First United Methodist Church

Lent 2020

Join our journey to discipleship this Lent! Our Lenten sermon series, “166 Hours”, will focus on Michael Frost’s book Surprise the World!, a study of five habits that offer simple ways to connect more intentionally with God and our neighbors.

Why 166 Hours?

There are 168 hours in a week. If you are an American Christian, the likeliness of your Christian life taking much more than two of those hours is minimal. Most Christians go to church on Sunday morning for an hour and then they might make a small group or dinner to tack on an extra hour. What do we do with the other 166 hours of our week? Are they not part of our spiritual life, too? When we read about Jesus’ way of life we see him living a full 168-hour life. If we are to follow Jesus we should be following his lifestyle. We must live out the other 166 hours!

The Lenten workbook is about practices that help us live into those other 166 hours. These are practices to use in your life to live a different rhythm – a rhythm that will guide you to love God and love neighbor because this truly is the greatest commandment. Some of the practices might seem familiar like prayer or studying scripture. Others might seem unusual, like blessing someone or eating with them. But, all-in-all, they all help point you to a fuller life, a 168-hour life – one of seeing things anew, one of seeing human-flourishing taking form in the kingdom of God, one full of love, hope, joy and peace.  We hope you will consider joining us on this journey for the season of Lent.

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Surprise the World!

To join us on this Lenten Journey, you will need to purchase Surprise the World! by Michael Frost and grab a copy of the supplemental booklet that will guide you on what to read and practice each week of Lent. Our goal is to journey together as a family through sermons, reading, and the practice of new spiritual disciplines. Surprise the World! can be purchased in the Courtyard on Mar. 1 & 8, as well as the front office during the week.

Gracious Host Update

January and February have been fun and fulfilling months for the Gracious Hosts pillar. We began the New Year with Wesley Fest, a celebration of our rich Wesleyan heritage. On January 26, our traditional Sunday worship service was filled with glorious orchestral and choral music directed by Michael Roberts. We were honored to have Bishop Ken Carter as our guest preacher. He reminded us that we are called to follow Jesus and challenged us to learn the wisdom of the “next faithful step.” Highlights of our afternoon and evening festivities include a visit by UCF quarterback, Darriel Mack Jr., during which Darrel shared the importance of his faith. Ten chili cook-off chefs shared their favorite recipes amid a spirit of fun and fellowship. Thank you to the hospitality team and other pillar members for all your hard work on this event!

In February, we were treated to the delightful music of Sit Andrew Lloyd Webber ad we enjoyed a delicious meal and scrumptious desserts at Broadway Bound, a fun-filled show featuring talented members of our church. This is always a “hit” in our Winter Park community! Thank you to Michael Roberts, Director of Music Ministry, and team!

We also celebrated our Scouting Ministry last month. Boy and Girl Scouts and their families enjoyed a delicious Refuel Wednesday spaghetti supper and an evening of games, fellowship, and fun! The following Sunday, Scouts were recognized as they participated in our church services.

On Feb. 12, families enjoyed a delightful time in fellowship and fun during a Valentine-themed Refuel Wednesday. Everyone loved the delicious tacos prepared by Randy Parsons, Director of Hospitality, and team. Thank you!

Confirmation is well underway as youth in our church explore what it means to be a Christ-follower.

As Spring approaches, we are excited about coming events in our Pillar:

  • On Good Friday, our Music Ministry will present the sacred work, “The Seven Last Words of Christ,” accompanied by a full orchestra.
  • Many of our students will also participate in Encounter, an exciting weekend at Warren Willis Camp, sponsored by Family Ministry.

Join us as we grow in community together!

Arnetta Rodgers, Gracious Hosts Pillar Leader

Mission Minute – Agua Viva Serves

On February 9, Richard Brelsford spoke to us in worship about his experience with Agua Viva Serves. View the video below to hear his story.



Scouts Sunday 2020

The Scouting Ministry is thriving here at FUMCWP. This past week, the Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts hosted Refuel Wednesday. On February 9th, we celebrated Scout Sunday and recognized the Cub Scouts, Brownies, & Girl Scout Jrs for their contributions and service to the Scouting Ministry. Both boys and girls received their Faith/Religious award.

“I enjoyed attending the Boy and Girl Scout dinner last night! It was fun seeing the scouts have fun! Thank you (to leaders) for all that you are doing to contribute to the character development of children in our church.” ~Arnetta Rodgers, Gracious Host Pillar Leader


Center for Creative Discipleship

Join our church family’s journey to discipleship this Lent! Our sermon series will focus on Michael Frost’s practical book Surprise the World, a study of five habits for living a “questionable life” — a life that makes others want to know more about Jesus. The habits (Bless, Eat, Listen, Learn and Sent) offer simple ways to connect more intentionally with God and our neighbors. Each week we will learn one of the habits and practice it together. Copies of Surprise the World will be available for personal study.

To continue your discipleship journey beyond Lent, join the first pilgrimage of the Center for Creative Discipleship starting in Holy Week! This new ministry of FUMCWP will offer 8-week discipleship groups led by a member of your church family. These groups will focus on one habit from Surprise the World and connect it to other rich practices and reflections. Space is limited; registration opens Feb. 23. We believe our church is strongest when we all get involved and we look forward to this journey together!

It’s better when you’re here.

It’s better when you’re here. You’ve heard that somewhere, haven’t you? It’s kind of my refrain as your youth minister. I am constantly sharing with students, parents, and volunteers that it is better when you are here. What do I mean when I say that? Well in order for us to know we, of course, have to talk about casseroles.

I married into a lovely family that introduced this recovering northerner to the wonderful world of casseroles. Broccoli casserole, green bean casserole, and of course, the pineapple casserole. When my family gets together, everyone brings a dish that they are known for. There is always a main, and there are always casseroles as side dishes. The more people at the gathering, the richer the diversity of the table. My dear wife is an incredible cook and her tomato tarts have become quite well known. Whenever we are not at the table, we are missed and so are those tarts. The dinner, while still very good, lacks a certain sharpness that tomato tarts bring.

Our church is just the exact same. When you are here, the diversity of our table grows. With Christ at the center of all (ALL!) of our gatherings, and we, the side dishes, create the great diversity around the table. A certain sweetness is missing when you aren’t here. There is an absence of something that will make us stronger. We still have the main, but who doesn’t love the side dishes? And that is why it is better when you’re here.

Grace & Peace

Michael LeBlanc – Director of Student Ministry

Please check out our family ministry page and download the family calendar for the latest upcoming events.