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90 Years and Counting... Reflections from Pastor Laurie

Senior Pastor and Editor Rev. Dr. Laurinda Hafner Associate Pastor Rev. Dr. Guillermo Márquez-Sterling Associate Pastor Rev. Megan Smith Minister Emeritus Rev. Dr. Richard J. Bailar Copy Editor Dr. Ron Morgan Graphic Designer Harold Sloan-Marrero Production Manager Alex Sloan-Marrero

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This year we are celebrating the 90th anniversary of Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ, which was organized on Sunday, December 19, 1923. The first service and Sunday School were held December 30, 1923 at a residence loaned to the church by George Merrick, the planner and builder of the city of Coral Gables. Between December 19, 1923 and March 2, 1924, 97 persons were admitted as Charter Members, including George Merrick and his mother, Althea, who served as the first clerk of the congregation. The church, the oldest established organization in Coral Gables, was originally founded by George Merrick as a way to honor his father, Solomon, a Congregational minister from New England. The original creed of the church at that time was simply: “Our only creed: In search for truth and in the spirit of Jesus, we unite for worship of God and the service of Man.” Founder George Merrick and those who joined him may have imagined that they were creating an important place in the community. What they could not imagine: the church would continue to thrive, worship and serve 90 years later amid the remarkable changes to Miami, the church’s neighborhood and the world, the diversity of its members, the gender of its pastors, the number of zip codes in which they live, and the distances they travel to worship and serve in this special location and this special space. Over and over, in the face of good and bad times, this body of faith has supported and imagined what the church is and will become. As we celebrate our history, we find ourselves at an important moment as we look toward the 100th anniversary in ten short years. It is an exciting and important time with various celebrations planned to which members of the church, and the Coral Gables community alike, are invited to attend. And while so much has changed internally and externally in the life of this church, the words of that early creed are still words by which our present congregation continues to live, though perhaps paraphrased: “Our only creed: in search for truth and in the spirit of Jesus, we unite for worship of God and for service to all, no matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey.” Come, celebrate with us! Blessings,

We are Out-of-the-Box People

Pastor Laurie


Worship.......................................................................04-10 Special Sundays, Thanksgiving Eve Interfaith Service, Neighbors in Need, Music Ministry

Spiritual Formation.................................................11-14 Adult Spiritual Exploration, Mystic Mondays, Eden Theological Seminary

Congregational Life................................................15-19

XYZ Group, Sisters on Sojourn, GLBTQrst... Potluck, Insignia Vocal Ensemble, Women’s Night Out, Church Night In, Called To Care, No Reservations, Inquirer’s Gathering, Hail to the Bus Drivers



Children and Youth.................................................20-26 Sunday School, Our Whole Lives, Girl Scout Troop 950, Youth News, Early Childhood Center, Kids’ Art, Parents’ Night Out

Justice and Witness.................................................27-30

Back on Track Network, Chili Cook-Off, Food for the Soul, Circles of Dialogue, Going Green, Travel to the Middle East

Wellness Offerings..................................................31-32 Yoga, Chi Gong, SkyBeat, Endlessly Organic

Family Album............................................................33-36 Birthdays, Photos, Stewardship Season, Estate Planning

Music and the Arts..................................................37-39


Read about our youth group’s advocacy work this summer


Take a look-back at our activities this past summer.


Community Arts Program, Candlelight Concert Series



A new exercise class has arrived at Gables UCC!


September - November 2013

Dates for Celebration and Commemoration of the 90th Anniversary of Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ Sunday, September 8 – Spirit Sunday The Family Tree: It Starts with the Soil is the theme for our annual Spirit Sunday festivities as we kick-off our 90th anniversary with festive worship, fond remembrances, and a celebration of all that has been and all that yet will be within our community of faith.

Sunday, October 13 – Sundays on the Porch with George

Join us at the historic Merrick House from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., as the Coral Gables Congregational UCC Community Arts Program’s ALL-STAR Jazz Ensemble will be performing on the grand porch of the George Merrick House, located at 907 Coral Way in Coral Gables. The CAP ALL-STARS will be featured in two 45-minute sets. Between sets, enjoy a guided tour of house and its beautiful gardens and other presentations. The tour is only $5.00 and the concert is free. Food trucks will be on site for refreshments. Swing on over for a great afternoon of music, food, and history! If you wish to take the shuttle from the church, it will leave at 12:45 p.m. with two return times at 2:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Reserve your seat by contacting Pastor Laurie at or at the Anniversary Table in the Fellowship Hall each Sunday after worship.

Sunday, October 27 – Birthday Party! On this Sunday, we will celebrate all our 90 year olds and all who have been members of the church for 45 years or more. Join us following 11:00 a.m. worship for a birthday party and a display of memories from the past provided by past and present church members and friends. Please share any pictures, old programs, or remembrances that you might have. Drop them off in the Fellowship Hall on your way into the church and then take them back home with you following the party.

Sunday, November 10 – Giving Tree: It Starts with the Soil. While every day is a day of giving because God is generous all the time, on this special Sunday in the fall we set time apart in our worship and in our lives to reflect on God’s blessings, to give thanks, and then to make our financial pledge to the future ministry and mission of Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ. In honor of our commitment to the future, following worship we will plant a tree and a time capsule to be opened during the church’s 100th anniversary.

Sunday, November 24 - Pilgrim Sunday This Sunday before Thanksgiving we will honor our Congregational heritage with a Thanksgiving Day service reminiscent of our Pilgrim roots.

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December Throughout December, the beautiful Christmas tree which graces our historic sanctuary will be decorated as it might have been in 1923.

December 13 - December 15 – Anniversary Weekend Join us throughout the weekend for festivities which include an Anniversary Gala, a Mission Day, and a Worship Service of Celebration.

Friday, December 13 – Anniversary Gala This is the “party of the year.” The evening begins outdoors with a cocktail hour and silent auction to the music of our Community Arts ALL-STAR Jazz Ensemble. As the church doors are flung open, you will enter into the historic splendor and beauty of our historic sanctuary. The pews are coming out and tables are going in to welcome you to a delicious dinner with piano music by our own Grammyaward nominated Clay Ostwald and a presentation by historian Arva Parks, the author of numerous South Florida history books, including Miami, The Magic City and George Merrick’s Coral Gables. The evening is a fundraiser for the church. Tickets can be purchased at the church or online at The cost is $130 before October 14, or $150 after that date. This is an evening you will not want to miss.

Saturday, December 14 – 90-4-90 From the beginning, Gables UCC has always been about giving of your time in service to others. In honor of our 90th anniversary, all members and friends of the church are invited to give 90 minutes of their time towards a project that will make a difference in the community. A list of outreach projects will be available at the church or online at the website and Facebook page. Sign up; you can make a difference in 90 minutes. All participants will receive a free 90-4-90 Mission Day t-shirt.

Sunday, December 15 90th Anniversary Celebration Worship and Party Festive music, recollections of the past, prayers for the future, and an inspiring anniversary message are all part of a grand 90th anniversary worship celebration at 11:00 a.m. in the sanctuary. Following the service, all are invited to an Anniversary Chocolate Festival. Enjoy a chocolate fountain surrounded by chocolate treats of all sorts. Bring your favorite chocolaty brownies, fudge, cupcakes, mousse, etc., to share. It doesn’t get sweeter than this!

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Special Sundays

Worship with us throughout the fall. Each Sunday morning, two worship experiences are offered: 9:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

An intimate and meditative worship experience in Moye Chapel where Holy Communion is celebrated each week. Enjoy the coffee bar each Sunday.

We gather in the beauty of our historic sanctuary to be engaged in meaningful worship which feeds our spiritual hungers.

