Thursday, October 10, 2019

Thursday Thoughts

1. Sunday Morning Worship - This weekend Pastor C.J. will begin a new worship series entitled "The Art of Worship". He will look at how worship is more than sermons, songs, and styles and what our worship should truly be about, based upon Revelation 4:8-11.

Invite a friend to come with you this weekend.

All are invited and all are welcome.




2. Church Website and Giving Online - Make sure to check out the new church website by clicking here! Once you're there, bookmark it and be sure to check out all of great information there about our ministries and activities. Also, you can now give directly to the church through our secured website, using either your bank account or credit card by going to giving portal, which you can find by clicking here. From this portal you can give one time or setup a recurring gift to be given as you elect, and find out more about our Planned Giving opportunities.





3. Amazon Shopping - Do you shop at Amazon? If so, there is way for you to shop and help your church at the same time. It is through a part of Amazon called Amazon Smile. Next time you log in to Amazon, go to smile.amazon.com and select Community UMC - Fruitland Park as your charity. For every purchase you make .05% of your total will be donated to Community. It costs you nothing but a little time to go and make Community your charitable organization through Amazon Smile. For information, please click here.





4. Save the Date - Here are a few important dates coming up in the next few weeks at church!
  • Saturday, October 12th, at noon - Pumpkin unloading; Pumpkin Patch Opens!
  • Sunday, October 13th, at 4pm - Cluster Charge Conference at Belleview UMC
  • Friday, October 18th, at 6pm - Dessert with Sparkey's Strummers - Family Life Center. Tickets on sale now.
  • Monday, October 28th, from 7-9pm - Family Game Night in the Fellowship Hall
  • Thursday, October 31st, from 6:30-8:30pm - Trunk Or Treat in the parking lot
  • Friday, November 9th, from 5-8:30pm - the UMW's 4th Annual Missions Possible Event



Have a great weekend and we look forward to seeing you this Sunday!

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Thursday Thoughts

1. Sunday Morning Worship - This weekend Pastor Daryl will conclude our worship series entitled "We are ONE" as he looks at what it means to have "One God and Father of all, through all and in all" from Ephesians 4:3-6.

We will also be celebrating Holy Communion and marking World Communion Sunday in worship.

Don't forget this week we are having only TWO worship services, both in the sanctuary, at 8:30am and 10:30am!! It's blended worship with both the choir and the 9Thirty band participating. 

Invite a friend to come with you this weekend. All are invited and all are welcome.


2. Time at Camp This Weekend! - For those who RSVPd over the last couple of weeks, we will be heading out after worship to the Warren Willis Camp on Lake Griffin for a barbecue lunch and a time of fellowship together with your church family. Camp is located at 4990 Picciola Road, Fruitland Park. We look forward to seeing you there and sending time with you!



3. Church Website and Giving Online - Make sure to check out the new church website by clicking here! Once you're there, bookmark it and be sure to check out all of great information there about our ministries and activities. Also, you can now give directly to the church through our secured website, using either your bank account or credit card by going to giving portal, which you can find by clicking here. From this portal you can give one time or setup a recurring gift to be given as you elect.


4. Amazon Shopping - Do you shop at Amazon? If so, there is way for you to shop and help your church at the same time. It is through a part of Amazon called Amazon Smile. Next time you log in to Amazon, go to smile.amazon.com and select Community UMC - Fruitland Park as your charity. For every purchase you make. .05% of your total will be donated to Community. It costs you nothing but a little time to go and make Community your charitable organization through Amazon Smile. For information, please click here.


5. Save the Date for these exciting opportunities coming up in the next few weeks at church!

* Wednesday October 9 at 6:15pm - Special presentation about Alzheimer's disease in the sanctuary

* Saturday October 12 at noon - Pumpkin unloading; Pumpkin Patch Opens!

* Sunday October 13 at 4pm - Cluster Charge Conference at Belleview UMC

* Monday October 28 from 7-9pm - Family Game Night in the Fellowship Hall

* Thursday October 31 from 6:30-8:30pm - Trunk Or Treat in the parking lot

* Friday November 9 from 5-8:30pm - the UMW's 4th Annual Missions Possible Event









Have a great weekend and we know you will enjoy worship this Sunday!


Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Midweek Moment

Dear Friends,

We are eight weeks into the 2019-2020 school year here at church with our Community Christian School and we just wanted to update you on how things are going. This is a very big year for our Preschool Ministry with the addition of Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten or VPK. VPK is government subsidized half-day preschool for four year olds. Previously all of our four year old students paid regular tuition rates and we had noticed a decline in the number of our four year olds as most preschools and daycare centers now offer free VPK. Now families with VPK students received free morning instruction and care and the preschool receives financial reimbursement from the state based upon each enrolled child's attendance.

Once the Preschool Committee made the decision to move ahead with offering VPK last spring, our director Jill Flohr began the process of getting our Community Christian School officially licensed with the state. At the same time our teachers took on some additional classes in order to be VPK certified. The licensing process took most of the spring and summer to complete all of the paperwork requirements and physical inspections of our property. Then we began the additional approval process to become an official site for VPK and received our final approval in September.

Our school currently is licensed for 28 students and we have 27 enrolled including 8 students in VPK. Things are going very well in this school year! We are very blessed with our teachers, Miss Eileen (VPK) Miss Cathy (3s) and Miss Beth (2s) and the school has been able to hire an additional part-time teacher to help with afternoon care. We have a great group of families and students in our three classes.


As many of you know, the church purchased the yellow house on Fountain Street earlier this year and the Busy Bees and the Food Pantry are moving their ministries from the preschool hallway over to the new house. This move gives both of those ministries additional space and ensures that the preschool meets the safety and security guidelines for VPK about who can be present in the school space during operating hours. Having that space available will also mean as we move forward that the preschool can be licensed for additional students and we will have additional classrooms to add more students and teachers.

Thank you for your continued prayers for our Community Christian School and for your support of the Preschool Scholarship Fund.

Blessings






Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Midweek Moment

Greetings Friends,

October 6th is World Communion Sunday. Beginning in 1936, this day has been set apart for believers, across the globe, to celebrate Holy Communion as one body; a symbol of unity around the breaking of bread and the sharing of the cup. This year Community is going to embrace that idea and celebrate World Communion Sunday a bit differently than we have before.

On that Sunday, as a way to bring this body of Christ together, we will host two, identical worship services, 8:30am and 10:30am. These services will feature a duet between Diane Wright, our Minister of Traditional Worship and Joey Landstedt, our Minister of Contemporary Worship. We will also have members of our 9Thirty Band join the Chancel Choir to lead us as we raise our voices together. Both services will also conclude as we celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion together. It will be amazing!

But we are not done there! After the 10:30am worship service, we are inviting everyone to come out to the Warren Willis Camp and Retreat Center for lunch and fun! The lunch will be a BBQ meal consisting of pulled pork sandwiches, chicken breast, cole slaw, baked beans, dessert, and a drink. The cost for the lunch is $10 a person or $30 for a family of four or more.

There are several way to purchase your plate:
  • Place a check in the offering plate, payable to the church, write Church BBQ on the memo line, and include a note with the number attending and any food allergies.
  • On Sunday September 29th, there will a table outside all three worship services, with people there to collect your donation and give you a save the date card for the event.
The deadline for us to turn in our reservation count to the camp is Sunday, September 29th. Please have your reservation in by that date.

This is our chance to come together, to remember the connection we have as brothers and sisters in Christ, and to spend this important time with one another.

We hope you will make plans to join us as we celebrate our faith together.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Thursday Thoughts

1. Sunday Morning Worship - This weekend Pastor CJ will continue our new worship series entitled "We are ONE" as he looks at what it means to have ONE Hope from Ephesians 4:3-6.

Invite a friend to come with you this weekend. We'll be worshiping at 8am, 9:30am, and 11am. All are invited and all are welcome.




2. Church Website and Giving Online - Make sure to check out the new church website by clicking here! Once you're there, bookmark it and be sure to check out all of great information there about our ministries and activities. Also, you can now give directly to the church through our secured website, using either your bank account or credit card by going to giving portal, which you can find by clicking here. From this portal you can give one time or setup a recurring gift to be given as you elect.



3. Midweek Programming Has Resumed! - Please keep up the prayers for our Wonderful Wednesday after school ministry. You can always make a reservation in the attendance pads for Wednesday night dinner or by calling the office. Dinner runs from 4:30-5:45pm in the Family Life Center and our Opening Gathering will begin in Family Life at 6:15pm. The cost is $7 for adult, $5 for children or $20 for a family.

