ABOUT MIAMI BEACH COMMUNITY CHURCH
Who We Are
A Church for all Christians
Since 1957, the United Church of Christ has been the church of firsts, weaving God’s message of hope and extravagant welcome with action for justice and peace. Together, we live out our faith in ways that effect change in our communities. The UCC’s many “firsts” mean that we have inherited a tradition of acting upon the demands of our faith. When we read in Galatians: “There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus”—a demand is made upon us. And so we were the first historically white denomination to ordain an African-American, the first to ordain a woman, the first to ordain an openly gay man, and the first Christian church to affirm the right of same-gender couples to marry. We were in the forefront of the anti-slavery movement and the Civil Rights movement. Our response to the demands of our faith is woven into the history of our country. At Miami Beach Community Church we model the teachings of Jesus Christ through an open-minded ministry of inclusiveness and compassion, committed to faithfulness, service to the community and life-long spiritual development. We live out our faith whether feeding the hungry and homeless or marching in the Gay parade. We help build houses for the poor and help equip the homeless as they transform their lives. We are committed to social justice and believe that God is still-speaking.We welcome all to Christ’s table and uphold the sacraments of Communion and Baptism. People from many denominations and all walks of life are part of our family. We are equals. We are a congregational church, where everyone has a voice and we seek to fulfill God’s will as a community of believers.
God is Good
God is more willing to forgive than we are to ask!
Nothing is Impossible
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors.
We are Significant
Growing Friendships, Families, and Faith.
Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength
The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. Glad songs of salvation are in the tents of the righteous: ‘The right hand of the LORD does valiantly, the right hand of the LORD exalts, the right hand of the LORD does valiantly!
Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually!
Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest
Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go.
MEET THE LEAD PASTOR
Minister Lee has been a part of the MBCC family for many years, she is the 5th pastor in our 97 year history, and the first woman, and person of color, to serve in this leadership role. Cynthia Lee's ministry began in her home town of Jersy City, New Jersey where she became a lead vocalist in her church choir. After leaving New Jersey she moved to Miami, Florida, and in August of 1987 she was hired at the Miami Beach Community Church as Secretary, later becoming the Executive Adminstrative Assistant. Shortly thereafter, she joined the New Jerusalem Primitive Baptist Church under the dynamic leadership of Elder Kenneth A. Duke where she was a faithful member for over 20 years. In January 2011, she moved her membership to the Miami Beach Community Church. It was there that she announced the call to preach the Gospel. In November 2013, thanks to the spiritual guidance of the Rev. Kenneth A. Duke, The Rev. Dr. Garth Thompson, and the Rev. Harold E "Hunter" Thompson Jr., Cynthia received her licensure from Church and Ministry through the United Church of Christ. Minister Lee is the first woman to hold the office of Associate Minister and now Designated Pastor & Educator at Miami Beach Community Church. She has been employed with the church for over thirty years.