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As Halloween draws near I thought I’d share with you a reflection from the blog of one of my favorite religious writers.

Dear Congregation,   As Halloween draws near I thought I’d share with you a reflection from the blog of one of my favorite religious writers, Episcopal priest, The Rev. Barbara Cawthorne Crafton. I hope you like it as much as I do! In Christ’s love, Pastor Candy ThomasInterim PastorChrist Congregational United Church of Christ Spooks in […]

I’m writing to urge you to be present in worship this coming Sunday, June 16th at 10 a.m.

Dear Congregation,  I’m writing to urge you to be present in worship this coming Sunday, June 16th at 10 a.m. Our Florida Conference Minister, The Rev. John Vertigan, will be with us in worship and will preach. After worship, he will accompany those of us who are traveling  to Homestead to participate in the Father’s Day March in support of […]

We want to be happy, but may find happiness to be elusive even as we pursue what we think will make us happy.

“Jesus was God’s Beatitude—God’s blessing to the weak in a world that admires only the strong.”  The Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber Dear Congregation, This Sunday’s focus scripture is Luke 6:17-26. This text is called the Sermon on the Plain because scripture says that Jesus “…came down with them and stood on a level place.” Jesus was […]

I think back on my own time in seminary as one of the happiest periods of my life, as well as one of the most challenging.

Dear Congregation, This coming Sunday is designated in the United Church of Christ as Seminary Sunday/Church Vocations Sunday. Did you know that the UCC actually has six seminaries—Chicago Theological Seminary, Eden Seminary, Lancaster Seminary, Andover Newton at Yale Divinity School, Pacific School of Religion, and United Theological School of the Twin Cities. They are tasked […]

Baptism is so special that it is one of the two sacraments recognized in the United Church of Christ.

Dear Congregation, This Sunday is celebrated as The Baptism of Christ. The focus scripture is Luke 3:15-17, 21-22  in which we have the story of Jesus’ baptism by John in the Jordan River so long ago. In our Monday night Bible study those present shared stories of their baptisms which ranged from being baptized as […]

58 people gunned down while attending a Country music festival! There really are no words to offer.

As long as one dissident is in prison, our freedom will not be true.  As long as one child is hungry, our life will be filled with anguish and shame.  What all these victims need above all is to know that they are not alone; that we are not forgetting them, that when their voices […]