First United Methodist Church Homosassa is blessed with wonderful facilities from which to carry out the church mission and to advance our goal of everyone becoming a disciple of Christ.
We also seek to extend our outreach by making these facilities available at modest or no cost to non-profit organizations that offer programs that advance our church goal.
We also make these facilities available at reasonable cost to other groups that offer worthwhile programs to their members or the community.
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Member Use Terms
Outside Organization Terms
Wedding Use Terms
Facility Use Policy
Faculty Use Information Form
Our church is an active and participating Stephen Ministries church. Stephen Ministries is a program that equips laypeople to do caring ministry. The Stephen Ministry Series trains people in the basic skills necessary for helping others. Through lecture, discussion, and experiential learning, people learn everything they need for this caring ministry—how to be an effective listener, specific techniques for ministering to grieving people, and more. The members of our congregation and our community continue to reap many blessings through our involvement in this ministry of care. Questions? Call us! 352.628.4083.
Stephen Ministers—Lay caregivers trained in the congregation by Stephen Leaders. Stephen Ministers are congregation members trained by Stephen Leaders to offer high-quality, one-to-one Christian care to people going through tough times. A Stephen Minister usually provides care to one person at a time, meeting with that person once a week for about an hour. Twice a month, Stephen Ministers gather with their Stephen Leaders for supervision and continuing education.
Care Receivers — People going through tough times who are being cared for by Stephen Ministers. Care receivers are people —congregation members and others in the community — who receive care from a Stephen Minister. These are people struggling through a difficult time in life — experiencing grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, or some other life crisis. Some important guidelines for this caring relationship protect both the care receiver and the Stephen Minister: the relationship between a care receiver and a Stephen Minister is confidential. Men are matched with men; women with women.
Jim Grudzen being commissioned as a Stephen Minister Leader on August 20, 2017 by Pastor Kip Younger
Our newest Stephen Minister Leader, Jim Grudzen, with Stephen Minister Leader(s) Carol MacKenzie on his right, and Karen Kline on his left.
The decision to perform a wedding ceremony is the right and responsibility of the pastor in accordance with the laws of the state of Florida and The United Methodist Church.
Prior to the marriage, the pastor will conduct premarital counseling; discuss and plan the service with the couple; provide information on matters such as decorations, photography, and audio or video recording; and approve all wedding plans. The organist or music director will discuss and finalize all decisions relating to music selection with the couple.
For complete information regarding wedding use, please see Wedding Use Terms.
If you have additional questions, please email the church administrator or call 352-628-4083.
Funerals and Memorial Services may be held in the church sanctuary or its chapel. For more information about funerals and Memorial Services, please call the pastor at 352-628-4083.
Baptism is a symbol of new life and a sign of God's love and forgiveness of our sins. Through baptism we are joined with the church and with Christians everywhere. People of any age can be baptized. United Methodists baptize by sprinkling, immersion or pouring. At First United Homosassa, baptism is by sprinkling. Baptism is received only once during a person's lifetime. For more information about the United Methodist view of baptism, read By Water and the Spirit, a United Methodist Understanding of Baptism.
Pastor Kip Younger was appointed to First United Methodist Homosassa in 2012. You can typically find him at the church Monday through Thursday, and when not in a meeting, his door is always open. Pastor Kip holds a Master of Divinity degree from Candler School of Divinity, Emory University, Atlanta. He ministered to congregations in Apalachicola, Jacksonville, Inverness, and Estero prior to coming to Homosassa.
He and his wife Sherry live at the parsonage. Pastor Younger's interests include fishing and sports cars.
Dixie Lay joined the staff in 2010. She oversees all aspects of the church music program including the Chancel Choir, Sunrise Singers, Handbell Choir, and all special music.
Dixie received her bachelor's degree in music education from the University of West Florida and a master's degree in education from the University of Southern Mississippi. She began working in Methodist ministry at age 17 and has served as a children's pastor, youth pastor, youth drama director, and children's choir and children's handbell choir director.
Dixie teaches math and chorus at Lecanto High. She and her husband, Brady, live in Sugarmill Woods with their two children, Jeralyn and Reed.
Joy Potts is the organist at 1UMC Homosassa. She has 28 years of church organ experience and is a lifelong pianist. Joy is a published composer of both sacred and secular music.
