Thursday, August 15, 2019

Midweek Moment

Greetings, my friends!

Last Sunday, we launched our new church website and we are so excited about it! This is a place that many people will make their first contact with us. With that in mind we brought over all the information from our previous website and added some new elements.

One of the first things you will see on our homepage is a place for people that are new to Community United Methodist to plan their first visit with us. Here they will find information about our worship services and their times, what those services are like, and where to park.

We are also able to easily highlight important events happening in the life of our church and let people see at a glance all we have offer and how we are plugged into this community.

For our current family members, the menu bar at the top has a heading labeled, Member Info. There you will find our calendar, the archive of our recorded 11am services, lay leadership list, and a link for our weekly bulletins and monthly newsletters that is labeled Church Publications. From the menu bar, you will also find a place to connect to our Worship Live Streams, both 11am and 9:30am. Yes, you read that right! We are excited to announce that we will have the ability to live stream our 9:30am service in the upcoming weeks!

I hope you will take a moment to check it out, share the address with new folks, and invite people to read through it and see a bit about who we are as a community.

You can find all of this great information at our new website: communityumc.church

Have a great week and we will see you Sunday!

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Thursday Thoughts

1. Sunday Morning Worship - This weekend Pastor CJ concludes our worship series entitled "Be Still" based off Psalm 46:10. This week we'll be examining "When the Sun Stands Still" based off of Joshua 10:12-15.

If you have a name tag, we want to encourage you to wear it to help CJ and his family put names and faces together!

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. Property Purchase Update - Everything went through for the closing of the house on Fountain Street and the refinance of our church mortgage through the Florida UM Foundation.

The Board of Trustees will now begin their work on some renovations to get the new house ready to be the new location of the church's food pantry!






3. Tutoring Facilitator Needed - As we launch our 30th year with this amazing program, we are looking for a dedicated volunteer to to carry this program forward. It has been such a blessing to partner with Fruitland Park Elementary for so many years and we are looking for many more years to come! The responsibilities include, being in contact with the school, communicating with the tutors, managing schedules and assignments, and managing the safety and well-being of the students. You can find more information about this opportunity in your bulletin or you can call the church office, or email Fay Umble by clicking here with any questions or better yet, to volunteer!




4. Looking Ahead! - We have quite a few great events coming up soon:
  • Back to School for Lake County - Monday, August 12
  • New Church Website - Launches on Sunday, August 11
  • Wonderful Wednesday Resumes - Wednesday, September 4
  • GROW Night Dinner and Classes Resume - Wednesday, September 4. There will be a kickoff opening ceremony in the sanctuary at 6:15pm after dinner.
  • New Member Class - Sunday, September 8
  • Choir Retreat for Christmas Musical Production, Once Upon a Tree - September, 13-14
  • Leadership Retreat at Warren Willis Camp - Saturday, September 21


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

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Midweek Moment

Greetings my friends!

I have a question for you, who is your Batman?

That may seem like an odd question, but I have heard it quite a bit lately. People use it to determine an approximation for a person's age. Depending on who you associate with playing the role of Batman, whether on TV or in the theaters, it can reveal an approximate time frame of when you grew up. For example, if you say Adam West is your Batman, people know you grew up around the 1960's; or you love re-runs. Personally, I loved the reruns and remember Adam West and Burt Ward as my Batman and Robin. And no I did not have to look those names up. For my children, they give a different name when asked that question and we have great conversations about what we each love in our Batman.

Regardless of who you think of as your Batman, one thing is always the same. You have an appreciation for comic book stories and/or the superhero genre. A love of that kind of storytelling has spanned generations and brought countless millions together, no matter the person under the mask. And today, those stories are front and center in the movie world and are bringing a whole new generation into this fold. Actors change, special effects change, but the underlying story of a person protecting others from evil and harm stays the same.

There is a challenge facing the church today. How do we take another story that has spanned generations - the love of Christ - and share it with new people? How do we bring another generation into the fold of faith so they can live in and through this amazing and perfect love? Christ's love and God's nature are unchanging. We may grow to deeper understandings of them both, but at their very nature they both remain the same. So how do we share that message and our God with folks that do not know or understand either? In a word, conversation.

People that have experience and a deep appreciation of a life lived in faith, can be tremendous ambassadors to answering these questions. They know what it is like to share their faith, to bring people into the fold, to find ways to bridge generations and preferences and share this powerful story. I love to watch people with this kind of experience interact with my children. I love to watch them share stories of their childhood, what it was like when they grew up, and the new things they have witnessed and experienced. I love it when a relationship forms and my boys discover a new "grandma" or "grandpa" or "aunt" or "uncle". My heart swells, their knowledge deepens, and our family tree is enlarged. And the best part is that we all can be a part of that experience - through sharing and listening.

I want to encourage each of you to be on the look out for that moment when you can share your faith with another. That moment when a person is ready to hear the story that has spanned generations, that is unchanging, and that brings a new life to those that hear it. Regardless of when we grew up, of when we came to the faith, of how far we are down our path of discipleship, or who the person was that first shared this amazing story with us - we can all witness to our faith.

All of us can play a role in sharing this story that is love incarnate, love at its best, love that is perfection in every sense.

Always remember, you are important, you are valued, and you are loved!


