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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 Sundays at 5 pm in the Chapel.   All are welcome.

Wednesday morning Bible Study –is currently discussing Joseph and His Coat of Many Colors from Genesis.  We meet at 11 am in Syster Hall.  All are welcome!

Lakewood Ranch Bible Study – is currently discussing Joseph and His Coat of Many Colors from Genesis.  We meet at 6:30 pm at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center.  All are welcome!

Thursday Team Players – is our mid-week Children and Youth programming.  They are gathering and preparing to participate in World Communion Sunday, October 7th.  They meet on Thursdays, September 9/20, 9/27, 10/4 from 5-6:30 pm.  We welcome all children and youth to be part of this GREAT event.

Monthly Groups:

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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 – is on summer break.  They will reconvene in the fall.

Men’s Group – will meet on October 4th for breakfast at IHOP at 9 am 4000 S Tamiami Trail.  All Men are welcome for lunch.

Tuesday Book Group is on break for the summer.  They will meet on September 18 at 1:00 at Felix and Nancy McElroy’s  home to discuss Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng.  Please contact the church office for more information.

Ready Readers meets on the 3rd Thursday at 10:30 am in the church library.  Upcoming books include: Freedom’s Ring by Heid Chiavaroli (Oct. 18), and Hold Tight Don’t Let Go by Laura Rose Wagner (Nov. 15).  All are welcome. Come join us!  For more information please contact Sandy, sandysmithvi@gmail.com.

 

September and October Special Event

September 30th at 11:30 am (Syster Hall), Lucy Tobias will offer a brief overview on her new book focusing on Labyrinths.  Our church has been actively and prayerfully considering having a permanent labyrinth on campus.  Lucy has walked over 100 Labyrinths here in Florida.  This beautiful prayer practice helps people center their hearts/thoughts/souls.  In a world where we rush around, walking a Labyrinth is about being thoughtful with every step you take.  It is a practice of going inward and sensing God in our life.  We want to celebrate Lucy’s book and let her help us understand her experiences with this prayer practice.

 

Pet Blessing ~ Saturday, October 6th at 11 am.  We invite all our members and friends who have a pet as part of your family to join in this wonderful opportunity of a Pet Blessing.  We will gather together and a blessing will be offered for your pet(s).  Even if you do not have a pet, but love animals, you are welcome to come and be part of this holy day.

 

 

Sarasota Pride Festival will be held Saturday, October 20th Noon – 6pm at J.D. Hamel Park.
Our church COLLAGE LGBTQ group will have a table there. This is an opportunity for YOU to help extend an extravagant welcome. Two hour shifts available from 10 am to 6 pm. Sign up sheet is in Syster Hall.

 

 

Caring for the Earth An Interfaith Dialogue Event – Sunday, October 21 2 pm – 8 pm
There will be two panel discussions during the day featuring both Buddhist, Muslim and Jewish speakers and young people from various religious traditions and community conversation. At 5 pm, a meal will be provided. 7 pm: Keynote speaker: Dr. Waleed El-Ansary, expert on Islam and the environment. Dr. El-Ansary is a published author and has developed an online course on Islam. Sign up sheet is in Syster Hall.

Bagels and Books Returns!!  This summer, Pastor Wes hosted a book discussion group that helped members reflect on the use of media in our lives.  The series was a blessing in many ways.  We will gather again on Thursdays, October 25 and November 1 at 10:30 am to noon to discuss: All the Colors We Will See: Reflections on Barriers, Brokenness, and Finding Our Way by Patrice Gopo.  We will provide bagels and coffee…you bring your ideas and insights not only about the book, but also the ways it helps you reflect on our world today.