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Wearing neon-green shirts that say, "Disaster Relief Team ... 'Here I am, send me!' Isaiah 6:8," team members from the disaster ministry team at Grace United Methodist Church in Cape Coral work to retarp a roof damaged during last year's storm season. Photo courtesy of Grace United Methodist Church, Photo #06-429, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0538.

Judith Pierre-Okerson (right), chair of the conference's refugee and immigration ministry, updates delegates attending the annual conference event in Lakeland last June about the work of the clinic and recognizes the Revs. Marilyn Beecher (left) and Steve Nolan, pastor of First United Methodist Church of Pine Hills, the location of the Orlando immigration clinic, for their efforts in helping set up the clinic. Photo by Caryl Kelley, Photo #06-428, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0536.





Sondra Wheeler (left) professor at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., Kelly Ray-West (center) and Ruth Balderas, both from First United Methodist Church, Hyattsville, Md., join the March 27 protest against the immigration bill passed by the House of Representatives but eventually rejected by the Senate. The rally of religious and community leaders drew 4,000, including 50 United Methodist clergy. The House bill would have made it illegal to provide assistance to undocumented immigrants. A UMNS photo by Magdalena Balderas, Photo #06-427, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0536. Web photo only.

Renda Carter (right), chair of the local Justice For Our Neighhbors team, goes through an intake questionnaire with a client at the Orlando immigration clinic before he meets with an immigration lawyer. Photo by Tita Parham, Photo #06-426, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0535.





Janet Kelley (left), laity and a member of the Florida Conference staff, and the Rev. Lisa Degrenia discuss the purpose of clusters and how they might function at a Conference Table held at University Carillon United Methodist Church in Oviedo in February 2005. The session was held to gain feedback from clergy and laity before clusters began meeting. Photo by Tita Parham, Photo #06-425, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0534.

Cluster leaders pair off to talk about their role during the training session for cluster leaders held last November at the Life Enrichment Center in Fruitland Park. Photo by Tita Parham, Photo #06-424, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0534.





During the worship that was part of the training session for cluster leaders held last November at the Life Enrichment Center in Fruitland Park, the Rev. Catherine Fluck Price asked cluster leaders to "let go of the clutter" and view clusters not as one more thing that adds to that clutter, but "the thing that can allow us to focus on what God really wants us to be doing — loving God and one another." Photo by Tita Parham, Photo #06-423, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0534.

Circe Burnett (left) from the Fort Lauderdale campus and Clair Engle from the Pompano Beach campus spend time doing a devotion and reflection during Christ Church United Methodist's mid-hi mission trip. Youth pastor Theresa Mazza says teens from the two campuses "have set a huge example during this merge. They were the first to worship together and have already served on missions teams together. They are building friendships and building a youth community that proves to be stronger each week." Photo courtesy of Christ Church United Methodist, Photo #06-422, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0532.

Youth from both the Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Beach campuses of Christ Church United Methodist participate in Sunday night youth worship. Photo courtesy of Christ Church United Methodist, Photo #06-421, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0532.



DANLI, Honduras — Children particpate in Sunday school at Danlí Central. Photo courtesy of The United Methodist Mission Church of Honduras, Photo #06-420, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0531.

DANLI, Honduras — Volunteer Cheryl "Mariana" Bieck waits for a team at the airport. Photo courtesy of The United Methodist Mission Church of Honduras, Photo #06-419, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0531.

DANLI, Honduras — Danlí Central was the first Methodist church to form in Danlí. It is one of 12 congregations in five different areas of Honduras that comprise The United Methodist Mission Church of Honduras. Photo courtesy of The United Methodist Mission Church of Honduras, Photo #06-418, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0531.

TALLAHASSEE — Interactive activities, like prayer and communion stations lit with candles, are an integral part of Watermark services. Photo courtesy of Watermark, Photo #06-417, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0530.




TALLAHASSEE — Erin Bates takes communion during a Watermark service. Photo courtesy of Watermark, Photo #06-416, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0530.

TALLAHASSEE — Taking a cue from the hanging-out-at-Starbucks phenomenon, Killearn United Methodist Church's Watermark ministry plans to finish building its coffee shop, The Coffee Pub, this fall as one way to reach the area's 20- to 30-something-year-olds. Photo courtesy of Watermark, Photo #06-415, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0530.

