Photo Credit: Raquel Castro

"But those who hope wait upon our God will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:31
A welcoming, diverse and active community. We share God's love in a spiritual environment offering truth, trust and transformation.
Sunday Worship Information
Inclement Weather: If the outdoor service is cancelled due to inclement weather, we will Live Stream so you can join us at 10AM for a live service. If you have difficulty with the Live Stream, the recorded Service will be available on the website and YouTube at 3PM on Sunday.
Take a moment to be still and quiet your mind. Take a minute to prepare our hearts for worship and enjoy this beautiful video "There Is A Balm In Gilead" . Use the link below to view the beautiful song and begin the healing during this Lenten journey.
Join Us for our Lent Series
Advance Registration for our Lent Series is Required!
Sign up in advance either online (using the links below) or by calling the church office.

In-Person Outdoors Small Groups (limited to 10 people per group):

Wednesday, February 24 at 10AM
Sign up by February 21

Tuesday, March 2 at 2PM                         
Sign up by February 28 

Monday, March 8 at 2PM                        
Sign up by March 5 

Thursday, March 18 at 10AM                 
Sign up by March 15

Virtual Session:
Use the Link Below to Join the Group
Thursday, March 25 at 7PM  

Meeting ID: 811 6073 1125
Passcode: 292001

Each of us is created as a precious and holy vessel of embodied love. We have been through a harrowing time since last Lent that has shattered our sense of wholeness–body, mind, and spirit–like a glass vessel fractured into pieces. In this Lenten “season of recovery” for our physical, communal, mental, intellectual, and environmental health, we will explore the healing narratives of Jesus that tell of divine solidarity with human suffering and remind us that we can begin a journey toward making something beautiful from that which is seemingly broken. Beach glass offers us a multifaceted symbol of this transformative process.

We encourage everyone in the congregation to take on this 40-day Lenten practice: 

  1. Read the daily devotion and
  2. Commit to attending one small group discussion/gathering. 
Bible Mystery: Who was the Beloved Disciple?
Save the Date!!! March 9, Tuesday at 7 PM Zoom
Tradition says that the Beloved Disciple, who the Gospel of John says, “lay on the breast of Jesus” during the last supper, was John.

But was it? And, why does it matter?

There are other theories about who the Beloved Disciple might have
been . . .

Join Rev. Nancy and others for time of fellowship and sharing of this mystery that comes up during Lent every year. . .

Bring your Bible and an open mind!  

Celebrate Black History Month
Profiles in perseverance
"You may not know their names. But these courageous Black Americans changed history."
(Picture of Elizabeth "Bessie" Coleman)
Published February 1, 2021
Every Black History Month, we tend to celebrate the same cast of historic figures. This year CNN has a series of articles for each day of the month focusing on 28 Black people who have made a significant impact and who most people have never heard of or know about their contributions to our country and Use the link below to see each of those being honored throughout the month.

Source: CNN (Link Below to view entire article).

 “If I wait for someone else to validate my existence, it will mean that I’m shortchanging myself.” – Zanele Muholi

Zanele Muholi is a South African activist and artist. She works primarily in photography and video. Despite her fame as an artist, Muholi identifies herself as an activist first. It is her intention to use her art to highlight the beauty and individuality of black LGBTQ women: a group that she believes has been terribly underrepresented in all forms of art. So, instead of waiting for someone else to validate LGBT women of color, she took it upon herself to bring the struggles, needs, and beauty of these women to light.

Important Updates and Reports
From Your Board of Directors
Weekly Offering

Thank you for your continued support and generosity, especially in light of these challenging times. Based on our new monthly mortgage, we are updating the weekly expense needed to $4,800.

(Note: Next week will reflect the tally for two weeks of donations).

Together, let’s keep our General Fund and Pillars accounts liquid.

*Funds the church's operating expenses (i.e., utilities, salaries, maintenance of property, worship/multi-media expenses, bank fees, internet, copier, office supplies, tithe, etc.)

**Funds the church's mortgage, insurance & taxes.
“Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.” 1 Peter 4:10
From Your Pastoral and Congregational Care Team
Your need for comforting and lifting prayers are important to us. We ask everyone to join us in prayer for:

Dave W. • Laura M. • Darwin B. •
Bill B. •  Anne • Joe • Greg H. •
Tim H. • Joe D • .
Doug B. • Micki H. • Julia G.•
Randy M. • Tony •
Tim M. • Karen • Lou •
 Diane T. •  John F. • 
Cindy L.  • Nick • Kathleen •
Leslie V
From the Reopen Team
If you are not feeling well, or have symptoms of COVID, please do not come into the church building or to our outdoor events until you have quarantined for 14 days or test negative.  

If you have tested positive for COVID, please do not enter the church building until you have tested negative for the virus. Also, do not come to our outdoor events if you are positive and until you have tested negative.
  • Registration is required. Attendance will be taken when you arrive.
  • Maintain 6 feet distancing and wear a mask at all times.
  • Follow instructions by Ushers.
  • Do not move the chairs. They have been sanitized and properly spaced.
  • Restrooms are available on a limited basis.
  • Use designated containers to dispose your empty communion cups when you exit.
From the Programming Team
February 25 at 6PM

We are forming a new class. Please join us as we learn a new song and enjoy a time of fellowship. Mary, Maryellen and Janine are amazing teachers!!!!

February 22
at 6PM
Bragging Rights for February 15th:

1st Place: Mary & Maryellen and Bill, Park & George
2nd Place: Lisa, Rev. Renae and Terrie

A big Thank You to Audrey for hosting!

Lots of fun. No experience necessary.
Meeting ID: 991 4134 5023
Passcode: suncoast
Support Your Church and Community
As we have more in-person events, it is important to make sure everyone stays safe and healthy.
Next time you are at the store, we could use:

  • Pump Hand soap
  • Disinfection Spray
  • Disinfectant Cleaning Sprays
  • Pump Hand Sanitizer

Please drop them off at the church office or leave them with a volunteer when checking in for in-person worship.
CHAPS can always use our support! If you have any food or hygiene items, please drop them off at the church office during office hours or give them to a volunteer when attending outdoor worship.
Items they can use include:
shampoo, dandruff shampoo, conditioner, disposable razors, women's body wash, alcohol, peroxide, bar soap, sanitary napkins, panty liners, tampons cleaning products such as disinfectant sprays, wipes, and cleaners. Please no travel size.
It is time to update our records and make sure we have the most current information from our members, families and friends.

Please take a minute to complete the contact information form that can be found using the link below.

This information will not be shared in the directory without your permission.
Let's Reimagine & Connect to Keep our Church Community Strong
  • Have you been thinking about learning some new skill?
  • Have you been wondering how you can contribute your talents and skills but remain safe?
  • Are you missing your community and are ready to reengage in a safe way?
  • Are you looking for an opportunity that is meaningful to you but can be done safely?

We are reimagining new BUT safe ways to support our church family. Let's explore together some possibilities. Please reach-out:
Call us at (941) 484-7068
Email us HERE
We Care: We are here to support you! Click on the links below to contact these ministries.
3276 E. Venice Avenue, Venice, FL 34292
(941) 484-7068
Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday 10AM to 3PM