Thursday, July 12, 2018

Thursday Thoughts

1. Sunday Morning Worship - This week we will concluding our series on prayer entitled, "Prayer Is...." Pastor Daryl will be preaching on Mark 1:35-37, looking at how to be still and listen for God in prayer. Invite a friend and a neighbor and we hope to see you at 8am, 9:30am, or 11am! All are welcome, all are invited.

Don't forget the churchwide BBQ is after the 11am service in the Family Life Center. Everyone is invited to stay for food and fellowship as well!!!!




2. Prayer Vigil - Our prayer vigil is going well today. What a beautiful blessing to have so many people engaged in prayer on behalf of our church leadership and ministries, our community and our world. Several people that I have talked to have expressed that 15 minutes was just enough time to whet their appetite for praying some more!






3. Upcoming Mission Trips 

The youth group leaves Tuesday July 17th for their mission trip in New Orleans and they will return Saturday July 21st. They will be working with Matt and Sarah Bruzzi's ministry, the Intersection, in the lower 9th ward.

The choir leaves on Sunday July 22nd for their mission trip in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina and they will return Friday July 27th. They will be performing in several churches, and doing service projects at several different assisted living facilities.

Please keep both of these groups in your prayers for safe travels and for the Holy Spirit to be at work in them and in those that they meet.



4. We Need You! - We are in need of a few people to help on Sunday mornings.

  • The first way is with the tech aspects of worship at our 8am and 11am worship services. We will provide all the training, but we need people to help with the PowerPoint and soundboard operations during the services. These positions are very important to the flow and experience of worship and truly add to our time together. 
  • The other area we are looking for people is to drive a golf cart helping transport people to and from our parking lots. This is often our first point of contact and is extremely important in helping people feel welcome. 
If you are interested, please contact the church office by clicking here or calling us at (352) 787-1829. Thank you in advance for your consideration.





5. Be In the Know! - One of the great things about Community is all the options and choices you have to help make disciples and build the Kingdom. And we want you to know about as many of them as possible. The best way to do that is for you to sign up for any of the various ways we have set up to communicate with you. Here is a list of them and how you can sign up or follow them:

  • Churchwide Email System - just call the church office to sign up, (352) 787-1829 or email us by clicking here
  • Pastor's Blog - you can find the blog by clicking here. Once you are there, bookmark it and you can even subscribe to have email updates of new posts sent to you automatically. The subscribe box is on the side underneath Pastor Debbie's Photo and Bio. Once you subscribe, don't forget to confirm that subscription by responding to the email you will receive, so the emails will start being delivered to you. 
  • Our Church Website - you can find our church website by clicking here. Don't forget to bookmark it once you are there. 
  • Our Church Facebook Page - there are many updates, photos, and even Facebook Live Videos we post on this page, a great resource! You can find that page by clicking here
  • Our Church Instagram Page - where we host many pictures of church events showing how we are living out our faith in Fruitland Park and beyond. You can find that page by clicking here
  • Our Church Text Messaging Feature - get updates about the church sent to you via text message (text message and data rates may apply). You can sign up for that by sending the text message @cumcfp to the number 81010. Texts will usually arrive during church office hours.
  • Our Church Publications - and as always you can find great information in our weekly bulletin and monthly newsletter. 
I hope you will take advantage of as many of these avenues for communication as possible. There is a lot happening at Community and we do not want you to miss a thing!


Have a great weekend!


Thursday, July 5, 2018

Thursday Thoughts

1. Sunday Morning Worship - This week we will continue our new series on prayer entitled, "Prayer Is...." Pastor Debbie will be preaching on James 4:1-10, looking at how prayer is supposed to transform us in a message entitled, "Spring Cleaning". Invite a friend and a neighbor and we hope to see you at 8am, 9:30am, or 11am! All are welcome, all are invited.





2. Prayer Vigil - To go along with our summer preaching series on "Prayer Is," we are hosting a prayer vigil on Thursday, July 12th from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Signups are currently full for praying in our prayer chapel, but you are encouraged to find some time on that day to pray for our church and its ministries, our surrounding community, our country and the world. If you would like guidance on ways to pray for this day you can email Jenn Landstedt, by clicking here, and she can provide you with a sheet of information. Jeremiah 29:12 ~ Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.





3. Churchwide BBQ - It is that time of year again! We will be hosting our annual churchwide summer barbeque after all three worship services on Sunday, July 15th in the Familly Life Center. The menu is smoked pulled pork, coleslaw, baked beans, watermelon, chips, and chocolate delight. There will be slips in the bulletin this week to fill out and drop in the offering plate to register - or you may call the church office.

The deadline to register is Wednesday, July 11th and it is coming quick.

Don't miss out on this great time of food and fellowship.






