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Need a ride?

If you need a ride to Sunday worship, call the office Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and we will TRY to find someone to give you a ride. 

Though we presently do not have anyone we regularly drive, we still need to have drivers on stand-by if the need arises.  Please call the office to volunteer for this ministry.

 

Sanctuary flowers

Most weeks, sanctuary flower arrangements are artificial.  

Since there are not many sponsors for sanctuary flowers, the cost was cutting into our ministry budgets.  The Worship Committee, Finance Committee, and Church Council decided that using artificial flower arrangements is a great way to cut costs so that we may be good stewards of the monies that are given for ministry.

Live flowers in honor of or in memory of a loved one remains an option because we can order as needed.  If you are interested in dedicating sanctuary flowers, live or silk, call the church office to schedule your request.  We can order them for you, or you may contact a florist of your choosing.

 

Fair Trade Coffee

It's about what you drink matching what you believe.  Jesus taught us, "As you do for the least of these, you do also for me."  We believe he really meant what he said, so College Heights UMC has decided to use and sell (at cost) Equal Exchange fairly traded products, so that we can put our values where we eat and drink!  Find the Equal Exchange coffee, tea, and cocoa display in the Fellowship Hall, and treat yourself and your friends to a delicious cup that stands for a living wage!

 

 

 

 

Volunteer

We have volunteer opportunities within the Church and community throughout the year and many mission projects.

Some examples: 

Acolytes and Chancel Assistants

Anyone, beginning at the age of ten, is eligible to be an acolyte. 

Training begins with instruction in the proper procedures for lighting and extinguishing candles, and the symbolism and traditions found in those procedures. 

As well as adults, high school age students may serve as chancel assistants.  Chancel Assistants help serve communion and perform other duties as requested by the minister.

Easter Fun Day

We give candy and gifts to those playing the games.  We have a free hot dog lunch and free pictures with the Easter Bunny.  And we have an Easter Egg Hunt.

To make this neighborhood outreach successful, we need volunteers to tend the games and activities, an Easter Bunny, a Spring Chicken, individually wrapped candy, Fellowship Hall set up and clean up, andkitchen help.

We don’t need any plastic eggs.

Liturgists

The worship service is our gift to God as we lift up and praise God’s holy name, and is often the first time a visitor will interact with our church family.  Lay worship leaders, or liturgists, play an important part in worship.

They assist the pastor in leading the congregation, typically handling the following portions of the service:

  • Greeting the congregation
  • Announcing the Hymn of Praise
  • Leading the Opening Prayer
  • Leading the Prayer for Illumination
  • Leading the responsive Psalter reading

Liturgists may also be asked to help serve Communion, or participate in special services.  College Heights welcomes all persons who feel called to serve God and the congregation in this way.  Training is not intense, there’s no certification exam, and schedule is flexible.

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels of Polk County seeks volunteers willing to deliver hot meals to seniors in need in the Lakeland area.  Volunteers can serve a  regular route based on their availability or serve as a substitute.  

Summer drivers are also needed to help replace snowbird volunteers.  Local routes operate from First Presbyterian Church.  

For information or to inquire about volunteer opportunities with Meals on Wheels, call (863) 299-1616.

 

Weddings

We would love to help you with your wedding.

The church believes that marriage is a sacred occasion.  While it has a social and legal aspect, these are secondary to its spiritual significance.  It is the love between a man and a woman, pledged to each other, in the presence of God, family, and friends, that is of first importance.

So, in addition to being a joyous occasion, your wedding is a sacred worship service.

The following policies and procedures are intended to keep the focus of the ceremony on the sacredness of the vows the bride and groom are making.  We look forward to sharing this sacred and special event with you.

 

Scheduling

Contact the church office to check availability of dates.  Pre-marital counseling is required.  Call the office to set these dates with the pastor.

Fees

Charges and fees associated with the wedding ceremony include fixed fees for use of the facilities and the personnel who will assist you in making your wedding a memorable occasion.  A $50.00 deposit is required at the time of scheduling.  All fees should be paid one week prior to the wedding ceremony. 

An Active Member is an attending and contributing member for at least six months preceding the wedding application.

 

Service Active members

Non-members

Refundable deposit $50 $50
Sanctuary - $300
Fellowship Hall  - $100
Success House -

$150

Candelabras (please provide your own candles) - -
Organist $150

$175

Custodian (no reception) $100

$125

Custodian (with reception) $125

$175

Sound Engineer $50

$75

Pastor Honorarium Member's discretion

$300