Friday, July 22, 2011

Friday Fives

1. Preaching Series - I want to invite you to join us, this Sunday at 10:30am, as we conclude our preaching series celebrating a few of the prominent Women of the Bible. Our sermon will focus on Elizabeth and her model of faith in the face of the impossible, the benefits of her willingness to believe, and the resulting boldness she exuded in the way she lived her life.  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. One 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. Interfaith Ministries - Would you like to volunteer at Interfaith?  Would you like to learn more about the various ways we partner with Interfaith to reach out to the Ocala Community?  We can help you with both!

If you would like to volunteer, we have committed to help serve meals the 2nd Friday of every month to the residents at Interfaith and we are need of a few more volunteers.  This task is not small, can be done in groups, and is well worth your time and effort.  If you would like to help in this ministry you can either sign up at the Connection Station before worship, or you can contact Libby for more information.

If you would like to know more about Interfaith and can spare an hour sometime in the next several weeks let me know.  We have been invited to take a tour of the facilities and see all the various ways Interfaith is adapting and meeting the needs of the community.  It is free, and I will gather a group of us to go at a time convenient for us and them.  Let me know if you are interested and we will get a group tour scheduled.

Our partnership with Interfaith is something that we can be proud of and it is with our gifts, presence, and service that it will continue to grow and the light of Christ will shine through all of us!

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 by clicking here

5. Helia Lopez – Many of you may remember our friend Mrs. Helia Lopez that came to us from Camelot just across the street.  When she first began to come she would walk, but it did not take long for the kindness of this church to begin offering her rides to and from church each Sunday morning.  We have been praying for Helia the last several weeks.  It is my sad duty to inform you that Mrs. Helia passed away this week.  We will have a memorial service for her on Sunday, July 31st, at 2pm, in the Sanctuary.  Her family knew how much this church and its members meant to Helia so everyone is invited to come and celebrate the life of our dear friend, Mrs. Helia Lopez.

Have an incredible weekend and I will see you all Sunday!

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