Christmas in full swing at mumc

Christmas and More @ Mims UMC

Christmas is in full swing at Mims UMC!

Dinner Wednesday Evening

Our Wednesday evening dinner tomorrow, Wednesday (5 p.m.) will be Chicken Cordon Bleu.  Cost is $8.  Come early to be sure to get a ticket!  This will be the final meal for 2018.  Meals will resume on Jan. 9.

Potato Bar Dinner and Carol-sing
We will gather Tuesday, Dec. 18 (6 p.m.) to enjoy a baked potato bar, followed by a carol-sing.  Do you know of someone (elderly or mobility challenged) who can’t easily attend events at our church but would like to?  Pick them up and bring them with you!  That is one of the reasons for this event – to bring Christmas cheer to ALL our members, especially those who may feel forgotten or lonely.

Murder Mystery Dinner
This meal is by advance ticket sale only.  If you have a ticket, don’t forget that the dinner is this Friday, December 14.  Meal is served at 6:30 p.m., doors open at 6:00 p.m.  NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR.

Next Pastor’s Study Begins January 7
Beginning Monday, January 7, Pastor John will lead an eight week study on “Christianity’s Family Tree.”  Each week, we will look at  various Christian traditions: Orthodox, Catholic, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Anglican, Baptist, Pentecostal, and Methodist.  Come learn about our sisters and brothers in the faith.  We will offer two session options:  10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.  Respond to this email to register.

Christmas Eve
We will hold two Christmas Eve services:  At 3:00 p.m. we will hold a family friendly service that is “kid friendly.”  At 7:00 p.m. we will offer our traditional service with candles.  Plan to attend one of these wonderful service, and don’t forget to invite friends without a church home to join you!

Christmas Baskets and Gifts
Our church is providing Christmas Baskets for families identified by the two elementary schools.  If you would like to help, you may make a cash/check donation for “Christmas Baskets.”  We also are looking for folks to prepare homemade desserts to put in the baskets.  Contact Sharon Griffis (321-537-2638).  Also, thanks to your generosity, our church is providing Christmas gifts to children identified by the schools, and others in the community.  In addition, we are providing gifts for four foster children being cared for by a wonderful couple in Mims.  Thanks for all your generosity!

Fundraiser for Mims Fire Victims
You may have heard about the family whose six year old perished in a fire. They also lost everything they owned.  There will be a fundraiser for the Mayo/Rock family at Sonny’s on Saturday, from 12 – 6.  10% of your check will help the family.

Memorial Garden Work Days
Did you know our church has a memorial garden which hold the ashes of several of our members?  It has become overgrown.  We want to return it to it pristine state.  We will hold two work days to accomplish this:  January 5 and 12 (we will start around 8 a.m.).  Bring work gloves and gardening tools.  In case of rain one of those days, we will also work January 19.  You may also contribute to the cost of this project.  Contact Skip Watson for more information.

Don’t forget “the reason for the season!”  Merry Christmas!

What’s Happening at Mims UMC?

What’s Happening at Mims UMC?

We want to keep you updated about what’s happening at Mims UMC.

Wednesday Dinner 
Our Wednesday night dinner today is Shepherd’s Pie.  $8.  Join us!  The following week, December 12, the menu will include Chicken Corden Bleu.  December 12 will be the final meal for 2018.  Meals will resume on January 9.

Cantata This Sunday at 11:00 a.m.
This Sunday at the traditional service, our Choir will present again their Christmas Cantata, “Repeat the Sounding Joy.”  The 7:00 p.m. Saturday and 8:30 a.m. Sunday services will include the second sermon in the Advent series, “The Gospel According to Scrooge” – this week, “The Spirit of Christmas – Past.”

Mystery Dinner – Purchase Tickets by this Sunday
Friday, December 14, beginning at 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.), we will gather at the “Moxley Estate” (aka Fellowship Hall) for a cocktail party murder mystery dinner.  Advance sale tickets are required ($15) and must be purchased by this Sunday.

Potato Bar and Christmas Caroling
We will gather Tuesday, December 18 at 6:30 p.m. for a Potato Bar Dinner and singing Christmas Carols.  We will bring many of our more homebound members to enjoy the evening with us!

Christmas Eve at Mims UMC
This year, we will offer two Christmas Eve services:  a 3:00 p.m. Family-Friendly Service, and a 7:00 p.m. Candlelight Communion service.  Why not invite neighbors and friends to join you for worship?  Invitation cards will be available this Sunday for you to use to invite them.

