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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.

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.

Breakfast and Books –will resume on Thursdays October 24th through November 16 to read Richard Rohr’s Falling Upward.

Centering Prayer Group ~ This group meets at 5 pm in the Chapel.  Please join us on an upcoming evening in September (17 and 24).  All are welcome.

Wednesday morning Bible Study – Beginning September 20, will be discussing, What’s Theology Got to Do with It? by Anthony Robinson as we look toward celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.  This is open to everyone!  We meet at 11 am in Syster Hall.

Lakewood Ranch Bible Study – Beginning September 26, will be discussing, What’s Theology Got to Do with It? by Anthony Robinson as we look toward celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.  We meet at 6:30 pm in the Conference Room at Lakewood Ranch Hospital.

Thursday Knights and Wings – Fall session 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.  The group meets monthly for lunch on the 4th Sunday of the month. September 24th at 12:00 pm at IHOP (4000 S Tamiami Trail).  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 – will resume monthly meetings on November 7th at 11:30 am for a lunch meeting and a very special guest, Commissioner (former mayor) Willie Shaw.

Men’s Group – will meet on October 7th at 8 am at First Watch Downtown Sarasota (1395 Main St).  We will be planning discussion topics for the coming year.  ALL are welcome.

Ready Readers – will meet on September 21 at noon to discuss Behold the Dreamers by Imbola Mbue (September 21).  All are welcome. Sandy Smith is the coordinator at: sandysmithvi@gmail.com, please bring a brown bag lunch if you wish.

Tuesday book Club Readers – will meet on September 19 at 1 pm to discuss She’s Not There: A Life of Two Genders by Jennifer Finney Boylan.  The group will also meet on October 24th to discuss H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald.

 

Spirituality Saturday

On October 28th from 10 am to 2 pm, you are invited to a journey of the head, heart, and soul on our first Spirituality Saturday.  This is an invitation to slow down and tend to the Spirit within us and around us.  All are welcome to come and be part of this event.  There is a $10 fee to offset the cost of lunch and scholarships are available.  We welcome everyone to care for your soul by joining with others.