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On August 16th, we welcomed Pastor Chuck Maney as our Interim Pastor, and we are excited for what lies ahead . . .

Good morning, my name is Chuck Maney. I am a second career United Church of Christ clergy person. I retired from Commonwealth Edison/Exelon after a career of operating a nuclear power plant.

After seminary, I served the United Church of Christ in Spring Valley near Pilgrim Park for 11 years, and recently completed an Interim Ministry contract with Union Congregational UCC in Somonauk. I live with my wife, Martha, a Kindergarten teacher, in Ottawa, Illinois.

I have a son and daughter-in-law who are raising 2 grandsons in Spokane, Washington. We were there to visit in June. We have a daughter and son-in-law who are raising two grandsons in Bloomington-Normal. Our youngest daughter Colleen, is a Music Education student at Illinois State. Colleen spent several years on the Pilgrim Park Staff, and still plans her summers to be a counselor at Spirit Camp, now run by her Elmhurst College classmate, Rev. Sarah Lohrbach.

I plan to be in town several days a week, initially my days off will be Friday and Saturday. We will make adjustments as necessary. I am very happy to be here and help you grow into your beautiful Covenant Statement. WE are in a world where an intentional and radical sense of welcome is most important.