Thursday, October 27, 2016

Thursday Thoughts


1. Sunday Morning Worship - This week both Pastor Daryl and I will be sharing with you from our hearts about the state of Community UMC - how we have experienced this change and transition between pastors in the last fifteen months and our heart for where we will be headed as a congregation in 2017. You won't want to miss this as we celebrate together the wonderful ministries and great opportunities in our midst. We'll also be commissioning our newest Stephen Ministers for their ministries. We hope you will invite a friend and make plans to join us this Sunday, at 8am, 9:30am, or 11am for worship! 







2. Sunday Morning Parking - Over the last several years we have been 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 your parking needs on Sunday mornings. Also, the offsite lot at the corner of Rose Avenue and Catawba Street is open and available with golf carts running back and forth.




3. Trunk Or Treat!!!! - We still have pumpkins left in our Pumpkin Patch and will be selling through Monday October 31st. But don't forget that on Halloween night we will also be putting on our annual Trunk Or Treat Festival in the church parking lot at 6:30pm.

There are lots of ways to volunteer, including setting up your car and dressing up to hand out candy to the kids from the neighborhood. Contact the church office if you have not done so already to take part.

And let's remember to invite our friends, neighbors, family members, grandchildren, to come out and participate that evening. This is one of our fun community outreach events, giving folks a safe space to celebrate Halloween.



4. New Member Class - Our next New Member Class is coming up Sunday, November 13th, 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. Americana Concert - On Sunday November 6, our Music Ministry will be presenting two concerts at 3:30pm and 6:00pm in the sanctuary.

It's a celebration of veterans past and present and will involve children and teenagers from local schools as well as our own Worship Choir.

No tickets necessary, but there will be a love offering taken to help local school music programs.


PS - Don't forget to return your Operation Christmas Child box if you have not done so already!!!


Have a great weekend and we will see you Sunday!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Thursday Thoughts

1. Sunday Morning Worship - This week we have a special treat for you this week, as our youth will be leading and preaching in all three services! As a disciple of Christ we are called to pour ourselves into others and share with them our learnings and experiences and invest in them. One of the greatest investments we make here at Community United Methodist is in our youth and children. This Sunday you get to see some of the fruits of that investment as the youth lead us in worship. They will take part in every aspect of worship, at all three services, including four of them sharing the sermon time. We hope you will invite a friend and make plans to join us each week, at 8am, 9:30am, or 11am for worship!






2. Sunday Morning Parking - Over the last several years we have been 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 your parking needs on Sunday mornings. Also, the offsite lot at the corner of Rose Avenue and Catawba Street is open and available with golf carts running back and forth.






3. The Pumpkins are Here! - Our annual Pumpkin Patch has begun and there are many ways in which you can help support this mission and fundraising endeavor. We are looking for people to be storytellers, sell pumpkins in the patch, and help take down the patch when it is over. While this pumpkin patch does help raise funds for our youth and children's ministry, it is also a fantastic way to meet our neighbors and welcome them to our campus. You never know what seed might be planted or what prayer might be answered through our patch this year. We want to encourage you to pray about how you might be involved and also to read through Faye's article on page 8 in the October Newsletter by clicking here, for more details about the many ways you can plug in to this opportunity and Trunk N Treat! Hope to see you out there!






4. Charge Conference - Our annual Charge Conference is coming up soon. We will gather with the other United Methodist churches in the area for a time of worship and reflection on missions and ministries this past year. We will also look to the future and the ways we can impact our communities. We will go over reports and have a few votes that will need to be taken. It is open for all people to attend and all members can vote. It will be held on October 23rd, at New Covenant UMC, 3470 Woodridge Dr., in The Villages, beginning at 3pm. We hope to see you there as we represent Community UMC!






5. Christmas Child Shoeboxes - We are so excited at the response two weeks ago to you all taking boxes to fill for Operation Christmas Child. Now is the time for you to return those boxes to the church so we can get them over to the drop off point. If you would please bring those boxes back to worship this Sunday, October 23rd, it would be greatly appreciated. That will give us the necessary time to make sure our boxes get passed along in a timely manner. Thank you so much for your enthusiasm and participation in this ministry!







6. New Member Class - Our next New Member Class is coming up Sunday, November 13th, 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!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Midweek Moment

One primary aspect of being a Christian is committing to a life of discipleship. That life will lead us to learn new things, convict us to leave bad habits and traits behind, and constantly look for ways we can draw ourselves closer to our God.

Another aspect of that discipleship life is investment. As a disciple of Christ we are called to pour ourselves into others and share with them our learnings and experiences and invest in them. One of the greatest investments we make here at Community United Methodist is in our youth and children. This Sunday we are going to see some of the fruits in that investment as the youth lead us in worship. They will take part in every aspect of worship, at all three services, including four of them sharing the sermon time.

