About Union Grove Baptist Church

WHERE

417 - 15th Avenue

 Union Grove, WI 53182

WHEN

Sunday Service: 9AM

Sunday School: 10:30AM

Sunday Night: 6PM

Wednesday Night: 6:30PM

 
Our Pastor

Union Grove Baptist Church began the search for a new senior pastor towards the end of 2019. We are blessed and excited to say that as of April 2020 we have called Pastor Richard Schmidt as senior pastor of UGBC. Pastor Rich and his wife Valori have already been such a blessing to us here at Union Grove Baptist Church. We are excited to see how God will use them here.

We invite YOU to come and see what God is doing.

 

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” -Jeremiah 29:11

 
About Us & Beliefs

Worship


Worship is our starting point. We want to teach and practice a worship of God that is not about being louder or being in a contest for a visual arts award. We want you to know who and what we adore. We worship the Creator God, the Eternal God, the Only God.




Discipleship


Discipleship is next in our hearts. Discipleship is not as familiar a word today. Disciples are people who follow the teachings and practices of someone else. You and I are disciples of some philosophy or another, whether we realize it or not. We choose our answers for life’s toughest challenges based upon who we are listening to and who we want to believe has the best answer. For Union Grove Baptist Church, we want to help one another understand that God’s way is the best way and that His Word, the Bible, truly has all the answers for life we will ever need. Our worship of Him as our God leads us to love Him and want to follow the principles He gives us for living a meaningful and productive life.




Fellowship


Fellowship flows out of sincere discipleship. Church is a community. It is a family. It is a group of people that love the same objectives and seek to pursue the same goals. Sure, we are all different and, like any family, there are a few of us that would be considered “unique.” However, because of our mutual love for Christ, we love what Christ loves – one another and the people around us. We are not perfect at it and we show our humanity way too often; but in the end, what makes Union Grove Baptist Church a unique place is the people that love spending time with each other, helping one another reach and influence our community




Evangelism


Evangelism would be the next priority of our church. What does it mean toevangelize? It means to reveal what you believe and share what you have experienced. It is an activity coming from a person who is not content sitting on that news, but will want to share that reality with as many people as he or she can tell. It is just the church being open in their faith and hope for a better future with God one day in a place that He has prepared for all who will accept His Son’s death in their place. Jesus is the real reason why we come here each week. Jesus saved us from our sin, the bad stuff we have done and said. God is real and our lives are to be a living proof of the ability He has to change us and make us different from the temporary existence we all endure while on this planet. God wants to have a relationship with us for eternity, and that is what He offered us through offering His Son to take our punishment for the sin we have done.





 
Our History
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How UGBC started


To add aThe history of Union Grove Baptist Church can be traced to the year 1869 when missionary workers from Raymond Baptist Church began to minister in our community. The new converts were added to the Raymond church. Among these first workers were Rev. L. Peterson, the Pastor of the Raymond church and N. Jorgensen. In the spring of 1875, the Baptists living in and around Union Grove purchased the lot on East Eleventh Avenue and at once began to build. The church was dedicated Dec. 25, 1875. The same day, thirty members withdrew from the Raymond church and were organized as The Baptist Church of Union Grove. Charter members of our church were: Mr. and Mrs. Henry W. Jacobsen, Christian Jacobsen, Mrs. Karen Anderson, Mr. and Mrs. Gabriel Nelson, Jens Nelson, Mr. and Mrs. Mads Peterson, Mr. and Mrs. James P. Anderson, Mr. and Mrs. A.N. Winter, Mr. and Mrs. Jorgen Rasmussen, Mr. and Mrs. Severin Christensen, Miss Maren Jorgensen, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Olson, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Jasperson, Mrs. Annie Johansen, Miss Kirsten Johansen, Jorgen Knudsen, Peter Larson, Miss Marie P. Christensen, Miss Karen Andersen. The present church building was dedicated on September 27, 1965, the new parsonage in 1968, and the education wing in 1974. The most recent addition completed in 1993 included an overflow and fellowship area and enlarged foyer.




