Thursday, July 28, 2016

Thursday Thoughts

1. Worship  - This week Pastor Ralph will be bringing a message of hope in worship as he addresses "Free Grace Today!" looking at the message of 2 Corinthians 3:12-18. We will have our regular worship services at 8am, 9:30am and 11am.  Invite a friend and we hope to see you there!




2. Sunday Morning Parking - We are so blessed to be able to use the parking lot at Fruitland Park Elementary school on Sunday mornings for additional parking for our church family. With the construction on 466A/Miller Road, the County has gate access from this road into the school blocked off. We are still able to use the school parking lot, but during construction we will need to access the school parking lot from the entrance on Fountain Street. We wanted you to be aware of the change for our parking.


3. Back to School! - School will be starting officially for Lake County public schools on Wednesday August 10. Our preschool, Community Christian School, will also start back on that same date. There will be an open house at CCS on Friday August 5th at 7pm. Please keep our teachers and students in your prayers as they begin the new year.




4. New Member Class - Our next New Member Class is coming up next month on Sunday, August 21st, beginning at 12:30pm, in the Fellowship Hall. We will serve lunch and childcare will be provided. If you have been attending CUMC for a while and want to take the step of commitment in joining the church, we welcome and invite you to attend. Please contact the church office at 787-1829 or email the office by clicking here to RSVP. We hope to see you there!


5. From our Church Council Chair, Jim Latham: I regret to inform you that Brandon Bishop and his family will be moving to Gainesville, Florida. Brandon has performed services for our church that go beyond the call of excellence. Our youth program and our contemporary worship service have experienced significant growth under his leadership. I wish to thank him for all he has done for our church. It is my prayer that God will bless him abundantly as he travels the path God puts before him.

Brandon has agreed to continue as the Youth Minister until August 31, 2016. He has also agreed to continue his service as the Contemporary Worship Leader until December 31, 2016. The Staff Parish Committee is proceeding immediately to recruit and hire individuals for our Youth Ministry and Contemporary Worship Service. I pray that God will guide us in our search and selection. I encourage each of you to express your personal thanks to Brandon for a job well done.


Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Midweek Moment

And God said, ‘This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.’ So God said to Noah, ‘This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth.' (Genesis 9:12-17)


Sunday night I received this picture in a text message from our Youth Minister Brandon Bishop.  He took it in the parking lot as he was leaving after youth group. Not just a rainbow - but a double rainbow seen over our Family Life Center!!!!

As we saw in Genesis, rainbows are God's continued promise to us - that he would never again allow waters become a flood to destroy all of life. Every time we see a rainbow in the sky it serves as a reminder of God's love and care and concern as well as God's faithfulness. In those moments where things around us seem dark and we begin to give in to despair, a rainbow can be a reminder that God is ultimately the one in control. We can rest and relax knowing that "God's got this!" and we can trust in him for our future. 

Blessings, 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Thursday Thoughts

1. Following Jesus - This week we are concluding our sermon series based upon the Gospel of Luke. We have been exploring the life and lessons of Christ as recorded in this Gospel because we can find details in the Gospel of Luke that are not found anywhere else. Come and join us as we allow this Gospel message to wash over us, transforming us from the inside out. This week Pastor Daryl will look at the Power of the Gospel and how that influences our perspective and how we see things as we explore Luke 24:13-27. Invite a friend and we hope to see you there!


2. Spiritual Gifts Class - Do you know what your spiritual gifts are? We have started a class on Serving from the Heart: Discovering your Gifts and Talents for Service on Mondays at 10am. The class meets in Room 104 and is be led by our Minister of Music, Robbie Milam. Signup by calling the church office at 787-1829 or emailing the church office.



3. New Member Class - Our next New Member Class is coming up next month on Sunday, August 21st, beginning at 12:30pm, in the Fellowship Hall. We will serve lunch and childcare will be provided. If you have been attending CUMC for a while and want to take the step of commitment in joining the church, we welcome and invite you to attend. Please contact the church office at 787-1829 or email the office by clicking here to RSVP. We hope to see you there!




