Thursday, June 29, 2017

Thursday Thoughts

1. Sunday Morning Worship - This week we are continuing our new preaching series, Your 11. This series is looking at the types of people we need in our life to help us on our faith journeys. This week Pastor Loida will look at the life of Nathan, how we all can benefit from that one person we can give permission to speak truth into our lives! Invite a friend, or a even a neighbor, and we hope to see you all there at either 8am, 9:30am, or 11am!

Parking Reminder - We're encouraging our members to "park politely." That means for those who are physically able, please park at the Fruitland Park Elementary School lot (accessed from Fountain Street) or at the remote lot on the corner of Catawba St/Rose Ave (we have golf cart shuttle from this lot). We have also been asked to no longer park on the grass of the red, brick house across the street as renters will move in there soon. All of this will help make room in the main lot for those who need access to the handicapped spaces and also for our first time visitors. Thanks for your help in this!





2. We Need You! - We are in need of volunteers to help with a few areas of the church.
  • One is 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. 
  • The second is with ushers at our 11am service. Again all the training will be provided.
  • And the third is helping to coordinate greeters for our 8am service. 
If you are interested in helping with any of these opportunities, please contact the church office by clicking here or calling us at (352) 787-1829. Thank you in advance for your consideration.





3. Interested in Gardening? - Church Council recently approved a partnership between CUMC and a church member for a community garden on the northeast corner of College Avenue and Berckman Street. We have already secured donations for many of the items needed like wood for raised beds, soil, an irrigation system, seeds, a shed, etc.

We need you to help with planting, keep up with the garden, and work with the children from our Wonderful Wednesday program and the elementary school to teach them about gardening. Produce from the garden will benefit families from the school as well as our food pantry. Please email Pastor Debbie if you are interested in helping by clicking here. We hope to break ground in August and begin planting in September and would love to have you be a part of this incredible opportunity!



Have a great week and we will see you Sunday!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Midweek Moment

Here is the church, here is the steeple, open the door and see all the people. Many of you may remember that from your childhood. You would take your fingers and lock them, with the tips of your fingers touching the opposite palm and say “here is the church”. Then, you would unlock and raise up your index fingers and bring them together to make a church steeple and say, “here is the steeple”. The final phase would happen when you opened up your palms, keeping the rest of your fingers locked, and wiggle your fingers to represent, “all the people”. It is a great way to engage little ones and teach them a bit about community. (and it is fun to do, too!)

This week we are living out the real-life version of that little rhyme as we host our annual Vacation Bible School. While we may not have a steeple, though the pitch of our Sanctuary roof may count as a long steeple, we definitely have “all the people”. We have children from our congregation, we have children from the neighborhood, and we have children who are meeting us for the very first time. Each night at closing ceremonies, the lead inventor – our very own Sandi Moore, asks the children a question. “Did you have a good time tonight?” The answer is a very loud, very excited…YES!!!!!

That is one of the many great things about Community. You have said you want children in our midst and you back that up. You love to hear them, you get excited to see them, and you volunteer to support them. The way you step up and transform this campus each year is amazing. I have the privilege of being a crew leader this year, and every night as my crew and I walk down these halls, they all say, “it’s like we are walking in the middle of a factory!” My reply is always the same, “you are!”

These children have been so eager to come each night to see what we have in store for them. So eager in fact, they have been talking about it at home. The parents of my crew members tell me each night, when they pick up their kids, how their children look forward to coming back. Last night, one of the children in my crew asked if we could do this again next week. That gives me goosebumps!

This is all part of the church being the church! Opening our doors, turning on our lights, lining up a tremendous group of volunteers, going to the lengths we do to decorate and donate supplies, giving of our hearts and time to all that come, is the fulfillment of why we are here. I am so honored to be a part of a church that does these things and does not count the cost – but rather looks to the impact instead.

I want to encourage you to continue praying for our Vacation Bible School this year. Pray for fun to be had, for hearts to be opened and for God to be seen. Each night we get to ask our crews where they saw God that day. With that in mind, I want to invite you to participate in that question as well. After all, if the children are looking for God, I think we can as well.