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Advent Sermon Series Begins

Advent Sermon Series Begins this Sunday

This weekend we will mark the beginning of the Advent Season as we prepare to celebrate the coming of Christ.  Join us at Mims United Methodist Church for a four week Advent sermon series based on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.”  This weekend, our Saturday service will be our Christmas Cantata so the sermon will be delivered on Sunday at 8:30 or 11:00 am.  We hope you will join us!
(Also, Monday we will begin our Advent Bible Study – two session options – either 10:00 am or 6:30 pm.  We will look at all scripture texts related to Christmas. Bring your Bible.)

Advent Season Begins

This weekend we will mark the beginning of the Advent Season as we prepare to celebrate the coming of Christ. Join us at Mims United Methodist Church for a four week Advent sermon series based on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” This weekend, our Saturday service will be our Christmas Cantata so the sermon will be delivered on Sunday at 8:30 or 11:00 am. We hope you will join us!

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Fresh Expression Weekend a Great Success!
We had a great “Fresh Expression Weekend” at our church!  It was great to hear Michael Beck and have him lead us in a workshop.  Out of that workshop, we have formed a “Fresh Expressions Team” of ten volunteers to help make our new bike trail “church” a success, and to encourage other new fresh expressions of church!  In fact, at the workshop we also gave birth to a “dinner church” that may take place on Friday nights!  Exciting stuff!  We’d love for you to join our “Fresh Expression Team!”  Contact me (Pastor John).

Robert Rember to Preach All Services this Weekend
I (Pastor John) am having out patient surgery on Wednesday (nothing serious), and so I will not be able to preach this weekend.  Robert Rember will bring our message at all services!  Come out and support him and hear his word from the Lord!

“Hanging of the Greens” Decorating the Church This Sunday
After the Traditional Service this Sunday, Nov. 25, we will be decking the halls for the holidays.  Plan to stay to help.  We will order pizza for those who stay to decorate.  Don’t miss this fun kick-off to the holidays!

Advent Bible Study to Begin on Dec. 3
I (Pastor John) will not be up to teaching Bible Study on Monday, Nov. 26 as previously announced.  The Study will begin on Dec. 3 (10 a.m. or 6:30 p.m.).  We will look at the scriptures related to the Christmas story.  Bring your Bible.

Foster Family Encouragement
There is a wonderful couple in Mims who have been caring for foster children for nearly 15 years.  Currently they are caring for four children (ages 10, 9, 6, and a baby with medical needs).  We have the opportunity of “adopting” this lovely family, praying for them, encouraging them, and loving on them.  If you would like to be part of this ministry, contact me (Pastor John).

Jessie Barrett Needs a Ride to Church
We are thrilled that Jessie is doing much better after her time of recuperation in the nursing home.  She is now physically able to attend worship, and would love to – if she can get a ride.  She lives at Titusville Tower (405 Indian River Ave.).  If you could pick her up and give her a ride, please call the church office (321-267-6202).

Murder Mystery Dinner, Dec. 14
Join us Friday, Dec. 14, at 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.) at the “Moxley Estate” (aka Fellowship Hall) for a cocktail party murder mystery.  Tickets are $15 and are only available in advance, due to limited seating.  Tickets are available in the church office, from Erika Watson, or Julie Harrison.  Don’t miss the fun and a great meal!

Mullet Festival Update
After all expenses, including donations to the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home and the Florida Baptist Children’s Home of $3,600 each, the Festival this year netted $8,323.61.  Thanks to all who made this possible.

Don’t Miss Church This Weekend!

Don’t Miss Church This Weekend!

You won’t want to miss the activities this weekend at Mims UMC!  It’s Fresh Expressions Weekend!

We have a dynamic special guest preacher this weekend for all services.  Rev. Michael Beck will preach at all services, sharing how “Fresh Expressions of Church” can revitalize churches and communities for Christ!  The church he and his wife serve, Wildwood UMC, had only 30 in worship when he went there four years ago.  Today it is a bustling growing congregation with 13 “Fresh Expressions” that take place in many setting all across their community.  Our Bike Trail initiative is a Fresh Expression, so we are very excited to have Michael here to share.  Following the 11:00 a.m.service this Sunday we will all enjoy a covered dish lunch, followed immediately by a lively workshop on Fresh Expressions.  You will thoroughly enjoy Michael and be exited about the potential for the transformation that is possible for us at Mims UMC!  Don’t miss it!

