Saturday, April 18, 2015

Bible Challenge 04/19 - 04/25

This week we finish up the last few chapters of Deuteronomy and move into the book of Joshua. This moves us out of the Pentatuech and into the next grouping of books of history, sometimes called the "Former Prophets."

While considered a "prophet," Joshua is also a historical book. It not only tells the story of Joshua's life and leadership of Israel, but also the story of the people of Israel from the death of Moses until the death of Joshua - as they move into and work on conquering the Promised Land. Some very famous stories are found here including the fall of Jericho which features one of Jesus' ancestors (Rahab).

Here is the schedule:

19 (Su) - Deuteronomy 20-23

20 (M) - Deuteronomy 24-27

21 (Tu) - Deuteronomy 28-31

22 (W) - Deuteronomy 32 - Joshua 1

23 (Th) - Joshua 2-5

24 (F) - Joshua 6-9

25 (Sa) - Joshua 10-13  

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, April 17, 2015

Friday Fives

1. Sunday Worship - With Lent behind us and Easter within us it is a natural time to turn our attention to how that journey will impact each of us. Over the next several weeks we are going to turn our attention to the gifts God has placed in our care as we look at how we are called to use them. I hope and pray that as we look to the way of caring for this creation and using what God has given us wisely each of us will come away with a new perspective and be re-energized as we continue our walk with Christ. Invite a friend and I hope to see you all there!





2. Church Has Left the Building - We are taking another step in our outreach ministry on April 26th as we host a Church Has Left the Building Event. Instead of gathering for a worship service, we will go out and serve instead.

There are several opportunities for you to sign up as a volunteer:
  • Arnette House  - cleaning up overgrown landscaping
  • InterFaith  - room makeovers (This option is full)
  • Ocala Health & Rehab  - singing and serving Communion to the residents
  • Women's Domestic Violence Shelter  - have a party with the children (Women volunteers only, please)
  • Pack hygiene kits here in Fellowship Hall 
There are signup sheets at the Connection Station for you to pick a location, see a description of what we will do, and the name of contact person from our congregation to answer any questions you might have. There is only one week left to sign up and we need you to volunteer to make this a success! I want to encourage you to be in prayer about where you might volunteer so this community can feel the love of Christ, through us, as we go and serve our neighbors.




3. FAD Night - FAD (Faith and Discipleship) Night is in full swing and we would love to have you be a part of this time of fellowship! FAD Night is a time for us to share a simple meal together and then break off into our groups; children, youth, and adults.

FAD Night runs each Thursday from 5:30pm-7:30pm. To RSVP for FAD Night, so our wonderful cooks can plan, please call the church office, sign up at the Connection Table, or email the office by clicking here.





4. Bible Study - As FAD Night has started again, so has another Bible Study opportunity as we go Scriptural once again with the Immersion study of the Book of Acts. Journey inside the pages of Scripture to meet a personal God who enters individual lives and begins a creative work from the inside out. For those unfamiliar with Immersion Studies, they are shaped with the individual in mind. Immersion encourages simultaneous engagement both with the Word of God and with the God of the Word to help you become a new creation in Christ. Immersion, inspired by a fresh translation--the Common English Bible--stands firmly on Scripture and helps readers explore the emotional, spiritual, and intellectual needs of their personal faith. More importantly, you’ll be able to discover God’s revelation through readings and reflections. This will be a continuation of the study we began in February as we will begin with chapter six in the book.

This class will be offered each Thursday at 10am and again in the evening as part of our FAD night, in the Fellowship Hall, and will run till April 30th. I hope you all will take advantage of this opportunity to come and be immersed in the Word of God!





5. Stop Hunger Now - As a response to us meeting our Advent Conspiracy Challenge in 2014 we are going to participate with Stop Hunger Now and hold a meal packaging event here at Druid Hills. We have set up Saturday, June 6th, from 9am-12pm as our time and day for this event. We will circulate signup sheets soon for you to register and claim your spot. We will package around 10,000 meals for starving children around the world and we need your help to make this happen. Besides, it is a whole lot of fun! Be on the look out for the sign up sheets and get involved!



Have a great weekend and I will see you Sunday!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Midweek Moment

Over the years, one of the aspects of our congregation that I have tried to be very intentional about is our outreach. I want us to make sure we are doing all we can to interact with our community and make sure they understand the love and grace of Christ in their lives. I want them to know that God loves them and that we love them as well. We have done that by emphasizing the ways we already reach out though the work of other organizations, the ministries we sponsor on our own, as well the ways we use our campus. If you look around our fellowship hall or talk to any member of our family about that type of work you will find we are very active.

All of this is fulfilling what Christ asks of his church. Matthew 5:13-16 calls for us to be the salt of the earth and to let our light shine so that others may see God through us. That is what the church is called to be; the salt and light of creation. This means that we are not here for ourselves, but for others.

We have another way for you to practice being salt and light people. On April 26th we will hold our first, and hopefully annual, Church Has Left the Building Event. This will be our opportunity to leave behind the comfort of our four walls and enter into the community doing a good turn for another person(s). We have several opportunities lined up for you to volunteer, but the bottom line is we need you to volunteer to make this happen.

The places we have lined up are:
  • Arnette House – cleaning up a bit of overgrown landscaping around their facility. 
  • InterFaith – doing room makeovers for several of their residential suites. 
  • Open Arms Villiage – painting a few of their living spaces. 
  • Ocala Health & Rehab – singing hymns and serving Holy Communion to the residents. 
  • Women's Domestic Violence Shelter – throwing a party for and reading to the young children. (Women volunteers only) 
  • Pack hygiene kits here in Fellowship Hall – we need to package and prepare for shipment 200 hygiene kits.