We are making a difference in these young one’s lives, we are being faithful to God’s purposes in this world, and the results are being seen. Thank you to all that have prayed for this week, donated supplies, given of their time, and invited people to come. Because of each of you, seeds are being planted, and fruit is on its way!

Have a great week!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Thursday Thoughts

1. Sunday Morning Worship - This week we are continuing our tnew preaching series, The 11. This series will look at the types of people we need in our life to help us on our faith journeys. This week Pastor Daryl will look at the life of Jethro, father-in-law to Moses and how we all can use a person who is a butt-kicker in our lives! Invite a friend, or a even a neighbor, and we hope to see you all there at either 8am, 9:30am, or 11am!

Parking Reminder - We're encouraging our members to "park politely." That means for those who are physically able, please park at the Fruitland Park Elementary School lot (accessed from Fountain Street) or at the remote lot on the corner of Catawba St/Rose Ave (we have golf cart shuttle from this lot). That makes room in the main lot for those who need access to the handicapped spaces and also for our first time visitors. Thanks for your help in this!



2. Vacation Bible School - It's almost here! Have you seen the amazing decorations transforming our hallways? VBS starts Monday night!!!!!! Please pray for all of our volunteers and for all of the children who will be participating. You can still register children online at the church website by clicking here.








3. Annual Conference Offering - Thank you so much for your generosity in contributing to the Bishop's Offering for Annual Conference. As of June 15, we have raised $1,755.00 towards this offering. The entire offering collected from all of the churches will be split in half: 50% towards the Pension Fund Initiative for Cuban Pastors and 50% for Children's Health in Haiti.








4. Interested in Gardening? Church Council recently approved a partnership between CUMC and a church member for a community garden on the northeast corner of College Avenue and Berckman Street. We have already secured donations for many of the items needed like wood for raised beds, soil, an irrigation system, seeds, a shed, etc. We are also looking for interested individuals who would like to help with planting and keeping up with the garden and working with the children from our Wonderful Wednesday program and the elementary school in teaching them about gardening. Produce from the garden will benefit families from the school as well as our food pantry. Please email Pastor Debbie if you are interested in helping. We hope to break ground in August and begin planting in September.



5. We Need You! - We are in need of volunteers to help with a few areas of the church.


  • One is 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. 
  • The second is with ushers at our 11am service. 
  • And the third is helping to coordinate greeters for our 8am service. 
If you are interested in helping with any of these opportunities, 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 week and see you soon!


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Midweek Moment


Last week was Annual Conference time again! For the second year in a row, we met at a convention hotel in Disney Springs. Our Clergy session kicked off though bright and early on Thursday morning at St. Luke's UMC. It was wonderful to be together with our colleagues and to worship and to approve folks for licensing, commissioning, ordination and retirement. 


Our business sessions were held in the Citron Ballroom at the Buena Vista Palace Hotel and Spa. One of the first things we did was present all of the ordinands for the asking of the historic questions. I have had the great privilege of working with these folks for the last three years during their provisional period and I couldn't be prouder of them for seeing this process through and for the amazing things they are all accomplishing in their various ministry settings. 


Dr. Elaine Heath was one of our wonderful speakers during the week. She's the dean of Duke Divinity School and helped us see how the time period we are living in now with so much change is just one of the larger movements of systems change that have happened throughout history. 


Among the other business we attended to was the proposal to move from 9 districts to 8 districts, which passed by an overwhelming majority. 


A couple of special people from our church were recognized from up front. Here's Rev. Melissa Cooper in a video speaking on behalf of LEC Family. 


And here's Mike Standifer, being celebrated for 25 years of leading in camping ministries! 


And then there was Elsa Kaye, pictured here with Pastor Loida in the Expo Hall. Elsa recently accepted a conference position as the Florida Conference Coordinator for the Florida-Cuba Covenant. She and her husband Glenn attended conference, staffed the booth in the Expo Hall and were there at a special dinner when Bishop Pereria from Cuba and our Bishop Carter signed another 20 year covenant.



There were lots of CUMC sightings around Conference this year. Here we are with our delegates Will Cooper and Art and Judy Wadding. 



Riley Standifer also went as a conference youth delegate. 


Here's Rev. Melissa Cooper with Giselle Lawn and then Pastor Daryl with Glenn Kaye. 



