Friday, August 19, 2011

Friday Fives

1. Preaching Series - This week we will continue our preaching series on the lessons we can learn from the book of Philippians.  This book of the New Testament was a 104 verse letter to a group of people that had a very special bond with the Apostle Paul.  This letter was his way of helping them to see the joy, hope, and holiness, that came with living a life for Christ.  This week we will look at humility; what it is, why it is necessary, and the importance it can play in our lives.  Invite a friend and I look forward to seeing all of you there!

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 next 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 final fundraiser is from 5 pm to 9 pm on Sept. 5 at Applebee’s, 2615SW 19th Ave. Present a 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. YMCA Sunday - Next Sunday, 8/28, we will honor the YMCA for all of their hard work during the summer camp held here at our church. We will recognize the counselors and campers during worship and then have them as our special guests for lunch afterwards. I encourage each of you to come and show your support to these wonderful people. We also ask that you consider bringing a dish for lunch that week to help cover the extra people. This is our chance to reach out and show these very important people what radical hospitality really looks like. Thank you.

Bonus "5": Ocala Health and Rehab – This Sunday, 8/21, is our monthly visit to Ocala Health and Rehab. At 2pm, everyone is invited to come on over to the facility and join us as we gather with the residents to worship God. We begin by singing a few 'ol gospel tunes, I give a rendition of that week's sermon, we pray, and then we sing some more. The residents love it, we love it, and I know you will love to be a part of it too. If you have the time, we would love to have you!

Have an incredible weekend and I will see you soon!

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