This Sunday and This Week at UCG

This Sunday at UCG we begin a new worship theme, “Love Letters.” Maybe you’ve written or received them… maybe you have known people whose lives were messages of love.  Maybe there were words or maybe gestures that communicated the love–from predictable or from  unexpected places. Join us this Sunday for an intriguing and inspiring new theme. We will hear about letters in the lives of Jean,  Kristin, and Lindsey. We will have music by Art and our UCG choir! Between the services you will be invited to attend one of our two exciting seminars: “How I know God”  led by Saeed Khan, speaking from his perspective as a Muslim, and “SEEK Community Center’s FOCUS program” that is offered for children primarily living in east Gainesville, led by Natalie King. She comes to share with us and also to learn why we cared enough last year to support the program with significant financial gifts. Join your UCG family for this Sunday’s exciting and inspiring opportunities!

8:15am – Chapel open for Silent Meditation
9:00 – 12:30pm – Nursery & Toddler care
9:15am – Worship – Board of Parish Ministry
9:30am – United Tribes
10:15am – Fellowship & Beverages
Art in the Library Reception – Library
10:25am – Adult Seminars – See below
11:15am – Worship – Board of Parish Ministry
1:30pm – The Work of Byron Katie* – Chapel
*pre-registered Adult Small Group

United Tribes – This week will be our Children’s Sabbath Rehearsal. This is a very important Sunday for all children to attend. We will learn our song and all children grades 3-5 will sign up for their leadership role in the service, to be held on Sunday, May 21 during our 9:15 service. Please make sure your child(ren) can join us this Sunday!!

Adult Seminars:

  • “How I Know God” with Saeed Khan in Seminar B. We will continue our conversation of “How I Know God,” this time speaking from the Muslim perspective. Dr. Khan is a known local advocate and activist, and his insights are sure to be enlightening.
  • SEEK Community Center’s FOCUS Summer Program with former Executive Director, Dr. Natalie King, in Reimer Hall. The FOCUS program offers outstanding summer camp experiences for children living primarily in East Gainesville. Natalie will share with us some of the terrific opportunities that have been provided through the program, but she is also coming to ask us WHY we were so engaged in the program last year, and what inspired us to support her program in the way we did. (We raised almost $4000 in a single Sunday to support the program last year)

Art in the Library ReceptionUnseenamerica – Misunderstanding, ignorance and exposure to narrow perspectives frequently leads to xenophobia, racism and at its worst, hatred and violence. Through photographs, Muslim students from the University of Florida reveal the simple truth that being Muslim is nothing less than being human. Join us for a reception in the Library from 10:15-11:15am.

Annual Mommy Reads (MR) Book Drive on Sunday, May 14-Mother’s Day! You can donate a new or like new children’s book (for toddlers through young adults) in honor of your mother, or any other special person in your life, by going to the MR wish list on If you purchase a book locally, a collection box for will be in the courtyard on May 14. For more details, see UCG’s April newsletter, our Facebook page, or contact Kari Shattuck at

UCG’s Summer Tribal Camp – Weekdays July 24–August 4 – Tribal camp is for rising Kindergarteners through rising 6th graders. Please pick up a registration packet in the front office. There are a limited number of spots so fill out your registration today!


  1. Ky Gress says

    This new website is great! It’s very well organized, interesting and full of useful information that is easy to find. Thanks so much! I will switch from getting mailed bulletins, which I always read thoroughly, and will now rely solely on the website.

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