Thursday, November 19, 2015

Thursday Thoughts

1. Sunday Worship - This Sunday we will conclude our series focusing on stewardship and how we can use our time, talent, gifts, service and witness to build up the Kingdom of God. As believers we understand God as the giver of every good and perfect gift and we are the "stewards" or managers. This week we'll focus on John Wesley's final point of stewardship, "Give All You Can" as we look at embracing generosity as a way of life. There will be a time at the end of the each service when we can all turn in our stewardship commitments. Bring a friend and we hope to see you there!


2. #PictureAdvent - At the end of this month we will embark upon the season of Advent, a time of preparation of our hearts and minds to encounter Christ in Christmas. One of the programs sponsored by our own conference Life Enrichment Center is a daily devotional called "#PictureAdvent." Click here to sign up to receive the daily devotional by email. There are also links there for other ways you can participate in this season of spiritual preparation on social media like Facebook and Instagram. Pastor Debbie and Pastor Daryl have both written devotionals which will appear during the season of #PictureAdvent devotionals.





3. Fall Work Day - With the holidays approaching, it's time to spruce up our church grounds. We will be having a cleanup day on Saturday, November 21st from 8am to noon. We will be maintaining, pruning, trimming, and raking. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please let Don Anderson know. Thanks!






4. Food Pantry - Our food pantry is generous in helping families throughout the year but also in the holiday season with special baskets at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Please consider making a special donation to the Food Pantry ministry in the next couple of weeks to help them bless families with special baskets for the holidays.



Have a great weekend and we will see you Sunday!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Midweek Moment

Last Saturday Daryl and I had the joy of being able to bless a new local restaurant in town before their official grand opening - PDQ in Colony Plaza. Our family was familiar with PDQ from our time in Ocala and loved their chicken and shakes. Our boys were so excited a few months ago when they started to see a new building take shape and realized that a PDQ was coming to our area. 

A few weeks back the operating director Tommy Hintzman reached out to us with the invitation to be present for the building dedication. As he and Daryl were talking they discovered we had a lot of connections. Tommy grow up in the Methodist church, is from the Tampa area and had grown up coming to Warren Willis camp as a child. He's also a pastor's kid - his dad Rev. Morris Hintzman, is retired from ministry and works with Metropolitan Ministries in Tampa. Tommy's parents were going to be at the building dedication and it turns out Rev. Hintzman and Daryl and I are all graduates of Asbury Seminary. What a small world!!!!

We were very happy to be have been included in the dedication with the investors and employees. It is such a blessing to be able to make connections between our congregation and the community. And we have been excited to see PDQ reaching out to the community already before their grand opening as they've helped in recent weeks with two PTO events at Fruitland Park Elementary School. We're looking forward to a continued great relationship with the Hintzmans and our local PDQ. 


Blessings, 





Daryl with Tommy and Morris Hintzman


Our family with Morris and Paula Hintzman 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Thursday Thoughts

1. Sunday Worship - This Sunday we will continue our series focusing on stewardship and how we can use our time, talent, gifts, service and witness to build up the Kingdom of God. As believers we understand God as the giver of every good and perfect gift and we are the "stewards" or managers. This week we'll focus on John Wesley's second point of stewardship, "Save All You Can". Bring a friend and I hope to see you there!





2. #PictureAdvent - At the end of this month we will embark upon the season of Advent, a time of preparation of our hearts and minds to encounter Christ in Christmas. One of the programs sponsored by our own conference Life Enrichment Center is a daily devotional called "#PictureAdvent." Click here to sign up to receive the daily devotional by email. There are also links there for other ways you can participate in this season of spiritual preparation on social media like Facebook and Instagram. Pastor Debbie and Pastor Daryl have both written devotionals which will appear during the season of #PictureAdvent devotionals.





3. Fall Work Day - With the holidays approaching, it's time to spruce up our church grounds. We will be having a cleanup day on Saturday, November 21st from 8am to noon. We will be maintaining, pruning, trimming, and raking. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please let Don Anderson know. Thanks!





4. Church Newsletter - There are many opportunities coming up for us to reach out to our neighborhood friends this holiday season. We want to encourage you all to take a moment and go through our church newsletter and pick an area or two in which you might be able to support or volunteer in our ongoing efforts to share the love of Christ with others this year. Let us all bind together and show that we can be the heart, the hands, and the feet of Christ for another this holiday season. Please click here to read our latest newsletter online.



Have a great weekend and we will see you Sunday!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Midweek Moment

Prayer is a very important part of our faith journeys. It is the opportunity we have to talk with God and listen as God speaks with us. It is also the avenue by where we can better understand the role God has laid out for us as Disciples of Christ.

In times of trial, we pray. In times of temptation, we pray. In times of celebration, we pray. There is not a situation I know of where prayer is not appropriate and even necessary. Prayer is vital and its importance cannot be overstated.

