Weekend Message

If you are watching from home please consider inviting family and friends over to join you or schedule a watch party.
Join us on campus or Tune in, Sunday, 10am, on our Youtube Channel or Facebook Page


Church Survey Letter

We will send out a letter to all who were not able to respond to the church survey by email. It will include a stamped envelope where you can mail the survey to the church office.  We are inviting everyone to complete this survey to help us plan and anticipate participation. Our goal is to become a healthy, thriving church and your input is not only beneficial but valued.  If you have any questions please call the church office at 407-322-0980.


Family Sunday-No Children’s Ministry

January 31st is Family Sunday where we will all worship together as one big family. The cry room, nursery and pre-k room are available to parents who need to use them. Regular children’s ministry will resume next week.



Youth Group

Sunday November 22nd¸ youth group will meet in-person at our normal time of 6:30pm-8:00pm at Safeharbor. Despite our society still being impacted by Covid-19, pastoral leadership has decided to move forward with in-person gatherings with the following precautions:

  • Leaders and students are required to wear masks while inside the church building.
  • Social distancing will be encouraged
  • Regular snack will not be offered to students until further notice
  • Regular washing/sanitizing of hands will be encouraged
  • Any semi-physical game will be played outside (kickball, spud, throwing ball, etc.)

We cannot emphasize enough that pastoral leadership 100% supports parent/guardian decision regarding their student(s) involvement in these gatherings. Also, I would like to thank all of you for the continual support and understanding during these last 6 months, as leadership has sought the LORD for guidance and wisdom regarding student ministry. Looking forward to our future in ministry

As always, if you’d like to connect with our Next Gen Pastor for some encouragement and direction, send him an email at jeff@safeharbor-church.org



Christmas Eve Service

The first Christmas was socially distanced the infant Jesus, Mary and Joseph with only a short visit from some local shepherds. Come worship the birth of our Savior as we practice social distancing or worship from home. Our Christmas Eve worship will be begin at 6:00 pm and scheduled to appear on our Facebook and YouTube pages on December 24.  Have a few candles to join in from home as we light candles in the sanctuary.
 
 
 


ELDER NOMINATIONS

Safeharbor Christian Church is selecting elders who are willing to be shepherds to help each of us grow closer to Christ and closer to one another. We leave this choice to the Lord through a careful process driven by prayer and the needs of our church. The elder nomination forms will be available beginning November 15th thru November 22nd. These forms will be located at the dock and online with the deadline for completed forms being returned is Sunday, November 22nd. You may fill out an online nomination form by clicking the button below.
 


Discipleship Retreat Nov 13th & 14th

The Safeharbor Discipleship Retreat is an exciting event that is going to be in a beautiful tranquil location on the shores of Lake Yale. We are going to journey together to discover what it means to walk with God and live out what it means to be a follower of Jesus.

THE DISCIPLESHIP RETREAT AT A GLANCE


The Good Fight Series – The Battle is Now

Many have noted that this current political climate is a spiritual battle for the soul of our nation. We couldn’t agree more. But the way in which we are invited to engage the battle might surprise you.
This weekend Pastor Dan continues with part 6 of our series called the “Good Fight.” What do we do with the pictures of a “warrior God” in the Old Testament? Or how about of the victorious warrior Jesus from Revelation 19? In this series we’ve discovered that God’s justice, while fierce, is marked by patience and grace, and that our invitation is to trust him who has triumphed over the dark forces of evil.
But some may ask, “If Jesus has overcome the forces of evil, why does it look as though they are winning in the world around us?” In this message, we’ll explore that question and consider our responsibility as followers of Jesus who participate in a spiritual struggle.



Final 2020 Meet Up

Our final “Meetup” of 2020 will be at the Safeharbor campus on Wednesday, November 4th, 6pm
Due to the time change, we’ll be indoors, but will practice social distancing. We ask that you wear a mask to accommodate those who may be vulnerable. 
Hot Dogs, snacks, and drinks will be provides, just as we’ve done for our park meetups, over the last two months.
Come on out to connect, encourage your church family, and pray for one another.
 

