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Kate and Darin Crawford try out their new mirror and bedroom set, donated to them through Hyde Park United Methodist Church's HOMES ministry. Church members donated enough household goods to renovate two apartments in Metropolitan Ministries' four-unit apartment complex for families in transition to self-sufficiency. HOMES is a partnership between the church and the agency that was launched last August. Photo by Linda J. Beavers, Photo #06-497, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0596. Web photo only.

Children living in a four-unit apartment complex owned by Metropolitan Ministries and used for families in transition to self-sufficiency play on the complex's playground. Photo by Linda J. Beavers, Photo #06-496, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0596. Web photo only.







As Jessica, a member of one of the families living in transitional housing provided by Metroplitan Ministries, opens a box conatining a brand new computer she is overwhelmed by the gift, one of many donated by members of Hyde Park United Methodist Church through its HOMES partnernship with the nonprofit organization. Photo by Linda J. Beavers, Photo #06-495, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0595. Web photo only.

Hyde Park United Methodist Church volunteers unload mattresses and other household goods being delivered to four families living in transitional housing provided by Metropolitan Ministries. Photo by Linda J. Beavers, Photo #06-494, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0595. Web photo only.





As Kate Crawford saw her new bedroom set for the first time before Christmas she said, "I have never had anything this beautiful." The set and other household items were donated by members of Hyde Park United Methodist Church as part of its HOMES program, a partnership with Metropolitan Ministries to help families transitioning from homelessness to self-sufficiency. Photo by Linda J. Beavers, Photo #06-493, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0595. Web photo only.

James Boys prepare to load and deliver bikes. Photo by Bob Parlet, Photo #06-492, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0594.











This image is a work of a U.S. Air Force Airman or employee, made during the course of the person's official duties. Source: Wikipedia. Photo #06-491, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0593.




Harvest United Methodist Church member Bill Pretyka shares the Christmas spirit with children from the nearby Falkner Migrant Camp attending a Christmas party coordinated by the church. Photo courtesy of Harvest United Methodist Church, Photo #06-490, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0591.

Children of migrant farm workers decorate cookies at a Christmas party coordinated by members and volunteers of Harvest United Methodist Church in Bradenton. Photo courtesy of Harvest United Methodist Church, Photo #06-489, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0591.

Jean Meyers (left) and Judy Shelley talk after watching “Born to Die” Dec. 8. Photo by J.A. Buchholz, Photo #06-488, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0588.

A scene from the play “Born to Die: His Birth Was Just the Beginning.” Photo courtesy of St. James United Methodist Church's Born to Die leadership team. Photo #06-487, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0588.

A scene from the play “Born to Die: His Birth Was Just the Beginning.” Photo courtesy of St. James United Methodist Church's Born to Die leadership team. Photo #06-486, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0588.


The Rev. Dr. L. Gregory Jones, dean and professor of Duke Divinity School, gives insight into the calling, profession and office of clergy during the Conference Table on “Excellence for Ministry — A Focus on the Agenda for the Center for Clergy Excellence.” Photo by J.A. Buchholz, Photo #06-485, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0587. Web photo only.

The Rev. Brandon Wise, associate pastor at Crystal River United Methodist Church in Crystal River, reports the findings of his table's discussion to the 105 clergy and laity who participated in the Conference Table on clergy excleence and the 312 joining in by webcast. Photo by J.A. Buchholz, Photo #06-484, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0586.


The Revs. Ken Johnson (left), pastor of Everglades Community United Methodist Church in Pembroke Pines, and Tom Nelson, pastor of First United Methodist Church in South Miami, participated at the Conference Table as part of a panel of pastors who are leading their congregations in shaping and producing a new culture in their communities that is more Kingdom-like. Johnson said a schism within his church caused 230 people to leave within two years, but the change has led to the church being more outwardly focused. Photo by J.A. Buchholz, Photo #06-483, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0586.

The Rev. Dr. L. Gregory Jones, dean and professor of Duke Divinity School, speaks during the Conference Table on clergy excellence. He was invited after conference leaders read the book Jones co-wrote with Kevin R. Armstrong called “Resurrecting Excellence: Shaping Faithful Christian Ministry.” Photo by J.A. Buchholz, Photo #06-482, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0586. Web photo only.


The Rev. Alex Awad looks out over Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives in this 1996 file photograph. After six years of repeated applications to the Israeli government, Awad, a Palestinian American, received an official visa for his missionary work in 1995. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose, e-Review FUMNS Photo #06-481, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0585.

More than 100 people join CROSSROADS church during the Sunday morning worship service that was part of the two-day celebration to unveil the church's new name and ministry. Photo courtesy of CROSSROADS church, Photo #06-480, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0584.










