On April 1, 2017, there was a remarkable event that happened locally in the City of Oviedo Florida. It was called The Oviedo Gathering and had a focused objective summed up in the slogan used; “Unity in our Community for Christ”. It was a simple gathering of Christians from local churches in the Oviedo community that came together regardless of race or denomination, to promote Jesus and bring the body of Christ together. In a world with so much division along racial, political and religious lines, the message of unity touched a nerve as Oviedo area churches looked beyond their walls and came together to focus on Jesus, our Savior.
While it was never intended to be an ongoing event, God touched hearts in such a way, it was decided by many that we should consider coming together annually. We did so for the second time on March 24, 2018, but we added a new element to the event called Gathering for Service. At 8:00am, 11 teams composed of members from different churches, served the community by helping those in need. After the projects were completed, the community came together for a meal at 5:00pm followed by a community worship service starting at 6:00. It was a wonderful day of serving God by serving those in need, then honoring Him through fellowship and worship focusing on His Son Jesus.
In 2019, we will have our 3rd Oviedo Gathering on March 30th. Please pray for this event that God would use it to glorify His Son in our community. While we will not be doing service projects, we have added an event on Sunday, March 31st for high school students. From 3:00pm to 6:00pm, there will be food, music and activities for high school aged students in the Oviedo area. Please check back for announcements and more details coming soon.
No person or organization takes any credit for what God has done, nor will they for what He may do in the future through these gatherings. Suffice it to say that behind the scene there are many individuals from multiple churches dedicating time and money wanting to see the Church serving together for the betterment of our community. It is a picture of church being done differently. We are very fortunate to have Pastors in Oviedo that are willing to work together toward this goal.