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Sunday, March 3, 2024

Ocala church hosting free weekly community meals

A church in Ocala is inviting members of the local community to stop by for a free weekly meal.

The Big Hammock Community Dinner will be held on Tuesday evenings, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at Compassion United Methodist Church, which is located at 1712 SE Lake Weir Avenue in Ocala.

The city’s name, Ocala, comes from the extinct Timucuan tribe who called their village Ocali, which is commonly believed to mean “Big Hammock.”

During the Tuesday gatherings at Compassion UMC, attendees will come together for a shared meal, prayer, and to learn about Jesus.

Located at the former site of the Druid Hills United Methodist Church, Compassion UMC celebrated its grand opening last month.

“Guided by the Holy Spirit, we embark on a daring journey, taking risks and embracing new opportunities as we follow the path of spiritual exploration and growth,” states Compassion UMC on its website.

The main worship experience gathers are held at the church on Sunday mornings, beginning at 11 a.m.

Led by co-pastors and Ocala natives Michael and Jill Beck, Compassion UMC’s new site will also become the home of a holistic recovery program for women. According to the church, this program will include housing, therapy, resume preparation, job skill development, driver’s license/transportation assistance, education, family reunification, case management, and recovery services.

For more information, visit the Compassion United Methodist Church online or call 352-553-7489.