First Congregational Church of Orange City United Church of Christ

Celebrate Florida is Back — And We Hope You Missed Us

The reason we seemed to be missing was that our publishing schedule changed after our last issue, (December 2021/January 2022). Instead of appearing bi-monthly, we’ve gone quarterly, beginning with this April/May/June edition. So this issue is really jam-packed because it includes news for more months than usual. While we were tempted to cut back on the news we’re sharing, there is just so much terrific information to share that we resisted the temptation to skimp.

Celebrate Florida — which seeks to nourish our covenant and offer creative and interesting ideas for ministry — is also a reflection of the history of the United Church of Christ in Florida. This means including much of what is being done in all of our 90+ congregations and ministries. And you folks certainly have kept really busy despite the restrictions COVID imposed! The pandemic may have crimped your style in some ways but you surely didn’t shrink/shirk from “being church.”

We hope you have been keeping up with current Conference news in its new format. The former twice-a-month e-Celebrate e-blast has become the weekly Sunshine Connection. This new vehicle is in the able and creative hands of Neal Watkins, our Minister for Congregational Life, is e-blasted every Wednesday morning and shares timely news and helpful resources. Included is a special Celebrate Florida segment.