Posts with the category “pastor-s-desk”

Ways to Experience Lent
by Faith Parry on February 15th, 2024
Yesterday started Lent with Ash Wednesday. For those who have been United Methodist (or Catholic or Lutheran), Lent is something you’ve experienced in some way your entire life. For others who may have come from another church or no church background, Lent may be a new thing. It starts on Ash Wednesday and ends the day before Easter. If you exclude Sundays (which are non-fasting days), that equals...  Read More
New People Building Connections
by Faith Parry on February 8th, 2024
Last week, we experienced our 3rd mixer event. I came home from a conference last year with the idea to hold a mixer in a neutral location (not the church) with the goal of helping new worshipers meet people and feel better connected to the church. We held our first event April 2023.Last week, we learned we could have too many people on this patio to be comfortable Is that not a wonderful proble...  Read More
God on Mute Preview
by Faith Parry on February 1st, 2024
Sometimes it feels like when we pray, God isn’t there. Why do we suffer and pray, but God stays silent? We’ll journey through the silence of unanswered prayers through the stages of Holy Week, reflecting on how God can still be present, even in the silence. This is a story of faith, hope, and love beyond all understanding. This is a loving God series. We'll look at how our prayer life is connecte...  Read More
Starting the Year Serving
by Faith Parry on January 25th, 2024
The Kitchen of Clay County has become one of our favorite ways to serve our community. This past weekend, 6 of our members went out to Middleburg to serve those in our community who need some support. We don't ask why they need the meals or check their qualifications. If people show up and ask for food, we give it to them. The team showed up with 5 crock pots of soup and stuff to make sandwiches. 131 servi...  Read More
Little Things Go a Long Way
by Faith Parry on January 17th, 2024
There are many places where a little can go a long way. This is especially true when it comes to kindness and love. When Karen arrived at our church, she had a passion for helping show love to the teachers at Bannerman Learning Center. As a retired teacher, she knew firsthand how hard teaching is and how important it is for a teacher to feel loved and supported. She wanted the Bannerman teachers to...  Read More
2023 in Review
by Faith Parry on January 11th, 2024
This past Sunday, the above video was shared in worship as a celebration of all God did in 2023 I thought I woud take a moment and expand on these numbers a bit more, sharing some stories behind them. We had 3 baptisms in 2023, 2 new-believer baptisms and 1 infant baptism. This is paired with our 28 new members. Both of the new-believer baptisms were new families who came to us, not from any oth...  Read More
Visit to Bannerman
by Faith Parry on January 9th, 2024
For their December meeting, the Boomers (our older adults), went and toured Bannerman Learning Center. The Boomers are our newest group on campus and chose Bannerman to be their mission focus. Normally, they meet at the church, have brunch together, then put together something to show love to the teachers at the school. On this occasion, we took a trip to the school to learn about their programs. I ...  Read More
Life, Money, & Legacy Preview
by Faith Parry on January 3rd, 2024
Do you ever get tired of just scraping by? Do you and your spouse feel awkward tension when the topic of money comes up? Or maybe you want to know how to steward your money well but don’t know where to start. No matter where you land, we have an exciting, new opportunity for you that can help you create a life without financial stress—starting now. This is a loving others series. We'll help people...  Read More
Last 5th Sunday 2023
by Faith Parry on December 27th, 2023
This month is a month with 5 Sundays, which means we're collecting for the Florida United Methodist Children's Home. Here's a message from the Children's Home: Robert came to us with a trauma history that meant bedtime was a really difficult time for him. He never slept in his bed, preferring to sleep in his closet or on the ground. Staff and therapists worked hard with him to help him feel safe so...  Read More
One Year Chronological
by Faith Parry on December 20th, 2023
I'd love for you to join me in reading the Bible through next year, Chronologically. This is my favorite way to read the Bible because you get to see how the books overlap.It can be daunting to try and read the Bible in a year, so let us help. Choose whatever format you like. Do you like to hold a book? You can read the Bible like a devotional book. You just open to the date and there's your readi...  Read More
