Friday, August 26, 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 the security, grace, peace, and faithfulness we can find in the promises of God.  Invite a friend and I look forward to seeing all of you there!

2. YMCA Sunday - This 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 this 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.

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. September Newsletters - will be available in the Narthex on Sunday.  Please remember to pick up your copy and help us avoid the postage to mail it.  Another way you can read the newsletter is by visiting our church website.  Friday Five #4 has a link to click on that will take you to our home page.  From there just follow the top menu bar to "Church Publications" then click on the word "Newsletter" from the drop down menu.  On that page you can read it, download it, print it, or subscribe to it so it is delivered to your email inbox.

Have an incredible weekend and I will see you soon!

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