PEACE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Email Newsletter - December 29, 2017
THIS SUNDAY IN WORSHIP
Sunday, December 31 
ONE COMBINED SERVICE at 10:00 a.m
Fifth Sunday Special Offering for the UM Children's Home

Sermon: Rev. Jim Berlau
Angels Among Us: "Get Up and Go"

Scripture: Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23
 
As we have worked our way through the story of the birth of Christ, we have seen time and again evidence of angels bringing good news of great joy into the lives of others.  We have also seen how those who have experienced these angelic encounters have responded.  Some with fear, some with confusion, some with pure elation.  Yet in the end, all find encouragement, love, and a renewed sense of purpose within their lives. So how should we respond to this good news today? How exciting that we are called to share the same message through our words and actions.  What does God desire of us in response to the birth of Christ?  Maybe it's as simple as being angels to others.
 
Join us January 7, 2018 for Epiphany Sunday (normal worship service times) 
New Worship Series - "Known and Called"
New Worship Series: KNOWN AND CALLED January 14th - February 11th  Theme: As we discover the depth of who Jesus is, we are called to claim these same characteristics as our own.

After the celebration of the birth of Jesus, we move into a season of hearing the stories of people discovering and recognizing the identity of Jesus. In the time from Epiphany to the beginning of Lent, we too will discover the depth of who Jesus is, and by extension who we are called to be as his followers. How are we known as followers? What identifies us in such a way that others see an unmistakable likeness in us?
Ideas for Year End Giving from the Florida United Methodist Foundation
Thank you for your generous gifts throughout the year to support the ministries of Peace. As 2017 comes to a close, we invite you to prayerfully consider a special year-end gift.  Your partnership in faith, prayer and giving makes all the difference.  You'll find creative, and given the new tax code, timely beneficial ideas for year-end giving on our Florida United Methodist Foundation website
New Disciple Fast Bible Study (Luke-Acts) - January 8
Join our Disciple Fast Track study!  Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about or refresh your understanding of the New Testament books of Luke and Acts.  This 12 week course will meet weekly on Monday mornings at 10:30 a.m. starting on January 8th.  For more information, call or email the church office at 407-438-8947 or peacechurchoffice@gmail.com
New Griefshare Class Starts - January 11
Griefshare is a 13-week support group open to anyone who is dealing with the death of a loved one. It's a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life's most difficult experiences.  You'll gain access to valuable resources to help you recover from your loss and look forward to rebuilding your life. You don't have to go through the grieving process alone. Our next class session will begin on January 11th,  meeting on Thursday nights from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. For more information about this ministry, contact Gloria Barber at 407-276-4025.
Life Line Screening Event at Peace - January 11
Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings, is pleased to offer a preventive health event at Peace on January 11 th , 2018. Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries which is a leading cause of stroke; abdominal aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta; hardening of the arteries in the legs which is a strong predictor of heart disease; atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat which is closely tied to stroke risk; and a bone density screening, for men and women. Register for a Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with our Peace member discount).  All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete.  In order to register for this event, please call 1-888-653-6441 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com/advantagemembers .
Thank-A-Teacher Community Event - January 19
Be part of our effort to love and appreciate the teachers and administrative staff of our local elementary and middle schools.  Our goal is to encourage and support those who are dedicated to teaching and serving the children of our community. We'll be hosting our Thank-a-Teacher event on Friday, January 19th  from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., where we'll provide free items to stock classrooms, hand/neck massages, raffle prizes, prayer and a free meal to take home. We'll need volunteers to set up and break down, help with prayers and handing out food and hospitality.  We'll also need plenty of donations in the weeks leading up to the event (watch for more information coming soon). 
FREE "Joy" Workshop at Peace - January 20
As humans, we often use the term "joy" as a synonym for happiness.  But as a "fruit" of the Spirit, (Galatians 5: 22-24) true Joy is awakened in us as we grow in the image of our Lord Jesus.  In his experiential workshop "Awakening the Joy Within", Tom Acey presents a practical guide to us to direct us in our daily lives to live a joyful life.  An experienced facilitator and workshop creator, Tom has presented the Joy Workshop here at Peace several times over the past few years.  And he will be presenting a "new and vastly improved" workshop here on Saturday, January 20 th , 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m . Whether you are a new participant or one who has experienced the Joy Workshop in the past, come and discover a transformation of your mind that the Apostle Paul refers to in Romans 12:2.  Questions? 407-791-3424 or tomacey2004@yahool.com .
5th Annual Divas & Dudes 5K Run/Walk for Youth Missions
On Sunday, March 4, 2018 --Peace Youth will be hosting our FIFTH ANNUAL  Divas and Dudes 5K in Hunter's Creek as a fundraiser for our summer mission trips.  Volunteers are needed NOW to help coordinate this exciting event.  You don't need to be a runner, just have a heart to help our youth program!  If you are interested in joining the 5K volunteer team, or know of possible local business sponsors, please contact Joanna Sell via phone  407- 908-4212 or email joannasell74@gmail.com .    
Stay Connected

Peace United Methodist Church  |407-438-8947|Office EmailWebsite |
Rev. LeeAnn Inman, Lead Pastor - revleeann@gmail.com 
Rev. Jim Berlau, Associate Pastor - jimbpeaceumc@gmail.com 
Sunday Worship Services: 8:15, 9:30 & 11:00 a.m.

The Peace Church Office will be closed for the Staff Christmas holiday from Christmas through New Year's. For EMERGENCIES during this time, call 407-438-8947 Ext. 203 and follow the instructions to reach our Pastor on call.  The Office will reopen on Tuesday, January 2nd at 8:30 a.m.