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Tuesday
Sep192017

MID-WEEK MESSAGE 09.18.2017

We want to stay in touch with you!  Our weekly email will re-cap last Sunday's sermon, preview the topic for next Sunday, and keep you informed about upcoming events.   

Join us next Sunday at 9:45 a.m. or 11 a.m
Goodbye, Irma!  

First off, I was so glad to be back together with you on Sunday after the hurricane.  A few thoughts as we seek to get back to normal this week: 

Everyone has been commenting on the exhaustion that seems to be affecting us all during this time of recovery. Even though we were fortunate that the storm didn't hit us as directly or as fiercely as initially expected, we've still gone through a lot these past couple of weeks.  Fear of the unknown.  Manual labor to shutter our houses, un-shutter our houses, clear debris, clean out refrigerators and more.  Stress as stores were empty of much-needed supplies.  Children thrown off their routines with 7 days out of school.  Extra costs incurred for hurricane food, supplies, and repairs.  A week's loss of income for many hourly workers.  Projects and goals delayed during a busy time of year.  Sleeping and living in un-airconditioned houses, or being nomads at shelters or other people's homes.  More anxiety, as we have more hurricane season still to come.  A sense of guilt that we should be feeling more grateful or less whiny because other people have it so much worse than we do.  

If you are experiencing any of these emotions, know that your feelings are valid, and you aren't alone.  Be patient with yourself in the coming days.  

Many of the little things we've had to "recover" from this week are stressful because they've disrupted the TIME and SPACE aspects of our lives.  Our sense of time has been thrown off by days off of work, school, or routines.  Our sense of space has been affected by debris, broken items, power-less homes, and evacuations.  None of these things are life-threatening or devastating, but they are important.  Time and space are how we order our lives.   

In fact, our Christian tradition teaches us to set aside sacred times and spaces in our lives in which to connect with God.  A daily time of prayer.  A quiet place to sit and read your Bible.  A weekly small group.  Sunday morning worship time.  Church.  Sanctuary.  

As we continue to recover this week, be sure to hold on to those sacred times and spaces in your own life.  Make them the cornerstones as you rebuild.  Also include time for rest, self-care, and family.  It can seem counter-intuitive to do so when we are extra busy cleaning up yards, catching up on work, or feeling tired.  But reclaiming sacred times and spaces in your day and your week will help you recover from all the ways your time and space were impacted by the storm.  Who knows, maybe you can even rebuilt a better life than before.  
Sunday Spotlight

Last Sunday, we jumped back into our sermon series on the Apostles' Creed, focusing on the section of the creed about Jesus.  Notice how half of the creed's claims about Jesus focus on his divinity (God's only Son our Lord, conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, ascended into heaven) and the other half highlight Jesus' humanity (crucified, dead, buried, descended to the dead.)  

We talked on Sunday about how Jesus is fully human and fully God, and why that makes a difference for us.  If you missed it, you can get the audio of the sermon here.  The Scripture was from John 1:1-14; if you're looking for some inspiration this week, give it a read. 

Next Sunday, September 24, we will look at the part of the creed that talks about "the holy catholic church, the communion of saints..."    Don't miss it!  9:45 a.m. Modern or 11 a.m.Traditional.
Reminders 

Church Work Day - this Saturday, September 23, 8:30 a.m.  We will have plenty of jobs, outdoor and indoor, for all abilities!   

Conversation with Bishop Carter of the Florida Conference of the UMC - Sunday evening,September 24, 6:30 p.m. at Hyde Park UMC in Tampa.  (Meet at Skycrest at 5:45 p.m. to carpool). http://www.flumc.org/bishopconversation 

Skycrest T-Shirts continue to be sold on Sundays and during the week at the church office.  Get yours for $20, promote our awesome church, and support Costa Rica Mission Trips! 

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Tuesday
Sep052017

MID-WEEK MESSAGE 09.05.2017

Skycrest Mid-Week Message 9.5.17
We want to stay in touch with you!  Our weekly email will re-cap last Sunday's sermon, preview the topic for next Sunday, and keep you informed about upcoming events.   

This week's Mid-Week Message is abbreviated in order to give you important updates about Hurricane Irma and some upcoming renovations to our property.  

Join us next Sunday at 9:45 a.m. or 11 a.m
Sunday Spotlight

Last Sunday we began a new series of sermons on the Apostles' Creed, starting with the first line: "I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth."  As this series continues, it will be a great opportunity for those who want to learn about the Christian faith for the first time, or go deeper in their understanding.  Our Scripture was Psalm 146, and if you're looking for some inspiration this week, give it a read.  

