Worshipping with Full Voice 🎶🙌🎵

Thank you to Pauline Geary, Sandi Armstrong, Carolyn Habels, Deb Hays, Alex Mitchell, Kristi Weiland and Pastor Wes for helping to carry the PRIDE flag across the Ringling Bridge on Saturday. 

Here is a photo ~ see if you can spot us (LOL).

You can read more about this witness of God’s love by clicking here.  

Please click here to read the summer (July/August) Newsletter. 

Thank you to Carol McCloud, Evelyn Crooks, and Sherry Glover for their help in keeping us to-to-date.

Also, did you know that you can watch the sermons online every week?  You can click here to watch the entire sermon series on Acts.


Two Services this Sunday ~
July 7 with Holy Communion at both services. 

Food Pantry Sunday ~ bring an item or two for All Faith’s Food Bank.

Worship at 8:45 a.m. & 11 a.m. ~ 

We welcome Adam De Sorgo as our guest organist/choir director

8:45 a.m. ~ We gather in the chapel to worship.  We will listen to Paul singing from prison as we kickoff a sermon series on singing.

11:00 a.m. ~ We gather in the sanctuary or online.  Pastor Wes will preach on Paul singing from prison as we kickoff a sermon series on singing.  The choir will sing, “

Birthday Sunday during Fellowship after worship on July 7.

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


Starting next Tuesday, July 9th join us as we dive into our hymnal as a prayerbook and theological textbook.

As an extension of the sermon series on singing our faith, we will gather on the following Tuesdays OR Wednesdays to discuss our almost 30-year-old New Century Hymnal.  Just as no one hymn can bear the weight of all our diversity.  No one hymnal can do that either.

Here are the topics:

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.

Tuesday, July 9 at 6:30 p.m. OR Wednesday July 10 at 11:30 (note the time) ~ Overview and how music is praying twice

Tuesday, July 23 at 6:30 p.m. OR Wednesday, July 24 at 11 a.m.  ~ Translated and Updated, talking about inclusive language

Tuesday, July 30 at 6:30 p.m. OR Wednesday, July 31 at 11 a.m. ~ Where do we go from here?  The unresolved and unfinishable work of letting our lives flow on in endless song.


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

July 10 ~ We will explore our Top 41 hymns as a church and ways to cultivate singing our Racial Justice Covenant.

Sacred Conversations on Race will take the rest of July and August off for a summer break.


On July 14th after church, our Welcome Task Force invites you to let loose your craft side by making Peace Flowers.  These flowers will be “planted” for the first day of school, August 12.  We want to make 100 Peace Flowers in English and Spanish with encouraging sayings to the children at Alta Vista.  All supplies provided on July 14th, you bring your love and willing hands. 

Please put August 12th at 8:15 a.m. on your calendar to cheer the children back to school and warmly greet the parents.  We will gather in our parking lot.  


Please also remember that voting procedures in many states have changed!  NOW is the time to check your REGISTRATION for whatever state you vote in!  Do it online. Websites below.  (If you vote by mail, you can check on the same site to see that your vote is counted!)
Be sure you’re still registered!  (Vote-by Mail MUST be renewed this year!)
~ Sarasota:  
~ Manatee:  votemanatee.com
~ Any state, any county:  vote.gov.

New Florida voters:  vote.gov or your county website 

National Voting Dates for your calendar:
Vote-by-mail ballots will be sent out:  September 26th ~ October 3rd 

Here is the link to watch the video from the League of Women of Voter:

To rewatch the video we showed on Sunday, please click here.


Church Directory…

We are bringing our directory up-to-date.  And we need your help!!
Please go to our Instant Church Directory and verify that your address, phone, and email are correct!

Or please contact the church office to verify.

If you have dropped your landline, gotten a new cell phone number or email, or had any changes in the way the church contacts you.

Finally, if you would like a new picture in the on-line directory, let us know!!

Our hope is to have this project done by September!  Please check today and let us know that the information is correct.


Lord, listen to your children praying. 
Lord send Your Spirit in this place. 
Lord, listen to your children praying. 
Send us love, send us power, send us grace.  


