Thursday, September 15, 2011

Friday Fives

1. Preaching Series – This week we will continue our preaching series focusing on the idea of forgiveness. Two weeks ago, we sought to gain a better understanding of forgiveness; specifically, how we ask forgiveness of God and how God grants forgiveness to us. Last week, in light of the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks on our country, we focused on forgiveness as it pertains to our relationship with others; friends, neighbors, co-workers and even our enemies.  This week we will take a look at how forgiveness and how it pertains to our relationships.  Bring a friend and I hope to see you there!

2. Stephen Ministers – Many of us in this congregation have been given the gifts of compassion and visitation. If you would like to learn more about how to use these gifts within the church, then please accept this invitation. On Thursday, September 22nd at 6:30pm, Belleview United Methodist Church will be holding a free informational meeting for those interested in training to become Stephen Ministers. Stephen Ministry is designed to help complement and expand pastoral care within the church. Stephen Ministers receive 50 hours of training in how to listen and care for other people and are generally assigned to walk alongside someone in their congregation going through a crisis in their lives such as illness, divorce, or death. If you have questions or would like to RSVP, please contact Pastor Daryl.

3. October Newsletter Deadline – If you have an article or information that you would like included in the October edition of the Sunshine Herald, please have it submitted to the office, no later than this Sunday, September 18th.

4. Upcoming Bible Study - Starting Thursday, October 6th we will begin a new Bible study entitled, “Yes Lord I Have Sinned But I Have Several Excellent Excuses” by the Rev. James Moore. Sin is something that affects all of us and this study will help us learn how to take ownership of our sin, be more readily able to recognize temptations in our lives that will lead to sin, as well as help us understand the hope and grace that is ours through Jesus Christ. The class will last for seven weeks and will be offered at two different times: 10:00am and 7:00pm. The cost is free.  If you would like the book, which is not required, it is $12.  To register for this class, you can register on the website by clicking here - Bible Study Registration, fill out the insert in this week's bulletin, or contact the church office.

5. Ocala  Health and Rehab – This Sunday is our week to go and minister to the residents of Ocala Health and Rehab.  I want to extend an invitation to all of you to come and join us, Sunday at 2pm.  Ocala Health and Rehab is located just down the street from the church on the corner of Lake Weir Road and SE 24th Road.  We begin with a few hymns, I give a brief devotion, and we wrap it up with a few more hymns and a prayer.  It is a wonderful time of fellowship and spreading the love of Christ.  I am sure you will enjoy it and be glad you participated!  I hope to see you there!

Have a great weekend and I will see you Sunday!

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