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“Let Nothing Be Wasted”

Wednesday Jun 17, 2020
“ Jesus said, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted”. If anyone understands the current challenges of our
lives and land, it is Jesus. This well-known story in St. John 6 shows a very high point in Jesus’ ministry. People were following
him in great numbers, latching on to his manifesto. But in this story, we see a predicament. Jesus’ budget can’t meet the
demands. The people come in droves; they have needs, but the resources available cannot meet the needs. Isn’t that what Phillip says?
“Eight months of wages would not be enough to feed this crowd”.
LEADERSHIP CORNER- Transfer the Vision
Let’s say that you’re doing a good job leading effectively. You’re modelling the way. You’re developing relationships with
your people and building them up. You’ve trained them. You’re developing them and plan to continue doing so. Now what do you do? You aim at
the bull’s-eye. In the area of leadership, that means transferring the vision. If you are the leader at the top of theorganization, you will be transferring
your own vision. If you are a leader in the middle of the organization, you will be transferring what is primarily the vision of others.

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Wednesday Jun 10, 2020
“ We are living in the midst of a contagious virus—one which has impacted almost every
facet of our lives and living. Some things, like COVID-19, are contagious - the emotions of joy, laughter,
fear, anger and disappointment. The bible, through the book of the Psalter, identifies one contagious
principle - the principle of praise. My question is: Have you caught it?

LEADERSHIP CORNER- Let the Best Idea Win
If you desire to become a great leader, then you need to resist idea when it’s not the best idea. Why? Because good ideas are too important to the organization.
Harvey Firestone said, “Capital isn’t so important in business. Experience isn’t so important. You can get both of these. What is important is ideas. If you
have ideas, you have the main asset you need, and there isn’t any limit to what you can do with your organization and your life.” Great organizations possess leaders
throughout the organization who produce great ideas. That is how they become great. The progress they make and the innovations they create don’t come down from on
high. Their creative sessions are not dominated by top-down leaders. Nor does every meeting become a kind of  wrestling match to see who can dominate everyone else. People come together as teams, peers work together, and they make progress because they want the best ideas to win. Leaders who help to surface good ideas are creating what an organization needs most.

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The Source of Our Security During the Storm

Wednesday Jun 03, 2020
“ In the passage of scripture, Mark 4:35- 40, we observe Jesus and His disciples who went into a boat with the intention of going to the
other side of the lake, surrounded by hills. It is said that winds blowing across the land intensify close to the sea, and often cause violent and
unexpected storms. The disciples, who were with Jesus, were seasoned fishermen, who no doubt spent many years fishing in that lake. So with their vast
fishing experience in these types of waters, one would think that, upon seeing the storm, the disciples would have been better able to handle it; but instead,
when they saw that high waves were breaking into the boat, filling it with water, they became fearful and shouted to Jesus (who was sleeping) that they
were going to drown.

We often consider ourselves to be many things to the people who work  alongside us -co-workers, team-mates, contributors, competitors but we often forget to be the one
thing that every person wants: a friend.

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COVID-19: The Economic Fallout and Recovery

Thursday May 28, 2020
As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Church and Society SubCommittee of the United Church in Jamaica
and the Cayman Islands (UCJCI) hosted an online public economic forum on May 17, 2020, under the theme, “COVID-19: The
Economic Fallout and Recovery”.

A man was enjoying an afternoon in a small fishing boat on a peaceful lake. He fished as he munched on a chocolate bar. The weather was perfect,
his cell phone was turned off, and all he could think about was how happy he was. Just then, he spotted a snake in the
water with a frog in its mouth. He felt sorry for the frog, so he scooped up the snake with his landing net, took the frog out of its
mouth, and tossed it to safety. Then he felt sorry for the snake. He broke off a piece of his chocolate bar, gave it to the snake, and
placed it back in the water, where it swam away.There, he thought. The frog is happy, the snake is happy, and now I’m happy
again. This is great. He cast his line back into the water and then settled back again. 

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The Value of Unrelenting Faith

Wednesday May 20, 2020
“ In this most difficult time of living with, and surviving the impact of the coronavirus, we are left
to wonder and to ponder: “How do we give of our best  in this time?” “How do I serve God, and in serving 
God, serve my fellow human beings?” “What is the most precious thing that I can offer to God and my fellow human
beings at this time?”

LEADERSHIP CORNER  - Avoid Office Politics

A politician arrived late for a speaking engagement where he was scheduled as the keynote speaker. Usually he did his
homework on the area and the organization, but because of his busy schedule, he had not been able to do it. He was rushed in as the attendees were 
finishing their dessert and taken immediately to the podium without having the chance to speak to anyone. When he was introduced to the
crowd, there was nothing he could do but dive in. With the bright lights shining in his eyes, he immediately launched into one of the main issues
of the campaign and spoke at length. When he paused for a moment, the gentleman who had introduced him whispered that the group to whom he
was speaking was on the opposite side of the issue. 