If you missed the sermon and want to listen online, head on over to www.skycrest.net/sermons 

Next Sunday, September 10, our focus will turn to the next lines of the creed having to do with Jesus, his humanity and divinity, the virgin birth, his suffering, death, and resurrection.  I look forward to this message and I hope you'll be there! 

September 10 is also the day to return your completed flood buckets or hygiene kits for those affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas.  Click here for instructions (but feel free to skip the ones about packaging, shipping, and shipping costs.  Get your bucket or kit to church and we will do the rest.) 
Hurricane Irma Updates 

As you all know by now, we are looking at the week ahead and bracing for the possible impact of Hurricane Irma.  It is still too early to know the exact path the storm will take, but it is wise to be getting prepared now, both at church and at home.  

For church weekday activities, we follow the lead of Pinellas County Schools.  If school is closed, the church office and activities are closed.  

For Sunday's church services on September 10, we will make a decision by Friday afternoon on the status of Sunday services.  If in doubt, we will err on the side of caution rather than put any of our attendees, volunteers, or staff at risk.  No matter whether we are having church or not, please use your own best judgment when deciding whether to attend.  

We are also working now to prepare the church in case of hurricane damage.  Our preparations will include taping windows, sandbagging flood-prone areas, and moving outdoor equipment inside.  If we have a need for volunteers to help, our custodian Gil Sterling will be taking the lead and he will put the word out for help when the time comes. 

Please be preparing now for the possibility of this storm affecting your home, too.  ABC news published this list of hurricane preparedness supplies.  If you need help preparing, or your home needs storm shutters put up, patio furniture moved indoors, etc. and you are not able to do that, please call the church and we will do our best to connect you with Skycrest members who have volunteered to help.  We will not be in the office on Saturday, so please call by Thursday or Friday if you need help. 

If you are in a position to help members of the Skycrest family to prepare their homes for the storm, please let us know and we will do our best to connect you with church members in need. 
Upcoming Renovations at Skycrest

Two Sundays ago, we experienced a flood here at church likely caused by very old pipes in our Education Building plumbing system (restrooms behind Fellowship Hall).  In light of real emergencies being faced by so many people right now, this is frustrating but not devastating, and we are grateful that we are well-equipped to handle it.   
Thankfully, we caught the situation right away because our choir was in the building for a rehearsal.  Even though it was cleaned up in a matter of hours, the moisture had a chance to seep into carpets, floors, tiles, and walls.  We have been working with our property insurance company and a restoration company on the cleanup and it is going well.  

Because the water contained bacteria (which the restoration company was able to test for) we are following their recommendations for what needs to removed and renovated.  We wouldn't want anyone to get sick from any future mold or bacteria on our property.  
For now, the best thing you can do for Skycrest is to "pardon our dust" in the coming weeks in the Education Building.  You will also need to use the restrooms further down the hall near the church library until we can get our main restrooms back up and running.  Finally, between insurance money and a healthy capital improvements fund, the best way you can support Skycrest financially in this manner is to continue to give regularly toward our general operating budget, as so many of you already do!  

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Wednesday
Aug302017

MID-WEEK MESSAGE 08.30.2017

Skycrest Mid-Week Message 8.30.17
We want to stay in touch with you! Our weekly email will re-cap last Sunday's sermon, preview the topic for next Sunday, and keep you informed about upcoming events.   

Join us next Sunday at 9:45 a.m. or 11 a.m
Sunday Spotlight

Last Sunday we wrapped up Faith At The Movies with a look at Star Wars: Rogue One.  While I didn't love this movie, I did love the Scripture we talked about on Sunday, from 2 Corinthians 4, in which Paul describes us as "jars of clay" that contain God's treasure.   

If you missed the sermon and want to listen online, head on over to www.skycrest.net/sermons 
What's Next? 

Starting this Sunday (September 3rd) our series of sermons will be based on the Apostles' Creed.  This is a great opportunity for those who want to learn more about the Christian faith, or those who have heard the basics for many years but want to go deeper. 

There is a book by Rev. Adam Hamilton entitled Creed: What Christians Believe And Why that also explores the Apostles' Creed line by line.  If you want to do some reading and reflection along with the sermons this month, I highly recommend this book! 
Don't Forget

United Methodist Women at Skycrest meet on the first Thursday of each month for a luncheon and program.  The next UMW luncheon will be Thursday, September 7th at 12:00 p.m.  UMW also has small groups called "circles" that meet at various times of the month.  If you are not currently involved in UMW but would like to be, contact Jo at office@skycrest.net for details.  

