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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 

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

 

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!  

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

 

Wednesday
Jun282017

MID-WEEK MESSAGE 06.28.2017

Skycrest Mid-Week Message
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 June and 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 the connection between our faith and our finances in a message called "Your Money And Your Life."  If you missed it or want to share it with a friend, you can listen online at www.skycrest.net/sermons 

If you want some more Scripture reading this week, check out 1 Timothy 6 and Matthew 6
And for more on Financial Peace University, head on over to www.daveramsey.com/fpu  
What's Next? 

This coming Sunday, July 2, is going to be awesome.  In both services (9:45 a.m. and 11 a.m.) you'll get to hear from members of our Costa Rica Mission Team, and see pictures and video from our trip.  The message about the family of faith will apply to all of us, whether or not you ever plan to go on a mission trip.   

In the Traditional (11 a.m.) service, we will also celebrate Independence Day, including our very special POW/ MIA service that has become a meaningful tradition for our Skycrest family. 

Don't Forget

Skycrest101 is coming this Sunday, July 2, from 10:40 a.m. to 11 a.m. (in between services) in the Library (Education Building).  This is a great chance for anyone who is newer to our church to connect with our pastor, hear more about our ministries, and discuss questions. 

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

Our Modern worship leader, Cameron Shaw, just got an incredible new job at Clemson UMC in South Carolina.  This will allow he and Jaimie to move back closer to family, which is a blessing for them, even as it is sad news for us!    Cameron's last Sunday with us will be July 9.  As a goodbye, we are celebrating Cameron and Jaimie at Bob Evans for lunch after church next Sunday, July 2. Anyone's invited to join us there.  We are very excited about the prospects for our next worship leader, and hope to have the right person hired very soon!  If you know of anyone who should apply, have them check out www.skycrest.net/hiring as soon as possible.  

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

 

Wednesday
Jun142017

MID-WEEK MESSAGE 06.14.2017

Dear Skycrest family, 

I'm writing this email amidst final preparations for the mission trip to Costa Rica; the team leaves on Saturday and we are all really excited for this experience!  Be sure to "like" our Facebook page to see pictures and updates from the trip next week.  Please keep us and the people we'll meet in your prayers!  

Last Sunday, we wrapped up this series of sermons with a message on the Trinity.  If you missed the message or want to share it with someone, you can always find audio recordings of our sermons at www.skycrest.net/sermons 

Next Sunday, June 18, I am very excited that our Modern worship leader Cameron Shaw will be sharing his story of how God has worked in his life.  Cameron was a nationally-acclaimed athlete in track and field before becoming our worship leader.  But more importantly, he is a young man who is truly focused on Jesus and he has a wonderful story to tell.  Don't miss it! 

There are some other great things going on this week as well: 

Thursday6:30 p.m.Summer Book Discussion Group, Fellowship Hall.  We are discussing chapters 4 and 5.  Click here if you want to order a book and come join us!  

Friday6:30 p.m.Baptism of Joshua Stillwell, Fellowship Hall.  The Stillwells have family in town on the Sunday I'm leaving for Costa Rica, so we're having a Friday night baptism!  The Stillwells are hosting a reception to follow, so they'd love an RSVP to let them (or the church office) know if you plan to attend. 

Also, please don't forget about our monthly dinners for the hungry over these summer months.  Our next dinner is Saturday, June 26 at 4:30 p.m.  The Costa Rica team will not be back yet, so we will be missing a few regular dinner team members.  Come help us out at 11 a.m. (food prep) or 3:00 p.m. (serving dinner). 

 

I think that's it!  Back to packing.   Have a great week, everyone!

 

Peace,

 

Pastor Emily
emily@skycrest.net
727.446.2218 

 

Wednesday
Jun072017

MID-WEEK MESSAGE 06.07.2017

Dear Skycrest family, 

It was great to celebrate Pentecost Sunday with you last week.  We talked about the Holy Spirit, who the Spirit is, and what the Spirit does in our lives.  If you wanted to go back and read the entire Pentecost story in more detail, check out Acts 2:1-21

Next Sunday, we'll finish up our conversation on the Holy Spirit by discussing the Trinity.  If you've ever wondered about the whole one-in-three thing, how to understand it, and why it matters, join us Sunday at 9:45 a.m. or 11 a.m.

