Thursday, October 10, 2019

Thursday Thoughts

1. Sunday Morning Worship - This weekend Pastor C.J. will begin a new worship series entitled "The Art of Worship". He will look at how worship is more than sermons, songs, and styles and what our worship should truly be about, based upon Revelation 4:8-11.

Invite a friend to come with you this weekend.

All are invited and all are welcome.




2. Church Website and Giving Online - Make sure to check out the new church website by clicking here! Once you're there, bookmark it and be sure to check out all of great information there about our ministries and activities. Also, you can now give directly to the church through our secured website, using either your bank account or credit card by going to giving portal, which you can find by clicking here. From this portal you can give one time or setup a recurring gift to be given as you elect, and find out more about our Planned Giving opportunities.





3. Amazon Shopping - Do you shop at Amazon? If so, there is way for you to shop and help your church at the same time. It is through a part of Amazon called Amazon Smile. Next time you log in to Amazon, go to smile.amazon.com and select Community UMC - Fruitland Park as your charity. For every purchase you make .05% of your total will be donated to Community. It costs you nothing but a little time to go and make Community your charitable organization through Amazon Smile. For information, please click here.





4. Save the Date - Here are a few important dates coming up in the next few weeks at church!
  • Saturday, October 12th, at noon - Pumpkin unloading; Pumpkin Patch Opens!
  • Sunday, October 13th, at 4pm - Cluster Charge Conference at Belleview UMC
  • Friday, October 18th, at 6pm - Dessert with Sparkey's Strummers - Family Life Center. Tickets on sale now.
  • Monday, October 28th, from 7-9pm - Family Game Night in the Fellowship Hall
  • Thursday, October 31st, from 6:30-8:30pm - Trunk Or Treat in the parking lot
  • Friday, November 9th, from 5-8:30pm - the UMW's 4th Annual Missions Possible Event



Have a great weekend and we look forward to seeing you this Sunday!

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Thursday Thoughts

1. Sunday Morning Worship - This weekend Pastor Daryl will conclude our worship series entitled "We are ONE" as he looks at what it means to have "One God and Father of all, through all and in all" from Ephesians 4:3-6.

We will also be celebrating Holy Communion and marking World Communion Sunday in worship.

Don't forget this week we are having only TWO worship services, both in the sanctuary, at 8:30am and 10:30am!! It's blended worship with both the choir and the 9Thirty band participating. 

Invite a friend to come with you this weekend. All are invited and all are welcome.


2. Time at Camp This Weekend! - For those who RSVPd over the last couple of weeks, we will be heading out after worship to the Warren Willis Camp on Lake Griffin for a barbecue lunch and a time of fellowship together with your church family. Camp is located at 4990 Picciola Road, Fruitland Park. We look forward to seeing you there and sending time with you!



3. Church Website and Giving Online - Make sure to check out the new church website by clicking here! Once you're there, bookmark it and be sure to check out all of great information there about our ministries and activities. Also, you can now give directly to the church through our secured website, using either your bank account or credit card by going to giving portal, which you can find by clicking here. From this portal you can give one time or setup a recurring gift to be given as you elect.


4. Amazon Shopping - Do you shop at Amazon? If so, there is way for you to shop and help your church at the same time. It is through a part of Amazon called Amazon Smile. Next time you log in to Amazon, go to smile.amazon.com and select Community UMC - Fruitland Park as your charity. For every purchase you make. .05% of your total will be donated to Community. It costs you nothing but a little time to go and make Community your charitable organization through Amazon Smile. For information, please click here.


5. Save the Date for these exciting opportunities coming up in the next few weeks at church!

* Wednesday October 9 at 6:15pm - Special presentation about Alzheimer's disease in the sanctuary

* Saturday October 12 at noon - Pumpkin unloading; Pumpkin Patch Opens!

* Sunday October 13 at 4pm - Cluster Charge Conference at Belleview UMC

* Monday October 28 from 7-9pm - Family Game Night in the Fellowship Hall

* Thursday October 31 from 6:30-8:30pm - Trunk Or Treat in the parking lot

* Friday November 9 from 5-8:30pm - the UMW's 4th Annual Missions Possible Event









Have a great weekend and we know you will enjoy worship this Sunday!


Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Midweek Moment

Dear Friends,

We are eight weeks into the 2019-2020 school year here at church with our Community Christian School and we just wanted to update you on how things are going. This is a very big year for our Preschool Ministry with the addition of Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten or VPK. VPK is government subsidized half-day preschool for four year olds. Previously all of our four year old students paid regular tuition rates and we had noticed a decline in the number of our four year olds as most preschools and daycare centers now offer free VPK. Now families with VPK students received free morning instruction and care and the preschool receives financial reimbursement from the state based upon each enrolled child's attendance.

Once the Preschool Committee made the decision to move ahead with offering VPK last spring, our director Jill Flohr began the process of getting our Community Christian School officially licensed with the state. At the same time our teachers took on some additional classes in order to be VPK certified. The licensing process took most of the spring and summer to complete all of the paperwork requirements and physical inspections of our property. Then we began the additional approval process to become an official site for VPK and received our final approval in September.

Our school currently is licensed for 28 students and we have 27 enrolled including 8 students in VPK. Things are going very well in this school year! We are very blessed with our teachers, Miss Eileen (VPK) Miss Cathy (3s) and Miss Beth (2s) and the school has been able to hire an additional part-time teacher to help with afternoon care. We have a great group of families and students in our three classes.


As many of you know, the church purchased the yellow house on Fountain Street earlier this year and the Busy Bees and the Food Pantry are moving their ministries from the preschool hallway over to the new house. This move gives both of those ministries additional space and ensures that the preschool meets the safety and security guidelines for VPK about who can be present in the school space during operating hours. Having that space available will also mean as we move forward that the preschool can be licensed for additional students and we will have additional classrooms to add more students and teachers.

Thank you for your continued prayers for our Community Christian School and for your support of the Preschool Scholarship Fund.

Blessings






Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Midweek Moment

Greetings Friends,

October 6th is World Communion Sunday. Beginning in 1936, this day has been set apart for believers, across the globe, to celebrate Holy Communion as one body; a symbol of unity around the breaking of bread and the sharing of the cup. This year Community is going to embrace that idea and celebrate World Communion Sunday a bit differently than we have before.

On that Sunday, as a way to bring this body of Christ together, we will host two, identical worship services, 8:30am and 10:30am. These services will feature a duet between Diane Wright, our Minister of Traditional Worship and Joey Landstedt, our Minister of Contemporary Worship. We will also have members of our 9Thirty Band join the Chancel Choir to lead us as we raise our voices together. Both services will also conclude as we celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion together. It will be amazing!

But we are not done there! After the 10:30am worship service, we are inviting everyone to come out to the Warren Willis Camp and Retreat Center for lunch and fun! The lunch will be a BBQ meal consisting of pulled pork sandwiches, chicken breast, cole slaw, baked beans, dessert, and a drink. The cost for the lunch is $10 a person or $30 for a family of four or more.

There are several way to purchase your plate:
  • Place a check in the offering plate, payable to the church, write Church BBQ on the memo line, and include a note with the number attending and any food allergies.
  • On Sunday September 29th, there will a table outside all three worship services, with people there to collect your donation and give you a save the date card for the event.
The deadline for us to turn in our reservation count to the camp is Sunday, September 29th. Please have your reservation in by that date.

This is our chance to come together, to remember the connection we have as brothers and sisters in Christ, and to spend this important time with one another.

We hope you will make plans to join us as we celebrate our faith together.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Thursday Thoughts

1. Sunday Morning Worship - This weekend Pastor CJ will continue our new worship series entitled "We are ONE" as he looks at what it means to have ONE Hope from Ephesians 4:3-6.

Invite a friend to come with you this weekend. We'll be worshiping at 8am, 9:30am, and 11am. All are invited and all are welcome.




2. Church Website and Giving Online - Make sure to check out the new church website by clicking here! Once you're there, bookmark it and be sure to check out all of great information there about our ministries and activities. Also, you can now give directly to the church through our secured website, using either your bank account or credit card by going to giving portal, which you can find by clicking here. From this portal you can give one time or setup a recurring gift to be given as you elect.



