Thursday, December 22, 2016

Thursday Thought

December Happenings - As we wrap up 2016 that are a few dates and times we wanted to pass along to all of you.

  • December 23rd - The church office will close at Noon and reopen on December 27th 
  • December 24th - We will have three Christmas Eve services 
    • 5pm - Family Friendly Service in the Family Life Center 
    • 7pm and 9pm - Traditional Candlelight service in our Sanctuary 
  • December 25th - We will have one service at 9am to hear Scripture and sing a few favorite Christmas Carols 
  • December 30th - The church office will close at Noon and reopen on January 3rd


We hope to see you and your family, along with all the neighbors and friends you can bring, at one of our Christmas Eve services listed above. It will be a time of celebration and commemoration as we honor the gift given to us so long ago. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Blessings,

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Thursday Thoughts

1. Sunday Morning Worship - This week we will continue our Advent Series, Reel Christmas. Each week we will take to a classic Christmas Movie to see how the ideals of redemption, transformation, and incarnation are revealed. The movies we will use to examine these are It's a Wonderful Life, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, A Christmas Carol, and Home Alone. This week, Pastor Debbie will guide us as we look to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and how God uses all people for mighty and wonderful things. There should be a little something for everyone and this is a perfect time to invite a friend, or two, to come and be a part of our Advent season as we prepare ourselves for the Christ Child. Hope to see you all there at either 8am, 9:30am, or 11am!





2. Blue Christmas - This time of year is intended to be full of hope and joy. It is intended to be a time to celebrate and experience the love of Christ and family. However, for those that have lost someone to death, it can be a time of great sorrow and grief. This Sunday, December 18th, at 3:00pm, we are going to gather for a Blue Christmas service in our Sanctuary. This service is one of remembrance and hope where we will acknowledge our grief, but also the hope that comes from God’s constant presence. I pray you will join us for this time worship, invite someone else who could also benefit from this experience, as we collectively find strength from the bond God and life in community provides.





3. December Calendar - As we continue through December that are a few dates and times we wanted to pass along to all of you.

  • December 23rd - The church office will close at Noon and reopen on December 27th
  • December 24th - We will have three Christmas Eve services
    • 5pm - Family Friendly Service in the Family Life Center
    • 7pm and 9pm - Traditional Candlelight service in our Sanctuary
  • December 25th - We will have one service at 9am to hear Scripture and sing a few favorite Christmas Carols
  • December 30th - The church office will close at Noon and reopen on January 3rd






4. Grow Night Dinners and Classes - Our Wednesday Dinners and GROW Night programs have concluded for the Fall Season. We had a great time of fellowship with fantastic meals and are grateful to all that participated and volunteered. As the new season kicks off, we could use a few more hands to volunteer with the dinners. You do not have to commit to a weekly slot, or even to an entire night. We will use whatever time and whatever frequency you are available. If you are interested, please contact the church office by clicking here, or call us at 787-1829 and we will get you plugged in. Thanks in advance for your help!





5. We Need You! - We are in need of a few people to help with the tech aspects of worship at our 8am and 11am worship services. We will provide all the training, but we need people to help with the PowerPoint and sound board operations during the services. These positions are very important to the flow and experience of worship and truly add to our time together. If you are interested, please contact the church office by clicking here or calling us at (352) 787-1829. Thank you in advance for your consideration.



Have a great weekend and we will see you Sunday!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Midweek Moment

As I sit here and type this, it is very “blah” outside. The sky is overcast, the sun is masked, and it just gives me this dreary feeling. Now last night I watched a few minutes of the old claymation favorite, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, with my boys. In one scene the town is full of snow and decorations, and everyone is outside dancing around having a wonderful time. Remembering that scene and then looking at what is currently outside my window…big difference.

This time of year can often have that type of contrast for those people that we love and care about. While for a child, this time of year is full of hope and possibilities; with the coming of Santa, the possibilities of the gifts they may receive, and the fun times to be spent with family and friends. For others, this can be a time of intense loneliness and grief. Especially, if this is the first Christmas without a loved one.

During this time of Advent, we are encouraged to participate in the practice of preparation. Engaging in that preparation can and does mean several things. It means we are honest with God about where we are on our spiritual journey and the state of our relationship with God. It means that as we prepare for the second coming of Christ, we do our best to live into everything God has blessed us with and into the person God created us to be. To be genuine in all of this, one of the things we must be honest about is the state of our spirit. While it is my sincere hope that each person reading this is in the midst of a joy so deep and profound that they can hardly stand it, I know that is not the reality for all of us.

Therefore, this year we are going to participate in a Blue Christmas service. This Sunday, December 18th, at 3:00 P.M. in the Sanctuary, we are going to gather for a time of worship. We are going to acknowledge the sorrows and grief we may be experiencing and we are also going to acknowledge the hope we have in Jesus Christ. There will be a time of singing, a chance to pray, a time to listen, and if you feel lead, a time to participate. If you have lost a loved one, if you are grieving this Advent season, if you are struggling to find the joy of Christmas, then please come and join us. All are invited and everyone is welcome.

I pray this season you experience the peace of God, the love of Christ, and the hope of the Holy Spirit in ways like never before. I long for the joy of this season to wash over you in a deep and meaningful way. God loves you and so does Community UMC. Please do not forget that.

May the hope, peace, joy and love of our Triune God be yours today and every day!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Thursday Thoughts

1. Sunday Morning Worship - This week we will continue our Advent Series, Reel Christmas. Each week we will take to a classic Christmas Movie to see how the ideals of redemption, transformation, and incarnation are revealed. The movies we will use to examine these are It's a Wonderful Life, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, A Christmas Carol, and Home Alone. This week, Pastor Daryl will guide us as we look to  How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and the relationship of the Grinch and the residents of Whoville and how to find experience peace in this season. There should be a little something for everyone and this is a perfect time to invite a friend, or two, to come and be a part of our Advent season as we prepare ourselves for the Christ Child. Hope to see you all there at either 8am, 9:30am, or 11am!



2. Christmas Cantata - The Music Ministry is working hard preparing for the concert, "The Many Moods of Christmas". You will have two opportunities to experience this on Sunday, December 11th, at 3:30pm and 6pm. Please mark your calendars, invite a friend and come and share in this presentation.




3. Blue Christmas - This time of year is intended to be full of hope and joy. It is intended to be a time to celebrate and experience the love of Christ and family. However; for those that have lost someone to death, it can be a time of great sorrow and grief. On Sunday, December 18th, at 3:00pm, we are going to gather for a Blue Christmas service in our Sanctuary. This service is one of remembrance and hope where we will acknowledge our grief, but also the hope that comes from God’s constant presence. I pray you will join us for this time worship, invite someone else who could also benefit from this experience,  as we collectively find strength from the bond it will provide.



5. Advent Devotions - Advent has begun! We want to encourage your participation in one of the programs sponsored by our Conference's Life Enrichment Center, a daily devotional called "#PictureAdvent." You can click here to sign up and receive them each day 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. We pray you experience the presence of God in new and exciting ways this Advent.




6. Grow Night Dinners and Classes - We are having a wonderful time at our Wednesday Grow Night Dinners and Classes this fall. The company has been fantastic and the food has been delicious. Dinners and classes of the fall season end next week, December 14. Dinners and classes will resume Wednesday, January 11. 

As the new season kicks off, we could use a few more hands to volunteer with the dinners.  You do not have to commit to a weekly slot, or even to an entire night. We will use whatever time and whatever frequency you are available. If you are interested, please contact the church office by clicking here, or call us at 787-1829 and we will get you plugged in. Thanks in advance for your help! 



7. We Need You! - We are in need of a few people to help with the tech aspects of worship at our 8am and 11am worship services. We will provide all the training, but we need people to help with the PowerPoint and sound board operations during the services. These positions are very important to the flow and experience of worship and truly add to our time together. If you are interested, please contact the church office by clicking here or calling us at (352) 787-1829. Thank you in advance for your consideration.



Have a great weekend and we will see you Sunday!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Thursday Thoughts

1. Sunday Morning Worship - This week we will continue our Advent Series, Reel Christmas. Each week we will take to a classic Christmas Movie to see how the ideals of redemption, transformation, and incarnation are revealed. The movies we will use to examine these are It's a Wonderful Life, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, A Christmas Carol, and Home Alone. This week, Pastor Debbie will guide us as we look to A Christmas Carol, and the redemption that takes place in the life of Ebenezer Scrooge. It is sure to be a wonderful time of reliving a few old classics, as well as a few new ones. There should be a little something for everyone and this will be a perfect time to invite a friend, or two, to come and be a part of our Advent season as we prepare ourselves for the Christ Child. Hope to see you all there at either 8am, 9:30am, or 11am!





2. 2017 Planning - November 20th was Commitment Sunday, our wrap up to our annual focus on complete stewardship. This is an important time in the life of Community UMC as we plan for 2017, seeking to be everything God has called and created us to be. If you have been unable to turn in your forms as of yet, there is still time. We will always gratefully accept your volunteer form and work to get you plugged into the appropriate ministry areas. However, there is a deadline for the pledge cards to have those included in our budget planning work and that deadline is this Sunday, December 4th. Any pledge cards turned in after that will not be able to be used to create our 2017 budget, as we have to have that budget completed and approved by the end of the year. So please do not delay in getting those turned in, either to the office during the week, or in the offering plate on Sunday mornings. We received a wonderful response thus far and are excited to see what these next few weeks hold as the rest of the forms are submitted.





3. We Need You! - We are in need of a few people to help with the tech aspects of worship at our 8am and 11am worship services. We will provide all the training, but we need people to help with the PowerPoint and sound board operations during the services. These positions are very important to the flow and experience of worship and truly add to our time together. If you are interested, please contact the church office by clicking here or calling us at (352) 787-1829. Thank you in advance for your consideration.





4. Wednesday Night Dinners - We are having a wonderful time at our Wednesday Night Dinners this fall. The company has been fantastic and the food has been delicious. Currently we are looking for a few more hands to help with this endeavor. If you are available on Wednesday nights we need your help. You do not have to commit to a weekly slot, or even to an entire night. We will use whatever time and whatever frequency you are available. If you are interested, please contact the church office by clicking here, or call us at 787-1829 and we will get you plugged in. Thanks in advance for your help!





5. Advent Devotions - Advent has begun! We want to encourage your participation in one of the programs sponsored by our Conference's Life Enrichment Center, a daily devotional called "#PictureAdvent." You can click here to sign up and receive them each day 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. We pray you experience the presence of God in new and exciting ways this Advent.





6. Christmas Cantata - The Music Ministry is working hard preparing for the concert, "The Many Moods of Christmas". You will have two opportunities to experience this on Sunday, December 11th, at 3:30pm and 6pm. Please mark your calendars, invite a friend and come and share in this presentation.






7. Blue Christmas - This time of year is intended to be full of hope and joy. It is intended to be a time to celebrate and experience the love of Christ and family. However; for those that have lost someone to death, it can be a time of great sorrow and grief. On Sunday, December 18th, at 3:00pm, we are going to gather for a Blue Christmas service in our Sanctuary. This service is one of remembrance and hope where we will acknowledge our grief, but also the hope that comes from God’s constant presence. I pray you will join us for this time worship, invite someone else who could also benefit from this experience,  as we collectively find strength from the bond it will provide.



Have a great weekend and we will see you Sunday!