June 13, 2021

Laying Aside Every Weight

On May 19, 1845, Captain Sir John Franklin led a British expedition of 134 men in search of the Northwest Passage through the Artic. The two sturdily built ships, Erebus and Terror, were outfitted with modern innovations such as steam engines, reinforced bows of heavy beams and plates of iron, an internal steam heating device for the comfort of the crew, and screw propellers and iron rudders. Also aboard was a three-year supply of conventionally preserved food in 8,000 sealed tins.

In addition to the necessary provisions, they carried many unnecessary goods: a library of more than 1,000 books, fine china, crystal goblets, and sterling silverware for each officer with his initials engraved on the handles.

As they approached King William Island, the Captain chose for them to navigate on the west side, where the ships became trapped in September 1846, and remained in ice for two years. By April 26, 1848, nine officers and 15 crewmen had died, including Franklin, so the men set out to walk back to the Canadian mainland. All of the crew would die of a combination of cold, starvation, and disease, before finding civilization.

Perhaps the saddest story is of two officers who had pulled a makeshift sled some 65 miles across the ice before perishing. When their bodies were discovered, the sled was found to be filled with table silverware.

These two officers contributed to their own demise by carrying things they didn’t need. While we may find their actions to be ridiculous, don’t we often do the very same thing? Aren’t we guilty of pulling a “sled” through life loaded with unforgiveness, bad habits, gossip, grudges, unrepented of sin, and the like?

The Hebrew writer records, “…let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us, and run with endurance the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1).

What weight do you need to lay aside in order to finish your race? Your survival depends upon it.

Come, let us learn and grow together.

Mark Jamieson


Jun 13    (Sun) English Partners, 9:00-10:15, FLC room 206

Jun 13    (Sun) Adult Bible Classes, 9:30

Jun 13    (Sun) Worship online or in person, 10:30am

Jun 14    (Mon) Ladies Prayer and Fitness, 6pm, FLC

Jun 14    (Mon) B-12 7pm in the Fellowship Hall.

Jun 15    (Tue) Crafty Ladies lunch group, 10am

Jun 16    (Wed) Bible Classes, 7pm

CONGRATULATIONS to Alina and Matt Wyder at the birth of their daughter. Lydia Reese Wyder was born on Sunday, June 6, 2021. Lydia is welcomed by her big sister Evelyn (3). We praise God for her healthy birth. If you would like to provide a meal for the family, please go to takethemameal.com, search Wyder, password baby.

WEDDING SHOWER all are invited to a Jack and Jill shower for Shelley Christy and Collin McFarland on Sunday, June 27 from 2-4pm in the Worship Center Fellowship Hall. Shelley and Collin are registered at zola.com.

BABY SHOWER FOR HEATHER CARLISLE You are invited to a baby shower for Alex & Heather Carlisle on Sunday, June 27 from 2-4pm in the Hebrews Coffee Room in the FLC. The gender is a surprise! The Carlisles are registered at Target and Babylist www.babylist.com/baby-registry-heather-carlisle

WIDOWHOOD RETREAT All widows and widowers are invited to attend the 4th Annual Retreat hosted by the Widowhood Workshop Ministry on July 30-31. This ministry was started by Dean Miller (Melissa Cere’s father) and the retreat is hosted annually by their family to offer a special time of fellowship, spiritual growth, and fun for widows and widowers. This year’s retreat will be held at the LaVergne church of Christ in LaVergne, TN. For more information, you can talk to Melissa, pick up a flyer from the foyer table, or check out the website www.widowhoodworkshop.com

THANK YOU Dear UCCC Family, The cards, calls, texts, and food were greatly appreciated! Thank you for your love and concern while I recover from my foot surgery. I am so grateful for all of you! Love, Jan Osejo

FAITH WALKERS Ladies Bible Study continues to meet every second and fourth Tuesday for the summer months of June, July and August. All ladies are invited to come and join us in a study of the Visions of Daniel. Class begins at 10 am and is followed by our crafty ladies lunch group.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED The UCCC Jail Doves have been doing weekly Bible classes at the county jail for over 20 years. Some of us also do classes at the women’s prison in Ocala. More opportunities are being opened for us to teach Bible and Parenting classes. We need more helpers to accomplish these great opportunities. If you are willing to help us, please contact Becky Barclift or Pat Wyder to get your application process started.

FLORIDA BIBLE CAMP Our week will be July 11-16 for ages 8-18. Registration forms can be found at the Pier or at  www.floridabiblecamp.org. Cost per child is $225. A $25 fee is due at submission of registration form. Please register at your earliest convenience to help with our preparation process. Special thanks to those who have provided scholarships for those who need them.

YOUTH GROUP NEWS Join us today for lunch as we honor our High School Graduates Ashton Dampier and Kyle Kinsman. Cost is $5 a person or $25 a family. Moving forward Peers @ the Pier will occur every Wednesday from 6-7 pm. This will be a time to play and fellowship prior to Bible study @ 7PM. Dinner will not be provided (you can bring your own). Drinks and snacks are always in stock!

GATORS FOR CHRIST This evening from 6-8pm we will have a Game Night & Coffee House in the gym! Come for fun & fellowship and bring a friend! This Wednesday at 7pm Darren will be continuing our summer “A” series “Challenging Fruit/Gifts of the Spirit!”

LIVING IN THE LIGHT, NOT ADDICTION God is light, and He calls us to live in His light—not in sin or our addictions. Let our Recovery Ministry assist you as you choose to live in the light. Join our weekly recovery meeting on Monday nights from 7-8pm in the Worship Center Fellowship Hall. Or call the Direct Recovery line, 352-301-2604.

FOOD PANTRY BAGS Available upon request.


Wednesday Night:

College, FLC #212, “Fruit of the Spirit/Gifts of the Spirit,” D. Coffield

Young Pros, FLC 104, “Minor Prophets,” J. Bell

WC Fellowship Hall: “The Anatomy of Proverbs,” L. Sullivan. Handouts may be emailed to those who are not able to attend. Send Lon an email if you wish to receive the handouts (obilon@aol.com).


FLC Room 104: James B. Dampier and D. Mountford

WC Fellowship Hall: Unfolding Grace R. McQuinn

FLC 206: volunteers helping with “English Partners”


1 Peter 5:2 “Be Shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care…”

Martin Luther King, Jr., “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” Often, we are softened down into believing and then, living the easy way (Proverbs 14:12; 16:25), the most comfortable road, and the convenient party hearty eat, drink and be merry! Jesus warns us “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world…What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?” John 16:33…Mark 8:36

John Bell

Private prayer with an Elder(s) is available down front after worship or by appointment.

Please remember our sick and shut-in with cards, visits or a phone call and keep them in your prayers.

Hospitals: (this past week)

Special Care Facilities:

Mary Banks, Annetta Beazlie, Onley Bowers, Inez Brooker, Katherine Guttery, Daisy Martin (Ayers #224), Jodi McKim, June Wiles


Donald Allen, Judy Beard, Ann Bresnyan, Sandra Brooker, Emily Carpenter, Jan Carr, Chuck Gatton, Yvonne Griffin, Douglas Guntor, Brooke Hinckley, Larry Hood, Joan Jaudon, Carol Massey, Jan Osejo, Bennilene Pennisi, Rodney Powers, Rick Worley, Ruth Wyatt, John Zylinski.

Prayers for the safety and strength of all those in harm’s way serving our country and community.