Drive-in Church - drive up, tune your radio to 107.5 FM
Walk-up Church - bring a chair/bike/beach blanket, stay six feet from your neighbor in our garden and grassy area, and listen to the service live.
Live-stream - go to, click on the listen live button, and you will be routed to our YouTube channel. 
Zoom - go to and watch and listen live. Be sure to stick around after the service for our coffee hour chat-with-your-neighbor time. 
Donate Your Used Laptops

Dear friends: 
The Children’s Guardian Fund is a 501(c)3 non-profit which supports the many needs of the 1400 children in our area who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, abandonment---or all of the above. Working with court-appointed individual Guardians Ad Litem ("GAL's"), who visit the kids in their homes and know their situation, we respond to requests for items and services that the State of Florida does not provide: car seats, cribs, high chairs, driving lessons, prom dresses, bus passes, bicycles, summer camp, sports uniforms, birthday cakes, car seats, diapers, clothes, musical instruments, dressers, mattresses, bedding, swimming lessons, and (our biggest expense): tutoring.
 As you might imagine, the Covid situation has made life for kids without parents even more difficult. Now, the greatest unfulfilled need of these kids is technology, so that they can attend school remotely, look for jobs, do research for school assignments, etc. For years, working with a volunteer tech company in Sarasota, we have been providing laptops upon request to kids in foster care. These are not new laptops (or Ipads)---they are "old" pieces of equipment that are unused because new laptops/Ipads have been purchased. When an "old" laptop or Ipad is donated to the Children's Guardian Fund, we turn it over to a group of retired tech geniuses (called "STUG": Sarasota Technology Users Group) who know how to make the devices useful again. With help from Microsoft's charitable division , which donates hardware and software, STUG wipes all information from the old laptop or Ipad and then completely refurbishes it, installs new hard drives and software,and returns it to CGF for distribution to kids in foster care/relative care.
CGF has been partnering with STUG for years, but never in the face of a pandemic which is keeping kids at home and increasing the need for laptops. Many of our relative caregivers used to have a "family laptop" which everyone shared.
During Covid, suddenly all the school-aged kids in the household needed a device at the same time.
If you have an old laptop/Ipad you do not need, please let me know. I will pick it up for the tech team, which will wipe the drive (more about that below), update the hardware and software, and donate it to one of "our" kids. You will have made space in your closet and helped a child who needs all the help he/she can get!

For more information about the “wiping” of donated computers:

Thank you very much!
Cynthia Craig, for the Children's Guardian Fund
Prayers for our People

Be gracious and merciful to all whose lives are shadowed by suffering in this season of light, especially: Downs IV, Holden, Nikolai, Brian and Joan. Grant healing and recovery for all who have gone through surgery, especially Holly. Give peace and strength for those going through cancer treatments, especially John, Victoria, Andres, Ginny, Alex, Colleen, Jack, Breanna and Douglas. Visit and comfort all who are under the care of skilled nursing, especially Bob, Timothy, Don, Barbara and Mike. Be near to all who are in hospice care. 

For the repose of the soul of John Maxheim.
May light perpetual shine on him.
Merry Christmas

“On the third day of Christmas, my true love sent to me, three French hens.” I am surprised that Amazon has not picked up on the my-true-love-sent-to-me theme as a way of delivering packages after December 25th. What is often referred to as Christmas Day – the 25th – it is a bit of a misnomer. The season of Christmas goes for twelve entire days; not just a 24-hour period. After all, if it were not so, why would we have the 12 Days of Christmas song. Does this mean that you can deliver a Christmas present or Christmas card on January 2nd and it technically is not late; you bet!

My parents tried to establish in our household the reign of Christmas over twelve days. One year, they came up with the idea to open a present or two on Christmas Day – the First Day – and then open a present for each succeeding day until the 12th. I think we made it to three French hens and then opened the rest of them. Reflecting back on it, I imagine my brother and I were probably pretty insufferable for the first three days of Christmas. … and we were not in the middle of a pandemic. I couldn’t imagine trying to do that now. Well, frankly I couldn’t imagine doing it then either.

The next year, when we were all back on speaking terms again, my parents allowed us to open all the presents on Christmas Day but held one present for the 12th day of Christmas. None of us received 12 drummers drumming but I imagine my brother and I were a bit of a drumming headache until that day. The next year, my parents held a present for the 12th day but did so in secret so my brother and I were surprised to find one more present under the tree.

My parents were in our church choir and they were a larger troupe of Gilbert & Sullivan performers. To this day, I can sing the alto and tenor parts of the Macado, Pirates of Penzance and, my favorite, HMS Pinafore. In keeping with the driving-the-12-days-of-Christmas philosophy into our heads, my parents would throw a Twelfth Night Party. We would take down the tree, eat all the rest of the Christmas cookies, and, most importantly, sing. I remember one year, it must have been the G&S production troupe at our house, because someone passed out the SATB sheet music for Handel’s Messiah. I distinctly remember waltzing around our connected living and dining room and hearing each section sing the well-known Hallelujah chorus. That was truly a way to celebrate Christmas and the end of the season. I cannot listen to the Messiah today without thinking about that group and experience. Hallelujah for Christmas and for all of its 12 days!