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Sunday Celebration   10:30 AM

All are welcome!

ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE
February 26, 2020 – 6:00 PM


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OUR CORE VALUES

We are a Just Peace and Open and Affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ.


 

YOU BELONG HERE.

We are radically inclusive and extravagantly welcoming. We are a church of Love In Action.
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Welcome to St. Andrew United Church of Christ!
We are a progressive and inclusive expression of the Christian faith.

Our Sunday Celebrations offer worship rich in modern and traditional music and customs, with a challenging message, supportive prayer, and a children’s time. Communion, which is open to all, is on the first Sunday of every month. Celebrate with us in a relaxed, inclusive, inviting, and inspiring time to focus on our relationships with God and our growing church family.

We are proud to be an extravagantly welcoming church that fully includes all people, regardless of race, sex, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, physical ability, mental ability, economic status, or faith journey.

No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you’re welcome here. 

We celebrate the diversity God created us to be!  Together, we are:
• Young and old

• LGBT and straight
• Multiracial and multicultural
• Snowbirds and year-round Florida residents
• Folks who grew up in the UCC and folks who are new to the UCC

Our open-minded and welcoming environment attracts members from Sarasota, Bradenton, Venice, Lakewood Ranch, Osprey, University Place, Nokomis, Ellenton, The Meadows, Gulf Gate Estates, Southgate, Siesta Key, Anna Maria Island, Myakka City, and from many other places in Sarasota and Manatee Counties.

We are easily accessible from USF Sarasota-Manatee, New College of Florida, State College of Florida, the Ringling College of Art and Design, and Suncoast Technical College. We can be conveniently reached via Tamiami Trail, Beneva Road, and Clark Road.

We are a member of Sarasota United for Responsibility and Equity (SURE) and the Gulfcoast Affirming Interfaith Network (GAIN). 


 


STUDY AND DISCUSSION GROUP
(Thursdays at 10:00 AM)

NEW SERIES BEGINS FEBRUARY 13, 2020

The Study and Discussion Group meets most Thursdays at 10:00 AM. Every session begins with a time of prayer and reflection. Join us for a lively and enriching conversation!

The next book for reflection is When Demons Float, a mystery novel by Susan Thistlethwaite. All are welcome!

About the book: Kristin Ginelli, Chicago-cop-turned-religion-professor, is horrified when her new Muslim faculty colleague is targeted with a hate crime by self-styled white supremacists. She investigates, wading into the disgusting waters of white supremacist hate online. She is stunned to learn how young people and adults are being tempted into hate and violence on the Internet. As she teaches her religion classes, she comes to realize this is what philosophers and theologians have meant by the demonic. In this kind of extremism, hate rises to the surface and it is hard to keep it down. When a student is killed, and Kristin is threatened, she has to cut through the university’s stalling and what looks increasingly like corruption in the Chicago police and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to find the killers and try to stem the tide of hate.

About the author: Susan Thistlethwaite is President Emerita and Professor Emerita at Chicago Theological Seminary, which is historically related to the United Church of Christ. She has authored and/or edited 13 academic books and two works of mystery fiction. Thistlethwaite has been an ordained minister in the UCC since 1974.

You can order When Demons Float from Amazon, Wipf and Stock Publishers, or your preferred retailer. 


 

 


 

  


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