Church News

Even though summer is upon us, lots of things are still happening at your church!  Don’t miss any of it!

Sermon Series Continues
This weekend we will consider the ninth commandment, “Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness.”  The title is “Truth or Consequences” and the texts are Exodus 20:16  and  Ephesians 4:25 and 29.  If you missed a sermon, the manuscript is posted on our website  See you this weekend!

Calling All Leaders in Our Church: Great Training Event, August 25!
Pastor John hopes ALL our leaders will attend a training event “Church of the Future,” put on by our District, Saturday, August 25, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., at Indian River City UMC (complimentary lunch provided for all who register).  There will be three speakers: Dale Locke, pastor of the second fastest growing UMC in the USA (in our District!), Community of Hope.  He will share how his congregation grew from meeting in his garage to now averaging 1,900 in worship attendance.  Corky Calhoun of Georgiana UMC in Merritt Island will share how his church has grown from 60 in worship to now worshiping 759 by becoming a “Generous Church.”  Michel Beck, pastor at Wildwood UMC is a much sought out speaker about how “Fresh Expressions of Church” have revitalized the ministry outreach of his church, taking the Gospel to those outside the walls of the church where people gather.  Please let Pastor John know you plan to attend, so he can let IRC know how many to expect for set up and lunch.  You can respond to this email (be sure to give your name and that you want to register for the training event).

“Disciple” Bible Study to Be Offered, Beginning in August
Beginning in mid-August, Pastor John plans to lead a comprehensive overview of the entire Bible, called “Disciple: Becoming Disciples Through Bible Study.”  This is a major commitment for all those who have always wanted to understand the Bible and what it means for our lives.  The course is 34 sessions, and sessions last 2 1/2 hours each (including a video).  There are daily assigned Bible readings, and a workbook.  The course is designed for a group of 15 or more people, so we need at least 15 ready to commit to this before we can know for sure it can be offered.  If you have friends from the community who would like to participate, they are welcome. The cost for the Study Manual is $40.00 (for the entire 34 weeks).  The time/day when it will be offered is yet to be determined.  Contact Pastor John by responding to this email (be sure to give your name, that you are interested in Disciple, and if you would prefer day or evening).

Next Short-term Study “Learning to Study Your Bible”
For those who can’t commit to a 34 week study, Pastor John plans to also offer an 8 week study on “Learning to Study Your Bible.”  This study has not even been released yet, Cokesbury says it is “coming in August.”  That means we don’t know precisely when we can start, maybe in September.  There is a Participant Book that will be less than $10 (exact price will be known later).  Contact Pastor John by responding to this email (be sure to give your name, that you are interested in Learning to Study Your Bible, and if you would prefer day or evening).  We’ll let you know a start date, once we know. ).

Scout House Roof Replacement Well-underway
Many thanks to all those who worked HARD in the heat this past Saturday and Sunday to prepare the roof of our Scout House for the installation of a new metal roof!  We had representatives from our church, our Scout Troop, and even a few folks from the community pitch in!  Special kudos to Tom Chodorowski who is giving leadership; to Riley Myers and some of his friends who carried a lot of the work-load; to the Scouts and Scout leaders/parents who pitched in; and to the ladies that provide food and refreshments. The roof now should not leak.  We will soon schedule another date to install the metal roof.  We will let you know.

Work Day June 23 – Yard Work Around the Taylor Property
As you know, we are planning on renting the Taylor house soon.  Bill Haas and Skip Watson, and many other volunteers, have been working almost full-time to update and prepare the house.  We thank them for ALL their hard work!  The interior is nearing completion, but there still is work to do outside (yard and some roof repairs).  Join us in the morning,Saturday, June 23 (8 a.m. through noon).

Pastor John’s Vacation
Pastor John will take vacation from July 3 – 20.  Guest preachers have been scheduled for the two weekend he will be gone.  Rev. Beth Burton, Associate Pastor of Grace UMC in Merritt Island will preach the weekend of July 7/8.  Rev. Bob Titus, Pastor Emeritus at First UMC Titusville, will preach Saturday, July 14.  Rev. Bob Brown, former pastor at Coronado Community UMC in New Smyrna Beach, will preach July 15.  Please make them feel welcome!

Eagle Scout Court of Honor
There will be a Court of Honor to award the rank of Eagle to Stevie Reaves, this Saturday, June 16, beginning at 2 p.m. in our fellowship hall.  Our congregation is warmly invited to participate and support our Scout troop!

Piano Available Free to a Good Home
A woman from our community, Carol Duffey, called the church wanting to find a good home for a piano in her home.  She offered it to the church, but we already have pianos where we need them on our campus.  She would be happy to donate the piano to anyone who would like it, provided they arrange to have it moved.  She says it is a Kimball-Whitney brand upright in good condition.  Call her at 321-267-8903 if you are interested.

Lorraine on the Mend
Many have been asking about Lorraine Karel who fractured her hip last week.  She is recovering from surgery and is being moved to Vista Manor Nursing and Rehab on Jess Parrish Court (near the hospital).  Thanks to all who have volunteered to help at the church to cover ALL the MANY things Lorraine usually takes care of!

Gary Stoner Now at Sea Pines Rehab in Melbourne
Gary Stoner is now at Sea Pines in Melbourne receiving the therapy he needs.  He is now able to have visitors.  Thanks for your continued prayers for his recovery.

New Directories are Here!
The new photo directories have arrived, and will be available for pick-up at worship this weekend, or through the church office next week.  If you had your photo taken, you have a complimentary copy waiting for you.  If you pre-ordered a copy, your copy is ready for purchase ($5).  There will be a list for you to initial so we know who got theirs.  As we announced before the order was placed, no copies, other than those preordered, are available for sale.  Extra copies are intended to be given to new members as they join.

Office Closed Thursday (and Friday) This Week
Our Administrative Assistant, Kim Allen, is taking a vacation day, and Pastor John is taking a make-up day-off tomorrow, Thursday.  Of course, the office always closed on Friday.  Typically, Lorraine would be here those days, but of course she is not able to at this time.