Here is the schedule:

Saturday 7:00 p.m.  Worship with Michael Beck preaching

Sunday 8:30 a.m.  Worship with Michael Beck preaching

Sunday 11:00 a.m. Worship with Michael Beck preaching

Sunday noon Church-wide Covered Dish Lunch (A-F Meat; G-L Salad; M-R Dessert; S-Z Vegetables)

Sunday 1:00 p.m. Church workshop on Fresh Expressions

I hope to see everyone on Saturday and/or Sunday!

Church News for November

So much happening at Mims UMC!  Here is what you need to know:

This Saturday/Sunday
This weekend, we will conclude our Sermon Series on “The Other Lord’s Prayer,” where Jesus prays that we will live and share the Good News.  This Sunday is also Veterans’ Day, and so at all three services we will be recognizing the Vets among us.  If you served, you are welcome to wear your uniform or other item that represents your service.  Bless you for your willingness to serve your country!

November 17 and 18:  “Fresh Expressions Weekend” at Mims UMC
Be sure to be in worship next weekend to hear our guest preacher for all services, Rev. Michael Beck.  Michael is one of the pastors at Wildwood UMC, and is also the South Atlantic Coordinator of Fresh Expressions US.  Our new Rails-to-Trails bike ministry is a “Fresh Expression of Church.”  (Pastor John will also be here at all services.)  Following the 11:00 a.m. service, we will hold a church-wide covered dish lunch, followed at 1:00 p.m. by a workshop for the congregation on Fresh Expressions, led by Rev. Beck.  You will enjoy it! DON’T MISS IT!

Drop By Our Bike Ministry This Saturday for Breakfast
Our bike ministry is up and running every Saturday morning, thanks to a great team of volunteers.  This Saturday would be a great time to drop by to find out what its all about – they will be serving complementary breakfasts!  Just go to the warehouse building on the west side of our campus.

Last Soccer Match This Saturday
Our church has sponsored an Under-6 year old soccer team, and this Saturday, Nov. 10 (10:30 on field 10), is their last game.  The games are played at Chain of Lakes (off of Truman Scarborough).  Bring you lawn chair and cheer on the Fireballs!

Wednesday Dinner
Our Dinner on Nov. 14 (5 p.m.) will feature Stuffed Bell Peppers, Mashed Potatoes, Corn, Salad, Bread, and Dessert.  $8.  The winter folk are back, so come early!

Covered Dish Lunch, Sunday, November 18
Plan to join us for a church-wide covered dish lunch following the traditional service.  Bring the following dishes, based on the first letter of your last name: A-F = Meat;  G-L = Salad;  M-R = Dessert;  S-Z = Vegetables.  Then stay for the workshop on Fresh Expressions at 1:00 p.m.

Thanksgiving Dinner Served at Mims UMC
Again this year, our church will host a free Thanksgiving Dinner at 1:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.  You must pre-register on Sunday mornings or by calling the church office.

Thanksgiving Baskets for Needy Families
We will be providing Thanksgiving Baskets for needy families identified by the two elementary schools.  To help, mark your offering envelope or memo your check (made out to Mims UMC) for thanksgiving baskets.

Scout House Project Almost Complete
Thanks to the hard work of lots of people, and funds and volunteers from other congregations, our Scout House renovation is nearly complete.  Special thanks to the crew who worked all week to finish up the interior renovations: Dan Bess, Jack Riddle, Bill Haas, Don Nettles, Charlie Murphy, Cathy Hunt, JoAnn Katrick, and Skip Watson.  Monday, new carpet is going down.  We’re almost done!!!

Food Pantry Benefiting From Donations
We thank Pinewood Elementary for giving us food they collected from their Thanksgiving food drive.  We also thank our Boys Scout Troop/Cubs for donated the receipts of there “scouting for food” drive.

Advent and Christmas Events
Nov 26 (Mon) 10 & 6:30 –
Advent Bible Study begins
Nov. 25 (Sun) Noon –
Hanging of the Greens (decorating church – pizza provided)
Nov. 30 (Fri.) Noon –
Senior Covered Dish Luncheon
Dec. 1 (Sat) 7:00 p.m. –
Christmas Cantata
Dec. 9 (Sun) 11 a.m. –
Christmas Cantata (8:30 service will have sermon)
Dec. 14 (Fri) 6:30 p.m. –
Christmas Mystery Dinner (tickets required, doors open at 6:00 p.m.)
Dec. 18 (Tue) 6:30 p.m. –
Potato Bar and Christmas Carol-sing (we bring shut ins to church)
Dec. 24 (Mon) 3:00 p.m. –
Family Christmas Eve worship
Dec. 24 (Mon) 7:00 p.m. –
Candlelight Christmas Eve worship

Murder Mystery Dinner, December 14
Last year’s Murder Mystery Dinner was so much fun, we’re doing another one!  The theme is “The New Year’s Eve Murder Mystery.”  It will happen, Friday, December 14 (6:30 p.m., doors open at 6:00 p.m.).  Tickets are limited, and  MUST be purchased in advance – $15 per person.  Tickets are available through the church office, from Erika Watson or Julie Harrison.

