Last Sunday you heard concerns raised and prayers prayed for the 1700+ migrant children being held in Homestead, separated from their families.

Dear Congregation, If you were present last Sunday in either of the worship services at CCC, you heard concerns raised and prayers prayed for the 1700+ migrant children being held in the private, for-profit Homestead Child Detention Facility, separated from their families. Three congresswomen—Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell and Donna Shalala were recently denied entry to […]

I’ve been thinking about other memorable Lents since I became a pastor.

Dear Congregation, As we continue on this Lenten journey together, I’ve been thinking about other memorable Lents since I became a pastor. The first Lenten season in which I led worship as Student Pastor was at Zion U.C.C., a rural church in the country four miles south of Bellevue, Ohio. I began there when I […]

Holy Week Schedule 2019

Lent and Easter Upcoming Events Palm/Passion Sunday, April 14th 9:00 a.m. Garden Chapel worship 10:30 a.m. Procession with palms from Kelsey Hall to the Sanctuary for worship  Maundy Thursday, April 18th 6:30 p.m. Mediterranean potluck dinner and Tenebrae service in Kelsey Hall with foot washing and Holy Communion Good Friday, April 19th 12:00 p.m. Community worship service at Cornerstone […]

I really hope you’ll be able to stay after worship this Sunday for the Transition Team’s presentation!

Dear Congregation, I really hope you’ll be able to stay after worship this Sunday for the Transition Team’s presentation of the Timeline they’ve created of CCC’s last 60+ years. On the Timeline hung in Kelsey Hall are listed important events in the life of the church as they impacted, and were impacted by, those in […]

This Sunday our focus in worship will be on the theme of “TEMPTATION”

Dear Congregation, This Sunday our focus in worship will be on the theme of “TEMPTATION” as it usually is in Christian churches on the first Sunday of Lent. And so, as I was choosing hymns for Sunday’s two services, I knew in my mind that what I considered an old favorite “Yield Not to Temptation, […]

Although in New Orleans and around the world, the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday is the time of celebration, we’re doing it a few days early!

Dear Congregation, I hope you plan to be present at church this week for our Transfiguration Sunday worship service with Holy Communion, followed by a Mardi Gras lunch and celebration! Although in New Orleans and around the world, the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday is the time of parades and masked revelers dancing in the streets, […]

The scripture for this coming Sunday, Luke 6:27-38 challenges us to love in ways that can be very difficult, if not seemingly impossible.

Dear Congregation, Here at CCC February has certainly been a month of hearts and love! With Valentine’s Day coming in the middle of the month, we piggy-backed on the traditional focus on hearts as symbols of love in several ways. The first is our participation in the Church World Service “Blanket the World With Love” […]

We want to be happy, but may find happiness to be elusive even as we pursue what we think will make us happy.

“Jesus was God’s Beatitude—God’s blessing to the weak in a world that admires only the strong.”  The Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber Dear Congregation, This Sunday’s focus scripture is Luke 6:17-26. This text is called the Sermon on the Plain because scripture says that Jesus “…came down with them and stood on a level place.” Jesus was […]