Thursday, February 14, 2019

Thursday Thoughts

1. Sunday Morning Worship - This week we will continue our preaching series centered around our Methodist heritage. Pastor Daryl will walk us through how "A Methodist Give Thanks Continually" as he reflects on II Corinthians 9:15 and 1 Thessalonians 5:18. 

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

*Just a reminder. There is no Thursday Seven02Worship during January and February as our Upwards League reaches out to the community in that space.



2. New Member Class - Our next New Member Class is coming up this Sunday, February 17th, beginning at 12:30pm, in the Fellowship Hall. We will look at what it means to be a United Methodist, what it means to be a member of Community, and how we live this life together. We will serve lunch and childcare will be provided. If you have been attending CUMC for a while and want to take the step of commitment in joining the church, we welcome and invite you to attend. Please contact the church office at 787-1829 or email the office by clicking here to RSVP. We hope to see you there!


3. GROW Night Has Returned - Wednesday Night dinners and our new GROW night classes have begun. We have new class choices and new subjects aimed at helping you grow deeper in your faith.

These classes are great ways to explore your faith, meet new people, and feel the power of the Holy Spirit in your life. We hope you will make plans to join us each week as we GROW together!



4. UPWARDS is in full swing! - Upwards is nearing the end of its run for basketball and cheerleading.

We've got a great group of kids participating and wonderful adults helping out - please keep this program in your prayers for a safe season of good sportsmanship; and if you have a chance, come on out on a Thursday at 6pm for the juniors and 7pm for the seniors and cheer these kids on!




5. UMW Spring Tea - Saturday, March 9th will be our Annual UMW Spring Tea. Tickets always go fast and will go on sale February 17th after each worship service. They will be available again on February 24th, if they have not sold out.

The theme this year is Petals and Pearls. There will also be a fashion show sponsored by Fashion Labels in Leesburg. Talk with your friends, purchase your tickets, and plan for a great afternoon of good food and great conversation.





6. A New Adventure! - A new year can bring with it new adventures. If you are looking for a new adventure in your life here at Community, we have an opportunity for you. We are looking for volunteers in several areas of our Sunday morning time together. We are looking for Ushers, Communion Stewards, Golf Cart Drivers, and Tech Booth Operators. No previous experience is needed and we will provide all the training. We are extremely grateful for those that are volunteering in these capacities right now and would love to welcome more people to these ministries.

It takes many hands to make our Sunday mornings as special as they are, and we could use your help. If you are interested in volunteering in any of these areas, please contact the church office at 787-1829, or email us by clicking here and we will get you plugged in. We look forward to seeing you at worship and working with you as we worship our Gracious God together!



Have a wonderful rest of your week and we look forward to seeing you in worship this weekend!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Midweek Moment



If you came by the office on Monday expecting to find the staff in the office, you might have been surprised to learn that we were all gone - we took our annual staff retreat day out at the Life Enrichment Center. It was a blessing to be able to fellowship together, to spend some time learning from Beth Kight on the book "On Holiday with God," do some spiritual direction work together as a group, and then discern our word for the year as well as work on our Staff Social Covenant together. Community UMC is so richly blessed with loving caring folks on our staff who want to serve Jesus and the kingdom. We appreciate your prayers and support so much. We pray for the lay leadership of our church as well as the members and friends of this congregation. We know that we are all in this life and ministry together.


Blessings, 


Thursday, February 7, 2019

Thursday Thoughts

1. Sunday Morning Worship - This week we will continue our preaching series centered around our Methodist heritage. Pastor Debbie will walk us through how "A Methodist Rejoices in God" as she reflects on Nehemiah 8:10.

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

*Just a reminder. There is no Thursday Seven02Worship during January and February as our Upwards League reaches out to the community in that space.






2. New Member Class - Our next New Member Class is coming up this month on Sunday, February 17th, beginning at 12:30pm, in the Fellowship Hall. We will look at what it means to be a United Methodist, what it means to be a member of Community, and how we live this life together. We will serve lunch and childcare will be provided. If you have been attending CUMC for a while and want to take the step of commitment in joining the church, we welcome and invite you to attend. Please contact the church office at 787-1829 or email the office by clicking here to RSVP. We hope to see you there!