While each Sunday at Gables UCC is special, here is a list of some extra-special Sundays. Sunday, September 8 - Spirit Sunday The Family Tree: It Starts with the Soil is our theme as we gather on this annual Spirit Sunday and celebrate the many blessings of the church throughout our 90 years. Come and participate in spirit-filled worship with festive music at 11:00 a.m. Then join us for a potluck luncheon in the Fellowship Hall. Please bring an entrée to feed 8-10 people (such as fried chicken, lasagna, Cuban sandwiches, green salad, fruit salad, pasta salad, or your favorite vegetarian or vegan creation). Just drop it off in the kitchen before worship. Dessert and beverages will be provided. A morning not to be missed!

Sunday, October 13 - Hispanic Heritage Day Hola…and Hello. Join us on this day as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. There will be lots of inspirational bilingual music and worship, not to mention our always popular Cortadito Corner following worship.

Sunday, October 6 - World Communion Sunday Be with us as we join with Christians around the world in the celebration of the Lord’s Supper. Come and cherish the rich diversity of this congregation as we remember the many lands, peoples, cultures, and languages that will surround communion tables around the globe this day and right here in our own congregation. We will also receive the Neighbors in Need Offering, a special offering of the UCC that supports ministries of justice and compassion in the U.S.

Sunday, November 3 - All Saints Day On this day, we will commemorate All Saints Day by remembering those loved ones we have lost during the past year. As part of our recognition, candles will be lit for those who have passed away since November 2012. If you would like to remember a loved one, please contact Pastor Laurie at 305- 448-7421, ext. 116 or page 6


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Sunday, November 11 - Commitment Sunday Join us as we gather with grateful and generous hearts for our annual Commitment Sunday as we pledge ourselves to the future by contributing to the soil first laid 90 years ago. Our theme this year is It Starts with the Soil, as we celebrate the church’s presence and faithfulness, generation after generation. During our morning worship, you are invited to bring your pledges and offerings to support and shape the ministry of our church in 2013. A celebration will follow with a light luncheon on the Church Green.

Sunday, November 17 - National Adoption Day There are so many in our congregation who have been touched by adoption and foster care. On this day we will celebrate and recognize the great mystery and beauty of families coming together in this special way. Didiet Garrido-Blanco and Jason Bravo will celebrate the baptisms of Didiet and their newly adopted son. Learn more about the Foster Care System of Miami-Dade and how you can become a foster parent at a special Food for the Soul following worship. Joining us will be Andrea Mendez, Director of Quality Assurance of Our Kids, an agency dedicated to creating safe havens for children and families. If you have ever been curious about the foster care system or adoption, please join us to learn more. Whether single or partnered, gay or straight, all are welcome to consider building a family through adoption.

Sunday, November 24 - Thanksgiving Sunday On this day, we will honor our heritage with a Thanksgiving Day service reminiscent of our Pilgrim roots. Worshippers will be called to worship by the sounding of the conch shell and drum and church members in Pilgrim costumes will greet worshippers. While Thanksgiving Day services once did comprise an entire day, we will not go as far as to re-enact that. But we will we bring out the “ticklers” to awaken parishioners who have fallen asleep, so beware! Joining us on this day will be Priscilla Mullins Alden, an original Separatist who landed in the Plymouth Colony at the age of 18. Yes, she is very old today, but looks remarkably fit. The first Thanksgiving at Plymouth in 1621 commemorated survival more than a beautiful harvest. During the very hard winter of 1620, nearly half of the almost 100 people who arrived on the Mayflower died. While many succumbed to pneumonia or tuberculosis, others died of starvation. These men and women were religious separatists from England, willing to forsake their homeland and risk their lives to worship God in the way they chose. With our roots in Congregationalism, Thanksgiving is especially meaningful, so join us at the 9:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. worship services as we give thanks. Following the 11:00 a.m. service, join us for a Thanksgiving pie buffet. Please bring your favorite Thanksgiving pie to share at the coffee hour. Drop it off in the kitchen on your way in, and after worship enjoy a delicious piece (or two) of pie. page 7


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Neighbors in Need Special Offering

On Sunday, October 6, as part of our celebration of World Communion Sunday, we will receive the Neighbors in Need (NIN) special offering of the United Church of Christ. This offering supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. One-third supports the Council for American Indian Ministry of the UCC. Two-thirds of the offering is used to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects. Envelopes for your giving will be available in the church pews. Through your generosity and the generosity of so many members of the UCC nationwide, we can imagine that another world is possible.

Presents Two Distinguished Authors In the Sanctuary of Coral Gables UCC Monday, October 7 - Andrew Solomon, author of Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity, an informative and moving book that raises profound issues regarding the nature of love, the value of human life, and the future of humanity. Solomon is the author of the novel A Stone Boat and The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, winner of fourteen national awards, including the 2001 National Book Award, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and a New York Times bestseller, now published in twenty-two languages. Thursday, November 7 – Jon Meacham, author, most recently, of Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, a No. 1 New York Times bestseller that has been named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly, The Seattle Times, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Executive editor and executive vice president of Random House, Meacham is a contributing editor to Time magazine, a former editor of Newsweek, and has written for The New York Times and The Washington Post, among other publications. He is a regular contributor on Meet the Press, Morning Joe, and Charlie Rose. For more information, or tickets, please contact Books and Books at 305.442.4408. page 9


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You’ve read the bulletin bloopers in Laurie’s Lines. Here are a few that pertain specifically to church choirs. ~The senior choir invites any member of the congregation who enjoys sinning to join the choir. ~Eight new choir robes are currently needed, due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones.

Here at Gables UCC, we think singing is even more fun than sinning, and we do not believe that either new or returning members are in a state of decline. But, as we approach another choir season, we want to extend an invitation to all the folks of CGCC to help us expand our musical family. In this year when we celebrate ninety years of church growth, we would love to see that growth spill over into the music ministry program. Wednesday, September 4 is Back to Choir Night. The Adult Chancel and Bell Choirs continue to provide beautiful and varied music for the church at worship. Our three children’s and youth choirs play a leading role in Children’s Sabbath Sunday, in the Family Christmas Eve and Easter services, and other Sundays throughout the year, and will combine their talents for their annual spring musical. The stumbling block for some potential choir members is concern about the choir audition. The good news is there are no auditions for our choirs. All that is asked is that you show up with a song in your heart. There is room for all in the Gables UCC music ministry. There are songs to be sung and bells to be rung. Won’t you join us in the song? Wednesday Schedule for Children and Youth Choirs 6:15 p.m. – 6:55 p.m. Cherub Choir (K – Grade 2), Melissa Hernandez, Director, Room 5A Agape Choir (Grade 3 – 5), Alexandra Levin, Director, Music Room Cantate Choir (Grades 6 – 12, Anthony Cabrera, Director, Moye Chapel

Wednesday Schedule for Adult Chancel and Bell Choirs Adult Bell Choir, 6:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m., Ron Morgan, Director, Room 2 Chancel Choir, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m., Ron Morgan, Director, Music Room For more information about the Gables UCC choirs, please contact Ron Morgan, Director of Music Ministries, at or at 305-448-7421, ext. 121. I love to hear a choir. I love the humanity, to see the faces of real people devoting themselves to a piece of music. I like the teamwork. It makes me feel optimistic about the human race when I see them cooperating like that. page 10

