deal with changing times
Mates of Florida Conference United Methodist ministers are invited
to the "Changing Times…Changeless Christ" Ministers’
Mates Retreat Nov. 2-4 at the Life Enrichment Center in Leesburg.
Marjorie L. Kimbrough, a minister’s mate, author and educator, is
the featured speaker. Her three-part presentation deals with
remembering yesterday, celebrating today and anticipating tomorrow.
Other activities include a Bible study on Hebrews 13:8, a panel
discussion on change experiences, crafts, massages, shopping, bowling
and sharing groups.
The cost is $80; financial assistance is available and full
scholarships are given to first-time participants with three years or
less in ministry service to the Florida Conference. The registration
deadline is Oct. 16. For more information, contact Debbie Gaylord at
904-389-2700 or Carolyn Buie at 941-332-0521.
Bishop invites Florida pastors, laity to Holy Land
Florida Bishop Cornelius L. Henderson invites Florida Conference
pastors, teachers and laity to participate in a 10-day Holy Land
Pilgrimage beginning Jan. 3, 2001.
"We need more pastors, teachers and laity who are biblically
rooted and spiritually motivated," he said, "and I believe a
Holy Land Pilgrimage will have that benefit."
Bishops Lloyd Knox and Woodie White will lead the tour that will
visit Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Jericho and other cities. Contemporary
educational activities include Palestinian and Israeli speakers and
visits to an Israeli settlement and a Palestinian refugee camp.
The cost, which includes airfare, guided sightseeing, hotels and
daily breakfast and dinner, starts at $1,898. For more information,
contact the Rev. Harold Hendren at 863-858-9357 or 1-800-929-5327,
extension 1590, or email@example.com.
Historical Society plans for next quadrennium
The Florida Conference Historical Society is planning for the next
four years and looking for new members to help research, preserve and
educate others on the history of Methodism in Florida. The plan to
build a new conference archives building in Lakeland makes the need
for new members more pressing.
Among the ideas being considered by the society are publishing a
periodic newsletter and preparing oral histories of the conference and
its churches, according to Beverly C. Berry, society president.
Ongoing tasks include assisting the Commission on Archives and History
to gather, preserve and disseminate materials and facts on the history
of Florida Methodism; discovering and preserving historical sites; and
supporting local church historians.
Annual membership dues start at $3 for students and $5 for a
regular membership. For more information, contact Berry at
Leaders discuss transforming society
Faith-based community development strategies and religious
leadership supporting effective human services are among the topics of
discussion at the Faith-based Community Development symposium Nov. 11
at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C.
Workshop leaders include Eric White, executive director of the
Darrell Green Youth Life Foundation; Sang Jin Choi, editor and
publisher of "Peace Times;" Dr. Ray Rivera, founder of the
Latino Pastoral Action Center; and the Rev. Scott Planing, pastor and
coordinator of the Mission at the Eastward.
The cost for the one-day program is $30. The registration deadline
is Nov. 1. For more information, contact Dr. Harold Recinos at
202-885-8669 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for ordering printed copies of the 2000
Florida Conference Journal is Oct. 5. The printed journals are
available to all churches, clergy and laity at a cost of $16 each. To
order, send a check made payable to Florida Conference Treasurer to
2000 Annual Journal, P.O. Box 3767, Lakeland, FL 33802. The CD-ROM
version of the journal is available for $15 per copy. The journal is
also available for download at no cost from the conference’s Web
site at http://www.flumc.org/journal2000/