Sermon #3

Series: “10 Keys to the Joyful Life”
#3: “Called to Live in the Power of God’s Name”

Exodus 20:7  and  Acts 19:11-16 (NRSV)

By Pastor John Gill

What’s with all the swearing in politics today?  In this past election cycle, a number of candidates freely used vulgarities in speeches and public comments that would have been unthinkable until recent years.  Politicians have always been guilty of muttering curses under their breath – when they are off-mike or in the privacy of cocktail parties or private meetings, but today, a number of politicians seem to be spewing out profanities deliberately as a tactic to get noticed or to seem tough.  And it seems that the American public is now OK with it.  A sad development.

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Sermons #2

“Ten Keys to a Joyful Life”
#2:  “Is Your God too Small?”

Exodus 20:4-6  and  Jeremiah 10:1-10 (NIV)

Pastor John Gill

It was Sunday morning on a military base, and all the young enlistees were in chapel.  The chaplain that day was especially concerned about the moral decay of young people, so he preached a powerful sermon on the Ten Commandments.  As they filed out of chapel, one of the soldiers leaned over to his buddy and said . . .   “Well, at least I haven’t made any graven images!”

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What’s Happening at our Church


Worship This Weekend
Pastor John continues his sermon series on The Ten Commandments: Keys to the Joyful Life, with a sermon on the Second Commandment: “Is Your God Too Small?”  Read Exodus 20:4-6  and  Jeremiah 10:1-10.“Melodies in Motion” Bell Choir to Play This Sunday at 11:00 
We are excited that our bell choir his been revived and will play for the first time this Sunday at 11 a.m.!  We thank all those who are playing, and especially Linda Nash who has volunteered to direct!  After this Sunday, the bells will recess for the summer, but look forward to starting back in the fall!
Covered Dish Dinner This Saturday
Join us at 4:00 p.m. this Saturday, April 21 for a covered dish dinner, honoring someone special in our church.  Bring a dish to share (the church will provide dessert).
The Next Bible Study:  The Book of Revelation
Our current study is on Sabbath, and will continue for two more Mondays.  The next study will be “Breaking the Code: Understanding the Book or Revelation” by Bruce Metzger.  The study begins on Monday, May 7 and continues for eight weeks.  Two optional sessions are offered: 10:00 a.m. or 6:30 p.m.  There is no book to buy.  We will be reading through the Book of Revelation, watch a video, and discuss.  To prepare, read Revelation 1:1-20.
Next Church Workday, Saturday, April 28
Plan to roll up your sleeves and help with odd jobs in and around our church on April 28.  We all will gather in our fellowship hall at 8 a.m. to get our work assignments (we have a check-list of things to accomplish).  We will be done by 12 (no lunch this time).  Thanks in advance for your help!
“Food and More” Partners with Our Church
Our Administrative Council has approved providing a space for a small desk on our campus for the director of a new helping agency in Brevard County, called “Food and More.”  This new organization provides meals for at risk children in the Mims and Scottsmore areas.  Food is prepared and distributed out of the Volunteer Fire Department across the street from the church, and the ministry works in coordination with Mims Elementary School (and other schools).  No food will be prepared, stored at or distributed from our church. Our church has only been asked to provide space for a small desk where the director, Kathleen Roath-Algera, can use as “home base” when she is in Mims.  We have provided her space in the room nearest the women’s restroom (she will share the space with Roy Carter, who has moved his office to that space).  When you see Kathleen around the church, introduce yourself and make her feel welcome!Senior Luncheon, April 27
Join us for a covered dish “Senior Luncheon” on Friday, April 27 (noon).  Mike Brown, one of our new members who is a retired RN will bring the program discussing functional fitness.Summer Offerings
As we move into the summer months, you are reminded that the expenses of our church continue.  If you are going to be gone for a while, please remember to keep your giving up to date.  We thank you for your continued support!Fifth Sunday Offering, April 29
Fifth Sunday special offerings traditionally have been given to our Florida UM Children’s Home.  Since we meet our goal through our Mullet Festival Golf Tournament, we are now dedicating two of the four “fifth Sundays” in the year to fund local projects.  On April 29, we will receive a special “second mile” offering to fund the repair of the roofs on our campus damaged by the hurricane.  Please be prepared to be generous!

Thursday, April 19:  Mullet Festival Committee (7 p.m.)
Tuesday, April 24:  Trustees (7 p.m.)
Thursday, April 26:  Finance (7 p.m.)