When You Know
by Faith Parry on December 19th, 2023
I met the WIllis Family for the first time at our Back to School celebration. Jessica is a teacher and her husband Winston is in IT. I've enjoyed getting to know them this fall as they've attended worship, their kids have been part of kid's events, and they have found their place within our community.One thing I love about my job is getting to sit down with the new persons and families. Getting a ...  Read More
Staff Christmas Stockings
by Faith Parry on December 14th, 2023
As Christmas approaches, the Staff-Parish Relations Committee is inviting you to show your appreciation to our staff. Here's what Nicole shares about it: Merry Christmas from the Staff-Parish Relations Committee! We thought we might switch it up a bit this year for those who wish to show your appreciation for a particular Fleming Island UMC staff with a gift. You will notice there are stockings hu...  Read More
Another Year's Impact
by Faith Parry on December 6th, 2023
The Florida United Methodist Children's Home has been a part of our church's missions list since our founding. I love hearing all the stories that come from this incredible ministry as much as Val and Eddie love to go visit every year. Last year, we chose as a church to downsize our missions list and focus on organizations that embodied who we are as a church, and those that give our congregation ways t...  Read More
The Church's Future
by Faith Parry on November 29th, 2023
I am not sure what is more exciting then welcoming a new child into the church family. It's a sign of life, regeneration of the church, but also our commitment to the future generations. Sunday, we got to make a commitment as a church to the Coppage family, as Eddie and Val stood with their children, raised in our church, and now their granddaughter, who is being raised in our church. No one has a ...  Read More
Thanksgiving Thoughts
by Faith Parry on November 21st, 2023
During this season of thankfulness, I want to say thank you to everyone who make it possible for us to to serve our community.The Yard Sale and Pumpkin Patch at first glance is a fundraiser. They did both raise the church money but they did more. The Pumpkin Patch allowed us to connect with the community and support a Cub Scout Troop. We also donated all the unsold items to:Veterans of AmericaThe ...  Read More
Christmas Vacation Preview
by Faith Parry on November 15th, 2023
Have you returned home from a vacation, and felt like you needed another vacation? We make plans, but 9 times out of 10, things don't end up like we expect. This holiday season, we're going tropical and thinking about all the unexpected things that happened to the characters the first Christmas. Grab your Hawaiian shirts, Santa hats, and get ready for a Christmas Vacation! This is a loving God ser...  Read More
Thank You Church
by Faith Parry on November 9th, 2023
I commented Sunday, but being the focus of everyone's attention isn't something I love. I know that seems strange for a preacher to say. I cannot say enough how much I love receiving note cards from you with words of encouragement. Some weeks take more mental work; others take more emotional effort. This week, I was tired from every direction. Sitting at my desk and reading card after card, I felt ...  Read More
Smiling Down
by Faith Parry on November 2nd, 2023
We had October 16 marked on the calendar for a few weeks. When I got up that morning, the weather had become chilly, but that wouldn't stop me from baptizing Michael at his home. His family and friends had been waiting for this day. I'll admit I wasn't sad he decided not to get fully into the pool. The following Sunday, October 22, we welcomed the entire family into our church. But one person was m...  Read More
Advent Readers
by Faith Parry on October 26th, 2023
We're 4 Sundays from Advent; it's hard to believe we're at that time again. Advent is the beginning of the church year for Christians. During Advent, we prepare for and anticipate the coming of Christ. One of the ways is through a tradition called the Advent Wreath. Starting November 26th, we'll start worship by lighting a candle and sharing in a reading. Families or groups are invited to participat...  Read More
5th Sunday Info
by Faith Parry on October 18th, 2023
This month is a month with 5 Sundays, which means we're collecting for the Florida United Methodist Children's Home. In light of that, I wanted to share two stories from the Children's Home so you can see what impact your gifts make. Emily (pictured) is 12 years old and has been living at the Madison Youth Ranch for the past two years after multiple failed foster placements. She had to be removed f...  Read More
