A letter from Pastor Laurie addressed to all of those involved in the day’s activities:
Thank you so much for being a part of the Gables UCC presence at yesterday’s parade and festivities. Whether you came for worship or to march; to staff the booth or to cheer us along the way, I am grateful for your spirit, support, and involvement. We had a great showing of almost 100 members and friends from the church representing the great diversity of our congregation including young and old, gay and straight, single and partnered, long-time members and new members, shy and bold. I am never prouder of this church then when I see us advocating for a welcoming and inclusive gospel message. Apparently the local CBS affiliate thought so as well because we were part of their newscast last evening.
Hopefully there weren’t too many sunburns or blisters. This morning when I woke up I had difficulty moving my arms. Then I remembered that I was gripping the podium on the float so hard so I wouldn’t fall. We made it safe and sound though! I hope you heard as I did the reviewing stand announcer say as we passed by, “Coral Gables UCC has been with us from the beginning and we appreciate their yearly support.” Great job everyone!
Thanks from the bottom of my heart,