Safeharbor Campus, Wednesday 11/4, 6:00-7:00pm

 



CHILI-COOK OFF

Bring your best recipe for our annual chili cook-off.
This year will be a little different. We’ll set up, tail-gate fashion, in the church parking lot, to allow for a little more space and social distancing.
Bring your chairs, canopies, and chili. We’ll provide sample bowls and spoons.
If you need to plug in a crock pot, you’ll have to to provide your own power.
Are you an NFL fan? Not to worry, we’ll have the game on.
We’ll wrap up the evening with worship around a bonfire.


Food Box Giveaway Follow up

On Saturday, October 24th Safeharbor gave out 54 Farm Fresh Food Boxes to the community from 1:30-3pm at the Safeharbor campus. A big thank you goes out to all who helped pick up and deliver the boxes to the church, set up the pick stations and passing out the boxes to families. The answer of the call to serve Jesus by serving the community would not have been a success without you!


Nomination Form

Letter from the Safeharbor Elders:

Dear Church Family,

We’re grateful to have had the opportunity to serve you over this past year. We consider it a privilege to serve as overseers and shepherds of Christ’s church.

As a congregation that upholds Scripture as our rule of faith and practice, Safeharbor Christian Church is led by a team of Elders (which includes our Sr. Pastor), who maintain biblical alignment, guide the church’s course and direction, and provide spiritual oversight for our family of believers. (Acts 14:23; 20:28-29, IThess 5:12-13, ITim 5:17-18, Hebrews 13:17, I Pet 5:1-4).

Each fall, in keeping with our church by-laws, we invite you to help us identify potential leaders in our congregation who might serve as Elders. Those who serve in these roles must be “full of the spirit and wisdom” (Acts 6:3) and meet the biblical qualifications spelled out in 1Timothy 3:1-13 & Titus 1:6-9. We are looking for men with a shepherd’s heart who are willing to help us move forward in our mission to be and make disciples of Jesus who unleash the gospel in our community and around the world. We recognize that church leadership is a team effort, and expect those who serve on our Elder team to bring different gifts and passions to the table. Servant-leaders, who’ve proven their ability to work with others by serving as ministry leaders, or small group leaders are preferred.

We ask that you take you prayerfully consider those who seem to be a good fit for the role. If no one comes to mind, don’t feel as though you must nominate someone. This is not a popularity contest. God has gifted and called individuals to different areas of leadership and service in the church. Your nomination is one confirmation of that gifting and calling. Age and length of time at Safeharbor are not necessarily good indicators of whether someone is a good fit for the role of Elder. Some who’ve attended Safeharbor for a short time may have a depth of spiritual maturity and experiences that help us create a culture of genuine discipleship. Scripture doesn’t specify age as a qualification for the office of Elder.

Attached, you’ll find a nomination form. We’ve listed out the qualifications for the role of Elders according to 1Timothy 3 and Titus 1. Our primary concern is a candidate’s character. Those who live out the gospel message and are being conformed to the image of Christ (Rom 8:29, Col 3:2) will ultimately be those who are able to lead others to help us make genuine disciples of Jesus who unleash the gospel.

After nominations are received, we will review those nominated and begin an interview process, in keeping with Scripture (1Timothy 3:10) and our church by-laws. We will select candidates based on the interview process and the needs of our leadership structure at this time. Safeharbor Partners (members) will vote to confirm our decision at the annual congregational meeting in December.

According to our by-laws, you must be a member of Safeharbor in order to nominate someone as a potential Elder. Partnership classes are held throughout the year, and are the best next step for those who desire to be a member of Safeharbor. Additionally, candidates for Elder must be “members of the congregation for at least six months before the month of nomination.”*

Please consult those who you are nominating to be sure that they are members of Safeharbor who meet the biblical qualifications and are willing to serve in the role for which they are being nominated.

Thank you for allowing us to serve and lead as we unleash the gospel together. We await your prayerful consideration and nominations for potnetial elders at Safeharbor Christian Church.

In Christ,

The Elders of Safeharbor*Exerpt taken from our By-Laws (revised 2016).

