Here's What's Happening in the Life of the Church
In-Person Worship! We've setup a separate page to address concerns of Covid-19 and In-Person Worship.
Just TEXT the word "check" to church phone number to let us know you are 'viewing' Worship services.
It's so easy! Some of us are attending in person but others still feel unsafe doing so.
After you watched the weekly message, use your smart phone to send a text message to the church phone # 352-683-2600. Text the word "CHECK" and send along, instantly you will be sent a link and if you follow that link you can check in yourself and any others in your household as having viewed the weekly message. This helps us stay connected to you and know that you are actively participating in the life of the church. Go ahead and save the number as a contact in your phone as there will be additional features available as well.
Bloodmobile this Sunday, July 25th
There is a critical shortage of blood. Please give if you can on Sunday, July 25th from 9:30 am to Noon in the back Courtyard. Be sure you eat a good breakfast before giving. Your one donation can benefit three people!
Scholarship Applications for pursuing a degree or certificate program beyond the secondary school level are available. See below:
Please consider serving the Lord at your church, see link below!
We've finished 3 Church Chats on denominational business, see link below for summary's
Prayer and Healing Ministry
The Prayer & Healing Ministry has over 60 Prayer Warriors who pray over every request that comes in. The Prayer & Healing service is not meeting in July. However, most pray from home, and all will faithfully intercede on your behalf with petitions to the Lord. You can still send in requests and updates each week as the Prayer list is updated and sent to all in the Ministry weekly.
We currently have 64 Prayer Partners who receive weekly email updates for prayer requests. These requests come in by phone to the office, but mostly by prayer cards on the website. Phone calls and weekly communications with the church family is vitally important for this ministry and results in finding needs for prayer that way as well. We celebrate our Praises and answer to prayer also.
Thank you to Jan Griffioen for taking the lead on " in person" Healing and Prayer at the church on Tuesday mornings (not meeting on campus in July) She has a small core of folks who show up each week and our printed prayer list is shared with them. She is encouraged to have others join as they feel safe to gather for songs, Intercessory prayer support and communion.
Books of the Bible on video
We offer a number of Old and New Testament Books of the Bible on our website. If you enjoy Psalms in particular, you can go directly to listening to the Psalms. If you have a preference for the Gospels - Matthew, Mark, Luke or John - we have them available also, as well as many more Books of the Bible. Each one lovingly presented to you for your listening and viewing pleasure. It is set up so you can easily choose to watch any of the Books and pick up at any chapter recorded by our very own SpringLife Church family! If you'd like be a reader participant (we still have many OT Books to record), please contact the office.
Take-Out Tuesdays are here.
FREE Tuesday Dinners is a take-out style meal service each week. Pick-ups start at 5 pm. It is very important we use our resources wisely and an accurate head-count is so very helpful to reach that goal. Reservations can be placed up to Noon on Tuesday or when we have reached our limit, whichever comes first. Please reserve your meal(s) by texting the word "takeout" to the church phone #352-683-2600 or click the link below:
The NextGen is "planting many kinds of seeds" and "tilling the soil" in preparation for our growth potential. Leviticus 19:23-25.
I am currently sending teams to check out various retreat venues for moms and dads for the purpose of connection (to God and to others). After the teams come back with their experiences, I will evaluate whether or not to pursue this particular retreat as a means of connection.
The NextGen teens are preparing to go to a camp that has a history of making new disciples of Christ. In the camp, each church/cabin leaves space for a camp sponsored foster kid in which we are to take under our wing and mentor throughout the week. This makes our camp experience a sort of mission trip experience as well.
The NextGen Program team is being developed and trained. This will be a collaborative team that will help create and implement content and design for weekly programming.
The NextGen Program team is currently working toward a "soft launch" with our NextGen kids this June. The theme this summer is "Press Play" and is about building confidence in faith.
The NextGen Events team is working on Summer events for our NextGen kids.
The NextGen teens are looking to do a service project along the coast at the end of the month. This project is being sponsored by the Sea Scouts and is presented to us by Brenden Young - one of our teens.
Further, the NextGen ministries are looking for an August launch. This launch will start the cycle of our yearly strategy - yearly scope (Fall to Summer); quarterly discipleship themes; monthly -teachings, events, family experiences (camps, retreats, conferences), and more. . Bryan Quinn
The Christian Campus Fellowship is our July Mission of the Month
Christian Campus Fellowship, or CCF, is a community of college students from a variety of backgrounds that desires to further the reach of the Gospel at Florida State University. Our mission statement is "Devoted to Christ, Devoted to Campus" which means that we seek to live our lives with the same heart and passion as Jesus Christ would if He were a student at FSU. At CCF, students will find a community where they can belong even if they don't believe. One of the main ministries at CCF is hosting our weekly large group event called “Monday Nights.” During this time, all the students in CCF can come to our meeting on campus for a night of free food, scripture reading, and discussion time. Monday Nights are such an important part of CCF because this is one of the only times the entire CCF community comes together. Jonnie Pletincks, the son of our music director David Pletincks, will be a full-time intern with CCF this year at FSU. Jonnie is a recent graduate of FSU and has committed himself to full-time ministry. You may learn more about Christian Campus Fellowship on their website at fsuccf.com.
