Thursday, January 17, 2019

Thursday Thoughts

1. Sunday Morning Worship - This week we will continue our first preaching series of the year centering around God's Will and the age-old question of "Why?" Pastor Loida will be preaching this weekend on "God, What Should I Do?" from Colossians 1:3-4, 9-10.

If you know of someone who might be wrestling with WHY? Invite them to come with you this weekend. We'll be worshipping at 8am, 9:30am, and 11am.

*Just a reminder. There is no Thursday Seven02Worship during January and February as our Upwards League reaches out to the community in that space.





2. UPWARDS Has Begun! - Practices for basketball and cheerleading will be on Tuesdays in the Family Life Center and games will be held on Thursdays throughout January and February.

We've got a great group of kids signed up to participate and wonderful adults to help out - please keep this program in your prayers for a safe season of good sportsmanship.








3. GROW Night Returns - Wednesday Night dinners and the kickoff for new GROW night classes started last night. We have new class choices and new subjects aimed at helping you grow deeper in your faith. These classes are great ways to explore your faith, meet new people, and feel the power of the Holy Spirit in your life. We hope you will make plans to join us each week as we GROW together!





4. Winterfest - SAVE THE DATE - Winterfest will soon be here!!!! Signup sheets will be out this weekend for you to come and help with this fabulous outreach event.

Save the Date and tell all your friends and neighbors - Winterfest is Saturday, February 2.





5. A New Adventure! - A new year can bring with it new adventures. If you are looking for a new adventure in your life here at Community, we have an opportunity for you. We are looking for volunteers in several areas of our Sunday morning time together. We are looking for Ushers, Communion Stewards, Golf Cart Drivers, and Tech Booth Operators. No previous experience is needed and we will provide all the training. We are extremely grateful for those that are volunteering in these capacities right now and would love to welcome more people to these ministries.

It takes many hands to make our Sunday mornings as special as they are, and we could use your help. If you are interested in volunteering in any of these areas, please contact the church office and we will get you plugged in. We look forward to seeing you at worship and working with you as we worship our Gracious God together!



Have a wonderful rest of your week and we look forward to seeing you in worship this weekend!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Midweek Moment

Greetings my friends,

This month we began a new preaching series, Making Sense of God’ Will. Thus far we have looked at two questions; “God, Where Are You” and “God, Are You Listening?” We have talked about the understanding that God walks with us in all circumstances and that God’s work in our lives can come in many different forms in our requests made to God – from ‘yes’, to ‘no’, to the difficult experience of ‘wait’.

This week, Pastor Loida, will look to the question of “God, What Should I Do?” and I will wrap the series up the following week as look at the feeling of “God, I Can’t Do This Alone!” Each of these questions will continue to look at how we experience God in our own lives, and in those moments where we are unsure of the future or just mired in the midst of life.

We planned out this series for a few reasons. One was because of its relatability. Each of us, at some point and in some form, have asked these questions. People new to the faith, lifelong disciples, laity, and clergy, have all asked these questions. By looking at these questions together, we are hoping to help create a common bond in our corporate faith with one another.

Second, was because we hoped it would help give words to some of the feelings we all have in this life. Not only do we as believers ask these questions, those for whom the church is not a part of their story ask them as well. We live around these people, work with these people, love these people, are related to these people. The closer we are to them, the more we live life with them, the more they know about our faith, the more likely they may ask us about how to deal with these questions. We hope this series will give all of us a few words to help with those discussions.

The final reason, and most important, was because we felt God asked us to. Every October, Pastors Debbie, Loida, and myself take a day and we plan the entire upcoming year. We pick sermon series, titles, Scriptures, and decide when to do each of them. We do this so planning is easier and so can be a bit more intentional about certain things. And every year as we engage in this discipline, we are left in awe at how God shows up in it and through it. It happens in those instances when the right series is preached at the right time. When new friends show up and tell us that message and the service that surrounded it was exactly what they needed to hear. When members of Sunday School classes come up to us and tell us the sermon and the service was the same topic they discussed in their class. For me, that is the hand of God at work in this world.

So when we plan out these sermon series, and any of us feel that “nudge” we listen. We know there is a reason, we trust in that presence of the Holy Spirit in that moment, and we follow.

