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Welcome!

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.

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Christmas Fair

Come one, Come all to our Christmas Fair ~ December 13th 10 am to 4 pm

Don't miss our Patriotic Christmas Fair to be held in Fellowship Hall!  We'll be honoring our own Tuskegee Airman, Dr. "Wick" West.  Take a "selfie" with him!  Pick up a flyer telling what he and the Airmen did in World War II, defying segregation while escorting our bombers. Stay for lunch in our Christmas Cafe, and do some last-minute Christmas shopping at our 25 tables of gifts, hand-crafted, and hand-stitched items.  Some of Sarasota's finest artists and favorite authors have donated paintings and autographed books for you.  Baked goods by some of the best cooks in town, antiques, ornaments and decorations, costume jewelry, white elephants, a country store featuring a 34 lb. round of cheddar cheese, and a special silent auction will all be there for your enjoyment. There will also be a secret Children's Workshop on the stage, where no adults will be allowed, so the kids can buy and wrap gifts for their parents and friends. It will be Festive and Fun! 

Come and bring your friends and neighbors!

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Worship This Sunday

Our Advent journey begins this Sunday  9 am and 11 am

This Sunday, November 30th, we begin our journey to Bethlehem and let the candle of HOPE guide our first few steps down the familiar path that leads to the stable where God breaks into our world.  The Scripture passage is Isaiah 11:1-10.  We will sing beloved Advent tunes, "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" and introduce a new hymn, "The First Gleam of Christmas," which is exactly what the candle of Hope is!  Please come and bring a friend! All are welcome here: whoever you are and wherever you are on life's journey.  

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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 3:  Matthew 1-2

December 10: Matthew 3-4

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.

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Grace Traces

Thursday, November 13 

Disappointment

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Psalm 23:4

We all have moments of feeling disappointed.  Something doesn't go our way: we are passed over for a job promotion; someone says something that reminds us that while sticks and stones can break our bones, words really do sometimes hurt us; or we feel an internal sense of unrest.  In these valley moments sometimes we turn to the church.  But what exactly are we looking for?  Do you want the pastor to do a reprise of "The sun will come out tomorrow" from Annie?  Or do you want the pastor to dwell with you in the disappointment?  Or do you want a distraction?  Or some random combination of all three?  Read More

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Thanksgiving Day Dinner

Thursday, November 27, 12:00 p.m., Fellowship Hall

Sign up (sheets are up in Fellowship Hall), for your attendance at dinner, the side dish you will bring, whether you can help with set-up, clean-up, pie cutting, or serving. Please sign up by Monday, November 24 to ensure ample food. Pans are provided for dishes and are available for pick-up in the Fellowship Hall kitchen.

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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