Jul 8, 2018
“The Foundation”

I wonder how many of you watch HGTV and are familiar with the show Fixer Upper? My wife Marcia and my daughter, Alaina, LOVE the show and watch episode after episode. In the show, Chip and Joanna Gaines of Waco, Texas find homes that are in great need of repair and "fix them up" into something of beauty. It dawns on me that God is in the Fixer Upper business. As human beings, we are continually in need of renovation. Jesus is the ultimate renovator. Over the next 6 weeks, we will talk about how we, as Christ Followers, go through the renovation process.

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  • Jul 8, 2018“The Foundation”
    Jul 8, 2018
    “The Foundation”

    I wonder how many of you watch HGTV and are familiar with the show Fixer Upper? My wife Marcia and my daughter, Alaina, LOVE the show and watch episode after episode. In the show, Chip and Joanna Gaines of Waco, Texas find homes that are in great need of repair and "fix them up" into something of beauty. It dawns on me that God is in the Fixer Upper business. As human beings, we are continually in need of renovation. Jesus is the ultimate renovator. Over the next 6 weeks, we will talk about how we, as Christ Followers, go through the renovation process.

  • Apr 29, 2018“Running the Desert Road”
    Apr 29, 2018
    “Running the Desert Road”

    Last week Pastor Sam taught us what to do when we do not know what to do--we love, honor, and cherish each other. This week we are learning from Philip the Evangelist about what to do when we know what we are supposed to do—but we do not want to do it. Come celebrate the powerful love of God as the Holy Spirit prepares, prompts, and propels us in mission to the world as we join Philip in Running the Desert Road.

  • Apr 22, 2018“Breakfast at the Beach”
    Apr 22, 2018
    “Breakfast at the Beach”

    It’s now been three weeks since Good Friday, the cross, and the resurrection appearances of Easter morning.  For the disciples of Jesus, the reality of just how much their world had changed was finally hitting home.  For three years, they had spent nearly every day with Jesus sharing in His ministry.  Now, their world was totally different and they were not quite sure what to do next.  So…. they returned to doing what they knew best; fishing. It was there in the very familiar places of life that they encountered the Risen Christ once again.  This Sunday, the sermon message will focus on the tough question of ‘what to do, when you do not know what to do.’  The Gospel account of the breakfast shared on the beach by  Jesus and His disciples provides valuable insights into how we can respond to those difficult times in our lives when we are uncertain ‘of what we are to do next.’

  • Mar 4, 2018“The Urgency of the Gospel”
    Mar 4, 2018
    “The Urgency of the Gospel”

    About Bishop Ken Carter

    Kenneth H. Carter, Jr.
    Resident Bishop of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church

    Kenneth H. Carter, Jr. is resident bishop of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. Along with the Cabinet, he gives pastoral and administrative leadership to almost 700 congregations, fresh expressions of church, campus ministries and outreach initiatives in an episcopal area that stretches from Tallahassee and Jacksonville to Miami and the Keys. He came to the Florida Conference in 2012, following a ministry of almost thirty years in Western North Carolina; twenty-nine as a local church pastor.

    Bishop Carter is the president-designate of the Council of Bishops of the United Methodist Church and in 2018-2020 he will serve as president.  He is one of three moderators of A Way Forward, the commission  authorized by the General Conference in matters of unity and human sexuality.  

    His great hope for the church is that she will rediscover an orthodox Christian faith which offers the radically inclusive grace of God to all people, and at the same time calls every follower of Jesus to inner holiness, missional compassion and hopeful witness. He travels extensively across the state preaching in local churches and encouraging lay and clergy leaders.

    Bishop Carter and his wife, Pam have been married for thirty-five years.  Pam is also an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church, and she serves in missions and volunteer development on the staff of First UMC in Lakeland.  They are blessed with two adult daughters:  Liz lives in Los Angeles, where she is a PhD. student at U.C.L.A. and Abby is a youth minister at Soapstone UMC in Raleigh.  

    The Carters consider it a great blessing to live and serve in Florida.

     

  • Feb 18, 2018“Hands of Prayer”
    Feb 18, 2018
    “Hands of Prayer”

    Our Lenten Season started with Ash Wednesday this past week. Together we gathered in the sanctuary for a solemn, but beautifully moving service. Upon receiving the Imposition of Ashes, we begin this journey with Jesus, which will ultimately lead to Jerusalem, a Cross and on Easter, the Risen Christ. The next 40 days are a time of repentance, penitence, fasting and prayer. As we move forward with the "Hands" theme, we will look closely at the Hands of Prayer. On the night Jesus was betrayed, he went to Gethsemane where he asked his Heavenly Father if there was any other way. He prayed, "Not my will, but Thy will be done." Have you ever wondered how we communicate with our hands when we pray? May we come before God in this hour with open hearts and open hands.  

  • Jan 28, 2018“Lifetime Supply”
    Jan 28, 2018
    “Lifetime Supply”

    During the month of January, the messages have focused on God's Vision for us as a congregation and as individuals. We have talked about how precious life is and how quickly time passes. We have been reminded that God is already at work "upstream" preparing the way for us. Last week, pastor Sam reminded us that is not just seen, but also heard when we truly listen to the voice of God. This morning, we will reflect on some of the basic gifts given to us by God and following the vision to share these gifts. "The jar of flour didn't decrease nor did the bottle of oil run out, just as the Lord spoke through Elijah." 1 Kings 17:16

  • Jan 21, 2018“Listen- God is Calling”
    Jan 21, 2018
    “Listen- God is Calling”
    Welcome to the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center. We are so thankful that God called you to worship here this morning! Today, Pastor Sam leads us through the call of young Samuel as recorded in 1 Samuel 3. Even as a small boy, God gave Samuel the courage to hear and listen to His word; with it he responded. May God give us the courage to listen and respond to God's Word this morning. My prayer is that we can all lean forward and in our hearts speak the words of Samuel, "Lord speak, for thy servant hears." 

     

  • Jan 14, 2018“An Upstream God”
    Jan 14, 2018
    “An Upstream God”

    Last Sunday was a great beginning to 2018! This morning we continue to seek God's purpose and vision for our lives and for us as a church. We will look closely at the text from Joshua chapter three, where after 40 years in the wilderness, the Israelites cross over the Jordan into the Promised  Land.Today, we reflect on our blessed past and how we are to heed God's call towards a glorious future, because He is at work Upstream!

     

  • Jan 7, 2018“Don’t Blink”
    Jan 7, 2018
    “Don’t Blink”

    Our God is a God of New Beginnings! The Bible is a book of New Beginnings! Today is a day of New Beginnings as we gather for worship and Holy Communion on this first Sunday of 2018. We are all familiar with the expression "time flies," and most of us can truly relate to this concept. We might even be asking the question, "Where did last year go? Is it 2018 already?"  Yes; 2018 is here!!! I can think of no better way to begin a new year than by being in God's House for worship, hearing God's Word for our lives and gathering around the Table that Jesus has prepared for us. I truly look forward to 2018 and to the many incredible blessings God has for us as a church. Today is a day of New Beginnings!

  • Dec 31, 2017“A New Way’
    Dec 31, 2017
    “A New Way’