Category Archives: Church News

As you know Christ Congregational Church is in a time of transition.

Dear Congregation, As you know Christ Congregational Church is in a time of transition. You are being served by an Interim Minister who was called to do specific work with the congregation prior to the calling of a settled pastor. As an important part of that process, members of a Transition Team have been selected […]

A letter to the UCC Family of Faith: We can’t let evil prevail

A letter to the UCC Family of Faith: We can’t let evil prevail This call to action comes from the Conference Minister of the Penn Northeast Conference UCC, with the affirmation of the denomination’s National Officers and the Rev. David Ackerman, Conference Minister of the Penn West Conference UCC. The news over the past weeks […]

Saints are like salt and light, flavoring, changing that to which they are added for the better, lighting a sometimes dark world with love.

Dear Congregation, Thursday, November 1st is All Saints’ Day. In worship on November 4th we’ll sing the hymn “I Sing a Song of the Saints of God” which celebrates, not only saints from the past, some of them Biblical figures, but lifts up the idea that saints were and are those people who, because they love God, live that love in […]

The images this summer of children being torn from their families at the US-Mexico border rendered our hearts and called us to action.

Dear Congregation, I want to share with you an opportunity for action that was presented to those of us attending the Florida Conference Annual Gathering last week.  Keynote Presenter, The Rev. Dr. David Vásquez-Levy, President of the Pacific School of Religion, let us know of action we can take as concerned individuals. I have already posted my […]

It is a wonderful thing, of course, to live in a democracy where we have the privilege of voting.

Dear Congregation, We are now in the season of fall, which seems to have come rather suddenly, for here in Florida  we sometimes seem to be in endless summer! We recognize fall’s arrival, not by turning leaves, but by Halloween decorations for sale in the stores and heavier traffic as the snowbirds return. But we […]

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 […]