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As a church, we believe that connecting with each other is vital to our faith and our community life together.

Weekly Groups: 

Balance Class meets on Wednesdays from 10 am to 11 am.  Led by our Parish Nurse, Julie Pennella teaches ways to stay active and healthy in body as you age.

Centering Prayer Group ~ This group meets at 5 pm in the Chapel on February 4, 11, 18 and 25.  All are welcome.

Wednesday morning Bible Study –is currently discussing the Gospel of John.  We meet at 11 am in Syster Hall.

Lakewood Ranch Bible Study – is currently discussing the Gospel of John. We meet at 6:30 pm in the Conference Room at Lakewood Ranch Hospital.

Thursday Knights and Wings – Spring session with an Arts emphasis has begun…and there is still plenty of room for you and your family!!  Please join us.

Monthly Groups:


Collage (Coalition Of Laity for Lesbian And Gay Equality– Collage is an adult LGBT social group that welcomes supporters no matter their sexual orientation.  The group seeks to be a safe and supportive place of friendship and extravagant welcome.  This is a wonderful chance for support, fellowship, and advocacy information.  All are welcome.  Dale Moore and Pauline Geary are the co-coordinators, please call the church office for more information.

First UCC Women’s Fellowship Group – UCC Women – April 3.  The topic of conversation will be Elder Law presented by Theresa Bowman, P.A.  A hot lunch available for $10, please contact the church office to RSVP.

Men’s Group – will meet on March 15th at 11:00 am at Bravo Restaurant in the Siesta Mall.  All Men are welcome for lunch.

Tuesday Book Group will meet on March 20th at 1 pm to discuss Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn. March is hosted by Barbara M (contact church office for more information).  Looking ahead, the group will meet on April 17 to discuss Dance of the Jakaranda by Petersburg Kimani. April is hosted by Sandy Smith. May 15—Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II by Lisa Munday.  Hosting information for May TBA.

Ready Readers meets on the 3rd Thursday at 10:30 am in the church library.  The next gathering is on March 15th to discuss, Notorious RBG by Iris Carmen and Shana Knizhnik For more information please contact Sandy,


March Special Events

FEAST (Friends Eating and Studying Together) continue at noon the following Thursdays.  Each week we will enjoy some food to nourish our bodies and a speaker to nourish our souls.
~ March 15th ~ Diving Deep…using two TED talks (which are short, poignant speeches), we will engage how we listen and learn from ourselves and others.

On Thursday evenings, Bill Lewis will lead us through a Study of “The Nonviolent Life” by John Dear.  The class will meet on  March 22 (skipping March 15) from 6:15 to 7:45. Supper is available from 5:45 to 6:15 with our Thursday Nights program.  Before each meeting you should plan on reading about 30 pages and engaging in a spiritual practice.  Before the first meeting please read the Introduction through page 41 and engage in silent listening. At each meeting we will reflectively discuss your insights, life application and questions.  Facilitator: Bill Lewis or 941-355-2156.

Free Gentle Chair Yoga continues on March 15 in the Chapel at 11 am led by Lisa Kauffman, Many people believe you need to be like “Gumby” to do yoga but on the contrary… yoga creates more flexibility regardless of how flexible or inflexible you are. ~ If you want to improve your posture; Increase your flexibility and range of motion; Nurture the connection between your mind, body and spirit; and Reduce your stress. Why not give Gentle Chair Yoga a try! Please contact Lisa Kauffman, MT-BC and Certified Chair Yoga Instructor for more information. or call (973)224-0777.

Seasonal Friends lunch ~ We invite all of our Seasonal Friends to join us for lunch on March 21st at 12:30 pm in Syster Hall.  This is a great time to connect with other seasonal friends, learn more about the ministry and mission of the church, and enjoy time together.  We ask you to please RSVP by calling the church office.