Pastor Debbie and I had the opportunity to watch them practice and we are confident that you will be very impressed. These young people have blossomed under the guidance of Faye Umble – our Children’s Minister, Brandon Bishop – our previous Youth Minister, and Sharon Quackenbush – our current Youth Minister, as well as the many, many devoted volunteers that have selflessly given of their time and talent to invest in them. These are truly amazing young people that are growing in their faith together.

For the rest of this week, I invite you to be in prayer for them as they continue to prepare for their various roles. Pray for confidence, for peace, for strength, and for their inherent joy to shine through on Sunday. Then on Sunday morning, with great enthusiasm I invite you to come, bring a friend, and show your overwhelming support to and for them. Let them know we are happy and excited to invest in these disciples of Christ and that we have great hope for our church as they continue to grow within it.

Have a great week!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Thursday Thoughts

1. Sunday Morning Worship - Makeovers, renovations and transformations are tremendously popular in our culture. In a sense as disciples we are all "Fixer Uppers" - called to be made over into the image of Jesus Christ. This week we will continue our series focusing on how the Holy Spirit works within us for transformation and then addressing some practical places where we often stumble in being transformed - as we talk about forgiveness and the difference between that and reconciliation. Pastor Debbie is in the pulpit this week to share about "The Stumbling Block of Unforgiveness" from Luke 23:26-34a. We hope you will invite a friend and make plans to join us each week, at 8am, 9:30am, or 11am for worship!





2. Sunday Morning Parking - Over the last several years we have been 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 your parking needs on Sunday mornings. Also, the offsite lot at the corner of Rose Avenue and Catawba Street is open and available with golf carts running back and forth.





3. The Pumpkins are Here! - Our annual Pumpkin Patch has begun and there are many ways in which you can help support this mission and fundraising endeavor. We are looking for people to be storytellers, sell pumpkins in the patch, and help take down the patch when it is over. While this pumpkin patch does help raise funds for our youth and children's ministry, it is also a fantastic way to meet our neighbors and welcome them to our campus. You never know what seed might be planted or what prayer might be answered through our patch this year. We want to encourage you to pray about how you might be involved and also to read through Faye's article on page 8 in the October Newsletter by clicking here, for more details about the many ways you can plug in to this opportunity and Trunk N Treat! Hope to see you out there!





4. Charge Conference - Our annual Charge Conference is coming up soon. We will gather with the other United Methodist churches in the area for a time of worship and reflection on missions and ministries this past year. We will also look to the future and the ways we can impact our communities. We will go over reports and have a few votes that will need to be taken. It is open for all people to attend and all members can vote. It will be held on October 23rd, at New Covenant UMC, 3470 Woodridge Dr., in The Villages, beginning at 3pm. We hope to see you there as we represent Community UMC!





5. Celebrating Life - This weekend we will gather to celebrate the lives of two of Community UMC's greatest; Roland Edwards and Paul Petty. On Friday at 4pm, we will gather in the Sanctuary to remember Roland Edwards and you are invited to come and share your love and memories with his wife Thelma and the rest of the family.

Then on Saturday at 10:30am, we will gather in the Sanctuary to remember Paul Petty. There will be a viewing with Ann and the family beginning at 9:30am and a lunch reception immediately after the service in the Family Life Center.

We invite you to come and show your love and support to the family as we gather to celebrate two lives that were well lived!



Have a great week and see you all Sunday!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Midweek Moment

As many of you know, at the end of September I had the amazing opportunity to go and represent Community United Methodist in Cuba. Our congregation sponsors a sister church in Perseverancia, Cuba. It is a Methodist Church and simply goes by the name of the city. Since transportation between cities is difficult in Cuba, the congregation is made up of the neighborhood people. They do not have much, but they do have God and it shows in their life and in their worship!

Our Cuba Coordinator, Elsa Kaye, has been many times and I went as her guest this time around. She has a great relationship with the Pastor at our sister church, Pastor Javier, and his family. She also speaks Spanish and was able to translate all of our conversations. We stayed at the home of the District Superintendent in Cuba, some of you may remember him when he visited here earlier in the year, Pastor Luis.

My friends, there is no way I could have ever been prepared for the life changing events that would transpire during my time in Cuba. Let me share with you what I posted on my Facebook page when I returned:

So...have you ever felt unconditional love by a stranger? Have you ever been loved so deeply, so quickly by another group people that you cannot help but feel you are in the presence of God?!?

Wednesday I returned from a weeklong mission trip to Cuba to where that type of love and acceptance is exactly what I was given. The people of our Sister Church, Perseverancia, embodied the love of Christ for me, a perfect stranger, and showed me what love thy neighbor really means. Love you all! What a trip!


Those words are not hyperbole, they are not an exaggeration either. That is exactly what I felt from these people and what I was given by them.

