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WEEKLY NOTES May 26, 2022

Dear Friends:
School is out for summer!!  Temperatures are rising and vacations beckon us to come, relax and renew.  In the Florida Conference, we are gearing up for Annual Conference, which will be held June 9-11 in Lakeland.  As part of our work together (both laity and clergy), we will hear reports of the wonderful and creative ministry that is happening, share together in worship, conduct business of the larger church, remember colleagues who have died during the year, and celebrate retirements and licensing, commissioning, and ordination of new pastors.  It is a full schedule of work - please be in prayer as we prepare to be together for the first time in three years.

Our children's programs are also in high gear as well, as Vacation Bible School/kids@ART summer programs and an expanded Parent's Morning Out is offered.  You will find a link to the list of materials needed for our summer kids@ART program.  In the past you have been so incredibly generous in supplying what we need, and we make it easy for you to do so via Amazon.  Thanks in advance for your help!

Next week is YOUTH WEEK!  This is a time for us to welcome our rising 6th graders into the youth program and offer a series of fun activities throughout the week.  See the schedule below, and if you can help out at all by providing a meal, contact Pastor Becky.  I know that she (and our youth) will appreciate it!

School may be out - but we are kicking in!  I will look forward to seeing you on Sunday as we worship together.

Blessings and peace,

Friends; today as I work on this edition of the Weekly Notes, we learn of yet another school shooting in Texas - 19 children dead; 2 teachers dead.  As the news hit, so too, does the response from all corners.  We cry out 'how long, O Lord?'  We hold our children and share encouragement with our teachers.  We call out for action, but we often mean from someone other than ourselves.  We call for righteous anger, then fade into the background.  I can't help but wonder tonight why we do not see the connection between the horrors that take up space in our daily headlines and our continued replacement of God for other objects of worship.  We are learning in our reading of the Old Testament that the continual struggle of God's people is to turn from the worship of God to the worship of idols.  The struggle seems we have learned little from our history.  Tonight, I am examining my own heart - and confessing those places where I have been less than fully committed to God.  I will ask forgiveness, and I will beg of God to show me where I can place my hands; where I might place my feet; how I might use my voice...and I am begging God for the courage to listen and respond.  Will you join me in prayer?  Will you join me in action?


Last week we talked about the various types of Psalms, and we listed songs of praise as one of those types.  This week we will read together Psalm 100, a short song of total praise and the joy of worshiping God, who is so incredibly worthy of our devotion.  I am looking forward to sharing a message with you based on a single word of this Psalm - if you are in town this holiday weekend, why not join us for worship?

 Join us at either 8:30 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. for worship.

Order of Worship, May 29, 2022
Register your Worship Attendance Here


Whenever there is a 5th Sunday in a month, we collect a special offering for the Florida United Methodist Children's Home.  God has used the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home to change the lives of countless children throughout its 114-year history, where children are given an opportunity to experience God’s love in tangible ways.

Listen about the Madison Youth Ranch and the unique therapy forms they offer. 
"At the Children’s Home, we rejoice in the partnership we have been able to develop with churches from all across Florida. It is through your prayers, financial support, in-kind donations, and general support that we are able to serve the children and families we do."

Use the button below to give in support of the Florida United Methodist Children's Home, or bring your donation on Sunday morning (make sure it is designated FUMCH).
Give to the Florida United Methodist Children's Home


Bible Talk resumes this week in both live and ZOOM format.  10:00 a.m. Wednesday morning in the conference room or 6:30 p.m. via ZOOM.  Join us!

This week's readings:
May 26:  Psalm 85-89
May 27: Psalm 90-95
May 28: Psalm 96-101
May 29: Psalm 102-104
May 30: Psalm 105-107
May 31: Psalm 108-112
June 1: Psalm 113-118

Zoom Link for Bible Talk


We recently asked our Sunday School leaders when it would be best to start our SINGLE SERVICE worship schedule and the answer was unanimous - Sunday, June 5.  We will begin our summer schedule on that Sunday (Pentecost Sunday) with worship at 9:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary.  The Summer worship schedule will continue through Sunday, August 7.

Look for posters around our buildings with a listing of special summer worship themes and events.