COCONUT GROVE —  Youth take advantage of a chance to just be themselves during one of the monthly Friday night dance parties The Studio offers for area teens. Photo courtesy of The Studio, Photo #06-414, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0528.




COCONUT GROVE —  The Rev. Melissa Pisco (right) prepares to baptize a participant of  The Studio's ministries at a local beach. It's The Studio's first baptism. Photo courtesy of The Studio, Photo #06-413, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0528.

GRETNA —  Love At Work volunteers take a break from repair work. The summer mission program for middle and high school students is sponsored by Killearn United Methodist Church in Tallahassee and aims to encourage spiritual growth in youth through service to others. The youth spend their time repairing substandard houses in Gretna, where half of the area's children live below the poverty line. A UMNS photo by Burt Hodges, Photo #06-412, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0526.


JACKSONVILLE — Lo Simon (standing), a Hart Felt Ministries volunteer, spends time with client Ida Hendrickson. Photo courtesy of Jane Hart, Photo #06-411, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0525.

JACKSONVILLE — Jane Hart (center, standing), founder of Hart Felt Ministries, and members of Beach United Methodist Church share a "one for all and all for one" moment with client Joe Truett (center, seated). Photo courtesy of Jane Hart, Photo #06-410, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0525.














Photo by Tita Parham, Photo #06-409, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0524.











LAKELAND — The Rev. Jeff Stiggins (center), participating in the ordination service at this year's annual conference event, became the new director of the conference's congregational transformation office effective July 3. Photo by Caryl Kelley, Photo #06-408, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0523.

LAKELAND — Florida United Methodists had a chance to meet Mickey Wilson, the conference's new treasure, at the recent annual conference session. He shared brief comments with delegates after they voted their approval that he be hired for the job. Photo by Greg Moore, Photo #06-407, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0522.

LAKELAND — During the archives presentation at this year's annual conference event the ministry of churches celebrating significant anniversaries was recognized. Photo by Caryl Kelley, Photo #06-406, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0520.












LAKELAND — Old hymnals, Bibles and records dating back to the early 1800s are just some of the many items included in the Florida Conference archives. Photo by Caryl Kelley, Photo #06-405, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0520.

LAKELAND — Florida United Methodists and Lutherans participated in leading the joint Ascension Day service. Photo by Pam Garrison, Photo #06-404, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0519. Web photo only.










LAKELAND — A special combined communion service last May marked the first steps for Florida United Methodists and Lutherans to be in ministry together. Photo by Pam Garrison, Photo #06-403, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0519.

HONDURAS — Medical mission teams usually arrive in the fall and winter months and include doctors, dentists and other health-care professionals. Photo courtesy of Ron Davidson, Photo #06-402, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0518.


HONDURAS — Construction teams work on a variety of projects, from building churches and parsonages to education buildings. Photo courtesy of Ron Davidson, Photo #06-401, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0518.










HONDURAS — Ron and Loretta Davidson retired from their jobs in the Untied States and now work in Honduras helping coordinate the work of United Methodist Volunteers in Mission teams. Photo courtesy of Ron Davidson, Photo #06-400, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0518.

HAITI — This Haitian child, shown in a 2003 file photo, benefits from the Haiti Hot Lunch Program, sponsored by the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries for children at Methodist schools. The hot lunch is often the only meal the children receive all day. A UMNS photo by the Rev. David Morton, Photo #06-399, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0517.





LAKELAND — The Rev. Raphael Dessieu, president of the Methodist Church of Haiti, spoke to laity and clergy after signing the covenant. Photo by Caryl Kelley, Photo #06-398, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0517.

LAKELAND — Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker and the Rev. Raphael Dessieu, president of the Methodist Church of Haiti, signed the Haiti/Florida covenant June 2 at the Florida Conference’s annual meeting. Photo by Greg Moore, Photo #06-397, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0517.











ENTERPRISE — Mike Galloway and his wife, Myra, are relocating to Florida from Alabama so Galloway can assume his position July 31 as president/CEO of the Florida United Methodist Children's Home. Photo courtesy of the Florida United Methodist Children's Home, Photo #06-396, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0514.

WEST PALM BEACH — The Rev. David Wiebe (center) and members of Northwood United Methodist Church opened their church's doors to the neighborhood's Haitian-Americans, who, in turn, helped breathe new life into the church. Photo courtesy of the Rev. David Wiebe, Photo #06-395, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0513. Web photo only.

BUNNELL — The Angel Choir at First United Methodist Church, Bunnell, takes time to practice. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Beth Gardner, Photo #06-394, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0513. Web photo only.



KISSIMMEE — The Rev. José Carrion leads worship at First Hispanic Mission. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Jose Carrion, Photo #06-393, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0513. Web photo only.

Photo by e-Review Florida UMNS Staff, Photo #06-392, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0513.


LAKELAND — A roving Igniting Ministry billboard traveled around the Lakeland area June 1-3 during the Florida Conference's annual meeting. Photo by Caryl Kelley, Photo #06-391, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0510.









FRUITLAND PARK — The Rev. Catherine Fluck Price serves communion at a training for church cluster leaders last November at the Florida Conference Life Enrichment Center. Photo by Tita Parham, Photo #06-390, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0509.

LAKELAND — Florida Conference Lay Leader Bill Walker speaks to lay members of the annual conference before the 2006 annual meeting's opening session. Photo by e-Review Florida UMNS staff, Photo #06-389, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0507.

LAKELAND — Lay members gather to talk about issues impacting laity and hear a brief message from Dr. David Lowes Watson before the opening session of the "Witness With Power" 2006 Florida Anual Conference Event. Photo by e-Review Florida UMNS staff, Photo #06-388, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0507.

        

LAKELAND — Laity and clergy gather on the floor of the Lakeland Center arena during the opening session of the 2006 annual gathering of Florida United Methodists to discuss questions regarding the role of laity. Photo by e-Review Florida UMNS staff, Photo #06-387, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0506.

LAKELAND — Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker (left) expresses thanks to Dr. David Lowes Watson after Watson addressed laity and clergy during the opening session of the "Witness With Power" 2006 Florida Anual Conference Event. Photo by e-Review Florida UMNS staff, Photo #06-386, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0506.

Sarah Campbell (second from right) and family. Photo courtesy of Sarah Campbell, Photo #06-385, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0505. Web photo only.



LAKELAND — The Rev. Beth Gardner, pastor of  First United Methodist Church, Bunnell, was among more than 20 women ordained, licensed and commissioned June 2 at the "Witness With Power" 2006 Florida Anual Conference Event. Photo by e-Review Florida UMNS staff, Photo #06-384, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0504.

LAKELAND — During the service of ordination, licensing and commissioning the Rev. Dr. Mary Elizabeth Moore said women must salt the soup and light the world as God sends women out to do ministry. Photo by e-Review Florida UMNS staff, Photo #06-383, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0504.

LAKELAND — Dancers with the Bethune-Cookman College chorale participate in a concert prior to the evening worship service June 2 of the Florida Conference's 2006 annual event. Photo by e-Review Florida UMNS staff, Photo #06-382, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0504.

LAKELAND — During his Bible study message, the Rev. Scott Smith said churches that have not received new members should shut their doors because they have "no witness.” Photo by Caryl Kelley, Photo #06-381, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0503.





LAKELAND — The Rev. Melissa Pisco urged delegates to "stop, pray, talk to Jesus” during her Bible study message at the Florida Conference's annual gathering. “The church can’t help the addict, the convict, the poor, the sick, the drug dealers without possessing the heart of Jesus," she said. "We have to want more people to come to our churches, not for more money, but because we love them. ... ” Photo by Greg Moore, Photo #06-380, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0503.

HOMOSASSA — Earl Cadaret and Anna Cooley. Photo by Steven Skelley, Photo #06-379, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0502. Web photo only.















LAKELAND — The Rev. Dr. Anne Burkholder, director of the conference’s Connectional Ministries office, makes a motion to defer resolutions pertaining to church membership to the Conference Table so it can develop a process for discussing the issues at the next annual conference. Photo by Caryl Kelley, Photo #06-378, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0501.

LAKELAND — The Rev. Ron McCreary, chairman of the resolutions committee, answers questions about procedures and substituting one resolution for another. Photo by Caryl Kelley, Photo #06-377, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0501.

LAKELAND — District superintendents are sent forth during a brief appointment setting ceremony June 3 that ended the 2006 annual conference event. Photo by Caryl Kelley, Photo #06-376, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0500.






LAKELAND — A delegate takes part in the debate over resolutions related to church membership and homosexuality. Photo by Greg Moore, Photo #06-375, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0500.

LAKELAND — Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker and others lay hands on the Rev. Ginny Pearcy, who was being ordained a deacon in full connection. Photo by e-Review Florida UMNS staff, Photo #06-374, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0500.

LAKELAND — Clergywomen process in with candidates for licensing, commissioning and ordination during the "Milestones in Ministry" service, which celebrated, in part, the 50th anniversary of women receiving full clergy rights. Photo by Caryl Kelley, Photo #06-373, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0500.

JACKSONVILLE — Swaim Memorial United Methodist Church. Photo #06-372, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0499.











FLORIDA CITY — Children participate in outdoor activities during Branches' after-school program. Photo by Geoff Anderson, Photo #06-371, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0498.












LAKELAND — Youth in the dance ensemble from Wesley United Methodist Church in Miami participate in the service of communion and celebration of missions  June 1. Photo by Caryl Kelley, Photo #06-370, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0496.

LAKELAND — Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker (left) and the Rev. Raphael Dessieu sign the Haiti/Florida Covenant delegates approved moments before. Photo by Caryl Kelley, Photo #06-369, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0496.

LAKELAND — Dr. David Lowes Watson spoke during the afternoon session June 1, focusing on the historic role of laity in the Wesleyan tradition. He also helped lead discussion around three questions relating to the roles of clergy and laity. Photo by Greg Moore, Photo #06-368, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0496.







LAKELAND — The Rev. Marta Burke, a.ka. the Disaster Diva, (right) helps Marilyn Swanson, director of the Florida Conference Storm Recovery Team and Tom Hazelwood with the United Methodist Committee on Relief, share what has been accomplished by the disaster response team since last year's annual conference session during the group's report to delegates June 1. Photo byCaryl Kelley, Photo #06-367, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0496.

LAKELAND — Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker (center) leads communion June 1 with help from the Revs. Vicki Walker and David Dodge during the evening worship service, which focused on missions and featured Dr. Evelyn Laycock as preacher. Photo by e-Greg Moore, Photo #06-366, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0496.





Milton (Mickey) E. Wilson. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose, Photo #06-365, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0495.

LAKELAND — The Florida Conference's Health and Wholeness ministry is asking delegates attending the "Witness With Power" 2006 Florida Annual Conference Event in Lakeland to donate blood June 2 when the blood mobile will be stationed at the Lakeland Center. Photo courtesy of BloodNet USA, Photo #06-364, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0494.




LAKELAND — The Rev. Debbie McLeod helps lead a question and answer session about the new conference structure and church clusters during the 2005 annual conference event. Photo by Geoff Anderson, Photo #06-363, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0492.

LAKELAND — Clergywomen process in with the conference's clergy during the service of licensing, commissioning and ordination at the 2005 annual conference event. Photo by Geoff Anderson, Photo #06-362, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0492.

Dr. David Lowes Watson. Photo #06-361, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0491.











LAKELAND — Conference staff member Birk Mullinax holds a sign representing one connection in the Conference Equipping Network (CEN) as part of a presentation by the Rev. D. Anne Burkholder (background), conference director of Connectional Ministries, and Lynette Fields, chairwoman of the former Conference Council on Ministries, during the 2005 annual conference event. Burkholder and Fields explained the concept behind the CEN and the role and structure of the Leadership Connection. Photo by Geoff Anderson, Photo #06-360, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0490.

MALANGE, Angola — The Rev. Manuel Mufica (left), superintendent of the Malange District, and young men from Central Malange United Methodist Church learn how to use the radio communication equipment brought by the team. Although the license for the frequency had not yet been granted when the team visited Angola, everything was in place so the equipment could be used as soon as the government granted its permission. Photo by the Rev. Armando Rodriguez, Photo #06-359, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0489.

MALANGE, Angola — Children at Dona Melba United Methodist Church welcome the team. “Dona” means Mrs. in Portuguese. The church was named in honor of Melba Whitaker, Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker's wife, who, with Dr. Laurinda Quipungo, launched the partnership between the East Angola and Florida conferences. Photo by the Rev. Armando Rodriguez, Photo #06-358, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0489.


