4. We Need You! - We are in need of a few people to help on Sunday mornings.

  • The first way is with the tech aspects of worship at our 8am and 11am worship services. We will provide all the training, but we need people to help with the PowerPoint and soundboard operations during the services. These positions are very important to the flow and experience of worship and truly add to our time together. 
  • The other area we are looking for people is to drive a golf cart helping transport people to and from our parking lots. This is often our first point of contact and is extremely important in helping people feel welcome. 
If you are interested, please contact the church office by clicking here or calling us at (352) 787-1829. Thank you in advance for your consideration.





5. Be In the Know! - One of the great things about Community is all the options and choices you have to help make disciples and build the Kingdom. And we want you to know about as many of them as possible. The best way to do that is for you to sign up for any of the various ways we have set up to communicate with you. Here is a list of them and how you can sign up or follow them:

  • Churchwide Email System - just call the church office to sign up, (352) 787-1829 or email us by clicking here
  • Pastor's Blog - you can find the blog by clicking here. Once you are there, bookmark it and you can even subscribe to have email updates of new posts sent to you automatically. The subscribe box is on the side underneath Pastor Debbie's Photo and Bio. Once you subscribe, don't forget to confirm that subscription by responding to the email you will receive, so the emails will start being delivered to you. 
  • Our Church Website - you can find our church website by clicking here. Don't forget to bookmark it once you are there. 
  • Our Church Facebook Page - there are many updates, photos, and even Facebook Live Videos we post on this page, a great resource! You can find that page by clicking here
  • Our Church Instagram Page - where we host many pictures of church events showing how we are living out our faith in Fruitland Park and beyond. You can find that page by clicking here
  • Our Church Text Messaging Feature - get updates about the church sent to you via text message (text message and data rates may apply). You can sign up for that by sending the text message @cumcfp to the number 81010. Texts will usually arrive during church office hours.
  • Our Church Publications - and as always you can find great information in our weekly bulletin and monthly newsletter. 
I hope you will take advantage of as many of these avenues for communication as possible. There is a lot happening at Community and we do not want you to miss a thing! 


Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Midweek Moment

This year for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, for every person in worship and corresponding to the occasion, we pledged $1 per person towards a local mission. I am absolutely thrilled to announce that we donated over $1,500 to Esther House and Open Arms Village combined.

Esther House is “a twelve-month Christ-centered residential reentry program for adult women released from incarceration seeking to change their life for good.” Open Arms Village “exists to create a safe community that treats homeless individuals with dignity and provides for their basic needs... [as they] move themselves toward independence.” Both of these missions, at their very core, seek to better the lives of those they serve. I believe that our gift to them will further enable them to serve in this way. In fact, for Esther House, I know it will.

A week after Mother’s Day, I was leaving the church for the night and I ran into the executive director for Esther House. I asked how things were going and I got a wonderful response. Esther House was in need of something to help their mission and the cost was rather high. High enough that they did not have the funds. But the necessity was so strong they pushed ahead and asked God to provide. Shortly after this, our check arrived in the mail and it covered the expense. Praise God!

Our decision to support Esther House with a Mother’s Day gift was not done in conjunction with them, meaning we knew they had a need. Once we felt God guiding us to honor Mother’s Day in this way, we began to pray and ask for guidance as to where the money would go. Esther House was the answer all of us received. God knew the need before we did, God knew the need before the people at Esther House did, and God made the way. What a great God we serve!

My friends, that is the hand of God at work. And that is what can happen when we are faithful to go where God leads. I am grateful to each of you for your support of this church, which allows us to support others. Your faithfulness paves the way for God’s blessings to be felt far and wide and gives us the opportunity to see it unfold and it is in those moments that we can see a piece of the Kingdom of God.

I am looking forward to what God has in store for us here at Community, as we bind together to be the church and the embodiment of Christ to the people around us!

Blessings,

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Thursday Thoughts


1. Sunday Morning Worship - This week we will continue our new series on prayer entitled, "Prayer IS...." Pastor Daryl will be preaching on "Wanted" as he explores Luke 11:1-4 and the invitation to prayer and that we are all wanted by God to engage in that practice. Invite a friend and a neighbor and we hope to see you at 8am, 9:30am, or 11am! All are welcome, all are invited.




2. Summer Camp - On Monday we sent close to 20 children and youth to camp at Warren Willis for the week. The theme this year is "The Table" and that God loves and invites everyone to join him at his table. Please keep these young people in your prayers for their safety and for their hearts to be receptive to the worship and small group times. 









3. Prayer Vigil - To go along with our summer preaching series on "Prayer Is," we are going to be hosting a prayer vigil on Thursday July 12th from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Signups are currently full for praying in our prayer chapel, but you are encouraged to find some time on that day to pray for our church and its ministries, our surrounding community, our country and the world.



