Preliminary gathering of information regarding "Gulf Cove Mission Church"
Review of Master Planning Study prepared for Englewood Bank and Trust, which included, material dealing with population, housing, employment, income, retail sales and traffic flow covering growth patterns over past 10 years and projected to 1990.
Meeting with the local community to share results of studies and listen to feedback for the start of a new church in the community.
District Board of Missions and Church Extension voted Gulf Cove to be the next mission church with Rev. Bill Oakley to arrange for lot to be cleared and "future site" sign to be posted.
Rev. Bill Oakley appointed by Dr. Odell Miley to be Pastor of the new church.
|1984 September 12||
Board of Missions and Church Extension approved monies for parsonage lot, house and furnishings not to exceed $110,000.
|1984 September 25||
First meeting of prospective members - 25 attended, 45 people indicated a desire to join. Steering committee formed to meet October 4, 1984.
Pastor's salary and Travel, $16,000, health insurance, life insurance and pension to be paid by Equitable Salaries and the Sarasota District.
|1984 October 7||
First worship service of mission church held at L.A. Ainger Middle School, 90 people in attendance - World Communion Day.
Fee $60/wk for 3 hours, liability insurance $100, advertising cost for 1 year, not to exceed $500 to be paid by the Sarasota District.
EUMC to provide sanctuary for weddings, funerals and for the ability to print bulletins.
Sarasota area churches asked to supply items needed to conduct worship, ie: hymnals, altar furniture, bulletin stock, office equipment.
|1984 October - December||
Established United Methodist Women, United Methodist Men, church blood bank, Sunday school, nursery, evening Bible study, United Methodist Youth Foundation, choir, participation in Englewood Helping Hand, FISH, Meals on Wheels, coffee fellowship and pot luck dinners.
First Charge Conference:
Election of officers
Official naming of New Church, from 24 names proposed and voted on by members
Paid staff include nursery attendant and organist
Membership grown to more than 100, church is paying 10% of salary package.
Hosted Joy Inc. - Christian Contemporary Concert at Tringali Center
Building committee formed to start work on building plans
Parsonage finally completed, moving party for the Oakleys
Choir practice weekly at the parsonage
|1985 May 12||
Gulf Cove UMC chartered Dr. Odell Miley presided. Church-wide dinner at parsonage following service.
Rev. Bill Oakley and Marsha Oakley
Established giving Bibles to rising 3rd grade students
Treasury balance $13,000+
|1985 May 28||
Rev. Oakley ordained as elder in Lakeland, FL attended by Marsha, the McMahels and the Priests
The incorporation of GCUMC; choir practices at Charlotte McDaniel's home
Membership is 150+, church is paying approximately 50% of salary package and 100% apportionments! Pastor's compensation $18,610; church budget for '86 - $37,510
|1986 March 20||
Preliminary building plans were approved at Church Conference.
Church motto - "Gulf Cove UMC in the community, for the community"
Coffee, cookies and good conversation.
Church paying approximately 75% salary support - $25,950; recommended budget for 1987 - $65,700; still growing!
Crafty Ladies in full swing.
Frustration voiced at lack of significant progress regarding building.
Pursuing acquisition of title to triangular piece of land adjacent to property
Letter to District Superintendent regarding need to build NOW on current property rather than search for new site. Current site sufficient to support plan for fellowship hall, educational facilities and a 600 seat sanctuary.
Efforts of the District needed to support our efforts in solving the most critical problem of obtaining adequate potable water and sewer.
District asks to investigate obtaining 5 acres and house adjoining our property to the East. Owners now willing to sell and are asking $97,000.
Mission Statement: Our desire is to offer Christ to all people in the greater East Englewood/West Charlotte county area through our programs, actions, deeds and words. We are evangelical and family oriented, with commitment to worship, Bible study, prayer, fellowship and service. We intend the church to become the focal point of this community, known for its devotion to God and its concern for the people and their community.
Purpose: Gulf Cove UMC is a community of faith whose purpose shall be to experience and express the saving Grace of God through Jesus Christ; in our heart by worship, in our mind by study, and in our hand by service.
Dream: To establish facilities and provide resources to become a "second family" with our Lord as the head - where, as ambassadors of Christ, we can become a vital influence in the spiritual, physical and mental growth of our community.
