Friday, August 5, 2011

Friday Fives

1. Preaching Series - This week we are blessed to hear from our Certified Lay Servant, Carole Newlin concerning the importance of using the gifts we have been blessed with. Please come and show your support to Carole as she shares with us what God has placed on her heart.

2. Helping Hands - is a nonprofit charity, serving the people of Ocala/Marion County. It was established to provide shelter & related assistance for the homeless & others who are in difficult & desperate situations. Helping Hands is having several fundraising events at local businesses.

The first fundraiser is Tuesday, Aug. 16 at Sonny’s Bar-B-Q, 4102 E. Silver Springs Blvd. With the flyer, purchase one entrĂ©e; get one half price (of equal or lesser value). Sonny’s will donate 15% of proceeds for every flyer used.

The second fundraiser is Thursday, Aug. 25 from 6pm to 8 pm at Chick-fil-A, 3558 SW College Rd. Mention Helping Hands; they will donate 10% of your purchase.

The third fundraiser is from 5 pm to 9 pm on Sept. 5 at Applebee’s, 2615SW 19th Ave. Present the flyer to your server; Applebee’s will donate 10% of your purchase. Flyers are available in the church office and in Fellowship Hall.

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 soon!

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