OCALA FIRST CONNECTION
August 2021
Pursuing Peace
August Series

Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. – Psalm 34:14
 
As followers of Jesus Christ, we’re called to foster peace in the midst of controversy and conflict. Grow your understanding and skills in peacemaking through our upcoming Sunday messages, Bible reading plan, and book club discussion sessions.
 
Sunday Messages
August 08 - The Peace of God - Isaiah 2:1-5
August 15 - A Heart of Peace - Luke 7:36-50
August 22 - A Heart at War - Acts 10
August 29 - The Eyes to See - 2 Corinthians 5:16-21
                               
Bible Reading Plan
How does this passage reveal the nature and will of God? What is the big idea and why is it important? Is there an example to follow or avoid? Lord, help me apply the truth of this passage to my life today!

August 8-14
Romans 12:9-21 - Hebrews 12:14-15 - Matthew 5:1-16
John 17:20-24 - Ephesians 4:1-6 - Numbers 6:24-26

August 15-21
Luke 7:36-50 - Ephesians 4:31-32 - Matthew 5:43-47
Micah 4:1-5 - John 14:15-27 - 1 John 4:7-12

August 22-28
Acts 10 - Galatians 5:13-26 - Galatians 6:13-18             
James 4:1-10 - Luke 18:9-14 - Romans 12:3-5

August 29-September 4
2 Corinthians 5:16-21 - Luke 10:25 37 - Galatians 3:23-29
James 3:13-18 - Matthew 7:1-5, 12 - John 8:1-11
        
Book Club Discussion Sessions
Read The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict by The Arbinger Institute and come to our book club discussion sessions. Each session is offered at two separate times.
Session 1: Location TBD

Monday, Aug 23 @ 10 am

or
Wednesday, Aug 25 @ 6 pm


Session 2: Location TBD

Monday, Aug 30 @ 10 am;
or
Wednesday, Sep 1 @ 6pm
CONGREGATION UPDATES
Carolyn Grissom
We express our condolences to the family and friends of Carolyn Grissom, who passed away on Wed, August 4.
We we celebrate her life on Saturday, August 7 at 10:30 am in the Sanctuary. A reception will follow in the FLC.
Service for Walter Edwards Postponed
The celebration of life for Walter Edwards, scheduled for this Saturday, August 7, has been postponed until further notice.

Here is the note from Iris Carroll Edwards"Because of the upsurge in the coronavirus in Florida and especially in Marion County, my family and I have decided to postpone the memorial service for our husband and father, Walter Edwards, until such time as we can all safely gather. The outpouring of love and friendship still supports us as we navigate our way through these days."
Pandemic Update
Given the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in Marion County, we wanted to share with you an update on our protocols for the Covid-19 Pandemic. 
 
You may or may not be aware that as of last Friday, July 30, Marion County reported 1,881 new cases of COVID-19 over the previous seven days, with a 24.5% test positivity. More alarming was a reported 148 individuals in the COVID-19 wards at our local hospitals, 144 of whom were unvaccinated. On Wednesday, August 4, that number jumped to 217 admissions for COVID-19, 212 of whom were unvaccinated.
 
Last week, the CDC issued these new guidelines regarding masks for those who have been fully vaccinated. This largely involves the highly contagious delta variant, which is able to multiply in the nasal passages of vaccinated persons and usually does not cause disease, but can transmit the virus to other persons who can become ill. For this reason, both the CDC and the Florida Conference have recommended going back to wearing a mask in close spaces, which includes church services.
 
Because of the new CDC guidelines and our local numbers, beginning this Sunday, August 8, we strongly encourage masks for everyone entering our facilities until the number of infections in Marion County have dramatically decreased.
 
Thank you for helping us love our neighbors as we care for the most vulnerable among us. 
Employment Opportunity:
CHURCH BUSINESS AND FINANCIAL MANAGER
We are seeking a full-time Business and Financial Manager.
Responsibilities include all aspects of church office management.
Experience as a full charge bookkeeper is a must, as well as knowledge of all Google platforms. Prior experience in church administration is a plus. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Please send a letter of interest and resume to:
The Rev. Anne Fuquay
1126 E. Silver Springs Blvd
Ocala, FL 34470
SPRC Approves New Pastoral Roles
To provide clarity for the congregation regarding the specific roles of our Co-Pastors, the following has been approved by SPRC:
 
Anne is Pastor of . . .
  • Congregational Care
  • Missional Engagement
  • Staff & Lay Leadership

David is Pastor of . . .
  • Preaching & Worship
  • Discipleship
  • Vision, Strategy, and New Initiatives

If you have specific questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Pastors.
New Member Orientation
UPCOMING EVENTS
MISSIONS AND SERVICE
FAMILY MINISTRIES
TREEHOUSE KIDS
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.

Check out the latest news from Family Ministries online!

ROOTED YOUTH MINISTRY
6th-12th Grades
Youth Group Returns on August 15th from 5:30-7:30 PM!


Check out the latest news from the Youth Group!

MUSIC AND TECH MINISTRIES
Music Ministries
TRADITIONAL WORSHIP
Choir rehearsals begin August 25th at 6:30 PM!
New members are always welcome to join!

CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP
We celebrate and give thanks for these volunteers who offer their musical talents to God and our congregation through our Praise Band:

Lane Redrick • Marcus Chandler • Teri Keepers • Lori Cotton • Riley Henry • Jamie Stephens • Amy Seefeldt • Fay Redrick • Matt Branch • Andy Long • Jolee Labrador • Dan Shorb
Tech Ministries
We are grateful for those who work tirelessly behind the scenes on our Tech Team to make our services look and sound amazing for those in-person and online:

Betsy Bledsoe • Phil Bledsoe • Dale Seefeldt • Mike Walker • Jaden Labrador • Joel Labrador • Ray Johnson • Adina Wilson • Cory Wilson • David Dickinson • Patty Williams • Glenn Cameron • Carol Cameron • Gaylon Williams • Jeff Williams • Jan Chapman • Theresa Bendall • Todd Adams • Jan Jernigan

Interested in helping out behind the scenes with our tech team? We are always in need of more volunteers. Please be in touch with David Bedenbaugh and we will get you plugged in!
FIND US ONLINE!
Visit our webpage for updates, sermon videos and more!
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