Thursday, February 13, 2020

Thursday Thoughts


1. Winterfest is here!!!! It's this Saturday. Thank you to all of those who have signed up to volunteer and please keep our volunteers and honored guests in your prayers for this event. May we be the hands and feet of Jesus to our community this weekend! 







1. Sunday Morning Worship - This week we will continue our series on Let's Chat as we explore the Psalms and their connection with the Feelings Wheel. This weekend Pastor Daryl is preaching on "Blue is More than a Color (Sad)" based upon Psalm 51:10-12. 

Invite your friends to come with you to worship this weekend. We'll be worshipping at 8am, 9:30am, and 11am. 

We will also have a New Member class after worship on Sunday if you are interested in joining the church. Just call the church office at 787-1829 to RSVP. 



2. Hymn Sing and Ice Cream Social - This Sunday evening we will have an Old Fashioned Hymn Sing in the Sanctuary starting at 6pm with an Ice Cream Social to follow in the Fellowship Hall. The choir, ensembles and band will take part to lead us in singing some old favorite hymns. Come join in on the fun and the memories together! 



3. GROW Night - GROW Night is back in full swing on Wednesdays. Dinners are off to great start and also our classes. Classes run from 6:15-7:15pm.  Click here for a current listing of classes and locations. 






4. Upwards Sports! We're back into the swing of things on Tuesday nights with practice and Thursday nights with games in the Family Life Center. We've got six basketball teams and a cheerleading squad for kids in kindergarten through 8th grade.







5. Upcoming Dates
* February 17 - Family Game Night (6-9pm in Fellowship Hall) 
* February 22 - North Central District Training from 9am-3pm at First UMC in Ocala for elected lay leaders in the church 
* February 23 - Undie Sunday and Preschool Sunday 
* February 26 - Ash Wednesday (Ashes to Go from 7-8 in the parking lot and worship in the sanctuary at 6:15pm) 
* March 1 - First Sunday of Lent - Combined services at 8:30 and 10:30 in the FLC with churchwide lunch afterwards 
* March 8 - Daylight Savings Time Changes (spring ahead) 
* March 28 - Fruitland Park Day Parade (church float) 


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



Blessings, 




Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Midweek Moment

At Staff Meeting we shared several of the God moments and glory-sightings we experienced this year at Winterfest. There were many special moments with people in our community; from the prayer tent, to the haircuts, to the prize recipients, to the pictures and food and so much more. I had the opportunity to work the snowcone booth for a few hours and many parents approached a few feet behind their child with money in their hand, not quite trusting that everything was really free. It was amazing to watch their smiles as I reassured them that everything was a gift that day and then to ask if they wanted a snowcone as well as their child.

We're so thankful for our Winterfest chairperson Meredith Cheshire and all of our Winterfest committee members and volunteers (over 300!) who worked so hard to make this event a reality for our neighborhood. Here's a few photos of the hundreds that were taken during the day.


Blessings





























Thursday, January 30, 2020

Thursday Thoughts


1. Winterfest is here!!!! It's this Saturday. Thank you to all of those who have signed up to volunteer and please keep our volunteers and honored guests in your prayers for this event. May we be the hands and feet of Jesus to our community this weekend! 







2. Sunday Morning Worship - This week we will continue our series on Let's Chat as we explore the Psalms and their connection with the Feelings Wheel. This weekend Pastor Daryl is preaching on "I Appreciate You! (Powerful) based upon Psalm 18:1-4, 16-19. 

Invite your friends to come with you to worship this weekend. We'll be worshipping at 8am, 9:30am, and 11am. 







3. GROW Night - GROW Night is back in full swing on Wednesdays. Dinners are off to great start and also our classes. Classes run from 6:15-7:15pm.  Click here for a current listing of classes and locations. 






4. Upwards Sports! We're back into the swing of things on Tuesday nights with practice and Thursday nights with games in the Family Life Center. We've got six basketball teams and a cheerleading squad for kids in kindergarten through 8th grade.






5. Upcoming Dates
* February 16 - New Member Class (after church in Fellowship Hall); Hymn Sing (6pm in Sanctuary)
* February 17 - Family Game Night (6-9pm in Fellowship Hall) 
* February 22 - North Central District Training from 9am-3pm at First UMC in Ocala for elected lay leaders in the church 
* February 26 - Ash Wednesday (Ashes to Go from 7-8 in the parking lot and worship in the sanctuary at 6:15pm) 
* March 1 - First Sunday of Lent - Combined services at 8:30 and 10:30 in the FLC with churchwide lunch afterwards 
* March 8 - Daylight Savings Time Changes (spring ahead) 
* March 28 - Fruitland Park Day Parade (church float) 

Have a wonderful rest of your week and we look forward to seeing you on Saturday at Winterfest and then in worship this weekend! 