GCUMC gratefully accepts the gift of the "Baker Property" from the Sarasota District Board of Missions & Church Extension. Special Exception zoning granted by Charlotte County August 10, 1987.
Open house at Oaks Cove and craft sale
United Methodist Women 1987
Seated: Charlotte McDaniel, Terri Watt, Joan Priest, Kathryn Lewis, Marianna McMahel, Gerda Shrene, Alice Steenrod
Standing: Vicki Strait, Alison Calder, Ellie Fenton, Tran Wilmot, Mary Corke, Jacki Williams, Margaret Garrett, Betty Miller, Edith Schyllerup, Betty McMillen, Stella Himmelberger, Mary Jane Steudler, Judy Tarnevall, Marie Lloyd, Lorranine Becker, Ruth Nice, Marsha Oakley, Alice Weber.
United Methodist Men February 1987
Seated: Cal Weber, Bob Chance, Bob Mercer, Nick McMahel
Standing: Archie Watt, Don Eldon, Ken Priest, Dick Nice, Tom Williams, Chuck Bathurst, Jeff Lloyd, Howard Henry, Bill Morgan, Bill Nelson, Tom McDaniel, Hunter Dixon, Bill Oakley, Bud Steudler
|1988 January 21||
Starting the year with 153 members and average attendance of 114.
|1988 February 18||
The building committee reported to the administrative council that the architect has the site plan and is working on the access road and water.
|1988 September 25||
GCUMC changed worship services to Oaks Cove.
Picnic at Oaks Cove
Pastor's compensation - $34,740 for 1989; GCUMC paying 100% of compensation.
|1989 March 26||
Easter 1989 at Oaks Cove
|1989 April 24||
|1989 May 14||
Ground breaking ceremony at GCUMC with picnic.
|1989 August 31||
$327,305 already spent on the property to date; now applying for a $500,000 loan at 8%.
Goals for 1990: Increase vitality and variety of worship; intentionally disciple 20 new families into life of church; host a lay witness mission; Pastor led short term Bible studies; increase involvement in local missions; promote "Wills & Legacies"; create an inviting church campus; host activities for community at large; pay 100% apportionments.
Construction began on new building - multi-function sanctuary.
|1990 December 24||
Christmas Eve service held in new building with dirt floors and hay bales, roof, but no windows or doors.
|1991 March 31||
Easter service held in unfinished new building: Over $100,000 in building costs saved thanks to the labor of church members; still financially behind.
|1991 June 30||
Mortgage increased from $240,008 to $320,000.
Long range planning committee: Dick Browkaw, Paul Christain, Harold Grafe, Gerda Shreve, Judy Tornwall, Brian Leonardson, Bill Oakley
|1991 September 29||
Charge Conference - Jan Henry-Brandeberry recommended for ordination
Building is finally complete!!!!! This after tremendous difficulties with the roof leaking, the infamous lift station, water, and the turn lane from SR776.
|1992 February 16||
Consecration of the new sanctuary (Certificate of Occupancy granted 2/14/92)
Newspaper article states: "Adversity Doesn't Stop Church","A group of 15 men, averaging 70 years of age, labored for three years to clear the land and build the church."
|1992 May 13||
Ribbon cutting ceremony including community and Methodist leaders
|1992 June 10||
Change of pastoral leadership, good-bye to the Oakleys and hello to the Rentz
Sharon & Bob Rentz, Charlie, Cody & Krissi Rentz, Dolores & Charles Rentz 1992
Charge Conference - attendance up 48%, & in summer it's up 54%
Coffee Social 1992
Membership 253 - attendance about 240/week
|1994 March 27||
Palm Sunday - Sermon on the Mount - Dramatic Monologue - Rev. Charles Rentz
Called Church Conference:
New lighted sign installed
3rd pictorial directory completed
Storage building for lawn equipment etc. completed
Roof repairs completed
Garden of Prayer dedicated (across pond)
Pastor Rentz became Dr. Rentz as he received his doctorate
Phase II construction started on building
Phase II near completion
|1995 September 24||
Consecration of Phase II
Maxine Fuller - Church Historian
Financial short-fall again
Advent booklet for congregation by Krissi Rentz
Dr Rentz escorts tour to the Holy Land
Financial crises; letter to the members from Pastor
Roof on parsonage replaced
Children's Choir - Light One Little Candle
Dawn Tesauro hired as executive secretary
First Community Thanksgiving dinner at GCUMC
United Methodist Women disbanding
Easter week total attendance - 2551
10 people confirmed, 6 baptized, 20 united in membership
Youth director for summer hired
Amber Luke hired as Youth Director
Proposed budget for 1998 - $273,340
|1997 November 15||
Prayer and Revisioning Retreat
United Methodist Men's Christmas Tree Sale
Pastor Rentz led a tour to the Holy Land
Lay witness mission - activities Thursday through Sunday
Pig Roast immediately following service!
