Friday, October 4, 2013

Friday Fives

1. Preaching Series - This Sunday we will conclude our preaching series focusing on the life of the Apostle Paul. It’s very difficult to think of the New Testament without thinking about Paul, because so much of his influence and thought is found in the letters and epistles of the New Testament writings. His transformation from a man named Saul, who persecuted Christians, to a man named Paul, who became the great theologian of the early church, is perhaps one of the best-known stories in all of Scripture. Apart from Jesus, no single person influenced the history of the Christian community more than Paul did. This week we will look at the importance of servanthood and how this life is not always about us. I encourage you to invite a friend and come be a part of the celebration!

2. Pumpkin Patch - Signups have begun and our first delivery will be this week, Wednesday at 4 P.M. This is a very important event in the life of the church and I want to encourage you to volunteer as often as you can. We will need people to help sell in the patch, people to help read to the field trip groups we will host, and people to help with a few administrative duties. As you can see there is a little bit of something for everybody. This is a great way to meet the community, help our church, and simply have a great time while doing it all. You can signup to help in the Patch at the Connection Station in the Narthex and you can call the church office, 629-5688, to volunteer to read stories.

3. Operation S.A.F.E. - I want to pass along an invitation for a seminar being held here in town. Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater invites you to participate in Operation S.A.F.E. (Stop Adult Financial Exploitation), Be Scam Smart, a free workshop for seniors, their families, and caregivers. It’s taking place 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday,October 16, 2013, in the Multi-Purpose Room at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, 3300 NW 10th Street, Ocala, FL 34475, with registration beginning at 9:00 a.m.

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. Thus far, we have had five people sign up and we are looking for at least eight. Remember the old adage, many hands make light work. I hope you will consider volunteering to help support this ministry.

5. World Communion Sunday - This Sunday we will celebrate World Communion Sunday as we remember and honor our brothers and sisters around the world. This Sunday as we celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion, as one global body, we will remember our connection and the way God can move through us. We will focus on how we are not separate individuals but that we are all one in Christ Jesus. We will celebrate all that God has done through us as we continue to build God's Kingdom together. I hope to see you all there!

Advent Conspiracy Update - I have been incredibly moved at how this congregation has responded to support this challenge. Each week I will post an update of how much has been raised towards our goal. If you would like more information about this challenge and the charities that will be supported with the proceeds, please visit our website by clicking here.

Have a great weekend and I will see you Sunday!

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