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A Message From Your Pastors

What I do as a Pastor!

You might not realize this, but a pastor does many things. Our responsibilities are great. The expectations of our congregants and our community are many. Way more than I anticipated when God called me into ministry. In fact, if I knew then what I know now, I might have had more questions for God about this call, and I’ve only been serving as a pastor for the past eight years. Most of the time I enjoy being a pastor—especially at Lake Deaton UMC. Every day at work I get to greet good friends, meet new people, attend meaningful meetings and process emails. I also get to teach, preach, and work with laity excelling in the many different ministries of this church.

While some of the pastor’s work is difficult, I want to tell you about one of the things that has blessed my life as a pastor. Friday, I visited and prayed with a family that is facing medical challenges. On Monday, I visited and prayed with someone at a rehab center. While I went to these two visits to be a blessing, what I did not expect was the overwhelming blessing they were to me. First of all, because of COVID we have been limited in visiting folks at home or in hospitals. So, my heart was blessed to return to things we used to do. But more than anything, I was blessed to hear the faith in people’s lives as they witnessed to me how God has been with them through tough circumstances. Through these visits, I was reminded of my call to serve. I went thinking I was going to bless people yet in turn they blessed me.

Dear Lake Deaton UMC friends do not hesitate to serve and love others. You might be surprised to be in the receiving end of unexpected blessings for you. Continue the good work God has entrusted in you. Amen!

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9

April - Eyewear Month
During the month of April you will see a box in the Narthex designed to collect unused eyewear that you might have in your dressers and kitchen drawers. Any glasses (sunglasses or regular) that you no longer use (as long as they are not broken), can be brought in. We are partnering with the Lion’s Club to distribute these glasses to people in need around the world. You can also bring hearing aids that you no longer use or need.
We Need Volunteers!!

Please click here to view all of our fun and exciting volunteer opportunities. Together we can all help to move back to our “new normal”.  
Couch Talk
Take a moment each week to watch.
The pastors and staff members weekly record Couch Talk.

Couch Talk is full of useful announcements for the coming weeks.
Our couch talk is always linked on our  Facebook  page &  YouTube  page.
Re-Visioning Process
Responding to the Light - Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations

It's not too late to sign up for the devotional, click here!! For more information on Small Groups and/ or our Re-Vision process click here.
Click here to check out our current class offerings - card making, fun art group, etc.
Outreach & Missions
ZOE Empowers recently announced the graduation of the Light Born Empowerment Group from Chennai, India, that our Lake Deaton congregation supported for the last three years. Based on an amazing model to help orphans become self-sustaining, these graduates learned life skills, started new businesses, and are now supporting themselves and their families. Most of them were homeless when they began the program but, through teaching life skills, coaching, lots of prayer and love, these young people’s lives have been forever changed. Several members from Lake Deaton had the privilege of meeting these young people in 2019 and celebrate this accomplishment.
 You can find the full report here. Please take time to read this report of the amazing things you helped make possible through your extravagant generosity. Thank you for being the hands, feet, and heart of Jesus! If you want to know more about ZOE, contact Jonathan Baker.
Prayer and Care Ministry
Do You Love to Cook?
Then, you can serve!! We are looking for a few people to prepare frozen meals that can be shared with families when someone is in the hospital or when they lose a loved one. If this is something you might be interested in doing, please contact Pastor Loida for more information.
Sonrise Respite Ministry
Needs Men!!
We need male volunteers. Amazingly a majority of our participants are men, and we only have one male volunteer. If you think you might be able to dedicate one Monday a month to this ministry, contact Jan McCoy for more information.
 For Prayer and Care Ministry needs, please email Denise Herzberg.
Please let us know if you, a relative, or a friend is in the hospital locally.
If permitted, we will schedule a visit from our pastoral team.
If you would like to request a prayer quilt or a prayer shawl for someone who needs prayers for comfort and healing, contact Denise Herzberg. If you would like to know more about these ministries please click here.
Prayer Concerns:

 Carolee, sister-in-law of Susan Sellick.
Emma Lou Kirkpatrick, who is the mother-in law-of John Solid’s daughter
Scott Walker, nephew of Kathy Schroeder.

Prayer Quilts
Please stop and tie a knot on the quilt
 as you pray for:

Beth Campbell, sister of Becky Gray.
 Prayers of comfort and healing from intestinal surgery.
Prayer Service

Take time to pray. This is a 15 minute video for self-guided prayer.

Click on image and learn with Rev. Kris Schonewolf how to connect with God in prayer.
Men & Women
Come join us for a Birthday Celebration! Wear an accessory, piece of clothing, or a color that correlates with your birthday month. We will be serving a box lunch and our new starting time will be 11:00 am. Registration is $10.00 per person. Click here to register!
  • April 28: Radical Generosity shared by David Hurnevich
Worship Statistics

Sat. April 11, 5:00 pm - Total: TBA
Sun. April 12, 9:00 am - Total: TBA
Sun. April 12, 10:30am -Total: TBA
Celebrate Recovery - Total: TBA

Weekend Total with CR: TBA

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Attend Celebrate Recovery on Friday Nights
Doors open at 5:30, Service starts at 6:00.
Temperature checks, masks and social distancing required.
If you have any questions please contact Jill Beck or call 352-553-7489
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Mailing Address: 
6500 Wesleyan Way, Wildwood, FL 34785

Lake Deaton Office Hours:
Monday to Thursday 9:00am to 4:30pm
Friday 9:00am to 1:00pm 

Office: Call 352-571-4665