In Brief — Nov. 2, 2004 {0189}



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In Brief Nov. 2, 2004

Nov. 2, 2004    News media contact:  Michael Wacht*    
407-897-1140   
mwacht@flumc.org     Orlando  {0189}

An e-Review News Item

Bishop announces mid-year appointments

By Michael Wacht
 
LAKELAND — Florida Area Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker announced the following appointments Oct. 31. The new appointments are effective beginning Jan. 9.

n The Rev. Philip H. Roughton, senior pastor at First United Methodist Church, Ormond Beach is appointed to Christ Church United Methodist in Fort Lauderdale.

n The Rev. Annette S. Pendergrass, senior pastor at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, is appointed to First United Methodist Church, Ormond Beach.

n   The Rev. Joseph E. Jursa Jr., senior pastor at Boca West Community United Methodist Church in Boca Raton, is appointed to St. Paul United Methodist Church, Jacksonville.

n   The Rev. Richard A. Gallo, senior pastor at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in Fort Myers, is appointed to Boca West Community United Methodist Church in Boca Raton.

n   The Rev. Clarice Setser, a full-time local pastor and associate pastor at North Naples United Methodist Church in Naples, is appointed pastor at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in Fort Myers.

n   The associate pastor position at North Naples United Methodist Church remains open.

n The Rev. A. Kent Crow Jr., senior pastor at First United Methodist Church, Land O'Lakes, is appointed to St. John's United Methodist Church in Winter Haven.

n The Rev. Guyton M. Weatherly, senior pastor at Braden River United Methodist Church in Bradenton, is appointed to First United Methodist Church, Land O'Lakes.

n The Rev. David L. Springer, senior pastor at Ft. Ogden United Methodist Church in Fr. Ogden is appointed to Braden River United Methodist Church in Bradenton.

n The Rev. Lloyd C. McClelland, a retired elder, is appointed to Fort Ogden United Methodist Church in Fort Ogden.

n The Rev. Douglas O. Townley, senior pastor at Killearn Lakes United Methodist Church in Tallahassee, is appointed to First United Methodist Church, Auburndale.

n The Rev. Jeremy D. Rebman, associate pastor at First United Methodist Church, Orlando, is appointed pastor of Killearn Lakes United Methodist Church in Tallahassee.

n The associate pastor position at First United Methodist Church, Orlando, remains open.

The Florida Conference Cabinet also approved four retired elders from the Florida and West Virginia conferences for interim service. These pastors are already in place or will be prior to January 2005.

n The Rev. Donald W. Jones, from the Florida Conference, is interim pastor at First United Methodist Church, Stuart.

n The Rev. Larry E. Cook, from the Florida Conference, will be interim pastor at Community United Methodist Church, Casselberry.

n The Rev. Walter D. Edwards, from the Florida Conference, is interim pastor at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Ocala.

n The Rev. John R. Campbell, from the West Virginia Conference, is interim pastor at Shores United Methodist Church, St. Augustine.


Florida churches receive Igniting Ministry recognition, grant

By Tita Parham**

ORLANDO — Two Florida Conference churches were recognized for their work with the Igniting Ministry campaign by the national Igniting Ministry office in Nashville: one for members' welcoming efforts and the other for the church's Igniting Ministry advertising campaign.

In early October Tice United Methodist Church in Fort Myers received a Welcoming Certification from Igniting Ministry, recognizing the church as an official "Welcoming Congregation" for 2004 and bringing the number of conference churches to receive the recognition to 25.

The certification means the church has cultivated hospitality skills to both attract visitors to the church and help them become active members of the church family.

In addition to the certificate, the national office has placed a special designation next to the church's listing on the national Find-A-Church database at http://www.unitedmethodist.org.

Hernando United Methodist Church in the Leesburg District was awarded a grant totaling more than $1,900 from the denomination to help purchase television advertising last September. The church matched the amount dollar-for-dollar, bringing the total dollars available to the church for purchasing local television advertising to nearly $4,000.
 
The church's advertising campaign supplemented the United Methodist television commercials that aired during this year's back-to-school season as part of the national "Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors." advertising campaign coordinated by the national Igniting Ministry office.
 
We hope to "reach the seeker, the lonely, the unchurched and all those who are looking for something to believe in...a new beginning in their relationship with God," said church member John Edl, who was instrumental in attaining the grant, according to a release from United Methodist Communications' public information office. 

The national office offers limited matching grants to United Methodist conferences and local churches to help them offset local and regional Igniting Ministry television campaigns that coincide with the national placement of commercials. The grants are offered three times a year, and a maximum of $50,000 per applicant can be requested. More information about Igniting Ministry grants is available from the matching grants office:  toll-free 877-281-6535; e-mail imgrants@umcom.org; or on the Web site at www.ignitingministry.org/matchinggrants.


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*Wacht is director of Florida United Methodist Communications and managing editor
of e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service.
**Parham is editor of e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service.




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