3. Midweek Programming Has Resumed! - Please keep up the prayers for our Wonderful Wednesday after school ministry. You can always make a reservation in the attendance pads for Wednesday night dinner or by calling the office. Dinner runs from 4:30-5:45pm in the Family Life Center and our Opening Gathering will begin in Family Life at 6:15pm. The cost is $7 for adult, $5 for children or $20 for a family.

And it's not too late to join one of our GROW Night classes. Check out the exciting semester offerings below:
* Bible Reflections with Rev. Bill Thompson (Room 100)
* Discovering God's Vision for Your Life with Maressa Smith (Library)
* Adult Coloring with Jenny Bowman (Room 104)
* Bible Study 101 with Pastor CJ Hill (Room 106)
* Acts Bible Study with Pastor John LeCain (Fellowship Hall)
* If You Want to Walk on Water, You Gotta Get Out of the Boat with Padgetts and Deffenbaughs (Room 212 upstairs)
* Counterfeit Christianity with Pastors Daryl and Debbie Allen (Room 208/210 upstairs)
* Our Church Heritage with Dave Withers (Room 203 upstairs)
* The Epic of Eden with Amy Hill and Melinda Milhorn (Room 201 upstairs)


4. Amazon Shopping - Do you shop at Amazon? If so, there is way for you to shop and help your church at the same time. It is through a part of Amazon called Amazon Smile. Next time you log in to Amazon, go to smile.amazon.com and select Community UMC - Fruitland Park as your charity. For every purchase you make. .05% of your total will be donated to Community. It costs you nothing but a little time to go and make Community your charitable organization through Amazon Smile. For information, please click here.



5. Save the Date! 

We will be celebrating World Communion Sunday in a very special way on October 6, 2019 as we conclude our worship series on "We are ONE." That morning we will have just two blended worship experiences at 8:30am and 10:30am in our sanctuary. The 10:30 service will be live streamed. And then afterwards we are heading to Warren Willis Camp (4990 Picciola Road, Fruitland Park) for BBQ lunch and some fellowship time together as a church family. Lunch is $10 and you can begin signing up for lunch after the worship service this Sunday and next Sunday.


Have a great weekend and we know you will enjoy worship this Sunday!

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Thursday Thoughts

1. Sunday Morning Worship - This weekend Pastor Daryl will begin a new worship series entitled "We are ONE" as he looks at what it means to be a One Body and One Spirit from Ephesians 4:3-6.

If you have a name tag, we want to encourage you to wear it to help Pastor CJ and his family put names and faces together as well as our new members. New Members will be joining at the 9Thirty and 11am services this week.

Invite a friend to come with you this weekend. We'll be worshiping at 8am, 9:30am, and 11am. All are invited and all are welcome.



2. Church Website and Giving Online - Make sure to check out the new church website by clicking here! Once you're there, bookmark it and be sure to check out all of great information there about our ministries and activities. Also, you can now give directly to the church through our secured website, using either your bank account or credit card by going to giving portal, which you can find by clicking here. From this portal you can give one time or setup a recurring gift to be given as you elect.



3. Midweek Programming Has Resumed! - Please keep up the prayers for our Wonderful Wednesday after school ministry. You can always make a reservation in the attendance pads for Wednesday night dinner or by calling the office. Dinner runs from 4:30-5:45pm in the Family Life Center and our Opening Gathering will begin in Family Life at 6:15pm. The cost is $7 for adult, $5 for children or $20 for a family.
And it's not too late to join one of our GROW Night classes. Check out the exciting semester offerings below:
* Bible Reflections with Rev. Bill Thompson (Room 100)
* Discovering God's Vision for Your Life with Maressa Smith (Room 104)
* Adult Coloring with Jenny Bowman (Room 106)
* Bible Study 101 with Pastor CJ Hill (Fellowship Hall)
* Acts Bible Study with Pastor John LeCain (Library)
* If You Want to Walk on Water, You Gotta Get Out of the Boat with Padgetts and Deffenbaughs (Room 212 upstairs)
* Counterfeit Christianity with Pastors Daryl and Debbie Allen (Room 208/210 upstairs)
* Our Church Heritage with Dave Withers (Room 203 upstairs)
* The Epic of Eden with Amy Hill and Melinda Milhorn (Room 201 upstairs)