The plan is to gather that day promptly at 9am in the Sanctuary where we will have a brief 10-15 minute worship service. You will then be dismissed to go to your place of service. You will work till 11:30am and then return to the Fellowship Hall where we will have our customary lunch as well as a time for testimony and reflection.

There are signup sheets at the Connection Station for you to volunteer yourself and your family for this very important outreach event. I pray you will consider and seize this opportunity to help our community in the name of Jesus Christ, the one that loved us first.

Have a great week and I will see you soon!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

April 12, 2015: The Way of Necessity
Acts 11:1-18

This past Sunday we shifted our focus a bit as we looked to the need to give of ourselves and our talents in extraordinary and sometimes unplanned ways. We talked about how necessity can at times dictate that we step outside our comfort zones and go only on faith. My friends we are all one in Christ Jesus and because of that we can do tremendous things for the Kingdom of God when we step out in faith and boldly go and do as the Holy Spirit leads.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Bible Challenge 04/12 - 04/18

Greetings All!

This week we finish the last chapters of Numbers and move well into the book of Deuteronomy. Deuteronomy is the last of the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible thought to be authored by Moses. Its name literally means "things or words" and the book consists of three sermons or speeches delivered by Moses, a recounting of the law and some other material including an account of Moses' death. One of its most significant verses is considered to be verse 6:4, which constitutes the "Shema", a definitive statement of Jewish identity: "Hear O Israel: the LORD our God, the LORD is one."

Here is the schedule:

12 (Su) - Numbers 31-34

13 (M) - Numbers 35-36; Deuteronomy 1-2

14 (Tu)- Deuteronomy 3-6

15 (W)- Deuteronomy 7-10

16 (Th) - Deuteronomy 11-14

17 (F) - Deuteronomy 15-18

18 (Sa) - Deuteronomy 19-22

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, April 10, 2015

Friday Fives

1. Sunday Worship - With Lent behind us and Easter within us it is a natural time to turn our attention to how that journey will impact each of us. Over the next four weeks we are going to turn our attention to the gifts God has placed in our care as we look at how we are called to use them. I hope and pray that as we look to the way of caring for this creation and using what God has given us wisely each of us will come away with a new perspective and be re-energized as we continue our walk with Christ. Invite a friend and I hope to see you all there!





2. Church Has Left the Building - We are taking another step in our outreach ministry on April 26th as we host a Church Has Left the Building Event. Instead of gathering for a worship service, we will go out and serve instead.

There are several opportunities for you to sign up as a volunteer:
  • Arnette House 
  • InterFaith 
  • Open Arms Villiage 
  • Ocala Health & Rehab 
  • Women's Domestic Violence Shelter 
  • Pack hygiene kits here in Fellowship Hall 
There are signup sheets at the Connection Station for you to pick a location, see a description of what we will do, and the name of contact person from our congregation to answer any questions you might have. I want to encourage you to be in prayer about where you might volunteer so this community can feel the love of Christ, through us, as we go and serve our neighbors.




3. FAD Night - FAD (Faith and Discipleship) Night is in full swing and we would love to have you be a part of this time of fellowship! FAD Night is a time for us to share a simple meal together and then break off into our groups; children, youth, and adults.

FAD Night runs each Thursday from 5:30pm-7:30pm. To RSVP for FAD Night, so our wonderful cooks can plan, please call the church office, sign up at the Connection Table, or email the office by clicking here.






4. Bible Study - As FAD Night has started again, so has another Bible Study opportunity as we go Scriptural once again with the Immersion study of the Book of Acts. Journey inside the pages of Scripture to meet a personal God who enters individual lives and begins a creative work from the inside out. For those unfamiliar with Immersion Studies, they are shaped with the individual in mind. Immersion encourages simultaneous engagement both with the Word of God and with the God of the Word to help you become a new creation in Christ. Immersion, inspired by a fresh translation--the Common English Bible--stands firmly on Scripture and helps readers explore the emotional, spiritual, and intellectual needs of their personal faith. More importantly, you’ll be able to discover God’s revelation through readings and reflections. This will be a continuation of the study we began in February as we will begin with chapter six in the book.

This class will be offered each Thursday at 10am and again in the evening as part of our FAD night, in the Fellowship Hall, from April 16th - 30th. I hope you all will take advantage of this opportunity to come and be immersed in the Word of God!





5. Stop Hunger Now - As a response to us meeting our Advent Conspiracy Challenge in 2014 we are going to participate with Stop Hunger Now and hold a meal packaging event here at Druid Hills. We have set up Saturday, June 6th, from 9am-12pm as our time and day for this event. We will circulate signup sheets soon for you to register and claim your spot. We will package around 10,000 meals for starving children around the world and we need your help to make this happen. Besides, it is a whole lot of fun! Be on the look out for the sign up sheets and get involved!





Have a great weekend and I will see you Sunday!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Midweek Moment

My heart is so full right now. The events of last week have left me with a sense of the Spirit’s closeness. Words just do not seem like adequate instruments to use to convey the emotions that I am still feeling; even these many days later.

We had a full house, we brought in seven new members, saw an abundance of children up front for the Children’s Moment, and we celebrated! We celebrated Jesus’s victory over death, that is our victory as well, with the ringing of bells and lighting of the Paschal Candle. We asked for and we received a very powerful experience with the Holy Spirit this day!

Therefore, since words are not enough, I pray pictures will help. To help you relive that week, to remember all the wonderful God moments that we shared I am including some pictures of the Easter Tableau and of Sunday worship for you to peruse.





  


 




Have a great week and I will see you soon!