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One of the first things that I noticed, after I began driving to Christ Congregational Church on Sunday mornings, was the presence of lots of folks riding bicycles on S.W. 67 Avenue.

Dear Congregation, One of the first things that I noticed, after I began driving to Christ Congregational Church on Sunday mornings, was the presence of lots of folks riding bicycles on S.W. 67 Avenue. Especially in the mile or so as I approached the church, large groups of serious-looking cyclists in their professional gear, as well […]

We are ready to celebrate Just Peace Sunday and I hope you’ll come be a part of the special service this Sunday

Dear Congregation, We are ready to celebrate Just Peace Sunday and I hope you’ll come be a part of the special service this Sunday, September 16th. The blue feather “Just Peace Sunday” banner is waving invitingly at the front of the church property, letting those passing by know that our church cares about justice and peace. Your […]

The United Church of Christ, has designated the Sunday preceding United Nations International Day of Peace on September 21st as Just Peace Sunday!

Dear Congregation, On Sunday, September 16th we will celebrate Just Peace Sunday with a special worship service and Christian Education activities for our children. Our denomination, the United Church of Christ, has designated the Sunday preceding United Nations International Day of Peace on September 21st as Just Peace Sunday in recognition of the belief that there cannot be peace without justice. Perhaps […]

In the best of all worlds, employment would fit interests and abilities, and would be satisfying, safe, and fulfilling.

Dear Congregation, When I was a little girl growing up in Ohio, Labor Day marked the end of summer because, in those days, we kids didn’t return to school until after the holiday. We knew that fall was on the doorstep, with cooler weather and autumn colored leaves on the way. As children we felt […]

One of the neat things about the Bible is that it’s a book like no other—a living book.

Dear Congregation,    “The B.I.B.L.E,   Yes, that’s the book for me. I stand alone on the Word of God. The B.I.B.L.E. The B.I.B.L.E, Yes, that’s the book for me. I read and pray, and then obey. The B.I.B.L.E. ” Some of you may remember this classic Sunday School/ Vacation Bible School song from your youth, […]

Change is inevitable. Some of us find it especially difficult to deal with change . “Why can’t things just stay the same?”

Dear Congregation, “God of Change and Glory” by Al Carmines God of change and glory, God of time and space, When we fear the future, give to us your grace. In the midst of changing ways, give us still the grace to praise. Many gifts, one Spirit, one love known in many ways. In our difference […]

Back-to-school clothes. Those words come down over the years to me with some emotional overlay!

Dear Congregation, Back-to-school clothes. Those words come down over the years to me with some emotional overlay! I can still tell you what outfit I wore on my first day of seventh grade back in 1956—a camel-colored wool pencil skirt, white blouse, and peach-colored cardigan sweater. Why does this outfit stick in my head? Probably […]

I sometimes think of the bread we share in Holy Communion as waybread for the journey of life.

Dear Congregation, “Eat little at a time, and only at need. For these things are given to serve you when all else fails. The cakes will keep sweet for many many days, if they are unbroken and left in their leaf-wrappings, as we have brought them. One will keep a traveler on his feet for […]

It seems appropriate, in this time of graduations so recently celebrated in June, to be reminded that each of us is constantly faced with choices…

Dear Congregation, “I am who I am today because of the choices I made yesterday.” Eleanor Roosevelt The story is told in Saskatchewan of a young man who joined many others in going way up north to work in the oil fields, the uranium mines and the forests. They only worked in the winter because […]