In Brief — May 25, 2004 {0082}

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In Brief — May 25, 2004

May 25, 2004    News media contact:  Michael Wacht*    
407-897-1140    Orlando  {0082}

An e-Review News Item
By J.A. Buchholz**

Board of Lay Ministry announces nominees

LAKELAND — The Florida Conference Board of Lay Ministry has announced its nominees for lay ministry officers and lay leader to be elected at the 2004 Florida Annual Conference Event at Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach.

The laity session will start at 10 a.m. June 3 in the auditorium of the Performing Arts Center. The Board of Lay Ministry officers will be elected at that time.

William (Bill) Walker has been nominated as Florida Conference lay leader. Walker served as the conference’s director  of Connectional Ministries from June 1999 to June 2003.  His election will come up for a vote by the entire annual conference delegation.

Russell Graves, chairman of the board’s lay leadership committee, said Walker was recommended because he is “qualified with vision and understanding to be the lay leader during this time of change and transition within the conference.” Graves said Walker is a person who thinks “outside the box.”
Officer nominees include Aggie Reed of Miami for board treasurer; William (Bill) Fackler of Jacksonville for board secretary; John Dowell of Tampa for older adult representative; Donna Maynard of St. Petersburg for female representative of a conference committee; Robert (Bob) Grizzard of Lakeland for male representative of a conference committee; and Emily Bell of Tampa as youth lay member representing the conference.

The nominees will begin their terms at the end of conference.

Avondale church receives model recognition

JACKSONVILLE — Avondale United Methodist Church has been recognized by the national Igniting Ministry office as a “Model Welcoming Congregation.”

The Jacksonville church is a triple-certified “Welcoming Congregation” by the office, receiving that status in 2001, 2002 and 2003.

Deeann Bogle, Igniting Ministry certification coordinator, said through the welcoming certification process the Igniting Ministry staff noticed the creativity and dedication of many welcoming teams that had received the “Welcoming Congregations” certification and decided to identify those churches as “Model Welcoming Congregations.”

Six churches are awarded the model status each year. Avondale United Methodist Church is the first of the year.

St. Paul United Methodist Church, Jacksonville, was awarded the status last year.

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*Wacht is director of Florida United Methodist Communications and managing editor
of e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service.
**Buchholz is a staff writer for e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service.

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