The Transition Team is making good progress in their work.

Dear Congregation,   The Transition Team, made up of CCC members Judy Carlson, Bennie Wiley, Joan Campagna, Hermes Morell, Joan Chandler, Susan Hudson-Manteiga, Peggy Olson, and Judy and John Bowling, met last Sunday. They determined that it’s now time in the Interim process to schedule “Cottage Meetings” in which church members will come together in small […]

Scripture is not viewed as texts to be studied, but as living words through which God communicates.

Dear Congregation,  A spiritual discipline with which you may or may not be acquainted is Lectio Divina (Latin for “Divine Reading”).  In a nutshell, Lectio Divina is the traditional monastic practice of reading a piece of scripture (formally called a pericope) over and over, and meditating on the text while in an attitude of prayer. It […]

Fall begins this coming Monday, September 23! 🍁🍃🍂

Dear Congregation,   Fall begins this coming Monday, September 23rd. Even though we don’t have leaves turning red, yellow, and orange, browning corn stalks, pumpkins in the fields, and apple cider-making, time has marched on here in Florida as well. And so we’ll be leaving our summer schedule of only one worship service on October 6, […]

As so often true with prophecy, this text is a warning about what can happen if people do not wake up and change their ways.

Dear Congregation, This Sunday has been designated by the United Church of Christ as JUST PEACE SUNDAY. It traditionally falls on the Sunday closest to the United Nations’ International Day of Peace which is September 21st. Because of the urgent need for humanity to take action to protect our environment, the focus for both special days […]

UCC Disaster Ministries offers Hurricane Dorian response, info, advice.

September 05, 2019Written by Hans Holznagel Dorian nears the southeastern United States with destruction in its wake in the Bahamas, the United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries team is offering information and advice to churches that want to help and to people who are bracing for the storm. Dorian has caused least 20 deaths and unprecedented property damage since making […]

Scripture is full of stories and thought-provoking words that are as relevant for our lives today as they were for our ancestors!

Dear Congregation,   Bible Study at CCC reconvenes this Monday evening, September 9th from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary. I look forward to seeing those of you who’ve come previously and also will be glad if we’re joined by newcomers. The label “Bible Study” may be a little off-putting to those who’ve never attended such […]

I have heard stories from many of you of your experiences during and after Hurricane Andrew’s devastation.

Dear Congregation,   As I write this on Thursday afternoon, the weather forecast is calling for Hurricane Dorian to grow to a Category 4 by Sunday as the storm heads for Florida. At tonight’s Council meeting an important item on the agenda (probably the most important!) is hurricane preparation for the church. We do have a Hurricane Plan […]

It is certainly tempting to give up, for we can grow weary of hate and ignorance, and may feel powerless.

Dear Congregation,   In light of recent news stories, around some of President Trump’s statements, I thought it might be a good time for us to be reminded of this piece of scripture. Galatians 6:7-10 7 Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow. 8If you sow to your own flesh, you […]

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 […]