A Call to Action for the People of Cuba

In the last few days, we have witnessed in shock and despair the violence against peaceful protesters that erupted following the President of Cuba’s call “to defend the Cuban Revolution from ideological subversion.” Attacks on unarmed civilians including children and elderly people have led to many deaths while hundreds have been taken into undisclosed locations after being beaten and shot at.

                  
Methodists United in Prayer echoes the words of the Methodist Church in Cuba and condemns all violence against the people of Cuba. Furthermore, we call our churches in Florida and across our nation to:

  1. FAST and PRAY for the people of Cuba. Is this not the fast that I have chosen: To loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every yoke? – Isaiah 58:6
  2. Lift up a SHARED PRAYER on Sunday Worship for the people of Cuba. “Then they cry out to the Lord in their trouble, and He brings them out of their distresses.” –  Psalm 107:2
  3. GIVE towards relief for the people of Cuba through the Methodist Church in Cuba. But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? – 1 John 3:17
  4. Send LETTERS to our nation’s leaders: the President, the Senate and the House of Representatives. “Save, Lord! May the King answer us when we call.” – Psalm 20:9

This Call to Action from Methodists United in Prayer has been endorsed by:
Bishop Ken Carter, The Florida Conference of The UMC & Bishop Ricardo Pereira, Methodist Church in Cuba


Join us as we pray for and support the families affected by the partial collapse of the Champlain Towers South building in Surfside, Fla. We are also supporting the other tower that has been evacuated.  Hundreds of people have been displaced from their homes and rescue teams continue to lead search and recovery efforts. In addition to prayer, you can provide practical support for the victims in the following ways:Financial Assistance


  • Individuals can make donations online by clicking here. You can also mail a check to the Conference (450 Martin L. King Jr. Ave, Lakeland, FL 33815). Please include "Surfside Disaster Fund" on the memo line.
  • Churches can donate online here or send in donations with your apportionment payments. Please note the fund code for Surfside Disaster Fund is 110026 on the apportionment support. 

Gift Cards

  • Families are in need of $25 or $50 gift cards -- Visa/Mastercard, Walmart, Publix, Target, Uber. Gift cards can be mailed to the Conference office (450 Martin L. King Jr. Ave, Lakeland, FL 33815, Attn: Trish Warren).


Alternative Housing

Those in the Miami area who are interested in volunteering at the Family Assistance Center can contact Trish Warren, Conference Disaster Response Coordinator at pwarren@flumc.org.


Sunday Morning, 11:15 am

Zoom Bible Study with Greg Rogers

Life is crazy, but you don't have to be.

Sunday Morning Bible study put hope, joy and peace in your heart. Get connected with our online Sunday morning Bible Study. Learn from each other, explore God's words as we delve into the Bible together. Get real hope for real life in real time. Sign up by emailing Greg Rogers (link below).


Click Here to Email Greg for the NEW ZOOM Link to Class

Rance's Chair Yoga Class

Monday, Wednesday & Friday


Rance's Yoga Class: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:00 am to 11:15 am out on the Breezeway (upper level). Bring your own folding chair, rubber soled shoes, water, towel and mask

JULY 2021 EVENTS

CROS Camp 2021

A summer day camp program for children, living in Title I zip codes (neighborhoods receiving federal funding for schools where at least 40% of the students are from families with low incomes). Our program is built upon a Christian foundation that promotes school readiness, ensures proper nutrition, and guarantees a safe nurturing place for campers to call "home" during the day.

*picture taken pre-COVID19


June 21, 2021 - August 5, 2021

Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 5:00 pm

Sunlight Community Church

1325 North A Street

Lake Worth, FL 33460


2021 Applications Now Available: https://www.crosministries.org/camp

Elementary School Application - For campers who have just completed VPK through rising 5th graders. Space is limited.

Middle School "Step-Up Program" Application - For rising 6th graders through rising 9th graders. Space is limited.


For more information, contact Emily Zarzycki at emilyz@crosministries.org or 561-281-6469.


Call our toll-free Counseling Hotline to schedule a counseling intake session at 1-844-848-6777 or email counseling@ccdpb.org

FUTURE EVENTS in 2021

We Make the Road by Walking

by Brian McLaren

Why are we here? 

What’s wrong with he world? 

What is our role, our task, our purpose? 

What is a good life? Is there meaning and hope? 

What dangers should we guard against? 

What treasures should we seek? 

Our ancient ancestors answered these questions through their stories.  Over the course of 14 weeks we will explore those stories together.


Join the study for the first quarter: The Story of Creation

Tuesday nights at 7:00 pm (Beginning August 17th in the fellowship hall bring a snack supper) 

OR

Tuesday mornings 9:30 am (Beginning August 24th virtual/zoom class)


Class description: This class will follow the sermon series of the same name.  Every week the Sunday sermon will explore the topics of the chapter in the book We Make the Road by Walking by Brian McLaren. The Tuesday night class will discuss the chapter with the pastor prior to the Sunday morning sermon.  The Tuesday morning class will be a follow up class where in participants can take a deeper dive into the material presented in the Sunday sermon.


You MUST register ahead of time for either class and purchase the book.

Family Promise

Family Promise is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to helping homeless families in our community regain their independence. 


Currently in Palm Beach County, there are nearly 2000 homeless children registered in Palm Beach County Schools. We invite you to learn more about us and perhaps endeavor to help us in our mission. All donations to Family Promise are tax deductible.


The following is a list of items needed for Family Promise Families, who are currently being housed in COVID safe, small apartments. There are several families under Family Promise care so your donations are gratefully requested. For more info on Family Promise of North Central Palm Beach County and/or make an online monetary donation, please go to: http://www.familypromisencpbc.org/

Wish List Needs

Stroller for a child up to 3 years old

Highchair for our Day Center

Breakfast items

Granola bars

Cereal bars

Apples / oranges/Bananas

Cheese sticks

Yogurt

Oatmeal

Cereal

Bottled Water

Juice Boxes


FP has done an amazing job continuing to work with families, house families, etc. thru this pandemic, I'm very proud of what they are still accomplishing, dealing with obstacles/circumstances that have greatly impacted the normal operation of the program. - Kathy Perry

FL United Methodist Churches With Live Stream Services

Here is the list of Florida UMC churches that live stream services. Live streaming refers to online streaming media simultaneously recorded and broadcast in real time. Check out a few great services: 


https://www.flumc.org/virtual-church-list


Oceanview Church participates in the Christian Copyright License International's (CCLI) music, streaming, rehearsal and video copyright licensing programs. Our CCLI License #625707.

Online teaching series based on 'Chuck Knows Church'

A free online teaching series based on Chuck Knows Church and designed to help congregations discuss critical issues that potentially are preventing them from being vital churches, is now available from Discipleship Ministries.


https://www.flumc.org/opportunitydetail/12949865