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Communications Update

In October we will begin communicating with the congregation in more efficient ways. Publishing weekly bulletins and monthly newsletters which contain mostly the same information has proved to be an inefficient use of time and effort among the office staff. Instead, we will be publishing a weekly newsletter for the congregation to take home so…

Thankful To Have Journeyed With You

On my very first Sunday with you, two years ago, I preached on Philippians 1:1-11. We focused on Paul’s affirmation from verse 6, “I am confidant in this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.” I shared that there are lots of “good churches” out…

Looking to the Future

We approved a new church structure for Tomoka at our annual Church Conference last October. This new structure makes better use of people’s time, coordinates committee work, and creates a team whose purpose is to undertake detailed planning of the church’s future. Your Church Council met early in January and identified two major goals for the first six…

2016 Holiday and Craft Bazaar

The 2016 Holiday Bazaar is scheduled for Saturday, November 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., in Bleekman Hall. We hope everyone in the congregation in able to help in some way, by donating items, baking, creating crafts, or by helping set up or clean up. Fliers are available in the narthex. Take some and post…

Family Worship Experience

My favorite moment in the Family Worship Experience on Sunday August 28 at 10:00 a.m. was looking out into the congregation as we sang “I’ve got so much, so much, so much to be thankful for…”. I saw the intergenerational family of God worshiping together, and it was awesome! The only problem was we didn’t have enough egg shakers…

Photo Essay: Tomoka Youth

Sunday, August 14, 2016 was an active day for the Tomoka UMC Youth. At both worship services prayers were offered for the students preparing to return to school. At both services each of the youth who had attended the July 2016 retreat/mission trip to Lake Junaluska, and Linda McMunn, who chaperoned, told the congregation what the trip meant to…

Photo Essay: Christmas in July

Photos from the Christmas in July Service held on July 31, 2016 at Tomoka UMC. The lighting of the Advent candles Singing hymns are a big part of each service at Tomoka UMC with Joe Corporon, Music Director, and Steve Hostetler, Organist, providing the accompaniment. When a month has five Sundays, on the fifth Sunday we take up a…

Youth Trip Fundraiser

Our youth group worked with the Nurture Committee to hold a pancake breakfast to raise money for the upcoming youth retreat/mission trip at Lake Junaluska in July. The meal and the fellowship were enjoyed by everyone. Thank you to everyone who worked to make this event both successful and enjoyable!

Priorities for 2016

I love the beginning of the year. It is a season fresh with possibilities. As a church, I am excited about 2016. As I have listened and talked with folks in our church and here are my priorities for the year, based on our vision statement. Becoming an intergenerational congregation of faith! We are already…

Tomoka Toddler Time

Tomoka Toddler Time began meeting on August 13, 2015. Since then have met weekly, every Thursday, to play and interact with our little ones. Tomoka Toddler Time’s goal is to encourage interaction and development for toddlers while creating space for building friendships with other moms. We support one another on the joys and challenges of motherhood.…