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Worship Information and Music/Fine Arts Ministry
Sunday, May 12, 2019
Sermon Series: The Next Seven Words
Sermon: Peace Be With You
Scriptures: Luke 24:35-43 and John 20:19-29
Traditional Worship, Sanctuary
8:15 and 11am: Rev. Andy Whitaker Smith to preach.

Contemporary Worship: Fellowship Center
9:30am: Rev. Andy Whitaker Smith to preach.
11:20am: Rev. Melissa Stump to preach.

NOTE: Because of Mayfaire, Lake Morton Drive and many roads adjacent to it will be closed this weekend. Please plan to come a different route to church on Sunday.


Hospitalized (as of May 6)
Georgia Bickmire, David Donker,
Caroline Kent, Norma McCullough,
Evelyn Rhoads, Cylinda Sherwood, Katie Skiles, 
Patricia Wibirt and John Wilson.

In Memoriam
Grace Graham, May 1
Ringers & Singers Concert
The Handbell Ringers & Singers will present their Spring Concert on Sunday, May 19, at 7pm in the Sanctuary. This unique group combines the arts of ringing and singing to perform a variety of different musical styles. The concert is free and tickets are not required.
Fellowship, Recreation and Newcomers/Welcome Ministries
Second Sunday Gathering
Join your church family this Sunday for fellowship and refreshments in the Welcome Center from 9am-12:15pm.
First Steps Preschool, Children, Youth, Young Adult, Adult and Senior Adult Ministries and Sunday School, Bible Studies and other small groups

A Disciple’s Path starts June 11
Our first calling as Christians is to be disciples, followers of Jesus who are growing in our love of God and love of others. This course will help you develop spiritual practices, discover your unique gifts, discern your callings and engage in ministry that brings transformation to your own life, the lives of others and the world. Tuesday evenings from 6-7:30pm through July 23. Register here , email here , or call 863-686-3163.

We’re celebrating our callings!
God calls all of us, from birth to end of life. Stop by the photo exhibit in the Welcome Center for a glimpse into the many ways our First Steps preschoolers are living into their calling to “be kind and compassionate to one another” (Ephesians. 4:32). The photos were captured by our First Steps teachers as the children lived out their callings in the everyday experiences of life. The exhibit will travel around our campus over the next several weeks.

Genesis Class Pancake Breakfast
The Annual Pancake Breakfast will be held this Saturday, May 11, from 7am - noon in the Fellowship Center. All proceeds go to serve families in need in the Lakeland area. Come and enjoy breakfast and fellowship before you experience Mayfaire. $4/adults; $3/child; $12/family.

PHOENIX Dinner/Classes
J oin us Wednesday evening for dinner and classes. Dinner service starts at 5pm with classes following. Dinner is $6/adults; $3/children under 12 with a family max of $20. For information, click here .
Sunday School at 9:30am:
  • Nursery 2 through fourth grade: Courageous Friends (Daniel 3:25-26)
  • Fifth grade: One in the Spirit (Acts 2:1-3)

No evening programming this Sunday - happy Mother's Day!

Wednesday evening: Childcare is available 6:30-7:30pm for children six weeks through PK2. Click here for reservations.

Mission to Mars & Beyond
Registration closes on May 13 for our Mission to Mars & Beyond Vacation Bible School June 24-28. Join us on a galactic adventure to experience the wonder of God! Children who have completed VPK through fifth grade are invited as participants. The cost is $25/child (with a maximum of $50/per family). Scholarship funds are available. Register children as participants or your interest in serving with us during VBS here .

We need adult and youth volunteers to serve during VBS. Contact Cristi Moore with questions ( email here or 863-682-1912). Learn more here .

Sunday Morning Bible Study (sixth-twelfth grades) is at 9:30am in F-1. Join us for in-depth study and discussion.

No evening programming this Sunday - happy Mother's Day!

Wednesday Night RECHARGE : 6-7:30pm in the Youth Game Room. Hang out with us as we enjoy fun, snacks, fellowship and share in devotionals and character studies of some of the Bible’s prominent figures.

Talbot House Ministries : One United students are encouraged to serve and fellowship at Talbot House the first and third Thursday of each month from 5:15 - 6:30pm. The next opportunity is May 16.
Visitors are always welcome to attend any of our Adult Sunday School groups. All classes meet at 9:30am. If you would like more info on these or other adult classes and groups, contact Warren Pattison at 863-682-1912 or email here . Can’t make it to Sunday School? Call in and listen live to Rev. Brian Tiffany’s lesson with the Homebuilders Class. Dial 863-225-0968 at 9:30am on Sundays.