MALANGE, Angola — (Left to right) Team members Icel Rodriguez and Nancy Berzins and one of the workers at the Methodist clinic in Malange look on as Dr. Laurinda Quipungo, wife of the East Angola Conference's Bishop José Quipungo, opens the bags of medications the team brought and which were donated by churches in Florida. The clinic offers out-patient care for everybody and in-patient treatment mainly to patients with respiratory conditions. Photo by the Rev. Armando Rodriguez, Photo #06-357, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0489.

MALANGE, Angola — Team member Nancy Berzins (center) receives an overwhelming welcome by Branca Manuel Jacinto, the mother of Alcides Martins, one of the Angolan students studying at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, and the women who participated in a workshop Berzins led. In preparation for the workshop the women spent long hours rehearsing their songs, according to team member Icel Rodriguez. "Christian music is a heavenly sound in Angola," she said. "Those songs transport you right to Heaven. Only when the music stops do you realize you are still on earth." Photo by the Rev. Armando Rodriguez, Photo #06-356, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0489.






LAKELAND — Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker celebrates getting the answer right during the game show challenge played as part of the conference Connectional Ministries' presentation at the 2005 annual conference event. The game helped creatively explain the new Leadership Connection and Conference Equipping Network. Photo by Geoff Anderson, Photo #06-355, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0488.





LAKELAND — Delegates at last year's annual conference event assembled back packs and school supplies for at-risk children and youth as part of the conference's Children's Harvest ministry. A total of 5,000 back packs were distributed by conference outreach ministries. Photo by Geoff Anderson, Photo #06-354, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0488.

ANGOLA — Children on their way to school. Photo by the Rev. Armando Rodriguez, Photo #06-353, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0488.

Florida Annual Conference Event logo, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0488.

ALVA — Campers enjoy outdoor activities at the Riverside Retreat, formerly known as the South Florida Camp. Photo courtesy of the Florida Conference Camp and Retreat Ministry, Photo #06-352, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0487. Web photo only.

FRUITLAND PARK — Youth participate in group activities during summer camp at the Warren W. Willis Youth Camp. Photo courtesy of the Florida Conference Camp and Retreat Ministry, Photo #06-351, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0487. Web photo only.

FRUITLAND PARK — The Life Enrichment Center provides a place of ministry for adults and families, Photo #06-350, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0487.

FRUITLAND PARK — A children's camper enjoys the pool at the Warren W. Willis Youth Camp. Photo courtesy of the Florida Conference Camp and Retreat Ministry, Photo #06-349, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0487. Web photo only.












CLEWISTON — Using help from an organization called Operation Blessing the Rev. John Hicks and volunteers from the community and Virginia were able to purchase materials for and build a wheelchair ramp for Maria's son. Photo courtesy of the Rev. John Hicks, Photo #06-348, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0485. Web photo only.







CLEWISTON —  " ... you would think we had given her the world," said the Rev. John Hicks of Maria, whose home got some much-needed repairs from Hicks and a community interfaith work team. "The team shared they felt more blessed than Maria." Hicks, who is pastor of First United Methodist Church of Clewiston, said there's still more to do for Maria and many other residents. Photo courtesy of the Rev. John Hicks, Photo #06-347, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0485. Web photo only.

CORAL SPRINGS — Packages to U.S. military men and women serving overseas wait to be packed at First United Methodist Church, Coral Springs. Member Cheryl Price spearheaded the start of the church's Military Mission Project after a package sent to her son while he was serving with the U.S. Air Force in Korea was lost. Photo by Steven Price, Photo #06-346, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0481.

LAKELAND — Participants at a forum on "In Search of Security" held at Florida Southern College discuss a series of questions related to the document. A second forum was held at Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach. Photo by Tita Parham, Photo #06-345, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0480.






DELAND — Linda Brown shares a meal with people being helped by First United Methodist Church's Agape Clubhouse. Brown began the ministry to help meet the needs of the area's homeless community. Photo courtesy of the Points of Light Foundation, Photo #06-344, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0478. Web photo only.







PEMBROOKE PINES — Hymnals, pew pads and vestments at Epworth United Methodist Church in South Florida were soaked after Hurricane Wilma damaged the roof and caused flooding in the sanctuary. After they were laid on the church lawn to dry, members stacked them in the pews until the church could be repaired and put back in order. Photo by Tita Parham, Photo #06-343, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0476.