Friday, August 16, 2013

Friday Fives

1. Preaching Series - This Sunday we will continue our series on the Methodist Way. Several years ago we spent time seeking to understand how these practices were calling us to live out our faith. This time around we are going to focus on how we have been living out these practices in our lives over the last several years. This Sunday our emphasis will be on the practice of Passionate Worship as we focus on the intent and  expectations of worship, as well as how we can prepare ourselves to experience God. I encourage you to invite a friend and come and see how God has been working in our congregation!

2. YMCA Appreciation Sunday - This Sunday, August 18th we will take time to honor and recognize the campers and counselors from the YMCA Summer Day Camp during worship. This year has been the highest attended camp since they have started meeting here, averaging 150-160 children each day! The care and dedication these counselors show the children is a wonderful thing to witness. I hope you will make plans to be here that week so we can all show our love and admiration to these special people. We are also inviting them to our Fellowship Lunch, so would you please consider bringing a dish to share so we have plenty to go around.

3. 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!

4. Nursery Help - We are looking for people to help us staff our nursery on Sunday mornings. The number of young people we have in the nursery is growing and needless to say, that is a good thing! If you are interested in helping Ms. Joy, care for and teach our kids during worship, please let the church office know. You can email by clicking here, or call 629-5688. Remember the old adage, many hands make light work. I hope you will consider volunteering to help support this ministry.

5. Advent Conspiracy - This year we have set a goal to raise $5,000, by Christmas Eve, as a response to God's blessings in our lives. This gift, which is above and beyond our regular giving, will be split between Heifer International and Stop Hunger Now. If you would like to donate to this challenge, please mark your check or envelope "Heifer Fund" and place it in the offering plate or drop it by the church office. Thank you so much for your consideration in meeting this goal.

Have a great weekend and I will see you Sunday!

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