2nd Candypalooza
by Faith Parry on October 11th, 2023
Last year, we did our first ever Candypalooza. It was such a hit, our children’s ministry team chose to do it again.On Sunday, October 29th, everyone who wishes is invited to come to worship in their Halloween costumes (please be sure it’s not provocative adults...this is still church 😉). The kids will have a costume parade on their way to Kids Club as we let them show off their characters. After ...  Read More
Planted Preview
by Faith Parry on October 4th, 2023
Did you know that America is one of the top mission fields in the world today? If you search America Mission Field, you'll find millions of articles about why America is the place to be right now to share the Gospel. We don't have to pack up our families, change our jobs, or uproot our lives. So how can we, the Church, think about ourselves as missionaries? That's what this series is all about. T...  Read More
Snowball Started
by Faith Parry on September 27th, 2023
Sunday, I did something...maybe a bit dramatic. I challenged us to cover the church in prayer for 24 hours. It wasn't dramatic to me, but this might be. I'm going to keep challenging us until we reach the goal. Why? Because it takes time for a snowball to get going. You have to form, compact, and get it nice and round. After you get it just right, you can start it rolling. It will become unstoppab...  Read More
Flying Right In
by Faith Parry on September 20th, 2023
I am excited to officially welcome the Owens family as part of our church family Wendy reached out to me in May after visiting our church. She wanted to learn more about us. Shortly after, I sat down for coffee with Wendy and her mom, Sandy. I feel like I've known them forever. They've jumped in and started to volunteer at events. Eric, Sandy's husband (Wendy's dad), loves to spend time with his g...  Read More
Record Food Collection
by Faith Parry on September 13th, 2023
August 26, we participated in the 3rd parking lot food drive with Sacred Heart Catholic Church. This food drive was started to honor one of their members, Jack Graves, and has become one of the largest drives the Green Cove Food Pantry has. What I love about this event is that we get to spend time with our neighbors next door. This time around, I was able to volunteer for the entire event. I lear...  Read More
Boomers for Bannerman
by Faith Parry on September 6th, 2023
It's always exciting to receive new members to our church. If you haven't had a chance, check out the recent postings that share our new members. What's even more exciting is when those new to our church family jump in and share their gifts, talents, and passions with the church family. As I write this, I'm listening to one of these new members pounding away as he repairs a closet in the church....  Read More
Prayer Experiment Preview
by Faith Parry on August 30th, 2023
Our go-to response is, "I'll pray for you." Most of us will stop and say a short prayer. But what if there was more? What if there was a way to tap into God's power and pray like they did in the New Testament? Imagine if we as a church tapped into God's power to guide, direct, and transform our community through us. This is a loving God and loving others series. We will focus on how to dial into p...  Read More
Jumping Right In
by Faith Parry on August 23rd, 2023
If you run into Julius and Shannon, you'll notice that they are both quiet, kind, and love to jump in and help with things. I met them when they first started to attend the church, but they made an impression on me when they asked to help with Vacation Bible School.I didn't know them very well when they responded to an open call for help picking up donated VBS decorations from Highpoint Community ...  Read More
What Our Method Is
by Faith Parry on August 16th, 2023
Have you ever wondered who does what around the church? Methodists got their name in the 1800s because we were methodical in our spiritual growth. It's not surprising that we're also methodical in our ways of governing the church and dividing the leadership among many. Every year, we go through a process called nominations, where I gather with some people to pray over a worksheet we need to fill ou...  Read More
Making It Your Place
by Faith Parry on August 10th, 2023
God has blessed us with an abundance of new faces over the past 6 months. It causes me to be at a loss for words. I have been praying for God to bring a revival through Fleming Island United Methodist since I found out I would be coming as the pastor in May of 2022. I have prayed over the names of those who worship with us, those who stopped worshipping with us, and our entire community. I have as...  Read More