Have a great weekend and we will see you Sunday!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Thursday Thoughts

1. Following Jesus - This week we will continue our sermon series based upon the Gospel of Luke. We are exploring the life and lessons of Christ as recorded in this Gospel because we know Luke to be a physician and a very learned man and as a result, we find details in the Gospel of Luke that are not found anywhere else. Come and join us as we allow this Gospel message to wash over us, transforming us from the inside out. This week Pastor Debbie will look at some of Jesus' teaching about prayer from Luke 23:26-27, 32-49 in an effort to understand how Jesus can heal and transform the brokenness in our lives. Invite a friend and we hope to see you there!





2. Spiritual Gifts Class - Do you know what your spiritual gifts are? We have started a class on Serving from the Heart: Discovering your Gifts and Talents for Service on Mondays at 10am. The class will run for five more weeks in Room 104 and will be led by our Minister of Music, Robbie Milam. Signup by calling the church office at 787-1829 or emailing the church office by clicking here.





3. Volunteers Needed - As our church family grows so does the number of volunteers we need. We are asking each of you to consider volunteering for a few areas where we need more hands. One area is in our 8am and 11am services in the role of usher, sound tech, or computer operator. The other area is in our 9:30am service with the take down of the chairs. If you are interested and able to help, on a rotating basis, in any of these areas we would sure like to hear from you. You can contact the church office at 787-1829 or email us by clicking here.





4. Welcoming Loida - If you made your reservation, do not forget there will be a church-wide BBQ after worship this Sunday, July 17th, to welcome our new Associate Pastor, the Rev. Loida Divine, and her husband, Jim, to our Community UMC Family. This will be a wonderful opportunity for us to let Loida know how excited we are that she is now part of our family!







5. New Member Class - Our next New Member Class is coming up next month on Sunday, August 21st, beginning at 12:30pm, in the Fellowship Hall. We will serve lunch and childcare will be provided. If you have been attending CUMC for a while and want to take the step of commitment in joining the church, we welcome and invite you to attend. Please contact the church office at 787-1829 or email the office by clicking here to RSVP. We hope to see you there!




Have a great weekend and we will see you Sunday!

Midweek Moment

Yesterday was a historic day in the life of our Southeastern Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church (SEJ). At the jurisdictional gathering in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina, 5 new bishops were elected for ministry. We had the largest number of openings to fill out of any jurisdiction this year, and the voting delegates filled them all within the first day, before the dinner break! That my friends is simply unprecedented. It means that the elected delegates were very much of one mind as they were voting and we attribute that work to the Holy Spirit.

Bishop-elect, Rev. Sue Haupert-Johnson
Two new women bishops were elected yesterday: The Rev. Sharma Lewis of the North Georgia Conference and the Rev. Sue Haupert-Johnson from the Florida Conference. If that last name sounds familiar, it should. Sue has been our district superintendent in the North Central District for the last three years. Also elected yesterday were Rev. David Graves from the Holston Conference in Tennessee, Rev. Leonard Fairley from the North Carolina Conference and also Rev. Lawson Bryan from the Alabama-West Florida Conference. The announcement of where the new bishops will be serving should be made during this evening's business session. All of the bishop-elects will be consecrated during a worship service on tomorrow morning at 10am. Live streaming of all the sessions and the worship service can be found on the SEJ's website - http://www.sejumc.org.

Bishop Leontine Kelly
Rev. Lewis' election as a bishop is particularly historic. She was elected on the very first ballot of the day, and she is the first African-American woman to be elected to the episcopacy in the Southeastern Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church. Thirty-two years ago, in 1984, the Rev. Leontine Kelly was a nominee for bishop in the SEJ. When it became clear then that she would not be elected, the clergywomen contacted other jurisdictions that were meeting around the country. The Western Jurisdiction promised if she could get to their meeting, they would work to get her elected as a nominee from the floor. The clergywomen pooled their resources and flew Rev. Kelly out West where she was elected as bishop and served faithfully as the bishop of the California-Nevada Conference. Rev. Kelly passed away in 2012 at the age of 92. I only wish she had still been alive to celebrate yesterday's election.

