Friday, September 24, 2021

Mission Opportunity

Hello Church Family,

On October 25, Giselle Lawn, our UMC Volunteer in Mission, will be going to Angola on a 2 week mission trip. Part of Giselle's time there will be spent with teachers and students of the elementary school at Quessua Mission Station in Central Angola. Community has the opportunity to help provide Giselle with classroom materials to take along for the school.

Below is a list of specific items the school needs. If you are interested in helping provide these materials, please bring them into the church by Sunday, October 17. There is a collection bin by the mailboxes labeled School Supplies for Angola. Please only purchase the items on this list.

- Pre-sharpened pencils with erasers
- Pencil sharpeners
- Pencil erasers
- Chalk
- Chalkboard erasers
- Dry erase markers
- Dry erase erasers
- Blue painters tape (thin-used for hanging things on the walls)

We also have the opportunity to provide Portuguese Children's Books to the school. Below is a link that will take you to a list of books available on Amazon. You can purchase the book of your choice using your Amazon account and then bring the book in to the collection bin.
Amazon Portuguese Book List:

Thank you so much for helping us supply Quessua Mission Station with school supplies!

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Giselle Lawn at or 706-217-5072. If you reach the answer device, please leave a message.


Thursday, September 23, 2021

Creating a Life with God Week 10

Concluding our focus on the prayer practices from Daniel Wolpert's book, Creating a Life with God. In this video Pastor Debbie covered chapters 10-12 talking about praying in nature, letting go of material possessions and forming community. The video to the tenth session is on the blog (if you are getting this post by email, you would need to go to the blog page itself to view it:   

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Midweek Moment

Pumpkin Patch 2021
October 16 - October 31
Open Daily: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Our Pumpkin Patch is returning this year and we are so excited! The Pumpkin Patch is a gathering place for our community and an opportunity for our church to bless those who visit! Whether it's a school group, day care, church member, or a new friend from the neighborhood, the Patch is a fun place to grab a pumpkin, create a photo op, and experience the warmth and love of being part of a Christian community.

Our Patch also helps fund our Children and Youth Ministries! All the proceeds from our Patch go toward sending our Children and Youth to summer camp at the Warren Willis Camp. It allows us to pay $100 towards the cost of camp for every child from our church that attends. We are so thankful that we are able to do this each year for our families!

Be a Volunteer!
We want our Pumpkin Patch to grow and thrive each year and that means we need you! There are many ways you can volunteer and help to make our Patch successful. Here are some ways you can help:

Patch Attendant: Watch over the Patch for a 2-3 hour shift. You'll welcome families, sell pumpkins, take a photo or two for a family, and be a smiling friendly face!

Story Teller/Carver: Be a blessing to a school group by reading stories to the kids or carving a pumpkin with them!

Set Up/Tear Down: Help make the Patch a beautiful place to gather! Come help set up photo ops and lights or set out pallets and hay.

Pumpkin Unloading: If only the pumpkins would roll out of the truck on their own! On October 16 at 3:00pm, we'll gather to help unload pumpkins from the truck and place them around the Patch. This is a super fun hour of working together!

Buy a Pumpkin: We know that not everyone is able to physically help volunteer at the Patch. If that is you, we encourage you to purchase a pumpkin or gourd to help our fundraiser be successful.

How to Volunteer:
This year our volunteer sign ups are all online. If you would like to sign up for one of the above areas, click the link below. You'll see all the options where you can sign up. You are welcome to sign up for more than one area!

If you would like to be a Patch Attendant, be aware there are 3 separate sign ups arranged by date. Click the one that works for the dates you are looking to volunteer on. You may sign up for multiple dates and time slots.

To sign up as a volunteer, click here:
If you have any questions or need help signing up, please contact Faye at 352-787-1829 or

Thank you and I look forward to seeing you all at the Patch!

Faye Umble
Children's Minister


Thursday, September 16, 2021

Creating a Life with God Week 9 - Walking as Prayer

Continuing our focus on the prayer practices from Daniel Wolpert's book, Creating a Life with God. Today we continue with another physical practice with walking. In this video Pastor Debbie talks about how prayer walking is a metaphor for our journey of faith and talks about the steps to do a regular prayer walk or walk a labyrinth. The video to the ninth session is on the blog (if you are getting this post by email, you would need to go to the blog page itself to view it:  

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Midweek Moment


Don't miss the chance to come out and participate in Wednesday night dinners and GROW classes!!!! 

Friday, September 10, 2021

Blood Drive

SEPTEMBER 21, 2021
9 AM - 3 PM

Dear Church Family,

We are writing to let you know that OneBlood "the big red bus" will be at Community Tuesday, September 21st from 9 am to 3 pm, parked next to the Family Life Center.  Folks will have the opportunity to donate blood, have a free wellness check up (blood pressure, temperature check, iron count, pulse and cholesterol screening) and will also receive an e-gift card for $20 (see details below). 

Appointments are highly encouraged and can easily be made by clicking the link below:

We are truly grateful for each and every donation given. On average, our blood drives are able to assist approximately 25 - 40 people, every three months.  Thank you!



Thursday, September 9, 2021

Creating a Life with God - Week 8 - Body Prayer

 Continuing our focus on the prayer practices from Daniel Wolpert's book, Creating a Life with God. Today we move from some of the mental practices to some of the more physical ones with body prayer. We talked about an awareness of our bodies, being comfortable in them, and practiced being conscious of our breathing. The video to the eighth session is on the blog (if you are getting this post by email, you would need to go to the blog page itself to view it: