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We are now solidly into “fall” mode, even if the thermometer doesn’t realize it (yet).  That means we need all hands on deck for all the activities that will soon be upon us!  Here is info you need to know:

Cancelled Services Due to Mullet Festival Events
Because of the Mullet Festival Kick-off Banquet this Saturday at 5 p.m. (Indian River Preserve Golf Club), there will be NO SATURDAY WORSHIP, SEPTEMBER 29.  And because the Mullet Festival is the next Saturday there will be NO SATURDAY WORSHIP, OCTOBER 6, either.  On SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7, there will be no breakfast or outdoor worship with the Baptists.  Instead, we will CANCEL THE 8:30 A.M. SERVICE, AND HOLD ONE COMBINED SERVICE AT 11:00 A.M.  Please mark your calendars!

Mullet Festival Set-up – MANY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
All next week, volunteers will be at the church from 9 a.m. on to help set up everything for the Mullet Festival.  We also will have a team here October 4 and 5 (Thursday and Friday), from 5 – 7 p.m.. so those who work can still help out.    All hands on deck!

Still Need Homemade Baked Goods for the Mullet Festival Bake Sale
Can you bake for our Bake Sale?  We need great items to sell!  Contact Dot Kunde (321-269-9633 or 321-652-7635) to let her know what you can provide and to find out when to bring the items by.

Senior Adult Covered Dish Lunch this Friday
Our MUMS (Mims United Methodist Seniors) will meet for their monthly covered dish luncheon this Friday, Sept. 28 at noon.  Stephanie Phillips will share about her recent trip to Europe, specifically to Wittenberg and Lutherstadt (two cities associated with Martin Luther).

Our Cub Pack Is Growing by Leaps and Bounds!
Recently, our Administrative Council voted to open our Cub Pack to girls.  Then the Pack held two recruitment events at the two elementary schools that serve Mims – with huge responses!  If all those who have registered follow through, our Pack will grow from 11 children to 69 children (25 of whom are girls)!  As we deal with growing pains, we will have to schedule some Pack events in the fellowship hall (a great problem to have!).  Our Troop has also grown by several boys (still all boys).

Dinner this Evening
Our Wednesday night dinner this evening (5 p.m.) will feature Campfire Chicken.  Cost is $8.

Fifth Sunday Offering This Weekend
There are four “Fifth Sunday Offerings” per year.  Every other one is a collection for the Children’s Home, the others are for an unbudgeted need on our campus.  This coming weekend, the funds given (using the special envelops provided on each pew) will be used to purchase an new upgraded video projector – one that will be much brighter.  Any amount over the cost will be applied to upgrading other technology in the sanctuary used for worship.  Thank you for your support in this effort.

Helping Robert Rember on His Journey to Become a Pastor
Many of us know Robert, a young man who was part of our Scout Troop (now graduated), who preached for us several years ago.  Robert is a member of St. James AME Church in Titusville, and has long been aware that God was calling him into the ministry.  For three years, he has hoped to be able to attend a training event for young clergy in Atlanta, “The National Festival of Young Preachers,” but could not afford to go.  We at our church want to send him this January.  We have an anonymous member of our church who is willing to “match” dollar for dollar donations from others in our church.  Total cost of his registration, lodging, meals, and airfare will be less than $1,000, we believe.  If you want to donated to help this fine young man answer God call to become a pastor, make sure to designate your gift for the “Youth Ministry Fund.”  (Robert will preach for our services the weekend after Easter, April 27/28.)

Church Conference Monday, October 22
Our annual Church Conference will be held in conjunction with Indian River City UMC and Port St. John UMC, on Monday, October 22, at Indian River City UMC, beginning at 6:30 p.m.  All members of the church are urged to attend (all members may vote).  Stephanie Phillips and Pastor John will be making a brief presentation about our new “Fresh Expression” outreach ministry to the bike trail community.  Come and celebrate the ministries of our United Methodist congregations across greater Titusville!

See everyone this weekend for worship!

Pastor John

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Multiplying God’s Love

 Series: “Taste and See”

#4:  Multiplying God’s Love (communion version)

John 6:1-15 (NRSV)

By John Gill

Every time a pastor is appointed to a new church, he or she inherits certain traditions and customs started by their predecessor – programs that may be wonderful, but ones that the new pastor probably would not have begun if it had been up to him or her. I know that has been true for me at every new appointment I have received.

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You are Cordially Invited

Series: Taste and See that the Lord is Good

#3:  You Are Cordially Invited…

Luke 14:12-24 (NLT)

By Rev. John Gill

Football season has begun.  How many of you like football?  What is the premier event in the world of football?  The Superbowl, right?  How much would you pay for a ticket to the Superbowl?  For fans, there is nothing more highly prized than a pair of Superbowl tickets on the 50 yard line.  I’m sure those are snapped up almost instantly once they go on sale, and if you waited tool long, would be impossible to get unless you are willing to pay thousands of dollars to a scalper.  Yes, the Superbowl is one of the most exclusive events in all of sports.

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The Other Lord’s Supper

Series: Taste and See that the Lord is Good
#2: The Other Lord’s Supper
Luke 24:13-35 (NIV)
By Rev. John Gill

“It only takes a moment…” Any of you who are Broadway buffs will recognize those as the words a young man named Cornelius sings to Ms. Malloy in the musical “Hello Dolly.” In this song, he declares that, at first sight, he has fallen in love, and that his life has been forever transformed!

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Church News

Here is the latest from your church.

Hello, Church family!  Here are some items you will want to know about what’s happening at Mims UMC!

Mullet Festival Restaurant Day is Today!
Go out for dinner this evening (Thursday) to Village Inn in Titusville between 5 – 8 p.m.  A percentage of your check will come back to our Mullet Festival fund!

Our Church Now Sponsors a Soccer Team!
Our team is made up of children below the age of 6, so it will be fun to watch them play!  Our church name will be on their soccer shirts and we hope to come out in force to watch them play (and build relationships with the parents and grandparents and invite them to our church).  Games begin this Saturday and continue every Saturday through November 10.  The games are played at Chain of Lakes Park (from US1, turn east on Truman Scarborough Way).  The game this Saturday will begin at 9 a.m. and will be played on “Field 9” – the team color is red, and the coach will be wearing a Gator hat – that’s how you can find them.  Bring a lawn chair and cheer our team on!

Work Renovating the Scout House this Saturday and Next
The volunteer team coming from other congregations to renovate the interior of our Scout House (following hurricane damage) will be here on Saturday, Sept. 8 and 15.  Drop by and thank them for this gift of their time and talents!  The Conference is also paying for the interior restoration from offerings other churches gave to help churches with hurricane damage ($3,000).

Cub Pack Growing with Both Boys and Girls
Our Administrative Council voted recently for our Cub Pack to invite girls to join our Pack (the decision about the Scout Troop including girls has NOT been made).  It appears that this will greatly strengthen our program.  The Pack held its Mims Elementary Recruitment Night on Wednesday and had 17 new girls and 16 new boys register!  This, added to the 11 boys already in the Pack, will greatly increase our numbers!  They will hold another recruitment night for Pinewood Elementary next week.

Wednesday Night Suppers Resume Sept. 12
The Dinners are back! – Wednesdays at 5 p.m.  This week is meatloaf, roasted potatoes, and broccoli casserole.

Pastor John

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Remembrance is an Action Verb

Sermon Series: “Taste and See”

#1:  “Remembrance is an Action Verb”

1 Corinthians 11:23-26 (NIV)

The story is told of a little girl whose parents had taken her forward to receive Holy Communion. The pastor tore off a piece of bread for her to dip in the cup, and handed it too her.  Disappointed with how small the piece was, she cried out, loud enough for everyone in the sanctuary to hear, “I want more!  I want more!”  While embarrassing to her parents and amusing to the pastor and the congregation, this little girl’s cry accurately expresses the way many of us may feel.  We want more!  We are hungry.  We want more than we are receiving from the sacrament of Holy Communion. Continue reading