We're a diverse United Methodist congregation in Ocoee, FL committed to being a transforming presence in our community. Sunday Service at 9:30 a.m. and Life Groups at 10:45 a.m.
Mission: Our mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
Here is the link to the audio recordings of our sermons, including today's message.
ocoeeoaks.org Sermon Audio
**Communion pick up today from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. No need to get out of your car. Please bring a bag for Don to drop the cups into. Don't miss out on partaking in this Holy sacrament this Holy Week.
**In the United Methodist Church, you do not need to be a member of our church or any other church to partake in communion.**
Palm Sunday Service
***Brody's challenges-post your responses in the comments***
(1) Be proactive in looking to see God's hand working in our current situation and comment below on your observations.
(2) Be the manifestation of God's promise to someone else this week.
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Remember you can pick up communion for Holy Week today (Saturday) 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and tomorrow (Sunday) 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Remember to bring a bag or container for Don to drop it into. We miss you all!
**Edited to add: In the United Methodist Church, you do not need to be a member of our church or any other church to partake in this holy sacrament. So if you have been joining us by Live Stream or listening online or just checking in on our page; please feel free to join us and pick up communion. All are welcome at His table.**
Share something positive in the comments that you see/feel is coming out of our Stay at Home mandate.
[04/02/20] Do not respond to an email that looks like it came from Don. It is fraud.
Here is the link to the audio recording. What a powerful and timely message by Pastor Pamella.
ocoeeoaks.org Sermon Audio
**update March 28th**
Good Saturday evening Ocoee Oaks.
I hope and pray you are all safe and healthy as we enter into this 2-week period of “shelter in place”. Please remember this does not mean that you cannot leave to get food, medicine and other essentials. It means that we should minimize social settings and time away from home except for getting the necessities. And if you need supplies but can’t go out, please reach out to the church at (407) 293-0700 and we will see what we can do to help.
I also wanted to let you know that we will be recording church service again tomorrow. We will have it live starting at 9:30 on Face Book, or of course you can always go to our website after Sundays at noon and listen to the sermon from there.
Bishop Carter has sent out notice that none of the United Methodist Churches will be having live service on Easter morning. We just need a bit more time to get this outbreak under control. So again, you will be hearing information this coming week of what we will be doing this Holy Week and Easter Sunday. We hope you will be able to join us virtually for these events.
We have started making phone calls for our “WE CARE” ministry. We have many on our list we want to be calling, so again, if you are able to make calls from home and would like to help, please call Charla at the church office or email her at [email protected] to let her know.
I have had many questions about where our church is financially with all of this going on. I sent out a detailed financial breakdown to the Council on Wednesday that showed that if this continued even as far as into next spring (which we are hoping it will be turning around in the next 60 days) we will still have our doors open. The key will be this; those that can give, continue to give. Those that have the ability to give a more than they usually do, please do so as long as you can do it joyfully. If we all do this, Ocoee Oaks will not only weather this storm, but help others in our congregation and community do the same.
Thank you all, God bless you, and hope you are able to tune in for the service tomorrow.
Tonight begins a local Shelter in Place order.....HE has always sheltered us, no matter the place. What a great time to reconnect with Him.
What an amazing message from Rick Cameron. His creation is a miracle! You can also watch the FB Live streaming of the worship service today.
ocoeeoaks.org Sermon Audio
**Be the Church!**
Good evening Ocoee Oaks family,
Following is an update about what we are doing as a body of Christ in the midst of the quickly changing environment we are experiencing. I will send updates at the beginning and end of each week, more often as needed.
First of all, a reminder that worship Sunday, March 22nd and Sunday, March 29th will be on Facebook live at 9:30 am. You don’t even need a Facebook account to join us. Simply go to: https://www.facebook.com/ocoeeoakschurch . You can also listen any time after Sunday 12 noon from our website ocoeeoaks.org under the Sermon tab. We will not have any face to face meetings/groups/study Sunday, March 22nd or Sunday, March 29th.
Next, we are working with Second Harvest to get boxes of food to distribute to our church and school families in need, and possibly to the community at large. We hope to be able to get more information out very soon about this opportunity.
