Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Midweek Moment

This past Monday, Debbie and I were in Ocala serving with North Central District Committee on Ordained Ministry. This is the group that initially interviews those persons seeking to become pastors in the United Methodist Church within the Florida Conference.

As part of our time, one of the board members offered a devotional and closed with a prayer from St. Patrick, the Irish Prayer. I was so moved by this prayer and the words it contained that I wanted to share it with all of you. So, I invite you to find a quiet and comfortable place and allow these words to wash over you.

As I arise today,
may the strength of God pilot me,
the power of God uphold me,
the wisdom of God guide me.
May the eye of God look before me,
the ear of God hear me,
the word of God speak for me.
May the hand of God protect me,
the way of God lie before me,
the shield of God defend me,
the host of God save me.
May Christ shield me today.
Christ with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit,
Christ when I stand,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me. Amen.

I encourage you to read this again and notice the thoughts that go through your mind as you experience it. I found this to be an incredibly powerful and simple prayer; Christ in all things and Christ at all times. What a wonderful way to start the day, what a meaningful way to navigate a day, what a poignant reminder of the place Christ should have in our lives!

I know this time of year gets hectic, I know this time of year holds varied emotions for us all. As you continue your Advent journey, as you continue to exist in the waiting of this season, I invite you to remember Christ. In all ways and at all times and in all ways…Christ.

Blessings to you all,

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Thursday Thoughts

1. Sunday Morning Worship - This week we will begin our Advent preaching series: Christmas Gifts That Won't Break. Pastor Daryl will be preaching this weekend with a focus upon "The Gift of LOVE" from Luke 2:10-20. Know someone who needs the  LOVE of Jesus this season? Invite them to come with you this weekend. We'll be worshipping at 8am, 9:30am, and 11am. 









2. Upwards Sports Returns!!!! 

Upwards Basketball and Cheerleading returns for another season at Community in 2019. Both basketball and cheerleading are open to students in grades K-8. Cost is $75 per student for the season, including the uniform. First practice is December 18th and the season runs in January-February. 







4. Looking Ahead to Advent - Be sure to mark these dates on your calendar for things coming up this season of Advent -

* Holiday Grief Seminar - Saturday December 8th from 10:30am to noon in the Fellowship Hall (no charge; call church office to RSVP) 
* Many Moods of Christmas concerts by our very own Chancel Choir - Sunday December 9th at 3:30pm and 6pm
* Blue Christmas Worship Service - Sunday December 16th at 3:30pm
Christmas Eve Worship - contemporary service at 5pm in the Family Life Center; traditional services at 7pm and 9pm in the sanctuary



4. GROW Night Dinner and Classes

We have just one final night of classes left in 2018: December 12th.

GROW Night classes will take a break from December 19 through January 9th. Dinner will resume on Wednesday January 9th and a new slate of classes will resume on Wednesday January 16th, 2019.



5. Christmas Eve Offering for Missions - Our Christmas Eve offering at all our evening services will once again ALL be going to missions. You raised over $10,000 last year for Water is Basic, to provide clean drinking water in Africa. This year, we will be raising money for Hurricane Michael Relief in the Alabama-West Florida Conference. One of the congregations in our conference is still matching gifts for Hurricane Michael Relief through the end up the year, so that means every dollar you give on Christmas Eve will actually be doubled! 

If you won't be here for Christmas Eve and would like to donate ahead of time, you can put your check in the offering plate or offering boxes (9Thirty and Seven02) and mark it "Christmas Eve offering" on the memo line. We'll make sure it all gets where it needs to go! 

Have a wonderful week and we will see you on Sunday! 

Blessings, 

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Midweek Moment

Many of you know I lost my daddy this past September, the 17th to be exact. In the immediacy of his passing, I struggled to find the words to express how I was feeling. That is a funny thing for a preacher, for a wordsmith, to be at a loss for the words. Well, it wasn’t so much for words, but the right words. I was searching for the words that would give the proper weight to this loss in my life. It was more than sad, that was too shallow. It was more than a deep grief, that just seemed inadequate.