4. Churchwide BBQ - We will be hosting our annual churchwide summer picnic after all the worship services on Sunday July 15th. There will be slips in the bulletin this week to fill out and drop in the offering plate to register - or you may call the church office. Don't miss out on this great time of food and fellowship.










5. We Need You! - We are in need of a few people to help with the tech aspects of worship at our 8am and 11am worship services. We will provide all the training, but we need people to help with the PowerPoint and soundboard operations during the services. These positions are very important to the flow and experience of worship and truly add to our time together. If you are interested, please contact the church office by clicking here or calling us at (352) 787-1829. Thank you in advance for your consideration.




6. Be In the Know! - One of the great things about Community is all the options and choices you have to help make disciples and build the Kingdom. And we want you to know about as many of them as possible. The best way to do that is for you to sign up for any of the various ways we have set up to communicate with you. Here is a list of them and how you can sign up or follow them:

  • Churchwide Email System - just call the church office to sign up or email us by clicking here
  • Pastor's Blog - you can find the blog by clicking here. Once you are there, bookmark it and you can even subscribe to have email updates of new posts sent to you automatically. The subscribe box is on the side underneath Pastor Debbie's Photo and Bio. Once you subscribe, don't forget to confirm that subscription by responding to the email you will receive, so the emails will start being delivered to you. 
  • Our Church Website - you can find our church website by clicking here. Don't forget to bookmark it once you are there. 
  • Our Church Facebook Page - there are many updates, photos, and even Facebook Live Videos we post on this page, a great resource! You can find that page by clicking here
  • Our Church Instagram Page - where we host many pictures of church events showing how we are living out our faith in Fruitland Park and beyond. You can find that page by clicking here
  • Our Church Text Messaging Feature - get updates about the church sent to you via text message (text message and data rates may apply). You can sign up for that by sending the text message @cumcfp to the number 81010. 
  • Our Church Publications - and as always you can find great information in our weekly bulletin and monthly newsletter. 
I hope you will take advantage of as many of these avenues for communication as possible. There is a lot happening at Community and we do not want you to miss a thing!


Have a great weekend!




Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Midweek Moment

From Pastor Loida - An Update on Summer Gardens Small Groups at Community UMC

This summer we have 11 small groups meeting once a month at different homes throughout The Villages, Fruitland Park, Leesburg, and surrounding areas. Each group comes together to enjoy a meal, snack, or dessert at the table. Each group studies God’s Word, pray for one another and, as outreach, they are encouraged to participate in a service project, outside our walls. They find a way to bless the community. One group already sent me a schedule of how they will serve at the Wildwood Soup Kitchen, a place where many in need gather at the table.

It is always interesting to share our experiences when we gather at the table. It is at the table that we begin to understand community in our family of origins. We celebrate birthdays, holidays, and just the ordinary day-to-day events. We discuss things important to us. We cry and laugh together, at the table. Jesus understood the importance of what happens at the table. He took the time to sit at the table with anyone who invited him. Many miracles and transforming moments happened as he sat and broke bread with others. Just read through the gospels and you find Jesus often sitting at the table. No wonder many called him “a glutton who ate with sinners.” As part of the study guides in our Summer Gardens, we read of the encounter Jesus had with Nicodemus, the Samaritan woman, with Mary, Martha and Lazarus, and breakfast with the disciples after his resurrection. In each of these encounters, Jesus took as much time as needed to be present and make a difference in each person’s life.

Whether you are in a small group or not, take a chance to invite others to join with you at the table. Maybe invite a visitor to lunch with you after worship service… or someone you have seen in church often but you don’t know well.

This week, as you sit at the table to eat breakfast, lunch, or dinner, look around at those who are sitting with you. If you are alone, think back to the many meals you have shared with others in your lifetime. Take the time to give God thanks for those you have shared with at the table. Then, think of one person you might want to invite to join you for a meal, or a snack, or just dessert. Again, great things happen when we gather in fun and fellowship! Enjoy!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Thursday Thoughts

1. Sunday Morning Worship - This week we will begin our new series on prayer entitled, "Prayer IS...." Pastor Loida will be preaching on "Are You Really There?" as she explores Exodus 17:8-13. 



Invite a friend and a neighbor and we hope to see you at 8am, 9:30am, or 11am! All are welcome, all are invited.




2. Vacation Bible School - We're so thankful for all of your prayers and all of the volunteers that are helping us to enjoy a wonderful week of sharing God's love with our kids at Vacation Bible School. Shipwrecked is our theme and we have learned so far about how Jesus rescues; when we are lonely, when we worry, and when we struggle. We have two nights left of this important ministry.







