Pastor Chris's Email
August 17, 2018
Scripture this week is:
Psalm 37:23-28 (NLT)....Sermon Wisdumb-"God's Guidance"
The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the LORD holds them by the hand. Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread. The godly always give generous loans to others, and their children are a blessing. Turn from evil and do good, and you will live in the land forever. 28 For the LORD loves justice, and he will never abandon the godly.
At this time, we will end the PAPER recycling program for the youth here at the church and we want to thank you for your efforts to support this ministry in the past. The Land O' Lakes dumpsters will be removed by months end and for all of you who have been filling them we ask that you make other arrangements. If you are wondering why, it is because not only will we no longer be getting paid for our recyclables (which had dramatically been reduced in the past couple of years) but we were notified that we were going to be charged $50.00 per month for the recycling bin.
Please do not place any refuse or recycling in the Advanced Disposal dumpster as we will need the space there for the church items that were previously put into the Land O Lakes units. Thank you again for supporting our youth program and you may continue to recycle your aluminum cans for the youth so YES, please continue to collect and drop off your aluminum cans as you have done in the past. The Trustees
A few new announcements from Karen Kline our Parish Nurse:
Good News: The Congregation Care Team is growing! The team meets Mondays at 9:30 in Room 106. If you would like to be part of this valuable team please join us. Your presence is important and welcome. This was our previously named "Visitation Committee".
Are you a newly diagnosed diabetic or one who needs review? Healthy Interactions has a wonderful "Conversation Program" for diabetics which will be offered on the following Tuesdays: 9/11, 9/25, 10/9 and 10/23 from 12:30 to 2:30 in Room 105. The purpose of this program is to engage a small group of people with diabetes in an open and engaging discussion about their diabetes. The group will be facilitated by Karen Kline. Please call the office to sign up or to talk to Karen if you have questions 628-4083. The group is limited to ten.
FLU / BLOOD PRESSURE CLINIC: (with a side of pancakes please) This year our Flu Clinic will be held on October 13th in conjunction with the Serendipity Men's Pancake Breakfast, from 8-10. The G & R Pharmacy will again be hosting this clinic. There will also be a Blood Pressure Clinic as well. Questions? Ask Karen Kline at 628-4083.
MEETING FOR ALL USHERS: There has been a training meeting scheduled for ALL USHERS on Wednesday, August 22nd at 1:00 pm in the Sanctuary. It is highly recommended that if you are an usher that you attend this training session. We haven't had one in a long while and it is overdue (if you are newer, you haven't even had a training class). The training is very valuable, therefore, Stevie Johns & Wayne Brown kindly request your presence at this training session.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Sugar Mill Woods will be hosting a "Meet and Greet" with all of the local political candidates on September 18th in our fellowship hall and has invited all of our congregation to avail themselves of the opportunity to meet and greet and ask questions of the local candidates who have won the August 18th general election and will be on the November 3rd ballot.
A reminder for when to STOP or use CAUTION for a stopped school bus!
Last week, when visiting Homosassa Elementary School, I asked Assistant Principal Katie Manning, "How can First UMC support the school?" Without hesitation she replied, "We desperately need Mentors and Volunteers." She then added that a Citrus Country Volunteer training session is scheduled for Friday September 7, while a Mentor training session is scheduled Friday October 5. Other training dates are scheduled for later in the year. Would this be something you are interested in? Please give it some thought and prayer. It provides a timely opportunity to strengthen our links with Homosassa Elementary School. For more info contact me or click here:
Pastor Chris Kirk
We serve an AWESOME God!
Donna Munsen, Administrator