Friday, May 27, 2011

Friday Fives

1. Preaching Series - This week we will continue our preaching series, The Three in One, as we look at how we as believers can articulate to others our beliefs and understandings of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  I want to invite you to join us this week as we look to the second person of our Triune God, Jesus.  This Sunday at 10:30am, we will explore the bond between Jesus and God, what is the relationship between Jesus and humanity, and how can we as disciples of Christ articulate those bonds to others.  Invite and friend and I look forward to seeing all of you there.

2. Church Website - I am happy to announce the redesigned website for the church is up and running. I encourage you to take a tour of it and see all that it has to offer. We have menus across the top for our various fellowship, community outreach, and ministry areas. There are also links to the church calendar, the pastor's blog and even a place for the weekly bulletin and monthly newsletter.

Another great feature is the news feed that runs down the left hand side where we can update the news of the church instantly. The address is

I hope you enjoy it and find it informative.  Bookmark it and visit often!

3. Spring Storms - Recently this country has been hit with a number of devastating and deadly storms.  People have lost their homes, their lives have been turned upside down, and loved ones have died as a result.  As United Methodists we have an arm of our denomination called UMCOR, United Methodist Committee on Relief.  This organization puts people on the ground in these affected areas to lend assistance and bring hope. 

One way we here at Druid Hills can help these people affected by these storms is to financially donate to UMCOR.  Today UMCOR put out a release today outlining several ways we can help.
  • Contribute to the Joplin Disaster Relief Fund

Donations received will primarily go to help the congregations, people and families affected.  The Missouri Conference has established a fund to receive monies into the Disaster Response account #7465.  Simply mark you check, Joplin Disaster Relief Fund #7465, and we will take care of the rest.

  • Contribute to the UMCOR Spring Storms
These funds help the communities affected by the Joplin tornado, the Alabama storms, and the flooding of the Mississippi.  To donate to this fund mark your check, UMCOR Spring Storms #3021326, and we will take care of the rest.
  • Watch and Share Bishop Schnase's Appeal to our churches across America
Bishop Robert Schnase shares few words of encouragement and appeals to the churches in Missouri and across our country. Click here to watch his Joplin Relief fund appeal as well as his appeal for the UMCOR Spring Storms fund.

Please be in prayer for these people as they move through this time of grief, devastation, and loss.

4. GoodSearch - Here's a new easy way to raise money for our church. Just start using Yahoo! powered as your search engine and they'll donate about a penny to our church every time you do a search!

In addition, do all of your shopping through their online shopping mall,, where you can shop at more than 2,000 top online retailers and a percentage of your purchases will go to the church. You pay the same price as you normally would, but a donation goes to us!

Here's the web site — You can also read about GoodSearch in the NY Times, Oprah Magazine, CNN, ABC News and the Wall Street Journal.

And if you download the GoodSearch – Druid Hills United Methodist Church toolbar, our church will earn money every time you shop and search online - even if you forget to go to GoodShop or GoodSearch first! Add the Druid Hills United Methodist Church toolbar at

5. Got Grandkids? – The Florida United Methodist Youth Camp is hosting their annual Grandparents and Me Summer Camp this year on June 27-30 and July 18-21, at the Warren Willis Youth camp in Leesburg.  The theme this year is "Got Spirit?  WE DO!"  If you have grandkids and are looking for a fun and exciting way to spend some time together I encourage you to consider this.  You can find out more information by stopping by the office to pick up a registration form, visiting them online at, emailing Lori at, or calling Lori at 352-787-0313.

Have an incredible weekend and see you Sunday!

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