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Sanctuary Enhancement Update

New tile is beginning to be laid in our sanctuary!  This is very exciting as we are moving forward.  You can help this Saturday, August 12 at 9 am with cleaning the bi-fold choir robe doors and base boards.  Contact Bud Rives for more information.  


 TWO Services this Sunday ~
August 13 at 8:45 am & 11 am ~

Dr. Christine Hoffman leading worship.

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 ~ Dr. Christine Hoffman will preach on Isaiah 2:1-5, “When Hope Sounds Fantastic”.  All are welcome.

11 a.m. ~ in Syster Hall and online ~ Dr. Christine Hoffman will preach on Isaiah 2:1-5, “When Hope Sounds Fantastic.  Our Drumming Group will play during the service.  Our amazing Chancel Choir will sing.

For our online viewers, we encourage you to stream on YouTube directly.  YouTube offers a GREAT experience for participating in the service.  You are welcome to continue to watch on Facebook right now.  Please note that our website is taking the feed from YouTube, so going directly to the platform will help.

Click Here to Watch on Facebook

Pastor Wes’s morning meditations this week have focused on reading the Psalms.  You can click here to read.


This Saturday, August 12 at 9 am, help paint the new baseboard and clean the choir bi-fold doors.  This is a BYOB (bring your own BRUSH!)…or clothes to wipe down the doors…or cleaning items.  Contact Bud Rives for more information.  Many hands make light the work.


90+ Wise Birthdays 

8/3 ~   Bill Brackett
8/21 ~ Donald Dumford
8/24 ~ Ed Dupree


Please pray for Jane Delgado-Semidei whose husband, Joe passed away.

Please pray for family of Gail Johnson who passed away.  Services for Gail are planned for August 19 at 10 am in the chapel.

Millie Small on hospice care. 

Prayers for Julia Detoff, Dick Sparrow, Kitty Miller, Jon Metzger, Melissa Hill, Michael Carone, John Hilficker, Helaine Eckstein,  Dr. Robert Bryant, Blaine Pool, Roger Weiss, Connie Schaefer, and who all continue to recover. 


Our very own, Gary LaParl is having an art show at Art Ovation Lobby Art Studio Aug. 15 – 21!

I’m excited to let you know that I will be the Artist in Residence at Art Ovation Hotel at 1255 N. Palm Ave in Sarasota from August 15 -21.  I’ll be in the Art Ovation Lobby Studio from 4PM to 8PM daily with a Public Reception on Friday, August 18 from 5PM to 7PM.  I’m calling this exhibit “Portraits from a Stolen Past,” and will feature oil paintings and oil collage works based on vintage portraits.  

I’ve always loved vintage portraits of same sex couples and have collected them for years.  Whether you perceive them as friends or partners, in many of them you can feel a melancholy as well as an excitement for sharing their friendship or relationship in a photo.  I love bringing these portraits to life with color and enhancing the positive elements off each image.

Tomorrow, Thursday, August 10 is the first day of school.  The Mission Team invites members and friends of the church who are available to show up on Thursday from 7:30 – 8:30 am to “cheer the kids” as they arrive for their first day of school!  You can bring pompoms or posters or just your presence!


Sacred Conversations on Race will resume on August 9th at 3 pm

August 9: “How Racism Makes Us Sick” – TED Talks by David R Williams
August 23: “How to Have a Voice and Lean into Conversations about Race” – TED Talks by Amanda Kemp. 

All are welcome!  You can join either in person in the Oasis Center or on Zoom.  Please see Jim Crumel for more information.



Wednesday, August 9
Sacred Conversations on Race, 3 pm, Oasis Center and Zoom

Thursday, August 10
Ready Readers meeting to discuss Bless Your Heart, Rae Sutton by Susannah B. Lewis

Saturday, August 12
Volunteers needed to help with cleaning bi-fold doors and painting baseboards, 9 am

Sunday, August 13 ~ TWO Worship ~ Dr. Christine Hoffman
Early Morning Worship, 8:45 am, Chapel
Sunday Worship, 11 am, in Syster Hall and online

Monday, August 14
Facilities and Grounds, 10 am, Oasis and Zoom
Reading the Bible in a Year, 1 pm, Oasis and Zoom

Tuesday, August 15
Spiritual Education and Growth, 2 pm, Oasis and Zoom
Tuesday Evening Bible Study, 6:30 pm, Zoom






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