The Tampa Bay Center for Community Transformation has invited us to attend a vigil along with other people of faith as a stand against hate.  If you're interested, the event will be Friday evening, September 1, at 7:00 p.m. at Buccaneer Field in the North Greenwood area. (905 MLK Jr. Ave, Clearwater)

As we grow, we continue to need more volunteers on Sunday mornings!  We are still looking especially for bus drivers and nursery volunteers.  Both of these are a once-a-month commitment!  Email emily@skycrest.net and I'll put you in touch with the right person.  

Stay connected with us via our website and be sure to "like" us on Facebook

 

Wednesday
Aug232017

MID-WEEK MESSAGE 08.23.2017

We want to stay in touch with you!  Our weekly email will re-cap last Sunday's sermon, preview the topic for next Sunday, and keep you informed about upcoming events.   

Join us next Sunday at 9:45 a.m. or 11 a.m
Sunday Spotlight

First off, if you don't normally receive the Prayer Request email and you did this week, that was my fault.  I was filling in for Lynne Read who usually sends that out, and I accidentally sent it to the Mid-Week Message email list instead of the Prayer list.  Anyway, you can make sure you're signed up to get the Mid-Week, the Prayer email, or both, here

Our August sermon series is Faith At The Movies, and last Sunday we took a look at Lego Batman.  Just as Batman learned the importance of relationships in his life, the Bible also points to the importance of life in community. 

We read Luke 5:17-26, in which a paralyzed man is healed because he had four faithful friends who were willing to stop at nothing to bring him to Jesus.   

If you want to read more about this topic, here's an excerpt on community from Jen Hatmaker's book For The Love
What's Next? 

Sunday (August 27th) our Faith at the Movies series concludes with a look at Star Wars: Rogue One.  Whether you love, hate, or are indifferent to Star Wars, this movie is full of theological and moral themes.  

Don't miss it, Sunday9:45 a.m or 11 a.m.

Starting in September, our next series of sermons will be based on the Apostles' Creed.  This is a great opportunity for those who want to learn more about the Christian faith, or those who have heard the basics for many years but want to go deeper.  
Don't Forget

Monthly Dinner for the Hungry- this Saturday, August 26, 4:30 p.m.  Volunteer shifts are at 11 a.m. or 3 p.m.  Just show up and join in! 

huge thanks to those who helped out with our directory photos, and to everyone who got their picture taken.  It is so helpful to our staff and ministry leaders to have an accurate photo directory.  If you didn't get a photo taken this time, the photographers will be back in January and our directory will be completed this Spring. 

As we grow, we continue to need more volunteers on Sunday mornings!  We are still looking especially for bus drivers and nursery volunteers.  Both of these are a once-a-month commitment!  Email emily@skycrest.net and I'll put you in touch with the right person.  

Stay connected with us via our website and be sure to "like" us on Facebook

 

Wednesday
Aug162017

MID-WEEK MESSAGE 08.16.2017

We want to stay in touch with you!  Our weekly email will re-cap last Sunday's sermon, preview the topic for next Sunday, and keep you informed about upcoming events.   

Join us next Sunday at 9:45 a.m. or 11 a.m
Sunday Spotlight

Our August sermon series is Faith At The Movies, and this Sunday we took a look at the movie Hidden Figures, based on the true story of three African-American mathematicians who worked for NASA during the space race of the 1960's.  

Our Scripture for Sunday was from the New Testament book of Philemon, in which Paul urges Philemon to set his slave, Onesimus, free.  In order to do that, Paul asks Philemon to see that what is 'normal' (slavery, in his day) is not always what is just or right in God's eyes.  We talked on Sunday about examining the more subtle biases in our own hearts and minds, and considering the reality that the way things are is not always the way God wants things to be. 

One way we discussed doing that was getting to know people who are different from us, and hearing their stories.  

Here's one resource if you'd like to explore more on this topic this week.  In July of last year, Andy Stanley of North Point Community Church cancelled his planned sermon and instead used the time to ask two African-American leaders in his church to share their experiences.  Here's a link to that video: Skin In The Game.  
What's Next? 

