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Sharing the Good News by Rev Godfrey Meghoo

Wednesday Oct 13, 2021
 
Please read John 1:35
Have you noticed that if you keep up with the news daily that
most of the news is bad news? There is much reporting on virus
outbreaks worldwide, volcanic damage, forest fires,
assassinations, war and crime, death of loved ones, abandoned
children, and refugees seeking a better life. Sometimes, you are
tired of hearing bad news. Newspaper publishers might tell you
that good news does not sell. We all long to hear good news -
news about peace between nations, good news about your
children’s success in studying, and good news about longlasting and happy marriages. The constant stream of bad news
tends to demoralize but good news will lift the spirit.

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Seek Good, Not Evil…Hate Evil, Love Good…Maintain Justice! By Rev Dr Yvette Noble- Bloomfield

Wednesday Oct 06, 2021
 
Please read Amos 5: 10-15

One of the Lectionary offerings for this week, Amos 5:10-15,
has remained a most provocative text. The harsh words of the
Shepherd of Tekoa have become even more poignant as
humanity struggles with the dis-ease caused not only by the
COVID-19 pandemic but by the levels of pain, marginalization,
and injustice that still exist. Truth has become elusive and
conditional, in fact, truth has been twisted and trampled (Chp.5
v 7), the innocent remain oppressed, bribery and corruption
stalk the hallways, and those with the privilege of voice, in the
name of prudence, remain silent because the proverbial times
are evil.
Amos was not a typical or career prophet, but he received a
peculiar message for the people of the Northern Kingdom. His
onslaught of words in Bethel addressed not only the people of
Israel but challenged the neighboring nations. His words were
penetrative and tough to hear as his soul got angry because of
the constant oppression and dehumanization of the poor and
dispossessed. Amos recognized and condemned the many
crimes of war, and he was strident in denouncing the atrocities
and suffering of the people as nations ravished each other. The
images of fire, ripped open pregnant women, the enslavement
of people, the killing of relatives, and the general gruesomeness
seem harsh for our ears and imagination today.

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Cayman Islands Regional Mission Council Meeting September 25 2021 POPULAR REPORT

Wednesday Sep 29, 2021
 
Highlights from Council Meeting held on September 25, 2021

A regular meeting of the Cayman Islands Regional Mission
Council was held via Zoom on Saturday, September 25, 2021,
with nineteen Delegates in attendance, representing the nine
Congregations in attendance. Mr Ransford Myers was
introduced as a new delegate from the William Pouchie
Memorial United Church.
Devotion, which was led by the Chair, Rev Rohan Forrester
focused on ‘Receiving Hope and Sharing Hope’. The General
Secretary, the Rev. Norbert Stephens attended the meeting and
presented the Synod’s September 2021 Remit.
A Moment of Silence was observed for the Rev Dr Major
Norman Francis who made his transition on September 12,
2021. He was the former lecturer and United Church Warden at
the United Theological College of the West Indies.
The General Secretary and the Chair of the Church and Ministry
Committee, Rev Euthman Wray informed the Council that there
are three Candidates for Ordination to the Ministry of Word and
Sacrament, namely Mrs. Anna Kay Henry McGregor, Ms
Sandra Collins, and Mr Wendell McKoy. They will be ordained
in November 2021.

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Celebrating Older Persons

Wednesday Sep 22, 2021
 
Did you know that currently there are about 700 million
people over the age of 60 and it is predicted that by 2050,
this number will reach almost 2 billion? The increasing
numbers of ageing populations have prompted a lot of
attention over the past 30-40 years and various initiatives have been implemented to try and
address the possible implications of this trend.
On December 14th 1990, the United Nations General Assembly
designated the 1st of October the International Day of Older
Persons. In a short time, the Cayman Islands followed suit and
since 1995 the month of October has been commemorated
Older Persons Month by the Department of Children and
Family Services. The month-long celebrations and activities
provide an opportunity to recognize the contributions that older
people make to society as well as to create awareness and
empathy regarding the many issues the elderly face.

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Greatness Redefined by Rev Otto Menko

Wednesday Sep 15, 2021
 
Please read Mark 9:33-35
As human beings we all have fundamental needs that are
essential not only for our survival but also to function and live
as well-balanced and wholesome individuals. Some of these
fundamental needs are addressing physical and safety
requirements such as food, water, sleep, shelter and security
without which we would perish. Others, like belonging, being
part of a group, being accepted and loved point to needs that are
social in nature. Last but not least, some needs are related to our
self-esteem and self-worth, for example, dignity,
accomplishment, independence, or being accepted and valued,
just to mention a few.
All these and some other fundamental needs show us just how
complex we, human beings are, how many things and
conditions affect, influence and even determine our sense of
completeness, our life as a whole. But they do more than that.
They also influence our values and our motivations. Our overall
wellness is dependent on a healthy balance of all these, through
which personal and collective interests are equally represented
and ensured by mutual dependence and support.

