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Crisis Preparedness and Response Capability Guidelines for Congregations and Council

Wednesday May 26, 2021
 
Another above-normal Atlantic hurricane season
is predicted by the NOAA’s Climate Prediction
Center (noaa.gov) for 2021, and although we
hope and pray that we will be spared once again,
it is time for all of us and our congregations to
make the necessary steps to be ready for all
eventualities. In addition to the annual,
government-issued hurricane preparedness
guidelines to aid us, we also have the ‘Crisis Preparedness
and Response Capability Guidelines for Congregations and
Council’ document prepared by the UCJCI to assist us in this
process. The leadership and membership of the CIRMC are
strongly encouraged to make every effort necessary in their
local context to satisfy the requirements outlined in the
document. For easy reference we make it available once again
– in two parts, beginning in this issue.

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What Are We Filled with?

Wednesday May 19, 2021
 
What are we filled with? Being filled with something means
that our hearts and minds are being dominated by certain
emotions or thoughts. It can be good or bad. It can be a
momentary, short-lived experience or something that stays with
us day after day, leaving a deep mark or impression on our
being, on our behavior, on our interactions with others, and our
view and perspective on life. Let it be resentment, anger, envy,
greed, worry, fear, uncertainty, or a dream, an enticing goal, a
grand project - when they take hold of our life, it is usually not
for the better. We suffer and as collateral damage, others suffer
as well.

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Youth Role Models

Wednesday May 12, 2021
 
Regardless of our age, role models play an essential part in our
lives, in our personal development. They inspire and motivate
us to reach beyond ourselves and emulate those positive
qualities we see them exemplifying in their lives.
It gives us great pleasure to introduce two of our very own,
Chloe McClymont and Jelani Hanson, both still in their youth,
who fall into the category of positive role models, especially for
their generation.
Chloe McClymon attends the Webster Memorial United
Church (Bodden Town) and she is the Head Girl of the Clifton
Hunter High School. A member of the Savannah United
Church, Jelani Hanson is the Head Boy of the John Gray
High School. As a church community, we are very proud of
them both and wish God’s continuing blessing on their life and
example.

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Family ‘Matters’!

Wednesday May 05, 2021
 
We pause this month to focus on our
children and particularly this Sunday to
focus on mothers. As such, we are
drawn to a focus on the family.
Traditionally, the family, as a basic unit
of human existence was expected to be
comprised of children, mothers and
fathers. In principle and spirit, the
family should be understood and lived as a mutually beneficial
support system that strengthens and encourages each of its
members.
One is conscious that there is an idyllic image of the family as
the dad, mom and children living in the white picket-fenced
home. This image has been accompanied or replaced in some
measure by images of varying degrees not only of the physical
description of the house but also of the individuals who dwell
therein. The reality is that the definition of the family has
evolved from that of being individuals related by blood,
marriage or adoption. 

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Synodical Ministry and Mission Priorities for the Period 2021-2023

Wednesday Apr 28, 2021
 
The following article provides an insight into what observations
and thoughts were shared by synod representatives in the daily
‘breakout group’ discussions during the 42nd Synod of the
UCJCI held April 11-18, 2021, as they reflected on the past
Synodical period and on the way forward.
These conversations took place against the background of all
the changes that have taken place as a result of the COVID-19
pandemic. It has been learning by doing, by trial and error over
the past thirteen months, with very little prior warning of the
devastating effects of the pandemic or its duration.

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Whose Voice Do I Listen To? by Mr Herman Wilson

Thursday Apr 22, 2021
 
Please read John 10: 11-18.
Christ Jesus, the incarnate Son of God, came into this world to
inaugurate the kingdom of God and to populate it with those
whom God will save, that is, those who will believe in His
name. These are the ones that Christ Jesus classified as His
sheep.
The Pharisees, to whom Jesus directed His message, were
constantly questioning His identity. Despite Jesus’ responses,
they frequently heckled Him and chose not to understand the
significance of what He was saying. By doing so, they were
hardening their hearts to the revelation of divine truth. They
were not seeking to fully understand what Moses had written.
Earlier, as recorded in John 5: 39, 45-47, Christ Jesus had said
to them:
39 You study the Scriptures diligently because you think
that in them you have eternal life. These are the very
Scriptures that testify about me, (John 5:39)

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2021 Cayman Islands General Elections

Tuesday Apr 13, 2021
 
Tomorrow, April 14, 2021, is General Election Day on the Cayman
Islands. As our nation engages in the democratic process of
electing representatives to form a government that will lead the
nation for the next four years may we turn our hearts and minds
to God.

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Moderator’s 2021 Easter Message- Rt Rev. Dr.Gordon Cowans

Wednesday Apr 07, 2021
 
My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
This Easter message comes to you in a period in which we have
experienced at least a year of pandemic conditions. The corona
virus has altered so much of life as we know it with much uncertainty,
discomfort and illness and for some the specter of death has been a
haunting reality. We grieve with those who grieve the passing of
their loved ones and we stand in solidarity with those who
currently face significant health challenges, whether caused or
exacerbated by the direct or indirect impact of the pandemic.
This Easter message is meant to remind us together that at the
heart of our faith is the astounding reality of a God who chooses
to live in and among people, bearing and experiencing the
challenges of human life and who is in every sense acquainted
with grief. Jesus knows all about our trials. Our God does not
recoil in the face of trouble.

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Rootedness in Christ-by Jaedon Hanson

Wednesday Mar 31, 2021
   Sermon preached at CIRMC Children and Youth Synodical Rally held March 28, 2021

This evening we reflect on the theme of being rooted in God.
The metaphor of being rooted is one which is used often, and
we understand why. The roots of a plant are important to its
survival. We know that roots keep a plant embedded in the soil
so that it cannot be easily moved.
As I prepared for this reflection, I came across a quote that says:
“When the roots are deep, there is no reason to fear the wind.”
At some point, we would have seen the damage that strong
winds can cause to plants and vegetation. In fact, only last
November, Savannah experienced a tornado-like event that
caused significant damage. But we have seen trees that have
withstood the battering and remained grounded.
In addition to keeping plants embedded in the soil, roots are the
medium through which the plant receives the nutrients that it
needs to survive. The deeper the roots, the greater the plant’s
access to nutrients and the more the plant will flourish. There
are those times when a plant becomes toppled or broken by the
wind, but the plant survives or recovers because its roots remain
in the soil.

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Are You Available to be Used? by Ms Camile Watt

Wednesday Mar 24, 2021
 
“Rejoice greatly, O my people! Shout with joy! For
look—your King is coming! He is the Righteous One, the
Victor! Yet he is lowly, riding on a donkey’s colt!
Zechariah 9:9
The prophet Zechariah, many years before Jesus walked the
Earth declared that a great King would come riding on a colt
and that He would lead the people into great victory.
Matthew’s account of this fulfillment is seen in chapter 21:1 -3
where it states:
“Jesus and his disciples approached Jerusalem, near
the town of Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus
sent two of them into the village ahead. “Just as you
enter,” he said, “you will see a donkey tied there,
with its colt beside it. Untie them and bring them
here. If anyone asks you what you are doing, just say,
‘The Master needs them,’ and there will be no
trouble.”

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