Interfaith Prayer Service: United in Diversity, Celebrating Our Differences

September 8, 2019, 6pm at Hope Lutheran Church
250 Avenida Los Angelos, The Villages, FL 32162
No two of us are alike, including our faith. In today’s world, this quality is so often used as fuel to divide. But when united, it is these differences that make us stronger, like the threads of a tapestry. Please join us to celebrate the beauty of our uniqueness!
For more information, please call Rev. Rani Abdulmasih: 352- 777-0367

Hurricane Dorian Closes Our Doors

Due to Hurricane Dorian, the UUCLC building will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 3-4. Any events scheduled on those days will be suspended. Depending on the storm and the aftermath, we may extend the closure if needed. We hope that everyone stays safe during the storm.

Important News Regarding Emails from the Minister

I have heard from some area clergy colleagues who have had their emails 'spoofed' and messages requesting money have been sent to their congregations. These messages have been crafted to appear as if they are coming from the minister, but are actually generated from a different source.

For the record, I will never send emails to anyone in the congregation requesting direct donations to the minister's discretionary fund or any other program that would ask money be sent directly to the minister. I will also never request that contributions be made in small denomination pre-paid credit or gift cards. If you have received, or at any time in the future receive, an email that appears to be from me requesting donations other than our pledge drive, please contact me or any board member. The email should also be saved for authorities to review.

And, never send donations addressed to the minister. Contributions should only be sent to the Congregation directly, or offered in the weekly plate.

Annual Meeting on Sunday, April 14

Notice to the members of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Lake County:

The Board of Trustees voted to move the date of our Annual Meeting to April 14,. The meeting will take place immediately after our worship service. All congregation members and friends may attend, but only members may vote. A catered lunch will be served after the meeting.

Slate of Officers

The Nominating Committee is announcing the following slate to fill upcoming Board of Trustee vacancies:

Vice President: Pete Conde
Trustee: Suzie Lockwood
Second Trustee: Janeane Reagan
Treasurer: currently no nominee
Secretary: currently no nominee

If you are interested in submitting your name for Treasurer or Secretary, please contact the Nominating Committee (Chris Higgins, Phyllis Gillette, or Russ Littlefield).  If you plan on nominating someone from the floor at the Annual Meeting for any open Board position, that person must be notified beforehand and agree to the nomination.

Absentee and proxy voting absentee ballots will be accepted per the UUCLC By-laws. There are two ways you may receive an absentee ballot:

  1. You may pick up a paper ballot during Sunday worship service on any Sunday prior to the annual meeting. Please be sure to have your completed ballot turned in prior to start of the Annual meeting (before 12 noon on April 14th).   
  2. You may request an electronic ballot which will be sent as an attachment to email. The completed ballot may then be returned via email but must be received no later than 9pm on April 13th.   Requests for an electronic ballot need to be sent to:

IMPORTANT: YOU MUST BE A VOTING MEMBER TO BE QUALIFIED TO VOTE.  A VOTING MEMBER IS “any MEMBER who has attained the age of eighteen (18) and has been a Member of the Congregation for at least ninety (90) days. Only Voting Members may vote at congregational meetings.”

To be a Member a qualified person must be, “… 18 years or older; by Demonstrating sympathy with its purposes and program; Supporting it through financial and/or personal participation; Signing the membership book.”

Anyone who has become an official UUCLC Member by January 13th, 2019 will be eligible to vote. Members who joined January 14th, 2019 or later will not be eligible to vote at this annual meeting per the by-laws.     

If you are unsure of your Membership status and/or your Voting Member status, please send an email with your inquiry to:

Agenda for the Annual Meeting:

  1. Call to Order (no later than 12:15pm)
  2. Chalice lighting
  3. Centering/Gathering words
  4. Welcoming the Congregation
  5. Recognition of Volunteers
  6. Proposed 2019-2020 Budget and Pledge Drive Kick-Off
  7. Election of new members to the Board of Trustees- VOTING MEMBERS ONLY MAY VOTE
  8. Adjourn

Lunch to follow!

Please stay for lunch to meet our new UUCLC administrator, Johanna Gonzalez. She will be joining us for the Annual Meeting luncheon and looks forward to meeting everyone.

