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Unite.  Worship.  Serve.  Thrive.

Cultivating Faith, Community, and Diversity Together.

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Unite-Worship-Serve-Thrive

Unite.  Worship.  Serve.  Thrive.

Cultivating Faith, Community, and Diversity Together.

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Join Our Team as Director of Music! 🎶

First Congregational United Church of Christ is seeking a passionate and dynamic Director of Music to lead our diverse and vibrant music program. The ideal candidate will be an inspiring organist and choir conductor who collaborates closely with the Senior Minister to create engaging and meaningful worship experiences. If you have a heart for ministry and a talent for music, we invite you to apply!

 

Looking to Grow Your Faith?

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Do you have a spiritual longing for a deeper connection, meaning, and purpose in life?

Our congregation offers a variety of opportunities to deepen your faith and strengthen your spiritual journey. From Sunday worship to Bible studies to fellowship events, we provide a space for you to connect with others and with God.

WE HOPE YOU JOIN US ON YOUR JOURNEY

Looking to Join a Community?

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Do you feel a need for belonging, support, and shared values?

We are a faithful, diverse, inclusive and relevant congregation that honors and celebrates each individual. We believe that diversity strengthens our community, and we are committed to creating a space that welcomes people from all walks of life. Our congregation is made up of people with different backgrounds, cultures, and experiences.

Whether you identify as LGBTQIA+, a person with disabilities, someone who has experienced racial injustice, or simply feel like you don’t fit in elsewhere, we welcome you with open arms.

YOU ARE ALWAYS WELCOME HERE

Worship This Week

Worship This Week

July 28 ~ Two Services at 8:45 & 11:00 a.m. 

We welcome Stephen Fancher, guest musican

8:45 a.m. ~ We conclude the sermon series on singing our faith with Psalm 100.  Pastor Wes will preach and we welcome back Stephen Fancher.

 

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11: 00a.m. ~ We conclude our sermon series on singing our faith with Psalm 100, Pastor Wes will preach.  We welcome back Stephen Fancher.   The Choir will sing, Serve the Lord with Gladness.  All are welcome.

 

Please join us for fellowship following the 11 a.m. service as we continue to make Peace Flowers for the first day of school in August.

Click here to read Pastor Wes’ blog.

July Featured Event Series

The Hymnal of Our Hearts and Souls

Join Our Sacred Conversations on Music and Worship

Tuesday nights at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom and Wednesday mornings at 11 a.m. in the Oasis Center and on Zoom.

Please note: each week the topic on Tuesday and Wednesday will be the same. Yes, feel free to attend Tuesday night one week and Wednesday the next.

Last month, Pastor Wes invited the congregation to share their favorite hymns, and we received over 400 unique titles! This incredible collection reflects the diverse musical heritage and heartfelt worship of our community.

In July, we will be holding a special conversation series in place of our regular Bible Study. Join us as we explore “The Hymnal of Our Hearts and Souls.” We’ll discuss:

  • How our hymnal serves as a prayer book
  • The impact of language on our worship
  • The importance of singing new songs to God

Each topic will be covered in two sessions, and you’re welcome to attend as many as you like. These discussions will help guide us in our search for a new Director of Music and shine a light on our collective work as God’s people.

This is a unique opportunity to share what stirs your heart and sings to your soul. Let’s come together to celebrate the music that shapes our faith.

Celebrating 70 Years

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Celebrate with us as we mark a significant milestone in our journey of faith and reflect on 70 years of ministry, growth, and community at First Congregational United Church of Christ Sarasota. Watch our special video, ‘Celebrating 70 Years of Ministry,’ and witness the cherished memories, impactful moments, and inspiring stories that have shaped our church’s legacy. Let’s honor the past, embrace the present, and look forward to the future together.

Video by Carol McCloud

Discover Our Culture

First Congregational United Church of Christ, rooted in Sarasota with a passion for God, all God’s people, and God’s planet, prayerfully seeks to be a light to the world. We covenant with God and each other to honor racial justice and people of color in all we do.  We are open, affirming and allies of LBGTQ+ people.  We seek creation justice, learning to actively care for our planet.  We commit to study, learn and live these values.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit.” John 15:5

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Our Covenants

Creation Justice

It is our duty to conserve natural resources, protect the existing natural environment and repair damage.

Open and Affirming

We work faithfully and prayerfully to end discrimination against our LGBTQIA+ siblings.

Racial Justice at First Congregational UCC, Sarasota
Racial Justice

We are intent to discuss America’s original sin of racism and that everyone is made in God’s image.

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Meet Our Pastor

Rev. Dr. Wes Bixby
Senior Pastor
Rev. Dr. Wes Bixby
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“Maybe you’re new to our church, new to Sarasota, or new to church altogether. Whatever brings you here, I’d love the chance to get to know you better. Please know I am available to talk with you and help you connect in meaningful ways with our community of faith.
 
“During times such as these, we are aware that many in our community are facing challenges. If you are in need of prayer or care, please let me know.”
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Wes Bixby
“Singing the Lord’s Song: Where, What, and Why?”
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“Singing the Lord’s Song: Where, What, and Why?”
DATE:
July 21, 2024
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Formed by what we Form

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Formed by what we Form
DATE:
July 22, 2024
AUTHOR:
Wes Bixby

 

Therefore, since
we are justified/healed/made whole by faith, we have peace/shalom with God
through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained
access to this grace in which we stand, and we boast in our hope of
sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our
afflictions, knowing that affliction produces endurance, and endurance
produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us
to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through...

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Everything we do here at First Congregational United Church of Christ Sarasota is made possible by the faithful generosity of our incredible community.