Greetings friends,
Holy Week is upon us. The five week Season of Lent cumulates with the events of Holy Week which begin on Palm Sunday and end Easter morning. We have special music provided this Sunday “Palm Sunday” and Palm fronds will adorn the altar.

Our Maundy Thursday Service, April 1st, begins at 6:00 p.m. and is known to be one of the more meaningful services of the year. Holy Communion will be served that evening according to COVID safety precautions. For those who are reluctant to congregate in the evening, there will be a drive through Holy Communion at the front of the Church on Maundy Thursday from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m.

Easter morning, the greatest event on our Christian calendar will be celebrated with great joy and I encourage everyone to invite a guest to this important service. We are asking everyone to bring flowers from your yard or purchased flowers to the Church at 8:30 a.m. Easter morning where the Worship Committee will receive them to adorn the cross outside in front of the Church. Everyone is welcome to take photos in front of the cross after the service on that morning.

Church Council Meeting: Our next Church Council meeting will take place Monday, March 29th at 6:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. All church members are welcome but only Council members have a vote on any issue. There will be updates regarding the United Methodist Church and their global status. COVID precautions are in effect for all meetings.

We are well on our way to achieving herd immunity in our Church. We have had many of our Sunday morning attendees develop antibodies through getting the vaccine or from having the virus itself. Many folks are feeling safer and more secure because of this. However, we are not out of the woods yet. There are variant strains emerging and Florida is a vacation mecca for the world. Therefore, we will continue to exercise mask-wearing and social distancing until such time as we are comfortable relaxing this standard. Masks must be worn properly over the nose and mouth to attend any service. I have empathy for those who have the antibodies and don’t feel a need for precautions anymore but I ask your cooperation with our policy for a little while longer.

Pastor’s Office hours: I will be resuming office hours Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 a.m to 12 noon starting on April 5th. Appointments are recommended but not required if you want to come in and chat. Regular office hours are still Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. However, the office will be closed tomorrow Friday, the 26th.

The new floor for the Fellowship Hall and hallway will be completed today (the 25th) and we are excited about the clean new look. Gratitude to our Trustee Chair Lonnie Mead and his team for getting this done so expediently. That’s all for this week. I hope everyone is taking advantage of the beautiful weather to get some sunshine on his/her face. It is so good for the immune system. Until next week God bless and stay safe.
Pastor John

 

My dear friends,
Let’s start with our COVID update. As of last Monday our numbers have decreased in Bay County but we’re not out of the woods yet. Vaccines are going to be made more available in more places so if you have been frustrated, be patient and I am confident you will have yours sooner than later. For those under 65 we will have to wait a little while longer. Meanwhile, our Zoom meetings continue with Tuesday morning and Wednesday evening Bible Studies. We also have Men’s Fellowship Time on Thursday morning. To join in any of these meetings please contact the Church Office for login information.

The United Methodist Women were very successful in their Souper Bowl food donation campaign. They received a whopping 658 cans of soup for the needy. Congratulations to all those women who worked so hard to make this event a success.

Next Wednesday, February 17th, marks the start of our Advent Season. The first day is called Ash Wednesday and we will observe that day with two opportunities to receive ashes. The first will be from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. in a drive through event at the front of the church. I will administer ashes in a safe manner as you sit in your car. The second service will be at 6:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. This will also be broadcast virtually. The application of ashes will be done safely there as well and symbolically for those at home. Also because of the service there will be no Bible Study that evening.

There have been several of our flock expressing a strong desire to be more effective as a Church in ministry and in mission. I am in favor of any new ministry that can be done safely in our Church. If you have an idea for a ministry the next step is to make an appointment with me to discuss the logistics and to make sure that the ministry is appropriate for this Church and consistent with our social principles. Please be in prayer about what the Lord may be leading you to do.

This coming Sunday is Valentine’s Day. Though the day originally focused on the “eros” love between couples, it has been expanded to observe love between friends and neighbors. Please look for opportunities to love those who might be in need in your community or in your own neighborhood.

