So uth Shore UMC

11525 Big Bend Rd.
Riverview, FL 33579

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Dear Friends!   

It is hard to believe that another year has come and gone. For some that is exciting others it is frightening, and then there are those who don't think about it at all. What I like about the New Year is that is creates a time of reflection and planning. How did the last year go and what would I like to accomplish in the upcoming year. It is a great time to search your faith. How is your relationship with Jesus? Are you centering your life around loving Jesus and loving one another?

Each week we ask the question, "Who is God calling you to be? Where is God calling you to go? What is God calling you to give?"

I believe in exploring the answers to these questions, taking the chance and living in faith what we discover, we become the people we are called to be and we become the church we're intended to be.

Below you will find ways we as a church are going to create environments that can help you grow in your faith.

                          Peace To You,

                          Pastor Cory


*What's Happening                                        
*This Month's Challenge                                     
*Did You Know                                                    

What Child is This whatchild

This week we will be exploring John 1 to understand What Child is This? Who is this baby born? Who is this God among us? What does that mean for my life?
The sermon will be opened with a short drama by our very own Scotty Schrier as one of the Wise Men contemplating this very question.

Enough Enough

Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity
On Sunday, January 13, we will begin a church-wide study and worship emphasis called  Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity . Over a period of 5 weeks, we will look at some of the financial challenges facing us as a nation and examine our own spending, saving, and giving habits. In addition to exploring biblical principles of financial management, we will learn ways to assess our financial situation and develop a financial plan that will allow us to experience the true joy that comes through simplicity and generosity. 
At the end of the emphasis, we will have the opportunity to make personal commitments of giving for the coming year. We will consecrate these commitments on Sunday, February 10, and Sunday, February 17th. Visit our website for more information, including details about small group study opportunities during this time.

What a wonderful night Christmas Eve was! A great evening.  Over the 3 services we saw over 450 people. Great and humorous Drama in our SS Family Worship Servic e reminding us to have compassion for others. 

Our contemporary and traditional services through Dance, Music, Video, and Scripture looked at the story of Jesus and the Audacious gift of God that we are loved and belong to this incredible God who gave us his Son that we might have LIFE! Thank you all for  making it a very special evening.


Our purpose is to guide one another into a life that is centering on Loving Jesus and Loving others.
We do this by creating environments that equip people to
Deepen their Relationship with God
Develop Relationships with Each Other
Deliver hope and relieve suffering in our community and beyond.

Living out the Kingdom of God in our own backyard.

We want to make this a place where we can do all of that. It means having a staff that that can lead us in worship, help disciple our children and youth, teach preach, bookkeeping, calendaring the events on our campus, communication, and more.
It means creating a building that is safe for the dozens of disciple groups happening on our campus from Scouts, to M.O.P.S. (Mothers of Preschoolers), weddings, funerals, graduations, small groups, and fellowship. 
It means creating an environment for our outreach ministries that are impacting 100's of families in Riverview to around the world.

Our church is making a difference. Are you a part of the difference making?

In order to make these things happen, we need to support one another through monetary giving. If you are looking for a way to make a difference and contribute to help our ministries not only continue, but to thrive; I'd like to encourage you to consider helping us end the year well with gifts to our general budget. This is a great time to catch up on your pledges as well. Please pray about it and see where God leads you to give. 

Pastor Cory

Uganda Ministries

Uganda Mission 2018
Uganda Mission 2018

We have developed a wonderful relationship with Mbale Women's Christian Ministry over the past year. 

 Mbale Christian Women Ministries (MWCM)is a Non-Governmental Organization based in the Republic of Uganda, MWCM is a non-profit, interdenominational organization started in 1995 by Christian women, with the aim of working together to fulfill the great commission cited in Matthew 28:19. The organization is registered with the Government of Uganda and Uganda Allied Medical Professionals.  
MISSION -  To promote the gospel of Christ, strengthening diversity of women and communities through sharing the good news of the Kingdom of God, teaching, discipling and social action.

Our very own Christine Koolo, one of the founders of this ministry, is from Uganda and led by a calling from God, returned to her home in Mbale, Uganda last year to lead ministries she began several years ago.

This ministry is responsible for
Planting New Churches
Creating Medical Outreach
Care of widows and orphans

This is not a large ministry, but it is a powerful one. Through your support last year, we were able to bring aid to 100's of people. Many gave their life to Jesus, many were given life support through our seed ministry, many were given access to needed medications and many found a new zest for following Jesus. We were also able to help revitalize those Ugandan's who are running these ministries.

This year we are taking a next step in our work with them.
In cooperation with Mission Smiles International we are taking a team of Dentist and Hygienist to administer dental work with those in the Mbale area and to train the Ugandan Nurses there how to do hygiene work. We will be taking Hygiene kits that we will leave with them so that they can continue the work of aid once we are gone.
We will also be doing eye testing and taking 250 pairs of glasses and eye kits so they can continue that work as well.

The availability and affordability of eye care and dental care is not common in Uganda. I am so proud of what we are doing especially that we are able to come along side those doing work there already and bring them tools to expand their ministry. We are able to make a profound impact on these communities. You are doing great work in the Kingdom of God.

If you would like to help, we are looking for donations.

  • The glass kit, for 250 glasses is $325
  • Hygiene Kit to continue hygiene work after we are gone: $1250
General Needs
  • Seed for Widows ministry      Beans $1 kg   Maize $5 kg                                          (this seed can help support for a year) 
  • Laptop Computer                                                                                                     (for communication, accounting, fliers, etc. They need something they can use for internet and word processing and that is reliable.)
  • Bibles  $10 a Bible  (these are purchased in their language in Uganda)
  • Medical Outreach  $600 treats over 100 people with medicine


Our ministry Backpacks on a Mission needs 
20oz plastic jars of Jelly. 
Please consider bringing to church this Sunday. our Backpack ministry is aiding many children in our community who often go hungry on the weekend. This is                                                           a great way to bless others!


Thank you for those who have participated in our Angel Tree! We were able to minister to many families! Bless you for your generous spirit.


B.E.L.L.S Bells
The B.E.L.L.S Challenge
The Goal of our faith is not to simply learn about what Jesus did. We are not called to be 
admirers, but followers. How are you following Jesus?
The purpose of the church is to "alert others to universal reign of God through Jesus Christ"(*) We do this through through our word s and actions. If we believe that the ultimate reign of God in heaven will be one of justice, generosity, community, peace, reconciliation,  forgiveness and so on, then we ought to be living lives that reflect that Kingdom. Below you will find 5 practices that will help you live a life that follows Jesus. Look them over and give it a shot. 

B:    Bless: I will bless three people this week, at least one of whom is not a                                  member of my faith community.
E:    Eat:     I will eat with three people this week, at least one of whom is not a                                 member of my faith community.
L:    Liste:  I will spend at least one period of the week listening for the Holy                                     Spirits voice.
L:    Learn: I will spend at least one period of the week learning about Jesus.                                  (read the Gospels, read books about Jesus, etc.)
S:    Sent:  We are a 'sent' people by God, I will journal the ways in which I                                      alerted others to God's reign through actions and words as well as                                opportunities missed, so as to grow in the image of Jesus.

* This quote and these ideas are fully explored in Michael Frost's book "Surprise the World"



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


Scripture Challenge

The Book of Matthew

  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 Matthew
  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


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