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Abraham Lincoln: A Man of Faith and Courage by Joe Wheeler
Aug
22
10:00am10:00am

Abraham Lincoln: A Man of Faith and Courage by Joe Wheeler

Discussion Leader: Mark Williams

Synopsis: Undoubtedly the most revered leader in American history, Abraham Lincoln has had more books written about him than all our nation's presidents put together. But for all that's been written, little has focused on his faith and how this quality shaped the man who led our country during its most tumultuous years. Author Joe Wheeler, historian and scholar, brings to the pages of this insightful book the knowledge gleaned from over ten years of study and more than sixty books on the life and times of Abraham Lincoln. Skillfully weaving his own narrative with direct quotes from Lincoln and poignant excerpts from other Lincoln biographers, Wheeler brings a refreshingly friendly rendition of Lincoln's life, faith, and courage. The stories, historical details, and powerful quotes on the pages of this book will leave a lasting impression on your heart, your mind, and your life.

 

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Where the Wind Leads by Vinh Chung
Sep
19
10:00am10:00am

Where the Wind Leads by Vinh Chung

Discussion Leader: Mark Williams

Synopsis: Vinh Chung was born in South Vietnam, just eight months after it fell to the communists in 1975. His family was wealthy, controlling a rice-milling empire worth millions; but within months of the communist takeover, the Chungs lost everything and were reduced to abject poverty. Knowing that their children would have no future under the new government, the Chungs decided to flee the country. In 1979, they joined the legendary “boat people” and sailed into the South China Sea, despite knowing that an estimated two hundred thousand of their countrymen had already perished at the hands of brutal pirates and violent seas. Where the Wind Leads follows Vinh Chung and his family on their desperate journey from pre-war Vietnam, through pirate attacks on a lawless sea, to a miraculous rescue and a new home in the unlikely town of Fort Smith, Arkansas. There Vinh struggled against poverty, discrimination, and a bewildering language barrier—yet still managed to graduate from Harvard Medical School. Where the Wind Leads is Vinh’s tribute to the courage and sacrifice of his parents, a testimony to his family’s faith, and a reminder to people everywhere that the American dream, while still possible, carries with it a greater responsibility.

  • All discussions will be hosted in the Sunset Conference Room.
  • Three copies of each book will be on hand for borrowing in the church office for those who decide not to purchase the book or who do not wish to check it out from the library. Please return the book promptly after reading so as to be respectful of your fellow church members.
  • If you are reading the book from “up north,” email your thoughts to Pastor Mark or call Pastor Mark if you have questions or would like to discuss.  
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"Undy Sunday"
Aug
13
10:00am10:00am

"Undy Sunday"

Join in as we partner with Catholic Charities of Collier County to collect NEW (unused) underwear and socks sizes 2 through 12 (small sizes preferred). Monetary donations are also being received and can be made out to Catholic Charities of Collier County. These donations will be used to help the many young students who lack these basic essentials.

Donation boxes will be in the Fellowship Hall.

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"Undy Sunday"
Aug
6
10:00am10:00am

"Undy Sunday"

Join in as we partner with Catholic Charities of Collier County to collect NEW (unused) underwear and socks sizes 2 through 12 (small sizes preferred). Monetary donations are also being received and can be made out to Catholic Charities of Collier County. These donations will be used to help the many young students who lack these basic essentials.

Donation boxes will be in the Fellowship Hall.

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Christmas in July Kids Church Wrapping Party
Jul
23
11:00am11:00am

Christmas in July Kids Church Wrapping Party

Join us on July 23rd as we celebrate Christmas in July by packing Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes! We will begin at 11:00am after the worship service. Pizza will be served for lunch. To help with planning, please let us know if you'll be attending and how many will be in your group. Please call 239-394-6572 or email ucmioutreach@comcast.net.

We will provide shoeboxes for everyone, all you need to bring are the things you want to put in it. Follow this link to see a list of items that you can purchase for your shoeboxes. Click here

 

 

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UCMI Summer Book Discussion, Eat More Chicken: Inspire More People by S Truett Cathy
Jul
18
10:00am10:00am

UCMI Summer Book Discussion, Eat More Chicken: Inspire More People by S Truett Cathy

Discussion Leader: Mark Williams, Co-Leaders: Becca Boyer and Samantha Kopren

Synopsis: In Eat More Chicken: Inspire More People, Truett Cathy (Founder of Chik Filet) challenges readers and business leaders to focus on people and principles. The Christian principles he outlines in this book have brought success to his business, and he insists that anyone who follows them will surely enjoy similar results. Is the term “Christian business” a possibility or an oxy-moron. Can Christianity co-exist with capitalism? The Bargain Basket ministry and mission at United Church is, in part, a business as well. As part of our discussion, we’ll put the Bargain Basket into conversation with this book. The discussion will surely not disappoint! 

 

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UCMI Summer Book Discussion: Soil and Sacrament, Fred Bahnson
Jun
27
10:00am10:00am

UCMI Summer Book Discussion: Soil and Sacrament, Fred Bahnson

Discussion Leader: Becca Boyer, Co-Leader: Mark Williams

Synopsis: Part spiritual quest, part agricultural travelogue, this moving and profound exploration of the joy and solace found in returning to the garden is inspiring and beautiful. This is a powerful and personal story about how growing and sharing food pulls us closer to God. If you enjoy gardening or if you have a background or interest in farming or agriculture, you won’t want to miss reading this book!

 

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UCMI Summer Book Discussions: Half Truths
May
23
10:00am10:00am

UCMI Summer Book Discussions: Half Truths

Join us Tuesday, May 23rd at 10am as we discuss Half Truths by Adam Hamilton. 

They are simple phrases. They sound Christian—like something you might find in the Bible. We’ve all heard these words. Maybe we’ve said them. They capture some element of truth, yet they miss the point in important ways. The clichés include: Everything happens for a reason. God helps those who help themselves. God won’t give you more than you can handle. God said it, I believe it, that settles it. Love the sinner, hate the sin. This book compares common Christian clichés with the wisdom found in Scripture. Our faith is so much more and so much better than cliché!

Discussion led by Pastor Mark and Becca Boyer

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Easter Sunday
Apr
16
8:15am 8:15am

Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday, April 16th
8:15 Worship: United Church’s Choir will be making a special appearance at the 8:15 worship service and will be singing one of our favorite resurrection hymns: “Because He Lives.”

10:00 Worship: United Church’s Choir will be accompanied by the bell choir and guest brass musicians. The service will close with a triumphant version of the Hallelujah Chorus.

Sermon Title: “A Third Day God”

Scripture: John 20: 1-20

 

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Food Drive
Apr
9
8:00am 8:00am

Food Drive

UCMI will be supporting "Our Daily Bread" food bank by helping to replenish their shelves. On Palm Sunday please bring your donations of non-perishable items. Suggested items: vegetable oil, sugar, toilet paper, toiletries, tortilla flour, ketchup, mayonnaise.

We will have a truck in both parking lots to accept food. You can also donate your items directly to the Family Church on Winterberry or contact the UCMI church office for more details.

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Bargain Basket Fashion Show Fundraiser
Feb
16
2:00pm 2:00pm

Bargain Basket Fashion Show Fundraiser

Come out and see the annual Bargain Basket Fashion Show and make a difference for the Liberty Youth Ranch as all proceeds will benefit the Ranch.

Clothes from the Bargain Basket will be modeled on the runway, while you will have an opportunity to bid on great items through a Basket Auction!

Great fun for everyone!

 

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