Sermon #1

Series: Ten Keys to the Joyful Life
April 15, 2018 #1: First Things First

Exodus 20:2-3 and Mark 12:29-31 (NIV)

Pastor John Gill

I want you to listen carefully to this statement, and see if you agree: “The Ten Commandments are the primary utterances and most basic commands of God, the guiding principles for how we should relate to God and to others, and the foundation on which a civilized society should be built.”
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What’s Happening at Mims UMC?

Sermon This Weekend:  The First Commandment
This Saturday and Sunday, Pastor John will preach on the first of the Ten Commandments in his series, “Ten Keys to the Joyful Life.”  The Sermon this week is “First Things First,” based on Exodus 20:2-3 and Mark 12:28-31.  We will see you in worship!
Tax Refunds Donated to Our Church!
We thank a few folks in our church who have donated their tax refund checks to our church!  Thank you so much!  We have many generous people in our congregation who “think outside the box” to provide for the financial needs of our ministry!  Thanks again!No Longer Mailing Out Monthly Offering Envelopes
To save costs, our congregation no longer will be mailing out offering envelopes.  Instead, packets (12 or 52) are available in the back of the sanctuary for you to pick up as needed.  Envelopes also are available in the pew racks.  If you are homebound and would like envelopes, we will gladly mail you a packet.  Contact the church office at 267-6202.
Wednesday Suppers at Our Church
We continue with our superb Wednesday night suppers tomorrow night, April 11, at 5 p.m.  The menu includes lasagna with sausage and meatballs.  The menu for April 18 is corned beef and cabbage.  Cost is $8.  Join us!Pot Luck Supper, April 21
Saturday, April 21 (4:00 p.m.), join us for a church covered-dish supper.  We will be honoring a member of our church.  Bring a dish to share (the church will provide dessert).  Join us!
Staff-Parish Relations Committee
The SPRC will meet for their monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 17 at 7 p.m.  Those on SPRC are to attend.Family Life Committee
Our Family Life Committee will meet on Tuesday, April 17 at 9:30 a.m.Mullet Festival Committee
The Mullet Festival Committee will meet on Thursday, April 19 at 7:00 p.m.

What’s happening in our Church

Dear Mims UMC Family,

Christ is Risen!  He is Risen Indeed!  We held two great Easter services Sunday, and I hope you were able to make one of them!  Thanks to the many people who made our worship services and our Easter breakfast such a success – our musicians at both services, the office staff and volunteers behind the scenes, the set up crew (especially thanks to our Scouts who moved/set-up/removed all the chairs for the sunrise service), and of course, our kitchen crew!  Job well done!

Now we are into the season of “Eastertide” as we continue to rejoice in the Good News of the resurrection of Christ – through Pentecost Sunday, May 20 (the day six of our young people will be confirmed).  Here are things you need to know about as we move into the spring:

Four Week Study on “Sabbath: Recovering Rest in Our Non-stop Lives”
Beginning this Monday and continuing for four weeks (April 9-30), Pastor John will lead a study based on the book 24/6: A Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life.  (Book cost $10 – three copies left).  Two identical sessions are offered (10:00 a.m. or 6:30 p.m.). (Those already registered who have not picked up their books are asked to do at worship this weekend and read the first three chapters – they are short.) Come rediscover the importance of Sabbath Rest in your life.
The Ten Commandments Sermon-Series
Beginning this weekend, Pastor John will begin a new sermon series on The Ten Commandments: “Ten Keys to the Joy-filled Life”.  The sermon this weekend will be an introduction to the series (“The Law: Good News or Bad?”), then each Saturday/Sunday thereafter we will consider each of the Commandments and how they apply to us, even today.  Don’t miss any of this important series!
Bell Choir Is Going Strong!
Did you know we have resurrected our bell choir?  We have!  (see the image)  Linda Nash has volunteered to reorganize and direct our choir – and we hope to play during the 11 a.m. service on April 22.  We are still in need of a few more ringers, so if you read a little music, we’d love for your to join us.  We practice on Wednesdays at 5:45 (between the dinner and choir practice).  Contact the office if you might like to try it out!
Good News Club Ends the School Year with a Party!
Cathy DeRusha and her crew did a terrific job leading our Good News Club this year!  (see image) The Good News Club had dozens of children from Mims Elementary School enrolled, where they learned about Jesus and what it means to be a disciple.  For many of these children, this is their only exposure of the Good News.  The team is always looking for more volunteers to help out.  Contact Cathy DeRusha or the church office to volunteer or for more information.That’s about all for now.  I will see you in worship!

I love being your pastor!

Pastor John

New Bible Study

Beginning April 9th, Pastor John will lead a four week Bible study entitled “24/6…A Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life”, about honoring the Sabbath.