~Paul McCartney

SPIRITUAL FORMATION September - November 2013


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Adult Spiritual Exploration

Being a “Just Peace” Church Sundays, September 15 - October 6 (4 Sessions) 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. in Havighorst Lounge Childcare Available Did you know that Coral Gables Congregational UCC voted back in 1986 to be designated as a Just Peace Church? Dr. Gail Burnaford will facilitate a four-week adult education series titled Being a ‘Just Peace’ Church: Connecting with Allies Locally and Globally. The series will begin with the exploration of peace in the Bible and as a tenet of the United Church of Christ. This year, the International Day of Prayer for Peace falls on September 21. We will discuss what that means for us individually and as a church community. On September 22, the series will continue with discussion about ecumenical, Jewish and Jewish/Israeli organizations that are working for peace specifically in the Middle East, including Americans for Peace Now, recommended by Amy Jill-Levine during her visits to the church this past winter. The third session on September 29, will focus on interfaith peace initiatives, including the Mennonite Central Committee, The Coalition of Women for Peace, and Interfaith Peace Builders who do amazing things to promote peace. The series will end on October 6, with an introduction to how churches are working together in Israel/ Palestine, celebrating peace theology and on-the-ground efforts for change. We will build a collection of important resources, websites, and insights to inform us as members and friends in a Just Peace Church. Come to one or all of the sessions and walk away with a sense of connection with our Just Peace Church, our peace community, and peace in the world. This series will prepare interested participants to eavesdrop on Pastor Guillermo Marquez-Sterling and Gail as they embark on a peace training expedition with Interfaith Peace Builders ( beginning on October 26, 2013 in Israel/Palestine. Pastor Guillermo and Gail will visit the West Bank and Gaza with international visitors, Israelis, and Palestinians who are in invested in promoting strategies of nonviolent resistance to promote peaceful change. Their trip will culminate at the Sabeel Ecumenical Center in Jerusalem for the 25th Anniversary of Palestinian Liberation Theology Conference ( Throughout the trip, they will be sharing experiences, insights, photos and film clips with the CGCC community.

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“3 x 5 - 3 Ways of Looking at 5 Christian Concepts” Sundays, October 13 - November 17 9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. in Havighorst Lounge This course will explore, over six weeks, five different Christian concepts from three different perspectives. The concepts of Atonement or blood sacrifice of Jesus; the Trinity; the existence of Evil; the meaning of Sacraments or worship liturgy; and the exclusivity of the Christian faith have confused, confounded and generally disturbed Christians and other spiritual seekers in the modern age. Whether it was our childhood upbringing in a particular sect, our yearning for credible answers in our youth, or our search for meaning and peace in our adult lives, we have often been unsatisfied by the dogma and explanations typically offered by the church in these ideas. By looking at them from three fresh perspectives – their origins (or non-existence) in the first century; their historical development in the fourth century and modern American evangelical era; and, in new, bold re-interpretations in the progressive church today – perhaps this class as a group can come to some bold, credible and inspirational understandings anew without shedding our faith altogether, as so many contemporaries among the “nones” have done. Here’s the rundown… October 13 – Introduction and orientation to a cross–historical study of classical concepts and their constructive alternatives October 20 – Atonement and the blood sacrifice of Jesus – Did Jesus really die to save us from our sins? October 27 – The Trinity – If we believe in one God why do we have three? November 3 – The Question of Evil – The freedom to be bad and other natural disasters. November 10 – Sacrament (and worship in general) – Channel of grace or empty ritual? November 17 – Faith and exclusivity – Is Jesus (Christianity) the only way, or the re-presentation of the only God who is alone the source of all religious expression. All class sessions will begin promptly at 9:45 a.m. Come early so you will have an opportunity to hear and see all the material presented including sound, video, oral presentation and discussion.

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Are you interested in deepening your faith? Would you like to be a part of some smaller groups devoted to spiritual growth? Then Mystic Mondays are for you. Join us each Monday evening at 7:00 p.m. as we explore faith in different ways. First Mondays (Oct. 7 and Nov. 4) - A Service of Communion and Anointing Are you looking for a way to center yourself and prepare for the week to come? On the first Monday of the month, join us at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel, for a simple 40-minute service of chanting, candle lighting, communion and anointing. If you are seeking time to be quietly apart, to pray and listen to God, and to be in the presence of a worshiping community, this service may be just what you are seeking. There is no “sermon,” no offering, no choir, no announcements – just simple worship.

Second Mondays (Sept. 9 and Oct. 14) - Prayer Shawl Ministry We gather to create beautiful prayer shawls to share with members of our church family who are ill or grieving or maybe even celebrating a special event. You do not have to know how to knit or crochet – someone will teach you. If you are looking for a ministry of prayer and care for others, this may be it. Come and help wrap someone in God’s love by creating a beautiful prayer shawl. We meet in the church library at 7:00 p.m. Lindsay Bordenkircher leads our group; and you can reach her at

Third Mondays (Sept. 16, Oct. 21, and Nov. 18) - Meditation Styles and Techniques Join Pastor Megan for a new meditation experience in Moye Chapel from 7:00 -8:00 p.m. each third Monday. September 16 - Candle Gazing October 21 - Mantra Meditation November 18 - Sacred Drawings-Mandalas (you do not need to be an artist to participate-Really! )

Fourth Mondays (Sept. 23, Oct. 28, and Nov. 25) - Praise, Prayer, and Potluck From 6:30-8:00 p.m. (begins ½ hour earlier) We will gather in Moye Chapel for a wonderful opportunity to get to know our church family better and to share food and faith together. Once a month, we meet to hear the faith journey of one of our members as we join around the supper table. If you are able, bring a dish to share. Drinks and tableware will be provided. Be prepared for a rich and rewarding evening in your community of faith. page As always, childcare will be provided. 13

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Fall Class Announced Eden Theological Seminary will offer a seminary level class, Texts that Change the World, taught by Dr. David Greenhaw, President of Eden Seminary, and Professor of Preaching and Worship. The class will take place: September 13-14 (Friday, 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.; Saturday 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.) October 4-5 (Friday, 6:00 p.m. -9:30 p.m.; Saturday 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.) October 25-26 (Friday, 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.; Saturday 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.) November 1-2 (Friday, 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.; Saturday 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.) If the Christian faith is not about changing the world, it has little resemblance to the Christ. But how do worlds change? This course will explore the relationship between texts (biblical, literary, political, poetic) that have and continue to change the world. Students will be expected to read, write, and speak with the hope of changing the world. This course is open to lay, ordained, and ministerial track candidates. It can be adapted (in consultation with the Professor) to meet the goals and objectives of a masters level course in Preaching. Eden Theological Seminary, with its main campus in the St. Louis area, is one of the seven affiliated seminaries of the United Church of Christ, and has been educating women and men for church leadership for over 160 years. Distinguished alumni include Reinhold Niebuhr, the author of the Serenity Prayer; H. Richard Niebuhr, one of the most important Christian theological-ethicists in 20th century America, best known for his books Christ and Culture and The Responsible Self, and Walter Brueggemann, the Old Testament scholar and prolific author. Eden offers Masters level courses that are hosted on the campus of Coral Gables Congregational UCC. In the 2013-2014 academic year, these courses will be taught by full-time Eden faculty. The courses will combine face-to-face classroom instruction with online learning. The courses may be applied to one of several degrees, including the Master of Divinity, Master of Arts, and the Doctor of Ministry.  Additionally, these courses will be available for non-degree-pursuing students who simply want to gain a deeper understanding of the many aspects of theology. Costs to take the course credit non-degree which can be transferred into a degree program is $1,485. The cost to audit the course has been reduced to $350. If you are interested in learning more about this program, you are invited to contact Carol Shanks at Eden’s Office of Admissions, 877.627.5652 or 314.918.2504. page 14



Meet new friends, enjoy the company of others, and get to know your church family. Join us for any of our various group activities. All are welcome!

