Join us in the sanctuary Saturday Dec 9th at 6:00pm for
“Star of Wonder” –
an imaginative musical telling of Jesus’ birth and the events
surrounding it performed by our choir and special guests.
Its sure to be a delight for all in attendance!
We are hosting a spaghetti dinner and talent show on Saturday October 24, 2015 from 5 pm to 8 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Tickets will be $10.00 per person, $20.00 per couple and $25.00 per family.
Who knows what kind of talent will show up for this event. Join us and you be the judges.
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“Let Earth Receive Her King” as told through the eyes of the Wise Men, will be performed by the Chancel Choir on Sunday December 7 at 7:00PM. Led by William Arthur, our Chancel Choir always delivers a moving performance that awakens our spirits to the deeper meaning of the Advent Season.
Join us in Fellowship Hall to celebrate Christmas and share our gifts with the children. Refreshments will be served.
After our Wednesday night dinner, join us to share in the singing of carols, telling of the Christmas story, and of course, Figgy Pudding.
SONlight Praise Band & Singers will perform during our contemporary worship service the Sunday before Christmas. This promises to be a very special time of praise and worship.
Our youth will again re-enact the nativity scene on the church lawn at the corner of Linebaugh Ave & North Boulevard. Our Handbell Choir will perform and refreshments will be served.
Marguerite’s family reached out to us as she faced her final days last month, and wanted us to know how much she was uplifted by the cards and letters that were sent by many of you. Her family expressed their gratefulness for the outpouring of love, and wanted us to be reminded of her love for Forest Hills UMC and her church family.
Our dear friend, Marguerite, went home to the Father on August 21, 2014. Marguerite had been a member of Forest Hills UMC for over forty years. She attended faithfully and was a generous supporter. We shall miss her beautiful smile!
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Originally posted by Bishop Ken Carter on December 31, 2013 on http://www.floridaconferenceconnection.info
According to the Book of Discipline (2012), “The role of the bishop is to faithfully practice, model and lead the spiritual disciplines of our faith and to call and inspire the clergy and laity within the Church to practice the Christian disciplines in their individual lives through the tradition of personal holiness“(403.a).
Holey Tapestry, Author Unknown
As I faced my Maker at the last judgment, I knelt before the Lord along with all the other souls.
Before each of us laid our lives like the squares of a quilt in many piles; an angel sat before each of us sewing our quilt squares together into a tapestry that is our life.
But as my angel took each piece of cloth off the pile, I noticed how ragged and empty each of my squares was. They were filled with giant holes. Each square was labeled with a part of my life that had been difficult, the challenges and temptations I was faced with in every day life. I saw hardships that I endured, which were the largest holes of all.
I glanced around me. Nobody else had such squares. Other than a tiny hole here and there, the other tapestries were filled with rich color and the bright hues of worldly fortune. I gazed upon my own life and was disheartened.
My angel was sewing the ragged pieces of cloth together, threadbare and empty, like binding air.
Finally the time came when each life was to be displayed, held up to the light, the scrutiny of truth. The others rose; each in turn, holding up their tapestries. So filled their lives had been. My angel looked upon me, and nodded for me to rise.
My gaze dropped to the ground in shame. I hadn’t had all the earthly fortunes. I had love in my life, and laughter. But there had also been trials of illness, and wealth, and false accusations that took from me my world, as I knew it. I had to start over many times. I often struggled with the temptation to quit, only to somehow muster the strength to pick up and begin again.
I spent many nights on my knees in prayer, asking for help and guidance in my life. I had often been held up to ridicule, which I endured painfully, each time offering it up to the Father in hopes that I would not melt within my skin beneath the judgmental gaze of those who unfairly judged me.
And now, I had to face the truth. My life was what it was, and I had to accept it for what it was. I rose and slowly lifted the combined squares of my life to the light. An awe-filled gasp filled the air. I gazed around at the others who stared at me with wide eyes.
Then, I looked upon the tapestry before me. Light flooded the many holes, creating an image, the face of Christ. Then our Lord stood before me, with warmth and love in His eyes. He said, ‘Every time you gave over your life to Me, it became My life, My hardships, and My struggles.
Each point of light in your life is when you stepped aside and let Me shine through, until there was more of Me than there was of you.’
May all our quilts be threadbare and worn, allowing Christ to shine through!