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11525 Big Bend Rd.
Riverview, FL 33579
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 Dear Friends!  

There are a million things out there ready for your attention. If you haven't made up your mind on your goals for the day, suggestions will flood your to do list. Sunday morning is one of those days that if you haven't decided that you are going to church in the morning, your bed will suddenly feel more comfortable, the beach will seem more appealing, the golf course will be greener, and the television more interesting. 

But church is more than a hobby; it has the potential to be life changing. Why? It's not because you may hear a great sermon and sing great songs. It's not because you have to go and if you don't God will smite you (thank God!). 

Why then? Because Mathew 18:20 says, "When two or more are gathered in my name, there I am among you." Where God is healing happens, hope happens, life happens. Your presence is important, not for what you bring alone, but for what we bring together. Join us Sunday and let us discover God together.

Blessings,
Pastor Cory Britt

 
THIS ISSUE

* fear. (New Sermon Series)                                  * Video of the Month
* Children's Ministry                                              * Youth
* This Month's Challenge                                      * Ministry Opportunities
* Did You Know                                                     * Something To Consider

Fear. faith
 "We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light" -Plato

Have you ever sat in a chair so long it was difficult and painful to stand and your body almost refused to be vertical? Can you imagine living in fear of that brief pain to the point of not standing? Yet, here we are a people often times stifled in our faith, refusing to stand into the potential we are called to because we are afraid.

Other than scary movies, and fun houses, we generally do not like being afraid, however, we seem to allow fear to run roughshod over our life. We allow fear to control a future that hasn't even been written. 

What fear is keeping you from living the life you have been called to live? Is it a fear that you are not good enough? Are you afraid of the unpredictability of life? Are you afraid of God? Are you afraid to take a chance on life?

How do we overcome fear? This next sermon series will be a time of exploring how God can save us from even our fears. I don't know about you, but I don't want to be ruled by the pain of standing, but by the joy of running. Let's get out of the chair.


VIDEO OF THE MONTHVIDEO
the Scared is scared
the Scared is scared


This is a delightful 7 minute movie called the Scared is scared.

 

CHILDREN'S MINISTRYchildren

SUNDAY MORNING




CHILDREN'S SUMMER PROGRAMMING

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

 

 

YOUTHyouth

 

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.

 

THIS MONTHS CHALLENGEcoffee

 

 

How's your faith nourishment? 

 

 

Are you communicating with Jesus?

Reading your Bible, spending time in prayer, in a small group with friends, living your faith in community?

 

 

Here is your Prayer/Scripture challenge

 

26 Day Challenge

The Book of Luke

  1. Pray the A.C.T.S prayer
    1. Adoration: acknowledging God's greatness
    2. Confession: confess your sins to Jesus
    3. Thanksgiving: Give thanks to God
    4. Supplication: ask for God's provision for you and others
  2. Pray: Jesus, reveal your word for me this day.
  3. Read one chapter of Luke (a day)
  4. Note: What verse spoke to you
  5. Note: What does this look like in your life?
  6. Pray: Lord help me live our your word today and show me how to be a part of what you love.
When reading scripture it is good to take your time and absorb it. It is challenging and sometimes confusing. Allow yourself room to be ok with not mastering it in one sitting. Write down your questions, challenge yourself, and allow God to work through the pages.

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

 

MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIESministryopp

 

 

CAREFEST: September 26

CareFest┬« is a Christ centered community service day. CareFest┬« unites churches, businesses, organizations and cities for the purpose of demonstrating God's love in practical ways. We believe the Church is God's gift to every community, and as we serve our communities together in love as Christ did, we become that gift. 

 

 

 

http://www.carefestusa.com 

 

 

 

 

South Shore UMC will be participating.

Look for sign ups at worship on Sunday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SMALL GROUPS:

One of the great ways to grow in our faith is by being in fellowship with other Christians. Fellowship, prayer, study, and service. 

Are you looking for a group?

Are you interested in starting a group?

 

Please Contact Kathi Sheehan at kathi@southshoreumc.com

DID YOU KNOW?didyouknow

 

WORSHIP SERVICES AND SERMONS ARE ONLINE

 

FULL WORSHIP SERVICE: http://www.southshoreumc.com/videos/

 


 

SERMON PODCAST


 

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WE HAVE ONLINE GIVING


 

If you are like me, checkbooks don't exist. 

Online giving has enabled me to stay faithful to what God has called me to be a part of. 

We hope you find this convenient. 

 

Please click the  "Give" badge above to see how you can contribute online.

 

SOMETHING TO THINK ONSunday
"How very little can be done under the spirit of fear"
-Florence Nightingale (1820-1910)

Florence Nightingale was born to wealthy English aristocrats in Florence, Italy on May 12 1820. During her studies to become a nurse and her time serving as a nurse in London she had first hand dealings with a cholera outbreak and experience with the effects of disease and infection in highly unsanitary conditions. 

Her care, approach, and ingenuity proved most successful and her reputation became such that during the Crimean war she was called upon for help in their field hospitals. At the time more soldiers were dying as a result of infection and deplorable conditions than they were on the battle field. 

Nightingale and her nurses changed the situation there and saved life after life based upon her nursing practices. Because of her time visiting the sick soldiers during the night she became known as the "Lady With the Lamp". Her work, writing, and teaching went on to revolutionize nursing to become the highly respectable field and need it is today.

Fear could have ruled and the story could have been quite different. However, it is not a fear of war and danger, but a fear of calling that would have been the cause. During the 1800's aristocratic women did not have careers. They were called to be little more than social mantle pieces, socialites, and elitist. To do something other than what was expected by family and society was unthinkable. Nursing and hospitals did not have attached to it a good name and would have been considered a scandolous endeavor for an aristocrat.

Florence, however, experienced a call from God while visiting in Egypt. It was a call to the sick, the weak, the broken, and the poor. She experienced great stress and isolation from her family, especially from her mother and sister. Her family forbade her to pursue her calling and said she must marry a certain suitor. Against it all, she overcame fear, rejected the notions of societal expectations and family guilt and followed God instead.

Her work was so extraordinary, that by the time she returned from the war she was heralded by the country, honored by the Queen, and had turned the reputation of nursing from a stench among the wealthy to a worthy pursuit by all.

Where is God calling you?



Sincerely, 
 

 

Cory Britt
South Shore UMC