Pastors who have served at UGBC


Some of the Pastors who have served our church are; Rev. Ole Jenson, Rev. H.P. Dam, Rev. Jorgan Hanson, Rev. Christ Rasmussen, and H.P. Jasperson. Others served the church up to 1892, when Rev. C.F. Hanson was called as Pastor. Rev. Hanson was followed by Rev. C.H. Bolwig, Rev. J.P. Nelson, Rev. C.P. Olson, Rev. A.B. Hanson, Rev. Jacob Anderson, Rev. Christ Peterson, Rev, A. Swenson, Rev. Tiffen, Rev. C.H. Wilcox and Rev. James R. Axtell until 1943. Following Rev. Axtell in 1943. The following Pastors have served: Rev. Walter Friche, Rev. W. Kurt Wohlert, Rev. Henry Foss, Rev. Donald Wise, Rev. E. Keith Moore, Rev. Jerry Foster, Rev. Thomas Bauder, Rev. James Maxwell, Rev. George E. Schlagel and Rev. Adam Love. In 1971 the church established the position of Christian Education Director. The title was later changed to Pastor of Youth Ministries. Serving in this ministry have been: Pastor Norman Kaddatz, Pastor Jack Miller, Pastor Chris Tjapkes, Pastor Steve Weber, Pastor Joe Osborne, Pastor Brian Schmidt, Pastor Neil Wiggins, Pastor Steve Doctor and Pastor Chuck Edmonds through 2005.




History of Union Grove Christian School


A Christian School ministry was begun in 1974. It began with grades K-8, and has grown to include Pre K-12. The following men have served as Principal: Rev. Terry Bachur, Rev. Marion Bell, Rev. Clarence Townsend, Pastor Don Chriss, Pastor Dan Shirk, Rev. Darryl Andrist, Pastor Scott Wright, Rev. James Elkins, Lee Morey to the present, Pastor Adam Love, and Dr. David Ruhman. Union Grove Christian School is currently closed down, but UGBC is praying and seeking if the Lord will allow UGCS to reopen it's doors in the future.





Pastor James Maxwell- Sr Pastor 1983
Pastor Mel Stadt-
Visitation Pastor 1983
Pastor Steve Weber-
Youth Pastor 1983
Pastor George Schlagel-Sr Pastor 1989- 2014 
Pastor Adam Love-
Sr Pastor 2014-2019
 
Ministries

Wednesday Night Activities 6:30-8:00PM

Awana

4 years through 6th grade

7th- 12th grade. 

Adult Bible Study: 
College and up. 6:45-8PM

Children's Ministry on Sunday


Sunday School We offer a Sunday School class for each stage of your child’s life. Children's Church Our Children’s Church meets in the lower level during our sermon time. 3 years old through kindergarten. Nursery Our staff works diligently to provide a safe and welcoming place where your child will become accustomed to interacting with others and being loved as they become aware of their surroundings. We offer an Infant Nursery for ages 0-18 months and then a Toddler Nursery for those children 18 months – 2 years of age.




Teen


Sunday School Sunday School class is offered for Junior High- 12th grade ages. Wednesday night Youth Group- Rooted Teens Each Wednesday night all year long the teens meet in the Youth Room.This event takes place at 6:30-8:00PM Here they play some fun games, sing songs, and interact with a challenge from God’s Word. They also pray together and prepare for different fun activities and service opportunities. The leaders strive to get to know each teen and try to help them through any difficult situation that may come into their lives which can benefit from spiritual instruction. Throughout the year various activities will be planned (Wednesday After Church (WAC) activites, Youth Conferences, and the opportunities to serve in VBS. YETI Annually our church invites area teens to come and be a part of an all day event called the YETI. This is an evangelistic outreach with a special speaker and many fun activities for the teens of the church and community to take part in.




Young Adults


Our young adults group is growing and seeking ways to enjoy each others' company and encourage one another. They do this by meeting every couple months for planned activities. A Young Adults Sunday School class is offered to teach and encourage young adults in their walk with Christ.