the Rev. June Edwards
On August 1, we will receive our new District Superintendent for the North Central District. The Rev. June Edwards has been a pastor for 20 years. She most recently served as the Executive Pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Lakeland. Prior to that, she served two different churches in the Ocala area. She has also participated in district and conference leadership roles most notably with the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry and the Conference Congregational Vitality Committee. June is a Florida native, and a graduate of the University of Florida and also Asbury Theological Seminary.  She and her husband Johnny have three daughters (one of whom is also a minister in the Florida conference) and three grandchildren. Daryl and I have had the pleasure of knowing June for many years and are excited to have her leadership in the North Central District.

Please continue to keep the work of the United Methodist Church at-large in your prayers - for our district, our conference and our jurisdiction, that we may be salt and light to the world.

Blessings,

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Thursday Thoughts

1. Following Jesus - The Gospel of Luke. We will explore the life and lessons of Christ as recorded by Luke. We know that Luke was a physician and a very learned man and as a result, we find details in the Gospel of Luke that are not found anywhere else. Come and join us as we allow this Gospel message to wash over us, transforming us from the inside out. This week Pastor Daryl will look at some of Jesus' teaching about prayer from Luke 11:1-13 in an effort to understand the question "Who is God?" Invite a friend and hope to see you there!


2. Spiritual Gifts Class - STARTS NEXT MONDAY - Do you know what your spiritual gifts are? We will be starting a class on Serving from the Heart: Discovering your Gifts and Talents for Service on Monday July 11th at 10am. The class will run for six weeks in Room 104 and will be led by our Minister of Music, Robbie Milam. Signup by calling the church office at 787-1829 or emailing the church office by clicking here.


3. Volunteers Needed - As our church family grows so does the number of volunteers we need. We are asking each of you to consider volunteering for a few areas where we need more hands. One area is in our 8am and 11am services in the role of usher, sound tech, or computer operator. The other area is in our 9:30am service with the take down of the chairs. If you are interested and able to help, on a rotating basis, in any of these areas we would sure like to hear from you. You can contact the church office at 787-1829 or email us by clicking here.


4. Welcoming Loida - There will be a churchwide BBQ after worship on Sunday July 17th which will be an opportunity to welcome our new Associate Pastor, the Rev. Loida Divine to our Community UMC Family.

Also, the women of the UMW will be hosting several Coffee and Dessert with the Pastors gatherings (Debbie, Daryl and Loida) in July and August to help welcome Loida and to connect her with some of our membership. You can call the church office or signup after worship to attend and/or host one of these gatherings.



5. Job Opening - Minister of Youth

We are currently seeking a new full-time Minister of Youth for CUMC. Details about this job have been posted on our Florida Conference website and can be found here. Please keep this search process in prayer in the days ahead.



Have a great weekend and we will see you Sunday!


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Midweek Moment

In addition to Pastor Loida joining our staff this week, we have a few other staffing updates we want to share with you. 

We are very delighted to announce that LuAnn Haywood has accepted the position of Office Manager. LuAnn has served CUMC faithfully for several years already in our front office as the Administrative Assistant. Many of you have to come to know her through that role, with her sense of humor, her can-do attitude and her cheerful servant's heart. She has been instrumental in the office over the last several months, often doing double duty. We are very excited to welcome LuAnn in this new role, knowing that she certainly has the gifts and graces for the Office Manager position as well as knowledge of CUMC ministries and love for its people. 


LuAnn's change in position necessitated a search for a new Administrative Assistant. We are pleased to announce that Melissa Abrehamsen has joined our staff in that capacity this week. Hers will now be the first face you see in the office and her voice will be the one answering the telephones. Melissa comes to us with several years of office and ministry experience in a local church. She and her husband of 25 years have two grown sons, who are both serving in the US Military. 




We are so thankful for these two ladies and for their presence in our church office. Please join us in welcoming them into their new roles as part of our CUMC family and remember to keep them as well as all the rest of our CUMC staff in your prayers. 

Blessings,