Friday, July 29, 2011

Friday Fives

1. Preaching Series - I want to invite you to join us, this Sunday at 10:30am, as we take part in our Fifth Sunday Pulpit Swap with Belleview UMC.

Pastor Debbie will be here to share with us the importance of one of the Beattitudes; Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted.  The sermon will focus on the pain and grief of mourning, the value of mourning, and the gift of divine comfort.

In light of what we as a congregation have been experiencing this past week, I feel this message will be very apropos for us.  Invite a friend and come and be blessed, as we hear from the gentle spirit of Pastor Debbie.

2. Memorial Services - We are hosting two Memorial Services this weekend that I would like to invite you to attend.  It is often in the gift of presence that we can be of the greatest support to one another.

Chuck Hughes - On Saturday, July 30th, at 1pm, we will host the memorial service for Chuck Hughes.

Chuck and his wife Linda had been members here for several years and were very active in the life of the church, volunteering in a multitude of ways.

There will be a time of fellowship and refreshments immediately following the service in our Fellowship Hall that you are invited to attend.

Helia Lopez - On Sunday, July 31st, at 2pm, we will host the memorial service for Helia Lopez.

Helia first began to walk to our church from her home at Camelot Chateau, Assisted Living Facility.  She would come on Sunday mornings with a smile on her face and just grateful to be here.  She frequently expressed to me how much at home she felt here and how welcoming everyone was to her.

There will also be a time of fellowship and refreshments immediately following this service, again in our Fellowship Hall.  Everyone is invited to attend.

I encourage you to come and show your love and support to these families as we celebrate the life and legacy of Chuck and Helia.

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. 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!

5. 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.

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

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