Peru Mission Update

We are beginning to plan our 2024 trips to Tarma, Peru, targeting late January for our first trip and mid-summer for the second one. Our early trip is usually more administrative in nature, planning projects and estimating needs but does include work on the property as needed. Our summer trip usually is more project-oriented with …

Thanksgiving Eve Worship Live Stream

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.” Psalm 100:4-5 Please join us for a time of thanksgiving to our Lord and Savior for His gifts as we gather for worship, …

Church Office Hours Update

Our Church and The Early Learning Center offices will be closed on Thursday 11/23 and Friday 11/24 as our Pastors and Staff celebrate Thanksgiving and enjoy time with loved ones. If you have a pastoral care need, please use the cell phone numbers: Pastor Phillips – pastorkphillips@aol.com or 904-477-0544  Pastor Johnson – prglj@aol.com or 904-881-7689 Pastor Peacock – …

Updated National Youth Gathering Information

We are excited to share with you the information we received regarding the NALC Continental Youth Gathering for 2024! The youth gathering is open to any 7th – 12th grade youth. We hope you’ll prayerfully consider this opportunity to grow in faith with disciples from across the country!! Please see the general “who, what, when and …

Holiday Meal Baskets

Looking ahead to the Thanksgiving holiday, please prayerfully consider how you might offer the gifts of time and talents. Please mark your calendar for worship and the meal. All are welcome and we encourage you to use these services to invite others to Shepherd of the Woods. We are collecting non-perishables for our friends in …

Stewardship Response Weekend

Living in God’s Abundance as stewards of his grace! Dear Disciples, Over the past five weeks we’ve been blessed to receive the gifts of those in our congregation who provided devotions and temple talks as they reflected on what it meant to them to live in God’s abundant grace. Their words, written and spoken, are …

Grief Support Group

We have begun a new series for those seeking support following loss of a loved one. This group meets Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30pm on 11/14, and 11/28. These sessions are open to anyone who wants to participate. If you have a friend or neighbor that might benefit from participating, please pass on the information. Please use the Yellow Connection …

Pumpkin Patch Thank You

Pumpkin Patch Thank You – we are so grateful for the countless helping hands who worked on and in the patch, unloaded orbs, took shifts greeting and selling and helping with all the breakdown and packing away. What a massive team effort!!  We generated over $16,000 in sales which will, in turn, provide us with more than $5,000 to various …

Youth Life News

Happy November! Thank you to everyone who helped with the Pumpkin Patch this year. Your help was greatly appreciated!  Confirmation Blessings to Saraya Howard, Freya Lindstad, and Christian Sheprow who celebrated their confirmation this past Sunday during the 10:30 worship service! See their pictures below. Continue to keep them in your prayers as they continue their …

Stewardship: Living in God’s Abundance as Stewards of His Grace

We are blessed by God’s abundance in so many ways. We live loved by Him, redeemed by Him, led by Him and gifted by Him. Over the next few weeks, we invite you to continue reflecting on how God has blessed you through your time, talents and resources. May our prayers be shaped around how we …

Alpha Prayer Team

Alpha Prayer Team – Our first run of Alpha in the spring was successful and we will begin the series again in January. Alpha is a 10 to 12-week series that primarily targets people who are seeking a connection to God and want to explore information on who Jesus is and what becoming a Christian can mean …

Ronald McDonald House Support

Ronald McDonald House does a wonderful job supporting parents by providing housing and meals in a nearby facility while their child is hospitalized in a city somewhere other than where they live. Like most non-profit organizations, they are continuously striving to keep supplies and food on hand to keep this support available to those who …

Pacetti Road Property Update

We remain under contract for the purchase of the Pacetti Road Property where we hope to plant a mission congregation. The property is located just south of the World Golf Village area. During this time, we are working through all of the due diligence (surveys, soil borings, wetland delineation, etc.) to ensure the property can …

Faithful Friday – October 27th

Dear Disciple of Christ, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.”  – 1 Corinthians 11:1 My family and I were visiting a pastor and his family in the parsonage of their church in Brooklyn. In fact, it was the church in Brooklyn where we served for a summer with the “Help a Child” program. Not …

Youth Life News

Our next event is this Saturday, October 21: Party in the Patch, from 11 am-2 pm. We need youth to help hand out candy at the “carnival” games the children will play. Feel free to wear a costume! Party in the Patch is a community service event! We will also need help with setup and cleanup. For …

Faithful Friday – October 20th

Dear Disciple of Christ, “Simon, do you love me more than these?”  -John 21:15 Do you recognize that question? It was asked by Jesus and issued to Peter (whose name had been “Simon” until Jesus called him Peter, “The Rock”). This interaction took place on the seashore of the Sea of Galilee after the resurrection. They were there because Peter …

Monthly Game Night

Monthly Game Night is held on the third Saturday each month and meets again on the 10/21 at 6:45pm – All are welcome – Bring a snack to share if you want – when we meet, we eat!! Children are welcome but there is not a nursery provided.

