Friday, October 18, 2013

Friday Fives

1. Preaching Series - This Sunday, October 20th, we are going to celebrate the laity of our church. It is the people of the church that make up the body. It is not one person, but a community of believers, gathered together that can help others feel the grace and love of Jesus Christ.

I invite you to come join us as the laity lead us in worship and share their diverse gifts with us. So invite a friend and come be a part of the celebration!

2. Pumpkin Patch - The Pumpkin Patch is in full swing! And we can always use your help. 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 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. Charge Conference - Monday, November 4th, from 6:30pm - 7:30pm you are invited to be part of our Cluster Charge Conference at First UMC, Ocala. We will gather in their Family Life Center for a time of Communion, worshipful work, and Spirit-filled music. I hope you will make plans to attend and come be a part of this time of fellowship and worship.

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. Evangelism Study - We have started a new study entitled, Just Walk Across the Room. This study, written by Bill  Hybels, helps shed light on the nature, purpose, and necessity of evangelism. You will be introduced to what evangelism really means, as well as ways all of us can engage in its practice. If evangelism terrifies you, this study is for you. It evangelism confuses you, this study is for you. If evangelism is right up your ally and you have that spiritual gift, this study is for you. So as you can see, this study is for you. We will meet for three more sessions, October 23rd, November 6th, and November 13th, all Wednesdays. The class will be offered twice a day at 11 A.M. and 7 P.M. For more information please visit our website by clicking here.

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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