4. Amazon Shopping - Do you shop at Amazon? If so, there is way for you to shop and help your church at the same time. It is through a part of Amazon called Amazon Smile. Next time you log in to Amazon, go to smile.amazon.com and select Community UMC - Fruitland Park as your charity. For every purchase you make. .05% of your total will be donated to Community. It costs you nothing but a little time to go and make Community your charitable organization through Amazon Smile. For information, please click here.



5. Looking Ahead! - We have quite a few great events coming up soon!
  • Choir Retreat for Christmas Musical Production, Once Upon a Tree - September, 13-14 
  • Leadership Retreat at the Life Enrichment Center - Saturday, September 21st - this is a location change from the Warren Willis Camp. 

Have a great weekend and we know you will enjoy worship this Sunday!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Midweek Moment

Greetings Friends!

Tomorrow night we begin our Fall Season of GROW Night! We are very excited about this term's lineup and the tremendous people that have volunteered to facilitate the classes.

Below you will find the schedule, complete with room numbers. I encourage you to give it a look and see which class is calling your name.

See you all tomorrow night!


Thursday, September 5, 2019

Thursday Thoughts

1. Sunday Morning Worship - This weekend Pastor Debbie will conclude our worship series entitled "Fully Family" as she looks at what it means to be a family of faith, based upon the passage from Mark 3:31-35.

If you have a name tag, we want to encourage you to wear it to help Pastor CJ and his family put names and faces together!

Invite a friend to come with you this weekend. We'll be worshiping at 8am, 9:30am, and 11am. All are invited and all are welcome.





2. Church Website and Giving Online - Make sure to check out the new church website by clicking here! Once you're there, bookmark it and be sure to check out all of great information there about our ministries and activities. Also, you can now give directly to the church through our secured website, using either your bank account or credit card by going to giving portal, which you can find by clicking here. From this portal you can give one time or setup a recurring gift to be given as you elect.





3. Midweek Programming Resumes Next Week! - Don't forget that our Wonderful Wednesday after school program resumes on Wednesday September the 11th! Also we will kickoff our fall semester of Wednesday night dinners and GROW night classes that day. Dinner runs from 4:30-5:45pm in the Family Life Center and our Opening Gathering will begin in Family Life at 6:15pm. The cost is $7 for adult, $5 for children or $20 for a family.




4. Amazon Shopping - Do you shop at Amazon? If so, there is way for you to shop and help your church at the same time. It is through a part of Amazon called Amazon Smile. Next time you log in to Amazon, go to smile.amazon.com and select Community UMC - Fruitland Park as your charity. For every purchase you make. .05% of your total will be donated to Community. It costs you nothing but a little time to go and make Community your charitable organization through Amazon Smile. For information, please click here.



5. Looking Ahead! - We have quite a few great events coming up soon:
  • New Member Class - Sunday, September 8th 
  • Choir Retreat for Christmas Musical Production, Once Upon a Tree - September, 13-14 
  • Leadership Retreat at Warren Willis Camp - Saturday, September 21st



Have a great weekend and we know you will enjoy worship this Sunday!

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Thursday Thoughts

Tropical Storm Dorian approaching - At this time we are still planning to hold all three worship services this weekend, as it appears that Dorian will not hit Florida until Labor Day morning as a hurricane. We invite you to make sure that you are ready with your hurricane supplies just in case, keep watch on the storm tracking and join us in prayer for all who will be in the storm's path. 



1. Sunday Morning Worship - This weekend Pastor Daryl continues our worship series entitled "Fully Family." This week we'll be examining the idea of "Single Strong" with the Scripture from Acts 16:11-15.

If you have a name tag, we want to encourage you to wear it to help CJ and his family put names and faces together!

Invite a friend to come with you this weekend. We'll be worshiping at 8am, 9:30am, and 11am. All are invited and all are welcome.


