Here's What's Happening in the Life of the Church
In-Person Worship! We've setup a separate page to address issues 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! Our Church Teams database makes streamlined technology available to us and especially now when we have limited in person Worship we find this very useful. 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.
Special Church Chat Presentation, April 25, 20212 at 4 PM
Just a reminder that big changes are anticipated for the United Methodist denomination within the next year.We will have a guest speaker from the Wesley Covenant Association to share what they are doing to help churches who want to exit the UMC. This is just one more time to understand all the potential changes to our church in 2022. There will be an opportunity for Q+A after their presentation.
There is a new Global Methodist denomination forming that will allow churches holding to the traditional Scriptural values for marriage and ordination to join, following acceptance of the Protocol for Amicable Separation by the General Conference.
Please plan to attend online, or in person (pre-registration required), April 25, 4 pm in our Sanctuary. It is our desire that our church be well informed and make a prayerful decision for the future of our local church. You can review the proposed legislation, watch the meeting, and post questions from this webpage we have setup for you.
Prayer and Healing Service in Person Tuesdays at 9 AM
Jan Griffioen leads the Prayer Service in the Choir Room. Prayers, sharing, anointing, scriptures, meditations and music. Call the office for more info, or if you would like to attend in person, 352-683-2600 x 0.
Books of the Bible on video
Through the recordings of 70+ church family volunteers, we have available 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, 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. Please reserve your meal(s) by texting the word "takeout" to the church phone #352-683-2600 or click the link below:
Prayer Ministry Update- Thank you Prayer partners for signing up- keep on doing so!
We currently have 63 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 up the lead on " in person" Healing and Prayer at the church on Tuesday mornings. 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.
The NextGen ministry is continuing to position itself for success in the following years.
There was a mutually beneficial challenge to the UMM to come alongside NextGen ministry by connecting with dads of kids and teens. The idea comes from a statistic that says if a father comes to Christ first in a non-Christian household there is a 93% chance the rest of the family will follow (17% for moms, and 3.7% for children). Further, there is a statistic that says teenagers will stick to their faith after graduation if their parents are strong pillars of faith.
The NextGen Events team has come up with an Easter Event that serves the purpose of family Fellowship and friend Evangelism for our kids, and elderly Ministry for our teens.
Coming down the pipeline for the NextGen ministry is an effort to gain volunteer leaders throughout the Spring. I hope to have training in late Spring early Summer. Bryan Quinn
"For His Glory" APRIL' s Mission of the Month
For His Glory is a ministry started by Rob Welch 15 years ago. Its mission is to seek and save the lost for Christ both in the United States and abroad. Its mission is to reach the nations with the Gospel of the Kingdom, so that all the Nations of the world will be transformed for Christ. Its goal is to reveal The Triune GOD through Hebrew eyes so much so that all will see HIM more clearly, love HIM more dearly, and worship HIM ever more sincerely. You can help built God’s Kingdom by donating to For His Glory this month. Visit their website at forhisglory.org If you would like to donate in support of this ministry, please indicate on the memo line of your check “April M.O.M.”
Men's Bible Studies...
SpringLife Church continues to reach out to the men of the church with a Thursday Morning Zoom Bible Study. The current study, which has just begun, is the Book of James. Contact Andrew Schwartz 703-581-7144 for the link to be included in the weekly study. You do not need to be a member of the church to join this interactive study to read and hear God's Word. Just have a love for God!
The weekly Bible study is held Thursdays, 9 a.m.
There is also a small UMM Bible study group that meets in-person each Tuesday at 8:30 am for "Apologetics" in the library. Contact the church if you would like to join this study.
LifeLine Screening - a medical array of tests.
LifeLine Screening will once again offer specific medical tests conducted by highly trained technicians on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 in our LightHouse. All health/safety covid protocal will be followed. There are costs involved and you must contact them to register for this event. Individual / package tests range starting at $55. Call 1-888-653-6450 with priority code HSC3215, or go to their website for more information.