The Rev. Alan Jefferson (right), superintendent of the conference's South West District, and Mike Bullerdick, the district's oversight committee chairman, unveil CROSSROAD church's new name. Photo courtesy of CROSSROADS church, Photo #06-479, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0584.






Volunteers at United Methodist Temple's Christmas tree lot prepare a tree for a customer. Photo by Caryl Kelley, Photo #06-478, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0583. Web photo only.

A customer at United Methodist Temple's Christmas tree lot inspects a potential keeper. Photo by Caryl Kelley, Photo #06-477, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0583. Web photo only.

Children at one of the Florida Conference's outreach ministries show off the backpacks filled with school supplies and teddy bears they received from the conference's Children's Harvest drive. Photo courtesy of Donna Ratzlaff, executive director of United Methodist Cooperative Ministries, Photo #06-476, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0581.








Jackie Vaughn, director of Media Grants and Services with the national Igniting Ministry office in Nashville, gives a delegate attending the Florida Conference's 2006 annual meeting doorhangers she can use to reach out to neighbors around her church during last September's Open House Month. Photo by e-Review Staff, Photo #06-475, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0581.




Photo by Michael Wacht, Photo #06-474, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0579.

The Rev. Marta Burke, pastor of Fulfurd United Methodist Church, addresses delegates at the Florida Conference's 2006 annual meeting. Photo by e-Review Florida UMNS staff, Photo #06-473, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0579.








The Rev. Brett Opalinski, the last pastor of the former Rader Memorial United Methodist Church, makes a point at the Florida Conference's 2006 annual meeting related to a resolution brought before delegates. Photo by e-Review Florida UMNS staff, Photo #06-472, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0579.

World AIDS Day is Dec. 1. United Methodists are encouraged to celebrate the event on that day or a day of their choosing close to it. Photo #06-471, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0578.

Children wait to get their faces painted during the fiesta. Photo courtesy of Martha Gay Duncan, Photo #06-470, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0577. 

Martha Gay Duncan (center, left) visits with families in Quisgualagua, praying with them and inviting them to attend the celebration, or fiesta, that will be held at the end of the mission week at the structure (background) built by the mission team. The shelter is the first phase of a three-structure construction for the Quisgualagua mission that will eventually be enclosed and is already being  used as a meeting place and for Sunday school. Photo courtesy of Martha Gay Duncan, Photo #06-469, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0577. 

The Rev. Samual Gonzalez (left), pastor of Nueva Vida (New Life) United Methodist Hispanic Mission in Pembroke Pines, leads a young adult to Christ at the closing rally at the Quisgualagua mission. Photo by the Rev. Dr. Larry Rankin, Photo #06-468, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0576. 













Jim Cosper, a team member from John Wesley United Methodist Church in Tallahassee, is surrounded by children and youth from the Quisgualagua mission. Photo by the Rev. Dr. Larry Rankin, Photo #06-467, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0576. 

The Rev. Dan Parrish. Photo #06-466, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0575.



Tabernaculo de Refugio worships at Village United Methodist Church in North Lauderdale, which enables both congregations to reach out to the community's Hispanic residents. Photo by Thomas Routzong, Photo #06-465, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0573. Web photo only.


The Rev. Rafeal Ortega (left) and Jorge Muchado, a member of Tabernaculo de Refugio, the congregation Ortega leads. Photo by Thomas Routzong, Photo #06-464, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0573.

A volunteer at the Florida Conference storm recovery depot in Madison unloads flood buckets decorated and assembled by middle school campers at this year's conference summer camps. Photo by Heather Pancoast, Photo #06-463, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0571.



Middle school campers attending this year's summer camps at the Warren W. Willis Youth Camp in Fruitland Park prepare flood buckets as part of the camp program's efforts to help campers become more aware of the needs of others and take action. Photo by Heather Pancoast, Photo #06-462, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0571.

The Rev. Dr. Greg Jones makes a point during his Bible study at the 2005 Florida Annual Conference Event. Photo by Geoff Anderson, Photo #06-461, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0570.

Robert and Pam Melo. Photo courtesy of Robert Melo, Photo #06-460, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0569.









Participants at the Children's Summit network on issues. Photo by Pamela Davis, Photo #06-459, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0568.

Pamela Davis' students pose to say goodbye as she leaves to attend the Children's Summit in Orlando and advocate for their rights and the rights of children across the state. Photo by Pamela Davis, Photo #06-458, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0568.






During the first-ever Children's Summit in Orlando Pamela Davis thanks Jason Zaborske, the Children's Week statewide coordinator, for his ongoing support. Photo courtesy of Pamela Davis, Photo #06-457, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0568.



