Serve Regionally

  • Offering for Florida United Methodist Children's Home

    Each month that has a fifth Sunday (including this month of October!), we receive an offering to support the ministry of the Children’s Home. When you contribute to this offering (at the church or online by clicking here), you allow the continuation of the life changing ministry of the Children’s Home. 

    To contribute at any time, text “SPARK” to 50155 for quick and easy giving, or visit the FUMCH website here.

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    Disaster Recovery Ministry

    The mission of Disaster Recovery Ministry is to resource and equip local United Methodist Churches and districts as they assist their communities and individuals to prepare, respond and recover from disaster. 

    Contact our Disaster Recovery Team: circleemail

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    Prison Ministry - Oasis

    Lake Deaton has a covenant relationship with Rev. Kris Schonewolf, who is a pastor at Lowell Correctional Institute. In July 2019, the Florida Conference initiated the third Methodist prison congregation with the appointment of Rev. Kris Schonewolf to serve as pastor at the new church at Lowell called Oasis. The other two Methodist churches in a prison are based in Iowa and Tennessee.

    Lowell Correctional Institute is in Reddick, about 15 miles north of Ocala. It houses about 3,000 women, including three on death row. It is the second largest female prison population in the United  States.

    Lake Deaton encourages you to become involved through prayer, volunteering for various programs, and financial support. 

    For more information about how to volunteer,

    contact Pastor Kris Schonewolf: circleemail

  • Residents Encounter Christ

    Residents Encounter Christ (REC) of Florida is an inter-denominational Christian ministry that brings the Good News of God’s grace to residents of jails in Florida.  REC of Florida is a 501(c)(3) designated organization. Trained and vetted volunteers enter the Sumter County Jail for a 3-day experience. It starts with talks from clergy and laity, followed by group discussions, inspirational music, and worship.

    If interested in participating, please contact Don and Lynn Argus: circleemail

  • Christmas in July for The Florida United Methodist Children's Home

    Each July, a collection of toiletries, school supplies and special items - as requested by the children - occurs to support the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home. This facility was established in 1908 to provide a home for orphans and those rescued from abusive family situations. The collection restocks the rewards store, where points are earned for successful social achievements and other skills, then used at the store. 

    Thank you for providing so many generous gifts!  

    See more details and a list of needed items here.