Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday Fives

1. Sermon Series - This Sunday we are continuing a new preaching series entitled, The 11, based upon a book by Rev. Leonard Sweet. To live our life alone not only robs us of wonderful experiences and fellowship, it is almost impossible. We need to people to walk with us, support us, and absolutely love us along the way. We need others to help us be the best person we can be, the person God intends for us to be. For the next several weeks we are going to look at the types of people we need in our lives as a way of helping you identify who in your life fills those roles for you. It is sure to be an exciting time of discernment and maybe even a bit surprising. For a schedule you can click here. Invite a friend and I hope to see you all there!






2.FAD Night - FAD (Faith and Discipleship) Night is starting again on September 4th, just a few short weeks away! FAD Night is a time for us to share a simple meal together and then break off into our groups; children, youth, and adults. After that we come back together for a time of music and prayer. FAD Night will run each Thursday from 5:30pm-7:30pm.

As we get ready to gear back up we are in need of volunteers to cook the simple meal. We would like to set up a team of at least 8 different people to cook on a rotation to help ease the workload. If you are interested please call the church office or email us by clicking here and let us know. FAD Night was a wonderful experience in the Spring and we need you to help us keep it that way.





3. Mops and Ladders - Ladders and Mops is what we have termed an age old practice. People Helping People. In brief, if you need a hand with something, just give a call. This can be anything from changing a bulb, moving boxes, changing a door handle, lawn cleanup, fixing a flat tire, cleaning a room, replacing a ceiling fan, painting a wall....the list goes on. No job is too small. Unfortunately, some jobs are too big. That would be those requiring a building permit or a licensed professional.

We are still in need of some people to volunteer to do the work. If you are interested in making yourself available to be called by one of our matchmakers to go out and help those in our congregation, please contact Ray Foren. This is a wonderful way for us to help one another and live out the mandate to "Love our neighbor."





4. Advent Challenge - Last year's challenge was so incredibly successful and so many lives were touched by this act of generosity, the leadership of the church wanted to do it again this year. Once again our goal between now and Christmas Eve is to raise $5,000 to be split between a local and global charity. Of our goal, $2,900 will go to our global charity, Stop Hunger Now, as we strive to host another meal packaging event to help those children around the world that are suffering from malnourishment. The other $2,100 will go to our local mission, a Church Has Left the Building event, scheduled for early 2015.

Please prayerfully consider how you might give, above and beyond your normal giving, to support this challenge so we may reach out and share the love of Christ with other people. If you want more information about this challenge, including updates for how much you have raised, please click here.





5. You Are Invited! - St. Mark's UMC is hosting a worship service and dinner on Sunday, August 24th, from 5-7 P.M., to launch their new mission Open Arms Village. This mission will cater to the homeless population in Marion County by providing a place to live and counseling. The area United Methodist Churches are all gathering to lead and participate in the worship service as a way to mark its beginning. We want to invite all of you to come and show your support as we live out our connection as United Methodists together.





Have a great weekend and I will see you soon!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Midweek Moment

The routine has set in. School is back in session, our seasonal Fall programs are getting geared up, and people’s family commitments are starting up once again. This means that we are going to start doling out our time as well as our efforts and energies as we engage in those events and activities.

This time of year can and is very exciting. The hope of what the Fall will bring, the anticipation of new challenges, the new achievements that will be earned, and new opportunities for growth and learning. All of this can elicit a true sense of hope in all of us.

That same kind of hope and excitement can be felt here at Druid Hills as well. We have many opportunities for that growth and learning, for those challenges and achievements, as we live out our life together in this body of Christ.

For instance, F.A.D. (Faith and Discipleship) Night will gear up again on September 4th. Our Pumpkin Patch is starting to take shape again for this October. We still have spots open to serve a meal at InterFaith. S.O.S. (Sisters of Soul) is organizing a yard sale for October. We are still in the midst of our Advent Campaign as we strive to raise money to host another meal packing event here on site. We are partnering with St. Mark’s UMC to support and help out with their new homeless mission, Open Arms Village. These are just a few of the many, many opportunities we have to live out our faith as this Fall season begins.

To get the information on these opportunities you can check out our website, www.druidhillsocala.org, read my blog, www.pastordaryl.blogspot.com, read our bulletin, read our newsletter, listen to Bob’s announcements before worship, and check out the Connection Station on Sunday mornings. I want to encourage you to be proactive in seeking out ways to live out your faith, be willing to try new things and work with new people. The power of the Holy Spirit can and does move in mighty and unexpected ways. It is also in those spaces and places where you are out of your comfort zone that the Holy Spirit has more room to work.

I pray this last half of 2014 is one where your horizons are expanded, your grace is multiplied, your friends are increased, and your transformation is continued. May you be that beacon of God’s love to another and may we all see God’s Kingdom continued to be built on earth as it is in Heaven.

Have a great September everyone!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Bible Challenge 08/17 - 08/23

Greetings All!

This week we wrap up the books of poetry in the Old Testament as we finish Proverbs, read Ecclesiastes and the Song of Solomon. Also attributed to King Solomon, Ecclesiastes seems at times like a reflective autobiography. The author proclaims all of the actions of man to be "vain, futile, empty, meaningless, temporary, transitory or mere breath" (depending on the translation!) because the all of life ends in death. So we are to focus all of our efforts towards that which is above this life: "The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God, and keep His commandments; for that is the whole duty of everyone" (12:13).

