school graduates and PhDs.
First Corinthians tells us this: “For the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot should say, ‘Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,’ that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, ‘Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,’ that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose.”
Despite our differences, or more often because of them, we come together in a marvelous Christian body that is far more than the sum of its parts. Here is what a few of our members have to say about our church.
“What attracted me to Heidelberg was former pastor, Albert Walsh. I particularly was not looking for a church home. I decided to attend a vacation Bible school where Pastor Bert (as he was called), was teaching. I was hooked. I loved the interactive style that he used. The people at Heidelberg were so warm and friendly when we first started to attend. I felt right at home the very first day.”
– William “Reggie” Cunningham, member since 2012
“My parents attended Heidelberg, so I was first brought to Heidelberg UCC at birth. I was baptized here, confirmed here, married here, and Heidelberg has always been a part of my life. So the more curious question is why I continue to come. I attend Heidelberg to better know God and my part in this world. It is within this faith community that I have found the love, support, acceptance, and commonality of others searching to understand the Word and to apply it to our daily lives. Our strength is in our unity, the total of all our life experiences, shared perspectives, and insights, a connectedness that I would not have if I were not here. I love Heidelberg because we strive to be grounded in faith, attentive to God’s word, and steered to do His will. The people here are warm, welcoming, and willing to share.”
– Cindra Lohan
Heidelberg has been so much a part of our family, in every sense of the word, for our entire lives. Our parents and Glenn’s grandmother were all members of Heidelberg. Our parents were all involved in the music at Heidelberg. Glenn’s Mother (Carolyn) was the pianist and organist, Glenn’s Dad (Linford) was the choir director and Shirley’s parents (Clara & Lloyd Nyce) both sang in the choir. Being a part of this church family continues. All three of our children are members and our two oldest granddaughters were confirmed in the spring of 2012. Heidelberg has been and will always be an important part of our lives.
Shirley and Glenn Snyder