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Weekly Devotion
Week of June 29th

God's Handwriting

(See Pastor's Corner for full devotion)

 

Worship/COVID-19
Update as of June 15th

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

We want to extend a warm welcome and prayerful consideration for our first in person worship this coming Sunday, Father’s Day, June 21. We will have a Traditional Service in the Sanctuary at 9am and the Contemporary Service at 11am. I will be speaking at both services. We will also be live streaming the service for a number of our congregation are not able to participate in our Sanctuary at this time. The Conference is giving this permission, but they do not recommend services starting back at this time just because of all the questions still regarding COVID-19.

As many of you know, we held a service back in May thinking that we were preparing for a re-opening but the Conference set rules that churches could not have in person worship until this coming Sunday. We are going to stay according to their rules, at about 20% capacity of our Sanctuary, which for us is about 110 to 120 individuals. Different pews will be roped off, and it is mandatory that the congregation wear a mask. If we reach that capacity at either one of the services, folks will then be directed to Friendship Hall where a large screen is posting the service live and it will be on at the same time we are worshiping in the Sanctuary. We know this is not what all of us would desire but it is the best that we can offer at this time.

A small gospel group or praise team will be leading the worship from the Chancel, but the Conference has told us there can be no congregational singing, so we pray that you will sing in your heart as we lead worship to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

There will not be any Adult Sunday School class at this time, but the Children’s Sunday School hour will be at the 11am service and it will be in the Sunday School wing or Administrative wing. Children are to be taken directly there when you come and not come to the Sanctuary first. The children are required to have face mask as well, and we can provide those for your children. We will have a nursery as well through Harmony Preschool :-)

The Sanctuary will be cleaned between the services, all items such as hymnbooks, prayer cards, and pencils have been removed. Offering plates will be placed at the entry doors of the Sanctuary and one over in Friendship Hall. Thank you again for mailing in your tithing and giving to us online. That has truly kept us in ministry and mission as the months have went by. Many of the ministries are slowly opening back up the following week and if you can contact your chair person of that particular area whether it’s an administration meeting or Bible study they will share with you all that is involved with those programs.

Each church and each denomination in our community are presently doing their very best in following what their rules and regulations are involving worship and ministry. Since we are a connectional church, we are still under the guidelines of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. Their guidelines may be far more stringent than others, and we are doing our very best to follow the direction as the Holy Spirit leads us. Thank you again for your amazing patience and love in the midst of these times.

This week has been the first time in 2 to 3 months that I have been able to go back and visit the hospitals. As you know we are still not allowed in the nursing homes and rehab‘s. We have had four funerals over the last three months and two of the four have been graveside and two in the funeral home. We have had a couple of our dear folks go to heaven and we will have a celebration of their life later this year.

It has been difficult for everyone to try to not only take care of themselves, but others around them. The good Lord, dear friends, is still on the throne and we continue to praise His holy name for bringing us through times like this. The Lord loves us, and will bring us through; nothing can separate us from the love of Jesus Christ.

According to the world, the worst-case scenario is to die physically. However, you and I know dear friends, we have something in these earthen vessels that sustains us and promises us that the physical life is not the most important, but the Holy Spirit inside of us, that lives forever and ever and ever, is what sustains us and keeps us going to the glory of God Almighty, Amen and Amen!

Blessings! 

 

 

 
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A Word from Our Pastor

Pastor Eddie Fulford and his wife
 

I am blessed to have such a beautiful wife and seven children. My family and I have greatly enjoyed the Dunnellon area and are excited to be a part of such dynamic church growth.
I have been ordained since 1989 and this is my fourth appointment ministering to a local congregation. I have served the church on the District level in two areas and the Annual Conference on the Board of Church and Society. 
I can't imagine pastoring anywhere else at this time of my life. I have no doubt that God has blessed me greatly by serving this wonderful congregation."

 
 
 
Pastor's Weekly Devotion
Week of June 29, 2020

Our devotion this week comes from July 1st of The Upper Room, titled, “God‘s Handwriting.”

The Bible verse to memorize is Psalm 19:1, where the Psalmist says, “the heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”  

We are in the beginning of a brand new month. Within a few days we will have, what our country has known for many years, as the July 4th recognition. There will not be the celebrations as we are used to having them because of COVID-19. The virus is not the only thing attacking our nation presently.  There is quite a debate in our land about trying to heal some of our sinfulness in history without removing history itself. There are no easy answers here. I do know that there are a number of verses in the New Testament dealing with slavery and those might be the next areas discussed to find ways to remove them. How do we deal with our past? The Bible so clearly explains that we are born in sin. 

2Corinthians 5:17 says that in Christ the old has passed away, behold all things become new. By regeneration in Jesus, our lives are radically changed. When you fall in love with such a beautiful, perfect Savior, healing takes place. The Scriptures teach us that you cannot put new wine in old wine skins or it will tear them up :-), but I heard a saying one time that if you take those old wine skins and rework them that they can become better than even brand new wine skins. The intention of our founding fathers was that a nation would form with tremendous individual and corporate freedoms. I’m sure we have a long ways to go to refine those early initiatives, but dear friends, we have come a long way. I can even remember in my lifetime a tremendous difference how we handle relationships with those of various races. What is the answer? You can just turn on your screen and get a variety of resolutions :-) I think though, from the church, what we need to hear more about is the all encompassing love of the one called Jesus. His righteousness shines brightly and his mercy and grace are tremendous.

Some of you remember this song from years gone by, “...what the world needs now is love sweet love :-)” what the world really needs right now is Jesus, sweet Jesus.

Blessings!

   

Before Aspirin & Other Things Devotions by Pastor Eddie Fulford

The book, "Before Aspirin & Other Things" was written by Pastor Eddie's dad, Reverend Joseph E. Fulford.
Just click on any of the links below to listen to the devotions on Youtube.
 
Before Aspirin & Other Things Devotion (Week 1)
Before Aspirin & Other Things Devotion (Week 2)
Before Aspirin & Other Things Devotion (Week 3)
Before Aspirin & Other Things Devotion (Week 4)
Before Aspirin & Other Things Devotion (Week 5)
Before Aspirin & Other Things Devotion (Week 6)
Before Aspirin & Other Things Devotion (Week 7)
Before Aspirin & Other Things Devotion (Week 8)
Before Aspirin & Other Things Devotion (Week 9)
Before Aspirin & Other Things Devotion (Week 10)
Before Aspirin & Other Things Devotion (Week 11)
Before Aspirin & Other Things Devotion (Week 12)
Before Aspirin & Other Things Devotion (Week 13)
Before Aspirin & Other Things Devotion (Week 14)

 

 

  
Gospel Knights
Written by Pastor Eddie Fulford
 
Christian Fantasy with audience focus from teenage---young adult.
To order this book, just click the link below.
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Hope you enjoy Pastor's version
of Bullywink Lego's!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

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