Ocala First Connection
October 8, 2020
Dear Ocala First Members and Friends!

As we enter the second week of October, we wanted to draw a couple new opportunities to your attention.

The first is a new Zoom study group beginning October 22, facilitated by The Rev. Ron McCreary:

My Faith Meets My Privilege

The subject of privilege and lack of privilege has arisen in our American society. Privilege is not simply a social or political issue - it is also a faith issue. The Bible speaks often of privilege and its effects. The purpose of this short-term Zoom group is to help participants assess their privilege in light of their faith in a non-judgmental setting and in light of Scripture. The sessions are intended as a tool for awareness and growth. The only book needed is a Bible.

To register, email Pastor Anne at anne@fumcocala.org.
The second is a Grief Support Zoom Group beginning on October 20. The 6-month (and counting) global pandemic gives us an entirely new dimension of grief. We invite you to join this short-term Zoom group to recognize and name the various losses in your life. We will also learn together how to navigate through our grief and to experience joy in the midst of loss.

To register, email Pastor Anne - anne@fumcocala.org 
Finally, we look forward to sharing worship with you again this Sunday! We will be sharing online worship with you live at 9 am and 11 am, and we look forward to our NEW outdoor service at 6:00 pm on Sunday night! (see details below).

We are also beginning a new series this coming Sunday:


October 11
Philippians 3:4b-14 -
That I Might Gain Christ!
We are continuing to track the Covid-19 numbers in Marion County. We will share more about our future plans next week!

Be encouraged! Be in prayer for one another! Stay connected!

Pastors Anne and David

  • 9:00 am – Online Contemporary Worship

  • 11:00 am – Online Traditional Worship

  • 6:00 pm - Outdoor Worship in The Grove
(in case of rain, join us online)

For those coming to the 6:00 pm Outdoor service, we ask that you follow our Covenant outlined below. Here is what you need to know:

  • BYOC&C: Bring Your Own Communion and Chairs. (We will have both available, if needed)
  • Place chairs on the orange lines (one line per household)
  • Golf carts allowed!
  • Bathrooms are available in the Family Life Center.
  • Offering baskets, kids activities bags, and pre-packaged Holy Communion available on the Welcome Table.

  • All those choosing to attend in-person worship will agree to wear a mask (except for children under the age of 2).
  • Physical distancing of 6 feet or more will be required except for members of the same household.
  • All those attending in-person worship acknowledge that there will be NO congregational singing
  • There will be no childcare (nursery or Children's Church). Children are welcome to sit with their parents. We will have kids’ bags available to aid them in worship.
  • We encourage those with pre-existing conditions to continue worshiping online.
  •  Monitor your symptoms. Remain at home and worship online if you are sick or displaying COVID-19 symptoms.
Our Pastor's Bible Study meets each Wednesday at 6:00 pm on Zoom (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82538661057)

This ongoing study does not require advance sign-up or the purchase of a book. All are welcome any time!
We want to encourage you with study and inspiration, and help you stay committed to your faith journey in an increasingly busy and distracted world.

Check out Amplify Media, available on the web, as well as apps for your smart phone, tablet and TV (search for Amplify Media in the Apple Store, Google Play Store, and Roku Channel Store).

In the graphic below, you will see the steps you need to take to access for free our church channel on Amplify Media. In addition to all the great resources, you will find our recent worship services and sermon series!

Congregation Access Code: SHXKDM
Our Family Ministries Team is awesome!
This year's theme for Family Ministries is "Partnering with Parents". We are here to support you, encourage you and help you guide your children through this great big world of faith. We know your life is busy and sometimes it all seems too much. So going forward this year, we are here for you and will continue to support your faith and your child's faith. 

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.

Kylie Haskins, Youth Director
Hannah Robarge, Youth Intern
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!⁠

Our offerings through the church are a vital reminder of the many ways in which we can serve God through the ministries and mission. We are blessed to be a blessing for others!

During this time when we cannot gather in person, your offerings can be made online and though the mail. Your generosity helps sustain and strengthen the work and witness of our church!

Gifts can be mailed to the church office.
(1126 E. Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, FL, 34470)

You can also give online at any time!

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 suspended for most care facilities, and we are all trying to practice social distancing to protect those most at risk from serious illness from Covid-19.

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.

Given how rapidly things can change during a pandemic, our leadership and staff will continue to closely monitor the situation and adapt our plans as needed. We will keep you informed each step of the way.

Updates on our website:

Updates from the Florida Conference Website:
Visit our webpage for updates, sermon videos and more!
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