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A Message from Pastor Kristyne
Some of you may recall that about two years ago I took a trip to Hawaii to be in a friend's wedding. I had a wonderful week in Hawaii with my mom and girls and at the end of the week I stood with one of my closest friends as she married a wonderful man. It was great. However, the really great thing about that week was seeing my friend, Heather, in person, you see I had not seen her in at least 12 years.

Our story starts our when my girls were toddlers. Heather was the associate pastor at our church. When the power was out at our house for an extended period she graciously opened her home to us, even though she hardly knew us. Our friendship grew. We were the same age and just clicked. After a time, Heather moved to another part of Florida but we kept in touch. I often took the girls to see her on mini vacations. Then Heather was called to a church in the mid-west. Vacations to see Heather were no longer quite as easy, but we worked them in. We were determined for our friendship to continue to grow. This meant we were always on the phone with each other. Sometimes she would call me and sometimes I would call her. Then Heather moved out west and vacations to see Heather stopped all together. That was just too far. However, we knew our friendship was important, and because of that, it continued to grow. Even though we didn’t see each other, we became deeper friends. Then came the news that she was taking a church in Hawaii. I thought for sure I would never see Heather again, but I knew we would continue to grow as friends, because we were committed to growing in our relationship.

Well, you all know the end of the story. I did end up seeing Heather again. Today I can’t say if I will ever see Heather in person again, but I know for the rest of our lives we will be close friends and will continue to grow. Why do I tell this story? I tell this because this is a lot like Intentional Faith Formation. To get to know God you have to be committed to growing in your relationship. You have to be ready to “make those phone calls”. You have to be ready to learn about God. You have to be ready to grow. You have to be open to God getting to know you. I hope you join me this weekend as we look deeply at just what it means to be intentional about our faith formation. See you on Saturday or Sunday!
Volunteers Needed!!

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.
Join us today, Thursday, May 6th, at 7pm...
as we celebrate our very own Dr. Rev. Jim Divine as he graduates from Portland Seminary. You can watch on Facebook live. Click here !
We are pleased to announce that we have a new Finance Manager-Connie Dooley. Connie comes to us with a extensive background in church finance. She has a passion for entertaining, gardening, working with youth, and serving the Lord. We are also blessed to have her husband, Dale Dooley, join our staff as a part time Facilities Technician. In his spare time he enjoys golfing, carpentry, volunteering, and fishing. If you see them around the church building be sure and show them our Lake Deaton UMC radical hospitality.

If you have any questions regarding your online giving or a recent donation, please email Constance M. Dooley.
Discipleship
Click here to check out our current class offerings - card making, fun art group, etc.
Want to go deeper in The Word?

Come meet with Pastor Jim every other Wednesday at 4 p.m. to engage in deeper conversation as we read Through the Bible in One Year. For more information, please email Pastor Jim.
Outreach & Missions
Mother's Day Offering
A Special Mother’s Day Offering will be taken up on Mother’s Day, May 9th to benefit the Self-Sufficiency Program. Please help keep reuniting and strengthening families. Give online or use the special green envelopes during service! Click here to give online.
Bargains & Blessings needs additional volunteers to continue providing a good experience to our customers and donors and to fulfill our mission of being the hands, feet and voice of Jesus to those in need near and far. We need help in the areas of Pickup & Delivery (drivers, helpers and schedulers), Store (floor and cashiers) and Intake (Goods and Apparel). If you, or with your friends, can help and would like to join our family of volunteers, please email us at Bargainsandblessings@ncumcfl.com or visit us at 301 N. Main St, Wildwood, to complete an application. For more information, contact Sondra at 315-427-3580.
Bargains & Blessings Truck

The B&B Truck will be here on Sunday, May 23rd to collect donations of clothing and household goods from 8:15 – 10:30. To schedule pickup of large items, please call (352)330-3333.
The Big Red Bus is Returning!
Sunday, June 6 - 8:30-12:30
Mark your calendar now!
Online sign up coming soon!  
Future Dates: September 9, and December 5.
Prayer and Care Ministry
We're looking for a few good men!!
If you think you might be able to dedicate one Monday a month to this ministry, contact Jan McCoy for more information.
In-Person Prayer Group:
Tuesday: 3:30-4:00 p.m. Classroom 1

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:

Bob Jorden
Dick Richards
LuAnn Gilbert
 Catherine Cote, neighbor of Deb Antanitis.
Bonnie, friend of Laurie Dennison’s sister.
 
Our sympathy, love and prayers for Bob and Karen Alt on the loss of Bob’s brother-in-law, Mark Coad.
Prayer Quilt:
 
Please stop by and tie a knot on the quilt as you pray for
Mary Ann Creel. Prayers for comfort and healing. 
Prayer Room
If you need a place to pray, come to our Prayer Room. Lake Deaton UMC has a room set up to give you privacy and direction to spend a few minutes of conversation with God. If you are stopping by our building for any other reason, check our our prayer room and spend a few minutes with Jesus. 
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
Dinner and Trivia at Los Magueyes
Join the Journeymen for celebration of the real meaning of Cinco de Mayo. This event is open to all. Men, we encourage you to invite your wives.
Recreation
Worship
Worship Statistics

Sat. May 1, 5:00 pm - Total: 87
Sun. May 2, 9:00 am - Total: 230
Sun. May 2, 10:30am -Total: 111
Celebrate Recovery - Total: 47

Weekend Total with CR: 475

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We ALL have HURTS, HABITS and HANG-UPS
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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Lake Deaton Store is online!

 We have an opening on our Lake Deaton Staff! 
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Connect with Us

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