XYZ (X-tra Years of Zest) Group This fall, there are several opportunities for our spirited and adventurous seniors (55 years old and above…or frankly, anyone of any age) to enjoy some of the many offerings of our South Florida community.

Outing to Actor’s Playhouse for Ruthless! The Musical Sunday, October 20 3:00 p.m. On Sunday, October 20, at 3:00 p.m. it’s off to the theatre as we go to the Actor’s Playhouse in Coral Gables for Ruthless! The Musical, which has been described as a gem of a satirical musical about the consuming drive for stardom. Move over Honey Boo Boo, this outrageous and hysterically funny runaway hit garnered rave reviews during its Off-Broadway run in the early 90s, and is ripe for a revival in today’s celebrity driven world. Tickets are a very reduced $25.00 and are available after worship each Sunday at the XYZ table or by contacting Pastor Laurie. You are also invited to take the shuttle from church, which will leave promptly at 2:30 p.m. So following worship that Sunday, stay for the chili cook-off, and then it’s off to a fun afternoon at the theatre. Tickets are limited, so get yours soon!

Outing to Fairchild Gardens Thursday, November 14 10:15 a.m. for the Shuttle or Meet at Fairchild Gardens by 11:45 a.m. On Thursday, November 14, join us for an outing at the beautiful Fairchild Gardens. The shuttle will leave the church at 10:15 a.m. or you can meet us there by 11:45 a.m. The tram will take us on a special tour inside the gardens. Then we will enjoy a brown bag lunch among the beautiful foliage and plants. The cost for the outing and lunch is just $20. Once again, please sign up after worship each Sunday at the XYZ table or by contacting Pastor Laurie.

Eighth Annual Overtown Holiday Spectacular Sunday, December 22 4:00 p.m. XYZ will attend the Eighth Annual Overtown Holiday Spectacular at the Historic St. Agnes’ Episcopal Church presented by the awardwinning Coral Gables UCC Community Arts Program Conservatory for the Arts. Mark your calendar!

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CONGREGATIONAL LIFE We are Out-of-the-Box People September - November 2013

Sisters On Sojourn

Saturdays, September 21, October 19, and November 16 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. in the Library All women, regardless of age, are invited to join in this relaxed and easy-going group with no rules, no dues, no officers. We are just women gathering together to hear each other’s stories, provide support and encouragement, and to occasionally learn something. A continental breakfast is provided, so roll out of bed, throw on your jeans, and be with some sisters on the journey. In September, our theme will be “What I did on my summer vacation,” as we gather back from our summer break. Did you see a magical sunset? Did you rest and relax? Did you read a great book? Did you travel to an exciting new place? We will catch up and check in with each other over a light breakfast. In October, Muslim women from the Ayatollah Center will be with us for an interfaith conversation. Questions? Contact Pastor Laurie at 305.448.7421 x 116 or Childcare is available by contacting Pastor Megan at 305.448-7421 x 119 or

Insignia Vocal Ensemble Presents Oliver Button is a Sissy

September 22 4:00 p.m. in the Coral Gables UCC Sanctuary

“The perfect way to start a conversation with your child about bullying – very engaging.” Based on the children’s book by author Tomie dePaola, and musical adaptation by Alan Shorter, this heart-warming musical follows the story of Oliver Button as he stands up to bullies, teaching children of all ages it’s OK to follow their own path. The cast will provide complimentary arts and crafts for the children during a reception after the performance. Price: $20.00 (12 and under free). For tickets go to www.miamigaychorus. org

GLBTQrst... Potluck

Sunday, September 29 Following 11:00 a.m. Worship Service at Pastor Laurie’s Home No matter what you are on the alphabet, you are invited to a gathering of all GLBTQ church members and friends and their allies at potluck brunch at the home of Pastor Laurie following 11:00 a.m. worship on Sunday, September 29. Drop off a favorite dish at her home before church; someone will be there to receive it. Then join us after worship for what is always a great time. For more information, call or text Harold Sloan-Marerro at 305.807.2369 or email him at

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The Fifth Monday: Women’s Night Out

September 30 6:30 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. at John Martin’s Upper Room

Following our successful first gathering last April, all women of the church are invited to join us for a light dinner and drinks and a timely and interesting conversation around a recent article in the New York Times Magazine entitled The Opt-Out Generation Wants Back In, by Judith Warner. In 2003 a New York Times Magazine cover story looked at women who decided to leave their jobs to stay at home with their children. Ten years later, Judith Warner revisits women from that story, now trying to restart their careers. She looks at the challenges of working mothers, the challenges of staying home, and how the changing economic landscape of the past decade has affected their home and working lives. Copies of the story are available on the desk outside of Pastor Laurie’s office, by contacting her at, and she will e-mail it to you. For dinner, you may choose from four salads, a glass of wine, beer or soft drink for $20 (tax and gratuity included). We will have a private room at John Martin’s Restaurant on Miracle Mile. Please RSVP after church on Sunday in the Fellowship Hall at the Women’s Night Out table, or contact Pastor Laurie. This is an evening for ALL women, whether you have opted in/opted out/or never had to opt – there are always plenty experiences and thoughts to share.

Church Night In Returns

Wednesday, September 4 Dinner is Served from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. $5 for adults; $3 for kids 12 and under Take-Out Available It’s back! One of our most popular programs is Church Night In and there are lots of reasons why: good food, warm fellowship, great programs, and no cooking! Come see old friends and meet new friends while gathering for a delicious dinner and a variety of activities from children’s choir to bell choir, to an occasional adult study. There are many options; just figure out what works for you and your family.

Called To Care… The Called to Care Team is a group of trained individuals who seek to serve, support, and care for church members and friends. They help visit our shut-ins and those hospitalized, send caring notes, provide support for folks faced with a variety of concerns, and pray for those in need. If you are interested in being trained for this very special ministry of our church, or if you have need of one of our trained volunteers please contact Pastor Laurie. Our next training session is on Saturday, September 28.

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CONGREGATIONAL LIFE We are Out-of-the-Box People September - November 2013

No Reservations

If you are 21–35, and want to find a place for nurturing your spirit while having fun, then No Reservations of Gables UCC is the place for you. We come from many paths of life to create a sense of community while engaging in positive social activism and change. We gather for lunch at a local restaurant each Sunday after the 11:00 worship service. Text Harold Sloan-Marrero at 305.807.2369 for the location or for more information.

Potluck Lunch at Pastor Laurie’s Home Sunday, October 6 After the 11:00 a.m. Service All participants in No Reservations are invited to Pastor Laurie’s home at 3131 De Soto Boulevard following worship for a potluck lunch and a planning meeting. Drop off a dish to share at her home before church; someone will be there to receive it. We’d love to have you join us!

Grovetoberfest Saturday, October 19 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Peacock Park $40 General Admission Join us at Peacock Park as we enjoy one of Coconut Grove’s most popular events, Grovetoberfest. Over 200 great beers from across the world are expected to be featured this year. Local breweries from right here in Miami-Dade county will also be participating. Other activities at Grovetoberfest include the Kitchen Lab where you will learn about cooking from award-winning chefs, Beer Tasting 101 hosted by FIU’s Beer Academy, and live music with fantastic performances throughout the entire event.

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CONGREGATIONAL LIFE September - November 2013

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Thinking About Becoming a Member of the Church?

