Thursday, June 13, 2019

Thursday Thoughts

1. Sunday Morning Worship - This week Pastor Daryl will be continuing our preaching series Freed to Lead in worship as he focuses upon "Self Leadership" from Jeremiah 29:11.

It's also Father's Day and we will be marking that in all of our worship services this weekend. Don't forget that we will be donating $1 for every man present in worship to Open Arms Village in Ocala, a ministry of re-entry for homeless men.

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



2. Vacation Bible School - It's almost here! It starts next Monday night, June 17th! Pre-registration is open on the church website through tomorrow. After that, it will still be possible to sign up by coming a little bit early to register on Monday night.

VBS Times run from 5:30-8:30pm every night next week. Please keep this important ministry in your prayers - for all of the children, their families and all of our volunteers as well!





3. Pastor Loida's Celebration - We are so grateful to Dreama Stroud and her wonderful team of volunteers who made it possible to celebrate Pastor Loida last weekend after worship. It was truly a beautiful celebration to honor her ordination and her time among us at Community UMC. Pastor Loida will be in worship this weekend before beginning her family leave.




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


Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Midweek Moment

Dear Friends,

Last week at Annual Conference you were well represented! In addition to Pastor Loida, Pastor Daryl and myself, Community sent seven lay representatives (three representing the congregation and four representing our district) - Hunter Gnann, Glenn and Elsa Kaye, Giselle Lawn, Riley Standifer, Mike and Pat Weer. We saw other Community folks on stage throughout the week as well - Mike Standifer brought a message on behalf of Conference Camps and Retreat Centers and Joey Landstedt was there as part of the design team for the Conference's new Institute of Modern Worship to train and resource worship leaders throughout Florida.

Throughout the week there was a lot of meetings and special worship celebrations and voting. Here's some of the highlights:

  • Worshiped in 5 languages with a diverse group of people 
  • Chartered a church, Good Samaritan UMC in Tallahassee  
  • Raised over $37,000 in the Bishop's offering to help launch a church in Lowell Correctional Facility (largest women's prison in the country) and go towards the building fund of the relaunched Wesley Foundation at FAMU in Tallahassee 
  • Celebrated that we are up to 301 Fresh Expressions of ministry throughout our conference now
  • 14 new churches - including Community - are involved in ZOE since last year and over 1000 children are benefiting from the conference's involvement.
  • The percentage given in apportionments from local churches increased and we reduced our 2020 Budget for the Conference to return more resources to the local church
  • We approved a new ministry plan for Lation/Latina ministries. 
  • We engaged in dialogue about our church's social teachings and public witness
  • We approved funding for scholarships for seminary students over the next five years.
On Wednesday and Thursday, we also elected 46 persons (23 laity and 23 clergy) to represent Florida at next year's gatherings - General Conference (May in Minneapolis) and Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference (July in Lake Junaluska, NC). The Jurisdictional Conference is mainly charged with the election of bishops and we have five bishops in our jurisdiction who are retiring. I was elected as clergy for the Jurisdictional Conference and our own Riley Standifer was elected to Jurisdictional Conference as a layperson. Riley will also serve as a seated alternate for General Conference. 

And finally on Saturday morning, we concluded Annual Conference by licensing, commissioning and ordaining a total of 52 persons for ministry, including Pastor Loida, as she was ordained an elder!!! It was beautiful to see the large group of people from Community who came to share this special moment with her.

As you can see there is much to celebrate across our connection and now we are back to live this out our mission of making disciples in our own local communities. 

Blessings, 



PreConference worship in Buckner Theatre on Tuesday night 

Mike Standifer representing Conference Camps
Joey Landstedt with the rest of the design team for the Institute of Modern Worship
Hunter Gnann with Bishop Carter and his wife Pam and some other conference youth
Riley Standifer addressing conference during one of the resolution discussions.
I wrote a devotional for this book last year, at Cokesbury had them for sale in their display!  

Ordination is a very long journey. So very happy to mark this milestone with Loida!
Riley Standifer and I after the delegation meeting on Saturday afternoon

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Midweek Moment

Good afternoon my friends!