The last book of poetry is also known sometimes as "Song of Songs" but most people remember it because of its content because of the way the physical relationship between the man and the woman is described in detail. This book is always a reminder to me that when God created us he created our whole person - sexuality included - and that it is a gift to be celebrated within the right contexts.

Then we transition into the first of the prophetic books. The book of Isaiah is named for the prophet Isaiah who ministered to the southern kingdom of Judah for a period of about sixty years, through the reign of four kings.

Here is the schedule:

17 - Proverbs 25-28

18 - Proverbs 29 - Ecclesiastes 1

19 - Ecclesiastes 2-5

20 - Ecclesiastes 6-9

21 - Ecclesiastes 10 - Song of Solomon 1

22 - Song of Solomon 2-5

23 - Song of Solomon 6 - Isaiah 1

May God add His richest blessings to the reading, the hearing, the understanding and most importantly the living out of His holy word. Amen.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday Fives

1. Sermon Series - This Sunday we are continuing a new preaching series entitled, The 11, based upon a book by Rev. Leonard Sweet. To live our life alone not only robs us of wonderful experiences and fellowship, it is almost impossible. We need to people to walk with us, support us, and absolutely love us along the way. We need others to help us be the best person we can be, the person God intends for us to be. For the next several weeks we are going to look at the types of people we need in our lives as a way of helping you identify who in your life fills those roles for you. It is sure to be an exciting time of discernment and maybe even a bit surprising. For a schedule you can click here. Invite a friend and I hope to see you all there!





2.FAD Night - FAD (Faith and Discipleship) Night is starting again on September 4th, just a few short weeks away! FAD Night is a time for us to share a simple meal together and then break off into our groups; children, youth, and adults. After that we come back together for a time of music and prayer. FAD Night will run each Thursday from 5:30pm-7:30pm.

As we get ready to gear back up we are in need of volunteers to cook the simple meal. We would like to set up a team of at least 8 different people to cook on a rotation to help ease the workload. If you are interested please call the church office or email us by clicking here and let us know. FAD Night was a wonderful experience in the Spring and we need you to help us keep it that way.





3. Mops and Ladders - Ladders and Mops is what we have termed an age old practice. People Helping People. In brief, if you need a hand with something, just give a call. This can be anything from changing a bulb, moving boxes, changing a door handle, lawn cleanup, fixing a flat tire, cleaning a room, replacing a ceiling fan, painting a wall....the list goes on. No job is too small. Unfortunately, some jobs are too big. That would be those requiring a building permit or a licensed professional.

We are still in need of some people to volunteer to do the work. If you are interested in making yourself available to be called by one of our matchmakers to go out and help those in our congregation, please contact Ray Foren. This is a wonderful way for us to help one another and live out the mandate to "Love our neighbor."





4. Advent Challenge - Last year's challenge was so incredibly successful and so many lives were touched by this act of generosity, the leadership of the church wanted to do it again this year. Once again our goal between now and Christmas Eve is to raise $5,000 to be split between a local and global charity. Of our goal, $2,900 will go to our global charity, Stop Hunger Now, as we strive to host another meal packaging event to help those children around the world that are suffering from malnourishment. The other $2,100 will go to our local mission, a Church Has Left the Building event, scheduled for early 2015. Please prayerfully consider how you might give, above and beyond your normal giving, to support this challenge so we may reach out and share the love of Christ with other people. If you want more information about this challenge, including updates for how much you have raised, please click here.





Wilhelmina Rogers Obituary5. Wilhelmina Rogers - Tomorrow, Saturday, August 16th, we are gathering to celebrate the life of Wilhelmina Rogers. There will be a public viewing in the Sanctuary from 10:45-11:30am and the service will begin at 11:30am. There is a Internment Service that will take place immediately following our celebration at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.

I want to encourage you to come and show your love and support to Richard as we celebrate the wonderful life of his mother, a woman that meant so much to so many.





Have a great weekend and I will see you soon!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Midweek Moment

I am sure many of you have heard the sad and tragic news about the passing of Robin Williams. We have all encountered Robin in various ways from the voice of the Genie in Disney’s Aladdin; to the crazy lovable alien in Mork and Mindy; to some of his stand-up comedy. He was wildly enthusiastic and incredibly over the top. But one of my favorite roles that Robin portrayed was that of Mr. John Keating in the movie, Dead Poet’s Society.

There was a moment where he huddles his students around him and begins speaking to them about the passion and romance of poetry. He talks about the professions that are needed to sustain life, medicine, law, engineers; but he tells them poetry and its passion is why we live. He quotes Walt Whitman, "O me! O life... of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless... of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?" Mr. Keating’s answer to that question is, “That you are here - that life exists, an identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?”

That moment is one that struck me when I first watched this movie. That question is one that I continue to ask myself to this day. What will my verse be in this powerful play of life?

We each have people we interact with, we each have people we live life amongst, and that means we each contribute our own verse to this powerful play. As we speak, as we live, as we judge, and as we dismiss; we each contribute a verse. What will your verse be?

Will you dismiss or will you love, will you tear down or will you build, will you affirm or will you diminish? We each have a power, a responsibility as Disciples of Christ to make sure our actions and words reflect the qualities Christ modeled here on Earth. We each have an incredible power to contribute a verse. My invitation for you this week is to consider your verse, to remember your influence, and to encourage you to be God’s love to another.

When we live as Christ lived, love as Christ loved, our verse will build a Kingdom like none other. Our verse will break the bonds of time and unleash the power of God’s love and we will transform this world!

Have a great week and I will see you Sunday!