E-News, June 2nd, 2017


     The summer is a time for going to the movies. There is nothing quite like going into a theater with a big bag of popcorn and seeing a big-budget action film on the screen.
     You have probably noticed the popularity of comic book movies that have been coming out each year for the past decade. Because I was not a big comic reader as a child, I really enjoy learning about the back-story of the characters. It is fascinating to see the characters evolve over time and become the iconic superheroes that we are familiar with.  
     This summer, we will be starting a new worship series on Superheroes of the Bible. And this Sunday, we are looking at the origin-story of the Church—Pentecost. 
   While we may not have super-strength, lightning fast speed, or telepathic powers, with the Holy Spirit, we are able to do far more than we could ever imagine on our own. Over the next several weeks we will be looking at the lives of ordinary people in Scripture and learning how their obedience to God and through the power of the Spirit, they accomplished great things for God’s Kingdom. I hope you will invite a friend to come on this journey with us.  

- Pastor Drew

snapshots of grace...     
Last Sunday, at the 9:30 Worship service, six-year-old Annabelle Rogers joined the band to help lead worship. Before she asked to help, she learned beforehand about how to help lead  worship. She also studied all the songs and learned them beforehand. She did a great job!
This Sunday at Memorial....
8:00AM - Traditional Worship
       at Trinity United Methodist Church           
       9:00AM - Coffee and donuts  
           fellowship in Maxwell Hall
9:30AM - Contemporary Worship 
      in Maxwell Hall          
     10:30AM - Coffee and donuts         
      fellowship in Maxwell Hall
11:00AM - Formal, Traditional Worship  
      in Maxwell Hall   

"When the Spirit Blows"
- Pastor Beth

this week at memorial....

SUNDAY: Wear Red for Pentecost Sunday  The Greek word pentecoste means "fiftieth day." Pentecost is the 50th day after Easter and the day on which the Christian church commemorates the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles and others assembled in Jerusalem. It marks the beginning of the Christian church and the proclamation of its message throughout the world and is often referred to as the birthday of the church. The liturgical color for Pentecost is red. 

To learn more, here's Chuck to explain it:

SUNDAY: SWEL (Single Women Enjoying Lunch): The ladies of  SWEL will meet Sunday at Luca's at 12:30PM.  All single women, or ladies who come alone to church, are invited! Please RSVP to  Marilyn Perkin.  

SUNDAY: MUMC Orientation     If you are new to our church and interested in learning more about the United Methodist Church and life at Memorial, then sign up for our next MUMC Orientation, June 4th  at 9:30AM in the Partin Center. Contact Karen Schmitt, to sign up

SUNDAY: MUMC’s Taizé Worship Memorial’s Taizé worship is a peaceful, personal communion service often called a “renewal for the soul.” Taizé worship is always the first Sunday of each month at 6:00PM at Trinity United Methodist Church.

WEDNESDAY - SATURDAY: Florida Annual Conference in Orlando This Wednesday, a group from Memorial will be heading down to Orlando to attend the Florida Annual Conference along with other Methodists from around Florida. You can watch the live stream of the events and sessions through the Florida Conference Website. Click HERE for more information. Please say a prayer for our conference and those attending.   

Update on the Wednesday Sandwich Ministry: More Supplies Needed

      While Wednesday Dinners are on summer hiatus, Memorial's Sandwich Ministry offers a portable dinner to our guests in Maxwell Hall each Wednesday. America’s Youth has been averaging 30 kids each  week, and they expect even more over the summer. In addition to the 30+ kids from America's Youth,  an average of 17 - 20 adults guests come to Maxwell Hall each Wednesday to get a meal.  This means the Sandwich Ministry makes around 50 dinners a week! 

Thank you to you, the congregation, for the donations given so far.
The response has been great.
More items are still needed to continue unto the summer.   
Chips, cookies, peanut butter, grape jelly, fruit snacks, and cookies are always needed.
There are collection boxes in Maxwell Hall and in Partin Center.

Monetary donations are appreciated. Please designate “Sandwich Ministry” on your check to donate.    

Memorial's Holy Land Tour in 2018


MUMC will host a 10-day Holy Land Tour departing May 29th, 2018, with
Educational Opportunities Tours.
If you are interested in going on the tour, please contact
Marilyn Perkins at  mjperkins1@comcast.net or 904-849-7545.

For more information on the tour, you can view the brochure here.

You can also watch a video, below:

snapshots of grace....

Last Sunday, Lee Scott represented the deep Methodist roots of his family as he became part of the 6th generation of children baptized at Memorial!  He even wore the baptismal gown worn by all his family members, beginning with the 1st generation member baptized in Memorial in 1917. Photos from the baptism are in the slideshow below.
Vacation Bible School (VBS) at Memorial is June 19th – 23rd  

       Children are invited to come explore our faith and learn more about the Heroes of the Bible June 19th - 23rd from 9:00AM – 12:00PM daily.

  VBS is for children who have completed PreK - 4th grade (rising Kindergartners through rising 5th graders) and is run almost completely by volunteers. Contact Pastor Carrie with questions.     

     VBS is a wonderful opportunity for us to meet our mission of "Making Disciples of Jesus Christ." Over 100 children usually attend each year. If you are looking for an opportunity to truly make a difference and spread the story of God's love, this is the perfect place for YOU to volunteer!

          Pre-registration is required for all children attending               and for adult and youth volunteers at: 2017.cokesburyvbs.com/mumcfern.


Youth Summer Volunteer Days at Barnabas   The youth at MUMC had wonderful experiences volunteering at the Barnabas Food Pantry in the past and they asked to do so, again. Thursdays in the summer, from June 15th – August 3rd (except June 22nd during VBS and July 20th while the youth are at Branches) youth will meet at Barnabas from 9:00AM – 12Noon to help in the food pantry. Volunteers from Memorial will be there to assist. Students need to wear closed-toed shoes and bring a bottle of water. Barnabas is located at 1303 Jasmine Street, in the plaza behind Moon River Pizza.

New Wednesday Study Opportunity, Beginning June 14th Are you interested in learning more about and discussing the sermons of John Wesley? Join the new study on Wednesday nights at 6:00PM in the Partin Center. The study will be led by Jon Yoder and Pastor Drew and begin June 14th. 

Interested in Ordering a Magnetic MUMC Name Tag? To order a Memorial name tag, contact Marilyn Perkins at mjperkins1@comcast.net  or 904-849-7545. Name tags are $8.50 each.
snapshots of grace...
   Our Kids Encounter Service at Memorial made pictures and a welcome banner for the Santos family in Guatemala. Below are photos of the family holding up the pictures and banner in front of their new home! Missionaries working through Solomon's Porch helped build the home for the family! Your support of this mission helped to fund this build.
mark your calendars...
June 4thMUMC Orientation, 9:30AM, in the Partin Center   
June 4thTaizé Worship, 6:00PM, Trinity United Methodist Church

June 8th – 10th Florida Annual Conference, Orlando          

June 16th – Youth Trip to Ichetucknee Springs, 8:30AM
June 19th – 23rdVacation Bible School  at Memorial, 9:00AM

June 29th M&M Dinner, 6:00PM, Maxwell Hall