You also won't want to miss Sunday because we will be praying for our Costa Rica Mission Team in both services.  The team leaves Saturday, June 17th to spend a week working with Costa Rica Mission Projects.  We are so excited to be taking our first international mission trip as a church, and we could not be partnering with a more wonderful organization.  There are 14 people going on the trip, but in a way, all of you are going with us as partners in prayer and encouragement.  

After we finish our 2-week sermon series on the Holy Spirit, the rest of summer will be a sermon series called Destination: Skycrest.  Each week of summer sermons will be a stand-alone message on a different topic, and we'll be covering the topics I've been asked to preach about the most, but haven't gotten the chance to yet.  I know lots of you travel and have busy summer schedules, but I hope you will make Skycrest one of your most important destinations this summer.  I hope you'll join us for worship whenever you're in town, and get excited about the opportunities to grow in faith this summer.  We will keep our regular worship schedule all summer long-9:45 a.m. and 11 a.m., with SkyKids Sunday School at 11 a.m. and nursery available all morning long.  

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

A note that I'll be out of the office Thursday through Saturday this week.  Diane Meyers and I are our church's clergy and lay delegates to the Florida Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.  Visit www.flumc.org/ac2017 if you want to watch any of the live-stream and see what Conference is all about.  (And if you see Diane, thank her for serving in this way for a 3rd year in a row!) 

 

If you haven't gotten your kids signed up yet for Vacation Bible School, head on over to www.skycrest.net/vbs for details and a link to register

 

Don't forget - our monthly dinners for the hungry take place the last Saturday of each month at 4:30 p.m.  Volunteer shifts are 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., and with a couple of our key volunteers out of town for summer, we can especially use more help at the 11 a.m. shift.

 

Have a great week, everyone!

 

Peace,

 

Pastor Emily
emily@skycrest.net
727.446.2218 

 

Wednesday
May312017

MID-WEEK MESSAGE 05.31.2017

Dear Skycrest family, 

This Sunday is Pentecost, which is the Christian celebration of the coming of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church.  You'll hear more about it on Sunday as we kick off two weeks of sermons about the Holy Spirit.   

Red is the liturgical color that represents Pentecost in church tradition, just like blue is the color of Advent, purple is the color of Lent, and white is the color of Easter. Each color represents the mood of the holiday or season.  Red represents the power of the Holy Spirit that encountered the believers that first Pentecost "like tongues of fire" (Acts 2).  You may have noticed these changing liturgical colors on the altar table or on the stole that I wear with my robe in the traditional service; this coming Sunday, these items will be red. 

There has been a tradition in some churches of wearing red on Pentecost Sunday.  In the past few years, we have not emphasized this at Skycrest because we would not want to make first-time guests feel uncomfortable if they show up for the first time and everyone except them is dressed alike!  

So, if you like wearing red for Pentecost, go for it.  If the colors that express the seasons of the church year are important to your faith, express that in whatever way you like.  I knew a guy in seminary who wore a liturgically-colored bandana tied around his head each day of the year.  (Perhaps that was a little odd, but it was meaningful to him!)   

As always, the most important thing at Skycrest is to come however you're comfortable to connect authentically with God, each other, and the world.  What you're wearing is the least of our concerns.  

I look forward to seeing you Sunday!  

ANNOUNCEMENTS

As always, a huge thanks to our monthly dinner team who prepares dinner for those in our community who are hungry. 

This Sunday June 4 is Skycrest101 from 10:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Library (Education Building).  This is a quick meet-and-greet in between services for anyone who is new to Skycrest and wants to meet our pastor and hear more about the church! 

Costa Rica Team Meeting will be Sunday June 4 at 12:00 p.m. the Library.  If you are going on the Costa Rica trip, you need to be at the meeting as we make final travel preparations. 

Summer Book Discussion Group starts this Thursday night (June 1) at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall!  Missed the sign-ups or didn't get a book yet?  Just show up and we'll get you taken care of.  

