In the Spring of 2016 our youth group combined with the youth group from First UMC of Mount Dora to worship and serve together at our GLOW Retreat. This two day event included fun activities such as laser tag, games, a night with host families, glow parties and worship nights. We learned that God is our light and we are called to shine that light into the world.
On Saturday morning, our youth and leadership went out to serve our community. Our group split into four teams who tackled yard work for two homes, handled weeding and planting over 500 hundred plants at Carver Park in Eustis and clearing overgrowth at Trout Lake Preservation in Eustis. It was an amazing trip and a great experience of making the world brighter with the love of Christ.
FUMCE is ready to deepen our connection with a new local mission - “The Open Door” - a resource center sponsored by Life Stream to assist homeless clients with a variety of resources. The center doesn’t provide overnight shelter, but provides what is necessary to get a homeless visitor through the day and hopefully back on his or her feet. Guests to the Open Door can shower, do laundry, have a snack and store belongings in lockers. They can look for jobs and research benefits using the center’s computer or simply have a place to rest. Volunteers and staff refer homeless clients to the proper agencies to get ID’s, housing, food, clothing, shelter and mental or medical help. Guests can also receive mail at the center.
Our mission at FUMCE is to assist Open Door through various means including: providing volunteers a few hours per week, assisting with snacks or sandwiches for meals, and purchasing and donating various items to meet their daily needs. If you would like to assist as a volunteer; please contact Katie Roberts (assistant) at (352-589-8157). If you have questions about our ministry with this wonderful new community resource, please contact Hunter Sprague at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our church has worked hard throughout the years to support the Florida United Methodist Children's Home. This year, we reached our goal of donating $12 per each member of the church to the Children's Home. It is exciting to continue our support and celebrate this ministry of the Florida United Methodist Conference. For more information about the Florida United Methodist Children's Home, visit their website: www.fumch.org
Our TRACK Team (started in 2015) is designed to provide "Totally Random Acts of Christian Kindness" to our local community and those in need. In the Fall of 2015, members of the church converged on the property of two Eustis residents to help the elderly couple with much-needed yard work. The property received a very thorough "grooming". The couple was very grateful and the resulting pile of cuttings placed by the road for the city to collect was four feet high and over forty feet long.
Our TRACK team is continually seeking new opportunities to provide "Acts of Christian Kindness" to others in the neighborhood and always open to adding to their team. If you know of a need or would like to join the TRACK team, contact our church office for more information.
We would like to celebrate our church and community for their generous giving during our 2016 Lent/Easter Offering!
We received almost $2600 which will be used to continue to support and bless the deserving staff, students and families of Eustis Heights Elementary School.
For the past several years, many people have worked together to provide free Thanksgiving Dinners to the community at the church. In 2015, an incredible team of 25 people and our girl scout troop volunteered their time, energy and resources to serve 500 Thanksgiving meals people in the neighborhood and surrounding area. 18 turkeys were cooked, prepared and served.
"The thing that touches me every year is the conversations I have with people when they call to reserve their meals. Some I recognize from year to year. Gratitude is expressed abundantly. Although we don't always meet face to face, they help make my Thanksgiving special. I am grateful that our church has supported this outreach for many years."
- Jill, Head Chef and Director of the Thanksgiving Dinners Ministry
In April 2015, FUMCE partnered with other churches, organizations and local businesses to participate in the nation-wide efforts of Relay for Life to help raise awareness and funds to support cancer research. Members of our team stayed up all night walking the track, selling baked goods to support the cause and spending time together helping support those who have been affected by cancer. The theme of this Relay was "There is always HOPE in fairy-tales" and our team, decorated as Beauty and the Beast, worked hard to bring hope to our community.
Our newest missionary, Sarah, returned from her time of service during the summer of 2015 at the Dominican Republic. Sarah and her family have been active members of FUMCE since the late 1990’s. She is a graduate of Auburn University and served as an intern in the Dominican Republic at DR Missions - a Christian missionary organization that runs an orphanage and feeding program. They also work in the community by hosting medical clinics in a nearby refugee camp, praying over patients in a local hospital and working in the community and local churches.
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