Friday, July 27, 2012

Friday Fives

1. Pulpit Swap - I am excited to be able to tell you that this Sunday, July 29th, we will once again engage in our Fifth Sunday pulpit swap with Belleview UMC. I invite you to come hear the gentle spirit and inspired wisdom of Pastor Debbie as she talks about courage in the face suffering from the story of Job.

I am confident that you will be blessed and transformed as you experience the Holy Spirit through her. Invite a friend and come be a part of movement of the Holy Spirit.

2. Guest Preacher - Sunday, August 5th, we will be blessed by having our summer intern, Robert Bledsoe, lead us in worship. Robert has spent this summer working with both Belleview UMC and here at Druid Hills UMC. He has worked in all areas of the church gaining an understanding of the vocation and calling of pastor. His unique perspective and insight will come through as he shares with us what God has placed upon his heart. Please mark your calendar now, you will not miss this wonderful opportunity to hear Robert. This will also be his last week with us, so we look forward to seeing all of you here.

3. Become a Reading Pal - The United Way of Marion County has partnered with the Marion County School System and the Early Learning Coalition to provide low reading score students a “Reading Pal”. What is that you might ask? A Reading Pal is a volunteer who has been provided specialized training who goes into the classroom for one hour per week on designated weeks. This volunteer will read to the student, do a prescribed activity and upon completion of reading the book; the child will take the book home to build their own personal library. As an in-school volunteer you will be assigned to a targeted school near your home. For additional information and to register please contact Jan Hathaway at 732-9696 ext. 212 or at

4. Guardian ad Litem - There are more than 1,800 children in the Marion, Hernando, Lake, Sumter, and Citrus counties, who have been removed from their homes for alleged abuse, abandonment or neglect, who are now part of a dependency court proceeding. These children need someone to speak up for them.

A Guardian ad Litem is a volunteer appointed by the court to advocate for a child. The volunteer works as part of a team witha volunteer supervisor and program attorney. He/she becomes familiar with the child and the child's case and makes recommendations to the court to help ensure a safe, caring, stable and permanent environment for that child.

If you would like to volunteer, please call Lynn Sennett at (352) 274-5231 or e-mail her at Lynn.Sennett@GAL.FL.Gov. You can also get more information from their website, The next training for this program will begin Tuesday, August 7, 2012, at the Oxford Assembly of God, 12114 N. US Hwy. 301, Oxford, FL.

5. New Member Class - On Sunday, August 19th at 12:45 P.M., I will host a new member class in my office. If you have been attending Druid Hills for at least three months and would like to take that next step in becoming a member of this church this class is for you! To register for this class, either call the church office at 629-5688, or email me at This is a one session get together where we will discuss what it means to be a United Methodist, what it means to be a member of Druid Hills UMC, and offer you a little background on the history of this church. If this is of interest to you I hope you will make plans to attend.

Have a great weekend and see you Sunday!

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