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Selfless Service by Rev Rohan Forrester

Wednesday Sep 08, 2021
 
Please read Mark 8:27-38
Putting the interests of others before ours and going an extra
mile to alleviate other people’s suffering, is a serious measuring
stick of our faith in the God of Justice.
September 11th marks the 175th Anniversary of the United
Church’s (formerly the Presbyterian Church) mission in the
Cayman Islands. As we celebrate this significant milestone in
our church’s history, we are called to retrace our steps and
renew our calling to selfless service to the people of these
islands. The story is recorded as follows:
In 1845 Rev. Hope Waddel, Scottish Presbyterian missionary
in Jamaica was on his way to Scotland to present his case for a
mission to Africa when he was shipwrecked at East End and
later reports on the spiritual destitution of the locals. In the
spring of 1846, Rev. William Niven, on his way to Scotland
stopped at Cayman and observed the situation firsthand; while
in England he learnt from the Secretary of the Wesleyan
Missionary Society that they were not interested in future
missions in the Cayman Islands. He then sought the help of the
Scottish Board who offered their assistance in finding a
volunteer to go to Grand Cayman.

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Impartiality: The Character of God by Rev Dr Yvette Noble- Bloomfield

Wednesday Sep 01, 2021
 
Please read Isaiah 35:4-7a and Psalm 146: 5-10
As the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands
continues its focus on PEACE, we are provoked by two
passages from the lectionary readings which invite us to
recognize new ways of understanding creation and the nature of
our relationship with the neighbor and the stranger. But more
so, we are challenged to understand God’s intention for
creation, and we are called to discern God’s will for how we
ought to conduct ourselves as travelers along the journey of life.
God’s providential care for creation and God’s preferential
option for the poor become obvious in the passages. It is evident
also that by character and nature God is impartial and has a deep
desire that humanity imitates this behavior. In being unbiased,
God is able to embrace all and thereby seeks to provide
benediction for everyone. Such is the nature of the God we
serve.

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Finding Peace in Anxious Times by Mrs Raquel Forrester

Wednesday Aug 25, 2021
 
For many families, these last few days before the reopening of
school is a time to restructure and tighten home rules and to
reintroduce the necessary routines. It is also a time to shop for
school supplies and uniforms. Some of us seem to be at peace
amidst the hustle and bustle of back-to-school preparations. We
have things under control!
But have we stopped to think about those parents who struggle
to find their children’s school supplies and uniforms? What
about those children who are anxious about going into new
classes and meeting new teachers? What about those children
who are anxious because they find it difficult to engage in
school activities and make new friends? What about those
children who have low self-esteem and those who struggle with
their schoolwork? What about those parents and teachers who
are beginning to dread the early morning traffic? Then, there
are those students who are anxiously awaiting the reopening of
school because school for them is the only escape they have
from the challenges they experience at home. There are so many
pressures and anxieties as the school year begins. 

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Peace Amidst Chaos and Strife by Mrs Katherine Jackson

Wednesday Aug 18, 2021
 
In St. John 14: 27, Jesus says, “Peace I leave with you; my peace
I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let
your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
Peace and harmonious relationships were elements that God
placed in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve were created
– love, peace, and harmony – God said that this work was “very
good”.
So it was, yet, that was not to remain. Why? Well, God also put
the element of “choice” into the mix as He didn’t want his
creation to be “beholding” to Him, nor did He want puppets on
a string, or mechanical robots. So, enters Mr. Slippery Slick
who moved into the territory with his sweet words and smooth
talk … and convinced the woman that there was so much more
to life than God was letting on about. That lovely fruit would
reveal all – but it destroyed the love, peace, and harmony that
God had planted.
God’s peace was also a forerunner of the peace that Jesus
Christ, our Lord and Saviour would bring … that’s why Jesus
could say: my peace I give to you – not as the world giveth,
give I unto you – let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them
be afraid.” … so from the very first act of deception in the
Garden, humankind has tried time after time to build peace –
with each other, within communities, among nations – and we
still can’t get it right, or make it last. It almost seems as though
chaos is causing life to tumble down through the ages, and as it
does, it is unraveling whatever it passes by … but again, what
does Jesus say to us? “Let not your hearts be troubled, neither
let them be afraid.”

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Welcome Back Rev Myers!

Wednesday Aug 11, 2021
 
With a deep sense of gratitude and an abundance of joy, the
CIRMC welcomes back Rev. Donovan Myers, Minister of the
John Gray Memorial United Church, West Bay.
Rev. Myers and his loved ones have recently been through a
particularly difficult time in their life, yet during the many
trials and tribulations they remained strong in their faith
and never gave up hope. We celebrate God’s goodness and
mercy toward them, for God has restored him and filled him with
renewed strength and zeal.
Rev. Myers has resumed the administrative duties of his
Charge as of August 1, 2021,and will take on his full duties on September 1, 2021. We
continue to keep him and his family in our thoughts and prayers
as they embark on this new phase of their life.
The CIRMC also wishes to record its gratitude to all those who
have assisted in various areas of congregational ministry during
the temporary, yet prolonged absence of Rev. Myers. Their
contributions proved to be invaluable during this critical period.

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