Hello March! It’s hard to believe that spring is just around the corner. With this mind, it’s also time for TCA – our preschool currently located at our South Street property – to start the moving process to Reeves UMC. Earlier this year, we shared with our church family the news of the TCA move scheduled for this summer! But before we can move TCA into the Reeves facilities, we need some help preparing the Reeves facility to be ready for move-in day. To help support the move efforts, we will be hosting a few work days (more information to come in the future).
Over the next couple of months, we ask that you keep TCA in your prayers. There have been some recent struggles with this property due to aging and several security issues. We are excited to start TCA’s fall school year at Reeves, but would like your prayers to successfully close out this school year at South Street property.
Every year, Encounter is Elevate’s massive Spring retreat. Students take over Warren Willis Camp and make this space their own. They worship, grow closer to God, and develop deeper relationships with one another. Eno’s fill the trees, s’mores are eaten, and Color War 4.0 is happening.
This is a fun time and all, but really the story worth sharing is that this whole weekend is run by students. Ministry staff coordinates and the students create. They have big ideas and a solid follow through, making this weekend an experience students look forward to every year.
We have students planning our massive messy games. They are calculating exactly how much tempura paint and holi powder we will need to make the event memorable. They dream up new ways each year to make something that could become a stale tradition into a vibrant and exciting endeavor.
Students design our t-shirts, invite adults to volunteer, make silly videos explaining our rules and lead daily devotions. There is a common adage that our youth are the church of tomorrow, but that’s just not true. They are the church right now. Through their commitment and passion, Elevate is becoming a vibrant family built on God’s grace, who share a passion for the Word of God, living and serving in the image of Jesus the Christ.
Last weekend we celebrated Scout Sunday! And with the help of our Scouts, we handed out 100’s of Annual Reports in the Fellowship Hall.
Stop by the church office over the next week to pick up your copy if you haven’t already!
Flip through your annual report:
- to learn more about the ministries that fall within each pillar
- to read notes from leaders within our vibrant family
- to find ways to connect with First UMC of Winter Park further
As our Reveal series closed with a message from Jon, our Pastor of Kinfolk (Young Adults), we are excited to live into our new vision! If you missed Jon’s message, listen to here.
weServe Mission Trip Luncheon
We serve. Our church family is a beautiful example of lives transformed when people with a passion step away from the comfort of familiar surroundings to go serve others. At our recent Mission Trip Luncheon, more than 75 luncheon attendees celebrated 2017 trips to Dalton, Georgia, Baldwin, Louisiana, Los Chiles, Costa Rica and Naivasha, Kenya. We heard from church members Rick Baldocchi and Katie Cornelius about why they serve in Costa Rica and Kenya, seeing God’s hand in the important work that they do through Agua Viva Serves and Panua Partners in Hope.
We heard from trip leaders about the 11 mission trips planned for the 2018 mission season and heard leaders share about all the ways God commands us to go and love others…in Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth. Attendees were moved and those who missed this chance to hear about opportunities to be in service to others are welcome to learn more at fumcwp.org/serve.
More opportunities to learn about church-wide missions will follow the 9:30 service in MFLC gym in March. Join us to learn more and find how you can serve more like Christ, whether in our community, our country or across the globe.
Equipping, Caring, and Supporting.
Methodist School for Early Education embodies these actions daily! And, as a recent recipient of the 2018 Ovations Awards presented by the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce and Winter Park/Maitland Observer, this is one ministry that certainly is living into the call of being a Vibrant Family.
About the Award
Community members voted this November and December on the ‘best of’ awards for a variety of services in our local area. This January, MSEE accepted the award for Best Childcare/Preschool! “This is the first year we’ve won this award! It’s all due to the hard work of our teachers, staff, and the support of our wonderful families who are part of MSEE” says Rosemary Ubinger, Director of Methodist School for Early Education.
Impact of MSEE
Selena Fetting, one of our MSEE parents speaks to the importance of the work of our teachers. “It’s so impactful how MSEE pours into the life of my child. The importance of the personal relationships we have through this ministry cannot be overstated.”
“Train children in the right way, and when old, they will not stray” (Proverbs 22:6, NRSV).