Issue 9 | May 14 2020
Drive-in at 8:30 am
Telephone 9:45 am
Online at 8:30 am and 11:00 am

We will observe Ascension Sunday by continuing our pilgrimage in worship throughout the Holy Land. One of the places where Jesus frequented due to friendships was a village called Bethany. We will take a look at this in worship on Sunday. We also have a baptism that occurred yesterday, and will be available to watch online this Sunday.

Grace and Peace,
Pastor David
Office Open, M - Th, 9 am to 3 pm
The church office is open. Church office hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 am to 3 pm. This is the first phase of our reopening plan for St. John's. A sub-committee from the Church Council will work, in the coming week, on a more detailed plan to reopen.
Gift Cards Sales Benefit Trustees Projects
The gift card fundraiser program is ongoing. Most of the stores give us from 5% - 14%. We order cards the 1 st  Monday of the month and have them available the next Sunday. Even though we cannot meet at church at this time, call Sue (863-324-3171) to order cards and she will make arrangements to get them to you.
Online Bible Studies at
Be A Disciple is a great website that has a lot of online Bible Studies. I once took an online version of Disciple Bible Study on this site. The Lay Servant Ministry class is being offered online for the Florida Annual Conference, beginning on May 26.

Contact our Lay Leader, Pat Oxley at for more information.
Bible Reading Plan with Bishop Carter starting June 1st
Bishop Ken Carter invites you to join him for a Summer in the Scriptures as we journey through the Gospels!
Starting June 1, we’ll read a chapter each day, beginning with the book of Matthew. Then, join the “Summer in the Scriptures” Facebook group to share your insights and gain inspiration with others from across the Conference.

Connect with us today at  for video content, podcasts and daily support for deepening in the mind, heart and life of Jesus. 

Pastor David and others, Word of the Day,
Mon - Sat, 4 pm
Baptism Last Thursday, May 21st
On Thursday, May 21st (Ascension Sunday), Pastor David baptized Bruce Hirschel into the Christian faith. His wife Arlene re-affirmed her faith. We are glad to welcome Bruce and Arlene has members of St. John's. Click the link to the right to watch this short service. It will also be included in this Sunday's services.
Churches encouraged to transition to in-person worship after June 15th
A church committee is meeting on Mondays at 10 am to consider protocols for transitioning to in-person worship. We will hold drive-in services, beginning May 17th at 8:30 am.

Click to read more about the Florida Conference's statement on transitioning to in-person worship after June 15th:

This Week's Prayer Request
George Oxley
Kim Williams on her father's passing
Jim Hammond on his mother's passing
Peggy Dugger on husband Gene's passing
Richard Blue for hip surgery on Tues.
nursing home and assisted living residents
Join us Online, Sun, 8:30 am and 11 am
Pick one of these options:

Worship by phone, Sun, 9:45 am to 10:15 am
Service by phone is as easy as calling into

Call 863-53-KING-3
May 24th, Sunday
  • 8:30 am (fb watch party)
  • 8:30 am (drive-in)
  • 9:45 am (by phone)
  • 11 am (fb watch party)
On May 24, St. John's will welcome one student from Florida Southern College who will serve as a pastoral intern through a program with the Office of Clergy Excellence. Pastor Jeanne and Pastor David will mentor the intern together. In the coming weeks, you will get to know Grace Sill more as she will serve with us until the end of July.
A big thank you to Richard and Jeanne Thomas for creating four prayer and offering boxes for St. John's sanctuary. One of the ways we will modify worship in June is that we will not pass the offering plate. Instead, we will encourage you to use these offering boxes for your prayers and tithes as an act of worship. These are one of the many precautions we will take to ensure the safety and health of our community.

With so many high school seniors missing out on big life moments, we want to do what we can as a church family to offer our support. So, we are asking as many as possible to please write a card or note of encouragement to each, individual graduate and either drop it off at the church or have it arrive via mail by May 31st.

We encourage you to reach out to trusted friends and family who might be willing to help. Let’s do all we can to flood these seniors with Christian love and support! Below are the names of our seniors.

Please mail cards or notes to, 

Attn: (senior's name)
St. John's UMC
1800 Cypress Gardens Blvd
Winter Haven FL 33884

NOTE: If you would like to email us your words of encouragement and support, we’ll also be happy to print them off. 

Chris Pirke
Jennifer Martinez (going to Univ of S. FL)
Jenna Burkett (going to Univ of S. FL)
Olivia Leavens
Give unto the Lord
Remote giving options
If you are able during this time of economic hardship, please consider a gift through a check in the mail, your bank’s bill pay feature, or online to St. John’s to help us take care of our staff and facilities during this time of reduced attendance, offerings, and tithes:

Secure Online Giving Through Vanco

Or mail/ drop off a check to the following address:

St. John’s UMC
1800 Cypress Gardens Blvd
Winter Haven FL 33884