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