Adult Ministry


Union Grove Baptist Church is a ministry that seeks to help encourage people in every walk of life. We seek to enable singles and married people alike. We seek to minister to the elderly as well as the newlyweds. We want our college students to find a place that will allow them to grow and become active participants as they discover adulthood in the realm of the church. In order for this to happen we seek to be fluid in meeting the needs of the body as God brings people into our church family. Sunday School Each Sunday morning at 10:30 an adult class is offered to teach and encourage. ​ Deacons: The men who are elected to the deacon board watch over the spiritual needs of the church with our pastor, care for the maintenance of the church building, help the pastor in any way necessary to meet the needs of the congregation and seek to be spiritual leaders in the church. They oversee the finances of the church and present a budget to the congregation each year. ​​ Counseling Get a biblical perspective on the decisions you face. Our ministry leaders are available to meet with you and talk about your major life decisions.




Children's Ministry on Wednesday


AWANA During the school portion of the year we offer AWANA Clubs (Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed). This is an international program that explores God’s Word, allows children to learn important truths about the Bible and the God of the Bible. Wednesday Nights from 6:30-8:00PM Summerquest During the summer months we have a great program that allows young people to continue to enjoy learning and keeping up with their friends. They sing songs and continue to have opportunities to learn more truths about God through the Bible. There are games galore and prizes as well. Nursery We offer an Infant Nursery for ages 0-18 months




Other Children's ministry


Vacation Bible School (VBS) Each summer the church takes on a theme that takes over the whole facility. It is a weeklong event where each night children ages 4 through the 6th grade are invited to come and have a blast! There are team competitions and great prizes for saying verses, bringing a friend, and just for showing up for the events each night. CEF (Child Evangelism Fellowship) is run by various trained members of our church at Union Grove Elementary school on Tuesday's during the school year. Contact us for more information.




Other Adult Ministries


Ladies Bible Study Throughout the year there will be specific Bible studies that allow the women of our church to come together and work through specific topics or books of the Bible. The studies vary in how long they run and when they are offered. Men’s Fellowship and Bible Study Our men seek ways to come together for work projects and different events throughout the year. As opportunity arises the men will also meet for a Bible study and work through God’s Word as a group. Ladies Missionary Fellowship There is a Ladies Missionary Fellowship that meets faithfully each month and prays for the missionaries that UGBC supports. The goal is to learn more about our missionaries and pray for their needs each month. We get to read through their latest prayer letters and pray specifically for the needs, wants and ministry concerns. There is a time of refreshment following our prayer time. This ladies group also is in charge of the Missionary Cupboard and striving to provide items that will help missionaries and their needs. Senior Saints There are different organized events for those of our congregation that are still young at heart and yet have found themselves described as senior in status. There are different opportunities throughout the year to meet at local restaurants and other various activities. Banquet and Fellowship Committees In the course of a year there are several annual events that we offer that allows our church family to come together for fellowship. Some examples are Valentine’s Banquet, Mother/Daughter Banquet, Father/Son Banquet, and other such events that give us good reason to eat a meal together and share in fellowship. ​​ Food Pantry Our church operates a community food pantry each month to help families in need with food and some household items. We stock the shelves and have a time of “shopping” so items can be shared with families in need. Donations are always accepted toward this ministry.




Missions


Missions The very heart beat of God is to reach the vast numbers of souls that have never yet heard of the tremendous love of Jesus Christ. At Union Grove Baptist Church we seek to give generously to several individuals and families that have believed it to be their purpose in life to go beyond the borders of the United States and travel with the good news of God’s love to such people. Our hope is to keep the burden of missions in front of our eyes so that we never forget that just as important as it is to reach our own part of the world, God wants us to be helping others do the same in other lands.





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(262) 878- 1264

ADDRESS

417 - 15th Ave

Union Grove, WI 53182

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Sunday Service: 9 AM

Sunday School: 10:30 AM

Sunday Night: 6:00 PM

Wednesday Night: 6:30 PM

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