Free Event! World Tai Chi & Qigong Day

Saturday, April 27th, 10 am-noon

Wooton Park, (large cement slab)
Ruby St., Tavares, FL

FREE Event • Open to All

Tai Chi ClassThe UUCLC tai chi class is honored to be participating in our local event, which is one of hundreds of Tai Chi & Qigong events happening in over 70 nations throughout the world.  Anyone is welcome to explore and experience this ancient Chinese slow-motion martial art with us. Tai Chi is also known as “moving medication”, for all the myriad health issues that it has been scientifically proven to help with.  After the event you are welcome to bring food to share with others and get to know others.

One World …One Breath
is the slogan of the event. Our program will include:

  • Tai Chi warm up
  • Introductory Tai Chi
  • Tai Chi for Arthritis-long form demo
  • Tai Chi for Energy demo
  • Master Hanquing Liu “Grace” from Orlando Hanqing Taiji Culture and Art Center
  • Sifu Bill Warden from Movement for LYFE in Mt. Dora

Official World Tai Chi & Qigong Day T-shirts are available for $22.
Order/pay by April 1st and pick up at event. Contact Chris Cleveland at 989-627-1234 or to order.

More info:  or

Live Music on Jan. 22

An Evening with David Roth

Tuesday, January 22 at 7 p.m.

Singer/songwriter David Roth has been striking many chords, hearts, and minds with his unique songs, offbeat observations, moving stories, sense of the hilarious, and powerful singing and subject matter for three decades.

His songs have found their way to Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, several Chicken Soup for the Soul books, the Kennedy Center, Peter, Paul, & Mary and  Kingston Trio CD’s, even the Space Shuttle Atlantis. Poignant to improbable, holistic to hilarious...think James Taylor meets Jerry Seinfeld.  

Tickets:   $15.00

Learn more and order online at

Tickets will be sold at the door, as available.  Cash or check only.

Congregational Workshop on Saturday, Nov. 3

There will be a congregational workshop on Saturday, November 3 from 10 am to 2 pm on a “call to covenant.” The workshop is being led by Connie Goodbread who is from the Southern Region of UUA. Please plan to join us for this important event as we work on how to be “in covenant” with each other. The event is open to all congregation members and friends. Attendees are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch.

Local Pastor to Lead Discussion at UUCLC

On Wednesday evening, September 12, we will be led in discussion by Pastor Mike Watkins of Friendship CME Church in Tavares. Pastor Mike was featured in the Orlando Sentinel recently as opposing the installation of the statue of Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith in the Lake County Historical Museum. Also, Pastor Mike is part of a multicultural group that meets quarterly to “build bridges and break down barriers.”

Please join us in the sanctuary of Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Lake County, 1235 Mt. Homer Rd., Eustis, Wednesday, September 12 at 7:00 PM, for what should prove to be a thought-provoking and inspirational discussion.

Community Forum on Poverty and Homelessness

Community Forum Addressing Poverty and Homelessness sponsored by Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Lake County

Sunday, August 5, 2018; 9:00 – 10:45 a.m.
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Lake County
235 Mt Homer Rd
Eustis, Florida 32726

Eustis, Fla. (July 28, 2018) – There are many people who view homelessness and it’s associated problems as exceedingly expensive and almost impossible for a community to solve. That is a myth! The truth is that communities all throughout our country are having phenomenal success with sound research-based solutions.

It is for this reason that the Unitarian Universalist Congregation has invited renowned Homeless Solutions Expert Thomas Rebman to conduct a Community Workshop on Homelessness Issues. This forum will take place on Sunday, August 5th at 9:00. It will consist of a 1 hour presentation followed by a question and answer session.

Thomas, a retired Naval Officer and Middle School Civics Teacher, has been responsible for aiding cities and homeless citizens all over the United States. He has most recently worked in the cities of South Bend, Indiana and Palm Bay, Florida. He is currently the Social Services Administrator for the City of Palm Bay, Florida.

His homeless advocacy began when he decided to voluntarily experience homelessness for 30 days as a Summer Reading Program for his Middle School students. This Reading Program unintentionally became the most unique and impactful homeless awareness campaign in the United States. Since then, Tom decided to voluntarily live homeless in thirteen cities throughout the United States for a total of 98 days. He studied homelessness in Orlando, Daytona Beach, Ocala, Sarasota, Tallahassee, Miami, Tampa, Jacksonville, Phoenix, Houston, New Orleans and Skid Row in Los Angeles!

His experience on the streets combined with his management background and research skills have made him one of the most educated Homeless Solutions Experts in the Nation. He has briefed the Florida Governor’s Council on Homelessness and spoken at major colleges and universities throughout Florida.

Any questions about the event may be directed to Joyce Axelson, phone: (352) 602-4889 or (627) 285 8548 or email: