Thursday, April 25, 2019

Thursday Thoughts

1. Sunday Morning Worship - This week we will begin a new preaching series featuring Disney Pixar movies - Community Goes to the Movies. Pastor Loida will start us off by looking at the movie Toy Story and the Scripture text of Psalm 139:7-12 and how there's comfort in remembering that as believers, we belong to God.

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. New Member Class - Our next New Member Class is coming up next month on Sunday, May 5th, beginning at 12:30pm, in the Fellowship Hall. 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. 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 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 new 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. 
  • 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!

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!

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Thursday Thoughts

We have two services tonight (Thursday April 18th) for you to commemorate Maundy Thursday. 
  • Sanctuary at 6:30pm: This will be a traditional service, offering time to remember and reflect on Christ's last meal with his disciples. It will include a time for the celebration of Communion as well as making the clergy in our congregation available to wash your feet. 
  • Family Life Center at 7:30pm: This will be an experiential service that will begin with the Last Supper and then walk us through the story of what happened to Christ after that. It will be interspersed with music from our 9thirty Band and conclude with a time of self-guided prayer and reflection. 
There will be a Good Friday service tomorrow at Noon, hosted by New Covenant UMC, in The Villages. All the clergy of the United Methodist Churches in the area are participating as well as the combined choirs.

This weekend, Easter Sunday, April 21st - We will have four opportunities for you to worship and celebrate Christ's Resurrection.
  • Sunrise Service - We will host an Easter Sunrise Service at 6:45am on Easter Sunday morning, with Pastor Loida preaching. This year we are excited to return to the Chapel at the Warren Willis Camp. The chapel has a glass wall that overlooks Lake Griffin, giving a beautiful view of the sunrise over the water. Directions to camp from the church are included below. 
  • We will also host our regular worship services at 8am, 9:30am, and 11am to honor and proclaim the victory over death that is ours because of Christ. 

After each worship service, we will also have time for you to experience the Easter Walk Through, upstairs in the Education Building. This is new for 2019 and you won't want to miss it! 

We pray you will take advantage of these many opportunities to remember our Christ and explore your faith. Invite a neighbor and we hope to see you there. All are invited, and all are welcome!

Our prayers for you as you encounter Christ this Holy Week! See you soon.


Warren Willis UM Camp, 4990 Picciola Road, Fruitland Park, FL 34731

Directions from Community UMC: Take 466A/Miller to 441 and turn right heading south. At the first stoplight, make a left onto Picciola Cutoff Road. When it dead ends, turn left onto Picciola Road. Follow it for 2.5 miles. Camp will be on your left. Follow the signs to park and to the chapel. 

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Midweek Moment

Dear Ones,

We will have four opportunities to worship on Easter Sunday morning:

  • 6:45am - Sunrise Service at the Warren Willis Camp Chapel
    • 4990 Picciola Rd, Fruitland Park
  • 8am and 11am - in our Sanctuary
  • 9:30am - in our Family Life Center

Help spread the word and we will see you, and your invited guests, on Sunday morning!

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Thursday Thoughts

1. Sunday Morning Worship - This week we will continue our Lenten preaching series centered on Jesus' Final Words From the Cross. Pastor Debbie will walk us through word seven - "Into Your Hands I Commit My Spirit" based upon the Scripture passage from Luke 23:46.

It's Palm Sunday and we will recognize that in worship. Our confirmation class will also be joining during the 9Thirty worship service!

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. Extra GROW Opportunity - On Thursday, April 11th, there will be a class on "Deepening My Prayer Life" from 3-4:30pm - everything you have ever wanted to know about how to pray presented in an hour and a half.

If you would like to take part in this, please email Pastor Loida to sign up by clicking here.

3. Holy Week Opportunities - We have many opportunities for you to observe and walk through Lent.

* Palm Sunday (April 14): The Music Ministries of CUMC will be presenting a Palm Sunday cantata, entitled "Once Upon A Tree." There will be two seatings in the sanctuary: 3:30pm and 6:00pm.

* Maundy Thursday (April 18): Two different services and experiences. A traditional service with communion and foot washing in the Sanctuary at 6:30pm and an experiential service walking you from the Garden to the Table in the Family Life Center at 7:30pm.

* Good Friday (April 19): This is a community-wide Good Friday service held at noon at the Summerhill campus of New Covenant UMC - 3740 Woodridge Drive, The Villages, FL 32162, with all the local United Methodist church participating.

* Easter Sunrise Worship (April 21): In addition to our regular three worship services, we will be having Easter Sunrise worship in the Chapel at Warren Willis Camp on Lake Griffin at 6:45am. The address is 4990 Picciola Road, Fruitland Park, FL 34731.

* Easter Sunday: Holy Week Walk-Through - Between services on Easter Sunday, you'll have the opportunity to participate in an interactive experience that will walk you through the activities of Holy Week from Palm Sunday through Resurrection Sunday. Join us upstairs in Room 201 before or after services to begin the journey (9-9:30am, 10:30-11am, noon-12:30pm).

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