“Blue Christmas” Worship at First UMC Titusville, December 20
For many people who are in a season of grieving, Christmas is a particularly difficult holiday.  It’s hard to feel joyful.  If that describes you, you may want to attend the “Blue Christmas” service at First UMC Titusville, Thursday, December 20 at 6:00 p.m.

PRAYER REQUESTS

Massacre in California
Once again, we must ask for prayers for senseless violence that is plaguing our nation.  Please pray for all those impacted by the latest mass shooting, this time in California.  Pray, pray, pray!

Mark Carter Killed in a Car Accident
Mark Carter, the husband of Nancy Wood’s niece, Jean Carter, was killed today in a car accident in Satellite Beach.  Please keep this family in your prayers!

Roy Carter
Roy has had outpatient back surgery last week and had to miss worship this past Sunday.  He will have another procedure on his back next week, and will be missing worship on Nov. 18.  Please keep Roy in your prayers.

OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST:

Job Opportunity: Financial Manager
Indian River City UMC in Titusville is advertising for a full-time Financial Manager.  If you are interested, contact Pastor John (he can forward you the email with the info) or contact IRCUMC.

Brevard Chorale Christmas Concert, November 28
The Brevard Chorale will present it annual Christmas concert at The Great Outdoors on SR 50, on Wednesday, November 28 (7:00 p.m.)  A free-will offering will be received.

Church News

All Saints
November 1 is All Saints’ Day, which makes this Sunday, “All Saints’ Sunday.”  During each service this weekend, we will call to remembrance 15 persons – “saints” who have gone on to glory since last All Saints’ Sunday.  At our traditional service (11:00 a.m.) we will have the ceremony of lighting the candles in their memory.

New Upper Room Devotionals
In the back right corner of our sanctuary we now have a wall-mounted display for our Upper Room devotionals and our church brochures.  Nov/Dec Upper Rooms, both regular and large print, are available.  Please pick up one this weekend.

Mullet Festival Committee to Meet this Thursday
There will be a Mullet Festival Committee meeting this Thursday (7 p.m.) to evaluate how our Mullet Festival went and plan for next year.

Cub Scouts Pack Meetings
Did you know that our Cub Pack now has over 50 children (boys and girls)?  This means that our fellowship hall may not be large enough when they hold their monthly Pack meetings.  First UMC Titusville has graciously agreed to let our Pack hold their monthly gathering in the hall at their church.  It’s wonderful to work in partnership with our sister congregations!

Volunteers Working to Complete Scout House Renovations
We thank several men (and a woman) who are working all week inside our Scout House to complete the renovation, so that we can have carpet installed (which is being funded by the offerings of other congregations).  We thank the crew for their hard work, and look forward to having our Scout House in tip-top shape.

Volunteers Needed to Serve Community Breakfasts this Saturday
This Saturday morning, it is our church’s turn to serve breakfast for the community at First UMC Titusville.  Contact Julie Harrison to volunteer (321-704-9499).

Movie Night This Saturday
We will hold our second annual “Movie Night” this Saturday, Nov. 3rd at 8 p.m. (immediately following our 7 p.m. worship.  It will be held outside, so bring your lawn chair and a jacket or blanket (depending on weather).  A $2 donation will get you pizza, popcorn, and soft drinks.  The movie will be “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.”  Call the church office to sign up (unless you already signed up in worship).

Dinner this Wednesday (Halloween)
Yes, there is a Church Dinner tomorrow (on Halloween) at 5 p.m. as usual.  $8.  The meal includes items with cute “scary” names (the main course is Chicken Pot Pie).  Come in costume, because the best costume will win you a ticket for a free dinner!

No Bell or Choir Practice
Because of Halloween, there will be NO bell or choir practice this Wednesday.

Thanksgiving Baskets for the Needy
We are asking the two elementary schools for the names of needy families we can provide a Thanksgiving Basket for.  If you want to help, make a cash donation (make sure it is marked clearly for “Thanksgiving Baskets”).

