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Many of you have been giving faithfully to our church this year, and we are so thankful. Your gifts have allowed us to fund church operations, connectional giving as faithful United Methodists, and especially neighborhood missions. These include support of our local healthcare workers at Tampa General and St. Joseph’s Hospital, and helping families in need during this holiday season through the Adopt A Family program with our local schools. We have been able to transition worship to online and well as in person. However, due to the pandemic, we have lost much of our building use income this year and have incurred unexpected costs for safety supplies and online fees for worship and administrative meetings. This year, we are asking for a second-mile Christmas offering this month to help us meet year-end expenses.


From our year 2020 operational budget of $314,916, we are facing a deficit estimated to be around $20,000. Without making up this deficit, we will be facing hard cuts in the 2021 budget to make up for this shortfall.


When we all come together, God does amazing things. I invite you to prayerfully consider a generous "Christmas Offering" this year to help make up the budget shortfall. God knows what we can give, and every gift is important. You can make your gift online or mail it into the church, marked “Christmas Offering".


I wish you all the blessings of this season, and a Merry Christmas!


Ken Brown,

Finance Committee Chair





September 24, 2020


Dear Friends,


I really hope that you will join me in worship in the coming weeks for a churchwide study and worship emphasis titled Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity. We live in a society that tells us “you deserve it now,” whether or not we can afford it or really even need it.


I’m sure we’ve all struggled with these issues at one time or another. I know that I have. Beginning next Sunday, we are going to explore what the Bible teaches us about financial management. We’ll look at what others have learned by working through financial challenges. Each week I’ll be providing you with some tools you can use to assess your financial situation and develop a financial plan with a biblical foundation.


We will worship together in person in the Sanctuary at 10:30am on Sundays, with reservations requested. You can make a reservation online or by calling the church office. If you feel more comfortable staying at home during this time, we will also have online worship available and call-in worship available by calling (800)855-4444, access code 134223.


This a stressful time for everyone, and even amid stress, these are important issues that we cannot ignore. I hope you will join me as we look at how we can manage our financial resources and truly experience that God is “Enough.”


In Christ,


Pastor Tiffania


Pastor, Seminole Heights United Methodist Church

Dear friends,


Over the summer we pushed back our return to in-person worship for all of our safety, and we are now at a point where the Worship Relaunch Task Force and church leaders feel comfortable with a return to in-person worship.


Starting September 20 at 10:30am, we will host weekly in-person worship in the Sanctuary. This will be one service, and social distancing will be observed. This will look and feel different from how we “used” to worship together. A few changes you will notice:

  • We request that all persons over age two wear masks – this is to keep our most vulnerable members safe. We will have disposable masks available if you do not have your own.

  • Hand sanitizing stations located upon entry and throughout the church for frequent use.

  • Households will be seated six feet apart, and we ask that you listen to the directions of volunteers as they help us to maintain social distancing.

  • We will have music, but we will not worship by singing together. COVID-19 droplets have been proven to spread through singing more than through other means.

  • Reservations are requested – sign up online: http://bit.ly/reserveshumc or call the church office to let us know if you plan to worship with us in person. Childcare will be offered for children in Kindergarten and younger to those who reserve a spot, and capacity will be limited.

Please, if you are someone in the population most vulnerable to COVID-19 – over 65, or with a preexisting condition – we encourage you to stay home to stay safe. We will continue to offer live online worship on our Facebook page. We will also continue to offer live call-in worship at (844)855-4444, access code 134223.


We are committed to keeping our community safe, and we ask for your continued prayers for our church as we navigate what it looks like to do ministry in the time of COVID-19.


We continue to support racial justice in our community. If you want to be part of a group working for racial reconciliation, call or email us at office@semheights.com. Issues of safety and justice are intertwined, and we must address both in order to follow the command to, “Act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with [our] God” (Micah 6:8). I look forward to seeing you soon!


Blessings,


Pastor Tiffania