Category Archives: Church News

As we approach Memorial Day week-end, I hope that it will be meaningful for you.

Dear Congregation, As we approach Memorial Day week-end, I hope that it will be meaningful for you. Like many holidays its true meaning has been assaulted by consumerism, with adds blaring out sales pitches such as “Memorial Day Mattress Sale!” I join with Rick Broida who wrote, “Memorial Day is not about buying stuff. It’s […]

In ministry, there have been times when I’ve felt that I was just where God wanted me to be—only here, only now!

Dear Congregation, What a joy it was to stand in protest with members and friends of Christ Congregational Church, UCC, on Good Friday, and at the recent Mother’s Day March at the Homestead immigrant child detention facility!  In ministry there have been times when I’ve felt that I was just where God wanted me to […]

Did you know that Julia Ward Howe, a Unitarian, was the first person to try to start a Mother’s Day, back in 1870?

Dear Congregation, Since 1914 Mother’s Day has been a national observance on the second Sunday of May in our country. Did you know that Julia Ward Howe, a Unitarian, was the first person to try to start a Mother’s Day, back in 1870? Her reasons for doing so had nothing to do with the Hallmark […]

Yes, Easter is over in the everyday, temporal world. But in the world of the Christian church, the season of Easter lasts seven weeks.

Dear Congregation, In the secular world, the world outside the church, Easter is over. In stores the displays of jelly beans, chocolate rabbits, Easter baskets, and green celluloid grass that ends up all over the floors of our homes, are gone, replaced by promotional material and gifts for the next holiday—Mother’s Day. Any Easter items […]

What a joy it was to stand with you all as we demonstrated across the street from the Homestead “Temporary Influx Facility” for migrant children.

Dear Congregation, What a joy it was to stand with eighteen members and friends of  Christ Congregational Church, as well as other pastors, church members, and activists, on Good Friday as we demonstrated across the street from the Homestead “Temporary Influx Facility” for migrant children. This facility is only a thirty minute drive from our […]

I like to do a little decorating for the holidays, and so a couple of weeks before Easter, I’ll unpack my Easter things.

Dear Congregation, I like to do a little decorating for the holidays, and so a couple of weeks before Easter, I’ll unpack my Easter things. Some of these colorful ceramic eggs and rabbits I bought over the past fifty years. It’s like seeing old friends when I free them from their wrappings. Others were made […]

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 […]