In This Issue
Church Calendar
Services are Temporarily Suspended, During the Coronavirus Outbreak

We are doing our best to bring worship & other church activities to you virtually. Please check the calendar below & links to join our virtual meetings.


March 2020
25th - 11am Online Prayer & Check In Meeting
              Join Zoom Meeting - 11am

25th - 5:30pm Online Prayer & Check in Meeting
            Join Zoom Meeting - 5:30pm

29th - In Person Service Cancelled
            Recording Will be made a vailable  via Facebook

April 2020
5th -  In Person Service Cancelled
          Recording Will be made a vailable via Facebook

12th - Easter Sunday Service
           In Person Service Cancelled
           Recording Will be made a vailable via Facebook

19th -  In Person Service Cancelled
           Recording Will be made a vailable via Facebook

26th -  In Person Service Cancelled
            Recording Will be made a vailable via Facebook

We do ask you to please continue to support God's Acre MCC, by sending in your weekly offering. We need to keep paying our bills & ensure that our doors can open when we can resume meeting in person.

It's now even easier to give your weekly offering; you can donate online, by clicking on the button below, or you can mail your offering check, payable to God's Acre MCC, to our PO Box address, until services resume.

Thank you all for your continued & generous financial support; it means a great deal

God's Acre MCC
PO Box 770240
Ocala
Fl 34477-0240

Unfortunately, due to the Coronavirus, and in line with local & national government guidelines, our face to face worship services will be cancelled until, at least, the end of May 2020.

Service WILL RESUME again, as soon as possible, but for now, we are doing our best to bring you pre-recorded services uploaded to our Facebook page, and also via a YouTube link, in this newsletter each week. 

We WILL REOPEN as soon as possible; in the meantime, we continue to send out the weekly, daily prayers/reflections, check-ins & other important information via our Facebook page.

Please make sure you not only 'Like' our page, but that you are also 'following' our page to receive the updates into your feed.

We would ask you please to keep Rev. Janice, the board & all of our members in your prayers in the coming weeks; we would also ask you to continue to financially support God's Acre MCC; we still have bills to pay & we need to ensure our doors can reopen as soon as possible. Information on how you can send your gift is available in the side bar.

Please check-in with Rev. Janice via text, email and/or Facebook; if you need prayer or just want to chat, Rev. Janice is always available to you.
Board Members & 
Lay Delegate Info
ModeratorRev. Janice Bowker
Vice Moderator: Alan R
Treasurer: Maureen P
Clerk: Gena T

Lay Delegate & Social Media Admin: Marina L
Next Board Meeting 
29th March 2020

Board members will meet virtually for the foreseeable future
God's Acre MCC  Website

Please check out our website, with our new page dedicated to information about Coronavirus/COVID-19
Don't forget to 'Like' and 'Follow' our God's Acre MCC page, to receive our posts directly into your daily feed
Ongoing Fundraiser  at 
Racewash 
Just enter the 4 digit code: 7070 
when you select your preferred wash 
God's Acre will 10% from every wash

You can still help God's Acre & still maintain a safe social distance!

TWO GREAT LOCATIONS
3065 SE 24th Street
5199 SW 49th Court
GOD'S ACRE
SHOE DRIVE UPDATE

Just because we are currently on lock down , doesn't mean that we aren't still collecting shoes; we are! We still have our goal of 2,500 pairs to reach by the end of April.

If you have gathered some shoes, we can make arrangements for them to be dropped off at church. In this difficult time, we still need to remember others, who are less fortunate than ourselves; the ones who have no shoes & are not able to go to the grocery store at all, to buy any kind of food or supplies. 

Thanks to every single person who is helping to help others in developing countries all over the world.

Please continue to share our Facebook posts & encourage your family, friends, neighbors, work colleagues, schools, podiatrists, chiropractors, neighborhood community centers, dance schools etc. to get involved with us.
Through our work with funds2orgs.com, your shoes will help many people around the world, in developing countries AND help God's Acre raise some much needed funds, at the same time.
Email us at: GodsAcreMCC@aol.com

@GodsAcreMCC
Yard & Garden Landscape Team

Alan R | Gena T | Keith S
We recycle: 
aluminium cans |  printer ink  
plastic bottles

Please help us build a greener church and save our planet too.
Monthly 50/50 Raffle
3 tickets = $1
21 tickets = $5
Our monthly draw will take place on last Sunday of each month. 
Tickets are sold each week before service.
Worship Address: 700 NW 57th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34482
Mailing Address: PO Box 770240, Ocala, FL 34477-0240
23rd March 2020
 

Psalm 23

Good Morning,  I was so glad that we could eventually bring the service to you, online; the Internet was so overloaded & it was very slow to upload,so we decided create our own YouTube page & use that to upload the service; we will use this technology moving forward .

It's amazing how we are able to adapt in new situations. I am glad it worked and we are now fully functional, for our services moving forward; what a relief that we can use technology to stay connected; these things are set to try us, as the old saying goes. 

I am also giving a written version for those whom we mail out our newsletter to, as not everyone has email or internet; we have to cover all bases to keep our folks in the loop.