This was a man that shaped me, encouraged me, and loved me my whole life. This was a man that taught me the value of faith; as a parent and as my senior high Sunday School teacher. This was a man that I cannot remember a single moment of my life without his presence and support. And now he is gone. I know he is not gone from me forever, I know and believe what my faith has taught me that he has finished his race here on earth. But none of that touched the pain and loss I felt at his passing. Words…I needed words.

Then one day I received a letter from a colleague of mine. In it, he said he was sorry and that he would pray for me. But it was the last of his three lines that really struck me. He said, “This is a big deal.” That was it! Those were the words for which I had been searching. My daddy’s passing is a big deal. Those words, and all they implied, resonated with me.

With my daddy’s passing, I have entered the year of firsts; first Thanksgiving, first summer vacation, first birthday, and the list goes on and on. Those moments, those firsts, where I will be here and my daddy will not. One of those firsts is staring me directly in the face, the first Christmas. This one will be tough, for so many reasons, least of which is that he was the one that handed out the gifts on Christmas morning.

Several years ago, I started a tradition of offering a Blue Christmas service each December. This year we will offer this service on December 16th at 3:30pm in the Sanctuary. This is a service where people can come together and acknowledge the grief and loss they are dealing with in their life. Whether that be a loss of a loved one, a relationship, a chapter that is closing, or any other situation. These losses are hard…and they are a big deal.

This year, this service will be different for me. For many of you that have experienced loss, you have felt those difficult emotions in your own life. This service gives us as the church the chance to lament those losses, feel whatever emotion we experience as a result of it, and at the end of it share those feelings with God and acknowledge the hope we have in Christ Jesus.

Over the years I have come to see this service as a truly tender and sacred time. It means different things to different people, depending on their situation. But when we conclude the service and we come forward, write down our loss on a blue Christmas ornament and hang it on the tree as we ask for God to walk with us through it, there is something about that moment.

I want to encourage each of you to look around at the people in your lives and if you know of someone, including yourself, that could benefit from this service, please invite them. Invite them, offer to come and sit with them, and offer to sit with them afterward. One of the greatest means God has to share his love and presence with humanity is us.

While this time of year brings great joy to so many, it also brings difficult feelings to others. I pray each of us can be that vessel by which we can sit in the "blue" and share the hope of Christ with another person this year. May we be that light of Christ, in Advent, and all the year long!

Have a great week!

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Thursday Thoughts

1. Sunday Morning Worship - This week we will begin our Advent preaching series: Christmas Gifts That Won't Break. Pastor Loida will be preaching this weekend with a focus upon "The Gift of HOPE" from Matthew 1:18-21. Know someone who needs HOPE this season? Invite them to come with you this weekend. We'll be worshipping at 8am, 9:30am, and 11am. 









2. Stewardship Update

We're so thankful for everyone who responded by turning in their pledge cards so far as well as their time and talent surveys from our Stewardship Campaign this year. 

If you have not yet turned your financial pledge or volunteer survey into the church, it's not too late. You can bring them to worship with you this Sunday and put them in the offering plates or drop them by the church office during regular office hours.

Your financial pledges in particular help us determine our budget for the coming year - we'll have our first task force meeting next week to begin working on the budget cap. 







3. Upwards Sports Returns!!!! 

Upwards Basketball and Cheerleading returns for another season at Community in 2019. We have another signup this coming Monday night, from 6-8pm in the Family Life Center. Both basketball and cheerleading are open to students in grades K-8. Cost is $75 per student for the season, including the uniform. First practice is December 18th and the season runs in January-February. 




4. Looking Ahead to Advent - Be sure to mark these dates on your calendar for things coming up this season of Advent -

* Holiday Grief Seminar - Saturday December 8th from 10:30am to noon in the Fellowship Hall (no charge; call church office to RSVP) 
* Many Moods of Christmas concerts by our very own Chancel Choir - Sunday December 9th at 3:30pm and 6pm
* Blue Christmas Worship Service - Sunday December 16th at 3:30pm
* Christmas Eve Worship - contemporary service at 5pm in the Family Life Center; traditional services at 7pm and 9pm in the sanctuary



5. GROW Night Dinner and Classes

We have just two weeks of GROW NIGHT classes left: December 5th and December 12th.