As 2019 unfolds, I pray you find connection not only in the worship but in one another. I pray you feel God’s hand more often than not. I pray you experience the incredible feeling that comes as you walk this life with God. And I pray we daily find strength our common life and faith.

Blessings to you all,

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Thursday Thoughts

1. Sunday Morning Worship - This week we will continue our first preaching series of the year centering around God's Will and the age-old question of "Why?" Pastor Debbie will be preaching this weekend on "God, Are You Listening?" from Psalm 22:2, John 15:7, and Luke 22:42.

If you know of someone who might be wrestling with WHY? Invite them to come with you this weekend. We'll be worshipping at 8am, 9:30am, and 11am.

*Just a reminder. There is no Thursday Seven02Worship during January and February as our Upwards League reaches out to the community in that space.






2. UPWARDS Begins! - Practices for basketball and cheerleading will be on Tuesdays in the Family Life Center and games will be held on Thursdays throughout January and February.

We've got a great group of kids signed up to participate and wonderful adults to help out - please keep this program in your prayers for a safe season of good sportsmanship.







3. GROW Night Returns - Wednesday Night dinners and the kickoff for new GROW night classes will happen on January 16th. We have new class choices and new subjects aimed at helping you grow deeper in your faith. These classes are great ways to explore your faith, meet new people, and feel the power of the Holy Spirit in your life. We hope you will make plans to join us each week as we GROW together!





4. Winterfest - SAVE THE DATE - Winterfest will soon be here!!!! Signup sheets will be out this weekend for you to come and help with this fabulous outreach event. Save the Date and tell all your friends and neighbors - Winterfest is Saturday, February 2.








5. A New Adventure! - A new year can bring with it new adventures. If you are looking for a new adventure in your life here at Community, we have an opportunity for you. We are looking for volunteers in several areas of our Sunday morning time together. We are looking for Ushers, Communion Stewards, Golf Cart Drivers, and Tech Booth Operators. No previous experience is needed and we will provide all the training. We are extremely grateful for those that are volunteering in these capacities right now, and would love to welcome more people to these ministries.

It takes many hands to make our Sunday mornings as special as they are, and we could use your help. If you are interested in volunteering in any of these areas, please contact the church office and we will get you plugged in. We look forward to seeing you at worship and working with you as we worship our Gracious God together!





Have a wonderful rest of your week and we look forward to seeing you in worship this weekend!

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Thursday Thoughts

1. Sunday Morning Worship - This week we will begin our first preaching series of the year centering around God's Will and the age old question of "Why?" Pastor Daryl will be preaching this weekend on "God, Where Are You?" from John 11:32-37. 

We will also be celebrating the sacrament of communion in all our worship services. Know someone who might be wrestling with WHY? Invite them to come with you this weekend. We'll be worshipping at 8am, 9:30am, and 11am. 

*Just a reminder. There is no Thursday Seven02Worship during January and February as our Upwards League reaches out to the community in that space. 



2. UPWARDS Begins! 

Practices for basketball and cheerleading will be on Tuesdays in the Family Life Center and games will be held on Thursdays throughout January and February. We've got a great group of kids signed up to participate and wonderful adults to help out - please keep this program in your prayers for a safe season of good sportsmanship.


3. GROW Night Returns

Wednesday Night dinners resume next week (1-9) and the kickoff for new GROW night classes will happen in two weeks (1-16). We have new class choices and new subjects aimed at helping you grow deeper in your faith. These classes are great ways to explore your faith, meet new people, and feel the power of the Holy Spirit in your life. We hope you will make plans to join us each week as we GROW together!




4.  Winterfest - SAVE THE DATE
Winterfest will soon be here!!!! Signup sheets will be out this weekend for you to come and help with this fabulous outreach event. Save the Date and tell all your friends and neighbors - Winterfest is Saturday February 2. 







Have a wonderful rest of your week and we look forward to seeing you in worship this weekend! 

Blessings,  




Thursday, December 20, 2018

Thursday Thoughts

1. Sunday Morning Worship - This week we will begin our Advent preaching series: Christmas Gifts That Won't Break. Pastor Loida will be preaching this weekend with a focus upon "The Gift of PEACE" from Luke 2:8-14. Know someone who needs the PEACE of Jesus this season? Invite them to come with you this weekend. We'll be worshipping at 8am, 9:30am, and 11am. 