We ran into the rest of the Standifer family too! 


The Young Adult Missional Movement presented delegate Will Cooper with a plaque - through our Missions program, Community UMC is the largest church supporter of the YAMM. 



I also got to spend a little time with my covenant sisters. First at the Clergywomen Breakfast where we had the honor and privilege to hear from Bishop Sharma Lewis, the first African American woman to be elected as a bishop in the Southeast Jurisdiction of the UMC. Bishop Lewis was elected last year and serves as the resident bishop of the Richmond area. She was a dynamo and definitely woke us up! 


Rev. Latricia Scrivens, Rev. Christy Holden, myself and Rev. Melissa Pisco
And then again at the ordination service when Latricia was commissioned as a provisional elder! 


All in all, it was a fantastic time at conference and we are always so thankful for the opportunity to spend time with our colleagues and to celebrate the awesome things happening around our conference! If you would like to view any of the plenary sessions or worship services, all the them were taped and are available for viewing on the conference website - click here. 

Blessings,

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Thursday Thoughts

1. Sunday Morning Worship - This week we are continuing our tnew preaching series, The 11. This series will look at the types of people we need in our life to help us on our faith journeys. This week Pastor Daryl will look at the life of Barnabas, known to the early church as an encourager. Invite a friend, or a even a neighbor, and we hope to see you all there at either 8am, 9:30am, or 11am!

Parking Reminder - We're encouraging our members to "park politely." That means for those who are physically able, please park at the Fruitland Park Elementary School lot (accessed from Fountain Street) or at the remote lot on the corner of Catawba St/Rose Ave (we have golf cart shuttle from this lot). That makes room in the main lot for those who need access to the handicapped spaces and also for our first time visitors. Thanks for your help in this!



2. Annual Conference Offering - Each year at Annual Conference, the Bishop collects a special offering for specific causes. This year the offering that is collected will go to benefit the Abundant Health for Haiti Fund and the Cuban Pastor Pension Initiative. These are two very worthy causes that do need our support. Your opportunity to contribute to this offering will be THIS Sunday, June 11th. If you would like to contribute, please come prepared and drop your contribution in the offering plate. If donating by check, please make the check out to CUMC and for all donations please designate it, Bishop's Offering. We will collect all the monies given and send them to the Conference Office for distribution. If you would like more information about these causes, you can read the Bishop's Letter by clicking here.


3. Annual Conference - Annual Conference is going on now,  June 7th - 10th. This is the time of year that the Bishop convenes a gathering for all clergy, extension ministers, District Superintendents, Conference staff, and lay representatives. Each congregation must send their pastor(s) and one lay representative for each appointed clergy. For us that means we will send three lay representatives and this year that is Art and Judy Wadding and Will Cooper.

This gathering will deal with the business of the church, share in the mission victories we have had as a Conference and a church, and set a plan for our future. The big item on the agenda this year is a proposal to reduce the number of districts we currently have from nine down to eight. Each of the sessions at Annual Conference will be live streamed if you would like to watch and follow along. We would covet your prayers during this time that we be faithful the mission and cause of Christ. For more information, including proposals and live streaming information, please click here.


4. Vacation Bible School - It's coming up sooner than you might think!!! Vacation Bible School is set for June 19th-23rd in the evenings. There are lots of ways that you can help with Vacation Bible School if you would like to volunteer! Painting week for our set decorations will be from May 29th through June 2nd. Contact Faye Umble if you would like to serve by clicking here.

Also, you may signup your children or grandchildren for Vacation Bible School by clicking here.



5. We Need You! - We are in need of volunteers to help with a few areas of the church.

  • One is 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. 
  • The second is with ushers at our 11am service. 
  • And the third is helping to coordinate greeters for our 8am service. 
If you are interested in helping with any of these opportunities, 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 week and see you soon!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Midweek Moment

As this blog post comes through this morning, your pastoral team of myself, Daryl and Loida and many other Methodists are gathering together at the Buena Vista Palace Hotel and Convention Center in Orlando for Annual Conference. Annual Conference is a time when clergy and lay representatives from every church through the Florida Conference gather to celebrate what has been happening in our ministry and to plan for the future as we approve recommendations from conference committees (including our budget and leadership). Art and Judy Wadding along with Will Cooper are our local church representatives from Community to Annual Conference and they will be sitting in on all of the meetings from now through Saturday afternoon. 