2. Church Website and Giving Online - Make sure to check out the new church website at communityumc.church! Lots of great information there about our ministries and activities. Also, you can now give directly to the church through our secured website, using either your bank account or credit card by going to http://communityumc.church.give



3. Midweek Programming Resumes Next Week! - Don't forget that our Wonderful Wednesday after school program resumes on Wednesday September the 4th! Also we will kickoff our fall semester of Wednesday night dinners and GROW night classes that day. Dinner runs from 4:30-5:45pm in the Family Life Center and our Opening Gathering will begin in Family Life at 6:15pm. The cost is $7 for adult, $5 for children or $20 for a family.



4. Looking Ahead! - We have quite a few great events coming up soon:
  • New Member Class - Sunday, September 8
  • Choir Retreat for Christmas Musical Production, Once Upon a Tree - September, 13-14
  • Leadership Retreat at Warren Willis Camp - Saturday, September 21


Have a great weekend and we know you will enjoy worship this Sunday!

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Midweek Moment

One of our conference initiatives spearheaded by Bishop Carter a few years ago was asking each church to create a partnership with a neighborhood school in their area. Fortunately for us, we already had a very long standing partnership and vibrant relationship with Fruitland Park Elementary next door. We host events for the school on our campus (like robotics tournaments and 5th grade graduation), provide supplies for teachers and students, develop mentoring relationships, as well provide tutoring and our Wonderful Wednesday program. 

In 2015, an additional organization was formed in our area, Bless Fruitland Park. This groups is comprised of community churches and organizations with a heart for the school and its families. Each year a goal is set for a financial donation, and funds are raised, to be made to the school to help where the budget simply cannot. Over the last few years, FPE has used these funds to bring in the Orlando Science Center for STEM presentations, provide classroom science materials, provide academic incentive awards for students, purchase recess equipment, provide supplies for a new mentoring program, sponsor a chapter of the National Elementary Honor Society, and other things as well. 

Each year this drive has been held, we here at Community have stepped up and donated. This year we contributed $2,200 to their goal of $14,000. These monies came directly from our mission budget and we were able to present the principal with our check in worship at the 9Thirty service on August 18th.  

This morning Pastor CJ, Pastor Daryl and I along with our Children’s Minister Faye Umble went over for the official big check presentation. Thanks to the wonderful generosity of so many churches, community groups and local businesses we exceeded this years’ goal and were able to present Mrs. Langley with a check for $16,366.02!




What an honor it was to partner with so many others to bring a bit of hope and love to the administration, staff, faculty, and students of the school. What a blessing and privilege it is to be a small part of this effort to help bless our local school. We're so thankful to be part of leading a church that lives up to its name and makes in impact in our local community!

I look forward to seeing you this weekend in worship! 
Blessings, 



Thursday, August 15, 2019

Midweek Moment

Greetings, my friends!

Last Sunday, we launched our new church website and we are so excited about it! This is a place that many people will make their first contact with us. With that in mind we brought over all the information from our previous website and added some new elements.

One of the first things you will see on our homepage is a place for people that are new to Community United Methodist to plan their first visit with us. Here they will find information about our worship services and their times, what those services are like, and where to park.

We are also able to easily highlight important events happening in the life of our church and let people see at a glance all we have offer and how we are plugged into this community.

For our current family members, the menu bar at the top has a heading labeled, Member Info. There you will find our calendar, the archive of our recorded 11am services, lay leadership list, and a link for our weekly bulletins and monthly newsletters that is labeled Church Publications. From the menu bar, you will also find a place to connect to our Worship Live Streams, both 11am and 9:30am. Yes, you read that right! We are excited to announce that we will have the ability to live stream our 9:30am service in the upcoming weeks!

I hope you will take a moment to check it out, share the address with new folks, and invite people to read through it and see a bit about who we are as a community.

You can find all of this great information at our new website: communityumc.church

Have a great week and we will see you Sunday!

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Thursday Thoughts

1. Sunday Morning Worship - This weekend Pastor CJ concludes our worship series entitled "Be Still" based off Psalm 46:10. This week we'll be examining "When the Sun Stands Still" based off of Joshua 10:12-15.