If you would like to donate in support of this ministry, please use the link below and designate July MOM.
Men's Bible Studies...
The men's Thursday Morning Bible Study is returning to Zoom only for the time being. The group connects at 8:30 a.m. with the study beginning at 9 a.m. The current study is the Book of James. Contact Andrew Schwartz 703-581-7144 for the zoom link to be included in the weekly study.
There is also a small UMM Tuesday Morning 8:30 a.m. "Apologetics" Bible study group that is switching to zoom for the summer months and begins a study with a book called "Case for A Creator" by author Lee Strobel. Please contact the office to be included in this zoom study.
You do not need to be a member of the church to join either of these interactive studies to read and hear God's Word. Just have a love for God!
Ministry Updates - June, 2021
Request for Prayer Shawls...
The Prayer Shawls Ministry is in desperate need of Prayer Shawls—adult size approx. 26” wide by 60” long—the best size for wrapping around one’s shoulders. We need shawls to cover requests for people having surgeries, dealing with depression or a death, recovering from illnesses, and other issues. We have just a few adult size on reserve. We accept new and clean donations crocheted, knitted and even thin quilted shawls. (What we do NOT need are lap robes, baby shawls, wraps, and odd sizes.) You can bring your 26” X 60” Prayer Shawls to the office for the Pastor to bless them.
The Healing And Prayer Service
We meet every week on Tuesday’s at 9 a.m. in the Choir Room. Not meeting in July.
Chancel Choir practice has resumed for members who have been fully vaccinated - that includes about 30-35 positions.
We are sad to lose Ashley McCall,our accompanist and friend. I have been given the green light to take over her position as the Leader of the Praise Band and will be incorporating the music and Chancel Choir together more as time progresses this summer with the one church service at 10:30 am. ~David Pletincks
L.I.F.T. Ladies in Faith Together
The board of LIFT (Ladies In Faith Together) met in person this month at Church wearing masks. It was great to be together. It was discussed and decided to make contact with each active member at least once a month. Each board member has a list of women to communicate with monthly. We continually keep the members updated by email. ~Judy Kalee, President
The United Methodist Men
We are in Spring season campus maintenance. A drainage ditch was recently dug out and pipe installed for better water runoff management off of the detached garage building. Lawn maintenance although not yet in full swing has begun. A project to cleanup and maintain the playground mulch will be completed this week.
This morning was our board of directors meeting for May, meeting in person (masked up) on campus. Two subcommittee chairmen will commence working on two different projects to engage the youth of our community with our church. A motion to begin a process of changing our organization's name was approved. A subcommittee will soon be called together to supply a list of possibilities.
Our annual "President's Letter" was sent out to over 460 men of our church. A survey was included asking to be filled out and returned. The data collected should help create a better database listing the various skills and interests of the men at large. This data could be very useful to both our church and the UMM organization as we hope to engage our men today with the men and families of our church tomorrow. This letter also serves as a fund raiser and identifies the various missions that we support including some that are within the church. . ~Andrew Schwartz, UMM President
We have now been open to serve our Church family on Sunday mornings for 30 minutes before and after the 10:30 Worship service. The library continues to be open on Tuesdays from 10 am – 12 noon. We have enjoyed visiting with a variety of patrons each week. To view recently added materials use the Online Public Access Catalog available 24-7 at www.SpringLife.Church , click on LIBRARY from the menu. Remote checkouts can be requested by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will check out the resource to you and make it available in the church office; or just come and see us on Tuesdays.
Even more exciting and interesting books, audio books, CD’s and DVD’s have been received and are being processed. They will be available in January. Communications about these new materials will begin then.
Discussion with existing library volunteers is ongoing. I am working with them to determine their level of interest in staffing the library when open, working with the new technology, and continuing with previous tasks that need to be resumed.~Lynn Logue
Food Pantry report
Blessings to all from the food pantry. Helping people in need in our community is very rewarding. If you are interested in "Feeding God's Sheep," we are in need of many summer volunteers to work various days/jobs to substitute for those taking a vacation in the coming months. Even just one day a month will help. Please see the church website "Ready to Serve" page to volunteer under the Community card. Rose Milks will reach out to you to get you connected in serving the pantry clients. ~Larry Milks
Take out Tuesdays-Tuesday Night Dinners Ministry
Praise God that Take Out Tuesday served 781 meals in the month of June. Those of us who work in the Tuesdays meals very strong about helping our neighbors. We like to think that helping people with meals will help them feel closer to our church and prayerfully get closer to God for eternal life.