Inquirers’ Gatherings Wednesday, September 4 6:00 p.m. in Havighorst Lounge Sunday September 15 or Sunday, October 20 12:15 p.m. in the Library

If you don’t want to check your mind at the church door….. If you know that God’s love embraces all people, no matter who they are… If you want religion with relevancy… If you believe that faith requires tenderness and courage, a kind of big love that is committed to changing people’s lives…ours and others… If you’ve wished for an open and embracing community of faith to nurture your spirit, grow your faith, and raise your children… Then we warmly invite you to help us build the family of Gables UCC. Come if you would like to inquire about becoming a member. Come if you just want to inquire more about who we are, what we stand for, and what we believe. This gathering will also give you a chance to meet some of our members and staff and give us an opportunity to meet you. Childcare and a light lunch will be provided. Contact Pastor Laurie at or 305.448.7421 ext. 116 to RSVP or for more information.

Hail to the Bus Drivers! Our bright red and white shuttle bus, adorned with still speaking commas and UCC logos, is a vital part of our ministry. We currently have only three licensed drivers— Alice Keller, Ron Morgan, and Dennis Rodrigues. Our drivers have transported folks to Peace River canoe trips, Florida UCC youth events, XYZ outings at the Gusman Theater, Christmas caroling parties, and a variety of other events. Unlike the driver in the Hail to the Bus Driver song, the one who “drinks, and cusses, and stinks up the busses,” we offer dignified, extravagant welcome, and radical hospitality for all church transportation needs. To expand our transportation offerings for ministry, we need more drivers. Accompanied by members of our Called to Care Team, we would like to send the bus out on Sunday mornings to pick up members and friends who may have trouble getting themselves to and from church. We would like to enhance our outreach to local university students, and have enough drivers to imagine what’s possible for future ministry. We help drivers acquire a Florida Class C Commercial Driver’s License, which involves passing a written test and a driving skills test. We provide you with online tutorial programs for the written test, take you to the Florida DMV for your driving test, and pay all fees involved in getting licensed. Please contact Ron Morgan at if you are interested in becoming one of our drivers. page 19

CHILDREN & YOUTH We are Out-of-the-Box People September - November 2013

Sunday School


Sunday Mornings 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Childcare is available for infants to five-year-old children during our 9:00 a.m. Chapel service. Children six and older are invited to attend this 45 minute service with their families. Childcare is available for infants to two-year-old children at our 11:00 a.m. worship service. Sunday School is available for children and youth from 3-18 years old. Childcare is available for infants and toddlers in our Nursery (Room 1).

Sunday School Room Schedule Pre-K 2 meets in Room 3

Grades 2 -3 meet in Room 5

Pre-K 3 and Pre-K 4 meet in Room 4

Grades 4 - 5 meet in Room 5A

Kindergarten and Grade 1 meet in Room 2

Middle School meets in Youth Room 6A Senior High meets in Youth Room 6B

BIBLE SUNDAY-October 20 during the 11:00 a.m. Service: Come and celebrate this rite of passage as all our third Graders will receive the gift of a Bible from our Church.

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September - November 2013

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Our Whole Lives

Sexual Education Course for Middle School Youth Sundays, September-December 2013 Our Whole Lives is a positive, comprehensive, and age-appropriate educational program that promotes sexual health. Its primary goals are to provide accurate, developmentally-appropriate information, to increase self esteem, to understand relationships with and toward others, to develop interpersonal skills including communication, decision making and problem solving, and to teach responsibility for personal health and safety. Parents of middle school youth grades 6 - 8 are invited to a Parent Information Session on Sunday, August 25, at 12:30 p.m. in Room 2 of the Arts & Education Wing to learn about the course. Childcare is provided. Please come and meet our instructors and learn more about this program. Bagels and juice will be provided. ***The complete course for these youth will be held on Sundays beginning September 15-Decemeber 15 (12 sessions). The classes will be held in Room 6A from 12:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m., each Sunday and will include lunch (donated by parents). A parental permission form must be signed for youth to participate in this program.

Girl Scout Troop 950 Discover the fun and friendship of Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida! Troop 950 Junior Girl Scouts (ages 8 & 9) and Daisies (ages 6 & 7) meet every other Friday at 6:00 p.m. at Coral Gables Congregational UCC. To join us for an exciting year of scouting, contact Sidney or Kimberly at or

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CHILDREN & YOUTH We are Out-of-the-Box People September - November 2013


More than Just a Trip Reflections of a Transformational Journey by Pastor Guillermo

According to the Gospel of Matthew 18:3 Jesus said, Unless you turn and become like a child, you will never enter the Kingdom of God. I have understood that passage to mean that we must hold on to a child-like sense of wonder about the world and life. This past summer my understanding of that passage deepened when I led the Youth Mission Trip to learn about (and advocate against) Mountain Top Removal Coal Mining (MTR). The deeper understanding is one that was expected, since mission trips are supposed to be transformational, but honestly, it caught me by surprise. Mountain Top Removal Coal Mining; Wise, VA

It began in the southwestern tip of Virginia, when we met Mr. Kilgore, an 80-ish-year-old man who has lost his vision and suffers from Black Lung, due to all the years of working in a coal mine. Mr. Kilgore described in detail the pain of witnessing the mountains of his beloved youth get blown up and bulldozed until only a crater remained. Our youth connected with Mr. Kilgore the way a child connects with a grandfather. Then his tears began to flow, and our hearts were opened. We felt his pain and the sin of MTR was palpable. We left our visit with Mr. Kilgore in silence, not really sure what to say, and we drove to a location where we could view the damage on a mountain that is currently being removed. The mountain, cleared of the forest, soil and layers of decaying organic material; cleared of all the animals, birds and humans that used to inhabit it, was no longer a mountain. It was a corpse. The youth registered the upsetting impact of this view in a variety of ways. A few cried, openly. Many were silent. All were outraged. Later that evening, when we spoke about what we witnessed, the youth voiced their disillusionment with the U.S. government: This is so wrong! How could they allow this to happen? Why doesn’t somebody do something to stop this? That is when I uncovered the deeper meaning behind the words of Jesus. It is not until we can feel the pain of disillusionment and betrayal like a child; it is not until we can see plainly the wrongs committed by society that values energy over environment, that we can enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

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Meeting with Mr. Kilgore, resident of Wise, VA

We need to open the eyes of the nation to the crimes being committed against nature and help them see with the eyes of a child that it is wrong. Because we just might be asked if we, as a nation, collectively, have earned the right to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.


EarlyChildhoodCenter Welcome Janet Hiles The New Director of the Early Childhood Center of Gables UCC

September - November 2013

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After having been a part of this remarkable school community for the past 16 years, I am both thrilled and honored to become the new director of the Early Childhood Center. The staff and I are committed to maintaining the same core values that Barbara instilled for the last 39 years - putting the needs of the children first, building community, creating childhood memories and giving each of the children who pass through our gates the opportunity to grow, explore and flourish in a safe and loving environment. The Early Childhood Center is a vital ministry of our church. I hope that over the next few years, the church and preschool will continue to grow closer together by knowing, respecting and advocating for each other’s programs. As the Preschool Director, and as a member of CGCC for 18 years, I would like all of our church members to know about ECC and to make it part of their church identity. I am especially pleased to tell the church community that ECC has just received our new 5 year re-accreditation with the National Association for the Education of Young Children. NAEYC is the leading national early childhood professional organization, which sets the highest standards for early childhood education, assesses school adherence to best practices, and monitors them for ongoing compliance and continued improvement. In 1993, we became the third preschool in Miami-Dade County to be accredited by NAEYC. It was a significant achievement for the staff, then-director, Barbara Watson, and the Preschool Advisory Board headed by Paula King. This year marks our 20th year of continuous accreditation, which is the result of an exceptional level of work, dedication and professionalism on the part of our teachers, staff and administration for the past two decades. Why should church members care about NAEYC accreditation? • It provides solid evidence of the quality program and services that our church, through the Early Childhood Center, provides to young families and their children. • It speaks to our responsiveness to advances in early childhood research, to the needs of our families, and to our commitment to ongoing improvement. • It indicates the Early Childhood Center’s inclusion and participation in the wider community of early childhood advocacy, working to raise standards for all children, in accordance with our church’s mission. The parents of ECC put tremendous trust in our staff to care for their children and to provide the best early learning experience for them that we possibly can. We hope you will visit us to see why. Our new school year begins on August 26. The best time for a tour is usually between 9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. I hope to see you soon! Janet Hiles, Director