Many of us have been using a Bible app that can be accessed on smart phone (search YouVersion), or by computer at bible.com. This is a great resource for amazing devotionals and Bible studies for both individuals and groups. There will be another update coming out Saturday with more information on this.
I am sure there are some, if not many in our congregation, where gathering for Sunday church service is one of the few ways they connect with others in any given week. So, as we move more toward physically separating (social distancing) from others, we must remember those that need for us to be reaching out to them, making sure they are safe, checking to see if they need help getting medicines or food. And maybe even just checking to make sure they are ok. Social distancing can easily lead to feeling isolated and alone. So, I would like to launch our “WE CARE” ministry as soon as possible. We need volunteers to agree to spend a few hours each week making phone calls checking in with our Church family members. If you are willing to volunteer, please call Charla at (407-293-0070) or email at [email protected] to let her know. As soon as we get enough volunteers, we will start sending out the lists of congregants to reach out to. If you are not sure that we have the correct phone number for you, please call or email that info to Charla as well.
Finally, there are 2 more important activities that take place during an in-person church service that can’t happen when the service is being live streamed or listened to at a later time. The first is the gathering of prayer requests. If you would like to submit a prayer request, please call or email Charla at the phone number/ email address listed above. She will compile them and forward them out to our prayer warriors’ team and will also send the complete list to the congregation distribution list every Monday so that we can get everyone involved in praying for these requests.
The other important activity is the giving of our tithes and offerings. Most of the expenses of our amazing church are incurred whether we meet in the building or not. Plus, we will have members of our church family that will be hit especially hard by these economic downturns that are already beginning to happen. So, if you are able to continue to give, please do. If you are able to give more than you usually do, please consider doing so. Stand in the gap for your brother or sister at Ocoee Oaks. We will be doing what we can to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ through this pandemic and beyond. This will take some kind of sacrifice on the part of all of us. (A great time to review the youth message posted on March 8th.)
Here are ways that you can give:
• On our website
o Top right, click the “Give”
o Click the down are at “Choose a Fund”
o Select General Fund and enter the amount of the gift
o Enter requested information and select “submit”
• You can contact your bank and send an electronic check to the church and even make it recurring for each month.
• You can mail a check to the church (201 S. Clarke Rd. Ocoee FL 34761)
Finally, there may be members of our faith family that do not have access to email or Facebook, so they are not getting these messages. Hopefully shortly after we launch our WE CARE ministry, we will be able to identify and inform these folks, but until then, if you know of someone who wouldn’t have electronic access like this, please reach out to them to keep them informed about what their church is doing to make a difference.
Be Safe, and keep Loving God, and Loving People!
We are the Church!
Social distancing can feel a lot like isolation to many. Be the Church, check on a friend this weekend!!
** Update-no in person worship services for March, but we will Live Streaming **
Good evening Ocoee Oaks family,
This is the latest update on where we are with our church activities.
Bishop Carter sent notice yesterday that all churches should be closed for the next 2 Sundays. This also includes all church related activities through the end of March.
However, we are fortunate to be able to Live Stream our Sunday message. This week's message is from Rick Cameron. You can watch it live on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ocoeeoakschurch, or go to our website at ocoeeoaks.org, select sermons, and listen to it after 12 noon on Sunday.
I truly hope you will make time to tune into the messages these next few weeks. During stressful times is when we need calm in our hearts more than ever. And doing what we can with and for our faith family, as well as hearing a great thought provoking, confidence building, and hope giving message will do just that! And I know it’s really tough, but remember, “In everything, give thanks.”
As always, take care, keep in touch with each other, and look for opportunities to help someone, as together, we go through this hopefully short season.
We are the Church.
Make it a very Blessed Day.
For those that are not able to attend in person right now....below is the link to the audio recording, you can go back and watch Facebook Live. This is a message you won't want to miss. Rev. Matt Kern had a timely and powerful word for us today.
ocoeeoaks.org Sermon Audio
(We will have church tomorrow, but please read the entire letter)
Good Saturday afternoon Ocoee Oaks Family!
