South Shore UMC

11525 Big Bend Rd.
Riverview, FL - 33579


Welcome to our first enews letter! We understand that you get more emails than you desire. Our goal is not to end up in your trash bend or to frustrate you with more ejunk. We hope to inform, entertain, and enlighten. We will be sharing articles from the pastor and staff as well as conversations with people within our church and out in the community. There will be information on upcoming events as well as links and helps to grow in your faith. If you find these helpful, please share (see bottom of email to find out how), if you have no idea why you are receiving  this email and you wish you hadn't, unsubscribing is easy (again, see bottom of email). Also, if for some reason you are getting two, simply unsubscribe to one, and if that doesn't work, kick me in the shins and I'll promise to figure it out.

Look around, see how you like it, and hopefully this will be a positive step in not just staying in touch but creating a strong community of faith.

Pastor Cory Britt



3D FAITHfaith
Oh Me, Oh Life -Walt Whitman
Oh me! Oh life! of the questions of these recurring,
Of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities fill'd with the foolish,
Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?)
Of eyes that vainly crave the light, of the objects mean, of the struggle ever renew'd,
Of the poor results of all, of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me,
Of the empty and useless years of the rest, with the rest me intertwined,
The question, O me! so sad, recurring-What good amid these, O me, O life?

That you are here-that life exists and identity,
That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.

This poem, a favorite of mine, addresses the need for us to engage life. Life is going to happen regardless of our actions, regardless of our circumstances, and regardless of our opinions. We all face the question of "how will I live in the face of the life in front of me?"

This question is not just individual, but a deep question all humanity asks. We cannot afford to disengage from life, we must be alive even in the face of the emptiness we sometimes see. 

God is singing out verse after verse, "Come to me and I will give you life, be reconciled to me and know Joy!" What verse of life will you contribute?

How do I do that? God gave us the answer through his Son, and the power through the Holy Spirit. How? Through relationship with God and relationship with one another. The Holy Spirit is the life force of the church and the fruit of that relationship with God is one that brings life to those around us.  South Shore UMC's purpose is to gather and guide people into a loving relationship with Jesus Christ. Following Jesus takes a faith that contributes to the verse of life. Following Jesus takes a faith that engages, that combines words with actions, and that is living. Following Jesus takes a faith that is 3 dimensional.

Are you looking for a living faith? How do we deepen our relationship with Jesus? How do we develop relationships with others in the church and community? How do we Deliver hope to our world? Join us over the next few weeks as we discover how to live 3D Faith

Join A Small Group
Read Scripture (this is a scripture reading plan I have followed for almost two years now)
Get involved in helping the community



A very inspirational Video. It is worth the time. Click to discover the ripple effect.


Children's Ministrychildren



10:00 am = FX in Room 114 for All Ages!! 

(children under 3 must be accompanied by an adult)


11:15 am = Large Group 

Pre K - Rising 5th Graders meet in Room 114






What is a Life App? A trait like Love, Respect, or Forgiveness that reflects the character of God; something God works out inside of us to change the world around us. Because we discover the character of God in the story of God, our Children's Ministry content is organized into a different biblical life application each month.




Coffee with the Pastorcoffee


Pastor's Coffee

If you are ready to explore official membership in South Shore UMC, now is the time to do it! The next Pastor's Coffee is coming up Sunday, July 12th at 12:30pm. Come discover the answer to "why membership?" Spend some time in a casual environment getting to know the pastor and staff and other people that have a common interest with you. 

Please let Kathi Sheehan know of your desire to attend by emailing her at Childcare is available upon reservation by contacting Jeanie Cofer at or calling the office at 813-677-9482 no later than Friday, July 10th.  






Sunday Night Live

Sundays from 5-7pm

SNL is our main, weekly program for 6th-12th grade students.  This is a night filled with games, music, dinner and small groups.


South Shore Youth Welcomes Rising 6th Grade Students

Summer time is a time of fun and warm weather, but it's also a time of transition.  Students who were considered elementary school age are now seen as middle schoolers even though they've never been to middle school.  Youth Group is a great place to meet friends and get introduced to students who are a little older.  

Join us on Sunday nights all summer from 5-7pm.


July 17:        Lazer Tag
July 24:        Aquatica
August 3-7   Youth Week

Jeremy Jackman is our Summer Youth Director 




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Calling all small group leaders - current and prospective! The next training session will be Sunday, July 26th at 12:30pm.  Please let Kathi know of your ability to attend by emailing her at 


Family Promise

South Shore's next Family Promise week is coming up July 12-19.  We will be housing homeless families in transition on our campus during this week. If you are interested in being a part of this vital mission for our community, contact Julene Hussey  at


Cans for Christ and Disaster Response


Cans for Christ is a mission to raise funds for our Disaster Response Team.

Disaster Response Team (DRT) is an inter-denominational ministry which was started at our sister church, Sun City Center United Methodist Church. The active team of around 30 plus members work on community activities for churches such as painting, mowing, cutting trees, and jobs like fence mending at TiAnViCa, a horse riding facility for troubled youths and disabled vets. They also listen for "help calls" from the community and congregation. All projects they work on are simple repairs not needing permits.

When natural disasters do occur, DRT emerges as badge early responders called the Emergency Response Team(ERT), assisting in the rebuilding of a community while providing a Christian presence in the face of the disaster.  Many in this church have participated in mission projects in South Florida, Tennessee, and Alabama. 

South Shore UMC now has a recycled aluminum can trailer called Cans for Christ, found right next to the dumpster in the parking lot. This recycling mission is a way to raise funds needed for the DRT and ERT to embark on needed projects.

We are always looking to expand the DRT and are looking for more people who have a heart for those in the midst of disaster or difficult times to join the team. Yes, we are looking for hands-on folks to join in response to emergencies, however, you do not have to swing a hammer to join. You can be part of the team by donating cans! If you can't get them crushed, no problem!  We can take care of that for you. We also need prayer warriors to pray and donations of food are needed when the team is on an extended stay trip. So many ways to get connected! Thank you in advance for choosing to be a part of this mission. 


Mission Smiles

The Mission Smiles Dental Bus will be here again this summer on Saturday, July 25th. Mission Smiles provides free dental work to those in our community who have a proven need. 

If you are in need of free dental care, please take a flyer from the lobby today, and sign up with Office Administrator Jennifer Woodall by calling the church office at 813-677-9482.

If you are serving that day, there is a mandatory training taking place on Wednesday, July 22nd from 6:30 to 8:00. Please plan on attending. 

A Thought For SundaySunday
Faith is to be lived, life experienced, and love shared. How does has walking with Jesus changed your life? How do you nurture that relationship? Are you surviving or living? How can today be different?

2 peter 1:5-9

5-9  So don't lose a minute in building on what you've been given, complementing your basic faith with good character, spiritual understanding, alert discipline, passionate patience, reverent wonder, warm friendliness, and generous love, each dimension fitting into and developing the others. With these qualities active and growing in your lives, no grass will grow under your feet, no day will pass without its reward as you mature in your experience of our Master Jesus.



Cory Britt
South Shore UMC