This Sunday and This Week at UCG

This Sunday at UCG, join us for our worship service at 10:00 AM. The board of Parish Ministry will give a special Taize service, based on the traditions of Taizé, an ecumenical monastic community in France, which will include readings, singing, and prayer with periods of silent contemplation.

PLEASE bring Welcome Wagon gifts for our new Associate Minister, Talia Raymond and her family as they move to Gainesville on August 1. Small gifts or other items are being collected now to fill a Welcome Basket for our new Associate Minister,Talia Raymond and her family. Some ideas are a letter of welcome, tips on your favorite places in the area, gift certificates for local products, events or a favorite restaurant. For those who want to contribute money, we’ll have envelopes available to contribute toward other gift certificates. Thanks for helping out in this way!

All Day – SJC Coffee, Tea, and Chocolate Sales
9:00am – Morning Meditation
9:45am – Nursery & Toddler Care
10:00am – Taize Worship

United Tribes – Sundays for the summer months are Activity Time. Please join us for fun through outdoor games, indoor art, and opportunities for fellowship!

UCG’s Summer Tribal Camp – Weekdays July 24–August 4 – Tribal camp is for rising Kindergartners through rising 6th graders. Please visit the Tribal Camp page on our site or pick up a registration packet in the front office.

Do you have an idea for a small group that you have been wanting to offer to our UCG committee? Now is your chance!! The UCG Small Groups Committee is working on putting together our group offerings for Fall 2017. Please contact Karen Hegland or front office, and we will work with you to include your group in the Fall 2017 program. The deadline to submit your group is August 6. 

UCG’s next Family Promise Hosting will be August 13 – 20.  Please sign up today and make a difference in the lives of our guest families.  Signups can be done online at Sign Up Genius or in the UCG courtyard July 23, July 30 and August 6.  Please contact Dawn Beachy at or contact the front office at 352-378-3500 with any questions. Thank you for being a part of this important ministry at UCG!

Our new online church directory is up and amazing! It contains most members,staff and some active friends of the church. The directory is password protected and only available to members of our church family. You control how much information to share. Have you gotten your photo in yet? Do it today! You should have received an email from which contained your user name and temporary password, a link to the directory and instructions on how to use it. You can log on and update your password, check your information and upload a photo of you and your family members! We are hoping for 100% participation! Need help? Email Lisa at or call the office at (352) 378 – 3500. Click here to visit directory!

Another Opportunity for Book Giving (and Promoting Our Shared Values) – You’ve shown your generosity and shared your love of books with donations to the Mommy Reads Program. Another opportunity exists right here at UCG in the gift baskets Kairos assembles for parents of newborns and children adopted into our UCG families. Copies of books that you enjoyed as a child or of those that you found enjoyable while raising your children are of course welcome. (Classics are classics for good reason.) However, if you need some ideas for books to purchase that celebrate our shared values of understanding, we have a suggested book list that was carefully compiled by Dr. Nancy Ryan, UCG member and education professor. You can buy most classics at your bookstore, but the lesser known works such as those on the list can be ordered from Amazon. They can be donated to Kairos and turned into the church office at any time. If you would like a copy of the book list, please see Lois McNamara at the Kairos card table any Sunday morning or email her at We expect several babies over the next few months! Thanks for your help in collecting items to welcome them!

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.

We need volunteers! On August 20, between the 9:15 and 11:15, Gathering of Waters services, there will be a Potluck Brunch! We need helpers to set up, serve and take down. You can volunteer for the early crew (from 9:00 to 10:30) or you can volunteer for the later crew (from 10:30 to noon) by signing up on the bulletin board outside the church office, or contacting the church office at 378-3500 or Everyone attending the brunch will bring a finger food to share.

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.

Summer Worship Schedule – Through Sunday, August 13 we will have one worship service at 10am.


  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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