It has been quite a month as we all track the COVID-19 outbreak. And this week created next-level concerns as our President has taken even more aggressive steps to restrict the spread; the NBA cancelled their season, March Madness and the remainder of Spring Training have been cancelled, colleges have decided to finish the semester doing on line classes, and yesterday the public schools added a week to spring break. All with the goal of “flattening the curve” (which in its most basic terms, is the current terminology, meaning to decrease the rapid spike of spread so that our healthcare system can keep up with the demands.)
Overnight it was reported that Orange County has its first individual who tested positive, and of course this is a very dynamic situation and the data will change on a daily and potentially hourly basis. Although there is no immediate known threat to the Ocoee Oaks UMC community, the well being of our faith family is of utmost importance. So we will continue to monitor the news closely and will respond accordingly to ensure the safety of our community.
In the event that COVID-19 surfaces in our community, and as more information is available, we will reevaluate our current plan, but as of now, we do plan to hold all services tomorrow.
We are taking preemptive measures to prevent the spread of germs on our campus. Some of the things we are doing with the facility would include things like frequent cleaning of areas and items that could facilitate transmission of germs and viruses, daily Ozone treatments, doors will be propped open, hand sanitizer placed by entrances and much more.
Here are some of the adjustments we have made to maintain a safe atmosphere during service:
• We will have coffee and bottled water, but no other hospitality items at this time
• We will not serve communion. We are working on purchasing sealed communion servings so that we can observe this Holy Sacrament again soon.
• We will not be passing the plate for offering. There will be giving boxes set up in the rear of the sanctuary for those that bring their offerings.
Here are steps to help everyone stay healthy:
• If you are sick, at risk, live with those that are at risk, or just don’t feel comfortable gathering – please stay home. We will miss you, but your health and the health and safety of all is our top priority.
• Those who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness should stay home until free from the following for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants):
- fever of 100.4 or greater using an oral thermometer
- signs of a fever
- any other symptoms
• If you have a bad cough, it would be best not to attend. You may make people around you very nervous.
• If you are well but have a sick family member at home diagnosed with COVID-19, talk with a medical professional before going anywhere into the community at large.
• Clean your hands often with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60-95% alcohol, or wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
• Get in the habit of NOT touching your face.
• Avoid handshakes or hugs. I get it. One of the things I love most about Ocoee Oaks is how much we truly CARE! But for right now, we show we care by NOT shaking hands. A wave and a smile is preferred, or if you must have contact, use a fist or elbow bump.
Keep in mind that we have many people who are vulnerable to illness, and while we value everyone’s fellowship, our priority right now is continuing to worship our God, while focusing on everybody’s well-being. If you’re not able or not feeling comfortable to attend service, please watch the service via Facebook live stream, or watch / listen via our website from the comfort of your home, and we will see you soon. Sermons are posted on our website (ocoeeoaks.org) under the "Sermons" tab by Sundays noon, or they can be viewed “live” (during normal service time) or afterward, and found on our Ocoee Oaks United Methodist Church page.
We will employ email, our website, and Facebook to communicate cancellations and changes in programming. We do understand that we may have faith family members who do not use any of the above, so if you are able, please reach out to them, first to ensure they are doing well, but also to keep them informed.
We remain certain of God’s steadfast presence and give careful attention to all that is happening. Please pray for those affected by this illness and for those who are working to minimize the impact of this virus.
Psalm 112:7 provides wise counsel for us as we place our faith in the one true and very Sovereign God who is greater than any pandemic.
“They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.”
Thanks, stay safe, and let’s make this a blessed day and weekend!
The social media posts, news, and constant barrage of information about COVID-19 is overwhelming. Breathe.....follow CDC guidance.....check in on those in high risk categories and see how you can help relieve their fears/risk of exposure to any illness.....and most importantly.....PRAY.
Wow!! The Youth did an amazing job today. Below is the audio sermon OR you can catch up with the Live Stream.
ocoeeoaks.org Sermon Audio
Friends don't let friends show up to church late!! Remind everyone to Spring forward otherwise they miss Youth Sunday service!!
Good Monday morning. There seems to be so much around us causing stress, anxiety, and disrupting our ability to focus on the gifts we have. May you start this week in PEACE.
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