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New Economic Justice Ministry: Back on Track Network

Kick-Off Celebration Tuesday, September 17 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in Havighorst Lounge

Back on Track Network is a faith-based, career support organization offering spiritual, motivational and practical techniques and best practices to individuals in various stages of career transition. Founded in 2001 at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, this ministry has served more than 1000 individuals over the past 12 years. If you are interested in learning more about Back on Track, becoming part of the mission to serve others in your community, or just want to help us celebrate the beginning of this new chapter/ministry, please join us on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm in Havighorst Lounge and set your calendars for every first and third Tuesday of every month for Back on Track events. For more information contact Michael Keane at

It’s a Chili Cook-Off

Sunday, October 20 After the 11:00 a.m. Service

Do you have a taste for chili? Can you recognize good chili when you taste it? Do you love a good competition between amateur chefs who think they know how to cook chili? Well then, this fun competition is for you. It’s our second annual Chili Cook–Off. All proceeds from this cook-off go toward Our Church’s Wider Mission (OCWM). OCWM strengthens the ecumenical relationships and global partnerships of the UCC by providing resources and programs to nurture the vitality of our United Church of Christ congregations. OCWM is responsible for funding, on an annual basis, the work of the church in areas such as justice and witness, disaster relief, global mission work, educational materials for Bible study and congregational life, as well as providing resources for churches in the midst of transition or crisis. If you have attended the last two Chili Cook-Off competitions, then you will remember the prize winning chili of Josef Spencer, the “knock-your-socks off chili” made by brothers-in-law Rick Walters and Lars Hafner, and the vegetarian chili of Noel Cleland or the Marquez-Sterling family. So come and have a good time and enjoy prize winning chili in the fun atmosphere of our church community.

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JUSTICE & WITNESS We are Out-of-the-Box People September - November 2013

Food for the Soul Fall Series

12:30 p.m. in the Chapel A light lunch is provided. $5 donation suggested The Board of Justice and Witness invites you to participate in an educational program, Food for the Soul, that explores an issue of social or economic justice within the context of the Christian church. Join us this fall season for what is guaranteed to be meaningful experience.

Living with a Disability in the Magic City Sunday, September 29 Speaker: Kelly Greene from the Center for Independent Living of South Florida South Florida is known nationwide for its palm trees, beachwear and glamorous young people with expensive toys. It certainly seems that the local government is often trying to promote that image and allocating funds for that portion of the population. But what about the many residents that are disabled and don’t fit that magazinecover image? What is it like to be disabled in the Magic City? Kelly Greene is a woman with an impressive 30 year history advocating for the human rights of people who live with disabilities. She is active in many civil rights organizations and is an influential advocate promoting disability rights in Miami-Dade County.

My Waiter Has the Flu Sunday, October 13 Speaker: Fred Frost Ever wonder why the flu spreads so quickly and is so difficult to control? One reason is that many people with the flu cannot afford to stay at home to recover. If they do, they will lose pay; or worse, their job. Half of Miami-Dade workers do not have the right to paid time off for illness, including 80% of workers in our hotels and restaurants. Paid sick days improve public health, boost children’s school performance, and improve employee productivity. Join us at Food for the Soul on October 13 when Fred Frost, former president of the South Florida AFL-CIO and current Director of Governmental Affairs for South Florida Voices for Working Families, will speak to the reality of many employees who are not given paid sick days. Food for the Soul is an educational program from the Board of Justice and Witness, where we provide a light lunch with a heavy presentation on issues of justice.

The Foster Care System in Miami-Dade County Sunday, November 17 Speaker: Andrea Mendez, Director of Quality Assurance of Our Kids There are more than 7,600 children in foster care in Florida. They are newborns, toddlers, school-aged and teens. They come from all different backgrounds and speak several languages. Some have many siblings, some have special needs. All need love. Needed are foster parents as diverse as the kids in foster care and individuals and families who can provide a safe and loving home to a child in need in every community in this state. page 28

Come hear about the foster care system in Florida, and especially Miami-Dade County, and what you might do to support these children and young people.

JUSTICE & WITNESS September - November 2013

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Circles of Dialogue: Peace in the Middle East

Saturdays, October 19, 26 and November 2, 16

Margaret Mead wrote, Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. To help the thoughtful committed citizens of our church change the world, the Board of Justice and Witness has launched Circles of Dialogue, an educational program designed to promote stimulating dialogue while also enjoying good socializing. We offer some food, good wine and refreshments with friends who are willing to learn and join in dialogue about a pressing justice issue – a winning combination. This year, the Circles of Dialogue will be about the environmental threats to South Florida and the world. Consequently, we will have two dialogue opportunities in October that focus on the environmental threats at the local level and then two other dialogue opportunities in November that focus the conversation to threats at the global level. To sign up for a Circles of Dialogue visit the Justice &Witness table in the Fellowship Hall after a Sunday worship or contact Meribeth Shank at Dialogue #1 – Addicted to Oil – A 12 Step program to lower our dependency on fossil fuel energy: October 26 and November 16 Dialogue #2 – The Ripple Effect – How the fragile water sources of Florida are in peril: October 19 and November 2

Going Green We are continuing our goal to be green throughout the year seeking to save not only the earth’s resources but also the church’s own financial resources by going to an almost-quarterly newsletter rather than a monthly one to reduce costs and use of energy, paper, and ink. For up-to-the-moment news and information: • visit, • read Laurie’s Lines,* • check the bulletin boards around the church, or go to our Facebook page ( Also, for those who wish to participate, there are paperless bulletins every Sunday. Simply scan the QR (Quick Response) code available as you come in the Sanctuary, or enter the link provided into your device’s browser. You will then instantly download the week’s bulletin to your device, while simultaneously saving the earth’s resources. There will also be opportunities for congregational participation using your smartphone or tablet device, so don’t forget your technology in worship! page 29

JUSTICE & WITNESS We are Out-of-the-Box People September - November 2013

Looking for Peace in All the Right Places

Pastor Guillermo and Gail Burnaford Travel to the Middle East October 26 - November 27 Guillermo and Gail Burnaford will be traveling to Israel/Palestine as members of a peace delegation with Interfaith Peace Builders (IFPB). They will also spend a week participating in the Palestinian Liberation Theology Conference sponsored by Sabeel Theological Ecumenical Center. Their trip, October 26 – November 27, will be instrumental to build bridges and to develop interfaith dialogue in South Florida about the tensions in the Middle East. This is an exciting and new opportunity for Gables UCC to become a leader in the faith community regarding the practice of nonviolence and peaceful interfaith dialogue. As part of the peace delegation with IFPB, they will receive nonviolence training in the West Bank. Upon their return to Gables UCC, they will share their new knowledge with the congregation and help build new relationships with the interfaith community. Follow their blogs and progress at and don’t forget to join us in worship on October 20 as we send them with love to Palestine.

Pause for Peace & Check-In for Peace

Saturdays, September 21

Prayer, sometimes it is all we have; sometimes it is all we need. The Near East Peace Project, a committee of the Board of Justice and Witness, is asking that we pause and take a minute of our day to pray for peace. The International Day of Prayer for Peace is on Saturday, September 21. Join the congregation and the world in prayer and then check in with us on Facebook and let us know that you paused for peace. You can check in on Facebook by going to

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WELLNESS OFFERINGS September - November 2013


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September 9 - November 25 - All Classes in the Chapel

Yoga poses help develop a strong, healthy body by enhancing flexibility and improving circulation. Be good to yourself , choose a class; make it a precious part of your weekly schedule, and reap yoga’s rich benefits!

