As a church, we believe that connecting with each other is vital to our faith. We call this, “InReach”. Just as God came to us in the flesh of Jesus Christ to share grace and love, so we connect face-to-face with other to continue the love of God made real in our midst. We pray you will connect with one of the groups below.
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.
Breakfast and Books – Will begin on January 12, 2017 to study, Convictions: How I Learned What Matters Most by: Marcus Borg. We gather at 8:30a.m. to 10:00a.m. at Perkins Restaurant
Northeast Corner of Cattleman and Fruitville Roads. This book grew out of Borg’s reflections on faith and religion on the occasion of his seventieth birthday. It is a reflection on the memories, conversions, and convictions that led him to a new, deeper appreciation of the life and teachings of Jesus that profoundly spoke to him in the contemporary American culture. In this work he invites the reader to consider how these insights might speak to his/her life experience and a deeper relationship with God. This is a six-week study led by Rev. Dr. Craig Collemer.
Centering Prayer Group ~ This group meets at 5 pm in the Chapel on the following dates: February 12 and 26. All are welcome.
Wednesday morning Bible Study – meets at 11 am on Wednesdays in Syster Fellowship Hall. We will be discussing the Gospel of Luke.
Lakewood Ranch Bible Study – meets at the Lakewood Ranch Medical Center on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 pm in the Conference Room. We will be discussing the Gospel of Luke.
Thursday Knights and Wings – Meets every Thursday evening for music, learning about the church year, discussions and a delicious meal. Parents help guide the program along with Leigh Melton, Greg Chestnut and Pastor Wes. New friends always welcome, as are visitors.
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. The group meets monthly for lunch on the 4th Sunday of the month. February 26th at 12:00 pm at IHOP (4000 S Tamiami Trail). This is a wonderful chance for support, fellowship, and advocacy information. All are welcome. Dick Miller and Pauline Geary are the co-coordinators, please call the church office for more information.
First UCC Women’s Fellowship Group – will meet on February 7th at 11:30 am to Honor Black History Month, Bettye and Lee Smith featured speaker. They will also meet on March 7th at 11:30 am featured speaker is Drue Murray speaking about Miracles in Action. Cost of lunch is $10
Men’s Group – will meet on March 4th at 8 am at IHOP (4000 S. Tamiami Trail). We will discuss the upcoming SURE (Sarasota United for Responsibility and Equity) Nehemiah Action. ALL are welcome.
Ready Readers – will meet February 16 at noon. They will be reading Raising Ryland by Hilary Whittington. On March 16th will read Lights Out by Ted Koppel. All are welcome. Sandy Smith is the coordinator at: email@example.com, please bring a brown bag lunch if you wish.
Tuesday book Club Readers – will meet February 21st at 1 pm at Felix and Nancy McElroy’s home reading Dark Money by Jane Mayer