A NOTE FROM THE PASTOR
Back to Normal?
I do not know if I want to go back to "normal". I mean some of our "old normal" was not that great. Many of us were busy doing things we now have come to realize was not that essential. We spent a lot of our time away from our families. We took so much for granted. We sometimes ignored the needs of others and had no problem overindulging. We were constantly fighting over politics and our points of view. Many of us felt invincible with our prosperity and success. For some of us God, was an afterthought. In addition, this past week's events have reminded me that racism and evil have not gone away. I do not want to go back to the old normal, I want to go back to a "better normal".
As we slowly recover, and I believe we still have a while to go, we need to make sure to learn from our recent past. Let us slow down, enjoy each other's company more, help those that need help, spend our money wisely, treat each other better and spend time doing things we enjoy. We have learned that many of our comforts and way of life can easily be taken away. As Christians we need to speak up when we see the ugliness of evil causing pain and dividing people. Proverbs 31:8 "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed"
Often when I go through challenges, I desperately turn to God with all I have, but when things get better, I tend to forget. May I always remember, like it says in Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength."
, not through my own strength but God's strength.
I do not want to go back to "normal" I want something better!
"I can't breathe!" George Floyd
In His Grace,
GRADUATION SUNDAY IS MAY 31ST!
This Sunday we will celebrate our grads during our online service, where we will honor and celebrate our 2020 High School and College graduates!
CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2020!
A class that will not soon be forgotten.
May God guide you wherever your dreams will take you!
We want to know how you are doing. One of the toughest challenges we have faced as a church, during this crisis, is not being able to connect with each other. We are a church that likes to remain connected, active and on mission together.
Recently, we have been calling all members of the church to see how you are doing. We want to know if we can pray for you and if you have any needs. We have split our list into 13 calling groups and will try to reach everyone. Our calling team is made up of mostly volunteers. We are still working at updating our records, so we might miss a few or call some that are no longer active with us. Please bear with us, as we try to keep you connected with KUMC and each other. We want you to know you are important!
Kendall Church has formed a new "Transition" team that will focus on returning to worshiping together in person. We understand the fine line between wanting to return to "normal", but at the same time staying safe. We will discuss several options of what returning to "worship" together will look like. I have been in conversations with the United Methodist Conference and local authorities of what our next steps might be. I would love to hear your input and get you involved in that transition.
Currently, we do not have a date of when we will open our sanctuary for worship but are in prayer to do God's will. In the meantime, we will continue to worship on the web through, Facebook
and our Website.
Food insecurity continues to be on the rise in South Florida. Kendall UMC is collecting non-perishable food items and cleaning supplies. You may drop off donations any day/time in the blue bins placed under the large awning in front of the doors leading into the Church Sanctuary (bins will be emptied daily). The food items will be distributed weekly to one of the food bank agencies which KUMC supports (CPHI, Branches, and COFFO/Migrant ministry). If you are able, you can give securely online
and specify FOOD BANK on your donation.
Please note that the blue bin will be disinfected every day and every precaution will be implemented during the collection and distribution process. At this stage, this food collection has no end date.
If you and your family are in need of any assistance during this time, please email us via our secure Contact Form
Please keep safe and know that if you are able to help with these items, it will be a blessing to our brothers and sisters in Christ!
In addition to our 9 AM & 11 AM services, we will also premiere at 5 PM Premieres give us an opportunity to chat and be in community.
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As we wait for the day when we will be together again, here are ways to make your WORSHIP TIME SPECIAL
in the meantime:
- Set aside as SACRED about an hour with your family in a comfortable room around the house, in front your computer, or television set.
- Bring a Bible.
- Put out of reach any unnecessary distractions.
- Bring with you any meaningful symbols that help you connect with God.
- Sing with the songs you know.
- Pray with us.
- If you are able, send an offering via online or mail.
- You can join us LIVE if you go to Facebook at 9 am, 11 am and 5 pm and chat with others.
Our PRAYER TEAM has developed a prayer calendar. You can read scripture DAILY with us and be in focused PRAYER with each other. We also gather every Wednesday on Zoom to pray. This month we are starting a new series on prayer: the fruit of the Spirit! This is designed as a personal prayer time for each one of us, rather than praying for others. With that said, of course we continue to lift up petitions and intercede for our families, neighborhoods, and world. We hope in the upcoming weeks, as you grow deeper in your relationship with Christ that you would experience an overflow that impacts those around you, spurring conversations and touching lives.