3. Memorial Service - One of our longest active Chancel Choir members died unexpectedly this week. There will be a memorial service for Laura Blankenship on Saturday June 23rd, at 11am in the church sanctuary.



4. We Need You! - We are in need of a few people to help with the tech aspects of worship at our 8am and 11am worship services. We will provide all the training, but we need people to help with the PowerPoint and soundboard operations during the services. These positions are very important to the flow and experience of worship and truly add to our time together. If you are interested, please contact the church office by clicking here or calling us at (352) 787-1829. Thank you in advance for your consideration.




5. Be In the Know! - One of the great things about Community is all the options and choices you have to help make disciples and build the Kingdom. And we want you to know about as many of them as possible. The best way to do that is for you to sign up for any of the various ways we have set up to communicate with you. Here is a list of them and how you can sign up or follow them:

  • Churchwide Email System - just call the church office to sign up or email us by clicking here
  • Pastor's Blog - you can find the blog by clicking here. Once you are there, bookmark it and you can even subscribe to have email updates of new posts sent to you automatically. The subscribe box is on the side underneath Pastor Debbie's Photo and Bio. Once you subscribe, don't forget to confirm that subscription by responding to the email you will receive, so the emails will start being delivered to you. 
  • Our Church Website - you can find our church website by clicking here. Don't forget to bookmark it once you are there. 
  • Our Church Facebook Page - there are many updates, photos, and even Facebook Live Videos we post on this page, a great resource! You can find that page by clicking here
  • Our Church Instagram Page - where we host many pictures of church events showing how we are living out our faith in Fruitland Park and beyond. You can find that page by clicking here
  • Our Church Text Messaging Feature - get updates about the church sent to you via text message (text message and data rates may apply). You can sign up for that by sending the text message @cumcfp to the number 81010. 
  • Our Church Publications - and as always you can find great information in our weekly bulletin and monthly newsletter. 
I hope you will take advantage of as many of these avenues for communication as possible. There is a lot happening at Community and we do not want you to miss a thing!


Have a great weekend!



Thursday, June 14, 2018

Thursday Thoughts

1. Sunday Morning Worship - This week we will conclude our series, Lesson from the Life of David. This Sunday, Pastor Daryl will be preaching on "David's Last Words" dealing with his advice to his son Solomon from I Kings 2:1-4.

We will also be recognizing all of the men of Community for Father's Day in worship. Men will be asked to sign in on one of the boards in the sanctuary and Family Life Center so that we can make a $1 donation for each man present to Open Arms Village in Ocala.

Invite a friend and a neighbor and we hope to see you at 8am, 9:30am, or 11am! All are welcome, all are invited.



2. Vacation Bible School - NEXT WEEK!!! That's right, VBS time is here!!!! It's not to late to register for Shipwrecked - you can do so online by clicking here or by walking up to register on Monday evening. VBS runs from 5:30-8:30pm each weekday night (June 18th-22nd). This is an exciting time and a great opportunity for us to love on this community and the families that call it home!









3. We Need You! - We are in need of a few people to help with the tech aspects of worship at our 8am and 11am worship services. We will provide all the training, but we need people to help with the PowerPoint and soundboard operations during the services. These positions are very important to the flow and experience of worship and truly add to our time together. If you are interested, please contact the church office by clicking here or calling us at (352) 787-1829. Thank you in advance for your consideration.




4. Be In the Know! - One of the great things about Community is all the options and choices you have to help make disciples and build the Kingdom. And we want you to know about as many of them as possible. The best way to do that is for you to sign up for any of the various ways we have set up to communicate with you. Here is a list of them and how you can sign up or follow them:

  • Churchwide Email System - just call the church office to sign up or email us by clicking here
  • Pastor's Blog - you can find the blog by clicking here. Once you are there, bookmark it and you can even subscribe to have email updates of new posts sent to you automatically. The subscribe box is on the side underneath Pastor Debbie's Photo and Bio. Once you subscribe, don't forget to confirm that subscription by responding to the email you will receive, so the emails will start being delivered to you. 
  • Our Church Website - you can find our church website by clicking here. Don't forget to bookmark it once you are there. 
  • Our Church Facebook Page - there are many updates, photos, and even Facebook Live Videos we post on this page, a great resource! You can find that page by clicking here
  • Our Church Instagram Page - where we host many pictures of church events showing how we are living out our faith in Fruitland Park and beyond. You can find that page by clicking here
  • Our Church Text Messaging Feature - get updates about the church sent to you via text message (text message and data rates may apply). You can sign up for that by sending the text message @cumcfp to the number 81010. 
  • Our Church Publications - and as always you can find great information in our weekly bulletin and monthly newsletter. 
I hope you will take advantage of as many of these avenues for communication as possible. There is a lot happening at Community and we do not want you to miss a thing!


Have a great weekend!