What's New -- Upcoming Opportunities

Grow Deeper -- Extra Learning Opportunities

May & June Verse of the Month: Matthew 7.24-25
[Jesus said], “Everyone who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock.”
Summer 2017 -- Re-Fresh: Summer of Intercessory Prayer Experiments.  Commit to prayer for others by experimenting with 2-3 new approaches to prayer -- from free apps to using prayer packs, maps, prayer windows, personalized prayer boards, prayer sticks, shower boards, drive-by prayers ... or approaches you discover or create. Let's be those who "rush in to help" by proactively praying for others! We'll occasionally have opportunities to share during worship.
Dig Deeper for all ages -- Sundays, 11:25 am - Noon.  On hiatus til after Labor Day.
Thursday, 6/29 -- 10 am to 1 pm -- Tour Wycliffe Discovery Center with kids throughout Central Florida Presbytery. 
Sunday, 7/2 -- 10 am -- Worship with Communion
Tuesday, 7/11 -- 11 am --  Lunch & Learn: Making Simple Floral Arrangements or Boutonnieres for Jacket Lapels, Washington Shores Presbyterian Church, 3600 Rogers Drive, Orlando 32805, in Ralph J. Aker Hall. All materials provided (though if you wish to keep your masterpiece, please speak with elder Jaqueline Ford, who will be leading the class, about supplies). RSVP on the sign up sheet at church or by submitting a Contact Us form through this website. Limit 16 participants.
Thursday, 7/27 & Friday, 7/28 -- 9 am to Noon -- Vacation Bible School, "Abundance Orchard: Where Faith Grows (NT Lessons) at Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge, 10525 Clapp Simms Duda Road, Orlando 32832 . Free. For ages preschool to rising 5th graders. Register at church or via email with Tammy Strogis at tstrogis@gmail.com .
Sunday, 8/6 -- 10 am -- Worship with Communion
Tuesday, 8/22 -- 6:30 - 8 pm -- Book Club: Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter Scazzero, Starbucks, 12278 Narcoossee Rd, Orlando 32827
Friday, 10/6 -- Application Deadline for February 2018 Mission Trip to Cuba.
Friday, 10/13 -- Deadline for $150 deposit for February 2018 Mission Trip to Cuba.
Monday, 2/5/18 - Tuesday, 2/13/18 -- Mission Trip to El Centro Presbytery of Cuba. This will be the fourth mission trip by Central Florida Presbytery to Cuba. Space is limited to 25 people (with an effort to maximize representation among congregations) with two important orientation meetings in the 3 months before the trip. Estimated basic cost is $1,100 -- which includes roundtrip airfare from Florida to Santa Clara; Cuban visa and exit tax; lodging, food and transportation in Cuba. For more info, email or call one of the two team leaders: Ken Lasseter (ken.lasseter@yahoo.com or 407-810-9123) or Pat Zinn (pezinn@bellsouth.net or 321-848-1051). Application deadline is 10/6. Deposit of $150 is due 10/13.

Reach Wider -- Extra Service Opportunities

**For many of these opportunities, you may also sign up at church. Community service hours may also be available.
If you have ideas for Service activities, please notify Suzanne Eckhoff, our Volunteer Service Coordinator, or Nancy Graham Ogne.
All Year Long -- Document volunteer hours with non-profits or schools to qualify your organization for Hope's $5K Matching Fund. Submit hours to Suzanne Eckhoff, Volunteer Service Coordinator, or Nancy; hours should be documented on letterhead with signature or on a formal organization printout.
Til Sunday, 6/25 -- Collecting Used Tennis Shoes for People in Costa Rica through Agua Viva Serves. Please note: No new shoes (to avoid unfair distribution or envy issues) and no shoes with holes. If possible, please wash shoes before bringing them for the collection. For more info, visit aguavivaserves.org . 
Saturday, 6/17 - Saturday, 6/24 -- Serving with Kids Alive in Caraballo, Dominican Republic. Team members (ages 13 and older) will serve orphaned and vulnerable children. The 100-year-old Christian agency Kids Alive International will match our team’s skill set to accomplish a specific goal – such as leading a children’s program or doing construction improvements to a home. Cost is $840 per person, not including airfare or passport. For more info, contact our team leader Pam Masten at pamela.masten@alum.ptsem.edu or visit kidsalive.org
​Monday, 7/3 -- 5 pm - 9 pm -- Eat at Five Guys Burgers and Fries (select locations) and 10 percent of sales benefit Second Harvest Food Bank. Visit http://www.foodbankcentralflorida.org/site/PageServer?pagename=events_fiveguys
Ongoing -- Marvis J. Marlow 'Help Your Neighbor' Grants. Hope regulars may apply for modest grants, allowing the church to partner with you as you perform acts of service for others -- driving a widow to appointments, mowing a lawn or planting a garden for a sick neighbor, building a treehouse for a single-parent family, performing an oil change for a college student, etc. For more info, visit the "Marlow Grants" page under the "Reaching Wider" tab.
Ongoing -- Box Tops for Schools. Collected for Lake Nona Middle School.

Ongoing -- Pop-Tops from aluminum cans. Collected for Ronald McDonald House (to pay its electric bill). RMH provides affordable housing for family members of hospitalized patients.

Ongoing -- Sorted plastic bottle caps with recycle numbers 2, 4 and 5 with surrounding triangle (see pic at right). Collected for Caps of Love, a Palm Beach County 501(c)3. COL helps people identify and recycle correctly, while providing free wheelchairs for handicapped children & youth up to age 21. Visit www.capsoflove.com to learn more.

​Ongoing -- Travel-size toiletries. Benefitting various agencies serving those in need.

​Ongoing -- Microloans through Kiva.

Fun Stuff

Free Mondays (occasional), 2017 -- Free Daytime Garden Admission, Leu Gardens, 1920 North Forest Avenue, Orlando. Free admission on the following first Mondays (only): January 2, May 1, June 5, July 3, August 7, September 4.
Thursday, 6/29 -- 10 am to 1 pm -- Tour Wycliffe Discovery Center with kids throughout Central Florida Presbytery. 
Tuesday, 7/11 -- 11 am --  Lunch & Learn: Making Simple Floral Arrangements or Boutonnieres for Jacket Lapels, Washington Shores Presbyterian Church, 3600 Rogers Drive, Orlando 32805, in Ralph J. Aker Hall. All materials provided (though if you wish to keep your masterpiece, please speak with elder Jaqueline Ford, who will be leading the class, about supplies). RSVP on the sign up sheet at church or by submitting a Contact Us form through this website. Limit 16 participants.