Category Archives: Church News

In the blink of an eye messages can be sent and received that can lift up or can devastate.

Dear Congregation, During last Sunday’s Children’s Message, I shared with our kids that this week, January 21-25, is NO NAME- CALLING WEEK.  The GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) web site gives this background information about this special week. “Founded in 2004 with Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, and evaluated by GLSEN research, No Name-Calling Week […]

These many years later we are still challenged to make The Rev. Dr. King’s dream a reality.

Dear Congregation, On the third Monday in January, which falls on January 21st this year, our country celebrates the Federal holiday Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. In President Ronald Reagan’s proclamation of the new holiday back in 1986, he gave the reason for MLK Day saying, “It is a time for rejoicing and reflecting. We rejoice […]

The story of the wise men and their well-chosen gifts is an annual invitation for you and me to do likewise!

Dear Congregation, I got some really neat Christmas gifts this year, and what a variety! I was happy to receive a wooden tray table so I can sit in my favorite chair and eat dinner as I watch the evening news. I was glad to get other practical gifts, too, like the Mary Englebreit calendar, […]

There’s something hopeful about a new year and a new start, isn’t there?

Dear Congregation, New Year’s greetings to you all and much joy and happiness in 2019! There’s something hopeful about a new year and a new start, isn’t there?  Even though we may have found it difficult in the past to keep our New Year’s resolutions, we always have another chance.  One of my favorite books […]

Did you know that the noun “Christmas” is not in the Bible?

Dear Congregation, My first career, in my three-career life, was as an English teacher. I majored in English at Kent State University because I love literature. I knew that I’d be teaching grammar and writing too, of course, but I didn’t realize what a difficult time many of my students would have learning the basic […]

The theme of this year’s Christmas Fund is “The Light is Surely Coming”

Dear Congregation, I recently received a certificate with sincere thanksgiving to CCC from the United Church Board for Ministerial Assistance in recognition of the congregation’s generous and faithful support of the 2017 Christmas Fund. Did you realize that last year your gifts to the Christmas Fund totaled $1,569!!! I think that’s really amazing for a […]

Christmas Announcements

NEXT Sunday, December 16th we will have our traditional Christmas Caroling at Eastridge and a few other places in the vicinity. After the 10:30 a.m. service we will have a light pot-luck lunch and then we will head to Eastridge at around 1:30 p.m.  All are welcome!! Christmas Eve, December 24th at 6 p.m. Celebrate the Birth of the […]

I invite you to do your part in praying and working for peace and justice this Advent.

Dear Congregation, When my grandson Connor was three years old, he absolutely loved everything to do with construction. Bob the Builder was his hero. Connor’s genuine ACE Hardware tool bench,( which he received as a reward for being potty trained!), was his prized possession. When he’d  come to visit me, he was in heaven when I set […]

As a Christian, the “Holiday Traditions” I encourage focus on CHRIST-mas, doing that which reminds us of the one whose birth it is we celebrate.

Dear Congregation, I received a piece of mail recently that really made me think. It’s a colorful catalog of children’s gifts featuring all kinds of lovely holiday presents. Notice I said “holiday” because that is the title in big white letters on the catalog’s cover, “HOLIDAY TRADITIONS”.  In tiny, hard to see, red letters under […]