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Pasadena Community and Park Temple Methodist Church in Jovellanos, Cuba
Pasadena Community United Methodist Church is the sister Church of Park Temple Methodist Church in Jovellanos, Cuba. Jovellanos is located east of Havana in the Matanzas District of the Methodist Church in Cuba.
The pastors of Park Temple Methodist Church are Carlos Raul Macias, Sr. and Arlenys Miranda Mesa. Their children are Carlos Raul Macias, Jr. and his spouse Miranda; their daughter Rebeca Macias Miranda and their son Carlos Ruben Macias Miranda.
Park Temple Church is a regional teaching church and home of the Matanzas District Methodist Seminary. The church goals for 2023 include:
Pasadena Community United Methodist Church is has participated in the Florida Conference’s Florida – Cuba Covenant, “Methodists United in Prayer” since 1998. There are seventeen districts in the Cuba Methodist Church with 536 churches, 1,212 missions, and 2,710 cell groups. From 2019 to 2022 there was a 12% growth in conference with churches located in 89% of Cuba’s municipalities. There are forty churches in the Matanzas District with 3,077 members.
“I hearby command you: Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (NRSV)
Rev. Mulemena formerly served with the Groves at New Life Center. When commissioned missionary with Global Ministries, he was assigned to Belem, Brazil, where he is the coordinator of the Council of Christian Churches in the Amazon Rain Forest region! Currently, he serves as pastor for 2 Methodist churches in Corozal, Belize. Charles and his wife, Barbara have 4 small children.
The Groves left Orlando to be missionaries in Africa. After 8 years in the Congo, they were relocated to Zambia, where they started the New Life Center, with a focus on evangelism, print shop, and PET industry (Personal Energy Transport).
Delbert is an ordained pastor in the United Methodist Provisional Conference of Zambia. Sandy Groves, with a medical background, is serving at the Center in community health, evangelism, and teaches English. They have 4 adult sons and 4 grandchildren.
Our own Pasadena missionary is Director for South East Asian Relief, Inc. (SEAR, Inc.). His mission ministry over the years has stretched from refugee families in Pinellas County to children and youth in Vietnam! Much of his outreach overseas has been reduced, due to recent new restrictions, but his ministries with local Southeast Asians continue!
Rev. Garcia has a Professor of Theology, at the Quessua School of Theology in Angola and serves as pastor and mentor for the Central United Methodist Church there. He is also a Doctor of Medicine (internal) with the Quessua Mission Health Center. His Cuban wife, Dr. Cleivy Benitez Garcia, Doctor of Medicine (Pediatrics), serves at the clinic and with the church, since she too, is ordained clergy. They feed their family of 500 village children after worship every Sunday!
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Dear Parents and Guardians, 7/1/21
After much prayer, consideration, and dialogue amongst church & school leaders and ministry directors, we have decided to modify our mask restrictions for our summer session, regarding our preschool, children’s, youth, and sport’s ministries. Please be aware that we are doing so with the utmost consideration for the health and safety of our students, staff, families, and congregation. This change is following the decision of the Pinellas County School Board, which lifted mask mandates for all students effective at the end of business on Tuesday, June 9th.
Meeting with all the directors of our Preschool, Children’s, Youth, and Sport’s Ministries, it was thoroughly established that all guidelines for student ministries be uniform, practical, and align with public safety policies.
Effective immediately, mask and face coverings for children/youth under the age of 18 is now optional in all church buildings and property.
We will continue to adhere to the following safety procedures and revisit & review all Covid-19 protocols for the 2021-2022 school year.
As always, thank you for your continued support and faith in our leadership decisions at this time. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your ministry director by phone or email.
Rev. Corey Jones
Phone: 727-381-2499 ext. 212
Rev. Nicole Logan
Phone: 727-381-2499 ext. 205
Gino Cote, Director of Preschool – firstname.lastname@example.org
Angie Hadley, Director of Children’s – email@example.com
Juan Flores, Director Youth – firstname.lastname@example.org
Dean Hoskin, Director of Recreation – email@example.com
Join us as we pray for and support the families affected by the partial collapse of the Champlain Towers South building in Surfside, Fla. We are also supporting the other tower that has been evacuated.
Hundreds of people have been displaced from their homes and rescue teams continue to lead search and recovery efforts. In addition to prayer, you can provide practical support for the victims in the following ways:
Those in the Miami area who are interested in volunteering at the Family Assistance Center can contact Trish Warren, Conference Disaster Response Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rev. Nicole Logan has a background in worship, music, chaplaincy, and pastoral ministries, serving in different capacities since 2010. While studying at Asbury Theological Seminary in Orlando, she interned and served at First UMC Winter Garden from 2014 to 2017. In 2017, she was appointed as the pastor of Montverde UMC. Upon earning her Master of Divinity from Asbury in 2020, she was appointed as the Associate Pastor of Pasadena Community Church.
Pastor Nicole supports our connect, grow, serve, and share teams, focusing on connectional ministries, adult discipleship, and missional outreach as well as worship, preaching, and teaching. She leads our mid-week chapel service on Wednesday mornings. She serves on the FL Conference Congregational Vitality team and the Gulf Central District Anti-Racism team.
Pastor Nicole is married to her best friend, Gary, who is a candidate for pastoral ministry in the Florida Conference as well as the Director of Facilities at Pasadena Community Church. They have seven children: Four girls- Jessi (married to Tim), Natalie, Megan, and Katelyn, and three boys- Ryan, Zach, and David. They also have two rescue poodles, Koda and Duffy. They love theme parks, board games, white water rafting, Disney, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Doctor Who, and miscellaneous other geeky things.
June 16 – Crafts
June 23 – Messy Night
June 30 – Red and Blue Kool-Aid War
July 7 – Food Night
July 14 – Vacation Bible School
July 21 – Bowling (*Meet at Ten Pins*)
July 28 – Olympics Night
Climb aboard for a mountain of fun at Rocky Railway Vacation Bible School! A faith-filled adventure where kids discover that trusting Jesus pulls them through life’s ups and downs. Registration is required!
For more information and details on how to register, CONTACT: Angie Hadley, Director of Children’s Ministry, at email@example.com and/or 727-381-2499 ext. 206
Rev. Corey Jones has a background in children’s, outreach, camping, and pastoral ministries, serving in different capacities since 2000. After starting at Asbury Theological Seminary in Orlando in 2009, he was appointed as the pastor of St. Mark UMC, Lakeland. Upon earning his Master of Divinity from Asbury in 2012, he was appointed to St. Luke’s UMC, Orlando. There, he served for seven years and nearly three years as the Executive Pastor.
Pastor Corey serves as the Senior Pastor of Pasadena Community Church, focusing on worship, preaching, vision, stewardship, and leadership. He also serves on various boards and committees: Bishop’s Anti-Racism Task Force, Bishop’s Committee on Episcopacy, FL Conference Beloved Community (Co-Chair), Board of Ordained Ministry, and District Committee on Ministry. Pastor Corey is currently an FL Delegate to General and Jurisdictional Conferences.
Pastor Corey is married to his best friend, Carol, middle-school math and AVID teacher. They have two sons, Gavin Michael, and Isiah Jackson. The four of them love swimming, watching sports and movies, going to the beach, and dancing in the kitchen.