• 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

  • Water is Powerful

    We are preparing for Gathering of Waters and it is a joyful time of reunion after a summer apart for many UCG’ers. As we gather this Sunday, may we hold in heart and in prayers those suffering because of the power of water unleashed in storms. Connie Larkman’s article from

  • A Letter from John Vertigan, Conference Minister, United Church of Christ Florida Conference

    To: The United Church of Christ In Florida Re: Recent Events July 8, 2016 Dear Church, Grace and peace to you in a time that, for many, is trending toward despair. There is so much violence, and it happens with such frequency as to make new words of hope and

  • Thy Gold to Refine

    From the UCC Still Speaking Daily Devotional, June 28, 2016 “When you have multiplied and increased in the land, in those days, says the Lord, they shall no longer say, “The ark of the covenant of the Lord.” It shall not come to mind, or be remembered, or missed; nor