Ocala First Connection
March 2021
9:00 AM in Family Life Center
11:00 am in Sanctuary

With the rapid increase of vaccinations and the drop in cases and hospitalizations in Marion County, Church Council approved the resumption of indoor worship in the Sanctuary and Family Life Center beginning Sunday, March 14. We are excited about this next step in reconnecting with our church family!

Responsible precautions will be in place to allow as many people as possible to feel comfortable gathering indoors. 
  • We ask that everyone RSVP online or by calling the church office so we can prepare for worship. Space will be reserved for new guests who would not know to call ahead.
  • Please help us keep the church a safe place for all. Face masks are required indoors and we ask everyone to maintain social distancing from other families.
  • Links to RSVP and other info will be shared next week.
All other church ministries and small groups are invited to resume meeting indoors with the responsible precautions in place (masks and social distancing).

Leaders are asked to submit their plans in writing to the church office so that we can coordinate the building schedule and the necessary cleaning.
April 1 - 4

We are renting an open-air tent for the Courtyard for Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday. The additional covered outdoor space will allow us to provide more worship opportunities for Holy Week and Easter, including our Good Friday Stations of the Cross, our Sunrise Service, and the Easter Brunch. 

Preliminary Schedule (many more details to come!)

Thursday, April 1: Holy Thursday Service

Friday, April 2: Good Friday Stations of the Cross

Sunday, April 4: EASTER SUNDAY
  • 7:00 am - Easter Sunrise Service
  • 9:00 am - Easter Service
  • 10:00 am - Fellowship Brunch
  • 11:00 am - Easter Service

During the Season of Lent, we are sharing stories of our church family in a variety of ways. Some are even being invited to record their stories to share during worship each week.

Have a story to share?
Contact Betsy Bledsoe - rpbbledsoe3@yahoo.com
Join Us Each Week!
Our weekly picnics have been great fun! The picnics will begin at 5:00 pm beginning Sunday, March 14 (when Daylight Savings Time begins). And we hope all will make a special effort to attend our grand finale picnic on March 28 with fun for the whole family!
Renewing the Promises
Second Mile Stewardship for 2021
Renew   Reconnect   Recommit

During the Season of Lent, our theme - “Begin Again: Renewing the Promises” – reminds us that while our lives are full of ups and downs, God’s promises remain. The same is true for our church. As our community begins to emerge slowly from the worst of the pandemic, our congregation has the opportunity to renew our faith and fellowship. We want to reconnect with all of our members. And we want to invite each of you to recommit to our church’s mission and ministries.

In the coming days, you will be receiving a letter outlining our steps towards renewal and how you can help.

Members of our Finance Committee and Stewardship Team are making phone calls and connecting with many folks in our church family. We hope every member of our congregation will make a financial pledge to our operating fund for 2021, if they have not already done so. As always, we remember our membership vows to support Ocala First United Methodist Church with our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service and our witness. 
Gifts can be mailed to the church office.
(1126 E. Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, FL, 34470)

You can also give online at any time!
Tuesday Ministry Outreach (TMO)
Spotlight Video!

Our Tuesday Ministry Outreach (TMO) has continued as a vital ministry of Ocala First UMC throughout the Pandemic, adapting for safety while still meeting the needs of some of the most vulnerable in our community. We celebrate what TMO has done and is doing, and look forward to the future!
(or click on the graphic above)
On the donation page, click on the "Fund" line. 
Select "PACE" on the drop down menu

You can also give by check payable to "FUMC" with "PACE" in the memo line.

Donations of the Monthly Mission Item can be dropped off at the church office.

Each week we send out a newsletter from Treehouse Kids and Treehouse Kids Jr. If you would like to receive the weekly news from our Family Ministries' Team, contact Shannon Vianello. (352.622.3244) or shannon.vianello@gmail.com.
Rooted Youth Ministries

This week for Youth Group, we're having our own “Drive-In” Movie Night! Join us outside the Youth Building from 6:30-8:30 PM to watch The Prince of Egypt! Please bring your mask! 

3/7 - Movie Night - 6:30-8:30 PM
3/14 - NO YOUTH GROUP (Happy Spring Break!)
3/21 - Youth Group - 7-8 PM
3/28 - Palm Sunday Church Picnic - 4-6 PM
Check out the latest news from Rooted Youth Ministry online!

You can stay up to date with what's happening at Youth Group by opting in for our text updates! Text @rootedymm for Middle School or @rootedymh for High School to 81010 to get our Remind alerts!⁠
Ocala First UMC

The pumpkins are coming! Mark your calendars for the return of the Ocala Pumpkin Patch this October!
Lynn Blalock
Krista Brousse (Bergeson's Daughter)
Charlene Cranmer
Chelsey Davidson
Jennifer deHaan (Bergeson's Daughter)
Terri Emond 
Carolyn Grissom
Ken Gust
Ray Hunter
Judy Jones
Faye Knotts
Dorothy McCracken
Janet McNeal
Ryan Morgan
Pattie Reid
Sherry Savage
Bob & Lou Schloss
Jack and Marlene Sheidler
Bill and Peggy Spear
Carol Spencer
Georgine Vitale
Carolyn Waddill
Marian Weaver
Bob & Ruth Anne Wysong
Barbara Yancey

If you need prayer or need to speak with our pastors or a member of our Care Team, please call the church office.

In-Person visitation is beginning to resume for many care facilities and we can make visits by appointment.

We will keep our prayer list updated. Our Pastors and Care Team will reach out with phone calls and notes.

All members are encouraged to check-in with one another regularly, particularly with those older members who are not online and may feel more isolated during this time.
Visit our webpage for updates, sermon videos and more!
[352.622.3244]  [info@fumcocala.org]  [www.fumcocala.org]