Bishop’s Offering (and VBS news!!)

Dear Church Family,
In a few weeks, I’ll be leaving for Annual Conference (AC). During AC, United Methodist pastors and lay leaders from around the connection meet to pray, worship, hear reports, and discuss the business of our church.
The Bishop’s Offering for AC this year will go to 2 important causes.
1.       

Lowell Correctional Institution

The Florida Conference is joining a trend in the US by placing a United Methodist church inside a state prison. A pastor will be assigned to serve at Lowell Correctional Institution for women in Reddick, Florida. The idea to partner with Prison Congregations of America, a consulting group that helps denominations establish worshiping congregations in prisons, came after Bishop Carter heard about a church based in a prison in Tennessee. Currently there are 34 prison-based churches in the United States, including two UMC prison churches in Tennessee and Iowa. Conference officials chose Lowell because it houses the most women (3,054) in a correctional institution in the United States, including three on death row.

2.       Impact at Florida A&M University Wesley Foundation

Part of our vision for IMPACT@FAMU Wesley Foundation is to create a “home away from home” for our students, an office/pastoral care area for the Executive Director, and a place to worship, gather, learn, play, and pray for the FAMU campus at large. We call this space the IMPACT House, a spiritual Living & Learning Experience for our IMPACT FAMUly. The money collected via this offering will help to make this vision a reality.
I’ll share more about the Bishop’s Offering during my Pastoral Challenge this weekend. (There’ll also be a bulletin insert with this information.) However, right now I invite you to prayerfully consider giving towards these causes. If you choose to give, you can do so by placing your donation (cash or check) in one of our 2 Voice of Hope baskets either this weekend or next.
This weekend we’ll also be continuing our new sermon series called Including the Excluded in which we are focusing on Jesus’ ministry in Luke’s gospel. As we said last week, Luke draws attention to Jesus’ ministry with outsiders more so than any other gospel writer. Our sermon this weekend will look at Jesus’ healing of a man infected by leprosy. I hope you’ll take the time to check out this incredible story (Luke 5:12-15) in preparation for the sermon. Indeed, there’s lots in here worth discussing. 

The last thing I’ll mention is please make sure to sign-up to volunteer at Vacation Bible School (VBS) and share this registration link with everyone you know: http://www.communityoffaith.org/2019-vacation-bible-school/

. The dates for VBS are June 10-14 from 9:00-noon, and we want as many kids as possible!
 
That’s all for now. Hope to see you this weekend!
 
Blessings,
Chris