Grief Support Group

Grief Support Group – We will begin a new series for those seeking support following loss of a loved one. This group begins Tues, Oct 24, 6:30-7:30pm. Please use the Yellow Connection Insert to indicate your participation. If you have any questions, please speak with Pastor DiBias.

Youth Life News

Such a fun weekend! Thank you to everyone who helped unload pumpkins Saturday morning. Beautiful day for sure. And thank you to those youth who were able to attend the lock-in Friday night! Big thank you to the adult chaperones: Dennis, Savanna, Adam, and Pastor Phillips. Our next event is Saturday, October 21: Party in the …

Worship Update

Worship Services: Saturday at 5:30pm (Traditional Liturgy) Sunday at 8:30am (Traditional Liturgy) Sunday at 10:30am (Contemporary) Nursery care (up to 3yrs old) is provided in the Shepherd Center for the 8:30 & 10:30am services. **Parking Update** For the next few weeks only, due to the Pumpkin Patch, parking is limited towards the entry of the church property.  We have …

Donate Blood This Weekend

Bloodmobile –Sunday, October 15 from 9 a.m. until Noon (or later if they are still getting donors). If you would like to donate blood that day, you can pre-register at oneblood.org, selecting the Donate icon in the upper right-hand corner. You may also just visit the bus that morning and register then. If you donate, it is …

Pumpkins With A Purpose

Sometimes it takes a village! Always, it takes the body of Christ! Thank you to the body of Christ for your tireless work. The pumpkins are here! The pumpkins are here! Thank you also men’s group for the yummy pancakes! And please enjoy these wonderful pictures!

Pet Blessing – Sunday, October 8th

Sunday, October 8 at 4:00 pm – Join us for this fun and special event when we give thanks to God for the gifts of our beloved pets and ask God’s special blessings on them. Pets of ALL kinds are welcome but must be on a leash or in a secured kennel. We will have shade and water …

Youth Life News

We are having a church lock-in! All youth, 7-12th grade are invited Friday, October 6-Saturday, October 7th for a good ol’ fashioned church lock-in. Please let us know you are coming! You all love to get together and this is a great way to do so! Meet at church at around 6 pm Friday. We will provide dinner and snacks. New and …

Thursday’s Pumpkin Update

Just a Few Days ‘til PUMPKINS! Saturday, October 7 at 9 a.m. – We hope you will make plans to join us as the truck arrives with our special delivery. It takes MANY hands to make light work unloading half of a semi-trailer!! Teens earn community service hours!! Bring friends! Breakfast provided! Please watch your email or check Facebook for updates …

Pancake Breakfast For Pumpkin Volunteers

Men’s Bible Study Group will be hosting a Pancake Breakfast for our Pumpkin Unloading Volunteers!! Calling All men – join us at 7:30am this Saturday to begin setting up and cooking pancakes. Volunteers – come early – anytime between 8am and 8:45am on Saturday, October 7th to enjoy a hearty hot breakfast which will fortify you for …

Faithful Friday’s – September 29th

“We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28 I think I’ve mentioned that verse above being one of my favorites based on the fact that I experienced it over and over again in my life. I know that it is sometimes …

Mid-Week Bible Study Update

Midweek Bible Study – DOES NOT meet this week. We meet most Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Annex classroom with the ongoing study of the book of Matthew.

Quilting Workshop

Quilting Workshop – Sat, Sept 30, 9 am – 5 pm – There will be an all-day drop-in workshop and all men, women, teens and older children are all invited. There are many activities at these workshops and most do not involve sewing or require any experience! We hope you will make plans to join us for part or …

Youth Life News and Notes

Youth Life Class and Confirmation Class are back in session. Please try to attend either class on Sundays from 9:40-10:25. We’ve moved confirmation class to the Youth Life room in the Shepherd Center. Youth Life (confirmed youth-12th grade) will now meet in the new conference room near the fellowship hall. We have several teachers lined up and …

Youth Life News

We are having a church lock-in! All youth, 7-12th grade are invited Friday, October 6-Saturday, October 7th for a good ol’ fashioned church lock-in. You all love to get together and this is a great way to do so! Meet at church at around 6 pm on Friday. We will provide dinner and snacks. You’ll be able to …

Faithful Friday – September 15th

Dear Disciple of Christ, Have you ever heard of the “Worship wars”? If you’re not familiar with them you may think it’s a religious television program (like “Storage Wars” except for church goers). You might likely think they are battles between denominations. If you’ve been to a variety of churches you realize that not all churches worship the …

Mission Update – Thank You!

