Stephen Ministry Training

To learn more about Stephen Ministry training attend the first training session on Sunday, October 21 from 3-5 pm in the Annex. Classes will continue through March 2019 with holiday breaks.

On completion of the 20 sessions, participants will be given the opportunity to be commissioned as a Stephen Minister. Contact Byron Smith, Patty Gruhn, or Margaret England for information.

“Christian Caregiving: A Way of Life” POSTPONED

From January through March the study “Christian Caregiving: A Way of Life” will be offered on Wednesday nights from 7:00-8:00 pm for anyone who wants to experience Christian caregiving skills to use at home, workplace or relationships.

“Christian Caregiving: A Way of Life”

This five-week course is for any Christian who wants to be lead through the experience of learning about their Christian caregiving gifts.  Sundays 2:00 – 4:00 pm beginning October 21.  For more information, contact Margaret England, Patty Gruhn or Byron Smith.  You can sign up in the Narthex.  


Christmas Tea
December 1, 2018
3:00 pm

More Information Coming Soon!  


God may be calling you to be a greeter.  If interested, please call Hannah Mary Perry at 239-271-4827.


The Scouts are forming a new Venturing Crew that will meet at Carlson on Monday nights from 6-7:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall, starting October 1st.  Venturing is open to boys and girls ages 14 and up.  Venturing Crews are youth-led with adult oversight and focus on outdoor adventures.


We have someone in need of a crib and toddler bed.  If you have either that you can donate, please contact Pastor David or the office to make the arrangements


The Pastor’s Discretionary Fund has had several recent requests for assistance. This is a designated fund and is replenished only by specific gifts to that line item. As the Lord lays on your heart, please consider a contribution to assist with benevolent needs.  (Donations to this fund must be marked on your check or envelope.) Also, the air conditioner in the balcony is no longer working and needs to be replaced. This can be done with the Capital Expense line, which is a budgeted item. However, as you are aware, our Current Expense fund needs to be built up, after the summer lull. If you are able to give extra to current expense, it will allow us to accomplish this major repair, as well as some other things needing to be done. Thank you for giving to the Lord.   (Designate general fund on your check or envelope.)  

Charge Conference Date

Our annual charge conference will be held on Saturday, October 13 from 9 am to noon, at First United Methodist Church, 126 South Pine Street, Sebring, FL  33870.
This year, South West District faith communities will gather for one of three super-charged events. There will be several inspirational speakers as well as worship, celebration, connection and the business of the charge conference.
All are invited to attend this fun event; however only members are permitted to vote.  Carlson will be voting on the Pastor’s salary (salary recommendation presented by SPRC), church leadership for 2019 (slate of nominees presented by the nominating committee), removal of members who have been on the list for two years, and Hannah Mary Perry’s candidacy for ordained ministry.

Wednesday Nights @ Carlson

Wednesday Nights @ Carson will return on September 5th.  Wednesday evening class descriptions and menus are under the worship tab.  The Kitchen Angels are gearing up for another great year of dinners.  If you are interested in organizing one of the weekly meals let the office know.  You would need to plan the menu, shop for ingredients and oversee the volunteers who will help you cook and serve the meal.  

Free Ink Cartridges

The church has accumulated ink cartridges that it no longer needs.  If you can use any of the following ink cartridges, you can pick them up in the office during office hours.
HP – 29 black, 49 tri-color, 57 tri-coor, 93 tri-color, 94 black, 98 black, 940 black, 940 color (yellow, cyan, magenta)
CANON – BCI-21 black, BCI-21 tri-color
LEXMARK – 41-42 black/tri-color
OFFICE DEPOT – substitute for HP 58 photo

Hurricane – Special Needs Shelter

I know that we are still recovering from Irma, but the 2018 Hurricane Season is upon us.  If you or someone you know will need a special needs shelter in the case of a hurricane, you MUST register in advance.  Click below to register. 

Online Registration for a Special Needs Shelter


Click on an event document to download or print.

   Olivia’s Baby Shower     Oct. 28
These are websites that you may find useful.
The United Methodist Church
The Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church
Chuck Knows Church ~ Cute videos explaining just about everything
you would want to know about the church, but were afraid to ask.
Weekly Bible crossword puzzles
The website of the little book you love
Daily devotions and more
Child Protection Training Class
This is mandatory training for anyone working with children or youth in our church, including VBS.
Next class date to be announced.