Happy Pentecost 🎶📭

Two Services May 19

Pentecost Sunday

Worship at 8:45 a.m. & 11 a.m.

Wear Red to worship

8:45 a.m. ~ We gather in the chapel to listen to the way the Spirit continues to empower and enliven.  Wear red to worship as we gather to be open to God’s guidance and grace.  Pastor Wes will preach on Acts 2, selected verses.

11:00 a.m. ~ We gather in the sanctuary or online to worship on Pentecost!  Please wear red.  The Choir will sing, “Ev’ry time I feel the Spirit” ~ a wonderful Spiritual by William L. Dawson. Pastor Wes will preach on Acts 2.  Wear red as we celebrate the movement of the Spirit in and around us.

We welcome Adam DeSorgo to lead our choir and music this weekend and through the month of July. 

Fellowship in Syster Hall follows 11 a.m. worship ~ please take a moment to look at the history posters at the front of the Syster Hall!

Pastor Wes’s Morning Meditations on the Hymnal in our Soul ~  You can click here to read.


NEXT UCC MEN’S BREAKFAST ON MAY 18  ~ The UCC Men’s breakfast series continues on Saturday, May 18 and all the men of the congregation are invited to join for breakfast in Syster Hall then.  Coffee will be on at 8 am and breakfast served at 8:30 am.   Dick Miller will be our chef this month and, after breakfast, Josh Burch will share challenges faced and adaptations made by visually impaired individuals. You may register by Thursday, May16 by calling Sherry at the church office at 941-953-7044.  We hope to see you there!


Thanks to each of you who purchased a copy of my latest book, “In the Chatroom with God.”  I hope you find it both inspiring and challenging. Anyone who would still like a  copy can either call or e-mail Dale Moore – contact information in the directory or contact the church for the phone/email.  They are $12 a copy. 

Director of Music Search Update:

Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who participated in one of the focus groups regarding our search for the next Director of Music.  We are so grateful for the feedback and have over four pages of notes!  Thank you to Lori White for typing up the notes.  Thank you to our Search Team: Jane Hunder, Jeff Smith, Peggye Mezile, Linda Pursley, Gregg Matthews, Diane Miller, and Nancy Morris for leading these sessions.  We will continue to go through your comments prayerfully and seeking God’s guidance as we shape the process.  Here is where we are as of right now:

1. The Search Team and The Staffing Team are finalizing the job description.  The Search Team was blessed to have Sam Nelson (Dean of the American Guild of Organist [AGO] in Sarasota and Organist/Choir Master at Redeemer) to go over the job description with us line-by-line.  Sam is willing to help us in our search and we are so grateful for his help.

2. We hope to have the job description finalized for the May Council Meeting to be approved.

3. Once Council has approved the job description we will post nationally through the American Guild of Organists, UCC Musicians Network as well as other denominational Musicians Networks, Music Conservatories (Eastman, U of I, Oberlin), and word-of-mouth through Sarasota musicians who love our church and friends of our congregation.  We will let you know when the job is posted so you can share with others you know to apply.
4. We will ask all candidates to submit resume and repertoire for us to review hopefully through June and July ~ although we will take the necessary time to find the person who fits with our covenants, core values, choir, congregation and staff ~ this is a tall order.

We ask for your prayers!!

In the meantime, we are blessed by Adam DeSorgo’s music ministry through July.  In August, Stephen Fancher will play as will Glenn Priest.  Glenn will fill in through mid-September.  Beyond September will be clarified as we make our way through this process.

I trust that God is guiding us and sense God’s love leading us each prayerful steps.  While I don’t know who will be conducting the choir from the organ and piano bench fulltime, I do know that as a church we are seeking to be open to the guidance of the spirit.

Please pray with me:
O God, our life flows on in endless song, above all the lamentations around us and within us.  We pray we would continue to glorify You in our music, moments of silence, laughter’s healing art, and times of care.  God of grace and God of glory, guide us through this wilderness where we feel like the Israelites, longing to go back to what was comfortable.  Precious Lord, take our hand through us.  Help us embody caring and love for each other.  Help us resist rushing ahead for the sake of efficiency, trusting that You are with us and You are working in the life of whoever we will call ~ though we know not the name or who that individual might be.  We need You every hour and especially through this time.  Guide our feet as we run this race that we may do so with Your love as our means and goal.  All this we pray in the name of Your love divine, all love’s excelling.  Amen.

I encourage you to please come and talk to me or Lori White if you have any questions or concerns.

With great love to you all ~ Wes 

Sacred Conversations on Race ~ gathers at 3 pm in the Oasis Center and on Zoom on the following date:

June 12 & June 26 ~ We will be discussing Sho Baraka’s Book, He Saw that It Was Good. 

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


The Art Center Manatee this week recognized our very own, Gary LaParl, with a First Place Award.  We celebrate Gary’s gift and celebrate with him.   Here’s a link to the art center’s website.  Scroll down a bit and you’ll see an ad for the Dreamscapes show and his piece that was honored. 


In solidary with the Brady Campaign, you are invited to wear orange to church on Sunday, June 2nd.  

As you may know, Brady Sarasota and other local groups were planning to gather on June 8 at Bayfront Park to see the Ringling Bridge lit orange for Gun Violence Awareness month. We learned yesterday that the Florida Department of Transportation had decided that no bridge in the state could light up for awareness of any event or group this summer. Instead, bridges are to be illuminated in red, white and blue from Memorial Day to Labor Day to celebrate the sales tax holiday bill signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis. Other groups that would have seen their colors on the bridge this summer: Pride, Juneteenth, Equality Day, National Recovery Month and World Fragile X Day.

It’s taken some time for Brady and Moms Demand Manasota, working together, to be approved for the bridge observance. We were not notified of the change directly; we read about it on blogs and in newspapers. We haven’t decided our next step but will keep you posted. Save that June 8 date at 8 pm, though. We may just show up at the park — orange lights or no orange lights. And we still ask you to wear your orange shirts for Brady or rainbow colors for Pride to church on Sunday, June 2. 
Here’s one news story to read, click here.

Meanwhile, consider calling the governor’s office at  (850) 717-9337 and the FDOT at (850) 414-4100 to express your displeasure about the bridge ruling.

Save the Date! On Sunday, June 23rd, join the Peace and Justice Team at a special Fellowship Hour in Syster Hall after the 11 AM service to learn about voting procedures for the upcoming SMH Board election in August, and the statistical impacts of potential hospital privatization on quality of care and cost. More details to follow.



Wednesday, May 15
Wednesday morning Bible Study, 11 a.m., Oasis Center and Zoom
Choir Rehearsal, 7 p.m., Chapel

Thursday, May 16
Finance Meeting, 3 p.m., Zoom

Saturday, May 18
Men’s Breakfast, 8:00 a.m., Syster Hall

Sunday, May 19 ~ Pentecost
Early Worship, 8:45 a.m.
Sunday Worship, 11 a.m. in Sanctuary and online
Fellowship time, noon

Monday, May 20
Growing and Caring, noon, Oasis Center
Spiritual Education and Growth, 2 p.m., Oasis Center and Zoom
Director of Music Search Team, 3 p.m., Oasis Center and Zoom

Tuesday, May 21

Council, 6:30 p.m., Zoom 

Pastor Wes will be on vacation Wednesday, May 22- Tuesday, May 28.  Rev. Jeff Jones will preach for Pastor Wes on Sunday, May 26th and there will be ONE service at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary and online that day.  





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