Members of Harvest United Methodist Church reserved their local Carrabbas Italian restaurant for lunch for the guests they had invited to worship that morning. It was part of the church's effort to reach out to its community during September's Open House Month. Photo courtesy of Harvest United Methodist Church, Photo #06-456, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0566. Web photo only.

The Rev. Matthew Hartsfield preaches during the closing service during the “Real Ideas for Real Churches” seminar at Van Dyke United Methodist Church. The two-day seminar was created to share the success and failures of Van Dyke United Methodist Church as it has increased in membership and ministry. Photo by J.A. Buchholz, Photo #06-455, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0563.

Attendees at the “Real Ideas for Real Churches” stand on their feet in worship as the praise team and choir sing songs during the closing ceremony. A total of about 200 people attended the two-day seminar designed to help church staff, pastors and volunteers make a difference in people's lives. Photo by J.A. Buchholz, Photo #06-454, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0563. Web photo only.
















The praise and worship band and choir at Van Dyke United Methodist Church perform during the closing service at the “Real Ideas for Real Churches” seminar Oct. 7 at the church. The two-day seminar was designed to motivate churches, pastors, church staff and volunteers to reach others for the Kingdom of God. Photo by J.A. Buchholz, Photo #06-453, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0563.






Florida Conference Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker prepares to serve communion at the close of the Conference Table to reaffirm the relationship participants have with each other and with God through the sharing of the sacrament. Photo by J.A. Buchholz, Photo #06-452, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0560.

The Rev. Lois Rogers, left, reports the findings of her small group as Alice Williams, a member of the Conference Table planning team who served as co-facilitator of the day, transcribes the feedback on a large pad. Those who attended the meeting broke in four small groups to discuss different topics relating to homosexuality and the church. Photo by J.A. Buchholz, Photo #06-451, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0560.

Several signs like this one were placed throughout the meeting area at the Conference Table on Christian Conferencing Sept. 23 to remind people of the ground rules for effective dialogue, designed to make it easier to discuss such a difficult topic as homosexuality and the church. Photo by J.A. Buchholz, Photo #06-450, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0560.

Teens show their support for the fight against global AIDS and poverty and the music of U2 at the U2charist Oct. 1 at Hyde Park United Methodist Church in Tampa. Photo by Linda J. Beavers, Photo #06-449, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0559. Web photo only.

The U2charist band included members from the three Tampa churches coordinating the U2charist — Hyde Park United Methodist Church, Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church and St. John’s Episcopal Church. Photo by J.A. Buchholz, Photo #06-448, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0559. Web photo only.

Jen Packing-Ebuen, a member of Watermark Church, shows off her t-shirt after the Oct. 1 U2charist service at Hyde Park United Methodist Church in Tampa. The service highlighted the fight against the global AIDS epidemic, extreme poverty around the world and what one person can do to make a difference through the One Campaign. Photo by J.A. Buchholz, Photo #06-447, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0559.

Conference treasurer Mickey Wilson said protecting ministry should be the conference's goal in order “to assure we continue to have UMYF, church schools, camps and other ministries.”  Photo courtesy of Florida Conference Camps and Retreat Ministries, Photo #06-446, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0558. Web photo only.








The caregiving ministry's prayer blankets are placed on the altar at East Lake United Methodist Church for at least a week before they are given to recipients. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Lois Rogers-Watson, Photo #06-445, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0557. Web photo only.



Members of East Lake United Methodist Church's caregiving ministry celebrate the birthday of an 84-year-old woman who is homebound. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Lois Rogers-Watson, Photo #06-444, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0557. Web photo only.

Grace Haitian United Methodist Church was filled to overflowing during the celebration of its 25th anniversary and the Haitian ministry it helped launch in the United States. Photo by Steven Skelley, Photo #06-443, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0553. Web photo only.

A banner hung at Grace Haitian United Methodist Church announces the 25th anniversary of the church. Photo by Steven Skelley, Photo #06-442, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0553. Web photo only.

The Rev. Luc Dessieux and Jocelyne Jean-Baptiste help others remember the birth of  Haitian United Methodist churches in Florida and the United States. Dessieux helped launch Grace Haitian United Methodist Church, the first Haitian congregation; Jean-Baptiste was one of its first worshippers. Photo by Steven Skelley, Photo #06-441, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0553. Web photo only.

Sarah Campbell and one of the boys from the town of San Pedro paint inside an abandoned building that will become a school and small clinic. Photo courtesy of Sarah Campbell, Photo #06-440, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0552. Web photo only.


Sarah Campbell went to Venezuela to help residents of some of the country's poorest neighborhoods and made friends along the way, including these boys from a family with whom Campbell said she became good friends. Photo courtesy of Sarah Campbell, Photo #06-439, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0552. Web photo only.