Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Fives

1. Sermon Series - We are in the midst of our preaching series entitled, Jargon Unchained. If you have spent any time in a church, specifically a United Methodist Church you know we have jargon. We have those words that mean a great deal to us, its members, but to visitors and people new to the faith these words may not hold much meaning. So over the next several weeks we are going to take some of our more important pieces of jargon and we are going to explore them and unpack them, as we seek to better understand what they can mean in our lives. If you would like to peak ahead, you can click here for the sermon schedule. Invite a friend and I hope to see you all there!

2. Homeless Children Collection Drive - Our S.O.S. group is spearheading a collection drive to help meet the needs of the over 2,700 homeless children in Marion County. Our bulletin for the last several weeks has an insert with a great press release detailing more information about this program as well as a listing of the items that are being requested. Please prayerfully consider what you might be able to give and be generous in sharing this information with as many people as you can. Together we can make a difference for the children of Marion County.

This Sunday we are culminating this drive with a collection time here at the church from 12 P.M. - 2 P.M. Please bring any all items for donation as we seek to help those that need it. Thank you in advance for your generous participation in this drive!

3. Mops and Ladders - Ladders & Mops is what we have termed an age old practice. People Helping People. In brief, if you need a hand with something, just give a call. This can be anything from changing a bulb, moving boxes, changing a door handle, lawn cleanup, fixing a flat tire, cleaning a room, replacing a ceiling fan, painting a wall....the list goes on. No job is too small. Unfortunately, some jobs are too big. That would be those requiring a building permit or a licensed professional.

Those that can help others need only sign up. We will need a list or description of how you can be of assistance to others. Then, one of our match-makers will get in touch with you, should the need arise. Anyone may participate. Anyone with a need to have something done or the ability to help someone in need. Or Both!

Last but not least, a few coordinators are needed. These folks take and make calls. You will be our “official” match-makers. If you are interested in being a Match-Maker or want to discover more about Ladders & Mops, we will be gathering on August 03, 2014 at 12:30pm in the Fellowship Hall. If you are unable to attend this gathering but are still interested, please see Ray Foren.

4. Advent Challenge - This June I issued another Advent Challenge for 2014. Last year's was so incredibly successful and so many lives were touched by this act of generosity, the leadership of the church wanted to do it again this year. Once again our goal between now and Christmas Eve is to raise $5,000 to be split between a local and global charity. Of our goal, $2,900 will go to our global charity, Stop Hunger Now, as we strive to host another meal packaging event to help those children around the world that are suffering from malnourishment. The other $2,100 will go to our local mission, a Church Has Left the Building event, scheduled for early 2015. Please prayerfully consider how you might give, above and beyond your normal giving, to support this challenge so we may reach out and share the love of Christ with other people. If you want more information about this challenge, including updates for how much you have raised, please click here.

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!

I will see you all Sunday!

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