Two Services this Sunday 🎶🙏

The pews have left the building! 

On Monday, a crew of movers were hard at work removing our pews and storing them in the metal storage containers in the back of our campus.  We want to continue to offer our thanks to everyone who is working so hard on this project: Bud Rives, Carol and Doug Fields removing base board, Douglas Kingsley and Greg Chestnut working on protecting sound equipment, Jim Hunder and Doug Fields building carts for the robes, Mark Swain, Rich Rescigno, Nancy Morris and Chuck Jarmen.  

Don’t worry…there is plenty of work left to do…especially when it comes to cleaning up the dust in September before we move back into the sanctuary.  

We remain grateful for all your support and prayers!!

If you have questions, please let us know.

With God’s love ~ Wes

 TWO Services this Sunday ~
July 23 at 8:45 am & 11 am ~

11 am worship in Syster Hall

Please note for 11 am: because the chairs are not bolted to the floor (like the pews), we are encouraging you to stand in body OR Spirit.  There is a row of chairs with arms to assist those who need help standing or you are welcome to sit at one of the round tables.  Please continue to use care when standing or sitting down in Syster Hall, the chairs do slide.

8:45 am ~ in the chapel ~ Pastor Wes will preach on in Christ there is no east or west. All are welcome to join in worship.

11 a.m. ~ in Syster Hall and online ~ Pastor Wes will preach on in Christ there is no east or west.  Our amazing Chancel Choir will sing. 

Pastor Wes’s morning meditations this week have focused on singing a new song to God.  You can click here to read.


90+ Wise Birthdays in July

7/7 ~ Maryanna Daniel
7/13 ~ Millie Small
7/18 ~ Lovette Harper
7/29 ~ Margaret D’Albert


Please pray for Joy Kuhn on the passing of her husband, Harold.  The service will be on July 22nd at 11 am in the chapel with reception to follow.

Please pray for the family of Lavilla Watson who passed away.

Millie Small and Joe Semidei on hospice care. 

Prayers for Melissa Hill, Michael Carone, John Hilficker, Helaine Eckstein, Ken Briggs, Dr. Robert Bryant, Blaine Pool, Gail Johnson, Roger Weiss, Connie Toops, Connie Schaefer, Carole Patterson, and Mary Lou Starcher who all continue to recover. 


A heartfelt thank you to our Racial Justice Mission Group for hosting Ms. H.H. Leonards on Sunday afternoon.  Ms. Leonards spoke passionately about the life and legacy of Ms. Rosa Parks. Her stories about Rosa Parks were personal and inspirational.  We had over 80 people in attendance; 40 books were sold.

Thank you to all who helped. Jim Crumel (MC), Warren Bacon (photographer), Florence Jackson and Lindsey Huddleson (Hospitality and Welcome), and Lynne Woodman (publicity)  The event was taped and a link to watch can be sent to you by contacting Pastor Wes.


During my senior year in high school, I tried out for a role in the play, Our Town.  I was cast in the role of Stage Manager.  I can still remember the rehearsals, trying to memorize my lines and being fitted for a costume.  I was so nervous on opening night that I forgot some of my lines. 

This summer marks 30 years since that moment and I thought it would be fun to gather a reader’s theater and discussion of Thornton Wilder’s play.  Please join me on Tuesday, July 25th @ 1 p.m. in the Chapel (note location!) and on Zoom.  We will read aloud the play and discuss how Wilder’s words connect to our life.  

Please order a copy of the play for yourself wherever you purchase books and come ready to read portions and discuss the themes of this play.  Please call or email Pastor Wes if you plan to attend this fun and faith-filled experience.


Family Promise
Francis House Volunteer Opportunities

We are so thankful for the folks who have signed up to be on the church’s year-round Family Promise list of volunteers, but we can always use more people.  Perhaps you missed that signup opportunity and would like to have your name added to the list.  Or perhaps you would like to volunteer for a specific need.  If so, please contact Ellen Marsey or Dotty Reed and they will be glad to and you to the year-round list and/or send you a current list of specific volunteer opportunities.


Our Peace & Justice Team continues to support Sarasota County School Board member Tom Edwards, an advocate for LGBTQ+ students. Edwards feels as if he is standing alone on this issue, and welcomes your presence and comments during School Board meetings. Meetings are held twice monthly  at the Board’s auditorium at 1960 Landings Blvd (next to The Landings shopping center). The public is always welcome, so join our group of dedicated attendees – arrive very early to sign up to speak.  

From: Peace & Justice Team


COLLLAGE will Zoom July 25th at 11 am.  You are always welcome.  Contact Pauline Geary for the Zoom link.

COLLAGE is sponsoring a field trip to Allendale Reconciling Methodist Church in Saint Petersburg on Sunday, July 30th for their 10:30am service. Lakeland Drag Artist Momma Ashley Rose will participate in worship. Please sign up with Pauline if you are interested in attending.



Wednesday, July 19
Wednesday morning Bible Study, 11 am, Oasis Center and Zoom

Saturday, July 22
Service for Harold Kuhn, 11 am, Chapel

Sunday, July 23 ~ TWO Worship
Early Morning Worship, 8:45 am, Chapel
Sunday Worship, 11 am, in Syster Hall and online

Tuesday, July 25
Our Town Discussion, 1 pm, Chapel
Tuesday Night Bible Study, 6:30 pm, Zoom






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