News From The Florida United Methodist Children’s Home

Early Childhood Education Center Opens New Facility
On September 20th, we dedicated the Lamar Louise Curry Early Childhood Education and Development Center. This 20,000 square foot facility will become the new home of In As Much, currently located on Lakeshore Drive. About 50 people attended the Dedication celebration, including donors who generously supported the construction of the building, current and former Trustees, Volusia County government members, and representatives from various agencies.

Local Church Representative Workshop on October 20
Our Local Church Representative (LCR) workshop is this month, and the deadline for RSVPs is rapidly approaching. Please call Trista Calvin with any questions and RSVPs at 386.668.4774 ext. 2296 or email at

Welcome Mica Renfroe, Our New Ranch Administrator
We are very excited to introduce you to Ms. Mica Renfroe, the new Ranch Administrator for the Madison Youth Ranch. Prior to coming to the Ranch, Mica spent 23 years at The Methodist Home for Children and Youth in Macon, GA. We look forward to what this next chapter has in store for the life of the ministry of the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home, and we hope you will join us in extending a warm welcome to Mica as she joins the team.

Christmas Gift Card Drive Information Coming Soon
As Christmas moves closer, we are excited to announce our annual Christmas gift card drive information. This drive gives us, as a connectional church, an opportunity to show God’s love through gifts – during a season in which gift giving and generosity are especially celebrated. We ask that you again consider purchasing gift cards to be distributed across the Children’s Home ministry to give to the children we serve. Be on the lookout, as we will be sharing more information in the next couple of weeks.

Flower Arranging Class

Learn the concepts of flower arranging and design for your front door, mantle or holiday table. Hyde Park member Larry Lucas will be demonstrating. This event is open to the public.  A $5 donation is requested. Proceeds from this event will benefit the 1033 Market and our mission partners.

2 – 4 p.m. Oct. 27, Magnolia Building

Details? View Our Event Flyer

Dunbar Elementary Wish List

Like many schools in the Hillsborough County School District, Dunbar Elementary Magnet has a Wish List of items that will help teachers and staff improve the quality of the education provided to their students.

To view a list of current wished-for items, please click here.

Questions? Please contact Sarah Jaycocks by email.

News From Abe Brown Ministries Ready4Work Program

Vincent describes his time in New Jersey as a period in his life when he had no direction, no guidance, and was a lost soul infatuated with the street life. Vincent found himself in and out of jail at a young age, so he decided to move to Florida. Vincent soon met a girl, and even though Vincent attempted to be a good role model for her son, he was convicted to 15 years in Florida State Prison, a sentence that, Vincent states, changed his life. A few months prior to his release from Polk C.I., Vincent decided to enroll in Abe Brown Ministries’ Ready4Work- Hillsborough Program. Vincent was skeptical of the program at first, but then thought “nothing beats failure but a try.” Since his release from Polk C.I., Vincent utilized the services at Ready4Work-Hillsborough to find employment with A1 pallets and was promoted to Lead Worker within 2 months. Vincent also states that the staff of Ready4Work- Hillsborough has given him the confidence to hope for a better outcome for his life. When asked what he would tell others that are considering  enrolling in Ready4Work-Hillsborough, Vincent replied, “You can’t get the juice unless you squeeze.

Click here for more news.



Oktoberfest to Benefit Good Samaritan Mission

Oktoberfest to Benefit Good Samaritan Mission

Our friends at The Old Castle German Restaurant in Sun City Center are celebrating their annual Oktoberfest event from October 5 to October 7 from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. each day, with proceeds benefiting Good Samaritan. Good Samaritan will have a table display, manned by official GS volunteers, to answer any questions. Rolling Joy, our GSMobile pantry, will also be on display and available for tours. Admission is $5 (ages 12-99). The Old Castle Restaurant is located at 3830 Sun City Center Blvd., Unit 107, Ruskin. Wir hoffen, dich dort zu sehen!

Christmas Blessings Event
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Last year your Christmas donations of toys blessed 180 children and their families with gifts. The students redeemed a total of 1,702 tokens for the toys of their choice. Over 50 volunteers helped with the event.

Our annual Christmas Blessings event will be on December 11 and 12 at various locations. We are currently coordinating drop-off locations for folks like you to bring your Christmas toys. With your help we can surpass the number of donated toys, making this the best. year. ever! Keep checking our website ( and e-newsletters in your inbox for more up to date information.

Become a Global Mission Fellow: Serve in the U.S. or Internationally

The Global Mission Fellows, a program of the General Board of Global Missions, is a two-year mission opportunity for young adults ages 20-30. Young adults are invited to engage with local communities, connect the church in mission and grow in personal and social holiness. This program allows for transformation and leadership development to take place while addressing root causes of social injustice with other young people from around the world.

For more information about how to apply, click here.

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