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We are an open and affirming congregation that welcomes and embraces persons of every gender, race, nationality, sexual orientation, age and ability. We invite you to join in the life and ministry of our church.


Grace Traces

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Divine Drama of Worship

You arrive in the parking lot frazzled.  The morning had not gone according to your plans.  Maybe you are late because your children refused to get dressed or you got a distressing phone call or some how time just slipped away.  Now, parked out in the Boonies, you hurry trying to get to the sanctuary.

Stop for just a moment and consider the threshold of the sanctuary doors.  I know many people talk about the divide between the secular and sacred; as though the sanctuary is God's home turf and outside the four walls of the church is a playground of another sort.  But, how in the world is that in concert with Genesis 1, where God creates all that is seen and unseen?  Read More


Making Sense of Scripture

Thursday, August 28, 6:30 p.m., Chapel

Pastor Wes is offering a new Adult Education opportunity. Mark your calendars for Thursday evenings, August 28, September 4 and 11, from 6:30-8 p.m. in our Chapel. The title is "Making Sense of Scripture" based on the book by the same name by David Lose. You do not need to read the book to participate in the class. The class is designed to help you understand how you approach Scripture and the alternative ways others approach Scripture.

Dr. Lose was one of Pastor Wes' professors at Luther Seminary during his doctorate work. He maintains a blog (http://www.davidlose.net/) if you would like to familiarize yourself with his writings and style. See you, along with your fellow members, starting August 28.


Worship This Sunday

Please join us this Sunday for WORSHIP at 10 am

We continue our Summer Sermon Series on Brian McLaren's book, Naked Spirituality with the word, ... (silence or the word beyond our words)  Our focus Scripture is 1 Kings 19:1-13, please click here to read before worship. We hope you will join us in worship and bring a friend!  All are welcome here: whoever you are and wherever you are on life's journey.  


Bible Study

You are invited to dwell in the Word with us EVERY Wednesday morning from 11 am to noon.  We meet in the Fellowship Hall of the church to study and talk about the scripture for the upcoming Sunday.  Here are a few upcoming passages

August 20 we will study Joshua 4

August 27 we will study Psalm 100 along with a special treat

September 3 we will study Genesis 8, story of Noah

September 10 we will study Genesis 12, story of Abram/Abraham and Sarai/Sarah

September 17 we will study Genesis 37, story of Joseph of "Technicolor Coat" fame

Hope you will join in the conversation.  You are always welcome.

Contact Information

First Congregational United Church of Christ
1031 S. Euclid Ave.
Sarasota, FL 34237
Phone: (941) 953-7044 or (941) 365-4463
Fax: (941) 952-5245

Email: uccsarasota@aol.com

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