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!

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