Thursday, October 26, 2017

Thursday Thoughts

1. Sunday Morning Worship - This week is Youth Sunday in worship. Our youth group has been working for the last several weeks on preparing worship for this Sunday. You won't want to miss out as the youth lead us in all aspects of worship. The theme this weekend is "We Are The Body" taken from Romans 12:1-8 and I Corinthians 12.

Invite a friend or even a neighbor, and we hope to see you all there at either 8am, 9:30am, or 11am!


2. Pumpkin Patch - Our annual Pumpkin Patch is underway. We hope that you will visit the patch and invite your friends and neighbors as well. It's a great place for a photo opportunity, to buy decorations or to find just the right pumpkin for your family to carve! While this pumpkin patch does help raise funds for our camp scholarship fund, 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. Hope to see you out there!


3. Trunk Or Treat Festival!!!! - This wonderful annual event will be held on Tuesday October 31st 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. Missions Possible Auction - The UMW are sponsoring their Missions Possible Auction again on Friday November 3rd from 5:30-8:30pm in the Family Life Center. Last year's inaugural event raised over $10,000 for missions! There will be food, fellowship, a silent auction and a live auction featuring Pastor Daryl as the auctioneer. Tickets are $15 each. Don't miss this great opportunity!







5. 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 November 5th, at New Covenant UMC, 3470 Woodridge Dr., in The Villages, beginning at 4pm. We hope to see you there as we represent Community UMC!




See you soon!



Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Midweek Moment

Daryl, Loida and I spent some time this week at the Life Enrichment Center for the Bishop's Annual Clergy Gathering. The theme of this year's gathering was Sabbath: Rest in the Midst of Storm and Recovery. The gathering started on Tuesday at noon and finished on Wednesday at noon. The main speaker was Dr. Matthew Sleeth, a former ER doctor who wrote the book 24/6: A Prescription for a Happier, Healthier Life.  Tuesday afternoon had some time built in for pastors to spend time with their covenant groups, receive spiritual direction, get a massage, participate in yoga chapel, walk, canoe, read, take a nap. It was great to be with colleagues from across the conference that we haven't been able to see in a while. We enjoyed the speaker and his reminders to build Sabbath rest and rhythm into our lives.

But the biggest highlight for us as your pastors was being led in all of the worship services by our own Community 9Thirty Worship Band. They did an amazing job of not just singing and playing, but really leading people into God's presence as we worshipped. They represented our church and community well and we heard nothing but wonderful compliments from the other pastors and conference staff. What a blessing to be able to sit and worship with their familiar faces and voices without worrying which one of the three of us was up to speak next, like on a typical Sunday morning. We're thankful to everyone who took time away from work and from school to be there and to lead in twice on Tuesday and twice on Wednesday. Many thanks to Joey Landstedt and the rest of the band: Mike Hanna, John and Mona Oliver, Amanda Quinn, Riley Standifer, and Kim and Kylor Stumbo.




We're so blessed to be part of this wonderful Community family, with so many wonderful staff and lay volunteers!!

Blessings

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Thursday Thoughts

1. Sunday Morning Worship - This week Pastor Debbie and Pastor Daryl will be co-preaching in all three services, presenting their annual State of the Church address. This year's address is based on the Great Commission Jesus gave in Matthew 28:16-20.

Invite a friend or even a neighbor, and we hope to see you all there at either 8am, 9:30am, or 11am!


2. Pumpkin Patch - Our annual Pumpkin Patch is underway. We hope that you will visit the patch and invite your friends and neighbors as well. It's a great place for a photo opportunity, to buy decorations or to find just the right pumpkin for your family to carve! While this pumpkin patch does help raise funds for our camp scholarship fund, 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. Hope to see you out there!


3. Trunk Or Treat Festival!!!! - This wonderful annual event will be held on Tuesday October 31st 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. 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 November 5th, at New Covenant UMC, 3470 Woodridge Dr., in The Villages, beginning at 4pm. We hope to see you there as we represent Community UMC!




