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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:

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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 – February 6 10:30 a.m. – North Sarasota Library Tour Please sign up in Syster Hall.  Men and Women are ALL WELCOME!!!! Our own Lovette Harper will be answering questions and giving us a tour of the African American Resource Center.
February 15th – UCC Women will tour Marrietta Museum of Art and Whimsy. Sign up in Syster Hall.
February 23 – UCC Women will attend the Flower Concert at Church of the Nativity.

Men’s Group – will meet on February 3 at First Watch Downtown Sarasota (1395 Main St).  ALL are welcome.

 

February Special Events

FEAST (Friends Eating and Studying Together) will begin on Thursday, February 22nd at noon.  Each week we will enjoy some food to nourish our bodies and a speaker to nourish our souls.
~ February 22nd we welcome Michelle Roy, a certified Yoga Instructor to walk us through both gentle yoga and also the practice of mindfulness.
~ March 1st ~ Greg and Pastor Wes will offer a praise, poetry, and prayer service.
~ March 8th ~ Diving Deep…using two TED talks (which are short, poignant speeches), we will engage how we listen and learn from ourselves and others.
~ March 15th ~ David Rubin, one of our Buddhist brothers, will come and offer insights from his faith to nourish ours.

On Thursday evenings, Bill Lewis will lead us through a Study of “The Nonviolent Life” by John Dear.  The class will meet on Feb 22, March 1, 8, and 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 billatpeac@gmail.com or 941-355-2156.

Free Gentle Chair Yoga to begin on Thursday, February 8th 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. lisamkauffman@yahoo.com or call (973)224-0777.

Seasonal Friends lunch ~ We invite all of our Seasonal Friends to join us for lunch on February 7 or 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.

 New Member class will be held on Sunday, February 11th at 12:15 pm after church.  This is an excellent opportunity to hear more about the life of the church and explore membership.  A light lunch is served, please call the church office to RSVP.

Tuesday, February 13th 1:00 p.m.This Changes Everything:  Capitalism vs. the Climate by Naomi Krueger – hosted by Lucy Hedrick 8291 Varenna Drive Sarasota (email Lucy@lucyhedrick.com)

Ready Readers meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month in the library of Syster Hall.  The selection for February 15 is The Translation of Love by Lynne Kutsukake, and the March 15 book is Notorious RBG by Iris Carmen and Shana Knizhnik.  Please note that the meeting time for the next two months has been moved to 10:30 am.  For more information, please contact Sandy Smith at sandysmithvi@gmail.com or 340-227-5121.

Sunday, February 18th at 12:15 pm you are invited to a discussion on Rev. Pauli Murray’s sermon you heard a portion of last Sunday.  Please RSVP to attend by calling the church office and we can provide either a paper or PDF copy of the sermon.