Many thanks to those who donated to our many needs in Peru!! We were able to assist with all the needs requested: computers, medical assistance for a young girl battling leukemia, and the young man with rheumatoid arthritis, and repairs for Pr Araujo’s “Punch Buggy” which gets him from Lima to Tarma each week. Thank you …

Monthly Game Night

Join us Sat, Sept 16th at 6:45pm in the Fellowship Hall. This is always an evening of fun, food and fellowship. Bring a snack if you like. Bring a friend!! All ages are welcome but we do not provide a nursery or childcare.

Pumpkin Patch Update

FOUR Weeks ‘til PUMPKINS! Save the date: Saturday, October 7th at 9 am – We hope you will make plans to join us as the truck makes its annual trek from New Mexico to Jacksonville with our special delivery. It takes MANY hands to make light work unloading half of a semi-trailer!! Teens earn community service hours!! We will be …

Quilting Ministry

We normally meet on 2nd and 4th Wednesdays and next meet on Wed., Sept 13. There will also be an all-day drop-in Quilting Workshop on Sat, Sept 30th, 9am – 5pm. Men, women, teens and older children are all invited. There are many activities at these workshops and most do not involve sewing or require any experience! We hope …

Faithful Friday – September 8th

Dear Disciple of Christ, Do you have any traditions in your family or business? I know you have traditions at church. If you are like most worshipers in my church, you have a traditional place to sit at church. In fact you may be somewhat perturbed that someone (usually a visitor) doesn’t know they are sitting in your …

Donations For Maui

if you would like to contribute to the relief efforts for the Maui fire recovery, please note Maui on your check or envelope or use the Care Square “relief” icon. Your contributions will be matched up to $1000 by our benevolence ministry.

Youth Life News

Thank you to everyone who attended this past Sunday’s Youth Life event. You all prepared over 200 bag lunches which were delivered to St Francis House on Monday. Thanks to the generous donations from the congregation, we had enough food to not only make the 200+ lunches this time, but we have enough for close to 200 …

Resuming Programs

Resuming Programs – Autumn is right around the corner and many of our programs that take a little break in the summer will be resuming soon. Please note the dates below and make plans to join us! 5:30/8:30 Service Choir has resumed practice and is open to anyone with the desire to worship through song. Join us on …

Faithful Friday – August 18th

Dear Disciples of Christ, Have you ever seen any movies of a city church’s children’s Christmas program? If you have, you have an idea of what really happens in a church like mine in Brooklyn. Let me describe the Christmas tableau (you know, the scene that develops as children come forward as various participants in the story). …

Women’s Bible Study

Women’s Morning Bible Study – Women of all ages are invited to join us as we resume studies on Monday, Sept 11 at 10am. This group will meet 2nd & 4th Mondays in the South Annex Room and the topic will be “In the Beginning, God – a study of Genesis”. Ladies of all ages are welcome!

Rally Day – August 20th

Sunday, August 20th, is RALLY DAY for all from 4 Years through 12th Grade! Backpack Blessing & Prayers for All School Teachers & Staff – All children and Youth are invited to bring their school backpacks with them next week for a special time during worship to ask God’s blessings of safety and focus in the coming school year. …

Youth Life Summer Get-Together

Mark your calendars for Sunday, August 20th, 10:30-3 pm. We are getting together for 10:30 worship followed by lunch, Sandwich Sunday service project, and a ping-pong tournament! You all had so much fun playing ping pong at camp, that we have purchased more paddles, nets and lots of ping pong balls This is a great day to get together …

Save The Date – Peru Mission Trip Update

We hope you have enjoyed the Peru Post emails, the Facebook updates and the photos shared in recent Announcements and online. The Mission Team certainly had some challenges getting to Tarma but all made it safely and managed to get a lot done in a short period of time!! The team will be sharing their …

Beaches Mission House

Beaches Mission House – On Tuesday, Aug 29 we will cook and serve dinner at Mission House. If you would like to provide any of the following as donations, we will take them with us that evening: New or gently worn tennis shoes and sandals, sun screen, bug spray, men’s & women’s socks and underwear, new …