GROW Night classes will take a break from December 19 through January 9th. Dinner will resume on Wednesday January 9th and a new slate of classes will resume on Wednesday January 16th, 2019.



6. Christmas Eve Offering for Missions - Our Christmas Eve offering at all our evening services will once again ALL be going to missions. You raised over $10,000 last year for Water is Basic, to provide clean drinking water in Africa. This year, we will be raising money for Hurricane Michael Relief in the Alabama-West Florida Conference. One of the congregations in our conference is still matching gifts for Hurricane Michael Relief through the end up the year, so that means every dollar you give on Christmas Eve will actually be doubled! 

If you won't be here for Christmas Eve and would like to donate ahead of time, you can put your check in the offering plate or offering boxes (9Thirty and Seven02) and mark it "Christmas Eve offering" on the memo line. We'll make sure it all gets where it needs to go! 

Have a wonderful week and we will see you on Sunday! 

Blessings, 

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Midweek Moment

One of the marks of a vital church is the impact that church makes in the lives of the people around them – both in those that call the church home and those that do not. One of the aspects of this church that I love is the continued work and drive to impact all of those lives.

At the end of 2017, we had an opportunity to make an impact in the lives of the children that live in and near Fruitland Park. Debbie and I were speaking with the Recreation Director for Fruitland Park about the work that she does, and she shared with us that she was searching for people and organizations to sponsor new youth sports leagues. She had an idea to start these leagues and while volunteers were being recruited, finding adequate funding was a problem. We shared this conversation with the leadership of the church and this church saw that problem as an opportunity. And the church responded.

The church gave the city a donation that enabled us to be a sponsor. I personally feel it is important to help create places that give children a safe, positive environment in which they can thrive, both on our campus and in the community. Sports leagues are one of those places. They give children structure, a place to play and be a kid, and a place to practice cooperation and teamwork. The benefits of these leagues in the lives of these families, now and in the future, is vast.

As a way of saying thank you, The Recreation Director gifted the church with the framed picture above. Pictured is every team that played in the City of Fruitland Park Fall Soccer League, and our donation allowed us to sponsor every one of them. Each team had our church name on their jersey and a banner with our church name hung on the fence around the fields. But more than that, this donation allowed these children to experience the joy of playing soccer. And it happened, because of each of you and your support of Community.

I want to thank you for being the kind of church that supports its community. I want to thank you for being the kind of church that sees the importance of investing in the lives of those around us. I want to thank you for being the kind of the church that helps make youth sports leagues possible.

This picture is hung in the hallway of our Education Building as a reminder of the bridges we are trying to build to the city of Fruitland Park. We are more than just a building, we are more than just a steeple, we are a group of people seeking the share the love of Christ with all people, in all places.

Thank you, Lord, for giving us this opportunity and the resources to respond. May your presence be felt in these families that are pictured and may your name be spread throughout the land! Amen.

Blessings,

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Midweek Moment

Join us in praying for all those in the path of Hurricane Michael today as it moves through the Florida panhandle.

The storm made landfall in Mexico City, Florida, which is a part of the Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. Many churches in the Northwest District of our Florida Conference are being affected as well (around Tallahassee).

We will update you on Florida Conference recovery efforts as soon as we have more information. 

Joining you in prayer, 

Thursday Thoughts

1. Sunday Morning Worship - This week we are concluding our preaching series called "Jargon Unchained," taking some of the theological terms and church jargon and explain it all in a much easier to understand way. This week's term is "Discipleship" and Pastor Loida will use ? in her sermon.

It is also, Invite a Friend Sunday and our annual Ministry Fair! We hope to see many of you there with your friends on Sunday morning and 8am, 9:30am or 11am! After each service you can see the displays from all of the different ministries around the church to see the wide range of ministries available and opportunities for service.





2. New Thursday Worship Service - We have launched a new worship experience on Thursdays this fall in the Family Life Center. That means it meets tonight! This Seven02 service (named after its start time!) is casual, contemporary, set up in the round and family friendly. It is geared towards a wide audience and has something for everyone.

Click here to listen to Pastor Daryl and Worship Leader Joey Landstedt sharing about the vision for this service. Come as you are, come from where you are, just come. Come and join us as we strive to be a part of something big!