She and husband Jim located to Homosassa following her retirement in 2000 from an administrative position at Lake Forest College in Illinois. Jim is equally involved in 1UMC in various capacities. Joy and Jim combined have nine children and 21 grandchildren, most of whom live in northern Illinois.
Wayne Brown joined the staff in August 2012. A church member since 2007, Wayne has taught Bible study and Sunday school classes to adults and youth, including all four Disciple series Bible study classes.
Wayne leads the team of volunteers that teach the Youth Group, organizes and implements youth activities and Christian studies to help our youth grow into productive Christian adults.A native of southern Indiana, Wayne and his wife Krissy, who also volunteers with the youth, live in Sugarmill Woods. Wayne's interests include reading science fiction and fantasy, playing games of all sorts, and saltwater fishing.
Sandy Dewart joined the staff in July 2003. As a church member, Sandy first volunteered to audit the church’s financial records before taking the bookkeeper position.
Sandy has implemented many of the practices used to date. She maintains all church financial records, manages payroll and accounts payable/receivable, and attends monthly finance meetings. Her attention to detail helps us be good stewards of offerings/donations made to the church. Sandy is in the office on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Sandy lives in Homosassa. She enjoys time with her family, boating, and decorating.
Barbara Channell joined the staff in March, 2014. She brings with her more than 10 years of clerical experience.
Karen Kline joined the staff in May 2010. She has been a member of the Church since 2004 and is a Stephen Minister, a Stephen Minister Coordinator, and a Stephen Minister Trainer.
A registered nurse, Karen has years of experience and brings a down-to-earth approach to life and health. Karen instituted our popular, annual Health Fair.
Donna Munsen joined the staff in February 2017. She is the church's go-to person whose work touches all of our members, staff, volunteers and visitors.
In addition to keeping the office humming, she supervises the assistant administrator, church custodian, bookkeeper and a cadre of volunteers; oversees maintenance of a database of people the church assists with food, financial aid for utilities, and other needs; and always knows where everyone and everything can be found.
Donna and her husband Bob have lived in Florida for 37 years and enjoy visiting with family in Georgia, Illinois and Maine and showing their dog in AKC obedience and rally. In addition, Donna likes reading, crocheting and gardening.
Ron Beach joined the staff as Coordinator of Christian Ministries in May 2017.
Ron has a Certificate of Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute, has served in an inner-city mission for several years and has taught various Bible seminars. Ron grew up in Pekin, Illinois and moved to Pinellas County, Florida. In 1989 he moved to Tennessee to retire, but loved Florida so much he moved back and has attended First United Methodist Church of Homosassa since April of 2016. Ron's interests include spending time with his wife Mary of 25 years and their 3 children, Bible teaching, motorcycling, and being a Medical Foster Parent (for almost 23 years).
Carly Rafferty joined the staff in May 2017. She is 17 years old, and attends Lecanto High School. She has previously been the pianist at Faith Lutheran Church in Lecanto, is the accompanist for Dixie Lay for the LHS Chorus, and has accompanied and performed for many competitions and concerts. She hopes to continue her music career into college.
Ron Hesketh joined the staff in 2011 and has been a church member since 2004. His primary responsibility is to provide audio and video support for all functions in the Fellowship Hall, and to serve as back-up for Sunday services.
He also oversees staging and lighting setup for all Fellowship Hall productions.Ron and his wife Joyce, who is involved in a variety of church activities, live in Homosassa. His hobbies include singing with Tuned To Revival, the church's gospel quartet, and in a barbershop quartet, woodworking, and model trains.
Laurie and Margie have lots of fun with the children in our church and invite you to come on by and say “hi” on Sunday mornings! You will find them in Room 111 or 112 or just listen for the sound of laughter and singing.
Dale Evans joined the staff in July 2003. He is responsible for the overall care and cleanliness of the church campus from the sanctuary to the parlor, from the kitchen to our administrative offices, and everything in between.
Dale and his wife Jerry live in Beverly Hills. Dale, a volunteer fire fighter, enjoys camping, paint ball wars, and spending time with his family.
Margie and Laurie complement each other as they teach the differing ages of children about our awesome Savior.