This Sunday and This Week at UCG

This Sunday at UCG we begin our regular Worship schedule of two services at 9:15am and 11:15am. Andy Bachmann will be preaching! This Sunday at UCG LifeSouth Blood Drive 8:15am – Chapel open for Silent Meditation 9:00am – 12:30pm – Nursery & Toddler Care 9:15am & 11:15am – Worship – Andy

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The Search Process

The search process for our next UCG Associate Minister has begun. As per our UCG policies and procedures, the nominations for Search Committee members were contributed by the congregation, vetted for every possible representation, diversity, and availability by Council Exec, and by vote of the Church Council, a slate of

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Bread and Wine

I do this weird thing with wine and bread every once in a while. My wife Tracy busts me almost every time I do it, but still, I do it anyway. Often, gathered around our dinner table, I’ll take a little corner of my bread and tilt my glass in

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Water is Powerful

We are preparing for Gathering of Waters and it is a joyful time of reunion after a summer apart for many UCG’ers. As we gather this Sunday, may we hold in heart and in prayers those suffering because of the power of water unleashed in storms. Connie Larkman’s article from

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This is Water

My friend David Hackett stopped by the office today, to briefly ponder the modern day dilemma of chronic screen-time. And on his way out, he directed me to a youtube video I had to check out. Ironic, no? And yet, with this simple link, and these 9 minutes and 22

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Love…Endures All Things

Sabbath doesn’t always bring rest. And Easter doesn’t always remind me of resurrection. Sometimes, the message of Easter is simply, “endure.” Not the most hope-filled word, I know. But sometimes, it is all we can do. It was hard not to draw correlations between the death of 16-year-old Robert Dentmond

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A Prayer for Gainesville

Like many of you, I’ve been heartbroken this week. It is hard to imagine Easter arriving by Sunday, but I was also reminded that heartbreak is our natural companion during Holy Week. Any words I could offer feel inadequate, but silence too seems insufficient. I was reading the traditional seven

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Helping God Think

In the fall we completed an All-Church Survey that helped to discern three priorities the congregation has for the direction of our life together over the next three years. Those priorities named by UCG respondents to the Survey had to do with justice action around race, poverty, and the environment;

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“An ABCD”

This past Sunday I preached about the greatest birthday gift I ever gave myself. It was when I turned 40 years old, and I knew I wanted to do something epic. So I asked all of my friends the whole world over to, if they were so inspired, make me

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352 Walls

Over the past many months, artists from around the world have been transforming our city walls into giant works of art here in Gainesville, Florida. 352walls has transformed many of our downtown buildings into eye-catching, mind blowing and head scratching murals that have done much to inspire the imagination and

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Communication & Connection

Watch as we zoom right into the year 2015. 50 years after our very first year as a congregation we find ourselves at a crossroads. As a congregation we’ve experienced birth, growth, change and evolution. In honor of all this forward-thinkingness, we decided it was time to take the website to

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