Blessings, 



Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Midweek Moment

Dear Friends,

It seems hard to believe that we are approaching the end of January already. Time seems to fly faster year after year. 

One of the things that I have really enjoyed this year so far is our congregational emphasis on Reading the Bible together. It has been a blessing reading through the Psalms this month and even hearing the emotions of the Psalms woven into our series on Sundays with the feelings wheel. I hope that you are taking the time to join in on the readings and that you are seeing the pastoral reflections each week on our website from myself, Daryl, CJ, Mal and John. Click here for the link to follow to get to the reading plan as well as the reflections.  For your benefit I've included this week's reflection on Psalms 26-32 below. 

I'm a night owl, and I've found over the years that the best time for my quiet time is in the evenings just before bed. Reading Scripture, journaling and praying helps me unwind and relax before bed and I've found that these foundations are still fresh on my mind when I wake up in the morning, helping to strengthen me for the day ahead. Planning your time alone with God is key because it won't happen by accident. And everyone's rhythm is different, so find a time that works well for you. 

Praying for you in this journey, 



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Psalms 26-32 Faith in Confidence in God 
I love the poetry of the Psalms. It’s easy to forget sometimes to think of them as prayer poems from the heart or songs for the gathered people to sing. This week though in our reading of Psalms 26-32 I was reminded again of the beautiful prose and imagery contained in the Psalms that captures a whole range of human emotions.

Confidence in God’s faithfulness seems to be a recurring theme in these seven psalms. Even the ones that contain elements of lament or crying out to God in suffering or confusion (26 and 28), end with words of reassurance about faith in God’s provision and character and how he is present and at work.

The first part of Psalm 27 might be familiar to you: “The LORD is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid?” Even in the midst of attack by evil/enemies/foes or an army/war we can be confident and unshaken in our faith in God because we dwell in God’s presence. We are “safe in his dwelling…hidden in the shelter of his tabernacle” (vs 5) and can be confident that we “will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living” (vs 13). In other words, these rhetorical questions point us in the same direction as Paul would reiterate later: “if God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31).

Psalm 29 provides a beautiful picture of God as victorious King in a grand hymn of praise. The LORD is not only king over the people but his reign also extends over all of creation – throughout the earth, from mountains to valleys and deserts as well as the sky. And praise continues in Psalm 30 as God’s faithfulness is celebrated; his promised presence showing up in a great time of personal need. The LORD is the one who can as verse 11 proclaims: turn wailing into dancing and remove our sackcloth and clothe us with joy. Psalm 31 continues in the theme of confidence in God’s faithfulness as a prayer lifting up God’s great goodness.

Psalm 32 is a little bit different. It’s one of 7 penitential psalms (6, 32, 38, 102, 130 and 143) that can help encourage Christians about the assurance of God’s forgiveness in our lives, especially in verses 1-2 and 10-11. And there is great joy and excitement because of God’s presence and faithfulness.

Is there something this week that you can celebrate with regard to God’s faithfulness to you so far this year? I encourage to write that down and maybe keep track of those moments this year as something you can return to at other times when you might be feeling down or a bit overwhelmed. God is good and is so faithful! May you be blessed as you read these Psalms this week.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Thursday Thoughts

1. Night of Worship - The 9Thirty Band will be hosting a Night of Worship this Friday at 7pm in our Family Life Center. Join us as we worship together singing the songs of the Christmas season. 



2. Sunday Morning Worship - This week we will continue our Advent preaching series of Unlikely Gifts as we focus upon the gift of Joy from  Luke 2:10 with Pastor Daryl preaching.  Know someone who needs the peace and love of Jesus this season? Invite them to come with you this weekend. We'll be worshipping at 8am, 9:30am, and 11am. 


 

3. Christmas Eve Worship - We will have three worship services on Tuesday, 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. We look forward to seeing you there!



4. Office Closed 
The church office will be closed from December 24th through January 1st. Pastor Mal and Pastor CJ will be available in case of emergencies. The office will reopen on Thursday January 2nd. 



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



Blessings, 




Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Midweek Moment



This past Sunday afternoon we gathered in the sanctuary for Blue Christmas worship. This is the opportunity folks have to grieve loved ones in the holiday season and acknowledge other blue feelings that they might be experiencing due to other circumstances. It was a beautiful and moving service with over 50 in attendance this year. It particular there were two moments that moved me to tears. First, was when folks had the chance to name their loved ones aloud during one of our prayer times and second was when folks came forward to write the names of their loved ones, or the situations that they are struggling with, on ornaments and hang them on the tree. That tree now sits in the narthex for the rest of the Advent season as a reminder to pray for those families who are grieving and feeling blue in this holiday season.



Grace and peace this Advent!

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!