LIFT - Lutherans in Fellowship together

What:          Our Goal of (LIFT) Lutherans in Fellowship Together is twofold:
1. Fellowship among church members beyond what is feasible on Sunday mornings.
2. Education of church members in a variety of subjects ranging from social and community service opportunities,     university life, volunteer and travel experiences as well as personal spiritual, physical, and emotional health and safety.

When:          12 noon-1:30. Second Thursday of the month. A shared pot luck lunch precedes the program.
Our LIFT potluck lunch always starts at noon.

Where:         In the Kaiser Center at University Evangelical Lutheran Church

February 2020 Program "Overview of Library Services" was presented by our new Church member Rachel Cook, Public Relations and Marketing Manager at Alachua County Library District, Headquarters Branch

Overview: The Alachua County Library District has 12 branches, two bookmobiles, and approximately 225 employees. In October 1985 the citizens of Alachua County approved a special referendum to create an independent taxing district, paving the way for the excellent library system that exists today.

Cardholders can have up to 100 checkouts or holds at a time, including up to 12 DVDs at a time. They can also download 5 free songs per week and access dozens of online eSources including,, OverDrive, The New York Times, Heritage Quest Online and more. The Library District does not charge fines.


  • Meeting rooms: Library meeting rooms are available to “individuals or community groups whose purposes are civic, cultural, or educational in nature.” Visit for the full policy.
  • Volunteers: Anyone age 12 or older available for 2-4 hours per week.
  • Live events: The Library District hosts many special guests every year, including national bestselling authors for our Author Series, talented musicians for the Spring Music Series, and other performers.
  • Classes: We offer hundreds of classes every year in topics including sign language, art, painting, quilting, writing, computer help, beading, tai chi, yoga and Zumba.
  • Accessible to all: We strive to meet the needs of all patrons with a variety of services.
    • Deliver materials to elderly and homebound.
    • Provide materials and programming for incarcerated patrons at Jail Library.
    • Distributed Student Library Cards to 27,000 students in Alachua County public schools last year.
    • Sensory Story Time for children with sensory integrations challenges.
    • Coaching for English Language Learners and Adult Literacy Learners.
    • Re-Entry Partnership Conference and Job Fair to promote job skills.