• Crafting Poems of Praise

    Last Sunday I encouraged everyone to take another look at the book of Psalms, and in so doing to feel the freedom the psalmists take in writing and crafting these beautiful and sometimes challenging poems to God. Going along with our worship theme of “Poetic Justice,” I took two interpretations

  • Gainesville Peer Respite Launches Warmline Feb 1

    Gainesville Peer Respite Launches Warmline Feb 1 Gainesville Peer Respite will be launching a peer support “Warmline” Feb 1 at 6pm for peers in need of emotional support. Initial Warmline hours will be Wednesday through Sunday from 6pm-6am, and will expand in March. Warmlines are a supplement to crisis hotlines,

  • Share Your Story

    This Sunday, following our Congregational Meeting we warmly invite all those Activists (However Known) to come to Reimer Hall to share some snacks and tell us about your experiences this past weekend. Did you march on Washington? Or travel to Tallahassee? Did you join together with other folks in our

  • It’s a Mystery to Me

    This weekend, members of Youth United will embark on a two day adventure that will take them to places that are unknown to them. They willingly load up into the van and allow us to take them wherever we please. We’ve swooped through the treetops on zip lines in Tallahassee,

  • Grateful for a New Year

    Once Albert Schweitzer wrote these words, “At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” As we begin this bounteous new year, whose face,

  • The Last Present Under the Tree

    From the United Church of Christ Daily Devotional Series: Molly Baskette December 20, 2016 When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then it was said among the nations, “The

  • World AIDS Day

    World AIDS Day is held on December first each year. We remember all of those persons around the world who have died from AIDS-related illnesses and people who are living with HIV; a time to give thanks for the progress that has been made and to reflect on what still

  • The People’s Potluck

    It will come as no surprise to you to know that a good chunk of the miracles that happen in the Bible (and in life, really…) happen over food. Moses smacks a stone and water comes gushing out. The starving Israelites wake up one morning to find honey crisps waiting

  • For Today, Every Day

    A couple of Sundays ago, on Reformation Sunday, our Minister Emeritus, the Rev. Larry Reimer, challenged the congregation with the important quotation from the lips of the great reformer, Martin Luther.  After he was condemned for the declarations of conscience that became known as the 95 Theses, Luther wrote, “Here

  • Inspired by Competition

    By nature I am not all that competitive. In those fun-filled online personality quizzes, I learn that my particular type is motivated intrinsically and that beating someone else is not necessarily an impetus to me to aim higher or to achieve greater and greater things. Don’t get me wrong, I

  • The Search Process

    The search process for our next UCG Associate Minister has begun. As per our UCG policies and procedures, the nominations for Search Committee members were contributed by the congregation, vetted for every possible representation, diversity, and availability by Council Exec, and by vote of the Church Council, a slate of

  • Bread and Wine

    I do this weird thing with wine and bread every once in a while. My wife Tracy busts me almost every time I do it, but still, I do it anyway. Often, gathered around our dinner table, I’ll take a little corner of my bread and tilt my glass in