  • The BYKOTA Class is led by Rev. Dr. Doug Hallman. He is teaching an original lesson series on “What Happened after Easter?” looking at all four gospels and Acts. Room C-207
  • The Genesis Class welcomes you as they explore faith and life in The Next Seven Words of Jesus by Shane Standford. Room C-202
  • The Homebuilders Class started in 1945 and is taught by Rev. Brian Tiffany. They follow the Adult Bible Studies curriculum. May’s theme is “The Spread of the Gospel,” with a focus on Paul’s letter to the Romans. Chapel
  • The Koinonia Class welcomes all who desire to grow in their love of God and neighbor. Room C-205
  • The Searchers Class is perfect for all who are searching for a deeper connection with God in Christ. This Sunday they begin a study of The Seven Next Words of Christ, which corresponds to our sermon series. The study is led by Mark Capron. Room C-206
  • The Sendero Class continues The Wesley Challenge, a look at the self-examination questions the early Methodists used in their daily devotions. Barbara Whetton leads. On May 19, they will begin an in-depth exploration of Romans. Room C-204
  • Storyline is an intentionally intergenerational class for young and other adults. They are exploring the Holy Club questions that the early Oxford Methodists developed to examine their walk with Christ. Jason Rogers leads. Room C-201C
  • The Vanguard Class is lead by Rev. Charles Polstra as they begin “The Spread of the Gospel,” with a focus on Paul’s letter to the Romans. Room C-203
"Our Giving Tree" Bookstore and Gift Shop, Congregational Care, Justice, Missions, Neighborhood and Volunteer Ministries
The Blood Mobile will be here this Sunday from 8am-1pm on Walnut Street. Please stop by and help us save lives by donating blood.

Church Directory
We want to be sure that we are publishing the information you desire (address, email and phone information) in the new Church Directory. Click here to submit your information online, contact Nicole Wood ( email here or 863-686-3163) or call "Our Giving Tree" Bookstore abd Gift Shop to do this over the phone 10am - 4pm weekdays (863-686-3163).

CONNECTIONS! A New Ministry for Memory Loss
Connections! will meet Mondays and Thursdays from 9:30am-1:30pm beginning May 13 for twelve weeks in Room C-201B. Spiritual and social connectedness is key to our overall well-being. To maintain optimal health, our physical, expressive and cognitive needs are important. Please note: this is not a drop-in program and registration is required. Contact Vicky Pitner ( email here or 863-686-3163x275) to schedule an interview.
Bereavement Team Meeting
There is a Bereavement Team Meeting on Wednesday, May 29, from 1-2pm. Team members and anyone interested in serving in our Bereavement Reception Ministry are invited to join Pastor David McEntire and Mary Ann Schwitters for a time of fellowship and training. We are looking forward to discussing what works and where we might want to implement changes. Mary Ann will graciously review some table decorating ideas with us and some simple recipes. You are also invited to bring your own ideas to share.  Please send any questions, concerns or suggestions to Nicole Wood ( email here or 863-686-3163).

“Our Giving Tree Bookstore” and Gift Shop needs volunteers: The bookstore has an all-volunteer staff and is open weekdays and Sunday mornings. All proceeds go to missions! Find out how you can serve. Contact Carol Marsh ( email here or 863-255-4968).

United Methodist Women

  • All women are invited to the May 13 meeting at 10:30am in the Fellowship Center. Our guest speaker is Ileana Kniss, Director of Development and Community Relations at Peace River Center. Full lunch is $4/person. (email here)

  • Join our Book Club discussion group in the Church Parlor on Tuesday, May 28, at 1pm to discuss We Are All Fast Food Workers Now by Annelise Orleck. This book is in the Social Action Category. You may order the book, Kindle and other versions here.

UMW May Meetings

May 17
  • #18 at Fred's Market at 9:30am. Contact Bonnie Siefert, 847-668-4828
May 28
  • #5 at Cleveland Heights Golf Restaurant at 11:30am. Contact Ann Harkey, 863-646-0013

Noah’s Ark of Central Florida
Join Jeremy Hearn (11:20 Worship Leader) and several of our members for a weekly UNO tournament at 9:30am each Tuesday at the Villages of Noah’s Landing. Jeremy has been working on building bridges between this community and our church over the past year. He invites you to join in the relaxed atmosphere of a card tournament to help build deeper relationships. Please RSVP by 3:30pm each Monday by sending an email here .

Contact Forrest White with questions and for paperwork for the following opportunities ( email here or 8 63-686-3163).

  • Florida Annual Conference Disaster Recovery: Our next work date is May 18 to help hurricane survivors. You must complete paperwork and return it to Forrest White prior to the work day. We help every third Saturday of the month. Please note: the Florida Annual Conference requires you to be 14 and older to serve.
  • Habitat for Humanity: Qualifying families not only make monthly house payment but also complete 400 hours of sweat equity. We will help build a house in Dade City on June 8, July 13 and August 3. You must be 16 years old to participate.
  • VISTE (Volunteers in Service to the Elderly): Drivers are needed for their supplemental grocery program. Clients in the program receive a box full of canned items and dry goods, a plastic bag of frozen food and bread. Volunteer drivers pick up the groceries at VISTE between 8am and noon any day during the established week. VISTE also needs volunteers to wash and dry food containers on Tuesdays or Thursdays at First Presbyterian Church from 9:15 - 11am. If interested in serving, visit their website ( If interested in delivering meals, contact Forrest White to do a ride-along (email here or 863-686-3163).