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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.

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2014 Annual Report

Please read and review the 2014 Annual Report for our church.  Our Annual Meeting is January 25th at 12:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall.  We will offer sandwiches and cake!  We encourage ALL members to GO GREEN and read the report on your computer.  Please note: Financial information is ONLY available at the church in paper form.  Financials can be picked up this coming Sunday for review.  If you have questions, please call the church office!

Please click here to read the report

 

 

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Grace Traces

Sunday, January 25

Wilderness

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.  Matthew 4:1

 

Quick review: Matthew begins with a genealogy, the deep roots of Jesus' family tree, including people whose halos did not shine the brightest.  He moves on to shining a light on Joseph, Jesus' adoptive father, who swims against cultural and religious expectations by dismissing Mary quietly.  By doing that Joesph takes on the shame of a broken relationship, since people would assume the baby Mary carried was his and he was not taking responsibility.  For this Matthew calls him "righteous," which stretches our understanding of that word.  Then, we get visitors from the East, who knock on Herod's door, causing a nervous Herod to go into hyper mode when he hears that there is a "King of the Jews".  When the Wise Ones leave for home by a road that did not pass by Herod's palace, Herod inflicts infanticide on people, creating misery and pain and reminding us of the ways people in power today still use their influence to hurt rather than help.  ...Read More

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Worship This Sunday

Please join us this Sunday at 9 and 11 am

This Sunday, February 1st,  as we focus on the Lord's Prayer.  Dale Moore will preach.  We will also celebrate communion and install our new church leadership elected last Sunday.  We especially welcome any friends from up North who are here for a few weeks enjoying the Florida sunshine.  Please come and bring a friend! All are welcome here: whoever you are and wherever you are on life's journey.  

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Bible Study

As we move deeper into 2015, the Bible Study group continues to read the Gospel of Matthew.  It is the hope and prayer that by going chapter by chapter this will deepen the experience people have on Sunday morning when we touch down in a specific chapter and few verses.  The Bible Study table is always open.  We meet on Wednesday mornings from 11 am to noon in Fellowship Hall.  Hope to see you there!

February 4    Discussion of discipleship, wrapping up first half of Matthew 1-12

February 11  Parables, Matthew 13-14

February 18  NO Bible Study ~ please attend an Ash Wednesday Service

February 25  Matthew 15-16

Please know that all chapters are tentative, we try to stay open to the Holy Spirit...sometimes lingering over a verse or chapter longer than the above schedule.  See Pastor Wes for the exact chapter each week.

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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