As we stay in our homes and are forced by circumstances to distance ourselves from one another, I hope you will cherish those you can be around. Have communion with one another in your homes, sing, pray, and wash your hands regularly. Take walks outside to breathe the fresh (hot and humid) air and be in God's creation. August will be another challenging month kids will start school, and it's when history shows that the storms in the Atlantic get stronger. Amid these coming days, awful for some and challenging for others, all of us will be changed. Faith and hope abide in us, assuaging fear and desperation. As we recognize that while we may not all be in the same boat, we are all weathering the same storm. We will get through this together.
The church leadership formed a task force to examine what it would take to return to in-person worship. Here is what they have been up to lately.
On Friday, June 26, cases exploded in Florida and Palm Beach County, so we canceled our extensive gathering rehearsal with full ushers and greeters.
Since then, the Taskforce has 100% compliance with conference standards. We have purchased one-way directional signs and social distancing signs for the floor and taped off the pews for physical distance. Planned and practiced ingress and egress.
We have created this newsletter for increased communication to be emailed and mailed out to those not online. We are having yard signs made to support teachers. We have discussed possible FM broadcast for car worship, hopefully, to begin in the fall when temperatures cool down.
It'sback to schooltime and at Oceanview that means we collect school supplies for local elementary school children. This year is different, and so our collection will be different.On Sunday, August 23, we invite you to drop off the school supplies you have been collecting at Oceanview's curbside, no contact school supply collection between 11:00 am and Noon in the upper level parking lot. Drive up to the curb and someone will receive the school supplies from you. Then they will be sorted and distributed to local elementary school children.
This year back to school is more complicated and stressful than normal and many children will need help with school supplies even if they are doing online school from home. We invite you to help make back to school a little less stressful for families.
We also want to show support for teachers and school staff as they go back to school by placing the yard sign pictured above in your yard. You can pick up a sign or signs when you drop your school supplies on August 23 at the drive up curbside collection. We would appreciate a small donation for the sign. Let's show love and support during this stressful back to school time.
Sunday Morning Study of James
I don't know about you, but I have been missing Sunday morning Bible study. Join me on Zoom beginning Sunday morning, August 16, at 10:00 as we begin a five-week discussion of James. I have been missing all your faces and the lively discussion. Let me know you are interested by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will then email you the info you need to get started.
Immediate Prayers: Charlie and Rita Mullins (Gary's brother in NC) Charlie Cassidy, Dotty LeVally, Sylvia Harder, Jeanne McGrane, Charlie "Doc" Edwards (lost his wife, Renee), Gibbie Nauman (CROS Ministries sudden loss of brother).
Coronavirus Concerns*: Christopher Orlando, Sue and Dave Nystrom, Pam Sayer's cousin Frank.
*In addition to these please keep all of our essential workers in your prayers those who put their lives on the line everyday for health and safety, from our medical and law enforcement to grocery, pharmacy and global food sources, to sanitation and public utilities, we pray to the Lord!
And these names: Cynthia Horgan, Cindy Baker, Dorothy Smoak, Fran Buckley, Adam Hewko, Rev. Juanita Bryant Goode CROS, Salah and Darlene Foster, Catherine Anderson, Tom Schwartz, Nancy Monacotti, Donna Campbell, Paula Couch, Belinda Boules, Bob O'Rourke, Chuck and Carter Viss, Peggy Parker, Andrea Liccini, Lynn and husband Andy, Virginia Groover, Michael Dyer, Justine Atlas & Leigh Ann Croran, Raquel who has lymphoma, Gloria Rose, Jennifer Pecor, Tammy Burgeson and family, Sam Condeluci, Anna Caulfield, Archie Britt, Cypriam Ebere Alozie, Lois Cashell, Bridget Garafalo, Jane Muterspaw, Dale Dormody, Neal Vacchiano, Amy Parrish & Family, Jeff Krautler, Linda Harten, Matthew Marting, and Russell Smith.
Millie Phillips, Rev. Steve Ruegg, Gary Straughan, Robert Hewko, Irene Trask.
Here are some of the needs and projects going on at the church property...
Much has been invested in Oceanview in 2020. We have been blessed with a $5,000 personal gift from members of our church that allowed us to install new carpet on the altar area and sacristy. In addition to generous individual gifts and using the proceeds from refinancing of our mortgage last year, we addressed a number of deferred maintenance items in keeping with our responsibility to be good stewards. These items including:
Hurricane impact windows and doors throughout the campus.
Stucco repair and painting the church exterior ($50K)
Reseal stain glass windows
Replacement microphones to comply with FCC requirements
New lock work on all doors, including automated on three doors
Removal of west Fellowship Hall overhang and replacement of awnings on both sides of the fellowship hall and youth room.
A bank of eight LED Floods in the sanctuary to replace failing lighting system.
New fiberglass tables for Fellowship Hall.
Replacement kitchen vent fan (in progress)
Buffing and polishing of sanctuary and fellowship hall floors.
A number of other major maintenance items have been completed while we are apart, including treatment for termites, AC repair as needed and repair of potholes in our driveway. We have a number of other projects underway, including replacement of ceiling tiles in areas of need, interior painting of areas where new windows were installed as well as the Pastor’s office and room 49. Plans are in the works to pressure clean the walks and landings, as well as wash all of our new windows. We continue to prepare for a time when we can once again enjoy our beautiful surroundings.
One final note, we continue to work in partnership with FPL and the Town of Juno Beach to remove and replace the large shrubs along Ocean Drive with new plantings with the help of Frenchman’s Creek arborists and grounds keepers. When complete this should make our church more visible and improve the safety of access to our grounds.
While we continue to be faced with increased maintenance expense and rising insurance costs, we have been heartened by the generosity of giving that continues at Oceanview. We are working hard to insure your gifts are carefully used in our most critical areas of need. The advent of online giving on May 13thopened up a new way for you to continue your faithful gifts. At the time of this writing more than fifty gifts from more than thirty donors have yielded just over $10,000. If you have tried the online giving, it is simple. Go tohttps://oceanviewumc.com/giveand follow the simple guide. Of course, as do some, you may mail your gifts to 701 Ocean Dive, Juno Beach, FL 33408. With a heartfelt thank you, we look forward to your continued support.
at Oceanview Church*
701 Ocean Drive, Juno Beach, FL
Saturdays and Sundays
at 10:00 am and 10:30 am
*All attendees must be registered prior to the event to control number of people gathered. Please wear a mask or face covering, bring your own chair, bread, and cup or other receptacle for grape juice.