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

A word from the Pastor

Mullet Festival a Great Success!
Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make the Festival a great success!  There are so many people to thank, but we need to especially thank Julie, Skip, and Bill who have worked nearly every day for for weeks getting ready.   It was a terrific day!

A Word of Thanks from Dot Kunde
We want to thank everyone, from the bottom of our hearts, who baked for and helped at the Bake sale Saturday.  Ladies you outdid yourselves and we sold everything! This will be one of our better years. We thank you for the quality and variety of the baked goods.  My special thanks to my daughter, Lacy, who baked 59 items for the sale.  Also to Delorse Cohen for the 4 specialty cakes she made for us. We had a raffle and made $71.50 on the cakes.  Thanks again to all for your help.  Could not have done it without you.  –  Dotti, Joanne and Karen

A Word of Thanks from Joan West and JoAnn Katrick
Thanks to all who worked so tirelessly at the children’s games to make it a huge success!  –  Joan and JoAnn

Bible Study This Evening In the Office
Our study on “How to Study the Bible” will meet this evening at 6:30 p.m. in the Historical Room.

“Fireballs” Soccer Team Game Day and Time Change
The soccer team our church sponsors are and under-6 year old team, called the “Fireballs”  They play at Chain of Lakes.  Their game scheduled for this coming Saturday has been changed to tomorrow (Tuesday) evening at 6 p.m.  Come out and cheer them on!

Update from the Pastor

Updates About this Weekend, etc.

IT’S HERE!  MULLET FESTIVAL IS HERE!
The Mullet Festival is THIS SATURDAY!  Folks are scurrying around our campus and the community running errands, setting up tents and so forth, and getting things ready!  Thursday and Friday will be the biggest prep days, so we can use all the help we can get.  Work gets started each day about 9 a.m., and continues throughout the day.  Work will also take place Thursday and Friday from 5 – 7:00 p.m. so those of you who work can have the fun of helping!  We thank the usual crew of folks who are spending the week here at the church so that all will be ready.  Contact Julie Harrison if you can pitch in at the Festival itself – we can always use more workers, even if its only for one hour!  Her cell number is 321-704-9499.  The Mullet Festival is Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  We also will need folks for “tear down” on Monday, so come help us pack everything away for next year.  Thanks!

ONLY ONE SERVICE THIS WEEKEND
We remind you that our 7:00 p.m. Saturday evening and 8:30 a.m. Sunday services are cancelled this weekend.  We will hold only one combined service – at 11:00 a.m. Sunday.  There is no breakfast or combined service with the Baptists this year.  (NOTE:  There WILL NOT BE a “coffee hour” this Sunday, but there WILL BE Sunday School at 9:30 a.m.)  We hope to see you Sunday at 11 a.m.

DINNER THIS EVENING AT THE CHURCH
Our Wednesday dinner at the church this evening will be spaghetti with meatballs and sausage, salad and garlic bread.  $8.

PRAYER REQUEST
Please be in prayer for the family of Dorothy Beville (Barbara Beville’s sister-in-law and Sharon Griffis’ aunt), who passed away.  Dorothy was a member of First Baptist Church, Aurantia.