Next Sunday (August 20th) our Faith At The Movies series will continue with a look at a recent kids' movie-- Lego Batman.  In this film, we learn that even superheroes need a team.  I'd love to see you there on Sunday9:45 a.m. or 11 a.m

If you want to see the whole movie with us, we'll be showing it at a free movie night this Friday, August 18, 6:30 p.m. in our Fellowship Hall.  We'll have snacks, drinks, and Lego-themed activities along with the movie. 
Don't Forget

Costa Rica Mission Project 2018 is scheduled for June 9-16.  The trip is open to all ages-- 16 and up can join the team on their own; under 16 can attend the trip with a parent or guardian.  We are again going to be able to offer this trip at a discounted price to participants, thanks to some very generous donations.  You can hear all the details at our Info Session on Sunday, October 29, after church at 12:00 p.m.  Be praying now about your possible participation!  

Skycrest T-Shirts are coming soon!   They will be sold as a fundraiser for Missions, and will also be a great way to share your love for Skycrest.  

Confirmation 2018-- parents of kids in 5th grade (or older) Confirmation will be offered in January 2018, led by Pastor Emily.  This is a chance for your kids to learn about the Christian faith and make their own faith commitment, leading into them joining Youth Group in 6th grade.  Since we have not offered a Confirmation class in several years, kids older than 5th grade who have not been confirmed will also be invited to attend.  

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Wednesday
Aug092017

MID-WEEK MESSAGE 08.09.2017

Skycrest Mid-Week Message 8.9.17
We want to stay in touch with you!  Our weekly email will re-cap last Sunday's sermon, preview the topic for next Sunday, and keep you informed about upcoming events.   

Join us next Sunday at 9:45 a.m. or 11 a.m
Sunday Spotlight

Our August sermon series is Faith At The Movies, and this Sunday we took a look at the recent Disney movie Moana, particularly the ending scene in which Moana sings to the lava monster Te Ka, "they've stolen the heart from inside you, but this is not who you are. I know who you are."  

The theme of identity weaves its way throughout Scripture. We are God's people.  We are not defined by our sins or struggles, even though those things may have very real effects on our lives.  Who we are is defined by God; forgiven, loved, children of God. 

We read from Isaiah 43 and Philippians 3 on Sunday; click the links if you want to see those entire chapters in context.  

If you missed the sermon or want to share it with someone, you can always find our messages recorded online at www.skycrest.net/sermons 
What's Next? 

Next Sunday (August 13th) Faith At The Movies will take a look at Hidden Figures.  Based on a true story, Hidden Figures tells the story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program. 
This is one of the movies I watched on the flight to Hawaii and I loved it.  If you haven't seen it, you might want to check it out this week before Sunday.  (And even though its not a kids' movie per se, it is rated PG and I found it appropriate and interesting for my kids.) 

As much as we'd like to think that racism and gender discrimination are issues of days gone by, they both continue today in subtler ways.  Justice and equality are values that we continue to strive for... and the Bible gives us some great encouragement to keep striving.
I'd love to see you there on Sunday9:45 a.m. or 11 a.m
Don't Forget

The Seekers Group (11 a.m. Sundays) starts their study of Bob Goff's book Love Does on this coming Sunday, August 13.  If you'd like to join, just order a book online and join them in the Conference Room this Sunday!  New faces are always welcome. 

Directory Photo slots for August all filled up!  Great job everyone.  If you didn't get a chance to sign up, there will be more photo shoot days in January.  

The SCDC is closed to students Monday through Wednesday for room readiness days.  They'd love to take your school supply donations anytime on those days.  Thank you!  

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Thursday
Aug032017

MID-WEEK MESSAGE 08.02.2017

 

Skycrest Mid-Week Message 8.2.17
We want to stay in touch with you!  Our weekly email will re-cap last Sunday's sermon, preview the topic for next Sunday, and keep you informed about upcoming events.   

Join us next Sunday at 9:45 a.m. or 11 a.m.
Sunday Spotlight

Throughout August, our sermons will be stand-alone topics, which works great for those of you who travel and don't want to miss out on the flow of a sermon series. 

Last Sunday we wrapped up July with a message on the mission and vision of Skycrest United Methodist Church.  We talked about how our church is really just an extension of Jesus' mission to redeem all that is broken in the world.   
At Skycrest, we seek to join in Jesus' mission by connecting people to God, connecting people to others, and connecting people to the world. 
If you missed the sermon or want to share it with someone, you can always find our messages recorded online at www.skycrest.net/sermons 
What's Next? 

Next Sunday (August 6th) we kick of a new series called Faith At The Movies.  We do one of these every year or so, and its turned out to be a series I especially look forward to preaching.
 
