The congregation is invited to a Celebration of Life for Ruth Starkey Ritter, mother of Mary Bast, on Saturday, May 27 at 2:00pm in the Sanctuary. All are asked to be present to support the family in their time of grief.
This Sunday at UCG, we continue with the worship theme, “Love Letters,” and will examine questions about the spaces around and between the words and the lines in the messages that are spoken (and lived) and communicated between us. What about the borders? Shelly’s sermon is entitled, “Wide Margins.” Rebecca Pethes Vincent will be sharing special music and we will enjoy honoring our dear friend, Kathy Funke for her many years of service as the coordinator of Lively Arts. There will be cake with our coffee between the services. Join your church family for a wonderful Sunday at UCG!
8:15am – Chapel open for Silent Meditation
9:00am-12:30pm – Nursery & Toddler care
9:15am – Worship – Shelly Wilson
10:15am – Fellowship & Beverages
Reception for Kathy Funke, retiring Lively Arts Coordinator – Reimer Hall
11:15am – Worship – Shelly Wilson
Friendship Group – Room 8
United Tribes – This week, kids will have Activity Time with fun, games, and crafting.
Do You Want to Join UCG? – On Sunday, June 11, we will welcome new members at the 9:15 & 11:15 services. New member orientation is Wednesday, May 31 at 5:30pm in Reimer Hall. Child care is provided. Please call the church office or sign up on the bulletin board by the office on Sunday morning.
Youth United and Middle School Group are on hiatus for the summer, but there are a few planned events in place – June 6, Dinner & a Movie; June 24, Ichetucknee trip; July 18, bowling. Be sure to check the newsletter, weekly emails, and the Sunday bulletin for details on each event.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month/Tie Green Ribbons – Green ribbons are the official symbol for mental health awareness. The city of Gainesville has given us permission to place green ribbons throughout public spaces to remind us of our responsibility to fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care for persons with mental health concerns. One in five U.S. adults will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime, and everyone is affected by mental illness through friends and family. Throughout May, participants in Gainesville and across the country are raising awareness for mental health.
Alachua County Crisis line – 352-264-6789
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-8255
UCG’s Summer Tribal Camp – Weekdays July 24–August 4 – Tribal camp is for rising Kindergartners 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!
Gathering Water – Wherever you are this summer- in your own yard, at the beach, in another state or country– remember to gather a small amount of water to bring to our annual “Gathering of Waters” service on August 20. This service is our ritual of re-gathering as a church community at the end of the summer.
Summer Office Hours – The church office hours from Monday, June 5 to Friday August 18 will be 9:00am to 4:00pm. Regular office hours, 8:30am to 4:30pm, resume on Monday, August 21.