05/23/2020 Light a Candle. . .

Please share this information on your Social Networks, and with anyone you know that may not receive our FUMC Tavares emails.

Prepare your hearts for our May 24, 2020 Online Service:

Last Sunday, I asked that you have a candle to light this week, just as we would in the Sanctuary, when you join us in worship service on the FUMC Tavares website, or via our Facebook Page Live YouTube recordingsof the service are available shortly after service ends on our FUMC Tavares YouTube Channel, where you can also view past services. We invite you to please subscribe to our channel. Thanks!

Monday, May 25th, 2020, the Church office is closed, in observance of Memorial Day.  We are thankful for all who serve, and honor those who paid the ultimate price while in the U.S. military.

The new Word for You Today devotionals are in for June, July & August.  Pick up a copy in the lobby Weds. & Thurs. from 10am – 1pm.  Call us for anything you need, Tues -Thurs. 9am-4pm – 352-343-2761.

Next Sunday, May 31st will be a 5th Sunday, when we remember the Florida UM Children’s Home in Enterprise.  Donations may be made the same way you are sending your offerings, and please indicate/separate the amount intended for the Home. Here's a letter to keep you up to date on how they are coping at this time.


May 21, 2020

Dear Friends,

I just wanted to reach out and thank you for your support and give you a little update on

how you're making an impact in the lives of the children and families in our care. As we

go about the day-to-day activities of caring for the children, their safety as well as the

safety of our staff remains paramount. While we greatly miss our volunteers, we

continue to keep them off campus for the foreseeable future. We're continuing to

practice social distancing and our staff is utilizing technology to hold virtual meetings

online. Everyone coming onto either campus is screened and checked for a fever.

The school year is wrapping up next week, and our Recreation Department has

planned a pool party to celebrate. There are five young people who have earned their high school diploma and will be graduating. A small graduation ceremony is being planned for them in our Chapel.

Children are beginning to be able to go off campus in a limited way, spending time

at local parks and beaches while avoiding retail areas like malls. Our Heart & Home

Resale Shop has reopened and has special hours just for the children if they wish to


Our Independent Living program has been reaching out to alumni of the Children's

Home, making sure they have the resources they need in these uncertain times. This

assistance ranges from help with housing, food and utilities assistance, to guidance as

they pursue their education in college or trade school.

Despite the difficulties presented by COVID-19, we remain true to our mission as

children continue to come to us for help. Your support makes the mission possible, and

makes an impact on the young lives that need it. Young lives like Kasey, who with the

help of her house parent, was recently able to cook her first entire meal. She

made baked chicken, broccoli with cheese sauce, and yellow rice. Kasey is a young

teen who came from an abusive situation, one where regular meals were not the norm.

She was very proud of her cooking, and it really boosted her self-worth as well.

Thank you again for your support and continued prayers, and I hope you and your

family remain safe.

Elisabeth Gadd

Chief Development Officer

= END =

Your friend on the journey,

Pastor Mike Call me any time: 407-754-4633

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