Movies are meant to capture something of the human experience-- fear, love, family relationships, conflicts, humor, friendships, adventure.   So it makes sense that we could look at the themes of a movie, what it has to say about some aspect of life, and then use that as a jumping-off point to look at what Scripture says about that topic.  Often, I've found that movies can make a topic or question relatable in a way that then connects us back to the Bible. 

So, our lineup of films this August is: 
Moana (August 6)
Hidden Figures (August 13)
Lego Batman (August 20)-- we will show this at a church-wide movie night August 18 at 6:30pm
Rogue One (August 27)
So hopefully there's something for everyone of all ages to enjoy.  This will be a fun way to wrap up summer at Skycrest and I hope to see you there-- 9:45 a.m. or 11 a.m.  
Don't Forget

Many of our Groups are starting back up in the next few weeks!  These Groups meet Sunday mornings and weeknights, and they typically use a book to guide their discussion together.  Most studies last 6-8 weeks- after that, you can join the same Group for their next study or you can move on.

Be looking for a schedule of Fall Groups in your bulletin coming soon.  If you don't see something that meets your needs, let us know.  If you have interest in leading a Group or launching a new Group, let us know.  

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Tuesday
Jul252017

MID-WEEK MESSAGE 7.25.2017

 

We want to stay in touch with you!  Our weekly email will re-cap last Sunday's sermon, preview the topic for next Sunday, and keep you informed about upcoming events.   

Join us next Sunday at 9:45 a.m. or 11 a.m. 
Sunday Spotlight

Throughout July, our sermons will be stand-alone topics, which works great for those of you who travel and don't want to miss out on the flow of a sermon series. 

Last Sunday we took a closer look at the Scripture from Vacation Bible School week--Colossians 1:15-20.  Many scholars think this section of Colossians is actually Paul quoting an ancient hymn, song, or poem.  In the message, we talked about some of the descriptions of Jesus found in these song lyrics and explored what they mean for us today.  

If you missed it or want to share it with a friend, you can find audio recordings of all of our sermons at www.skycrest.net/sermons 

Once again, a big thanks to our staff and volunteers for a great week of Vacation Bible School, and thanks to our kids and parents for being a part of it!

If you visited us this Sunday for the VBS Celebration, we'd love to see you back again.  The start of the school year is a great time to make church a part of your family's weekly routine.  We have two worship services each Sunday9:45 a.m. Modern and 11 a.m. Traditional.  We have SkyKids Sunday School each Sunday at 11 a.m., and nursery care for ages 0-3 all morning long.  
Also save the date for our Movie Night (Lego Batman) on Friday, August 18th at 6:30 p.m.  This will be part of a movie-themed sermon series throughout the month of August! 
What's Next? 

Next Sunday (July 30th), the sermon This Is Us will take a look at who we are as a church, how we're doing at living out our mission, and how God may be calling us in the coming year.  Whether you're new to Skycrest or have been around for decades, this message is for you!  

We are also VERY excited to announce the latest member of our Skycrest staff, our new Modern Worship Leader, Brooke Coulter.  Brooke is an extremely talented musician, but even more than that, she's an awesome follower of Jesus, leader, and person.  You'll get the chance to meet her and hear her sing very soon!  
Don't Forget

I'm sending this Mid-Week Message out a day early this week in order to remind you about the memorial service for Bernie Lokey.  It will be tomorrow (Wednesday) at 11 a.m. at the graveside at Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park.  

Monthly Dinner for the Hungry is coming up this Saturday, July 29, at 4:30 p.m.  Volunteer shifts are at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall Kitchen!  Summer can be a challenging time for our many homeless guests who walk miles each day.  Let's give them a great dinner this Saturday filled with food and friendship.  

LifeTouch Directory photo shoot days are coming August 18-19!  You'll see sign-ups at church again this Sunday.   Don't miss this opportunity to help us better connect to one another at Skycrest, and get some free professional family photos, too!  

Stay connected with us via our website and be sure to "like" us on Facebook

 

Wednesday
Jul192017

MID-WEEK MESSAGE 7.19.2017

Skycrest Mid-Week Message 7.19.17
We want to stay in touch with you!  Our weekly email will re-cap last Sunday's sermon, preview the topic for next Sunday, and keep you informed about upcoming events.   

Join us next Sunday at 9:45 a.m. or 11 a.m
Sunday Spotlight

Throughout July, our sermons will be stand-alone topics, which works great for those of you who travel and don't want to miss out on the flow of a sermon series. 