3. Rise Against Hunger - You are invited to join us in our Family Life Center on Sunday, October 21st as we gather to pack 20,000 meals for children across the world. We will need about 10 people to meet us at 11:30am to set up the tables and we will need about 10 more people to stick around after the event to tear down. The event itself will require about 100 people to prepare the meals and pack them in boxes. There is a job for all ages and abilities. You will be amazed at how quickly we will pack those 20,000 meals as we do it in just a few hours. These meals feed children that otherwise may not eat. It is a wonderful outreach and we sure would love to have you be a part of it. There is no signup, we just ask you to show up. Mark your calendars and we hope to see you there!






4. A Way Forward - Thank you to those who came out to last weekend's Town Hall meeting.

If you would like to contact our representatives to General Conference regarding the Way Forward process, you can find their information by clicking here.






5. Super Charge Conference - Our annual Charge Conference is coming up soon. We will gather with all of the other United Methodist churches in our district for the first ever Super Charge Conference. This will be 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 church members can vote. It will be held on October 20th, at New Covenant UMC, 3470 Woodridge Dr., in The Villages, beginning from 9am - 12pm. We hope to see you there as we represent Community UMC!





6. Pumpkin Patch - 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 THIS SATURDAY October 13th at 11am, 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 or you can sign up after worship on Sunday! Hope to see you out there!

Have a great weekend and we will see you Sunday!


Thursday, October 4, 2018

Thursday Thoughts

1. Sunday Morning Worship - This week we are continuing our preaching series called "Jargon Unchained." We're going to be taking some of the theological terms and church jargon and explain it all in a much easier to understand way. This week's term is "Kingdom of God" and Pastor Daryl will use Luke 13:18-21 to frame our time together.

We will also be celebrating communion as it is World Communion Sunday and introducing our new youth director, Bree Jimenez, at all three services.

Invite a friend and a neighbor and we hope to see you at 8am, 9:30am, or 11am! All are welcome, all are invited.




2. New Thursday Worship Service - We have launched a new worship experience on Thursdays this fall in the Family Life Center. That means it meets tonight! This Seven02 service (named after its start time!) is casual, contemporary, set up in the round and family friendly. It is geared towards a wide audience and has something for everyone.

Click here to listen to Pastor Daryl and Worship Leader Joey Landstedt sharing about the vision for this service. Come as you are, come from where you are, just come. Come and join us as we strive to be a part of something big!






3. Rise Against Hunger - You are invited to join us in our Family Life Center on Sunday, October 21st as we gather to pack 20,000 meals for children across the world. We will need about 10 people to meet us at 11:30am to set up the tables and we will need about 10 more people to stick around after the event to tear down. The event itself will require about 100 people to prepare the meals and pack them in boxes. There is a job for all ages and abilities. You will be amazed at how quickly we will pack those 20,000 meals as we do it in just a few hours. These meals feed children that otherwise may not eat. It is a wonderful outreach and we sure would love to have you be a part of it. There is no signup, we just ask you to show up. Mark your calendars and we hope to see you there!






4. A Way Forward - Our denomination is seeking a way to address the issue of human sexuality in the church. Our next information session is a Town Hall meeting scheduled for Sunday, October 7th at 6:30pm in the Sanctuary. All three pastors will be on hand to answer questions that were submitted around this topic. If you would like to submit a question, please email it by clicking here.

The General Conference of the United Methodist Church will meet next February to consider resolutions on church policy regarding this topic. If you would like to contact our representatives to General Conference, you can find their information by clicking here.






5. Super Charge Conference - Our annual Charge Conference is coming up soon. We will gather with all of the other United Methodist churches in our district for the first ever Super Charge Conference. This will be 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 church members can vote. It will be held on October 20th, at New Covenant UMC, 3470 Woodridge Dr., in The Villages, beginning from 9am - 12pm. We hope to see you there as we represent Community UMC!





6. Pumpkin Patch - 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 on October 13th at 11am, 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 or you can sign up after worship on Sunday! Hope to see you out there!