If you have a name tag, we want to encourage you to wear it to help CJ and his family put names and faces together!

Invite a friend to come with you this weekend. We'll be worshiping at 8am, 9:30am, and 11am. All are invited and all are welcome.





2. Property Purchase Update - Everything went through for the closing of the house on Fountain Street and the refinance of our church mortgage through the Florida UM Foundation.

The Board of Trustees will now begin their work on some renovations to get the new house ready to be the new location of the church's food pantry!






3. Tutoring Facilitator Needed - As we launch our 30th year with this amazing program, we are looking for a dedicated volunteer to to carry this program forward. It has been such a blessing to partner with Fruitland Park Elementary for so many years and we are looking for many more years to come! The responsibilities include, being in contact with the school, communicating with the tutors, managing schedules and assignments, and managing the safety and well-being of the students. You can find more information about this opportunity in your bulletin or you can call the church office, or email Fay Umble by clicking here with any questions or better yet, to volunteer!




4. Looking Ahead! - We have quite a few great events coming up soon:
  • Back to School for Lake County - Monday, August 12
  • New Church Website - Launches on Sunday, August 11
  • Wonderful Wednesday Resumes - Wednesday, September 4
  • GROW Night Dinner and Classes Resume - Wednesday, September 4. There will be a kickoff opening ceremony in the sanctuary at 6:15pm after dinner.
  • New Member Class - Sunday, September 8
  • Choir Retreat for Christmas Musical Production, Once Upon a Tree - September, 13-14
  • Leadership Retreat at Warren Willis Camp - Saturday, September 21


Have a great weekend and we know you will enjoy worship this Sunday!

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Midweek Moment

Greetings my friends!

I have a question for you, who is your Batman?

That may seem like an odd question, but I have heard it quite a bit lately. People use it to determine an approximation for a person's age. Depending on who you associate with playing the role of Batman, whether on TV or in the theaters, it can reveal an approximate time frame of when you grew up. For example, if you say Adam West is your Batman, people know you grew up around the 1960's; or you love re-runs. Personally, I loved the reruns and remember Adam West and Burt Ward as my Batman and Robin. And no I did not have to look those names up. For my children, they give a different name when asked that question and we have great conversations about what we each love in our Batman.

Regardless of who you think of as your Batman, one thing is always the same. You have an appreciation for comic book stories and/or the superhero genre. A love of that kind of storytelling has spanned generations and brought countless millions together, no matter the person under the mask. And today, those stories are front and center in the movie world and are bringing a whole new generation into this fold. Actors change, special effects change, but the underlying story of a person protecting others from evil and harm stays the same.

There is a challenge facing the church today. How do we take another story that has spanned generations - the love of Christ - and share it with new people? How do we bring another generation into the fold of faith so they can live in and through this amazing and perfect love? Christ's love and God's nature are unchanging. We may grow to deeper understandings of them both, but at their very nature they both remain the same. So how do we share that message and our God with folks that do not know or understand either? In a word, conversation.

People that have experience and a deep appreciation of a life lived in faith, can be tremendous ambassadors to answering these questions. They know what it is like to share their faith, to bring people into the fold, to find ways to bridge generations and preferences and share this powerful story. I love to watch people with this kind of experience interact with my children. I love to watch them share stories of their childhood, what it was like when they grew up, and the new things they have witnessed and experienced. I love it when a relationship forms and my boys discover a new "grandma" or "grandpa" or "aunt" or "uncle". My heart swells, their knowledge deepens, and our family tree is enlarged. And the best part is that we all can be a part of that experience - through sharing and listening.

I want to encourage each of you to be on the look out for that moment when you can share your faith with another. That moment when a person is ready to hear the story that has spanned generations, that is unchanging, and that brings a new life to those that hear it. Regardless of when we grew up, of when we came to the faith, of how far we are down our path of discipleship, or who the person was that first shared this amazing story with us - we can all witness to our faith.

All of us can play a role in sharing this story that is love incarnate, love at its best, love that is perfection in every sense.

Always remember, you are important, you are valued, and you are loved!