Last Sunday we talked about what it means to be a United Methodist.  To sum it up in one word: revival.  Methodism was a movement founded to revive the Church by teaching about grace, growth, and justice.  Missed the sermon or want to share it with someone?  Head on over to www.skycrest.net/sermons 

The Scripture last Sunday was Revelation 2:1-5.  If you're looking to read more about the concept of revival, check out this article that highlights some Scriptures that may help.  If you're looking to read more about Methodism and spiritual revival, check out Rev. Adam Hamilton's book Revival.  
What's Next? 

As I write this email, I can hear dozens of Vacation Bible School kids playing games in the Youth Room above my office!  We've had 70+ kids here all week experiencing crafts, games, snacks, Bible stories and more.

This Sunday, July 23, you'll have a chance to see a video and hear a song from our VBS children. The sermon will take a look at the VBS Scripture and theme and apply it to people of all ages. Its going to be a great Sunday for kids and adults alike, and you don't want to miss it!  

Parents- please note that the kids are singing in both services, 9:45 a.m. and 11 a.m..  At 9:45 a.m., they can sit with you and come up when its time to sing.  At the 11 a.m. service, please bring them to the front left side of the sanctuary by 10:55 a.m.  They can sing at one or both services (but it would be a huge help if you can sing at both).  Due to the VBS celebration in both services, there will be no SkyKids Sunday School this Sunday.  There will, however, be nursery for children ages 0-3 throughout the morning. 
Don't Forget

LifeTouch Directory photo shoot days are coming August 18-19!  You'll see sign-ups at church starting this Sunday.  Don't miss this opportunity to help us better connect to one another at Skycrest, and get some free professional family photos, too!  

Our hiring process for our new Modern Worship Leader continues with auditions and interviews with our Staff-Parish Committee this Sunday evening.  We hope to be able to announce our newest staff member very soon.  

2nd Quarter Giving Statements are available through the church office.  I want to thank each of you for what you've given towards the ministries of our church so far this year.  Your generosity and faithfulness have not gone un-noticed!  If you'd like to learn more about giving to Skycrest, visit www.skycrest.net/giving 

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Wednesday
Jul052017

SKYCREST MID-WEEK MESSAGE 07.05.2017

 

We want to stay in touch with you!  Our weekly email will re-cap last Sunday's sermon, preview the topic for next Sunday, and keep you informed about upcoming events.   

Join us next Sunday at 9:45 a.m. or 11 a.m. 
Sunday Spotlight

Throughout July, our sermons will be stand-alone topics, which works great for those of you who travel and don't want to miss out on the flow of a sermon series. 

Last Sunday we highlighted our Costa Rica Mission Projects trip in both services; you got to see video and hear more from our mission trip participants.  The message that our mission team wanted to bring home to all of you was the importance of building relationships with God, each other, and people around the world.  Our Scripture was from Romans 12:4-8:  "We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other."  

If you want some more Scripture reading this week, read 1 Corinthians 12:12-27 and if you want to read a short yet classic book on Christian community, check out Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Life Together.  (If you search the web, you can even find some PDFs of the book for free!) 
And for more about Costa Rica Mission Projects, visit their website atwww.costaricamissionprojects.org 
What's Next? 

Mat, the boys, and I are headed on a week-long vacation!  We'll be in Hawaii with my parents, my sister and her family and we could not be more excited!  

In case of pastoral emergencies, call the church office and they will put you in touch with the pastor on call, or a member of our Care Team.  I will be reachable by phone and email, however, with a 6-hour time difference, calling the church first is probably your best bet.  

Next Sunday, July 9, Rev. Clarke Campbell-Evans will be preaching at both services:9:45 a.m. (Modern) and 11 a.m. (Traditional).   Clarke is the Director of Missional Engagement for the Florida Conference of The UMC, and I happen to know that he's a great speaker and a great guy.  You don't want to miss it. 

Sunday July 9 is also the info session for the Disney Candlelight Processional Choir; stay after either service for a meeting if you're interested in finding out more.  
Don't Forget

Hymn Sing and Ice Cream Social is coming on Sunday, July 16, at 3:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. This FREE event will be a great chance to connect across generations as we get together for a little bit of singing, ice cream, and building friendships. 

LifeTouch Directory photo shoot days are coming August 18-19!  You'll see sign-ups at church coming soon.   Don't miss this opportunity to help us better connect to one another at Skycrest, and get some free professional family photos, too!  

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