And it's not too late to join one of our GROW Night classes. Check out the exciting semester offerings below:
* Bible Reflections with Rev. Bill Thompson (Room 100)
* Discovering God's Vision for Your Life with Maressa Smith (Library)
* Adult Coloring with Jenny Bowman (Room 104)
* Bible Study 101 with Pastor CJ Hill (Room 106)
* Acts Bible Study with Pastor John LeCain (Fellowship Hall)
* If You Want to Walk on Water, You Gotta Get Out of the Boat with Padgetts and Deffenbaughs (Room 212 upstairs)
* Counterfeit Christianity with Pastors Daryl and Debbie Allen (Room 208/210 upstairs)
* Our Church Heritage with Dave Withers (Room 203 upstairs)
* The Epic of Eden with Amy Hill and Melinda Milhorn (Room 201 upstairs)


4. Amazon Shopping - Do you shop at Amazon? If so, there is way for you to shop and help your church at the same time. It is through a part of Amazon called Amazon Smile. Next time you log in to Amazon, go to smile.amazon.com and select Community UMC - Fruitland Park as your charity. For every purchase you make. .05% of your total will be donated to Community. It costs you nothing but a little time to go and make Community your charitable organization through Amazon Smile. For information, please click here.



5. Save the Date! 

We will be celebrating World Communion Sunday in a very special way on October 6, 2019 as we conclude our worship series on "We are ONE." That morning we will have just two blended worship experiences at 8:30am and 10:30am in our sanctuary. The 10:30 service will be live streamed. And then afterwards we are heading to Warren Willis Camp (4990 Picciola Road, Fruitland Park) for BBQ lunch and some fellowship time together as a church family. Lunch is $10 and you can begin signing up for lunch after the worship service this Sunday and next Sunday.


Have a great weekend and we know you will enjoy worship this Sunday!

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Thursday Thoughts

1. Sunday Morning Worship - This weekend Pastor Daryl will begin a new worship series entitled "We are ONE" as he looks at what it means to be a One Body and One Spirit from Ephesians 4:3-6.

If you have a name tag, we want to encourage you to wear it to help Pastor CJ and his family put names and faces together as well as our new members. New Members will be joining at the 9Thirty and 11am services this week.

Invite a friend to come with you this weekend. We'll be worshiping at 8am, 9:30am, and 11am. All are invited and all are welcome.



2. Church Website and Giving Online - Make sure to check out the new church website by clicking here! Once you're there, bookmark it and be sure to check out all of great information there about our ministries and activities. Also, you can now give directly to the church through our secured website, using either your bank account or credit card by going to giving portal, which you can find by clicking here. From this portal you can give one time or setup a recurring gift to be given as you elect.



3. Midweek Programming Has Resumed! - Please keep up the prayers for our Wonderful Wednesday after school ministry. You can always make a reservation in the attendance pads for Wednesday night dinner or by calling the office. Dinner runs from 4:30-5:45pm in the Family Life Center and our Opening Gathering will begin in Family Life at 6:15pm. The cost is $7 for adult, $5 for children or $20 for a family.
And it's not too late to join one of our GROW Night classes. Check out the exciting semester offerings below:
* Bible Reflections with Rev. Bill Thompson (Room 100)
* Discovering God's Vision for Your Life with Maressa Smith (Room 104)
* Adult Coloring with Jenny Bowman (Room 106)
* Bible Study 101 with Pastor CJ Hill (Fellowship Hall)
* Acts Bible Study with Pastor John LeCain (Library)
* If You Want to Walk on Water, You Gotta Get Out of the Boat with Padgetts and Deffenbaughs (Room 212 upstairs)
* Counterfeit Christianity with Pastors Daryl and Debbie Allen (Room 208/210 upstairs)
* Our Church Heritage with Dave Withers (Room 203 upstairs)
* The Epic of Eden with Amy Hill and Melinda Milhorn (Room 201 upstairs)




4. Amazon Shopping - Do you shop at Amazon? If so, there is way for you to shop and help your church at the same time. It is through a part of Amazon called Amazon Smile. Next time you log in to Amazon, go to smile.amazon.com and select Community UMC - Fruitland Park as your charity. For every purchase you make. .05% of your total will be donated to Community. It costs you nothing but a little time to go and make Community your charitable organization through Amazon Smile. For information, please click here.



5. Looking Ahead! - We have quite a few great events coming up soon!
  • Choir Retreat for Christmas Musical Production, Once Upon a Tree - September, 13-14 
  • Leadership Retreat at the Life Enrichment Center - Saturday, September 21st - this is a location change from the Warren Willis Camp. 

Have a great weekend and we know you will enjoy worship this Sunday!