We have done, and will be doing, a lot of blessing at Christ Congregational Church.

Dear Congregation, “There Shall Be Showers of Blessing” by Daniel W. Whittle is an old, beloved hymn, familiar to many of us. It begins, “There shall be showers of blessing: This is the promise of love; There shall be seasons refreshing, Sent from the Savior above.” The refrain is, “Showers of blessing, Showers of blessing […]

This morning I attended the memorial service at Bet Shira congregation for Roberta Shevin who died suddenly on Monday.

Dear Congregation, This morning I attended the memorial service at Bet Shira congregation for Roberta Shevin who died suddenly on Monday. I met Roberta a few years ago when I began attending monthly meetings of MCCJ’s (formerly Miami Council of Christians and Jews) Interfaith Clergy Dialogue. She had  recently retired this spring as Executive Director […]

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 […]