The theme of this week’s conference is Revive Us Again. Some of our guest speakers for general sessions this week include Dr. Tammy Pawloski talking about Children at Risk and school partnerships; Dr. Elaine Heath, the Dean of Duke Divinity School; Dr. Kevin Watson, the Assistant Professor of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies at Candler School of Divinity; and Bishop Ricardo Pereria, who leads the Methodist Church in Cuba. Besides budget information and leadership to be voted on, there will also be some constitutional amendments from last year's General Conference that need action and other resolutions to be voted upon. The conclusion of our week will be a Service of Licensing, Commissioning and Ordination on Saturday morning. This is always a special time of worship and celebration. 

So there is much to be accomplished in the next several days. We have much to be thankful for in the Florida Conference, in particular the faithfulness and passion of our leadership and the commitment and strength of our connection. Daryl and I would certainly covet your prayers for us and Loida and our lay delegates - that God would grant wisdom and guidance as well as energy and stamina to get through the long days. 

Blessings,


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Thursday Thoughts

1. Sunday Morning Worship - This week we will celebrate Pentecost together! We are asking you to wear red to help us mark this very special day in the life of the church. We are also starting a new preaching series, The 11. This series will look at the types of people we need in our life to help us on our faith journeys. This week Pastor Debbie will begin this series by looking at those Peter and Paul types of people we know and like Peter and Paul, how the Holy Spirit helps us ordinary people accomplish the mighty work of God. Invite a friend, or a even a neighbor, and we hope to see you all there at either 8am, 9:30am, or 11am!

Parking Reminder - We're encouraging our members to "park politely." That means for those who are physically able, please park at the Fruitland Park Elementary School lot (accessed from Fountain Street) or at the remote lot on the corner of Catawba St/Rose Ave (we have golf cart shuttle from this lot). That makes room in the main lot for those who need access to the handicapped spaces and also for our first time visitors. Thanks for your help in this!





2. Vacation Bible School - It's coming up sooner than you might think!!! Vacation Bible School is set for June 19th-23rd in the evenings. There are lots of ways that you can help with Vacation Bible School if you would like to volunteer! Painting week for our set decorations will be from May 29th through June 2nd. Contact Faye Umble if you would like to serve by clicking here.

Also, you may signup your children or grandchildren for Vacation Bible School by clicking here.





3. Annual Conference - Annual Conference is coming up, June 7th - 10th. This is the time of year that the Bishop convenes a gathering for all clergy, extension ministers, District Superintendents, Conference staff, and lay representatives. Each congregation must send their pastor(s) and one lay representative for each appointed clergy. For us that means we will send three lay representatives and this year that is Art and Judy Wadding and Will Cooper.

This gathering will deal with the business of the church, share in the mission victories we have had as a Conference and a church, and set a plan for our future. The big item on the agenda this year is a proposal to reduce the number of districts we currently have from nine down to eight. Each of the sessions at Annual Conference will be live streamed if you would like to watch and follow along. We would covet your prayers during this time that we be faithful the mission and cause of Christ. For more information, including proposals and live streaming information, please click here.





4. Annual Conference Offering - Each year at Annual Conference, the Bishop collects a special offering for specific causes. This year the offering that is collected will go to benefit the Abundant Health for Haiti Fund and the Cuban Pastor Pension Initiative. These are two very worthy causes that do need our support. Your opportunity to contribute to this offering will be Sunday, June 11th. If you would like to contribute, please come prepared on June 11th and drop your contribution in the offering plate. If donating by check, please make the check out to CUMC and for all donations please designate it, Bishop's Offering. We will collect all the monies given and send them to the Conference Office for distribution. If you would like more information about these causes, you can read the Bishop's Letter by clicking here.





5. We Need You! - We are in need of volunteers to help with a few areas of the church.

  • One is 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. 
  • The second is with ushers at our 11am service. 
  • And the third is helping to coordinate greeters for our 8am service. 
If you are interested in helping with any of these opportunities, 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 week and see you soon!