Act II (55+)


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Act II Community Group for all

Act II is a pathway for couples and singles to gather together in faith. There are many opportunities for fun, fellowship, and growth in this wonderful and unique stage of life.  Whether you are still working full-time, transitioning, or retired, through Act II events and service opportunities you will enjoy sharing experiences with others as you maneuver through these years.  You can be as involved as you wish; there is a place for you in this Ministry.  Please join us, energized, excited, and engaged in life.  You will surely find that this is an amazing way for you to continue to meet the God who loves you and some people who will love to meet you too.

Act II Singles

We are excited about our Act II Singles Ministry formed for those who are interested in even more activities.  Singles events will vary throughout the year and a special Team will plan and coordinate the gatherings.  The good news is that singles can join in on the fun with every Act II event.  The Singles group provides a great opportunity for Christian community, fellowship, and support.  Jump in and get involved.  You’ll be greeted with warmth and introduced to some wonderful folks!

For ALL Act II events/classes, contact: Rev. Gary Rideout, or 407-644-2906, ext. 223.


Thursday Night Dinner 

Thurs. Apr. 27th 6pm, Francesco’s, 400 S. Orlando Ave. #104 Maitland (on 17/92 just south of Horatio Ave.)

Come join Act II for an evening of great Italian food and fellowship. No reservation necessary. Just show up!


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Lake Junaluska, NC, August 7­-10, 2017

Last year was the first time a group from ActII attended this inspiring and relaxing conference amidst the scenic mountains in North Carolina. Plan to join us this year. For more information go to Festival of Wisdom and Grace, or contact Rev. Gary Rideout at

New Act II Program “Hot Topics”

2017 will usher in a new bold direction for Act II with the “Hot Topics” initiative. These events will be information sessions, presentations, and discussions of issues that we don’t like to think about or may be so controversial that we avoid the subject. The Act II Study team, led by Mary Palmer has put together a schedule for this new program as together we seek to make our world and our lives reflect the image of God. The program began unofficially with the hosting at our church of author Tony Campolo on Oct. 20th as he challenged us to be the church and Christ into a world that is filled with injustice and social concerns.

Here is the tentative lineup for 2017 for Hot Topics:

What Matters at the End, Dealing with End-of-Life Issues

Three separate programs will be geared toward looking at concerns of how we choose to live our last half of our lives. They are (dates and times are tentative):

  • The Conversation Project

    Sunday, Apr. 30, 12:15-1:30pmunnamed-6

    One of the most significant conversations you can have with your family is the question of how you or your loved ones would want their life to look like in the their last years or months.  It is the greatest gift that you can give to your family, to relieve them of stress, tension, and conflicts. But very few have had this conversation. For we know it is a difficult discussion to have. But it is better to do so while there is time and everyone is healthy. This event is intended to teach you how to “break the ice” to begin this discussion of end-of-life issues in a loving, caring, and non-threatening way. You may want to invite family members as it will be worthy of their attention as well.

    Look for the upcoming link to make reservations. A luncheon will be provided. Just make sure you put this on your calendar.

Service Opportunities

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Monthly on the First Monday, 11:00am-12:30pm

Attention any women interested in making prayer beads at home, please contact Patricia Orr at  Becky’s prayer beads have been a tremendous help as comforting gifts which our ministers can bring to the sick or hospitalized members of our church. Training and supplies will be available on the first Monday of each month 11:00am to 12:30pm at the church. There will no longer be a monthly workshop on the second Thursday.


Food Distribution, Tuskawilla UMC

4th Friday of the month, 1­:00-5:00pm, 3925 Red Bug Lake Rd, Casselberry

You can help local families fill their buggies with items that are in stock that particular day. Contact: Anita Williams if you would like to help:


Family Picnic and Easter Egg Hunt

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Each year the Family Picnic and Easter Egg Hunt has counted on the Act II group to work the dessert table. So it is that time again ­ Sat. Apr. 15th. We need about 4­5 people to receive the desserts as they are being brought in, setup the table, and then cleanup. If you can help, contact Gary Rideout at We would need you there at 10am.


South Street Ministry

South Street Ministry is looking for volunteer mentors to work with children on homework and additional academic assignment Monday thru Thursday, with Fridays offering art, music, drama and dance, chess and other activities as a reward for working hard during the week. MAP provides bus transportation from school to South Street Ministry, where children enjoy a snack, recreational time, homework assistance, and additional academic work geared specifically to each student. Contact to connect with MAP.


Refugee Youth Program

The Refugee Youth Program is looking for volunteers. Refugee youth need assistance with learning English, understanding homework assignments and making sense of a new culture ­ but most of all they need a mentor and a friend. This program, organized by the Catholic Charities of Central Florida, has reached out to churches in our community to see if anyone has a heart to serve in this ministry. If interested, email Jacob Miller at


Act II Book Club

Tues. April 25th, 7pm, MFLC 2nd Floor Resource Center

The Act II Book Club will be meeting Tuesday, April 25 at 7:00 p.m. in the church’s Family Resource Center. The book to be discussed is “The Whole Town’s Talking” by Fannie Flagg. The book is a fun­loving, moving novel about what it means to be truly alive. Please join us for a time of fellowship, humor and thought provoking discussion. All are welcome.


Recurring Fellowship

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Friday, April 7, 9:45am, at The Canopy Cafe (240 N Pennsylvania Ave in Winter Park)

We are heading back to The Canopy Cafe for our First Friday Breakfast. Great place for breakfast, sitting out on the patio with the cool breeze and great fellowship. No reservation necessary.


Ukulele Club

Wednesdays, 4:00pm, Parlor

Join the “Joy Uke” Club, a group from Act II who have found how fun and easy it is to play the ukulele. No experience necessary. The group meets on Wednesdays at 4pm in the church parlor. For more information contact Rev. Gary Rideout at

Super Senior Thursdays (SST) Weekly Fellowship

10:00am-1:00pm, Wesleyan 236
Enjoy lunch, fellowship and a program.
Cost: $6
Reservations: 407-644-2906 (by Tues. noon)

Joy Sunday School Class

9:45-10:45am, Matthias Family Life Center 316
The JOY class warmly welcomes singles and couples, generally over the age of 50. Classes are Bible-based and consistent with United Methodist Doctrine. The focus is on Scripture as we study and discuss ways the teachings of Jesus apply to our personal and spiritual lives and the world in which we live.   When you enter our classroom you will hear the sounds of laughter and the buzz of conversation.   Come and join us – you’ll be glad you did!

The Forum Sunday School Class

9:45-10:45am, Matthias Family Life Center 305
This group—mostly 60 and up—addresses a broad range of topics from a contemporary Christian perspective, as participants grow spiritually and in relationship with each other and God. Sometimes the class is led by members and other times an outside presenter is invited to address the group. Whether the Forum engages in a month-long series or a single-topic session, attendees can always expect meaningful discussions, diverse points of view, and open sharing of beliefs and opinions.


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