Summer vacation has gone by quickly, and so children are headed back to their classes next week.

Dear Congregation,   It’s back to school time again! Summer vacation has gone by quickly, and so children are headed back to their classes next week. We’ll have a Blessing of the Backpacks this Sunday during worship, and  I  invite all of you who wish (child, teen, or grown-up) to bring your backpacks. The school supplies […]

Register now for 2019 Annual Gathering of the Florida Conference

Now is the time to gather the church and to celebrate and recommit to our shared covenant as The United Church of Christ in Florida comes together in Orlando Oct. 10-12 for the 2019 Annual Gathering of the Florida Conference United Church of Christ. The United Church of Christ in Florida is a progressive Christian […]

Christ Congregational Church now has its first Confirmation class in eleven years!

Dear Congregation,   Christ Congregational Church now has its first Confirmation class in eleven years!  Seven youth began the process by taking part in an intensive week-end on August 4th and 5th. They are Charlotte Balcells, Lucy Everhardt, Anasofia Godley, Isabella LeGrand, Anthony Morell, Lia Smith, and Zoe Smith. We were blessed by adults from the congregation […]

An unexpected gift for me (and other CCC members present said they felt the same) was a strong feeling of HOPE.

Dear Congregation, This past Thursday, Christ Congregational Church, hosted a UCC youth group, their pastors, and chaperones from Crystal Lake, IL, after they witnessed at the Homestead child detention facility. This is the third time this summer that we’ve provided a place in Kelsey Hall for the youth from three UCC churches and one Presbyterian […]

All of a sudden, this kitten came flying out of the blue sky, with its paws spread out, and landed right in front of her!

Dear Congregation,   Dwight Nelson, Professor of Homiletics (preaching), shared the true story about a pastor whose kitten had climbed up a tree in his backyard, then was too afraid to come down. The pastor coaxed it, offered warm milk, etc., but the kitten refused to budge. The tree was not sturdy enough to climb, so […]

We are in the middle of summer now, although since I become a Florida resident almost five years ago, sometimes it seems as if I’m in eternal summer!

The Summer Day Who made the world?Who made the swan, and the black bear?Who made the grasshopper?This grasshopper, I mean-the one who has flung herself out of the grass,the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-who is gazing around with her […]

As Christians, whether ordained or lay, our job is to actively spread the word of God’s love in our own words and actions!

Dear Congregation, My twenty-one year Ordination Anniversary was Thursday, July 11th. It’s a special day to me as I reflect every year on the experiences I’ve had in ministry, grateful for God’s call. The worship service including the Rite of Ordination was held on a very hot afternoon in the sanctuary of First United Church […]

You might remember the story in Matthew 14:22-33 of Jesus walking on the water to his disciples in their boat.

Dear Congregation,  June is the month we associate with graduations and weddings. These are happy occasions in which individuals’ educational achievements and the loving, life-long commitment between two persons are celebrated. As well as being occasions for joy, graduations and weddings represent milestone life changes for graduates and newlyweds.  Things will be different in their […]

I’m writing to urge you to be present in worship this coming Sunday, June 16th at 10 a.m.

Dear Congregation,  I’m writing to urge you to be present in worship this coming Sunday, June 16th at 10 a.m. Our Florida Conference Minister, The Rev. John Vertigan, will be with us in worship and will preach. After worship, he will accompany those of us who are traveling  to Homestead to participate in the Father’s Day March in support of […]

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CHURCH! On Pentecost Sunday, June 9th, we’ll celebrate the birthday of the Christian church.

Dear Congregation, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CHURCH!  On Pentecost Sunday, June 9th, we’ll celebrate the birthday of the Christian church. The church was born on that day almost 2,000 years ago when the Holy Spirit, “…with a sound like the rush of a violent wind, filled the house where the disciples were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, […]