These people have very little in the way of modern conveniences. You know, things like ovens, air conditioning, internet service, telephones, or transportation just to name a few. Their homes are small with concrete walls and floors and most of them work in the town where they live. But none of that seems to bring them down. They live with more joy than most of the people I know! When they worship, they are so animated and genuinely excited, they have a hard time containing themselves. These expressions of joy that I experienced were not contrived, they were completely authentic. And it was out of that grounding in worship and in God, they were able to offer me the unconditional love of God in such a life changing way!

Unpacking my backpack after the trip was easy, unpacking my experience has been another story. I continue to have new revelations, new understandings, new glimpses into the heart of God. If you want to hear more about this trip we will be gathering on November 2nd at 6:15pm in the Sanctuary for Elsa and I to show you a few pictures and share a bit more about our time there.

I tell you all of this for two reasons. First, I want all of you to know the support of prayer and finances we give this church are bearing fruit, tremendous amounts of fruit for God’s Kingdom. Second, I want this to encourage you to always and everywhere be on the lookout for God. I never expected an experience of God to the depth and breadth of what I felt in Cuba. God is there, God is here, God is moving in all our lives. Look for it, expect it! And then share what has happened to you. Let us never allow the movement of God to be chalked up as coincidence or happenstance. Let us name it, let us claim it, and let us be the mouthpiece by which the whole world knows, God is here!

Blessings on you all!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Thursday Thoughts


1. Sunday Morning Worship - Makeovers, renovations and transformations are tremendously popular in our culture. In a sense as disciples we are all "Fixer Uppers" - called to be made over into the image of Jesus Christ. This week we will continue our series focusing on how the Holy Spirit works within us for transformation and then addressing some practical places where we often stumble in being transformed - as we talk about love being a action and not just a frame of thought. Pastor Loida is in the pulpit this week to share about "Love is a Verb" from I Corinthians 13. We hope you will invite a friend and make plans to join us each week, at 8am, 9:30am, or 11am for worship!





2. Sunday Morning Parking - Over the last several years we have been 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 your parking needs on Sunday mornings. Also, the offsite lot at the corner of Rose Avenue and Catawba Street is open and available with golf carts running back and forth.





3. Installation of New District Superintendent - You are cordially invited to attend the Service of Installation for our new District Superintendent, the Rev. June Edwards. The worship service will take place on Sunday, October 9th at 3pm in the sanctuary at the First United Methodist Church of Ocala. Not only is FUMC Ocala the site of our district offices, but it is the church that nurtured June Edwards as a member and as a candidate for ministry. It will be a wonderful service celebrating her gifts for ministry and the diversity and ministries of our own North Central District.







4. The Pumpkins are Coming! - Our annual Pumpkin Patch is right around the corner and there are many ways in which you can help support this mission and fundraising endeavor. We are looking for people to help unload the pumpkins, be storytellers, sell pumpkins in the patch, and setup and take down the patch. While this pumpkin patch does help raise funds for our youth and children's ministry, it is also a fantastic way to meet our neighbors and welcome them to our campus. You never know what seed might be planted or what prayer might be answered through our patch this year. We want to encourage you to pray about how you might be involved and also to read through Faye's article on page 8 in the October Newsletter by clicking here, for more details about the many ways you can plug in to this opportunity and Trunk N Treat! Hope to see you out there!





5. Hurricane Matthew - Weather in Florida is always unpredictable and at times dangerous. This weekend may be one of those dangerous times as Hurricane Matthew heads our way. As a precaution we have closed the Church Office and cancelled all activities for this Friday, October 7th. We want to encourage you to read Pastor Daryl's Midweek Moment this week that gives you more information about how we will proceed as the weekend arrives. You find that article by clicking here. Stay safe and we will see you soon!





Have a great week and see you all Sunday!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Midweek Moment

Greetings my dear friends,

I was all prepared to share with you this week about my time in Cuba and the life changing events that took place during my time there. However, Hurricane Matthew altered those plans, just a bit. I will share with you about Cuba next week.

This week, I want to urge you to prepare yourself for the upcoming weather. Hurricanes are not new to Florida, many of us have been dealing with them for years. But for all us, seasoned Hurricane folks as well as the newbies, please be ready. Please take all the necessary precautions, have gas in your cars, bottled water on hand, non-perishable food in your pantry, extra batteries to power flashlights and radios, extra food for pets, fill your bathtubs with water, and secure all outside objects and furniture, just to name a few. I also want to invite you to follow a link to the National Hurricane Center for a more exhaustive list and further preparedness tips by clicking here.

Hunker down, read a good book (I know a really great one if you need a recommendation), and be careful. Limbs we can pick up, damage we can repair, but you and your family are the priceless treasures we want to protect.

As a precaution, our preschool will be closed Thursday and Friday, and the church office will be closed on Friday. If there is a need to alter our regular Sunday Schedule due to storm damage, we will post that information on our Facebook page (click here for that link) and our church webpage (click here for that link).

Be safe, let us pray for one another and for all our dear friends in Cuba, Haiti, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, fellow Floridians, and all that will be impacted by this Storm.

See you soon,