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Find a Moment to be Still!

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A Loving Note From
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson and Rev. Vickie Miller
December 2018
Dear Congregation Family and Friends,
Silent Night, Holy Night
All is Calm, All is Bright
‘Round yon Virgin, Mother and Child.
Holy Infant, so tender and mild
Sleep in Heavenly Peace, Sleep in Heavenly Peace.
This season, we have been worshipping and preaching around the theme, “Calm and Bright,” to celebrate the 200
th
anniversary of this most beloved Christmas carol.
Join us on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24 at 6 PM at SunCoast MCC to celebrate with our MCC church in Stuttgart, Germany, as they sing the song for us in German. Of course there will be candles, special music and an open communion.
Our season comes to fulfillment on Christmas Eve.
MCC offered a “virtual” retreat for all our pastors, during Advent about “being still.” It has been a wonderful time of connecting and reminding our busy pastors not to be too busy … to stop and be still. It is in those moments that God can reach us, if we are open.
This season can be difficult for all of us with all the extra things to do, people and family to visit and events to attend. 
One thing SunCoast Church can offer to anyone who comes to a Church service, watches us by live stream or views us on Facebook is an opportunity to be still, to pray, to receive communion, to listen to words and feelings that may have not had a chance to surface in a busy week.
 
The church can be counter-cultural in this way – a response to the constant, 24 hour a day, multi-tasking, rushing reality that is life in the 21
st
century for many of us.
Find a moment and take a break for stillness in the days ahead, as the New Year approaches. Turn off your car radio, take a break from the news, re-visit a book that inspires you or sit with a friend or family member, quietly, who does not need to be entertained. Or, an old-fashioned idea, come to a welcoming church service and still your mind and your heart. 
We are here for you!  
 
Blessings to you and your friends and family! 
Grace and Peace,
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Rev. Vickie Miller
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Happy Thanksgiving!

A Loving Note From
Rev. Vickie Miller and Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson
November 19, 2018
Dear Congregation Family and Friends,
Thanksgiving is one of those sacred holidays that has an uncompromised message: Give Thanks! Maintaining an outlook of thanks and gratitude, as we know, is one of the most sustaining and healthy life choices we can make.  
 
At SunCoast MCC, we have much for which to be thankful, both in our personal lives and in the life of our church. Having recently hosted the Inaugural Venice Pride, our team gathered afterwards for a review, ending in a circle to offer thanks. We were thankful for the weather, for the support of the mayor and commissioner, for the many well-behaved pets, for making many new friends and acquaintances, and for a safe and joyful event. But mostly, we were thankful for each other. We noted how many people from church volunteered and how well we worked together to support our common mission.
 
Those characteristics are something that we, as your pastors, are thankful for each day! Thank you for supporting us personally in the so many different ways that you do. Thank you for upholding each other, in times of stress, illness and difficulty, but also in the times of celebration and joy. Thank you for the ways in which you provide for the church’s programs, facilities and services. In short, thank you for caring!
 
May this Thanksgiving holiday resonate within you the joy of gratitude, as together we count our blessings and give thanks to our wonderful, gracious God.  
Grace and Peace,
Rev. Vickie Miller | Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson
Connect with us. You’re in the Right Place.
As a welcoming, diverse and active community,
we share God’s love in a spiritual environment offering
truthtrust

transformation

 

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