The kitchen needs some changes in the way it is set up so we can serve as many people as we do more efficiently. We are working with the trustees to complete the kitchen. We thank God for our volunteers and all the help we get from our church staff. ~Jan Griffioen
Congregational Care Report- May 2021 Monthly Report
Care Companions-Care Companions- We have 13 wonderful Care Companions. We were able to get together at my home for brunch in early May to celebrate and thank God for what our ministry has done and who we have touched in the past eight (8) months. Let me introduce these caring people and thank them for their service and servant hearts: Deb Babine, John Bachtler, Elsie Bryan, Sue Doucet, Kevin and Mary Herrick, Deb Larkins, Charlene Linton, Bob Logue, Dave and Jan Miller, Doug Miller, and Jackie Stout.
Care Receivers- Lorenda Rodriguez continues to keep her finger on the pulse of those in our congregation who need our ministry. We pray about if/how we can help and then try to match up that person with one of our Care Companions.
Our ministry is still serving between 30 and 35 church members. Many of us are able to meet with our Care Receivers in person, now, which is a blessing.
We are still looking for Care Companions as we have more congregational members in need than we can match with Care Companions.
Casserole Ministry- We continue to offer homemade casseroles to our Care Receivers. Since January, our Care Companions have delivered 24 casseroles. Currently we have Chicken Pot Pies and Tuna Noodle casseroles in the freezer. We have offered Beef Stroganoff, Ham and Cheesy Potato, Chicken Alfredo, Shepard’s Pie and Chicken Tetrazzini. ~Cheryl Miller
Kairos Prison Ministry
Still planning on having our big 3 and a half day weekend September 30-Oct 4. Praise God we have received approval for it. We are still allowed our every third Saturday for gathering in the Chapel. The residents are always so grateful for our dedication to showing up to encourage them and worship our Heavenly Father.
One thing we can continue to do, however, is pray for everyone on the HCI compound and the volunteers within the Kairos community. Thank God we do not need a specific place or time to pray. We can raise our praises, requests and thanks to Him at any time or place! ~ Blessings, Nancy McClellan
Next Gen Ministry
The NextGen Ministry has been busy, and we are on track with my 5 year plan based on Leviticus 19:23-25
Year one: Survey the land
Year 2-3: "Planting seeds of many kinds"
Year 4: Relentless Discipleship and Continual Pruning
Year 5: The year of Abundance
Kids Ministry - We are just about ready to rock and roll this Sunday June 6th. Just a few minor tweaks and we are set. Our biggest need is people. I went from 7 to 3 volunteers in the course of a couple of weeks - mostly unrelated life circumstances.
Right now I have one adult small group mentor per each age group. Each age group is split as follows: 3y/o to Kindergarten; 1st - 3rd; 4th - 5th.
Need: Ideally I would have 10 adults that would be divided up into 5 groups with 2 adults per age group. 2y/o and 3 y/o; Preschool; K - 1st; 2nd - 3rd; 4th - 5th.
I am also wanting to recruit some A/V techs and High-fivers (greeters) for Kids Church.oft launch". We will be doing children's church at the 10:30 am service time.
Youth Ministry- We have 10 registered for camp this year. Its almost not worth taking the bus, so if you know anyone with a 12 passenger van to loan us, I would entertain that option. Otherwise, we will take the bus. Likewise with Kids Church, we are in need of people. Right now we have 1 volunteer.
Need: Ideally, we should have 6+ volunteers. If we were to have 6+ volunteers, I would be able to split Middle school and High school into 2 different groups.
Parents - there are some things in the works for the purpose of connecting parents to each other in order to build community. ~ Bryan Quinn
Ask the Administrator
We're excited to have Kids Church back up and running on Sunday mornings since the start of June. Thanks to Bryan and his team!
Here's a financial update through May 2021:
Anticipated Expenses: $424,670
Operating Giving: $383,807
Actual Expenses: $378,355
Mortgage Expenses: $45,285
We continue to keep a close watch on our expenses and giving through this Covid season.
With the rollout of vaccines and many finding their way back to services, we still see about about 1/3 of our congregation joining in worship online.
With the exciting job opportunity Ashley McCall has for her career, David Pletincks has stepped up to lead our music program as one unit and we look forward to continuing our one service at 10:30 through the summer.
We are currently seeing about 30% of giving come through our online methods. This is an encouraging trend and thanks to those who have made that switch.