Our 2017 Spring/Summer Congregational meeting was on July 16th, where we discussed plans for the future, including how to become a better immigrant welcoming church community.
On June 25, 2017, we had our annual Pride Service with special music, videos and prayer to celebrate God’s diverse creation and remember the sacrifices made by the LGBT community in the fight for justice and equal civil rights.
This was our first live-streamed service!
First United Church of Tampa is one of the 25 congregations working together to do justice ministry for the Hillsborough Organization for Progress and Equality (HOPE).
On March 27th, we gathered at Nativity Catholic Church in Brandon for the annual Nehemiah Action to be part of over a thousand voices addressing issues regarding juvenile justice, affordable housing and elder care to invited elected officials.
On March 25, 2017, First United Church of Tampa had its’ own float in the 2017 Tampa Pride Parade, put together by our 20s/30s Group! Together, we marched to spread a message of God’s all-inclusive love, that it might heal those hurt by religion in the past.
On Christmas Eve in 2016, we held two services, including our first-ever bilingual (English and Spanish) Christmas Eve service. (Click on a picture to enlarge.)
On June 26, 2016, we had our annual LGBT Pride Sunday worship service. The theme was “Coming Home,” and the service featured special music, readings, testimonies, and prayers. In particular, we remembered the 49 victims of the shooting at Pulse in Orlando.
On December 11, 2015, members and friends of First United Church of Tampa held a candlelight vigil to acknowledge the beginning of the Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath Weekend and to raise the public’s awareness of the epidemic of gun violence in our society.
Food, shoes, blankets, toys, clothes, and diapers were provided to the farmworkers at the Family Christmas Party on December 19, 2015, at St. Clement Catholic Church in Plant City. Members and friends of our church were there to share in the generosity and celebration.