Our United Methodist Book of Worship has many wonderful resources within its pages. One of those resources is the Five Daily Prayers. I have used these in the past but I feel they are absolutely worth repeating. These prayers remind us to stop five times a day to pray. Each one is for a different time of day and they help us stay focused on God’s plan for our life, Christ’s love for us and all of humanity, and the power of the Holy Spirit as it moves throughout the day. I encourage you make these a regular practice each day. You will be amazed at what a gift this type of discipline can be for you.

Have a great week and I will see you Sunday!



Early Morning Prayer of Thanksgiving

Eternal God, hallowed be your name. Early in the morning, before I begin my work, I praise your glory. Renew my body as fresh as the morning flowers. Open my inner eyes, as the sun casts new light upon the darkness. Deliver me from all captivity. Like the birds of the sky, give me wings of freedom to begin a new journey. As a mighty stream running continuously, restore justice and freedom day by day. I thank you for the gift of this morning, and a new day to work with you. Stir up in me the desire to serve you, to live peacefully with my neighbors, and to devote each day to your Son, my Savior, Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

Mid-Morning Prayer of Thanksgiving

God of Mercy, this midday moment of rest is your welcome gift. Bless the work I have begun, make good its defects, and let me finish it in a way that pleases you. Grant this through Christ my Lord. Amen.

Mid-Day Prayer of Thanksgiving

In the brightness of your Son I spend each day; Always you protect me with the umbrella of your love. Grant me the strength to finish this day strong, and bring you the glory. To you, God, be all praise and glory forever & ever. Amen.

Early-Evening Prayer of Thanksgiving

I praise and thank you, O God, for you are without beginning and without end. Through Christ, you created the whole world; through Christ, you preserve it. You made the day for the works of light and the night for the refreshment of my mind and body. Keep me now in Christ; grant me a peaceful evening, a night free from sin; and bring me at last to eternal life. Through Christ and in the Holy Spirit, I offer you all glory, honor, and worship, now and forever. Amen.

Evening Prayer of Thanksgiving

As you have made this day, O God, you also make the night. Give light for my comfort. Come upon me with quietness and still my soul. that I may listen for the whisper of your Spirit and be attentive to your nearness in my dreams. Empower me to rise again in new life to proclaim your praise, and show Christ to the world. Amen.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Thursday Thoughts


1. Sunday Worship - This Sunday we will continue our series focusing on stewardship and how we can use our time, talent, gifts, service and witness to build up the Kingdom of God. As believers we understand God as the giver of every good and perfect gift and we are the "stewards" or managers. This week we'll explore our Methodist roots as we look at John Wesley's approach to stewardship of our resources.  Bring a friend and I hope to see you there!



2. Parking Lot Ministry - Our winter friends are beginning to rejoin the family and that means we will need to maximize our parking spaces. There are two ways you can help. One, follow the parking lot flow for winter. This week in your bulletin you will find an insert outlining what that looks like. If we can follow this procedure this will help ensure we can get in and out in a safe way. Two, we need people to help with the parking lot ministry. If you are interested in being a part of this vital ministry, please contact the church office so we can get you plugged in. If we all work together, all of this will go much smoother. Thanks for your consideration!



3. Pastor Daryl's Study Class - They have began a new study on Max Lucado's book, Grace. From his book Max writes...We talk as though we understand the term. The bank gives us a grace period. The seedy politician falls from grace. Musicians speak of a grace note. We describe an actress as gracious, a dancer as graceful. We use the word for hospitals, baby girls, kings, and premeal prayers. We talk as though we know what grace means.

But do we really understand it? Have we settled for wimpy grace? It politely occupies a phrase in a hymn, fits nicely on a church sign. Never causes trouble or demands a response. When asked, “Do you believe in grace?” who could say no?

Max Lucado asks a deeper question: Have you been changed by grace? Shaped by grace? Strengthened by grace? Emboldened by grace? Softened by grace? Snatched by the nape of your neck and shaken to your senses by grace? God’s grace has a drenching about it. A wildness about it. A white-water, riptide, turn-you-upside-downness about it. Grace comes after you. It rewires you. From insecure to God secure. From regret riddled to better-because-of-it. From afraid to die to ready to fly. Grace is the voice that calls us to change and then gives us the power to pull it off. Let’s make certain grace gets you. Invite a friend and we hope to see you there!


4. #PictureAdvent - At the end of this month we will embark upon the season of Advent, a time of preparation of our hearts and minds to encounter Christ in Christmas. One of the programs sponsored by our own conference Life Enrichment Center is a daily devotional called "#PictureAdvent." Click this link to sign up to receive the daily devotional by email. There are also links there for other ways you can participate in this season of spiritual preparation on social media like Facebook and Instagram. Pastor Debbie and Pastor Daryl have both written devotionals which will appear during the season of #PictureAdvent devotionals.


Have a great week and we will see you Sunday!