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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.   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:

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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 April 12th for brunch at IHOP.  All Men are welcome for lunch.

Tuesday Book 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.  Please contact the church office for more information.

Ready Readers meets on the 3rd Thursday at 10:30 am in the church library.  The next gathering is on April 19 is The Wright Brothers by David McCullough.  The selection for May 17  is Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate.   For more information please contact Sandy, sandysmithvi@gmail.com.

 

April Special Events

 

Save the Date: Spring Fling 2018   – UCC’s First Mystery Dinner Theater “The Lethal Luau”  on Friday, April 13th (in Syster Hall)  at 5:30 pm until the mystery is solved! Limited seating: sign up at Syster Hall or call the church office $10.00 per person.

Rev John Dear Friday April 20, 2018 at 7:00 pm John Dear will present his new book, They Will Inherit the Earth; as well as discuss and promote Campaign Nonviolence (see www.campaignnonviolence.org); who encourages people to renew their commitment to nonviolence, the nonviolence movement, and active solidarity with Creation. After the presentation, over refreshments, he will take questions and sign copies of the book. He is a long time peace activist, lecturer and teacher, and is the author of 35 books including Thomas Merton PeacemakerLazarus Come Forth!; Living PeaceThe Nonviolent Life; and The Beatitudes of Peace. He has been nominated many times for the Nobel Peace Prize, including by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. He works with CampaignNonviolence.org and the Vatican Nonviolence Initiative and lives in New Mexico.