This week your lay delegates and pastors have been attending the 2019 Florida Annual Conference. It has been a tremendous time of hard work, amazing stories, and hope-filled testimonies. We have heard of new ministries and people being reached for Christ. We have had opportunities to engage in conversations with people from different life experiences. We have felt a powerful movement of the Holy Spirit in our midst.

We have an opportunity to continue this celebration this week in worship. This Sunday is Pentecost, a day set aside to honor and focus on the Holy Spirit. To help in this time, we are asking everyone to wear red to worship as a sign of this time.

This Sunday, we would love to see you in worship. We would love to see you in red. We would simply love to see you!

Have a great weekend and we will see you soon!

Friday, May 24, 2019

Thursday Thoughts

1. Sunday Morning Worship - This week we will have a guest preacher in worship - the Rev. Dr. Clarke Campbell Evans from the Conference Office. Clarke is the Conference Director for Missional Engagement. He will be preaching about "The Models of Mission that Jesus Admires" from Luke 10:3, 21, 31-34, and 41-42.

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



2. Charge Conference Results - The members of the church who attended Tuesday night's special called Charge Conference voted to approve the purchase of the "yellow house" located at 404 W. Fountain Street. The resolution authorized the chair of Trustees George Clive to negotiate the purchase on behalf of the church and the chair of Finance Mike Weer to work on the payment details, as we add this to a refinancing of our current building loan. Please keep the process in prayer as it moves forward.



3. Looking Ahead - Vacation Bible School Mark these dates on your calendar, June 17-21. That's when we will be celebrating ROAR! VBS at Community!!!! Beginning in May, Faye will be at the VBS table after each service to sign up children, volunteers, and answer questions. If you would like to register your children or grandchildren, or if you would like to signup to volunteer, you can do so online or by stopping at the church office to pick up a form. In the bulletin this week will also be a list of supplies and decorations that are still needed. If you are able to donate, or let us borrow, we would be grateful. This is an exciting time and a great opportunity for us to love on this community and the families that call it home! Have a great weekend and we will see you on Sunday!

4. Prayers for Pastor Loida's Family - Pastor Loida left for Honduras on Wednesday after her mother had another stroke this week. Please keep her and her mother Francisca in your prayers.


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

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Midweek Moment

It was beautiful last weekend to be part of the Rise Against Hunger meal packing event in our Family Life Center! This is a picture of what it means to be the church, all On Mission Together! We had about 80 people gathered to pack 20,000 meals - folks from all three different services and some people were friends of folks in the church that you brought with you. A big thank you to everyone who came out to make this event possible - and provide food AND hope to kids around the world.




























Blessings,



Thursday, May 16, 2019

Thursday Thoughts

1. Sunday Morning Worship - This week we will conclude our preaching series featuring Disney Pixar movies - Community Goes to the Movies. Pastor Daryl will be examining the movie "Inside Out"  using the Scripture passage of Hebrews 10:24-25 and how this speaks to us the room God makes for all of us in his kingdom with our different gifts.

We will be taking in New Members, recognizing graduates from High School and honoring organist Dave Flanigan's retirement.

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


2. Rise Against Hunger - For the last several years we have participated in a meal packaging event with Rise Against Hunger where we packed over 20,000 meals for hungry children around the world in our Family Life Center. It has always been a rousing success and benefited a great number of young people. We are happy to announce that we are doing it again!

We are looking for 100 volunteers to help setup, pack meals, and take down, THIS Sunday May 19th. There is no signup required. Mark your calendars now as we all Rise Against Hunger.



3. Charge Conference - On Tuesday, May 21st, at 6:30pm, in our Family Life Center, we will have a special called Charge Conference. This meeting will be to consider and vote on the purchase of a nearby property. All members of the church have a vote.





4. Looking Ahead - Vacation Bible School Mark these dates on your calendar, June 17-21. That's when we will be celebrating ROAR! VBS at Community!!!! Beginning in May, Faye will be at the VBS table after each service to sign up children, volunteers, and answer questions. If you would like to register your children or grandchildren, or if you would like to signup to volunteer, you can do so online or by stopping at the church office to pick up a form. In the bulletin this week will also be a list of supplies and decorations that are still needed. If you are able to donate, or let us borrow, we would be grateful. This is an exciting time and a great opportunity for us to love on this community and the families that call it home! Have a great weekend and we will see you on Sunday!



Have a great weekend and we will see you on Sunday!