Thursday, July 25, 2019

Thursday Thoughts


1. Sunday Morning Worship - This weekend Pastor Daryl continues our worship series entitled "Be Still" based off Psalm 46:10. This week we'll be examining "Dealing with Distractions" based off of I Kings 19:9-13.

If you have a nametag, we want to encourage you to wear it to help CJ and his family put names and faces together!

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


2. Property Purchase Update - Everything went through last week for the closing of the house on Fountain Street and the refinance of our church mortgage through the Florida UM Foundation. The Board of Trustees will now begin their work on some renovations to get the new house ready to be the new location of the church's food pantry!


3. City of Fruitland Park - The new city library grand opened on July 12. There were a lot of church members present that day and Pastor Debbie got to give the blessing prayer over the new building. Our own Methodist women were instrumental along with women from two other area churches in the 1930s in establishing the city's library!




4. Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar! 

* Back to School for Lake County - Monday August 12
* Wonderful Wednesday resumes! - Wednesday September 4
* GROW Night dinner and classes return - Wednesday September 4! There will be a kickoff opening ceremony in the sanctuary at 6:15pm after dinner.
* New Member Class - Sunday September 8
* Choir Retreat for Christmas Musical Production, Once Upon a Tree - September 13-14
* Leadership Retreat at Warren Willis Camp, Saturday September 21
* World Communion Sunday Celebration - with lunch afterwards - Sunday October 6


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

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Thursday Thoughts


1. Sunday Morning Worship - This weekend Pastor Daryl kicks off our new worship series entitled "Be Still" with a look at Psalm 46: 1-7, 10-11. If you have a nametag, we want to encourage you to wear it to help CJ and his family put names and faces together!

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


2. Welcoming the Hill Family - There will be a church-wide welcome celebration for the Hill Family on Sunday July 21st after worship. You can get your dessert FIRST that day, with a fun ice cream social in the Family Life Center! If you haven't seen it yet, here's the introduction video the family made that we showed in worship a few weekends ago.



3. Property Purchase Update - Our Leadership Council chair, Dave Withers, gave an important update in worship at the end of June. Our closing date for the "yellow" house on Fountain Street is set for July 16th. In the process, we have refinanced our current church building debt with the United Methodist Foundation out of Lakeland for a lower percentage rate! But no interest is better than low interest as Dave said! So, if you'd like to make a special gift towards the debt, just mark it "Building Fund Principal" and you'll help save the church some interest. Thank you!


4. Prayer Concerns
  • For all of our youth and children who will be attending church camp at Warren Willis next week from Monday through Saturday. 
  • For Matt and Sarah Bruzzi, their Life at the Intersection Ministry in the 9th Ward, and all the residents of New Orleans who live near the levees - some parts of New Orleans are already under an evacuation order because of high water and the approaching storm Barry. If you are interested in hosting a family known to the Bruzzis that is evacuating, please contact the church office. 

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

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Thursday Thoughts

1. Sunday Morning Worship - This weekend our new Associate Pastor of Discipleship, the Rev. CJ Hill, will be preaching. He'll be sharing a bit about his personal testimony and calling in his sermon, "It Takes A Village" from Deuteronomy 6:1-12. We will also be celebrating the sacrament of Holy Communion as we gather together.

If you have a nametag, we want to encourage you to wear it to help CJ and his family put names and faces together!

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


2. Welcoming the Hill Family - There will be a church-wide welcome celebration for the Hill Family on Sunday July 21st after worship. You can get your dessert FIRST that day, with a fun ice cream social in the Family Life Center! If you haven't seen it yet, here's the introduction video the family made that we showed in worship a few weekends ago.



3. Property Purchase Update - Our Leadership Council chair, Dave Withers, gave an important update in worship last weekend. Our closing date for the "yellow" house on Fountain Street is set for July 16th. In the process, we have refinanced our current church building debt with the United Methodist Foundation out of Lakeland for a lower percentage rate! But no interest is better than low interest as Dave said! So, if you'd like to make a special gift towards the debt, just mark it "Building Fund Principal" and you'll help save the church some interest. Thank you!


4. Warren Willis Camp - Recently our conference camp in Fruitland Park changed its name to reflect the merger of the Camp and Life Enrichment Center. It is now the Warren Willis Camp and Conference Center. We were privileged to welcome the Summer Leadership Team in worship last weekend - all the college students who are serving as counselors for the campers this season! One of the bands even played for worship in the 9Thirty service! Please keep the counselors and staff in your prayers for the rest of July as they minister to kids from all around our conference.




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

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Midweek Moment

Dear Friends,

Last week, the youth group traveled to Atlanta on a mission trip. This is the second year in a row that our youth group has done missions work in inner cities; last year as you remember they went to the 9th ward of New Orleans.

Ten youth went this time and worked with M25, a mission group through Mt. Bethel UMC. They were hosted at two local Atlanta churches and spent time working with different missions addressing homelessness throughout Atlanta. They sorted food at the Atlanta Food Bank, they served meals in a homeless shelter, they packaged food and took it out to homeless people in parks and living by overpasses. In between there were times of discussion and learning, worship and fellowship time. On their last day, the group got to spend some free time at the Georgia Aquarium.

We are incredibly thankful for the leadership of our youth volunteers John and Mona Oliver on this mission trip who made it possible when our youth director Bree Jimenez needed to remain home caring for her ill mother.

Thank you for your support of the youth group through your budget giving as well as through your car wash donations in support of this trip!

Blessings