Prayer Circle ~ Thank you to Jane Delgado-Semidei, we have re-established our Prayer Circle ~ a group of members who will pray for you each day.  There are prayer cards in the pews OR you can also find the prayer request on our website. 

Please click here to send a prayer to the prayer circle.


Director of Music Search Team Update ~

We are receiving interest in our search for a new director of music.  We still appreciate your help sharing and spreading the word about the position. 


The Search Team will continue the prayerful work to find the candidate who is a good fit with our Covenants, Core Values, choir, congregation, and staff.   We will conduct initial Zoom interviews.  Eventually, we will bring candidates to campus for face-to-face interviews.  During this time, we do need to maintain confidentiality concerning who is applying.
Please hold the Search Team in prayer.  Thank you to Lori White, Jane Hunder, Jeff Smith, Peggye Mezile, Linda Pursley, Gregg Matthews, Diane Miller, Nancy Morris and Pastor Wes.


Since its founding 50 years ago, Bread for the World has achieved many victories. Through nonpartisan political engagement, Bread has helped strengthen national nutritional programs, drastically reducing hunger in the U.S. and abroad. Below are some of the reasons our church is a Bread for the World Covenant Church:

Bread for the World has worked to ensure SNAP is always available when a crisis hits, like during COVID or country-wide recessions

Bread for the World’s efforts to expand and extend the Child Tax Credit amid the COVID-19 pandemic helped reduce childhood poverty in the U.S. by nearly 45 percent

Bread for the World was instrumental in crafting language for and obtaining passage of the bipartisan Global Malnutrition Prevention and Treatment Act of 2022, which helps U.S. global nutrition efforts around the world be more effective.

For more information on how Bread for the World helps to combat hunger and poverty in the U.S. and abroad, please read the following link: https://www.bread.org/our-impact/


Pastor Wes will be on vacation July 15-21. On July 21, Dr. Christian Hoffman will lead worship.  

July 21 is also Adam De Sorgo’s last Sunday with us.  We have been blessed in so many ways by Adam’s music ministry.  Please be sure to thank him!  

Stephen Fancher and Glenn Priest will bless us in July and August as we continue to search for our permanent Director of Music.


Coming soon!!  Mark your calendars that there is one service at 10:30 a.m. from August 4 – Labor Day (September 1).  

If you have questions please see Pastor Wes or our moderators.  (Harold Mezile ~ Moderator; Carol McCloud ~ Vice-Moderator; Nancy Morris ~ Immediate Past Moderator)


May God’s love enfold and hold Bill!

Our sister church, Bethel CME is hosting a Golf Tournament on July 13 at Bobby Jones Golf Club.  Registration is at 7 a.m., start time is 8 a.m.  The purpose of the tournament is to raise funds to support our four colleges and one seminary: Lane College, Miles College, Paine College, Texas College, and Phillips School of Theology as well as domestic and international missions.

If you would like to register – cost is $100 per individual or $400 for a team of 4.  Please contact Pastor Wes for the email address.  We pray for God’s blessings and a beautiful day of golf on July 13th.  


Wednesday, July 3
Worship Team, 1 p.m. Oasis Center and Zoom

Thursday, July 4
Church Campus Closed ~ Happy 4th of July!

Sunday, July 7 ~ Communion & Food Pantry Sunday
Early Morning Worship, 8:45 a.m., Chapel
Sunday Worship, 11 a.m. in Sanctuary and online
Birthday Sunday during Fellowship, noon, Syster Hall

Monday, July 8

Facilities and Grounds, 10 a.m., Oasis Center and Zoom 
Search Team for Director of Music, 1 p.m., Oasis and Zoom

Tuesday, July 9
Tuesday Night Hymn Conversation, 6:30 p.m., Zoom

Wednesday, July 10
Pastor Wes at Plymouth Harbor Chapel, 10 a.m.
Hymn Conversation, 11:30 a.m., Oasis Center and Zoom
Sacred Conversations on Race, 3 p.m., Oasis Center and Zoom
Choir Rehearsal, 7 p.m., Chapel

Saturday, July 14 ~ Service for Michael Matles, 11 a.m., Sanctuary 




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