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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 scenes in the Gospel of Luke.  In January, we will turn our hearts toward Mark’s Gospel.  We meet at 11 am in Syster Hall.  All are welcome!

Lakewood Ranch Bible Study – is currently on break, we will resume in January discussing the Gospel of Mark.  We meet at 6:30 pm at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center.  All are welcome!

Thursday Team Players – is our mid-week Children and Youth is on winter break…they will resume in January.

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.  Next meeting will be December 22nd at Bravo Restaurant.  Dale Moore and Pauline Geary are the co-coordinators, please call the church office for more information.

Men’s Breakfast The church men will meet for breakfast on Saturday, January 4th at 9 am at the IHOP (4000 S Tamiami Trail).

First UCC Women’s Fellowship Group – will meet on January 7, 2020, will feature Dr. April Glasco, Founder and CEO of SECOND CHANCE LAST OPPORTUNITY, serving the Newtown community. Come at 11:30 a.m. and enjoy lunch ($12) before the program. Each attendee is encouraged to arrive with at least one flip-top can of food—ravioli, soup not requiring water. .

Tuesday Book Group will meet January 21 1:00 p.m.Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America by Gilbert King.  Hosted by Max Althouse.  February 18 1:00 p.m – Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond.  Hosted by Max Althouse.

Ready Readers meets on January 16th at noon in the church library…title to be announced soon.