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We are building a new Allendale…

Allendale United Methodist Church is a Reconciling Congregation. We affirm the sacred worth of all people and strive to practice Christ’s example of unconditional love without exclusion. All are welcome to participate fully in the life and ministries of this congregation. Whatever your race, ethnicity, economic situation, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, background or belief, age or condition of ableness, whether single or partnered, you are God’s beloved and are welcome here. God calls us to acts of love, grace, and advocacy to promote healing and reconciliation. We are building a new Allendale: a place without barriers, a sanctuary for all.

Join us in living out our call to love God and neighbor:

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with  all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27

“What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8

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Events

Allendale UMC annual flea market hosted by the United Methodist Women.  Come on out, there is something for everyone!!

FiredUp Pinellas, a justice group organized following the recent Women’s March is meeting at Allendale to discuss the Affordable Care Act.

The St. Petersburg Community Band was founded in 1975, and we are still going strong. We are a registered non-profit organization of sixty-plus volunteer musicians of all ages. We play a wide variety of music from Blues to Big Band, Classical to Cha-Cha, and just about everything in-between.

We love to play (for free, although we are always open to donations and sponsorships) and we are very proud to support our community. Our audiences have heard us at nursing homes, the Special Olympics, the Sheriff’s Youth Ranch, The Pier, at the Lighting of The Tree ceremonies, and many other civic affairs all around town, especially during the Holiday Season.

FAST stands for Faith and Action for Strength Together. It is a coalition of over 40 congregations in Pinellas County doing justice work together. The Rally is our large gathering before the Nehemiah Action. The Nehemiah Action is where all the congregations come together in the Tropicana Dome to hold our elected officials accountable to do justice. Learn more here.

Suncoast Hospice | Empath Health staff and community members hold memorial services throughout the year to remember friends and loved ones. Our services are nondenominational and take place at Suncoast Hospice | Empath Health community service centers throughout Pinellas County.

Maundy Thursday is an alternate name for Holy Thursday, the first of the three days of solemn remembrance of the events leading up to and immediately following the crucifixion of Jesus. The English word “Maundy” comes from the Latin mandatum, which means “commandment.” As recorded in John’s gospel, on his last night before his betrayal and arrest, Jesus washed the feet of his disciples and then gave them a new commandment to love one another as he had loved them (John 13:34). This is why services on this night generally include the washing of feet or other acts of physical care as an integral part of the celebration.

While John’s gospel does not record the institution of the Lord’s Supper among the events of this night, the other gospels do. Christians therefore keep this day with celebrations both at the basin (footwashing) and at the Lord’s Table (Holy Communion).

The source of our term for the Friday before Easter, “Good Friday,” is not clear.  It may be a corruption of the English phrase “God’s Friday.” It is a day that proclaims God’s purpose of loving and redeeming the world through the cross of our Lord, Jesus Christ. It is a day that is good because God was drawing the world to God’s self in Christ. As seen in John’s gospel, particularly, God was in control. God was not making the best of a bad situation, but was working out God’s intention for the world — winning salvation for all people. We call it “good” because we look backward at the crucifixion through the lens of Easter!

It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.

Audre Lorde

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The best thing of all is God is with us!

John Wesley

The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.

Harper Lee

My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu
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