Have a great weekend and we will see you Sunday!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Midweek Moment

Just a reminder that we have our church Town Hall on Sunday evening this week in the sanctuary regarding The Way Forward.

Also, we received an email from the conference today. The delegation of laity and clergy who will be representing The Florida Conference in February are hosting a listening session later this month at First UMC in Lakeland. That event will be on Saturday October 20 from 11am -2:30pm. There will be time spent around tables with delegates listening to each person who wants to share. There will be an opportunity for those who would like to address the entire delegation to sign up for a five minute time to speak. The delegation will answer any questions you might have and everyone will share in a time of prayer together. To register and sign up to speak click here.

To see a list of the members of the delegation click here. If you would like to share something with the delegation and cannot join us on October 20, email fldelegation@flumc.org and your email will be sent to all members of the delegation.

Finally we hope each of you will consider joining the delegation in Praying Our Way Forward, which includes time of prayer, email reminders and weekly fasting. For more information click here.

Blessings,

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Thursday Thoughts

1. Sunday Morning Worship - This week we are continuing our preaching series called "Jargon Unchained." We're going to be taking some of the theological terms and church jargon and explain it all in a much easier to understand way. This week's term is "Sanctification" and Pastor Debbie will use Ephesians 4:17-24 to frame our time together.

Invite a friend and a neighbor and we hope to see you at 8am, 9:30am, or 11am! All are welcome, all are invited.






2. Best Wishes - Join us this Sunday as we honor our Minister of Youth, Sharon Quackenbush,  at the 9Thirty service. This will be her last Sunday with us and we want to wish her well as she heads off to graduate school.

Sharon has served our youth so faithfully over the last two years, and while she will be greatly missed, we are so excited for her and lives she will continue to shape in her new endeavors.

We love you, Sharon!





3. New Thursday Worship Service - We have launched a new worship experience on Thursdays this fall in the Family Life Center. That means it meets tonight! This Seven02 service (named after its start time!) is casual, contemporary, set up in the round and family friendly. It is geared towards a wide audience and has something for everyone.

Click here to listen to Pastor Daryl and Worship Leader Joey Landstedt sharing about the vision for this service. Come as you are, come from where you are, just come. Come and join us as we strive to be a part of something big!






4. Rise Against Hunger - You are invited to join us in our Family Life Center on Sunday, October 21st as we gather to pack 20,000 meals for children across the world. We will need about 10 people to meet us at 11:30am to set up the tables and we will need about 10 more people to stick around after the event to tear down. The event itself will require about 100 people to prepare the meals and pack them in boxes. There is a job for all ages and abilities. You will be amazed at how quickly we will pack those 20,000 meals as we do it in just a few hours. These meals feed children that otherwise may not eat. It is a wonderful outreach and we sure would love to have you be a part of it. There is no signup, we just ask you to show up. Mark your calendars and we hope to see you there!






5. A Way Forward - Our denomination is seeking a way to address the issue of human sexuality in the church. Our next information session is a Town Hall meeting scheduled for Sunday, October 7th at 6:30pm in the Sanctuary. All three pastors will be on hand to answer questions that were submitted around this topic. If you would like to submit a question, please email it by clicking here.

The General Conference of the United Methodist Church will meet next February to consider resolutions on church policy regarding this topic. If you would like to contact our representatives to General Conference, you can find their information by clicking here.






6. Super Charge Conference - Our annual Charge Conference is coming up soon. We will gather with all of the other United Methodist churches in our district for the first ever Super Charge Conference. This will be 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 church members can vote. It will be held on October 20th, at New Covenant UMC, 3470 Woodridge Dr., in The Villages, beginning from 9am - 12pm. We hope to see you there as we represent Community UMC!





7. Pumpkin Patch - 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 on October 13th at 11am, 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 or you can sign up after worship on Sunday! Hope to see you out there!

Have a great weekend and we will see you Sunday!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Midweek Moment

Staff Parish is pleased to announce the hiring of Ms. Brianna Jimenez as our new Youth Minister. Bree, as she likes to be called, will start with us officially on October 1st. 

Bree grew up in Lake Panasoffkee and graduated from South Sumter High School. She is currently a student at the College of Central Florida in Ocala. Bree is a mama to a furry child - her sweet dog Pepper.