3. GROW Night Has Returned - Wednesday Night dinners and our new GROW night classes have begun. We have new class choices and new subjects aimed at helping you grow deeper in your faith.

These classes are great ways to explore your faith, meet new people, and feel the power of the Holy Spirit in your life. We hope you will make plans to join us each week as we GROW together!





4. UPWARDS is in full swing! - Practices for basketball and cheerleading are on Tuesdays in the Family Life Center and games are on Thursdays throughout January and February.

We've got a great group of kids signed up to participate and wonderful adults to help out - please keep this program in your prayers for a safe season of good sportsmanship; and if you have a chance, come on out on a Thursday at 6pm for the juniors and 7pm for the seniors and cheer these kids on!







5. UMW Spring Tea - Saturday, March 9th will be our Annual UMW Spring Tea. Tickets always go fast and will go on sale February 17th after each worship service. They will be available again on February 24th, if they have not sold out.

The theme this year is Petals and Pearls. There will also be a fashion show sponsored by Fashion Labels in Leesburg. Talk with your friends, purchase your tickets, and plan for a great afternoon of good food and great conversation.







6. A New Adventure! - A new year can bring with it new adventures. If you are looking for a new adventure in your life here at Community, we have an opportunity for you. We are looking for volunteers in several areas of our Sunday morning time together. We are looking for Ushers, Communion Stewards, Golf Cart Drivers, and Tech Booth Operators. No previous experience is needed and we will provide all the training. We are extremely grateful for those that are volunteering in these capacities right now and would love to welcome more people to these ministries.

It takes many hands to make our Sunday mornings as special as they are, and we could use your help. If you are interested in volunteering in any of these areas, please contact the church office at 787-1829, or email us by clicking here and we will get you plugged in. We look forward to seeing you at worship and working with you as we worship our Gracious God together!



Have a wonderful rest of your week and we look forward to seeing you in worship this weekend!

Midweek Moment

Greetings my friends,

Last Saturday, we held our 14th annual Winterfest event. This is always a great opportunity for us to share the love and grace of Christ with the people of this community. Our entire grass lot is covered with all sorts of food tents, rides, and an ice slide. You could come and climb a rock wall, jump in a bounce house, eat fried dough, cotton candy, kettle corn, and hot dogs, drink a cool bottle of water or soda, you could get a snow cone, sample several different kinds of chili in our Chili Cook-off Competition, listen to a variety of local musical ensembles from our area elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as our very own 9Thirty Band, and travel down a slide made of ice. We also had balloon animals from a troupe of clowns, caricatures from one of our very talented church members, a prize tent where you could win prizes, we offered a bicycle give away, and had a place where people could receive prayer and be prayed over. And in our Family Life Center, we had a bingo game for prizes as well and offered haircuts to children under 12 years of age. All of this was offered for free to the over 3,000 people who came.

An event like this takes many things. It takes copious amounts of prayer. It requires extremely generous donations from the congregation. It depends on a tremendous number of volunteers from the church and community around us. It requires a significant amount of planning and training. And most of all it needs the divine hand of God.

My friends, the stories I heard, the people I spoke to, the joy that I witnessed, all pointed me back to that hand of God. It was there…God was there. In our midst, on our campus, and moving through the crowds, God was there. Painting smiles on faces, offering joy to those gathered, bringing an air of happiness over the whole event. One of the things that were affirmed for me over and over again on Saturday, was the importance of this event, of this work, and of how we as a church approach it.

The crowd, the families, the people could feel that this place – this event – was different. It was special. They felt safe, they felt loved, and that allowed them to open themselves up, have fun, and create extraordinary memories. This all happened because of how we approached this event. Because you believed in this event, prayed for this event, and supported this event – it was special. Because you volunteered with a joyous spirit and kind heart – it was special. Because you allowed the love of Christ to flow in you, through you, and be shared with others by you – it was special.

I am always left in awe by Winterfest and how God meets people in the midst of it. I am always left grateful by how generously this church supports it. I am always left humbled to know we were all in the midst of the Holy Spirit’s presence during it.

Winterfest is very much a labor of love, but something that is well worth the effort. I thank you for your support of it, your willingness to share God’s love through it, and I look forward with great anticipation to what God will do through Winterfest next year.

Have a great week!