Thanksgiving Dinner (Free) Served on Thanksgiving Day – Reservations Required
Again this Thanksgiving, we will host Thanksgiving Dinner at our church at 1 p.m.  We need you to sign up this weekend in worship, or call the church office.

Make Worship a Priority
In recent weeks, we have missed some of you in worship.  Let’s all make worship a priority.  As it says in scripture:

And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do,
but encourage one another,
especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.”

Hebrews 10:25

News from our Church

It finally feels like fall – almost…    This means fall activities for all of us to take part in!

Meeting This Week
Monday (tonight) 6:30 p.m.  Church Conference at Indian River City UMC
Tuesday (tomorrow) 9:30 a.m.  Family Life Committee (all are welcome!)
Tuesday  10:00 a.m.  Kitchen Committee (all are welcome!)
Tuesday  7:00 p.m.  Trustees Committee
Thursday  7:00 p.m.  Finance Committee

New Member to Join this Weekend
We have a new member, Ann Cheek, to join this weekend!  If you are not yet a member of Mims UMC, please let me (Pastor John) know ASAP by responding to this email, and we would love to welcome you this weekend, as well!

Senior Luncheon This Friday
All are encouraged to bring a covered dish to share this Friday at noon.

“Trunk or Treat” with our Cub Scouts
Our Cub Pack will be holding a “Trunk or Treat” party in our parking area, Tuesday, October 30, from 6 – 7 p.m.  Come with your car (trunk decorated if you like, and in costume if you like – with candy, fo course!).  Arrive a little early, and enjoy the fun!

Wednesday Dinners
This Wednesday, the main course is Beef Rouladen.  The following week, on Halloween, all the food will be “Halloween” themed (the main course is Chicken-Pot-Pie).  $8 per adult (ask for child’s price).

Mims UMC Serves Community Breakfast on Saturday, November 3
It our turn again to serve the community breakfast at First UMC Titusville, Nov. 3.  We need volunteers, so call Julie Harrison to let her know you can help.  321-704-9499

Big Weekend, November 17-18, Including a Church Covered Dish Lunch and Workshop
Rev. Michael Beck will be our guest preacher for all services on the weekend of Nov. 17-18.  Michael is a dynamic speaker who has a passion for reaching beyond the walls our the church to engage the community with the love and Gospel of Christ – those folks who probably would never come to a service in our sanctuaries.  Our church’s new Bike Trail Ministry is one such “Fresh Expression of Church.”  Following the 11 a.m. service, we will join together in a Covered Dish Luncheon, followed immediately by an inspiring session with Michael as he helps us see the potential of this new ministry!  Mark your calendars now, so you don’t miss it!

Updates from Mims UMC

Updates from Mims UMC

Dinner This Evening
Our Wednesday dinner at 5 p.m. this evening is Hunter’s Chicken.  Join your church family for the best meal in Mims!  $8.

Our Soccer Team Plays Saturday
Our church sponsors an “Under 6 year olds” soccer team.  It’s lots of fun to go out and cheer them on!  The “Fireballs” are scheduled to play this Saturday morning, Oct. 20, at 10:30 a.m. on Field 9 at Chain of Lakes sports complex (turn off US 1 onto Truman Scarborough Way).  Bring your own lawn chair.

Attend Our Annual “Church Conference” This Monday
Our annual “Church Conference” will be held this coming Monday, October 22 (6:30 p.m.) at Indian River City UMC on SR 50.    It will a joint Conference with Indian River City UMC and First UMC Port St. John.  All members are encouraged to attend, leaders are expected.  (There will be NO Bible Study (morning or evening) this Monday.)

Mullet Festival Meeting Change
Our Mullet Festival Committee meeting previously scheduled this Thursday, Oct. 18, has been moved to Nov. 1.

Our Turn to Serve the Community Breakfast at First UMC, Nov. 1
Every quarter, our church serves the Community Breakfast at First UMC, Titusville, and November 1 is our turn.  We will need volunteers.  Contact Julie Harrison to volunteer (321-704-9499).

No Bible Study This Monday
Because Monday is our Church Conference (see above), we will not hold Bible Study (neither in the morning or evening).  We will resume classes on Oct. 29.

Sending Robert Rember to Seminar for Young Preachers
We are excited that our church is sending Robert Rember to “The Academy for Young Preachers” in Atlanta in January!  A number of you have made generous donations to make it possible for him to go.  We still need some funds to help with his airfare.  If you would like to help, mark your check clearly.  Robert will preach for us the weekend following Easter.  Thanks!

Pastor John