Peace

Pastor Emily
emily@skycrest.net
727.446.2218 

 

Wednesday
May242017

MID-WEEK MESSAGE 05.24.2017

Dear Skycrest family, 

A kindergarten teacher was walking around observing her classroom of children while they were drawing pictures.  As she got to one girl who was working diligently, she asked what the drawing was.  The girl replied, "I'm drawing God."  The teacher paused and said, "But no one knows what God looks like."

Without looking up from her drawing, the girl replied, "They will in a minute."
In church these last couple of weeks, we've talked about faith as it pertains to children.
 Last Sunday, Rachel Meyers talked about the importance of raising children in Christian community so that their faith can grow.  She read from Joshua 4:1-7, in which God commanded the Israelites to place stone markers to remind future generations of God's faithfulness.  If you missed Rachel's message or want to share with a friend, you can find audio recordings of all of our sermons at www.skycrest.net/sermons 
Next Sunday, I'll be back preaching, with a message focused on teens and young adults, and what can happen when our childhood faith runs into adult problems.   
We also have a baptism (Abigail Calvert) at our 11:00 a.m. service.  Abigail is 6 years old, and very excited to be baptized.  She told me "I believe in God and Jesus!"  Her baptism will be a chance for all of us to remember our own baptisms, and to re-commit to the promises we make to all the children of our church-- to raise them in a community of love and forgiveness so that they may become true disciples who walk in the way that leads to life.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Don't forget our monthly dinner for the hungry this Saturday-- come volunteer with us at 11:00 a.m. or 3:00 p.m.!  Dinner is at 4:30 p.m.  

Summer at Skycrest:  We are going to continue offering two worship services and SkyKids Sunday School all summer long (in past years, we had combined into one service for summer).  We're also working on plans for social events, service opportunities, and more!  If you're in town, plan to keep worshiping with us over the summer; its a great time to connect with God, each other, and the world.  

LifeTouch Directory: With so many new folks at Skycrest lately, it's a great time to update our church directory.  The great thing about this new directory is that it will be update-able; if you get your picture taken now, you won't have to do it again in a few years, unless you want to!  We will have two photo shoot days in August (18th and 19th) and two more in the winter.  You'll sign up for a time slot, come by to have your photo taken, and get a free 8x10.  If you like the pictures, you'll have the chance to buy more!

Peace,

Pastor Emily

emily@skycrest.net
717.446.2218

 

 

 

Wednesday
May172017

MID-WEEK MESSAGE 05.17.2017

Dear Skycrest family, 

It was great to see so many of you on Sunday!   For those of you who stopped by the Fellowship Hall and saw our "Donut You Love Moms?" photo area, you can see the pictures on our church Facebook page at www.facebook.com/skycrestumc  If you haven't already "liked" our page, head on over and do that!  If you're on Facebook regularly, that's a great way to see several posts a day from us with inspiration, reminders, and more. 


Our message on Sunday focused on Jesus' words in Luke 18:17:
 "Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them.  Those who do not enter the Kingdom of God like a child will not be able to enter it at all."  We talked about the real characteristics of real kids, and what Jesus might have meant when he called us to be like children: passionate, kind, fair, inquisitive, adventurous, imaginative, and more.  If you missed the message or want to share it with a friend, you can find it at www.skycrest.net/sermons 

Next Sunday, we have something VERY special.  Rachel Meyers, a member of our church who is a seminary student and candidate for ordained ministry, will be preaching for us.  This worked out perfectly that the only Sunday she was available to preach this summer is during our series on children, youth, and young adults-- because Rachel is an actual young adult who grew up in our church.  She has completed one year so far of the three-year Master of Divinity program at Duke, and we are so excited to see what she has to share with us.

I am not out of town on Sunday-- just wanted to turn the preaching over to Rachel because she is incredibly talented.  I'll be there, and hope you will too!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

We have a team going to serve for a week in Costa Rica with Costa Rica Mission Projects July 17-24.  Lots of you have been asking about how you can support our church in our international mission efforts, even if you cannot go on a trip.  There are several things you can do!  

1) Pray.  Below are the names of the team members if you want to start praying for them individually.   

2) Write notes.  If you'd like to write a note of encouragement for each team member, see the names below.  Get any notes to me by Wednesday, June 13th and I will take them on the trip. 

