Dear Church Family!


We have been praying that all of you are safe and have not sustained much damage. Knowing that not everyone has had power restored, we remain in prayer that it will happen very soon.  This has been a very challenging time for all ofour Sanlando Family, Central Florida and the entire state, but together as the Body of Christ, we can endure and our strong faith will carry us through!  God is good all the time!


Below is some very important updates and information:


  • The church is still without power as of this writing.  We anticipate it being restored by Sunday evening if not sooner.  Our plan is to have the Church Office open on Monday, 9:00 am.
  • We are having a Church work day on Saturday, September 16th, beginning at 8:00am.  Anyone who can help, please come to join in cleaning up the church grounds and some inside areas.  Please bring a rake, gloves, water, blowers, etc.  Many hands make light work!
  • First United Methodist Church in Sanford has graciously invited our Congregation to Worship with them this Sunday, September 17th, 10:00am.  Please note the following details: 
  • Anyone that would like to sing in the choir should arrive by 9:30am.  All Hymns and other music will be familiar songs.
  • Sanlando Staff and Volunteers will provide Nursery care and Children's Church for all of our children. 
  • Pastor Jonathan will be presiding over Holy Communion to mark the day as one of unity with our sister church.
  • They have a seating capacity of 350, so plenty of room for everyone
  • Parking is mostly street based, but there are many surrounding streets by the church for all of us to park.
  • There will be a time of Fellowship immediately following the Worship Service in their Fellowship Hall with coffee and refreshments.



First United Methodist Church

419 S. Park Avenue

Sanford, FL  32771



Pastor Jonathan is so very grateful for each of you and your strength in this difficult time. Your understanding and graciousness is heartwarming and so very much appreciated.  God bless you all!


That you and I may be mutually encouraged by each others faith.

                                                                                          Romans 1:12



Email with any urgent prayer requests. 

Free Irma Emotional Support Help Line Available


Wespath has offered the services of Optum, the Employee Assistance Provider (EAP) provider for HealthFlex. Optum has put together resources for natural disasters and makes them available to our Annual Conferences free of charge. You do not need to be covered by HealthFlex to use these services.


Optum is also offering a free emotional support help line for people impacted. This helpline will provide those affected access to specially trained mental health specialists. The company’s public toll-free help line number, 866-342-6892, will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for as long as needed. This service is free of charge and open to anyone in the impacted area: clergy, lay, spouses, retirees, church staff, and congregations.


Specially trained Optum mental health specialists help people manage their stress and anxiety so they can continue to address their everyday needs. Callers may also receive referrals to community resources to help them with specific concerns, including financial and legal matters.


Along with the toll-free help line, online help and information is available for emotional-support resources at


View the Important Communications Alert on or select the Crisis Support drop down tab. It will allow you to enter anonymously and will ask you for an access code. Click on “I don’t know my access code” and it will bring you to a Provider page. Choose the provider “Optum Behavioral Health Employee” and it will bring you to a page with a link at the top to “Crisis Support”. Click on the link and choose“Disaster Planning and Recovery”.

For coping and resiliency resources, select the Life & Work tab > Well-Being > Coping.

CYPP TRAINING DATES: SUNDAY AUG. 27th at Noon or Aug. 31st at 6PM

Our next Child and Youth Protection Policy (CYPP) training will begin soon!

The dates available for training will be on Sunday, August 27th or Thursday August 31st

Sunday, August 27th training begins  immediately following the 11:00 Worship Service (lunch will be served) on the stage side of the Fellowship Hall. 

Thursday, August 31st training begins at 6PM on the stage side of Fellowship Hall.

Training should last no longer than two hours. 

This REQUIRED training is only for those adults  that anticipate volunteering with any child or youth ministry within in Sanlando United Methodist Church (Sunday School, Youth, Children’s Church, Children’s Choir, etc.), and have not yet taken the class.  This is for the safety not only of our Sanlando Children and Youth, but our volunteers as well. 

Online form available here


The Sanlando Christian Counseling Center is an outreach ministry of SUMC that has served Central Florida since 1998.  

Kay Van Der Heyden, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, works with adults and teens and provides individual, couples, pre-marital, and marriage counseling.

SCCC is dedicated to helping people build healthier relationships, make positive changes, cope with transitions and restore hope in their lives.  

Address: 1890 West State Road 434 Longwood, FL 32750
(Click Here For Directions)

Phone: 407-339-5324

Email:   ~ All Inquires strictly confidential