 

NOMINATION FORM:

I believe that the following nominee meets the biblical qualifications outlined in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1:

  • Above reproach  (1Tim 3, Titus 1)
  • Faithful to his wife  (1Tim 3) (Titus 1)
  • Sober-minded   (1 Tim 3)
  • Self-controlled   (1 Tim 3)
  • Respectable   (1 Tim 3)
  • Hospitable   (1 Tim 3)
  • Able to teach others   (1 Tim 3)
  • Not: drunkard, violent, greedy, quarrelsome, lover of money   (1Tim 3, Titus 1)
  • Manages his household well; children who obey and respect him (1Tim 3, Titus 1)
  • Children are believers, not rebellious (Titus 1)
  • Not a recent convert   (1Tim 3)
  • Well thought of by outsiders   (1Tim 3)
  • Not: arrogant, quick-tempered, drunkard, violent, greedy (Titus 1)
  • Hospitable, lover of goodness, upright, holy, self-controlled (Titus 1)
  • Holds firm to the word, able to teach and refute (Titus 1)
 
 


Beach Baptisms & Picnic

Join us this Sunday, August 23, 1:00pm for a beach picnic! We look forward to this annual tradition and invite you to connect in this open-air, outdoor space. Check out our Facebook Event to let us know if you’re going, and for updates this week.
We’ll meet up at Pavilion #3, Bethune Beach Park. 
Pastor Kevin is serving up some meats hot off the grill, and we’ll provide drinks as well.
Bring your beach chairs, unbrellas/canopies, and a side dish to share.
If you’re interested in being baptized, please see Jeremy Campbell or one of our pastors near The Dock after the worship service today..


Congregational Meeting Follow-Up

Sunday, August 16, 2020 there was a congregational meeting led by the elders and staff to update the congregation on the status of Safeharbor. Here are the topics that were covered:

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NIGHT OF PRAYER FOLLOW-UP

Wednesday, August 19th Safeharbor along with Rivers of Living Water Ministry and Iglesia Cristiana Rejoice meet for a second pray gathering. The first meeting was at Safeharbor on June 17th where the three churches prayed for racial healing in Sanford and the nation. What was different about this prayer gathering is that it was held entirely through Zoom. The focus of this prayer gathering was racial healing and for our churches to be engaged during this pandemic. It was a success and there are plans to meet again in the months to come.


Baptism Class

If you’re interested in being Baptized, please see Jeremy Campbell near The Dock, today, after the service or send an email to the church office.
Additionally, we’d like to invite you to a Baptism Class Thursday, August 20th, 5:00pm, in the church office. We’ll talk about the meaning, symbolism, and purpose of baptism, as well as behind-the-scenes details, like what clothes to wear, what to say, and any concerns you may have.



Nursery Volunteers

Do you want to help develop the next generation of Jesus followers? The Family ministry has several areas where you can help make this vision become a reality. As of now there 2 positions available in the Nursery. Click here to email Pastor Franklin to find out how you can help.
The Marina and PreK will be dismissed during our service before the message.  Social distancing will be practiced and the staff will take every precaution to ensure the safety of everyone. Read more…


Hurricane Precautions

We’re Floridians. You know the drill. It’s hurricane season. As of this morning, the path of Hurricane Isaias continues to hug the coast of Florida, bringing the potential for tropical-storm-force winds to our area later Sunday afternoon. We are not canceling services, but encourage you to check the weather before venturing out. Of course, we are grateful to have a livestream option as well.
Join us on campus or tune in, Sunday, 10am, on our Youtube Channel or Facebook Page


Beach Baptism & Picnic

Join us Sunday August 23rd for Beach Baptism & Picnic! A family style picnic with food and fellowship will be followed by a baptism on the beach. Meet us at Bethune Beach to enjoy a slice of summer and celebration with our church family.
 
Do you want to be baptized? If you’d like to publicly commit your life to Jesus this summer, we’d love to hear from you. There will be an informational gathering on August 16th following service.You can reach out to (INSERT CONTACT) for more information.


FATHERS DAY AT SAFEHARBOR

We think that the fathers who attend Safeharbor are pretty great dads! None of them are perfect, but all of them have made a choice to humbly participate in a church community as followers of Jesus, and we think that makes them pretty good role-models. The Dads at Safeharbor “knock our socks off.”
Join us Sunday for Fathers Day at Safeharbor! Our guest speaker, Scott Cain, retired pastor of Eau Galie Christian Church and chaplain Read more…