Renovation began to parsonage - tile replaced vinyl flooring, interior painting and general repairs
Hope Circle met
3rd annual Community Thanksgiving dinner - served 275
Advent Devotional Booklet prepared by Krissi Rentz
Dramatic monologue by Krissi as Mary
Group cruise to Caribbean organized
|1999 February 6||
Sean Priest formally recognized at an Eagle Court of Honor
Pastoral leadership change
Rev. Scott Farman
Hope Circle net
Stewardship campaign included "Share In the Mission" a syrvey of commitment of time and talents
S.T.A.I.R program started at GCUMC
Amber Luke - Youth Director resigned
Survey results show needs:
Network - Process to discern each one's spiritual gifts, led by Pastor Scott
Focus areas: Welcoming Ministry, Small groups, Contemporary worship
Mission trip to Cuba by Dave Noren
Sarah Shippy to be Youth & Children's Ministry Director and live in Oaks Cove at salary of $6400/year
Disciple Bible Study to be led by Valerie Farman
Budget short fall of $15,203 announced to congregation
5th annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner served 300
Deficit of budget resolved with surplus noted thanks to response to drive
Valerie Farman's Christmas Party for Crafty Ladies
Front Row: Dode Johnson, Emma Jayne Koerner, Fran Wilmot, Jenifer Farman, Valerie Farman
1st Row: Ellen Kliments, Millie Leonardson, Helen Boyce Wanda Taylor, Ione Campbell, Marion Lowe
2nd Row: Ellie Fenton, Jean Shrout, Gladys Wormsley, Joan Earp, Patty Kalafut, Francine Camponi, Betty Coleman, Rachel McIntyre, Liz Orcutt
Back Row: Alice Baer, Lillian Phillips
Crusises for GCUMC group
Sarah Shippy resigned as Youth/Children Ministry Director
Finance Committee instituted General Budget Meetings for info to congregation
Welcoming team, hostess ministry, coffee fellowship team and new Sunday school class
Letter to members thanking all for meeting and exceeding estimated budget
Challenge to church to pledge to fund a Director of Youth and Children Ministry while maintaining pledge to operating budget
|2001 September 11||
Terrorist Attack affecting all of the USA and the world
Finance plea for extra to meet our budget
6th annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner
Terry Ten Brink and Rip Strout
Dave Noren approved as Youth/Children's Ministry Director
Pictorial Church Directory
4th annual citrus drive
Working on information sheet to welcome new members describing all small groups and ministries available for involvement
Income toward budget up 14% from 2001
VBS - Great success
Heather Priest awarded the Andy Losh Memorial Scholarship by Kitty Losh Pugh
Companions in Christ Bible Study led by Pastor Scott (28 week study)
Pastoral Compensation for 2003 to be $51,805 plus $2300 reimbursable fund
Pastor Scott focusing GCUMC toward discovering the purpose for us
Participation in Habitat for Humanity
Arts and Craft Fair January 24-25
The Sawdust Boys started by Terry Ten Brink
Vacation Bible School June 9-13
Thanksgiving Dinner Served November 27th.
Administrative council voted to start a Contemporary service between the existing services!
New Choir Robes
New Contemporary Worship Service begins March 7th.
Mother's Day: Oldest - Lee Heiss, Youngest girl - Hazel Capri Charbonneau
Placement of modular buildings set by Trustees.
Florida Conference will be changed to 9 districts in July 2005.
Vacation Bible School.
Hurricane Charlie Damages Church!
11 people joined church in November!
Hurricane damage mostly repaired including roof damage, $1200 damage to organ, flag pole, doors and carpeting.
Vision Team's report nears completion.
Uses for modular buildings being discussed.
Gulf Cove spring sale hailed as a success!
Pumpkin Patch Ministry
Church mortgage balance as of December 1 is $292,790.04.
A volunteer Historian is needed to continue the good work.
