Apr 282014
 
Ken Dobbs of Gideons International

St. Andrews welcomed Mr. Ken Dobbs of The Gideons International to our Sunday service. Many believe The Gideons just place Bibles in hotel rooms, but they do so much more than that. They  share Scriptures in schools and colleges, prisons and jails, hospitals, and medical offices. To date, The Gideons International have distibuted 1.9 billion Scriptures and are on their way to 2 billion with our support. To learn more please visit http://www.gideons.org/

Pastor Harold Custer and Kevin Dobbs

To learn more please visit http://www.gideons.org/

Oct 272013
 

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St. Andrews continues to keep children a  priority in it’s mission work and demonstrated that on Sunday  with a generous gift to the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home, located in Enterprise, Florida.  Merrilu Bennett, Communications & Media Coordinator from the Children’s Home was at church to receive  the gift on Sunday. Through the efforts of Miss Sonja and the Youth & Sprouts’  noisy offerings every 5th Sunday, they were able to present Ms. Bennett with a check for $1000. Through the generous donations of the congregation, St. Andrews was also able to present Ms. Bennett with a 144 WalMart  $5 gift cards.  The support you give these children enable them to buy new clothes for school, a backpack or even a football uniform.  The needs of the Children’s Home is ongoing, so please continue to give your spare change during our noisy offerings, and keep this  special place in your hearts and prayers as it continues to make a difference in the lives of so many children as it has done since 1908.

For more information on Florida United Methodist Children’s Home: http://www.allchildrenfirst.org/fumch/Home.aspx

 

Aug 012012
 

Pastor Harold’s Sunshine series shined it’s light on Hope this week. To exemplify the power of hope Pastor Harold invited Rev.  Stephen Hartsfield to speak about the important work the church is doing at the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home.

Rev.  Hartsfield explained to us that the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home was established in Enterprise, Florida in 1908 as the Florida Methodist Orphanage. It began with the purchase of one building, eight town lots and a tract of forty acres of land.

In 1939 our name was changed to The Florida Methodist Children’s Home. This name change reflected the reality that an increasing number of children coming into care were not simply orphans. Children come to the home because of sexual abuse, other physical abuse,abandonment or because of family breakdown due to divorce, drug abuse, illness or death of a parent. There may be neglect, or conflicts that have made impossible a normal family life.

 A majority of referrals now come from pastors, family, schools, courts or other state placing agencies. Each child is evaluated to see if the program of the Home can be of help.

The home has changed the lives of children for over a hundred years, and on September 18, 2012, the Children’s Home will be expanding.

Rev. Hartsfield  said, that due  to a generous gift of 300 acres of beautiful, pristine land in Madison, The Florida United Methodist Children’s Home (FUMCH) now has the opportunity to give more hurting children a FUTURE and a HOPE by building a new “north campus” to be named the Madison Youth Ranch.

The Madison Youth Ranch will be a residential home for children who are victims of sexual or physical abuse, abandonment, neglect, family conflict or breakdown due to divorce, drug abuse, illness, death of a parent or some other traumatic issue.

Replicating nearly all of the services currently provided at the FUMCH main campus (residential care, emergency shelter care, therapeutic group care, independent living, foster care, adoption services, vocational training, and community child care center), the ranch also plan to build horse stables, ball fields, and overnight facilities for volunteers.

Before closing out the service, Rev. Stephen Hartsfield shared one of the letters that a former resident wrote to illustrate the impact the Home has on the people it shelters.

The Home has changed me so over these past nine months and i don’t think I could ever repay the caring and kindness that I have received while in the Home. They’ve helped me realize I do have a lot of stength on the inside. Through the rough times, the Home stepped in and walked me though the rough spots. When I started to fall once again, the Home pickedme up and carried me back onto the straight road. Yes, I get in my fair share of trouble at the Home, but I’ll always be grateful for everthing the home has given me and taught me. I know I would not be the strong person I am today if it was not for you and the Home. I know that someday I shall return to the Home and give of myself to thank you all so much for caring about me and always being there for me.

Hope is a very powerful thing.

Jul 222012
 

By Susan Green | July 19, 2012

The Florida Conference has a new bishop.

 
Bishop-elect Ken Carter

Rev. Ken Carter, who was elected bishop Wednesday on the third ballot, was assigned to Florida and approved at 10:25 p.m. Thursday after deliberations by the Committee on the Episcopacy ran late at the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference in Lake Junaluska, N.C.

Carter was nominated by the Western North Carolina Conference, where he has been serving as superintendent of the seven-county Waynesvllle district. His wife, Pam, is missions specialist with the WNC Conference and mission interpreter with Encounter with Christ in Latin America and the Caribbean. The couple have two daughters. More information is available at the bishop-elect’s website, http://revkencarter.org.