Bree began sensing a call to ministry in high school while involved in her church's youth group and camping ministries. After working as a preschool teacher for a few years, she began working at New Covenant UMC in The Villages as the Children and Families Ministry Assistant. For the last three years she has been serving as the full-time Children's Minister there, responsible for weekly programming, two different after school programs and coordinating community outreach events. It was during this time that Bree sensed a calling to work with older students, based on her own youth ministry experiences, and the opportunities to go deeper in terms of teaching, discussions and relationships.

Several folks at Community might recognize Bree as she went on the mission trip to Honduras with Pastor Loida and our team last year. On that trip she was responsible for organizing the Vacation Bible School project. 

Bree is very excited about being a part of our Community UMC family and getting connected to the students and their families in our youth program. Please help us welcome Bree to the staff! 



Thursday, September 20, 2018

Thursday Thoughts



1. Sunday Morning Worship - This week we are continuing our  preaching series called "Jargon Unchained." We're going to be taking some of the theological terms and church jargon and explain it all in a much easier to understand way. This week's term is "Justification" and Pastor Loida will be explaining that one based upon Galatians 2:19-21. 

Invite a friend and a neighbor and we hope to see you at 8am, 9:30am, or 11am! All are welcome, all are invited.





2. CUMC Concert Series - The Music Ministry will host Mr. Justin Maxey on this Sunday September 23rd at 6pm in the Sanctuary. This concert will feature a blend of secular, classical, sacred and modern works on the organ. Justin is a native of Winder, Georgia and currently serves as organist at Roswell Presbyterian Church north of Atlanta. A love offering will be taken.








3. New Thursday Worship Service

We have launched a new worship experience on Thursdays this fall  in the Family Life Center starting in September. That means it meets tonight! This Seven02 service (named after its start time!) is casual, contemporary, set up in the round and family friendly. Click here to listen to Pastor Daryl and Worship Leader Joey Landstedt sharing about the vision for this service.






4. Wednesdays Began Again!!!! All of our normal Wednesday activities returned in September - Wonderful Wednesday, Wednesday Night Dinner and GROW Night classes. What a blessing to be together in fellowship over dinner and learning in small groups. It's not too late to join in - check the bulletin board outside the office for a list of classes!





5. We Need You! - We are in need of a few people to help on Sunday mornings.
  • The first way 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 soundboard operations during the services. These positions are very important to the flow and experience of worship and truly add to our time together. 
  • The other area we are looking for people is to drive a golf cart helping transport people to and from our parking lots. This is often our first point of contact and is extremely important in helping people feel welcome. 
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.



6. Be In the Know! - One of the great things about Community is all the options and choices you have to help make disciples and build the Kingdom. And we want you to know about as many of them as possible. The best way to do that is for you to sign up for any of the various ways we have set up to communicate with you. Here is a list of them and how you can sign up or follow them:

  • Churchwide Email System - just call the church office to sign up, (352) 787-1829 or email us by clicking here
  • Pastor's Blog - you can find the blog by clicking here. Once you are there, bookmark it and you can even subscribe to have email updates of new posts sent to you automatically. The subscribe box is on the side underneath Pastor Debbie's Photo and Bio. Once you subscribe, don't forget to confirm that subscription by responding to the email you will receive, so the emails will start being delivered to you. 
  • Our Church Website - you can find our church website by clicking here. Don't forget to bookmark it once you are there. 
  • Our Church Facebook Page - there are many updates, photos, and even Facebook Live Videos we post on this page, a great resource! You can find that page by clicking here
  • Our Church Instagram Page - where we host many pictures of church events showing how we are living out our faith in Fruitland Park and beyond. You can find that page by clicking here
  • Our Church Text Messaging Feature - get updates about the church sent to you via text message (text message and data rates may apply). You can sign up for that by sending the text message @cumcfp to the number 81010. Texts will usually arrive during church office hours.
  • Our Church Publications - and as always you can find great information in our weekly bulletin and monthly newsletter. 
I hope you will take advantage of as many of these avenues for communication as possible. There is a lot happening at Community and we do not want you to miss a thing!


Have a great weekend!