There will always be times in our life, when we have needed help; and never more so than in our current situation. Just because we are not sitting together in church, doesn't mean we are not still a church. We are still church; we are just moving into a different way of doing things & keeping everyone connected by Zoom, Skype, Facebook, Email, Whatsapp, Viber & even Snail Mail; these are all apps, & technological ways, to help keep us all linked together, locally & globally.  

I know that we will all get great comfort from this beloved Psalm; it has an overarching power & every word hits your heart and soul. When we recite this Psalm out loud we become absorbed in the words. The Psalm becomes alive and real;  the Psalm is the green pasture; the Psalm is the still water; i t is precious to us, it  soothes our wounded souls. The simple beauty restores our souls & the souls of many across the world.

If you randomly ask people which Bible verse they know, they will very often say Psalm 23!  I don't think this is because it's short, I truly believe it hits even the hardest heart and penetrates into a person's psyche. It has a message & that message is clear; it is essential for our daily life. 

I have always found the Psalms to be very helpful and always a blessing to read. There is a Psalm for every eventuality; there are 150 in all, between the Hebrew and the Greek. Psalms are so poetic; they have a rhythm and a balance, which is pleasing; there is power in their words. 

To use the psalms as a prayer, is a wonderful way to start and end each day. The  23rd Psalm is what we call a 'trust Psalm'; it is often spoken in the midst of dire crisis. When we are all at sea and in troubled waters, t he Psalms are full of powerful imagery; they are a  reflection of our lives. However, within the Psalms we also see the trust we should place in God's presence and deliverance.

T he Lord IS my shepherd, I SHALL NOT want, He leads me beside still waters, He restores my soul; He leads me in right paths for his name's sake. You prepare a table before me. My cup overflows. 

In this Psalm we assume a divine promise; we trust in God & it evokes the promise:  "I fear no evil, for you are with me." Sometimes we have to be reminded to believe in God; sometimes we need to be reminded that God is still with us. Jesus has promised, "I am with you always, to the end of the age" (Matthew 28:20). 

When we find ourselves weak, in the dark, u ncertain of the future; w hen all the color has drained out of life, when our soul is downcast, just l ook up. Fix your eyes upon Jesus, Our Good Shepherd. Stick close to Him.  Trust that He knows the way through this valley and will see us safely through. 

Even though we are placed in this difficult & unfamiliar situation, if we hold fast, if we're humble, kind and help one another, this too will soon pass. We  will overcome and arrive safely on the other side. Thanks be to God,  Amen.
 
In Christ
Rev. Janice

Rev. Janice Bowker
Senior Pastor | God's Acre MCC 
This Week's Service

In case you missed it on Facebook

Sunday Service - March 22, 2020
Sunday Service - March 22, 2020
 
Let's ZOOM Together
Prayer Meeting & Check In
 
I would like to invite you all to join Rev. Janice for an online group prayer discussion and check in.
 
Rev. Janice will be holding two online meetings next week, on Wednesday 25th March at 11am & 5:30pm. This will allow everyone time to connect virtually with each other; the ones at home during the day, folks from overseas & also for those who'd like to join after work.

You don't need any special equipment, just use of a computer, iPad, iPhone, Android . You will be asked to allow access to you camera & microphone ; you will also be asked to use internal audio. Just say yes to all of these & you can join in the virtual meeting.

Below is a link - all you have to do is click on the link, at the prescribed time, and you will be able to talk online.
 
It will be great just to be able to see on another; Zoom is a very easy & efficient  way of keeping in contact; you can even use it for your family get together ; there is a Zoom app, that you can download, but you don't need to  in order to join the call.connecting. Each session will last about 40 minuets as that is what we get for free.

Rev. Janice is looking forward to seeing as many of you online, as possible.

T his week we ask for the following prayers:

*Special thanks for Rev. Janice; for her hard work, guidance & strength; especially during this time of worldwide pandemic; we thank you her continued leadership & for being our shepherd in times of trial
*For the world battling with the Coronavirus pandemic; please keep everyone safe & as far from infection as possible; protect each person in our church, in our county, in our state & in the world; keep our families safe - whether they are nearby, or overseas. 
*Healing for Elaine B, who is in hospital waiting for results of the COVID-19 test; she is feeling better with medication & is currently in isolation; please surround her & Camille with comfort, strength & peace
*Extra healing & care for KP, who has undergone a setback; we know that you are holding her in your hands Lord
*Continued prayers of strength & Peace for Betty Lou
*Prayers for Richie & Megan
*Strength & discernment for Tara, Jakki & the kids
*Continued healing, strength & comfort for Nick D, Nick K, Jim, Phil, Diane, Midge, Richie, Hettie, Kaye, Ann Marie, Tom & David K
*Comfort for all in need
*For our Moderator - Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston, the MCC staff, Governing Board & Council of Elders.
*Guide our world leaders to make good choices
*Guide our doctors & health care workers; give them strength for the long hours they are working
*Help every person to know peace, patience & kindness in these coming weeks
 

March
No Birthdays Listed

April
8th - Donna W
19th - Rev. Janice
27th - Betty Lou H

If you have a birthday or anniversary, and it is not listed, please let us know, so that we can add you to the list.