Being a visible and active presence of Christ in our community

Routine

A church member once told me they volunteer at the library, restocking books according to the Dewey decimal system. In addition to supporting our local library, it helps to keep their brain sharp. As we move through life we are constantly faced with new challenges. Whether entering school or the workforce, starting a family or enjoying grandkids, life always seems…

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…

The Journey of Faith

I am always on the lookout for clever, creative, and simple ways to talk about God’s work in Jesus. The Christian faith is amazingly complex, to say nothing of trying to understand God. It is tempting to get lost in the mysteries of the universe, and yet, still struggle to find ways to live our…

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…

Introducing Pastor Brian Johnson

Pastor Brian Johnson has been appointed by Bishop Kenneth Carter and the Florida Cabinet to be the next pastor at Tomoka United Methodist Church. Brian will be ordained as an Elder in Full Connection at the 2015 Florida Annual Conference in June and will begin at Tomoka UMC on July 1, 2015. Brian has been serving as…