Friday, April 24, 2015

Friday Fives

1. Sunday Worship - This Sunday, April 26th, we will host our first, and hopefully annual, Church Has Left the Building event. Instead of gathering for a worship service, we will go out and serve instead at:

  • Arnette House - cleaning up overgrown landscaping 
  • InterFaith - room makeovers
  • Ocala Health & Rehab - singing and serving Communion to the residents 
  • Women's Domestic Violence Shelter - have a party with the children (Women volunteers only, please) 
  • Pack hygiene kits here in Fellowship Hall

I want to encourage you to be in prayer about about this event as volunteer so this community can feel the love of Christ, through us, as we go and serve our neighbors. Remember we will gather at 9AM for a brief service before we disperse to go into the community and it will be followed by a lunch in the Fellowship Hall at 11:30AM. I hope to see you all there!

2. FAD Night - FAD (Faith and Discipleship) Night is in full swing and we would love to have you be a part of this time of fellowship! FAD Night is a time for us to share a simple meal together and then break off into our groups; children, youth, and adults.

FAD Night runs each Thursday from 5:30pm-7:30pm. To RSVP for FAD Night, so our wonderful cooks can plan, please call the church office, sign up at the Connection Table, or email the office by clicking here.

3. Bible Study - As FAD Night has started again, so has another Bible Study opportunity as we go Scriptural once again with the Immersion study of the Book of Acts. Journey inside the pages of Scripture to meet a personal God who enters individual lives and begins a creative work from the inside out. For those unfamiliar with Immersion Studies, they are shaped with the individual in mind. Immersion encourages simultaneous engagement both with the Word of God and with the God of the Word to help you become a new creation in Christ. Immersion, inspired by a fresh translation--the Common English Bible--stands firmly on Scripture and helps readers explore the emotional, spiritual, and intellectual needs of their personal faith. More importantly, you’ll be able to discover God’s revelation through readings and reflections. This will be a continuation of the study we began in February as we will begin with chapter six in the book.

This class will be offered each Thursday at 10am and again in the evening as part of our FAD night, in the Fellowship Hall, and will run till April 30th. I hope you all will take advantage of this opportunity to come and be immersed in the Word of God!

4. Stop Hunger Now - As a response to us meeting our Advent Conspiracy Challenge in 2014 we are going to participate with Stop Hunger Now and hold a meal packaging event here at Druid Hills. We have set up Saturday, June 6th, from 9am-12pm as our time and day for this event. We will circulate signup sheets soon for you to register and claim your spot. We will package around 10,000 meals for starving children around the world and we need your help to make this happen. Besides, it is a whole lot of fun! Be on the look out for the sign up sheets and get involved!

5. Welcome Pastor Brian and Family! - This past Sunday it was announced that I will be moving in July and my time as pastor at Druid Hills will be coming to an end. So with that I am excited to introduce to you our new pastor and his family; Brian Sanderson and his wife Faith, son Bryce, and daughter Abbey.

Please keep them in prayer as they make the transition of saying goodbye to the church they serve now and prepare themselves for ministry with you. I also want to invite you to reach out to them and welcome them into the Druid Hills family. I am excited for how the Holy Spirit will work through Brian to lead this congregation as well as for the opportunity you all will have to get to know his family.

Have a great weekend and I will see you Sunday!

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