We all have experienced tumultuous times at home one time or another… but there are sometimes situations where families cannot move past their problems effectively. Whether it’s navigating issues within a newly blended family, setting boundaries for teens, helping couples with conflict resolution, or seeking better knowledge of oneself, when your thoughts resemble a lion’s den rather than a calm respite, it’s time to consider getting a little help!
You may discover that help is much easier to find than you thought! 4Pillars Counseling & Enrichment Center has recently opened on our second campus, known as Reeves Center. The newly remodeled Reeves Center is just 15 minutes south of First United Winter Park, at 1100 N Fern Creek Ave., Orlando.
In 2018, a group of aspiring ukulele players formed the Joy Uke Club. Since then, we have come together each week to donate our time and talent to provide musical outreach to the Winter Park community. In the last Christmas Season, our club performed sing-a-longs for over one hundred people in assisted living programs, community centers, churches, and civic clubs. Our biggest program in 2021, took place at the Reeves Center where we had so much fun singing for the crowds at the ‘Awesome Autumn’ event.
What we have learned in all these years, is the music of the ukulele always brings joy! One can’t help but smile! The singing is rewarding for both the strummer and the sing-along participants for whom we sing and play.
Learn To Play The Ukulele!!
We are now offering a lesson series entitled “Learn the Ukulele In Five Easy Lessons”. This popular little instrument is easy to play and is sure to put a smile on your face. You don’t have to read music or have any experience in playing an instrument, to join this class.
All that you need is a ukulele, the love of singing and having fun!
Lesson Dates: February 23, March 2, 9, 16, & 23
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Don’t have a ukulele? The Winter Park Library can lend you a ukulele, (yes, just like a book).
Already know how to play? Join us every Wednesday afternoon from 1:00pm-3:00pm.
Great things are happening at Reeves Center, our second campus located in the Colonialtown N Neighborhood!
The 4 Pillar Counseling and Enrichment Center is open with three therapists consulting with clients who may be having issues like anxiety, life transitions, grief, loss, and/or family conflicts. For more information about the therapists, visit their webpage or email [email protected]
A lay team has begun research in developing a business plan for a community coffee house ministry with the intent to create a neighborhood meeting space in the community. Be on the lookout for more information coming soon!
Working with the Colonialtown North Neighborhood leadership, our dance ministry Studio 150 will be offering dance and exercise classes starting soon at the Reeves Center.
We are excited to be celebrating our second annual Pet Blessing Community Celebration on April 9 from 10am-12pm at the Reeves Center. There will be a petting zoo, a dog treat hunt, games, hands-on crafts, and much more. Everyone is invited to join us for this spring celebration! For more information or if you would like to volunteer contact Denise Meyer at [email protected] or call the office: 407-644-2906 ext. 281
The mission of the Reeves Center is to build disciples through belief and action by serving the community with the love of God and love of neighbor.
Our UMW’s Ruth Circle held their annual Rummage Sale on September 23-24, 2021.Ruth Circle spent 4 days receiving and organizing donations, from all over Orlando/Winter Park, to prepare for the sale.The sale was a blast and raised over $5,800 to be dispersed to local charities.
After the sale, The Boys and Girls Club collected a large truck-full of items – from furniture to home and kitchen appliances to clothing. In addition, children’s books were sent to The Friends of the Library in the rural mountain town of Burnsville, N. C. who gave them out as Halloween “treats” to children, many of whom have very few books in their home.
During January and February, we will be reflecting on the Old Testament book of Nehemiah. It’s a story of compassion, courage, and faithfulness. Above all, it speaks about how God works in our world to bring restoration.
As a key leader rebuilding Jerusalem after Israel’s exile in Babylon, Nehemiah puts his life on the line. He boldly asks for the necessary resources, unites the people, seeks justice, and overcomes resistance. It’s one of my favorite stories in the Bible.
I choose it because it reminds me of the season we are in as a church family. Right now, we are emerging from a pandemic that has altered the way we live out our faith. Like Nehemiah, we mourn the loss of what has been. And yet, like Nehemiah, we are ready to do something about it! There is so much to reclaim about the past. And there is tremendous opportunity to create an even greater future.
We are calling the series – “Renovate”. On staff, I had been joking about RE-novating (in line with the other series of RE-setting and RE-joicing). But then I discovered that “novate” is actually a word! It means to replace with a new contract, which seems appropriate. Part of Nehemiah’s story is a rededication of the Israelites to a new life under God. They finish the walls and create a new contract, so to speak.
With that in mind, we will be looking at several faith practices that appear in Nehemiah and which help Israelites in their quest to rebuild. Practices of lament and confession and prayer and fasting. Our goal is to spend some time in these practices corporately. We believe they will help us focus on who God calls us to be as a church family! I invite you to join us as we ponder and reflect on the story of Nehemiah. And I encourage you to invest more than 20 minutes (the length of a sermon) a week in learning its rich lessons. Be sure to read and do some research yourself!
~ Rev. David Miller, Senior Pastor
We invite you to read and meditate on the Book of Nehemiah!