Don Gedeon is seeking anyone who would like to sing or play an instrument during our Sunday morning worship. If you are that person or know somebody that might want to share their talent, please contact Don Gedeon or the Church Office.

That’s all for this week. Like the Apostle Paul would say, “keep fighting the good fight”. God is with us; we are not alone.
Love,
Pastor John

February 4, 2021

Good morning church,
It is with a heavy heart that I must share with you that our dear friend and brother, Bill Weber, went to be with the Lord on Thursday afternoon, January 28th. Bill was such an integral part of everything we do here at Gulfview and many have formed strong friendships with him. The grief has touched all of us so please remember to pray for Thresia and the family but also prayer for our Church as we go forward in God’s service.

The funeral service for Edgar Champion will take place Saturday, February 6th at 1:00 p.m. at Kent Forest Lawn Cemetery. This will be a graveside service and the family wanted me to express that everyone should exercise caution in their decision to attend. They completely understand if everyone would air on the side of safety instead of attending.

Our recent COVID stats in Bay County show a small improvement. As of this past week we are at 16% positive tests (down 4%) and 73 are in hospital with a primary diagnosis of COVID 19 (down from 84). We do however have new strains that are appearing in Florida so we are not out of the woods yet. I would encourage everyone to get the vaccine as early as you possibly can. Trust your Pastor on this. These are safe vaccines and it is a no-brainer in making the decision to get one.

This Saturday is Souper Bowl Time! The United Methodist Women are accepting donations of soup, meaty meal type and pop top lids, on Saturday morning, February 6th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the front door of the Church. This is a drive through event. If for any reason you can not contribute on Saturday, you can bring soup to the Church on Sunday for service.

This Sunday morning is Holy Communion Sunday. If you are not attending in person then I would encourage you to have your cracker or bread and a beverage nearby during the virtual service so that we might all partake in communion together. As a reminder we start our Church Service live and virtual simultaneously at 10:00 a.m.

We do have a Prayer List at the Church that is updated weekly. If you would like a copy of this Prayer List sent to you, please contact the Church Office. Prayers are so important to the one praying, to the Church, and to God.

That’s everything for this week. Don’t forget to sign up for a vaccination. In the meantime, stay masked, stay distant, and wash those hands!
Love,
Pastor John

 

Latest Church News

Hi everyone,

Well except for the COVID precautions our Church is starting to operate as they have in year’s past. By that I mean the Snowbirds have rolled in and local ministries are in full swing. That having been said we have a NEW MINISTRY: We are now taking names of volunteers who would be willing to drive somebody to and from their COVID vaccination appointment. Requirements for volunteers are as follows:

  1. You must have a valid driver’s license and insurance.
  2. You must have either had the COVID 19 disease or have had your first COVID vaccine at least four weeks ago.

If you fit these criteria and are willing to help, contact the Church Office, 850-234-2889, and you will be added to the list. You will only be driving people in your area should you volunteer. Once we have a few volunteers we will spread the word that Gulfview is offering this ministry.

It seems like people are getting more comfortable with the Zoom meetings because our Bible Studies and Men’s Fellowship are growing. As a reminder, there’s a Bible Study Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. and Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. The Men’s Fellowship is Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. Please contact the Church Office for the login information to these groups.

I don’t normally ask for prayers during this update because we have a Prayer List but I’m going to ask this week. Please pray for Bill Weber and Glenna Thomas, both of whom are in serious condition in the hospital and for Bob Jones who is working hard in rehab to get his breathing back to normal. Also please pray for the families of these people because visitations are either limited or non-existing.

Mark your calendars Ash Wednesday service will take place at 6:00 p.m. on the 17th of February in the Sanctuary. The administration of ashes will be done safely. In addition to this we will offer a drive-through administration of ashes at the front of the Church on that day from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. Both times are available to everyone whether they are church members or not.

