Monday, November 13, 2017

Youth Connect Weekend

Our youth group, including Parker, attended a Connect retreat weekend at camp. We kicked things off on Friday night with dinner at our youth director's house - youth and families. Daryl got to hang out with this little guy; it is SO neat to watch the babies you baptize grow up. He just celebrated his first birthday! 

One of my covenant sisters was the speaker for camp this weekend - Latricia is the Wesley Foundation pastor at FAMU in Tallahassee. 

The kids competed in teams all weekend. This is Parker's team - all about sports. 

Over the weekend the kids learned the positive power of connectivity on social media. They worked to raise awareness with their social networks to raise money for UMCOR (the United Methodist Committee on Relief) to help victims of hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. They raised over $10,000 in less than 48 hours!!!!! So thankful for our group and for all of the kids at camp this weekend who worked so hard to help others!

Sunday, November 12, 2017


Someone has been congested lately and hasn't been sleeping great. This was Saturday afternoon - 
a nap at the kitchen counter while coloring! 

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Date Day

For Friday's date day we went to the movies to see the latest Marvel movie (Thor:Ragnorok was great) and then we went to lunch. We've passed by Hurricane Grill in Tavares a lot when we've been headed to other places and always forget to drive out here on a Friday. We finally remembered this week and the food was wonderful! Definitely goes on the repeat list. Loved the atmosphere sitting outside - this is on a canal leading to Lake Harris. 

Can you spot our alligator friend? 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Charge Conference Time

We had a full morning of worship this past weekend - celebrating the start of our Stewardship Campaign, recognizing veterans and celebrating communion. Everything went great at worship and then in the afternoon we headed over to New Covenant UMC in the Villages for our annual Charge Conference business meeting. We do this in conjunction with 14 other churches now and we gathered with our District Superintendent for some worship, communion, testimonies of what's happening in churches and approving all the forms for the year.

Monday, November 6, 2017

The Blessing - Will Wedding

Daryl and I had a wonderful time on Saturday evening out in Howey-In-The-Hills for a church member's wedding. Mallory and her family are instrumental each year in coordinating all of the volunteers for our church's Winterfest event. Daryl got to officiate at the ceremony for Mallory and Jeff at her childhood home. It was such a lovely evening!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Scout Saturday

Parker spent Saturday morning with his Boy Scout Troop at the church weeding flowerbeds and putting out mulch! 

And I spent time with our two resident Cub Scouts in the Villages handing out fliers about next weekend's Food Drive pickup. 

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Missions Possible

Tonight was the 2nd Annual UMW Missions Possible Auction. Last year's event raised $10,000 - no word on totals yet for this one. There were over 200 items for the silent auction and about 15 different things for the live auction that Daryl served as the auctioneer for. It was a wonderful time of fellowship, food and fun - and all on behalf of missions for the community and beyond.