Children's Ministry Update

School is out for the summer and there's plenty of ways to shake out your sillies with us and care for each other along the way.  We have an excellent turn out for children enrolled in our VBS, "Kids@Art Summer Camp", it's going to be a great week for our church kids and community!  Please consider supporting it by purchasing an item or two off the wish list for the supplies needed to make this week a success. 
Parents Morning Out (PMO) kicks off it's 5 day a week summer session on June 6th and is FULL all days except Friday, there's still room to join in the fun but don't delay!   Please note that this new schedule will not disrupt the popular Family & Me Music on Tuesday mornings with Mrs. Stephany.  If mornings aren't your thing then try us for Date Night on June 18th, sign up is open and available to ALL, you do not need to be a church member to enjoy an evening out with your special someone.  

Last but not least I wish to share that the wonderful and important work of our  "Circle of Support" ministry will continue through the summer. This is a one of kind ministry offering free professional, confidential help and childcare to women suffering with postpartum depression.  Offering a supportive place for those in need and a nurturing play space to learn and grow are some of the many ways we sharing our faith in loving one another as God has loved us.  
VBS Supply Needs List


The next Family & Me Music Classes will be June 7th and June 21st. 
Classes are at:
     9:30am - Infants & Toddlers
     10:00am - Foster Family Focus
     10:30am - Combined Ages
No sign up required.
Date Night Sign Up

PMO Enrollment for Summer is open: 

Our ministry to young families is growing to offer care 5 days a week Mon.-Fri from 9am-12pm with extended stay and play options. For more information click the link below and or contact Director Beth Wilde at (850) 559-1523 

June Session:
July Session

Learn More Here


Thank you for responding and helping with Youth Week!  Supplies have been purchased, chaperones are secured, and fun will no doubt abound next week!  This is the last chance to sign up to participate.  The Thursday trip to Shipwreck Island only has a couple of seats left on the big bus.  Invite a friend!  

MONDAY, MAY 30 (Memorial Day):
Art Night (6pm-8pm in Sanders Hall)
Come ready to create!  We will be painting and Pastor Kandace is going to help us create the cool acrylic pours that the kids did last year.  We will also be creating some special 6th-grade-welcome projects, and working on a group project for the youth room.  Drinks and Snacks will be available. 

Game Night and 6th Grade Welcome (6pm-8pm at Sanders Hall)
We will OFFICIALLY welcome our 6th graders on Tuesday.  We will play a lot of fun group games, minute-to-win-it challenges, and all sorts of games together.  Drinks and snacks will be available.  

Cookie Making Day (1:00pm-4:00pm meet in Sanders Hall):
Come ready to bake, decorate, and EAT!  We will be cooking together to create cookies and see who can do the best decorating.  Everyone will get to take home cookies for their families.  We will also play games while the cookies are baking.  

Shipwreck Island in Panama City (8am-6pm)
We are going to spend all day at Shipwreck Island!  The cost is $65 per person, and includes transportation, lunch, and park admission.  Siblings may come if a parent comes too.  Sign up soon to guarantee your spot on the bus.  

Movie Night and Pajama Party (6pm-9pm in Sanders Hall)
We are going to set up a big screen in Sander's Hall and show "Ron's Gone Wrong."  We will also have pizza, a popcorn bar, and play hide & seek (aka Underground Church).    

Messy Game Night and Pool Party (5pm-8pm at location TBD)
We will play some outdoor messy games, then hose off and go swimming!  We will have dinner poolside and chill together as we celebrate all that we love about youth group.

Sign Up For Youth Week!

How you can care for others...

Want to connect with others in the church who may need a word of encouragement or prayer? You can use the button below to access our current care and celebration list.  A thoughtful card or note would brighten a day and make a difference!  You may stop by the church office to pick up a printed list during office hours.
Birthday List and Address List for Care Cards
A reminder that we have online prayer gatherings on Sunday at 7:30 p.m., and Tuesday morning at 8:00 a.m. and all are invited to attend these.  The meetings are via Zoom, and you can contact Pastor Becky for the link.  

You can submit prayer requests by clicking the button below.  Prayer requests are always private unless permission has been given to share.  
Submit Prayer Requests Here
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