Free Yogic Breathing Class No Cost Monday Mornings, 8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Are you stressed? Yogic breathing is the answer. In yoga, we breathe deeply and slowly - in a more relaxed manner. Because you get more air into your lung with each breath, you don’t have to breathe as quickly. Your breathing slows down. The relaxation response kicks in. It’s almost magical: a simple thing like breathing correctly alters your consciousness and transforms stress into peace and quiet. Deep, conscious breathing reduces stress and many diseases. With a little practice, you can take the breathing from the classroom to your world and feel its powerful effects.

Hatha Yoga Class $12.00 per Session Monday Mornings, 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. These 90 minute classes are suited for most people and are open to all. Each class encourages proper breathing, flexibility, strength and vitality in the body while calming the mind. All classes are $12.00 per person. There are no classes on Monday, September 2 or Monday, November 11.

Chi Gong

Saturdays, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the Chapel $12.00 per Session (No class on September 7 or October 5) Taught by Eugene Donaldson Qi GONG (CHI GONG) is a personal body/mind/spirit practice developed over many generations in ancient China. Its purpose is to preserve one’s health through enhancing the immune system, improving physical/ mental balance, disciplining the mind to operate within the body framework. All systems are positively affected with these typically slow conscious movements that automatically create mindfulness and perception of one’s Life Force and spiritual dimension. Eugene has been a practitioner for over 35 years studying with various master teacher’s training in a Qi Gong hospital in Beijing, China and five years as a Qi Gong instructor at the Pritikin Longevity Center. Do you want to regain agility, mental clarity, physical balance and spiritual calm?  Qi Gong is a well proven tool.

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Fridays, 7:00 p.m. In Havighorst Lounge $10.00 per Session Taught by Skyler Rodgers Looking for a fun and upbeat way to get in shape? Check out the cardio hip-hop class SkyBeat! SkyBeat cardio hip-hop is a fun and hip class that combines elements of aerobics and basic Hip Hop dance. Using current, upbeat music, the class is exciting, up lifting, and a great workout.  SkyBeat classes will be offered at Coral Gables Congregational UCC every Friday at 7:00 p.m. Classes are $10/person, cash only please. The class is geared towards adults of all abilities and strengths, but children high school age and up are also welcome. Skyler Rodgers, a fitness professional and dancer/choreographer, will be leading the classes. Skyler currently teaches SkyBeat classes at some of the most prestigious gyms in the Miami area. This class is suited to anyone and everyone regardless of how much you currently workout. Don’t hesitate to join in the fun! We hope to see you on Friday nights, busting a move and getting a great workout while having tons of fun!

Endlessly Organic

We are partnering with Endlessly Organic, an organic produce buying club to offer pre-selected organic produce boxes. You may choose to order any of the boxes below. Medium Mixed Share: A mix of 4-5 fruits & 7-10 vegetables. It contains enough to feed a household of 1-2; $35 + $5 pre-pack = $40. Large Mixed Share: A mix of 4-5 fruits & 7-10 vegetables. It contains enough organic produce to feed a household of 3-4; $50 + $5 pre-pack = $55. Juicer’s Box: A variety of 8-10 different fruits/green, specifically for juicing; $35 + $5 pre-pack = $40. Fruit Lover’s Box: A variety of 6-8 seasonal fruits; $35 + $5 pre-pack = $40.

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FAMILY ALBUM September - November 2013

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Skip Pita 9/2 Barbara Brown 9/3 Maria Marquez-Sterling 9/3 Arnold Elguezabal 9/4 Elena Korallis 9/4 Rosa Royo 9/4 Dorothy Thorburn 9/4 John Miller 9/5 Brian Luna 9/6 Guillermo Marquez-Sterling 9/6 Grady Martinez 9/7 Maureen O’Rourke-Lewis 9/7 Asela Alonso 9/9 Janice Barnes 9/10 Diana Watkins 9/10 Keri Kettle 9/11 Laura Ortiz 9/11 Kathy-Ann Marlin 9/12 Cristina Garcia-Granda 9/13 Gloria Villa 9/13 Samantha Wasson 9/13 Mike Turek 9/14 Carol Fifield 9/15 Derrick Orosa 9/15 Amaya Rodrigues 9/15 Isabelle Calderon 9/16 Janna Vick 9/16 Didiet Garrido-Blanco 9/17 Jorge Ortiz 9/17 Lee Adams-Dandes 9/18 Christopher McKay 9/18 Cristina Jimenez 9/19 Jennifer Langer-Osuna 9/23 Mark Abrams 9/24

Annika Grant 9/24 Susan Ireland 9/24 Andrea Martini-Qureshi 9/24 Douglas Kellner 9/26 Liz Mabry 9/26 Noemi Escandell 9/27 Vilma Dailey 9/28 Grace Fink 9/28 Debbiesiu Lee 9/29 Cindy Rowe 9/29 Susan Snook 9/30 Diane Miller 10/6 Lois Legge 10/7 Benjamin Bax 10/9 Bleu Waters 10/9 Alicia Gonzalez 10/11 Janell Penton 10/12 Ken Baxter 10/13 Meribeth Shank 10/14 Ioana Cioc 10/15 Mario Landera 10/15 Robert Loupo 10/15 Mickey Estefan 10/20 Alice Horn 10/20 Sandra Faillace 10/22 Camila Matas Lupi 10/22 Miranda Blaeuer 10/24 Kira-Shanti Korallis 10/25 Margaret Roles 10/25 Beverly Ross 10/25 Clayton Odor 10/27 Arden Shank 10/28 Charlotte De las Casas 10/29 Bonnie Smith 10/29

John Carson 10/31 Michael Wasson 10/31 Diego Alonso 11/3 Charles Scurr 11/3 Marlene Ostwald 11/4 Donna Pace 11/6 Amanda Brown 11/7 Eddie Hernandez 11/8 Helen Fichtner 11/10 Eduardo Julio 11/11 Julian Palmer 11/11 Clinton Payne 11/11 Erika Alonso 11/12 Dana Viggiano 11/12 Connie Carreras 11/13 Linda Spears-Bunton 11/14 Carol Krech 11/15 Seth Patterson 11/16 Rafael Santana 11/17 Judy Arthur 11/18 Danielle Sweeney 11/18 Linda Caffrey 11/22 Martin Flesh 11/22 Tina Scott 11/22 Mary Brant 11/23 Robert Platz 11/23 Anthony Cabrera 11/25 Alfredo Iglesias 11/26 Les Persan 11/28 Joan Robertson 11/29 Frank Weiss 11/29 Lyle Culver 11/30 Tim Knoll 11/30 page 33


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We are Out-of-the-Box People September - November 2013

Stewardship Season Coral Gables is known for its tropical flowering trees, swaying palms, and giant banyan trees, many of which have stood the test of time. On the occasion of our 90th Anniversary, we might compare Coral Gables Congregational UCC to a tree nurtured over many years, from a seed to a sapling to the shady arbor of today. Generations before us have enabled us to tend this tree, which has borne much fruit, including a growing, faithful, vibrant church today. Our ministry is not simply focused on the smaller shoots that sprout from our tree. Our limbs come in all shapes and sizes, some thick and prominent, some lithe and limber, some gnarled and hale, and some obscured by many leaves. They are interconnected and spring from the same well-tended trunk, and they are spreading slowly but steadily to encompass an ever widening garden. Beginning in late October, watch for letters, bulletin inserts, and lots of other helpful information and invitations about giving and sharing your resources so that the work of our beloved church will continue with vision, compassion and faithfulness. Listen for sermons, music, and prayer that will support you in your decision making. And watch for other ways by which you can express your love for this church. And then, please join us in helping to nurture Coral Gables Congregational UCC’s tree on Sunday, November 10, for our annual Consecration Sunday as we receive your pledges, tithes, and financial gifts for the coming year.

