National Day of Prayer, May 7: Lake Jackson held a 24-hour prayer vigil. Members of the congregation signed up for 30 or 60 minute slots to pray for our families, our church, our country and the world.
Samaritan’s Purse Shoebox Program — We collected 52 filled boxes to turn in to the local collection point on Monday, November 17. Thank you to everyone who participated.
Sunday, November 2
Recognizing “All Saints Day” at Sunday Worship. Acknowledging all the people in our lives that have meant so much to us that have gone on before us.
Community Unity Weekend (September 27-28, 2014)
One of our goals as a church is to reach out to the neighborhood families located around Lake Jackson. We undertook a big project to attract these families. Plans were originally made to have some activity going from Friday night until Sunday noon. While timing and scheduling did not work out for that, we had a busy weekend.
We had a bake sale, snow cones and popcorn, hot dog lunch, spaghetti dinner, and our semi-annual church yard sale. People have come to anticipate our yard sales.
We also had “The Big Red Bus”, collecting blood donations for OneBlood, two fire trucks, and Child ID sponsored by the Masons. Smokey Bear was scheduled to come, but had to go fight a fire. At Sunday morning worship, we recognized First Responders, represented by four City of Tallahassee firemen.
There were 24 people donating blood. OneBlood was very pleased with the number of donations. I was told that the blood that was donated that day would be used within a day or so, because the reserve of blood is extremely low right now.
As a first attempt at a project of this magnitude, we feel it was successful. The members of the church donated food items for the meals and items for the yard sale. They also provided many hours of work setting up and working. Without our volunteers, we could do nothing.
We will continue to reach out to the local families. If you have ideas, please let Pastor Alyce know.
See you in the Spring with our Springtime Community Unity Weekend.
October 3-4-5, 2014
Rocky Comfort Lodge, Quincy
On Friday, October 3, 9 women from Lake Jackson UMC met at the Rocky Comfort Lodge in Quincy to begin a weekend of spiritual fellowship.
Rocky Comfort Lodge is a peaceful setting on a small lake, with no outside distractions. The quietness invited each of us to meditate in our own way throughout the weekend.
Our retreats have always been a source of empowerment. While we spend time eating, discussing, learning, laughing, and crying, we become closer to each other. We share concerns, prayers, memories, and thoughts with the others.
This weekend was not as “scheduled”, filled with “sessions” as others have been in the past. The organizers felt that in today’s world, what we really needed at this moment in time was some “unscheduled” time for ourselves. Even without the sessions, we all came away on Sunday afternoon with a renewed and refreshed relationship with each other, our church, and our Lord.
Next year’s retreat has been scheduled for October 23-25, 2015. Watch for more information.