The announcement followed a celebration of five retiring bishops, including Florida Bishop Timothy Whitaker and Bishop Charlene Kammerer, who grew up in Winter Garden and went on to become the first woman bishop in the Southeastern Jurisdiction. She had most recently been serving the Virginia Conference.

A consecration ceremony for the five newly elected bishops is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday and may be viewed at www.lakejunaluska.com/streaming. Bishops are expected to begin working in their assigned conferences Sept. 1.

The late-night episcopal assignments followed a drama-filled morning session that included calls for expanded diversity in the denomination’s leadership.

 
Rev. Young Jin Cho hears the announcement of his election to bishop at the SEJ Conference in Lake Junaluska, N.C.

Virginia Conference nominee Young Jin Cho, a South Korea native who had been barely attracting enough votes to stay in the running for most of the two-day election, pulled from behind to secure a bishop’s post on the 29th ballot. He attracted 287 votes.

“I know there are many kinds of resurrections,” the bishop-elect quipped after he was escorted to the stage to address the crowd.

He then became serious, saying, “From the beginning of this journey [it’s been], ‘Dear God, your will, nothing more, nothing less, nothing else.’ … Without God’s help, I am nothing. Please pray for me.”

Cho joined a slate elected Wednesday consisting of, besides Carter, Jonathan Holston, North Georgia Conference; Bill McAlilly, Mississippi Conference; and Debra Wallace-Padgett, Kentucky Conference. The Committee on Episcopacy unanimously agreed to assign Cho to the Virginia Conference, an exception to the general rules that require bishops to serve outside their nominating conference.

Russ Graves, Florida Conference lay leader and a delegate at the Lake Junaluska conference, said after the election he was pleased with the election results, which included two ethnic minorities and a woman.

“I really felt like God had his hand in it,” Graves said.

Cho saw his fortunes dramatically improve after Rev. Sharma Lewis, a Black Clergy Women nominee who had been running second behind South Carolina nominee Tim McClendon, dropped behind Cho on the 22nd ballot. She withdrew from the race with an impassioned speech in which she said she had “wanted to make history of being the first African American woman” elected bishop in the SEJ.

“I will continue to take Jesus to the streets,” she said. “I will see you all, prayerfully, if God moves me, in four years.”

Florida delegate Geraldine McClellan addressed the crowd, blaming election tactics and charging that the denomination must address the prevalence of white faces in its ranks, a statement later echoed by Florida delegate Carlene Fogle-Miller.

“We are the most diverse jurisdiction in the U.S., but we’re not seeing this at all,” Fogle-Miller said, referring to elected leadership.

After a stalemate between Cho and McClendon for several ballots, with neither achieving the necessary 60 percent majority to win election, McClendon withdrew from the race and asked all delegates to support Cho.

“I know that we need to celebrate diversity,” McClendon told delegates. “Most of you don’t know that I’m not white. Nevertheless, it’s not about color. It’s about the Holy Spirit.”

McClendon’s candidate website indicates he has a Native American heritage.

Graves said after the election that he liked what he heard in interviews with Lewis and had voted for her. He said he didn’t think her color had anything to do with her failure to secure a seat and he thought some of the comments made had detracted from the proceedings.

He added, however, “Overall, I felt like the system worked very well.”

Jul 032012
 
Lingelsbach's Vandalized Home

Lingelsbach's Vandalized Home

 

Long time St. Andrews members Calvin and Tami Lingelbach arrived home last week to discover their home had been targeted by vandals, according to St. Andrews  P.D. (Prayer Department).

The Lingelbach’s Orlando residence had all the classic signs of a “Code #2”, according to sources. The Lingelbach’s trees had been covered in streams of paper, the garage door tagged with graffiti and their lawn covered in blatant signs of optimism. SAPD investigators released survailence photos of the crime as it occurred in hopes of catching the merry miscreants. Investigators say these photos may be the only way to apprehend these  culprits. Apparently no fingerprint evidence was available since the crime scene was wiped clean.

The Lingelbach's Garage Door

Lead investigators revealed that this may be the work of the notorioius VBS. This gang is suspected to be lead by a bold, boistrus, blond known only as Ms. S., a known member of the Mullens Family Organization, which has a long history simillar acts in the area. 

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As for the Lingelbachs, they say that the vandalism has actually renewed and strengthened their spirit and just like life they just plan to roll with it.

Tea with the Pastor Harold and Kay Custer at the Mullen’s home

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Nov 132011
 

Pastors Harold and Kay Custer continued their “Get to know you”campaign Sunday with an afternoon tea. The tea was  held at the home of Bill and Sammie Mullens. Tea, cakes and  sweets were in plentiful supply as well as great fellowship. The purpose of these gatherings are for the Custers to become more familiar with the congregation and for the congregation to get to know them.