Category Archives: Church News

What stones will you raise as gifts to the descendants?

Dear Members and Friends, “Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Jeshanah, and named it Stone of Help; for he said, ‘Thus far the LORD has helped us.’” – 1 Samuel 7:12 I sort of fell apart during my first semester of college. In retrospect, it was normal stuff: small […]

Agents of God

Dear Members and Friends, “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”                       – Eleanor Roosevelt, 20th century In last week’s readings, the First Book of Samuel told the story of the youngest, smallest son being lifted up to lead the whole nation, and the Gospel of Mark recounted the parables of Jesus […]

God’s Role for Me.

Dear Members and Friends, “I believe there’s a calling for all of us. I know that every human being has value and purpose. The real work of our lives is to become aware. And awakened. To answer the call.”                       – Oprah Winfrey, 21st century God’s ways are mysterious, it’s true, and our Old Testament […]

As we come to the end of my tenure as your Pastor, I am greatly encouraged that CCUCC is strong, healthy, and continuing to engage in…

Dear Members and Friends, … if you ever wonder what you’ve done in your life, and everyone does wonder sooner or later, you have been God’s grace to me, a miracle, something more than a miracle.                           -Marilynne Robinson, “Gilead,” 21st century We have come to the end. Three and a half months ago, at the […]

When a relationship ends, there is always sadness and grief.

Dear Members and Friends, Only in the agony of parting do we look into the depths of love.  -George Eliot, 19th century When we lose one blessing, another is often most unexpectedly given in its place.               -C. S. Lewis, 20th century When a relationship ends, there is always sadness and grief.  […]

We move through life and often wonder if we have had any positive impact on the world around us, or on anyone’s life.

Dear Members and Friends, … Which causes me to wonder, my own purpose on so many days as humble as the spider’s, what is beautiful that I make? What is elegant? What feeds the world?                 -Louise Erdrich, 21st century If through [someone]’s life there is a little more love […]

Happy Birthday! This Sunday is the celebration of Pentecost, the day we remember the Holy Spirit of God being poured out upon…

Dear Members and Friends, I am the product of many whose lives have touched mine, from the famous, distinguished, and powerful to the little known and the poor.  -Dorothy Height, 20th century Happy Birthday!  It is a few days early, but this Sunday is the celebration of Pentecost, the day we remember the Holy Spirit of […]

Not everyone might be a mother as a noun, but everyone can have the qualities of a good mother.

Dear Members and Friends, Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone,  it has to be made, like bread;  remade all the time, made new. -Ursula K. Le Guin, “The Lathe of Heaven”, 20th century This Sunday is Mother’s Day.  It actually is not a special day on the Church calendar, but it is, for many, […]

To stay alive, memories need to be told and re-told, and they, too, can hold wisdom for the present and the future.

Dear Members and Friends, And now we welcome the new year.  Full of things that have never been. -Rainer Maria Rilke, 20th century Simplifying and De-cluttering our lives are all the rage lately.  Beyond dealing with the great accumulation of “stuff” which most of us gather during our lifetimes there are even suggestions for applying this discipline to broader […]