See you soon!


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Midweek Moment

The pumpkins are here and the Patch is all set up and ready to go! Our original unload time was last Saturday morning at 8am and we had volunteers all signed up to help. And then we found out the truck would not arrive until Sunday night at 6pm. We are so thankful for all the volunteers who came out on short notice Sunday night - so many people showed up that unloading only took an hour!!!!
We had several staff members, the youth group, some of the Cub Scouts, plus church folks from all the different services on hand to help out. What a tremendous blessing!!!! And it turned out to be a fun evening as you can tell from the pictures and video below.












So come out and get your pumpkins, take some pictures with your family and enjoy the Pumpkin Patch! All proceeds from the Patch benefit our camp scholarship fund for children and youth. 




Thursday, October 12, 2017

Thursday Thoughts

1. Sunday Morning Worship - This week we are concluding our preaching series on the Methodist Way. The Methodist Way represents those five core values of life in our church that we aim to exemplify in all we do. Pastor Daryl will be sharing with us about Salty Service and how we are called to be Salt and Light in the world using Matthew 5:13-16.

We will also be hosting a Ministry Fair after all the worship services in the narthex and breezeway with information about various ways that you can serve in the church and community!

Invite a friend or even a neighbor, and we hope to see you all there at either 8am, 9:30am, or 11am!





2. The Pumpkins are Coming THIS SATURDAY October 14 at 8AM - 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 set up 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 in this wonderful ministry. Call the church office if you are able to participate! Hope to see you out there!






3. Pastor Ralph's Retirement - Pastor Ralph will be retiring as our Minister of Visitation at the end of this month to more fully focus upon the jail ministry that he leads in Sumter County. We are very grateful for the wonderful years of service that he has given to our Community UMC family and beyond. Pastor Ralph will be recognized during the 8am worship service on Sunday October 22nd. We hope that you will join us in thanking him for his ministry and praying for him in this next season of life and of ministry.







4. Trunk Or Treat Festival!!!! - This wonderful annual event will be held on Tuesday October 31st 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.







5. 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 November 5th, at New Covenant UMC, 3470 Woodridge Dr., in The Villages, beginning at 4pm. We hope to see you there as we represent Community UMC!





See you soon!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Midweek Moment - Cuba

Thank you so much for your prayers for the team of folks that recently traveled to Cuba! What an amazing experience for me to be able to travel with Daryl and the boys as well as so many great folks from the church: Glenn and Elsa Kaye, Marti Frayne, Dale Dooley, Bob Turner and Star Johnson.

The whole team plus Pastor Javier and his wife at the Jose Marti Plaza in Cienfuegos. 
Our primary purpose in visiting this time was to attend the dedication of the finally finished building at our sister church in Perserverancia. That dedication service actually happened on Friday night, our first evening in Cuba. We joined Pastor Javier and his wife in worship, along with the district superintendent Pastor Luis and his family, and Bishop Ricardo Pereira. What a joyous celebration of music, dancing and testimonies! So many people were in attendance that they couldn't all fit inside and many were seated in the courtyard and pressing in around the building, participating through the windows!!!!










While it was a whirlwind weekend of travel, it was a privilege to witness firsthand the resiliency and hospitality of the Cuban people, their delight in being able to worship and the power of the Holy Spirit moving among the churches and people. Even when the power went out during a Saturday night service, worship continued!









And while our boys could not communicate in Spanish, often times no words were needed. The love and care from the adults was evident, and the ability of children at play to move past language was a tremendous blessing for our boys and Pastor Javier's grandsons.






All in all, it was a very profound experience for me and for our family. We are so thankful for the continued partnership between our church and our sister church in Perserverancia, Cuba, and look forward to ways that we can continue to support the mission and ministry of the Methodist Church in Cuba. 

Blessings,