Ministry Updates - April, 2021
The Healing And Prayer Service
We meet every week on Tuesday’s at 9 a.m. in the Choir Room.
Choir practices are set to resume in April for all members who have been fully vaccinated and that would include about 30-35 positions are open.
The Handbell choir is continuing rehearsing and is blessing us with choice selections in select services monthly.
I'm also attempting to restart the prayer request updates by email with the choir. I'm hoping to send out updates from time to time. We continue to keep Kathy Hackemer's husband, Horst, in prayer. This is another way to keep people informed on how each other is doing health-wise as well how we may be better able to support them in prayer. ~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
The UMM executive board met in person at church for March. We had the pleasure of hosting as our guest and presenter Mr Bryan Quinn of our NextGen ministry. Bryan discussed at some length the great influence that men, fathers of families have regarding the attendance of the entire family in church. Both ministries seek a mutually beneficial partnership between NextGen and the UMM. A very good back and forth discussion was had and I would anticipate some good Kingdom expanding results from this meeting in the near future and beyond.
The Friday Work Crew (some convening on other days) have been dutifully maintaining the church grounds. We're not quite yet at weekly lawn cutting but those weeks are just ahead of us.
The men would like to thank Mr Paul Adams for his donation of a nearly brand new Cub Cadet mower! This was a very kind, generous and well received gift!
The UMM would also like to thank Mr Bob Walker and Mr Rob Mueller for their years of service in multiple capacities within our ministry. Both men have resigned from our executive board and will be greatly missed.
Our two weekly bible studies are still going strong. If you know of a gentleman that would benefit from going deep into The Word of God, please send him our way. ~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,
Last month we added 121 families to our continuing growing list of families needing food assistance from our community. The pantry is so blessed to have such a wonderful group of dedicated volunteers and the continued financial support that we have been able to meet these monthly increases and should do so into the coming months. The outside freezer door and frame has been removed and has been replaced with and much more energy efficient frame and door. Crosspoint Refrigeration has done an excellent job in keeping all our refrigeration equipment in a highly operational condition this past year. We recently received a needed donation of a truck to pull our trailer as needed to pick up products locally and from the USDA distribution center in Port Richey. We are optimistic that all the details will be worked out so we can have it operational in April. ~Larry Milks
Take out Tuesdays-Tuesday Night Dinners Ministry
Praise God that Take Out Tuesday served 720 people in the month of March ( 5 Tuesdays). We have found the way we have to serve is completely different then when we served in house. But God has provided. We thank God for our volunteers and all the help we get from our church staff. ~Jan Griffioen
Congregational Care Report- March 2021 Monthly Report
Care Companions-We have the same faithful Care Companions serving 31 congregational members in need (called care receivers). We are still looking for Care Companions as we have more congregational members in need than we can match with Care Companions.
Casserole Ministry- All but 2 of the recently made 8 mini-casseroles (to serve 2 people) have been delivered. Time to make some more. Jan Griffioen has graciously given us the microwavable containers for our casseroles. We believe this will make the casseroles easier to prepare for our care receivers. ~Cheryl Miller
Kairos update: Still planning on having our big 3 and a half day weekend September 30-Oct 4. Praise God we have received approval for it.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
Children - we are looking at a June "soft launch". We will be doing children's church at the 10:30 am service time.
Youth - the teens will be working up to our summer camp. I am looking to fund raise soon.
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
Here's a financial update through February 2021:
Anticipated Expenses: $165,959
Operating Giving: $152,857
Actual Expenses: $135,973
Mortgage Expenses: $18,114
I wanted to take the opportunity to share a final financial update for 2020:
Anticipated Expenses: $1,005,038
Operating Giving: $886,320
Actual Expenses: $885,662
Mortgage Expenses: $108,684
We continue to keep a close watch on our expenses and giving through this Covid season.