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We are an open and affirming congregation that welcomes and embraces persons of every gender, race, nationality, sexual orientation, age and ability. We invite you to join in the life and ministry of our church.


Special Christmas Services

This Sunday, December 21, our worship services will focus on the Magnificat, the words of Mary from Luke 1:46-56,”My soul doth magnify the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior”.  Our combined choirs will sing three movements from the C.P. E. Bach Magnificat accompanied by the Chroma String Quartet.  Other anthems are the Gilkyson “Requiem” and “Mary’s Magnificat” by Carter will focus on the humbleness and loliness of Mary’s song.  Don’t miss this sunday of special music.  Please join us and bring a friend!!

Bible Study

Please join us starting in December as we walk through the Gospel of Matthew.  This is a great way to prepare your heart for Christmas.  The Bible Study table is always open.  We meet on Wednesday mornings from 11 am to noon in Fellowship Hall.  Hope to see you there!

December 17: Matthew 5-6

December 24/31:  NO BIBLE STUDY ~ Please join us for Christmas Eve service and have a Happy New Year

January 7, 2015:  Bible Study resumes, Matthew 7-8

Hope you will join in the conversation.  You are always welcome.


Grace Traces

Saturday, December 13

Great Expectations

Joseph went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child.  Luke 2:5


What was Mary expecting?  Yes, I know, a baby.  Thank you Ms. Literal.  No, I am wondering what was she expecting deep down in our soul?  What dreams had she played out in our mind of giving birth to the son of God?  Did she think it would hurt?  Did she think Jesus quote the Torah rather than go through the terrible twos?  Did she think, this will be the best retirement plan ever!  What did Joseph expect?  Did he expect to see his own eyes in the one he would adopt as his own?  Did he expect that his heart would burst open?  Did he anticipate showing Jesus around his carpenter shop, showing him how to use the tools, gently guiding his hands?  What do you expect this Christmas?  Expectations are a powerful and potent part of our lives.  Read More


Christmas Eve Services

O Come, All Ye Faithful to celebrate Christ's birth!

You are invited to Christmas Eve at First Congregational United Church of Christ.

4 pm service in the Reed Chapel will feature beloved Christmas Carols, Scripture, communion, and special music from Cheryl Losey, harp and Adam DeSorgo, oboe.  Soloists are Lauren Patsos and Samus Haddad.   We will close the service drenched in candlelight singing "Silent Night" and "Joy to the World".

5:30 pm Christmas Eve dinner featuring sandwiches, salads, fresh fruit and cookies from Word of Mouth.  Free will donation to offset the cost of the meal.

7 pm Service will feature a special processional of Creche pieces by our children, beloved carols, and an extended prelude beginning at 6:40 with Musicians from the Sarasota Orchestra including harp, oboe, cello and violin.   This is our family friendly service and we will also provide nursery care from 6:30-8:30 pm.  We end the service drenched in candlelight, singing "Silent Night" and "Joy to the World".

11 pm Candlelight and Communion Service...be the first to usher in Christmas morning with this sacred tradition.  An extend prelude featuring members of the Sarasota Orchestra begins at 10:40.  We will celebrate communion and sing carols to proclaim the good news of great joy.  We end the service drenched in candlelight, singing "Silent Night".

Whoever you are...wherever you are...YOU are welcome here!  And bring a friend.

Contact Information

First Congregational United Church of Christ
1031 S. Euclid Ave.
Sarasota, FL 34237
Phone: (941) 953-7044 or (941) 365-4463
Fax: (941) 952-5245

Email: uccsarasota@aol.com

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