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ST. PETER'S UMC

We welcome you to St. Peter's and invite you to visit us this Sunday.


1979

2019

Worship Times.

Get To Know Us.

Service is at the heart of

what we do.

Relevant Study with

life applications.

Traditional:

8:00am and 11:00am

Contemporary:

9:30am

Communion:

First Sunday of each month  

We would like to get to know you and we welcome you to get to know us.  We believe you will find people of all kinds here. Meet a new diverse family.

True service not only benefits others, but impacts our lives as well. You are welcome to join us. There is room for you.

Learning, growing and     

discussing. We all have        a personal walk to share

as we learn together.

The only thing you need to visit, is to know where we are. 

   Join us just as you are.

Come serve with us.

     Come grow with us.

  • We believe Jesus loves you just as you are. His plan for us is to follow Him in loving and and helping others.

  • We believe you will like what you find at St. Peter's. Please plan a visit.

St. Peter's UMC

Welcome From The Pastor:


Pastor Cory Britt

 From Pastor Cory Britt!

"From The Pastor's Desk"

December 2019

From Griswald To Hope

Romans 15: 12-13

        This is the week I light up the house.  Stockings will be hung with “some” care. The palm tree will be adorned with bright decor.  Candy canes will aligned in formation around the sidewalk with an inflatable Polar Bear at its charge.  It is a balmy winter wonderland in Florida.  But something always causes me pause. The fake tree.

        Several years ago we went with a fake tree. It was a difficult decision.  I loved the smell of the pine needles and the tradition. My dad would always get a live tree and curse while he tried to balance it, burn his hands on those fire hazard sting of Christmas bulbs only found in the 60’s! But, the amount of time spent putting up my tree was taking away from something else. So, we went plastic.  It was put up with ease. The lights went on without a hitch. I did not shock myself with a broken bulb and I did not have to twist and turn the tree until it appeared straight as done in years past.

        That same year the same uneventful turn of events happened while putting up the outside lights.  I used a new tool that did not involve staples or a ladder.  I pulled not one muscle and I did not cut myself.  Nor did I face near death by twisting and turning atop a broken ladder in order to staple one more section of lights without moving said ladder over.  Yes, I’ve been called Clark Griswald more than once in my life.

        But what’s not right about all of this?  Everything went smooth.  No accidents. No incidents.  Why am I frustrated that I was able to put up my tree inside the house and light the outside of my house in about 5 hours faster time than before?  I don’t miss the ladder. I don’t miss the prickly pine needles. I don’t miss having to water the tree. I don’t miss telling the dogs and cats not to drink the water. I don’t miss the aching back.  It’s weird, but honestly, what I missed was the disfunction of the set up. I missed the accidents. I missed the squirrel that tried to attack me the year before. The chaos became enticing to a point where health seemed unreal and unnatural.

        I see this happen in people’s lives all the time. We want to get healthy. We want to do things rights. The reality, however, is that health is scary. The crisis becomes a drug. We forget how to function in health and therefore sabotage ourselves anytime we start to live “right”. We generally take the initial step to make our goals, but we rarely use the tools necessary to get us there.

        Hope is one of the themes of Advent. Within that theme is the desire to move from Hope to Joy. There is a difference between the beginning and the end. Hope sets our sights on the thing we seek. Joy is the celebration in its fruition. What do you hope for? What do you hope in? Does what or who you hope in matter enough to change how you live?

        I wanted to spend less time setting up and taking down these decorations. The only way to achieve that was to act differently. Once I got over the trap of tradition and pratfalls, I really enjoyed what we accomplished and how everything looked. One other thing happened. A strand of lights went out. If I had set up the old way it would have been a decorating disaster to fix. Living out of a new approach enabled me to fix the strand with ease as well as add to the overall design. In our lives, living out of hope does not mean life will not diverge into the frustrating, but it can offer you a way to make that frustration work for you and not against you. If you want Joy in your life, start with Hope and allow that hope to change how you live.

 

Peace and Blessings,

 

Pastor Cory Britt

 

To discover some of the ways to get involved and connect with the St. Peter's family, please visit the following pages:  Youth     Children & Preschool     Adults in Service


Acolyte Training

December 1 at 12:15pm

in the Sanctuary

for children/youth 3rd grade and up.

An acolyte is a person who assists in the worship service. Normally, the acolyte serves by lighting and extinguishing the candles on the altar table. Occasionally, an acolyte also may assist in other portions of the worship service.When you serve God by serving as an acolyte, you are doing more than carrying a flame to the altar candles. The acolytes lead the procession by bringing the “Light of Christ” into our worship service and lighting the candles. At the end of service, they extinguish the candles and remind us that each of us is called to carry the “Light of Christ” out into the world as they symbolically leave with their wands lit. We hope that by serving as an acolyte, you will be filled with a sense of spiritual meaning and fulfillment. You will make new friends, have fun, and through your commitment grow in service to our church. Any child or youth in 3rd grade or higher is invited to attend acolyte training and to become a part of this very special ministry.

If you are interested in becoming an acolyte, please come to our upcoming training class.

Upward Evaluations November 12-14

Please consider spending a night or three with us!!  It doesn't take any basketball knowledge! Just a person who can count to 10 and a person who can use a stopwatch (usually on their cell phone).  Middle school through adults are encouraged, community service hours are given for those in school.

Help our participants run through drills or size uniforms. This is a fun time for the kids to come get a taste of basketball and practice at four different stations.  Cones, Baskets, Uniforms, and Photos!  You are welcome to pick your day(s) and station.  Please contact me if you are able to help.  The more volunteers, the shorter the lines and faster the families can be in and out of the gym.  


 For more information contact our Upward Coordinator Jennifer Klinkowitz at upward@stpeters-umc.org.

Visit our Upward Web Page for more details.

or
Email: upward@stpeters-umc.org

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