Throughout the 24 days of Advent, Christians are invited to prepare for the coming of the Christ child at Christmas.

Dear Congregation, Advent begins this year on Sunday, December 1st.  The word Advent means “coming” and so, throughout the 24 days of Advent, Christians are invited to prepare for the coming of the Christ child at Christmas. It is a time of hopeful waiting and joyful anticipation. When my children, and some of my grandchildren, […]

Come join your church family on Sunday as we celebrate God’s goodness!

Dear Congregation,   I invite you to be present in worship this Sunday either at 8:45 a.m. or at 10:30 a.m. as we celebrate Thanksgiving in several ways. In the casual service in the beautiful Garden Chapel we’ll reflect on our blessings and share in Holy Communion. In the later service our Thanksgiving will center around […]

This Sunday is Stewardship Ingathering when you have the opportunity to turn in your Pledge Cards to be consecrated and receive a blessing!

Dear Congregation,   This Sunday is Stewardship Ingathering when you have the opportunity to turn in your Pledge Cards to be consecrated and receive a blessing. In that spirit of grateful giving, I’d like to share with you this Stewardship Prayer by The Rev. Molly Phinney Baskette, Senior Pastor of First Church Berkeley UCC. God, like […]

To say that there’s a great deal more work that needs to be done in the area of immigration justice is an understatement.

Dear Congregation,   What a joy it was this week to see the Miami Herald article announcing that the Homestead detention center, where thousands of immigrant children were housed since 2018, will essentially be closed! The contract of Claiburn, the for-profit contractor that operated the facility, will not be renewed at its expiration on November 30th. Rep. Debbie […]

Don’t Let Congress Pass the Zombie NAFTA Trade Bill

This Halloween, Don’t Let Congress Pass the Zombie NAFTA Trade Bill With the clock ticking on the legislative calendar, Congress is running out of time to pass the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA), otherwise known as NAFTA 2.0. Although there are some good provisions in the agreement, as it currently stands the new deal remains […]

As Halloween draws near I thought I’d share with you a reflection from the blog of one of my favorite religious writers.

Dear Congregation,   As Halloween draws near I thought I’d share with you a reflection from the blog of one of my favorite religious writers, Episcopal priest, The Rev. Barbara Cawthorne Crafton. I hope you like it as much as I do! In Christ’s love, Pastor Candy ThomasInterim PastorChrist Congregational United Church of Christ Spooks in […]

Something to think about in preparation is just what it means to be a congregational church.

Dear Congregation,   This Sunday after worship you’re encouraged to attend the ‘State of the Church’ PowerPoint presentation to be given by Moderator Lorrie LeGrand and Trustees’ Chairperson Julio Balcells. This will take place during a potluck lunch in Kelsey Hall. I’ve had a chance to preview the program and promise you that you will find […]

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, […]