Paper Paper Paper
by Faith Parry on August 3rd, 2023
In worship Sunday, Eddie announced that we donated items to the Children's Home. Pictured is Rev. Brian Carr, the Director of Church Relations for the Florida United Methodist Children's Home. Brian stands excitedly beside our donation pile of paper, school supplies, and suitcases. These items are things they desperately need. We collected the paper last quarter when they shared this need wit...  Read More
Naked and Unafraid Preview
by Faith Parry on July 19th, 2023
Have you ever felt like a church is just a group pretending everything is okay? If you're like me, there are times you wish people would stop pretending they have their sh** together and show a bit more of the mess that they are. The truth is, none of us pray enough, read our Bibles enough, share our faith enough, or love God enough. We're all a spiritual mess at some point or another. God's annoy...  Read More
Ways to Support the Childrens Home
by Faith Parry on July 12th, 2023
Fifth Sunday Offering, one of the vital means of support for the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home. Each month that has a fifth Sunday, the United Methodist Churches in the Florida Annual Conference are asked to receive an offering to support the ministry of the Children’s Home. When you contribute to this offering, you allow us to carry on the life changing ministry of the Children’s Home. ...  Read More
Wellness Challenge
by Faith Parry on July 5th, 2023
At Annual Conference this year, the clergy were invited to a year-long challenge to improve our health. What better way to help us lead from a healthy place than to make it a competition? Even better, they invited us to bring our congregations into it to help increase our chances of winning prizes in the by completing this work, you can help Pastor Faith possibly win something at Annu...  Read More
Family Finds Home
by Faith Parry on June 28th, 2023
The Asbell family has become three faces that light up everyone's hearts when we see them. If you haven't met Steve, Jennifer, and their son, you need to. They are sure to share their creativity and joy with you. Like many families after COVID, they wanted a church that felt more like a family than a large institution. FIUMC exceeded all expectations! This family has found their plac...  Read More
Families that Worship Together
by Faith Parry on June 22nd, 2023
I always love to welcome new members into the church family. This past Sunday, we got to welcome Tommy and Karen, and their daughter Haley! We've now welcomed 3 generations of this family. A few weeks ago, we welcomed the Andersen Family into membership. Courtney who we welcomed a few weeks ago, is also Tommy and Karen's daughter.Tommy, Karen and Haley come to us from another United Methodist...  Read More
Pardon Our Dust
by Katie Strickland on June 15th, 2023
Please Pardon Our Dust!  While we make some exciting changes to our children's spaces.  We promise while our spaces might look a bit rougher than usual while we work on these changes, they will always be safe.A few weeks ago, Pastor Faith announced that we had been approved  for a grant we applied for back in February.  This grant is giving us funding  to start a program within our children's mini...  Read More
The Family Grows
by Faith Parry on June 8th, 2023
This family has been worshipping at Fleming Island UMC since March. Many times, when you find the place that works for your family, you know. That's how it is for them, except their family includes an aunt and grandparents. You should be seeing their faces in the blog soon.This week, we welcome this wonderful couple, Andy and Courtney, with open arms. They are transferring their membership from an...  Read More
United Methodists and Food
by Faith Parry on May 31st, 2023
What makes a United Methodist? For some, it's food. I've served churches where you couldn't have a meeting or event without food and coffee. For others, it's our traditions. Many of those traditions are unique to each Methodist congregation.For me, one of the essential things that makes a United Methodist is our connection, meaning that we are not a solo church; we're a network of churches. As a p...  Read More
Summer Devos
by Faith Parry on May 25th, 2023
Sunday, we start a new series called Rules of Life that will carry us all summer. This series pulls pieces from a book called The Red Sea Rules: 10 God-Given Strategies for Difficult Times by Robert J. Morgan. It's a powerful, short book that is a great way to stay connected to the church throughout the summer. We’ll spend most of the summer in Exodus Chapter 14.I am trying something new this summ...  Read More