Pastor’s Notes

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Easter Is One Amazing Story

On Easter Sunday My practice is to read the passages from at least two gospels, this year both Mark and John. In both gospel stories, women are at center stage and, for all intents and purposes, challenged to be the first messengers of the “great commission” to go and tell the world well before this […]

Entering Back Into the Story


As we come out of our Lenten time of internal reflection—a necessary focus on ourselves—we step back into the story of Jesus. Suddenly, as we begin Holy Week with Palm Sunday, we find Jesus making broad, increasingly public and controversial demonstrations in the big city of Jerusalem in the middle of Passover (the height of […]

Looking Back, Looking Forward

Last Sunday we talked about looking back and looking forward, something we all do this time of year. Many of us look back and don’t like what we see of ourselves, so we begin the new year with lots of “resolutions,” committing most commonly to things like losing weight, eating better, exercising more, etc. I, […]

All Saints Sunday

All Saints Sunday This Sunday we celebrate All Saints Sunday. It is a day to recognize and remember the loved ones we lost in the past year. It is a day of healing from our losses, and a day to honor those that have done the most for us throughout our lives. We will be […]

Installation of Rev. Gaye Bosley-Mitchell


Sunday, October 8th, 2016, at 3 p.m. Members of the Community Congregational Church, the Southeastern Association, the Rocky Mountain Conference of the UCC (RMUCC), visiting pastors, members of the Bosley-Mitchell family, and esteemed members of the Manitou Springs community will all be in attendance at Gaye’s installation as our full-time, settled minister. The Rev. Erin Gilmore, RMUCC Associate […]

Another Horrific Event


Monday morning, we all woke up to the news that hits in the gut—the all-too-familiar tragedy; another mass shooting. It breaks my heart that we can so casually say “another” teamed up with such a horrific event that we can scarcely understand it. Yet, we do. Being from Florida, this news immediately took me back […]

Ice Cream vs. Brussels Sprouts


Have you ever had one of those days where the cook in your household says “What would you like for dinner?” You respond something like “Meatloaf! I love meatloaf.” Then, much to your chagrin, your cook says “Great! We’re having Liver & Onions!!!” You sit back and wonder if you really want to eat, even […]