2. Christmas Eve Worship - We will have three worship services on Monday, December 24th.

The Contemporary Family service will be at 5pm in the Family Life Center.

The Traditional Communion services will be at 7pm and 9pm in the Sanctuary.

All three services will feature singing by candlelight at the conclusion. And all of the offerings collected at the Christmas Eve services will be given away towards Hurricane Michael relief. We look forward to seeing you there!



3. Office Closed 

The church office will be closed from December 24th through January 2nd. Pastor Charlotte and Pastor Loida will be available in case of emergencies. 


Have a wonderful rest of your week and we look forward to seeing you in worship this weekend! 

Blessings,  


Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Midweek Moment

This past Monday, Debbie and I were in Ocala serving with North Central District Committee on Ordained Ministry. This is the group that initially interviews those persons seeking to become pastors in the United Methodist Church within the Florida Conference.

As part of our time, one of the board members offered a devotional and closed with a prayer from St. Patrick, the Irish Prayer. I was so moved by this prayer and the words it contained that I wanted to share it with all of you. So, I invite you to find a quiet and comfortable place and allow these words to wash over you.

As I arise today,
may the strength of God pilot me,
the power of God uphold me,
the wisdom of God guide me.
May the eye of God look before me,
the ear of God hear me,
the word of God speak for me.
May the hand of God protect me,
the way of God lie before me,
the shield of God defend me,
the host of God save me.
May Christ shield me today.
Christ with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit,
Christ when I stand,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me. Amen.

I encourage you to read this again and notice the thoughts that go through your mind as you experience it. I found this to be an incredibly powerful and simple prayer; Christ in all things and Christ at all times. What a wonderful way to start the day, what a meaningful way to navigate a day, what a poignant reminder of the place Christ should have in our lives!

I know this time of year gets hectic, I know this time of year holds varied emotions for us all. As you continue your Advent journey, as you continue to exist in the waiting of this season, I invite you to remember Christ. In all ways and at all times and in all ways…Christ.

Blessings to you all,

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Thursday Thoughts

1. Sunday Morning Worship - This week we will begin our Advent preaching series: Christmas Gifts That Won't Break. Pastor Daryl will be preaching this weekend with a focus upon "The Gift of LOVE" from Luke 2:10-20. Know someone who needs the  LOVE of Jesus this season? Invite them to come with you this weekend. We'll be worshipping at 8am, 9:30am, and 11am. 









2. Upwards Sports Returns!!!! 

Upwards Basketball and Cheerleading returns for another season at Community in 2019. Both basketball and cheerleading are open to students in grades K-8. Cost is $75 per student for the season, including the uniform. First practice is December 18th and the season runs in January-February. 







4. Looking Ahead to Advent - Be sure to mark these dates on your calendar for things coming up this season of Advent -

* Holiday Grief Seminar - Saturday December 8th from 10:30am to noon in the Fellowship Hall (no charge; call church office to RSVP) 
* Many Moods of Christmas concerts by our very own Chancel Choir - Sunday December 9th at 3:30pm and 6pm
* Blue Christmas Worship Service - Sunday December 16th at 3:30pm
Christmas Eve Worship - contemporary service at 5pm in the Family Life Center; traditional services at 7pm and 9pm in the sanctuary



4. GROW Night Dinner and Classes

We have just one final night of classes left in 2018: December 12th.

GROW Night classes will take a break from December 19 through January 9th. Dinner will resume on Wednesday January 9th and a new slate of classes will resume on Wednesday January 16th, 2019.



5. Christmas Eve Offering for Missions - Our Christmas Eve offering at all our evening services will once again ALL be going to missions. You raised over $10,000 last year for Water is Basic, to provide clean drinking water in Africa. This year, we will be raising money for Hurricane Michael Relief in the Alabama-West Florida Conference. One of the congregations in our conference is still matching gifts for Hurricane Michael Relief through the end up the year, so that means every dollar you give on Christmas Eve will actually be doubled! 

If you won't be here for Christmas Eve and would like to donate ahead of time, you can put your check in the offering plate or offering boxes (9Thirty and Seven02) and mark it "Christmas Eve offering" on the memo line. We'll make sure it all gets where it needs to go! 

Have a wonderful week and we will see you on Sunday! 

Blessings,