After a lot of discussion the Administrative Council approved a new mission statement: Helping Everyone Meet, Know and Serve Jesus.
A DNA coaching agreement was approved with Rev. Don Nations. The conference is paying half the cost. We hope to be able to determine what our future direction should be.
An additional $95,000 was approved to be added to our existing mortgage. The new amount is designated for replacing our 11 air conditioners, paving the parking lot including the gravel road connector, and upgrading/replacing lighting around the church. This will bring the total mortgage to $192,050.
The DNA contract is to be signed the first of 2013.
Scott Folsom has been hired as our new Youth Director.
Launch of new website: GulfCoveChurch.com
The previous website hosting company went bankrupt causing GCUMC to seek a new hosting company as well as a new URL.
|2013 November 25||
An anonymous donor offered a challenge gift to pay down our mortgage. The offer was $25,000 no strings attached but would also include up to an additional $25,000 if we could match it. It didn't take long before a second anonymous donor matched the $25,000 challenge.
|2014 June 24||
We have a new sister church in Cuba.
Dan Christopherson, the Southwest District Cuba Coordinator, advised that our request to adopt a sister church in Cuba was approved. We have been assigned a small house church located in Nicaro, Cuba. Pastor Reynaldo Laguna leads the Nicaro Church.
Start of Alpha Seminar Series
Annual Arts & Crafts Show
2nd Annual Pig Pickin' Community Outreach
Rev. Bill and Kim lead a trip to Israel from the 10th to the 19th. Members from our church included Jeanne Shrout, Carol Ankeney, Linda and Rick Starck.
The annual Vision Retreat.
Myakka River Elementary School Fall Festival.
The 1st Annual Boy Scouts Mother's Day Breakfast.
Vacation Bible School is being held on Wednesday evenings for five weeks. HOMETOWN NAZARETH is the theme this year.
Myakka River Elementary School is hold their Fall Festival. A group of volunteers from our church is helping out.
GCUMC is again holding their TRUNK OR TREAT event in the safety of our parking lot. There is always a good turn out.
Linda and Rick Stark are heading out to visit our Nicaro, Cuba sister church.
|2016 January 23||
Habitat Apostle's Build - A group of 12 churches come together to finance and actually build a house for carefully selected new owner. A hardy crew from GCUMC picked up their hammers and set the roof trusses on the new house in a single day.
Rev. Bill is going to Cuba! He will visit our Nicaro sister Church during his stay and experience the wonderful Cuban people. He will be there from Feb. 15th to the 23rd.
|2016 February 11||
GCUMC Annual Pig Pickin' - The pork arrived the day before. It is cut, seasoned and smoked for 8 hours. We served over 600 people from the community.
We raised about $4700 and spent about $2700 for the Boy Scouts trailer wrap.
|2016 February 13||
Our annual Vision Retreat was held at Placida Harbor located on the Intercoastal Waterway.
|2016 March 9||
Rev Isel, the district superintendant of the Holgin Norte District of Cuba, accepts a donation of $612 raised from the GCUMC members. The money will go toward the purchase of bicycles so that his missionaries can travel easier. All these missionary workers are full time volunteers - NO PAY.
The Pastor Reynaldo has moved into the new house and wasted no time is starting construction of the new sanctuary. He reported suspending work as they exhausted available funds. Little does he know that an additional $5000 has been approved and is on its way.
|2016 April 2||
First Annual Pancake Breakfast fundraiser for Gateway for Cancer Research.
|2016 April 8||
Myakka School Spring Festival - For the second year GCUMC participated in the festival by operating the hamburger/hot dog grill and concession stand.
|2016 April 30||
Kairos Outside Candlelight Service
|2016 May 15||
The Fisackerlys have been re-assigned!
Rev. Dr. William Fisackerly has been transferred to St. James UMC in Tampa, FL. Rev. Bill and Kim have served GCUMC for 10 years. We will sorely miss them. They saw us through some difficult times and we are a stronger church because of them.
On the other side of that coin we welcome Rev. Mike Weaver, his wife Kelly and his two daughters.
|2016 June 1||
Our recent graduate, Zak Alvarez, will be starting as our Audio-Video Technician on June 1st. We have great expectations!
|2016 July 1||
Mrs. Liza McDaniel has accepted the Contemporary Service Leader position. You may know Liza as that talented young lady behind the keyboard.