3) Donate.  We received lots of generous gifts that underwrote many of the trip expenses, so that more people could afford to attend.  We hope to continue that trend into the future!  You can give to our Missions fund at Skycrest anytime, and if you want, you can even earmark it specifically for future mission trip funding.

Here are our 2017 Costa Rica Mission Team Members: 
Caitlin Reynolds, Emily Hotho, Bob and Denise Mullis, Mary and Mary Spoeneman, Cheryl Cummings, Erin Frey, Tresor Selenga, Bryson Read, Dawn and Kidd Peyregne, Amanda Wininsky, Michelle Cruz.  

Peace,

Pastor Emily
emily@skycrest.net
717.446.2218

 


 

Wednesday
May102017

MID-WEEK MESSAGE 05.10.2017

Dear Skycrest family, 

This time of year tends to bring with it a lot of end-of-school-year activities:  concerts, programs, class parties, graduations.  It's also the time to look ahead to summer activities and travel.  May is definitely a time of transitions. 
 
I know not all of you have school-age kids in your household.  But we probably all know a child, teen, college student, or young adult whom we care about and pray for.  
 
So I wanted to take these few weeks at the end of the school year to talk about faith as it pertains to three specific age groups: children, teenagers, and young adults.  What advice does the Bible have for these stages of life?  What do I want my own kids to know about faith as they grow up?  How can we be a church that loves young people well and actively involves them in our ministries?   

This new sermon series-- Faith Like A Child-- will begin this Sunday, May 14th (Mother's Day).  I hope to see you there!  Our worship services are at 9:45 a.m. (Modern) and 11a.m. (Traditional).

We will have a special Mother's Day photo area / fun surprise for you this Sunday. Don't miss it! 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Summer church attendance tends to be more sporadic, but our regular expenses remain the same (or even higher during big summer events).  You can help by keeping your financial support for our church steady even if you're away!  Visit www.skycrest.net/giving to learn more about your options.  

The Summer Book Discussion Group will meet on the following Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at the church:  June 1, 15, 29, July 6, 20, and August 1.  We will be discussing the book Why I Left, Why I Stayed: Conversations on Christianity.  Click the link to learn more or order your copy of the book.  


Peace,

Pastor Emily 
727.446.2218

 

Wednesday
May032017

MID-WEEK MESSAGE 05.03.2017

Dear Skycrest family, 

I was so glad to be able to share last Sunday that I will be re-appointed again to Skycrest for the 2017-2018 year.  In United Methodist Churches, the "year" typically runs from July 1 to June 30, and so July 1 will begin my 5th year of ministry at Skycrest. 

As I said on Sunday, I am thrilled to be staying on as your pastor, not just because I like you (which I do!) but because I truly believe God is doing something unique with our church and that there is still so much more good to be accomplished together. 

Next Sunday will wrap up our "How to Help" series.  We will take a look at the book of Job in the Old Testament, and talk about what we can learn from Job's friends about how to help those who are going through intense times of anguish.  

As I worked on this message, I saw some connections between Job's story and the currently-popular Netflix series 13 Reasons Why.  If you haven't heard of it, this article will help you learn more.  No matter what your feelings are about the TV series, it is igniting conversations, especially among our younger generations, about issues of mental health, self-harm, and suicide.  I wanted to let you know that Sunday's message will touch on these topics in ways that are appropriate to Job's story and to the overall series topic of How to Help.  

If you have young children who attend church with you, know that I'm crafting the message carefully with the awareness that we have all ages in our worship services.  

And of course, if you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, don't wait for Sunday.  The 24-Hour helpline in our county is 727.791.3131. 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Vacation Bible School: details and registration at www.skycrest.net/vbs   If you'd like to volunteer, please contact Drew at drew@skycrest.net

Skycrest Child Development Center is looking for substitute teachers and volunteers!  The process to become a substitute includes a full background check, and completion of a 40-clock-hour Introductory Child Care Training class that can be completed online.  The process to volunteer includes a full background check ($75) but not the training course.  The full background check allows a volunteer to be alone with students if needed.  This would give the SCDC a pool of volunteers who could work individually with students, cover for teachers during naps or breaks, etc.  If you are interested, contact the chair of our school board, Staci Blakeslee, at stoshina@gmail.com 

Peace,

Pastor Emily 
727.446.2218