- Send us your prayer request to our Request Prayer page.
- Contact Pastor Ruben with any thoughts or prayer requests. You can reach him directly at (305) 304-0107 or by email.
- Keep in touch with the people you usually sit next to at church. Have you signed up for the Servant Keeper Online Directory yet? It is easy and a great way to stay connected!
- ZOOM BIBLE STUDY "DISCUSSIONS ABOUT GOD & LIFE" - Every Wednesday from 7 pm - 8 pm Pastor Ruben leads a Bible Study using Zoom. If any of you would like to join, please email Pastor Ruben so he can send you an invitation.
- Do you know of a church member who is not receiving this e-blast or hasn't heard from us?
Please let us know or tell them to go to our website and sign up for our newsletter. All we ask is for their first and last name and email address.
- If you are part of a small group or want to create a new KUMC small group, you can host your own Zoom meeting. It is easy and we can help you do it. Get in contact with us!
Here are some groups you can join via Zoom:
- Prayer Team - Wednesdays | 2 pm
- Wednesday Night Discussions about God & Life | 7 pm
- 'LIVE' Young Adults - Fridays | 7 pm
- Youth Group - Wednesdays & Fridays | 7 pm
- Couples Group - 1st Friday of the Month | 7 pm
- Facebook live Worship Chats - Sundays | 9 am & 11 am
- Bible Study groups that meet Sunday mornings | Koinonia & Word Processors
The SERENDIPITY group is starting a NEW ZOOM GROUP that will meet this SUNDAY at 1 PM. Please email Pastor Ruben for more information and if you would like to be invited!
LIVE Young Adults
Fridays from 6 pm - 7 pm, we are going through the book of Ephesians in our Zoom small group, studying how the Apostle Paul writes to the church about our identity in Christ, how to walk out our faith, and how to stay united through life. Usually, our group consists of those ages 20 - 40, however during this time of virtual meetings, the group is open to ANYONE that wants to join! Please email email@example.com
to get connected!
We know many of you are struggling financially.
You might have lost your job, or your pay has been cut. These are challenging times, but you are not alone. Please show grace to each other and together we will get through this. If you are blessed with work and are financially able, we ask that you remember your church with your offerings. You can mail a check to us, drop it off in our mailbox right outside the South Office Hallway door, or go to our website and give securely online
. If you cannot give at this time, please pray for us and help us reach people with God's love.
Thank you for your continued support of the Children's Home, it is greatly appreciated, especially during these difficult times. As an extension of the Florida Annual Conference, the home has served countless families and children since 1908.
On the fifth Sunday of the month, we share in support of the Florida United Methodist Children's Home (FUMCH). FUMCH is a refuge and haven for abused, neglected and troubled children. Join with us in support of this important United Methodist ministry with your gifts this 5th Sunday. To make a contribution, you may give online by clicking here
and selecting the 'Methodist Children's Home' option, or you may mail/drop off a check to the Church Office.
To learn more about the children's home, click here
or log on to www.fumch.org
A MESSAGE FROM OUR YOUTH DIRECTOR
KUMC Youth Nation!
I hope & pray that all of you are doing well during this time that we're all going through. I've been praying and missing you all! I have no doubt that we will be together again very soon. In the meantime, we will be having our gatherings via ZOOM. Please send me a message through @kumcyouth305
or email me via our secure Contact Form
so that I can send you an invite. Also, please message me your prayer concerns.
In His Love,
We have come to the end of the school year! What a different year it has been! We were all thrown a curve-ball mid-March with a global pandemic, but we have been so impressed with how everyone has handled the situation and rallied through it all. Thank you all for a great school year! Thank you for entrusting us with your wonderful children! We have loved getting to see them all learn and grow throughout the year. We look forward to seeing those of you who are joining us in the fall and wish the best for those moving on.
Last Wednesday, we held our VPK Graduation...drive-by style! Each family drove through the parking lot as KUMC Preschool Teachers & Staff cheered them on! We had so much fun celebrating our VPK graduates and families! A big THANK YOU
to all involved that helped with every single detail to make this event so special!
This Wednesday, June 3rd, we will be closing off the school year at KUMC Preschool with a Drive-Thru Luau Party to celebrate the rest of the KUMC classrooms!
We wish you all the best over the summer! Please continue to stay safe!
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