Friday, June 14, 2013

Friday Fives

Statue of King David just
outside his tomb in Jerusalem
 1. Preaching Series - This Sunday we will conclude our preaching series entitled, Lessons from the Life of David. As one of the most beloved characters in Scripture, David can be a great source of hope. David is not portrayed as a perfect, obedient servant. But rather, we get to see his humanity play out from the time we meet him as a young, all the way to his death. We can experience how David separates himself from God, through his thoughts and actions, and identify with those situations in our own lives. But we also get to see the grace of God shine forth as David is continually redeemed and forgiven. These life lessons will allow us to find ourselves in David's story and see how God's grace was not just for David, but it is for all of us. This weekend our focus will be on David's last words to his son Solomon and how those words do have importance for us today. I encourage you to invite a friend and I hope to see you there!

2. Upcoming Worship - June 23rd and June 30th I will not be with you. However, I have lined up two guestspeakers to come and share with you during worship on those days. On June 23rd, Mark Nelson and his wife Beth, will be with you. Mark is a representative from the Florida United Methodist Children's Home and with the focus we place on our support of that ministry I know you will enjoy your time together. Then on June 30th, Rev. Walter Edwards will come and spend time with us. We have hosted Rev. Edwards before and he always brings a wonderful message. I encourage you to come and bring a friend as we welcome these friends into our family.

3. Sources of Information - If you are looking for good information about our church, its activities, and/or our denomination, you can always go to our church website. On our website we have the weekly bulletin, monthly newsletter, pages about our ministries and outreach groups, and we have just added two new pages about Relay for Life and our Connectional Life. If have never been to the website, just click here. If it has been awhile, come back and see what's new. This is a great tool to keep us all connected, so click on over and discover something new!

4. Prayer Chain Coordinator - After seven faithful years, Mary Lou Welsh stepped down as our PrayerChain Coordinator. Mary Lou did an exceptional job getting our prayer requests out to those who pledged to be our prayer partners. She was always faithful to this ministry, doing everything she could to make sure it was done properly. Mary Lou, thank you so much for sharing your gifts with this congregation through our Prayer Chain. Therefore, we now have a new Prayer Chain Coordinator, Jenny Hosey. I am so grateful to Jenny for graciously stepping into this role to make sure we can continue to lift up one another in prayer. If you have a request for Jenny, please send it to her email address listed in the Church Directory. Thank you Mary Lou!! Thank you Jenny!!

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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