Church News: Back to Normal

Back to Usual Worship Schedule

It’s hard to believe that summer is over and fall is around the corner!  Time sure flies!

Regular Schedule Resumes
Beginning this weekend, our worship schedule is back to normal:  7:00 p.m. on Saturdays, 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. on Sundays, 9:45 a.m. Sunday School.  Write yourself a note and tape it to your bathroom mirror (that’s what I do to remember!).  See you in worship!

New Sermon Series Begins
Beginning this weekend, Pastor John will begin a sermon series called “Taste and See” focusing on enriching our experience of Holy Communion.  We tend to see Communion as a somber memoriail meal – and of course, sometimes (especially during Lent), that is appropriate.  But much of Christendom calls Communion “The Eucharist,” that implies joy and celebration.  During this series, Pastor John will preach on other stories and texts that broaden and deepen our experience of Communion.  Naturally, it only makes sense to offer The Eucharist at each service during the series.  Come “taste and see the goodness of the Lord!”

Worship Order on Sundays Adjusted for the Series
In order to focus our worship toward Holy Communion, the order of our worship services will be adjusted somewhat.  Basically, the sermon will come earlier in the service, and other portions (offering an prayers) will follow as our response to hearing the Word.  The purpose is to elevate the importance of sharing in the sacrament.  This actually is the recommended worship order outlined in the front of our hymnal.  We’re going to give it a try during this series.  It’s good to mix it up from time to time so we don’t fall into a rut!

Scout House Interior Repairs 
On Saturday, Sept. 8 and 15, a volunteer mission team from First United Methodist Church of Kissimmee will be on our campus to renovate the interior of the Scout House that was damaged by water due to the hurricane.  After the repairs, new carpet will be laid.  The cost for all this renovation is being covered by offerings from other congregations (around $3,000).  It is good to be part of a “connectional” denomination where sisters and brothers from other congregations show the love of Jesus – to us!  Hopefully one day, we can return the gesture!

Eagle Scout Ceremony
We are invited to attend the Eagle Award Ceremony for Quintin Lee Davis of our Troop.  This will take place at North Brevard Shrine Club (545 N. Washington Ave.), Saturday, Sept. 15 at 4 p.m.  We are proud of the exceptional young men in our Troop!  Congratulations, Quintin!

Offering Counters Needed
Following the 11:00 a.m. service every week, two (non-related) persons from our congregation count our offering and prepare it for deposit.  We are in need of a few more folks to be trained to do this – on a rotation so that no one is asked to do it more than once per month.  Contact Bill Haas or Julie Harrison if you are interested.

Mullet Festival Is Upon Us!
In just one month, we will be in FULL MULLET FESTIVAL MODE!   We need everyone’s participation.  Plan to volunteer by contacting Julie Harrison, and pass the word to those you know to come and join us for the day.  The Kick Off Banquet is Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Indian River Preserve Country Club.  Cost per ticket is $25.  Buy your tickets through the church office.  Some Mullet festival committee members are also selling them.

Worship Schedule Adjustments around the Mullet Festival
There will be NO Saturday worship on Sept. 25 (we will all be at the Kick Off Banquet), and NO Saturday worship on Oct. 6 (the day of the Festival).  On the day after the Festival (Sunday, Oct. 7), the 8:30 a.m. service will be cancelled.  We all attend the 11:00 a.m. service that day (so we can all “sleep in” a little bit – we’ll need it!).  There is no breakfast or combined service with the Baptists this year.

See you in worship!

Pastor John

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Who Jesus Is According to John

“Who Jesus Is, According to John”

John 1:1-5, 10-14;  20:30-31  (NRSV)

By John Gill

I hope you had the chance to read all the way through the Gospel of John this week, as I invited you to last Sunday, because today, the theme for our message is the Gospel of John.  As you probably are aware, this is the final sermon in a series I am preaching on “Who Jesus is, according to” each of the writers of the four Gospels – each gospel writer answers that question a little differently, giving us four similar, yet distinctly different portraits of Christ.

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Who Jesus is, according to Luke?

“Who is Jesus, According to Luke?”

Luke 19:10  (NRSV)

By Rev. John Gill

Which of the four Gospels is your favorite Gospel?  Have you ever asked yourself that question?  Even though most all of us appreciate aspects of each of the Gospels, there is usually one that particularly resonates with us, for one reason or another – the Gospel we turn to first when we want to read the story of Jesus.  Which Gospel speaks most powerfully to you?  Let’s do a quick poll by a show of hands:

Matthew?    Mark?    Luke?    John?    Can’t decide?

