This Sunday and This Week at UCG

This Sunday at UCG, we will be having a guest speaker, Fred Gregory! His sermon is titled “So What Do We Do about Nature?”. Elizabeth Clark, Bryan Clark and other band members will present the beautiful “Pulse,” written by Melissa Etheridge in memory of those killed last year in Pulse nightclub, and we will have the opportunity to enjoy fellowship and renewed friendships with one another! Join us at 9:15 or 11:15, this Sunday at UCG!

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. The welcome basket will be in the foyer, starting June 25th, you may also bring your gifts to the church office.

8:15am – Chapel open for Silent Meditation
9:00am-12:30pm – Nursery & Toddler care
9:15am – Worship – Fred Gregory
10:15am – Fellowship & Beverages
Fair Trade Coffee, Tea & Chocolate Sales
Compensation Committee Meeting
11:15am – Worship – Fred Gregory

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

Youth United and Middle School Group are on hiatus for the summer, but there are a few planned events in place –  June 24, Ichetucknee trip; July 18, bowling. Be sure to check the newsletter, weekly emails, and the Sunday bulletin for details on each event.

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. There are a limited number of spots so fill out your registration today!

Summer Bible Study – Wednesdays through July 19 at 7:00 PM in the West Wing.  You are invited to join Shelly and others for a Bible study called “Saving Jesus Redux.” Email Shelly if you are interested:

Birthday Collection for Ray MeeksSunday is the final collection day for Ray.   Every year we receive contributions for Ray at Christmas and in June for his birthday. His birthday is June 28, 1953 making him 64 years old this year. UCG puts money in Ray’s account each month so that he is able to purchase snacks and drinks at the canteen, order shoes and pajamas, and, now buy batteries and songs for his MP3 player! There are envelopes in the foyer. Please include your name and address since Ray likes to write thank you notes. You may also simply write a check to UCG and designate it “Ray Meeks Birthday,” and it will be put in the fund we keep for him. Thanks for your continued care and prayers for Ray over the years. You have blessed him beyond words.

Food First Sunday is July 2. – Please bring non-perishable canned food and boxes of cereal, juice and pasta.  Your generous food donations feed many people served by Gainesville Community Ministry.  Help fill the UCG grocery cart, because hunger does not take a summer vacation.

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!

UCG Women’s Lunch – A new Facebook group has been created for the Women’s Lunch Group on the UCG Facebook page. Since schedules, vacations, and thus attendance, can be so unpredictable, the group was created to let others know if someone else would be there. Since no extra e-mails were desired, this seemed like a good way to check in. Joining, of course, is entirely optional and you can come whether you have a Facebook account or not. All ladies are always welcome to bring a lunch, and participate in the wonderful conversation and fellowship that is always part of this group.

All Church Band, July 2 – Let’s Strike Up the Band Y’all. The All Church Band will once again be playing “Stars and Stripes Forever” at the July 2 service at 7pm. Anyone who now plays or has ever played a band instrument is invited to join. Music is available in the foyer. Rehearsal is at 6:30 pm on July 2, the day of the service. ~ Larry Reimer

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.

Summer Worship ScheduleOn Sunday, July 2, we will celebrate with one service at 7pm. From Sunday July 9 – 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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