Friday, September 2, 2011

Friday Fives

1. Preaching Series - This week we will begin a new preaching series focusing on the idea of forgiveness. This is an issue that we all will face at some point in our lives; sometimes more successfully than others. What is it about forgiveness that stirs so many emotions within us? That causes us to spend so much energy in its midst? Over the next four weeks we will look to this idea of forgiveness as we define it, and look at how it plays out in our relationships with God, our neighbors, relationships, and our families. Invite a friend and I look forward to seeing all of you there!

2. Jim Pippin - As many of you know, we lost a dear member of our congregation last week, Mr. Jim Pippin. Tomorrow, Saturday, September 3rd, at 11am we will host a Memorial Service for Jim Pippin in the sanctuary. I encourage you to come and show your support to the Pippin family as we celebrate Jim's life and all of the joy he brought to so many.

There will be a time of refreshments and fellowship in our Fellowship Hall immediately following the service.  We would love to have you all attend.

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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