Church News

Dear Church Family,

It’s great to be back from my vacation!  We missed all of you while we were gone.  Thanks for welcoming the guest preachers who filled in so well.  I know they were a blessing to you, as you were to them!  Even though it is still “summer,” lots is going on that you will want to know about.  Here is a summary:

It’s Our Turn to Put On the Community Breakfast, Sat. August 4
Our community puts on a free breakfast for anyone in the community who wants to come every Saturday morning at First UMC in Titusville.  Our church provides the volunteers four times per year.  August 4 in our next turn.  We will need folks to cook and serve.  Contact Julie Harrison (321-704-9499) for info and to volunteer.

Christian Men’s Gathering Every Wednesday at Sonny’s
All men of the church and community are invited every Wednesday (10:45-11:45 a.m.) to Sonny’s BBQ in Titusville for lunch (salad bar, pulled pork, beans, slaw and drink) for a “donation” to cover the cost of the food and service.  This group is called F.U.E.L   Every week there is a different inspirational speaker.  Pastor John attends some weeks.  No reservation required – just drop by.

All Leaders Training Event, Saturday, August 25
Every leader is expected (and everyone else is welcome) to attend a training event put on by our District, Saturday, August 25 (9 a.m. – 3 p.m., free lunch included), a Indian River City UMC.  There will be three dynamic presenters who will share with us lots of great ideas and information to help us become more vital and effective as a congregation.  We need a count to turn in so they can prepare for lunch.  RSVP to Pastor John (you can reply to this email, and be sure to give your name) or sign up at Administrative Council, July 31, or in worship.

Children’s Home Offering This Weekend
At this weekend’s services we will receive an offering for the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home.  Please plan to be generous with this “second mile” gift.

Do You Have a Heart for Foster Children?
Pastor John is involved in a Foster Care Task Force, a part of the Northern Brevard Coalition of Human Services.  This group, made up mostly of representatives from congregations, exists to support foster parenting and to recruit new foster homes (very much needed in Northern Brevard).  There is a new initiative we are coordinating with Brevard Family Partnership (the Foster Care agency for Brevard County).  It’s called “Just One,” with the hope that every congregation within our county will be involved in supporting the wonderful people who open their homes and the children they care for.  “Just One” means that if every church had just one fostering family, there would be plenty of good homes to place children into.  The plan also is that churches will “adopt” a fostering family – coming alongside them to encourage them and offering various kinds of support.  We are looking for a person in our congregation who may feel called to be our “point person” for this ministry, let me (Pastor John) know (you can reply to this and give your name and that you are interested, or call 321-794-0010).

Mission Trip Opportunity
Tori Stonebreaker and Riley Myers of our church will be going again to the Dominican Republic, and still have a few tee shirts for sale ($20).  They are available in the church office.  However, if you are interested in experiencing a mission trip, our congregation has been invited to participate in a mission trip to Guatemala, January 5-19, being organized by Coronado Community UMC in New Smyrna Beach.  That church supports a clinic and school there.  The cost is about $1,500 and lodging will be in a hotel.  If you are interested, contact Jack Travis (734-368-3838).

Mullet Festival Day at Hero’s Grill, July 31
Our next Mullet Festival restaurant fundraiser will be from 2-5 p.m. at Hero’s Grill (1300 South St.).  Be sure to tell them you are supporting the Mullet Festival.

Trustees Meet Tomorrow (Tuesday)
Our Trustees will meet tomorrow (Tuesday) at 7 p.m.

Senior Luncheon, this Friday at Noon
Our MUMS (Mims United Methodist Seniors) will hold their monthly covered dish luncheon this Friday, July 27, at noon.  Please join us!

Administrative Council, Tuesday July 31
Our next full Council meeting will be Tuesday, July 31 at 7 p.m.  Voting Council members are expected, everyone is welcome to attend and observe.

Church-wide Birthday Party Needs Table Hosts
Our annual Church-wide Birthday Party will be Saturday, January 26, and we already have nine table hosts!  We still need hosts for “April,” “June,” and “September.”  To volunteer, contact Delorse Cohen (321-383-1295).