Being a visible and active presence of Christ in our community

Posts by Marvin Reinhart


Christmas, a time of joy, wonder, love, and happiness, is drawing near. But, to be honest this year I just did not seem to have the Christmas spirit. I think the reason I was having difficulty is because I was feeling old this year. To be honest, I have been old for a couple of years. Maybe other people…

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!

Invitation to the Prayer Group

I ask you, is there anything that Christians can do on their own other than prayer that brings them closer to God? Is there any singular act of their own that pulls the powerful arms of a comforting God to embrace us in time of trouble or sickness? When we are hurt and someone asks…

Let Your Light Shine

My hobby is photography. One morning last week, just before sunrise, I went to the lake near our house to get some photographs of birds in the early light. When I had finished shooting and was walking away I saw this green Luna Moth on a street light. The street light is white, the light cover on which the…

My Choir Rehearsal Experience

Our Choir performed for the congregation at our lunch celebration for the 4th of July. A part of their performance required someone act as a narrator. They needed someone to read about three sentences. It was a small thing. But, what occurred leading up to the performance is something that should not be forgotten and that is what I…

God Brings Victory over Spiritual Struggles

I am writing to share with you a troubling situation that I brought on myself so you, my friends, are warned not to make the mistake of traveling the same path.

I have a small green book with a golden cross on it. The book contains Bible verses for each day of the week as well as reflections and prayers to be read throughout the week. For three years it had been part of my discipline to start each week on Sunday evening by reading the Bible verses, some reflections, and praying. It was like a second Sunday service for me. Then each evening during the week I would read the Bible verse for that day and pray. I also have a small black book I carry in my pocket. I would use it throughout the day to read reflections and prayers at least three times a day and some days as many as five. I use the Upper Room devotional to start each day with a Bible reading, devotion and prayer. I say this not to brag but to give you an idea of the spiritual discipline I had built up over the years.

One Sunday night nearly two months ago I moved the ribbon bookmark in the small green book with the golden cross to that evening’s reading. I stared at the book. For no particular reason, I thought “I don’t feel like reading that tonight” and laid the book back down.