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Synodical Family Service

Wednesday May 13, 2020
As a response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands will
host an online Synodical Family Service on Sunday, May 17, 2020, at 9 a.m., under the theme, “Building Strong Families for a Post COVID19 Society”!
To be streamed from Webster Memorial United Church in Grand Cayman, the service, being held in Child Month, will offer inspiring praise and worship, children’s
time, prayers and a sermon that will be helpful for building and re-building family life in both nations.

LEADERSHIP CORNER : Place People in their Strength Zones

The number one reason people don’t like their jobs is that they are not working in the area of their strengths. When team members are continually asked to
perform in an area of weakness, they become demoralized, they are less productive, and they eventually burn out. Successful people find their own
strength zones. Successful leaders find the strength zones of the people they lead. Individuals may seek a job with a particular organization,
but they generally don’t place themselves in their positions at work. For the most part, their leaders are the ones who do that.

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Navigating the Storms of Life

Wednesday May 06, 2020
In our text this morning, we learn much about the storms of life. We learn that: a) There will be storms b) Reaction is everything c) Realization is key.
Matthew 8:23-27 reads, “Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him. And suddenly a great tempest arose on  the sea, so that the
boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep. Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!”
But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. So the men marvelled,
saying, “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”

LEADERSHIP CORNER-  Leadershift from Career to Calling (PART 3)
Our calling is the gift we give to the world while we are still alive. Our legacy is our gift to the world after we die.
We discussed in the previous two (2) weeks some characteristics of a calling. Here we recap them and share more. Your calling matches who you are. Your
calling taps into your passion. Your calling is important to you, but it’s not about you. Your calling is bigger than you. Your calling changes your perspective.

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LIFE Has the Last Word! (Part 2)

Wednesday Apr 29, 2020
In his Easter Sunday message, the Moderator of the UCJCI, Rt.Rev. Dr. Gordon Cowans,zeroed in on the impact of the Resurrection news
brought by the disciples, broken and cloistered in fear and despondency. It is news powerful enough to challenge us in a time of unprecedented pandemic. His
conclusion follows: The Resurrection of Jesus Christ cannot and must not be taken lightly. It is no light  matter. It is the news of Resurrection that energized the disciples
to leave that cold, dreary narrow room to confront life again with vigour.

LEADERSHIP CORNER -Leadershift from Career to Calling (PART 2)
A calling lifts our hearts and expands our options. It can make even the mundane meaningful. Here is how to understand your calling so that you can find yours, if you
haven’t already done so. YOUR CALLING MATCHES WHO YOU ARE. No one has ever been called to do something that he or she wasn’t suited for. Calling always
matches who you are. For that reason, it’s important for you to be self-aware as you stay attentive to finding your calling. 

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LIFE Has the Last Word!!

Wednesday Apr 22, 2020
The Gospel of Mark’s account of that first Easter Morning tells us that it was to Mary Magdalene whom our Lord first appeared, when she and others had attended at His tomb to anoint a dead body.  As far as she and those other faithful women were concerned, the horrible experience of the preceding Friday which had ended in Jesus’ death was the end of the matter. They could only now honor Him by ensuring that all the appropriate death rites were observed. He was dead, and death had had the last word. 

LEADERSHIP CORNER -Leadershift from Career to Calling (PART 1)

“Some wake up to an alarm. Some wake up to a calling.” (Unknown) 

How do you currently think about what you do for a living? Think about which best describes you.
YOU DO A JOB. When you have a  job, your main goal is often to earn a living and support your family. You may not think beyond the time you spend on the clock. You may do your work with excellence or you may simply mark time, but either way, when you finish your day or your shift, you walk away and don’t think about it. Satisfaction and fulfilment for people who may have a job-only mind-set comes from activities outside of work. And while people in this group may hope to advance, they don’t think in terms of a strategy of career building.

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Children’s House Worship

Wednesday Apr 15, 2020
The COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic has created a new normal for all persons and institutions, including the Church. Included in the new normal is the heroism of some parents who create a balancing act between the difficult combined tasks of working from home, home schooling and engaging their children in activities geared towards their spiritual development.

LEADERSHIP CORNER -Develop Each Team Member as a Person 
How do you give your team an edge, helping the B players to perform at their highest level and helping the A players to elevate their game even further? You develop them. 
There’s a lot more to good leadership than just getting the job done. Getting the job done makes you a success. Getting the job done through others makes you a leader. But developing the people while helping them get the job done at the highest level makes you an exceptional leader.
There is a difference between equipping people and developing them. When you equip people, you teach them how to do a job. If you show someone how to use a machine or some other device, that’s equipping. If you teach someone how to make a sale, that’s equipping. If you train them in departmental procedures, that’s equipping. You should already be providing training to your people so that they know how to do their jobs. Equipping should be a given (although not all leaders do this well

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