News 20190930


We are underway! The roofers came and began at 7:30 am on Monday morning. Better yet, we are past the rainy season, so they have dry days to work and we are not worried about leaks. Then the counting team opened the envelopes from Sunday, and there was over $6,000 more towards the roof! To date we have raised $35,370.00 in cash and pledges. Thank you to everyone for your gifts and efforts!


Choir rehearsals will begin Wednesday, October 2nd at 7:00 PM. New members are welcome! For more information contact Amy Maneval at (239) 671-7634.



GROW is FMCUCC’s adult enrichment series that draws from the unique strengths of our congregation to feed the minds and spirits of our community. The schedule for this season is still brewing, but we are happy to offer a preview with the announcement of two of this fall’s learning opportunities:
Gratitude Walk — After worship on Sunday November 10, guest facilitator Nancy Van Fleet will lead a workshop on the spiritual and contemplative practice of labyrinth walking, followed by a labyrinth walk in our own fellowship hall!
Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? — Our Community Minister Wesley Snedeker will lead a discussion series on aging, caring, and end of life, using Roz Chast’s humorous and insightful graphic memoir as its primary text. Sessions will be held on the first three Thursday mornings in December (5, 12, 19) at 11:00 am. Be on the lookout for more classes and the full GROW schedule coming soon!
UCC History and Polity – Rev. Dr. Jim Boler and Community Minister Rev. Wesley Snedeker will offer a 3 session workshop that will consider the origins, identities, and workings of the United Church of Christ. Sundays, January 12, 19, and 26 from 11:15am to noon. If You’ve ever been curious about our denomination and what it stands for, this is the course for you!
Another Way to Read the Bible – The Bible is a treasure trove of history, those who peopled it, and testimonies to the grand sweep of the salvation story. Guest facilitator Rev. Bev Duncan will offer a class on Lectio divina (“sacred reading”). Rather than academically focused, this practice is a slow, contemplative way to read Scripture, enabling the Bible, the Word of God, to speak to each of us personally. Thursdays, February 13, 20, and 27 from2:00pm to 3:30pm.


The 2019 Fall Session of Fine Tunings has been scheduled to begin on Monday, November 11th.
Fine Tunings is designed to help young people enhance their education by participating in three 30 minute break-out sessions during the evening – Tutoring, Music and Arts /Crafts. A light meal is also offered for any families and volunteers who desire.
The success of our program depends on our talented and dedicated church family volunteers. Please consider helping us by either working with children on craft projects, helping with homework, or simple music (piano, vocal, guitar etc.)  We also need people to help set-up for the meal and clean up after. This is a great opportunity for some new members, to get more involved in the work of our church. Past volunteers will tell you how rewarding it is to work with the children.
If you would like your child to participate in the program, please return the registration ASAP since we offer this first to our church families. For additional information the 2019-2020 brochure is posted on the Church School bulletin board and copies are available at the welcome desk. Sandy Blackington or Susan Hegner can provide additional detail and answer questions or volunteer.