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Here is the latest from your church:

Summer is flying by!  Here are things you need to know moving forward:

Mullet Festival, Oct. 6, Kick-off Banquet, Sept 29
Fall (a.k.a. The Mullet Festival) will be here before you know it.  We need “all hands on deck” to make our 10th annual festival a smashing success.  Volunteer to help, even if it’s only for part of a day.  Soon we will be letting you know your options.  Be praying for good weather this year!   Also, it’s time to purchase tickets for the Kick-off Banquet (buffet) at the Indian River Preserve Country Club.  Tickets are $25 per person (remember – this is a fundraiser).  It will be held on, Saturday, September 29 at 5 p.m.  Tickets are available from Erika Watson and Sid Champagne.

Mullet Festival Day at Honeysuckle’s, Tuesday, August 21
Eat at Honeysuckle’s on Tuesday to support our Mullet Festival!

Meetings Coming Up
Thursday, Aug. 16 (7:00 p.m.) – Mullet Festival Committee
Monday, Aug. 21 (9:30 a.m.) – Family-Life Committee
Monday, Aug. 21 (10:30 a.m.) – Wednesday Night Supper Planning
Monday, Aug. 21 (7:00 p.m.) – Staff-Parish Relations Committee
Thursday, Aug. 23 (7:00 p.m.) – Finance Committee
Monday, Aug. 27 (6:30 p.m.) – Lay Leadership/Nominations Committee

“We Missed You at Church” Postcards Available
Have you ever noticed someone has been missing from worship for some time and thought it would be good if someone contacted them?  Why don’t you do it!  Thanks to the generosity of Cathy DeRusha, we now have “We missed you at church.  Please visit us again” postcards of our church that you can pick up and mail.  They will be available in the rear of the sanctuary, along with a copy of the new directory so you can look up an address to write on your card.  Then write personal note and post it.  Please help us let those absent members and visitors/friends know that they are missed!

Leadership Training Event, August 25
Aug. 25 (one week from Saturday) 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Indian River City UMC.  No cost.  Pastor John has already registered those who signed up (22 registered).  Others still can register at

POV (“Point of View”) Seminar, September 15
A POV is a safe place to sit down with other Christians as we share together and wrestle with issues where faithful people may disagree, seeking to understand one another.  We may not agree but we can engage one another without being disagreeable.  POV is a one-day experience that makes space for engaging difficult conversations through the lens of empathy, context and mission – a space where you can bring your thoughts, questions, emotions, and heart without the fear of being judged or coerced.  The theme for this POV will be the issue of how the church should approach LGBTQ inclusion in the Church.  It will be held at First UMC Orlando, Sept. 15  (9-3).  The only cost is a donation for the lunch (recommend $10).  Pastor John will attend.  Register online at website for the East Central District

Update on “The Way Forward”
The Assistant to the Bishop (who also served as the Secretary of “The Way Forward” Commission) will give us an update at a session, Monday, September 24 at 10 a.m., at Suntree UMC in Melbourne.  Pastor John will NOT be attending, as this conflicts with our regular Bible Study.  Everyone is welcome to attend this Update, no registration is required.

Mims UMC’s “Church Conference,” Monday, Oct. 22 at Indian River City UMC
Our annual Church Conference will be held in conjunction with Indian River City and Port St. John churches AT Indian River City UMC, beginning 6:30 p.m.  All our Leaders are expected to attend, every member of the church is also encouraged and has a “vote.”  Mark your calendars now not to miss.  (We will have to cancel Bible Study that evening).

Fresh Expressions Weekend at Mims UMC
One of the leaders of the Fresh Expressions movement in Florida is Rev. Michael Beck.  He will be our guest for the weekend of Nov. 17-18.  He will preach at all services and lead us in a workshop to help us with our plans for our Bike Path ministry.  Watch for more details to come!

Children’s Ministry on Sunday Mornings???
Karen Oddo, our Education Coordinator, would like to find out if any of our youth and children are interested in “God Squad” starting again in September.  God Squad is a 2 hour Sunday School activity on the one Sunday each month with different types of activities, crafts and lessons.  In the past we have had snacks or ordered from McDonalds from the children’s menu (participants bring $2).  Please contact Karen Oddo at if you are interested.

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