June and July, 2022
Plastic bag recycling
Accepted items include:
The ministry continues phone calls and cards to members in need in our congregation. Plans are to resume Memorial receptions as long as Marion County Covid positivity remains low.
April celebrated Fort King Presbyterian Church being an official Earth Care Congregation for the 10th year with the free raffle for the pink and white azalea bush and the Earth Day outdoor services. Congregational Care members leading the Earth Day pledge include Keay Forman, Sheena Schlegel, Sally Layendecker and volunteer Steve Mitchell. Charlanne will share information about Ocala as an official Tree City.
An important update and change is that the Share Table will be moved to the Second Sunday of the month so that membership will have more time to peruse the items before and after church. It will be available in May, June and July, and please remember to bring one or two small items that you have enjoyed that you believe someone else may enjoy. Please save the bigger items for the White Elephant Sale in October.
Congregational Care will provide the Interfaith Meal on May 25, 2022. Future plans are being discussed to consider pets in the service on the first Sunday in Advent rather than as a dedicated pet service. A Scout Sunday is possible in the fall. As more activities are becoming available where children are involved, please consider the forms for background checks and the training available to us.
If you have not already done so, please explore and enjoy the new website from our webmaster Hal Brown. Thanks Hal!
Our committee has been busy caring for the sick, injured, and grieving members of our Congregation. We make phone calls and send cards to brighten their days. We are also sending out cards to visitors a week after the church sends a letter, hoping that visitors will make our church their home. We are keeping in touch with service members who are related to our congregation. We haven't been able to host Memorial receptions due to Covid, but hope to start doing that again soon.
Jean Winkler and her very obedient trained therapy dog, Mr. PeeWee, will be making house calls to anyone who would like a visit. Just call Charlanne or the church if you would like one.
The Church's Share Table has been a success. So keep bringing and taking on the 1st Sunday of each month.
We have been collecting and recycling plastic bags (they can NOT go with mixed recycling) for several years and now, & we have started collecting Styrofoam in addition, right next to the bag bin. Styrofoam is very important to recycle, because it will never decompose, and it would be best if companies stopped making it, but it can be melted into pellets and then made into new styrofoam products.
The Online Church Directory is under our care and is very handy. We will make a few hard copies for those that don't have a smartphone or computer. Anytime you are at church come see Charlanne or Hal and we can install the free app on your phone; it only takes a few minutes. Please look over your family entry and make sure everything is correct. If you changed your phone, address, etc., or want a new picture, just email the info to Charlanne Brown, email@example.com ( 302-685-2960).
Our gardens and Church and Hope House grounds are kept up by our committee and volunteers and look quite beautiful.
We were notified in March that our application was accepted, and we are once again an Official Earth Care Congregation, for the 10th year in a row! With that in mind, we are having a Free Raffle for a beautiful pink & white azalea bush to be given out on our Earth Day, Sunday, April 24th. Just fill out the raffle card by the Church entrance.
We are in the process of being trained to update the church directory. Once we are trained, we will be asking the congregation for any updates needed.
If you would like to be on the prayer chain and get emails for prayer requests that come up during the month, please call Marianne Fullarton 352-812-3635, and she will notify you of pressing needs.
There it's a sign-up sheet on the board across from the office for Sherry's Shuttle; please prayerfully consider signing up to provide rides. As the positivity rate for Covid-19 decreases, the church may open up for more meetings and activities. There may be other members who could benefit from rides. We are asking for a volunteer to coordinate rides to the church for these activities.
Caring for each other emotionally and spiritually is important. The Congregational Care Ministry oversees visits, cards and communion are provided for the home bound and those in care facilities. The also manage the Hurricane Emergency phone list that in the event of a hurricane warning checks to see that all members have a plan in place. The on-line pictorial Church Directory is updated by this group. Don't forget to send in pictures of yourself and your ministry events to the co-chairs, Kathleen Polston and Charlanne Brown
Another task of Congregational Care Ministry is overseeing our EarthCare accreditation. We have a Master Gardener who oversees our grounds and is helping to train other future master gardeners. Education of water usage, recycling, reducing use of plastics, care of animals are other duties of this diverse Ministry.
Prayer Shawls, made by women of the congregation and community are made and given out to those facing sickness, hospitalization, or grief.
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Fort King Presbyterian Church
13 NE 36th Avenue, Ocala, Florida 34470
Church Phone: (352)-694-4121
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