That’s all the news for this week. I encourage everyone “65 and older for now” no matter how frustrating it is to sign up for a vaccine as early as you can. In the meantime continue with the masks and distancing and washing of hands. Let’s stay safe and stay focused and the Lord will see us through.

Blessings on you all,

Pastor John


 

  • UMW Souper Bowl event
  • Zoom meetings
  • New Trustee Chair
  • Ash Wednesday

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UPDATE JANUARY 21, 2021


Hi folks, 
   Mia culpa, mia culpa, mia maxima culpa! That is simply latin for “whoops, I messed up”. I was supposed to do an early announcement on Sunday about the UMW Souper Bowl event. I simply forgot to read it. So this is a head’s up. If you find a sale then please stock up on cans of soup, meaty meal type and pop top lids, to be donated on Saturday, February 6th from 9:00 a.m to 11:00 a.m. at the front of the Church. This is a Godly version of a drive-by. Please be generous as all donations will be used to feed the hungry. 
   We are continuing with our Zoom meetings each week which include Tuesday morning Bible study at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday evening Bible study at 6:00 p.m., and Thursday morning Men’s Fellowship at 9:30 a.m. These ministries are growing and we encourage you to participate. Contact the Church for login information. 
   Our new Trustee’s Chair is Lonnie Mead. We thank you Lonnie for stepping forward in God’s service. We also offer our deep gratitude to the outgoing Chair, Don Hardy. Don has seen us through Hurricane Michael recovery and a COVID shutdown. Don is solely responsible for getting our virtual worship up and running when we couldn’t meet as a group. This Church is indebted to Don for his service. 
   Just a reminder that COVID vaccinations are being offered through the Department of Health and through Publix stores. We have a link on our website for the Health Department sign up list at: gulfviewatthebeach.org or you can go onto the Publix website for information on their signup days.

   In case any of you were wondering about Lent services, we will be having an Ash Wednesday service on February 17th at 6:00 p.m. 

   Brothers and sisters, we are making good progress. The only people being vaccinated in Florida outside of medical and emergency workers are folks over 65. My feeling is that since most of the Church is over 65 we are in good shape to get immunity sooner than later. So continue fighting the good fight, we will finish the race and we will keep the faith.
Love,
Pastor John

My dear brothers and sisters,
I’m going to deal with our COVID information first. We are still doing our Zoom Bible Studies on Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m. and Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m. We are also growing in our Thursday morning Men’s Fellowship Time at 9:30 a.m. Please contact the Church Office for login information for these events. In keeping with our COVID precautions our United Methodist Men are meeting on Zoom this coming Monday, the 18th, at 6:00 p.m. Please contact the church office @ gulfviewofc@gmail.com to join the meeting. The Jubilee Sunday School class will not be meeting until further notice. Additionally, there will be no fellowship time or treats offered after service on Sundays. All of this is due to the high COVID numbers that are being reported in our area.

For those that are local we have a second source of COVID vaccines being distributed. Publix is now offering the vaccine, so if you go to their webpage you can sign up for one of the available times. If they are full keep checking back as they will be releasing new appointments weekly. Our Bay County Health Department is also offering the vaccines by appointment only. Follow the link on our website: gulfviewatthebeach.org, to sign up. For now you must be 65 years of age or older to access these appointments.

Ministry opportunity! We are accepting names for the Prayer Wheel. This is our church’s telephone fan out system to elicit prayer on an urgent basis. When a prayer concern comes over the Prayer Wheel we not only have people praying for the situation but we also are informed as a church about what is going on in our congregation. Be in the loop! Become part of the Prayer Wheel by contacting the church office @ 850.234.2889.

A new group has formed in the church. This group has assumed the task of guiding our internet exposure by our website and our service broadcasting. If you have any thoughts on how we could be more efficient with our internet tools we would like to hear from you. Please contact the church office @ 850.234.2889 .

We are quickly approaching the season of Lent. I will update you all on special services as the time gets closer. In the meantime, continue all the safe practices, diligently seek out vaccine appointments and hold on to the hand of the One who loves us the most.
Much love,
Pastor John