The Legacy Fund Committee of Gables UCC invites you to attend an Estate Planning Seminar Sunday, September 22 Immediately Following 11:00 a.m. worship An informal workshop presented by Howard Lerner of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. A light lunch will be provided.

Thank You! No Reservations would like to thank everyone who donated school supplies to the 2013 School Supply Fundraiser organized by Start Off Smart, Inc. (SOS). Over 350 supplies such as backpacks, pencils, erasers, pens, paper, and binders were collected here at Gables UCC. In addition, $400 was received and went directly to purchasing additional supplies. More than 500 children in the Homestead/South-Dade area who have been exposed to domestic and/or sexual abuse benefited from your generosity. page 36

Music and the Arts September - November 2013

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The Community Arts Program (CAP) 2013 Summer Concert Series It Sure DID Swing Some Soul! What a terrific CG-UCC Community Arts Program (CAP) 2013 Summer Concert Series! This year’s series, titled Then Swings My Soul, presented some of the world’s finest classical and jazz artists. From an incredible June 13 opening with jazz vocalist Catherine Russell (fronted by our very own CAP ALL-STAR Jazz Ensemble) to pianist Orli Shaham’s intriguing recital, critics’ rave reviews of Pepe Romero’s stunning guitar recital, the “smokin’” Brubeck Brothers Quartet, the incredible big band sounds of the Alan Baylock Jazz Orchestra and a stellar John Pizzarelli bringing down the house, it sure DID swing some soul! June 13 through August 22, more than 2,000 people passed through our doors for a CAP Summer Concert Series touted by critics as “THE summer place for great concerts….” Moreover, we were brimming with an extravagant welcome and spirit that make Coral Gables United Church of Christ one special place! Here’s to the 29th Community Arts Program (CAP) Summer Concert Series in 2014! John Pizzarelli Closed a Remarkable CAP 2013 Summer Concert Series!

Join the CAP ALL-STAR Jazz Ensemble for Sundays on the Porch with George On Sunday, October 13 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., the Merrick House Governing Board and the City of Coral Gables will showcase the Gables UCC CAP ALL-STAR Jazz Ensemble in concert as part of a series of events called Sundays on the Porch with George. The concert will take place on the grand porch of the Merrick House, located at 907 Coral Way in Coral Gables. The series is designed to bring music, art, poetry and educational themed events to citizens of our city. The purpose of the series is also to expose residents to the beautiful House and gardens and to the history of Coral Gables’ founders. Join the Gables UCC CAP ALL-STAR Jazz Ensemble on October 13 for Sundays on the Porch with George. The 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. time frame will feature the CAP ALL-STARS in two 45-minute sets with, in between sets, a guided tour of the property and house. Food trucks will be on site for refreshments. The concert is free. Tours of the property and Merrick House are $5.00 for adults, seniors/students/group tour rate $3.00, children 6 - 12 $1.00, children 5 and under are free. Swing on over!

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Music and the Arts We are Out-of-the-Box People September - November 2013

CAP Young Musicians’ Orchestras, ALL-STAR Jazz Ensemble & Jazz PREP Band Poised and Ready for Action! The CAP Young Musicians’ Junior and Intermediate Orchestras, Advanced Chamber Orchestra, ALL-STAR Jazz Ensemble and— our newest edition—the Jazz PREP Band, are soon to begin their 2013-2014 rehearsal and performance schedules. Another season takes flight on Thursday, September 5. Each Thursday evening through May 2014, these ensembles will meet within the Gables UCC Arts & Education wing rehearsal spaces. If you, or someone you know, is interested in joining, we’d love to hear. And now, it’s easier than ever. Visit at the home page, click on the “Jazz Ensembles” or “Young Musicians’ Orchestras” icon; then apply to be part of all the music making and learning. You’ll be contacted upon receipt of your online application. This year’s schedule includes a 4:00 p.m., Sunday, December 22 Overtown Holiday Spectacular! (back by popular demand!) at the Historic St. Agnes’ Episcopal Church; a Sunday, October 13 All that Jazz concert at the Merrick House; two live, one-hour radio shows on WDNA; a recording for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington; a Saturday, May 17 Family Concert in our sanctuary and, along the way, invaluable learning experiences for children and youth.

Accepting Applications for the 2013-2014 CAP Saturday Music Classes Beginning in October, the Gables UCC Community Arts Program (CAP) Conservatory for the Arts offers its exciting Saturday Music Classes for Miami-Dade County children and youth. The CAP Conservatory for the Arts Saturday Music Classes meets October through April within the in-kind classroom spaces on the Ransom Everglades Upper School campus in Coconut Grove. Each Saturday, a diverse group of Miami-Dade children attends CAP Saturday Music Classes. There, they engage in top-notch instrument training—violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar, piano, woodwind, brass, percussion, and voice—coupled with classes in written and aural music theory, performance practice and 360-Forums (where parents attend classes with their children) taught by our 21-member (and growing) music faculty. If you have, or know of, a child (ages 5-18) ready for challenging, exhilarating and well-rounded music learning, call the Community Arts Program at 305.448.7421, x 120. Additional information and application are also available at At the home page, click on the “Saturday Music Classes” icon and apply to be part of a great music-learning experience.

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Music and the Arts September - November 2013

We are Out-of-the-Box People

Community Arts Program (CAP) Conservatory for the Arts Faculty Spotlight: Meet Luis Fernandez LUIS FERNANDEZ is one of seven string faculty members in the CAP Conservatory for the Arts. Luis was born in Caracas, Venezuela, where he began violin studies through the El Sistema music program and the Academia Latinoamericana del Violín. After immigrating to the United States, he studied at the New World School for the Arts with Thomas Moore.  He then earned the Master of Music degree at the University of Florida, where he served as first violin of the Nuevo Mundo quartet-in-residence.  The quartet opened the Hot Springs Summer Music Festival to critical acclaim, and was one of three ensembles selected to participate in the Aspen Music Festival’s prestigious Center for Advanced Quartet Studies.  Most recently, Luis studied at the University of Miami, where he earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in instrumental performance.  Luis is a very active soloist and has won several concerto competitions. With his wife, soprano Anna Hersey, he is co-founder of Northern Lights Chamber Music, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing Scandinavian chamber music to a wider audience.  Luis is also a teaching artist with the Miami Music Project and on the faculty of Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (Michigan), where he has been invited to implement the teaching techniques of Venezuela’s renowned El Sistema. Luis brings his varied background, talent and expertise to the CAP Conservatory for the Arts. We’re thrilled to have Dr. Fernandez on board!


Fridays, September 13, October 11, and November 8 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel One of the highlights of last year was the addition of our Candlelight Concert series, which was produced and performed by our Parish Musician, Dr. Greg Taylor. In the beautiful candlelight of Moye Chapel, Greg brought us several beautiful piano recitals and a concert by the Bergonzi String Quartet. As the word spread about the beauty of these evenings, the concerts developed an increasingly enthusiastic and loyal following. Please join us for lovely evenings of soothing and beautiful music. Freewill donations will be gratefully received.

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The Good Tidings - September - November 2013 Edition  

The Good Tidings is the official newsletter for Coral Gables United Church of Christ.

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