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January - March 2007
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Donna Ratzlaff, executive director of United Methodist Cooperative Ministries, says volunteers are the lifeblood of her agency's ministries. Those who assist with the organization's feeding programs "do everything," she says, from buying and preparing the food to serving it. Photo courtesy of United Methodist Cooperative Ministries. Photo #07-0557. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0647.

A homeless man in the Tampa Bay area adjusts his belongings. Donna Ratzlaff, executive director of United Methodist Cooperative Ministries, says the number of people requesting food and assistance with rent and utilities from her agency doubled during the winter months, "a phenomenon we haven't seen at this level." Photo courtesy of United Methodist Cooperative Ministries. Photo #07-0556. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0647.

Molly McEntire (center) delayed college to fulfill what she heard as God's call to serve in Africa. She and a fellow recent high school graduate spent three months after graduating working with disadvantaged children, teenagers and women in various ministries in Nairobi. Photo courtesy of Molly McEntire. Photo #07-0555. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0646.

A baby in Epe, Nigeria, sleeps beneath an insecticide-treated mosquito net in this November UMNS 2006 file photo. United Methodist Bishop Janice Riggle Huie, president of the denomination's Council of Bishops, is urging United Methodists and other people of goodwill to skip lunch on Africa Malaria Day, April 25, and use their lunch money to buy a lifesaving bed net through the Nothing But Nets campaign supported by The United Methodist Church. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose. Photo #07-0554. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0645.

Participants attending a recent education summit on children work in groups to find creative ways to meet children's needs. Photo by Pamela S. Davis. Photo #07-0553. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0644.







Florida Conference Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker asks participants attending a recent education summit on children sponsored by the conference's United Methodist Women how Florida United Methodists can practice the "holistic ministry of the church” in order to meet children's needs. Photo by Pamela S. Davis. Photo #07-0552. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0644.

Photo #07-0551. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0643. Web photo only.



















Homework tutoring is just one of the many ways volunteers give the elementary-aged children who participate in the Prime Time after-school program at Christ United Methodist Mission in Gainesville the one-on-one attention they need to improve at school. Photo by Brandy Wilson. Photo #07-0550 Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0642. Web photo only.

Thirty-four elementary-aged children receive the guidance and attention they need to succeed in school at the Prime Time after-school program at Christ United Methodist Mission in Gainesville. Photo by Brandy Wilson. Photo #07-0549. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0642. Web photo only.












First United Methodist Church of Zephyrhills celebrated Children's Week by hanging cut-outs of the hands of children who participate in the church's ministries. Other churches also devoted a worship service to children and their needs. Photo courtesy of First United Methodist Church of Zephyrhills. Photo #07-0548. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0641.

Neighborhood Ministries volunteers, children and youth lead worship at a weekly Wednesday night dinner at First United Methodist Church of Lakeland. Photo courtesy of First United Methodist Church of Lakeland. Photo #07-0547. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0641.







Renovations at the Warren W. Willis United Methodist Camp are part of the 20-year master plan for the conference's camps and retreat ministries. Photo courtesy of the conference summer camp ministry. Photo #07-0546. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0640.










NOMADS move new mattresses into a lodge at the Life Enrichment Center as part of renovations completed there in January, thanks, in part, to an $85,000 grant from the Florida Conference board of trustees. Photo by the Rev. David Berkey. Photo #07-0545. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0640. Web photo only.

Alice W. Lockmiller. Photo courtesy of the Florida United Methodist Foundation. Photo #07-0544. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0638. Web photo only.

(From left to right) The Revs. Felecia O’Neal, Debbie Allen, Britt Gilmore, Melissa Pisco and Marcus Zillman share their experiences as younger clergy serving Florida Conference churches and ministries. Photo by Erik Alsgaard. Photo #07-0543. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0637.


At a recent consultation on the recruitment and training of younger clergy sponsored by the Florida Conference Center for Clergy Excellence, Dr. Lovett Weems, director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership in Washington, D.C., said one of the roadblocks to recruiting younger adults to ordained ministry is " ... the life and vitality that is in the church itself,” begging the question, is the church worth serving? Photo by Erik Alsgaard. Photo #07-0542. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0637.

Youth register to attend a weekly Sunday evening gathering of  EPIC Teen Community, the youth ministry at University Carillon United Methodist Church. Photo courtesy of University Carillon United Methodist Church. Photo #07-0541. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0636.

The game room at University Carillon United Methodist Church's EPICenter has everything from pool tables to rock climbing walls for youth and young adults as part of the church's outreach to that demographic. Photo courtesy of University Carillon United Methodist Church. Photo #07-0540. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0636.

(From left to right) The Rev. Bill McLoud; Lenny Schultz, a lay member of Hernando United Methodist Church; and the Rev. Wayne Curry discuss various Bible passages dealing with acts of mercy and justice, the differences between the two, and why churches often find it difficult to tackle social justice issues at the Jan. 27 Conference Table. Photo by Tita Parham. Photo #07-0539. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0635.

Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker suggested to participants attending the Jan. 27 Conference Table that a worthwhile Christian social witness would be one "along the same lines as the 1908 Social Creed,” which influenced the development of reform in American labor practices and focused on reducing hours, providing a living wage and instituting child labor laws. “It was concrete, not a vague sentimental list of ideals for society,” Whitaker said. Photo by Tita Parham. Photo #07-0538. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0635.

Walter Dry Sr., a member of First United Methodist Church of Spring Hill, the host church for the Conference Table on social witness, writes what he feels is the greatest issue Florida faces today on the sessions's grafitti wall. Photo by Tita Parham. Photo #07-0537. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0635.


















Alice Williams, a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Windermere, and other participants at the Jan. 27 Conference Table on social witness vote for the issues they feel should be a priority of the conference. Photo by Tita Parham. Photo #07-0536. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0635.











Cut-out and painted hands from children across the state hang in the rotunda of the Florida Capitol during the 2006 Children's Week events in Tallahassee. Photo by Tita Parham. Photo #07-0535. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0634.

Florida Conference Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker urges support of Florida's children during a press conference held at the Florida Capitol during the 2006 Children's Week. Photo by Tita Parham. Photo #07-0534. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0634.

Students celeberate their achievement during May 11 commencement exercises. Photo by John Reeves. Photo #07-0533. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0633. Web photo only.




During the Florida Conference team's visit to Haiti early this year, team members had many opportunities to interact with and get to know the people of Haiti, like this boy, wearing the T-shirt of a summer day camp program in Boca Raton, Fla. Photo by Icel Rodriguez. Photo #07-0532. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0632.

Bishop Ralph E. Dodge celebrates his 100th birthday with his children. Photo by Steven Skelley. Photo #07-0531. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0631.
















Nature Coast Clowns help Bishop Ralph E. Dodge celebrate his 100th birthday. The bishop is considered revolutionary by many for his efforts to improve social conditions in Africa from 1937 to 1964 while serving there as a missionary and bishop of the Africa Central Conference. Photo by Steven Skelley. Photo #07-0530. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0631.

Photo compilation by Greg Moore. Photo #07-529. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0630.
















A number of signs reflective of issues regarding immigration decorated the walls of the room at Lake Junaluska Assembly where the recent conference on immigration took place. Photo by Erik Alsgaard. Photo #07-0528. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0629.









Bishop Hee-Soo Jung (left) of the Northern Illinois Conference and Florida Conference Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker respond to a presentation by Dr. Joan Maruskin on biblical mandates of hospitality at the “Our Call to Hospitality: A Biblical Response to the Challenges of Immigration” conference at Lake Junaluska Assembly in early February. Photo by Erik Alsgaard. Photo #07-0527. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0629.

Andrew Booth. Photo #07-0526. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0628.




Volunteers at the Florida Conference's Justice for Our Neighbors immigration clinic in Tampa wrote their hopes and dreams for the clinic on a wall in one of the rooms at Faith Community Haitian United Methodist Church Jan. 27 during the clinic's opening celebration festivities. The clinic will be open once a month and provide services to people on a variety of immigration issues. Photo by J.A. Buchholz. Photo #07-0525. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0627.

The Rev. Tamara Isidore (left), pastor of Faith Community Haitian United Methodist Church, and Florida Conference Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker share a moment with participants attending the opening of the conference's second Justice for Our Neighbors immigration clinic at the Haitian church Jan. 27. Isidore said she has been waiting for more than 10 years for the church to open the clinic so she and her church can help those in the Haitian community work through tough immigration issues. Photo by J.A. Buchholz. Photo #07-0524. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0627.





Panravee Vongjaroenrat marvels at the dedication and tenacity of United Methodists throughout the country who continue to open Justice for Our Neighbors clinics at the opening of the Florida Conference's second Justice for Our Neighbors immigration clinic in Tampa. Vongjaroenrat is program director and director of legal services for Justice for Our Neighbors, a national ministry of the United Methodist Committee on Relief based in Washington, D.C. Photo by J.A. Buchholz. Photo #07-0523. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0627.

Tallahassee Heights United Methodist Church in Tallahassee is one of a number of Florida Conference churches utilizing electronic signs to create greater awareness of church ministries. Photo courtesy of Tallahassee Heights United Methodist Church. Photo #07-0522. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0625. Web photo only.

A participant attending the regional Igniting Ministry training Jan. 13 leads the group in an Igniting Ministry cheer of the national campaign’s tag line "Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors."  Photo by Erik Alsgaard. Photo #07-0522. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0624.



















Participants at the regional Igniting Ministry training Jan. 13 at the Life Enrichment Center in Fruitland Park practice their hospitality skills by making other participants feel welcomed. Photo by Erik Alsgaard. Photo #07-0521. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0624.






Mike Snow (left), director of worship and arts at New Covenant United Methodist Church, talks with Bob and Chris Wile, members of the church  who survived the tornado that touched down in the area during the early morning hours Feb. 2. The couple moved to Sable Chase in The Villages five months ago from Cincinnati. Their home sustained glass and roof damage. They and their two cats, however, are fine. Photo by J.A. Buchholz. Photo #07-0520. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0622.

The Rev. Dan Jackson, executive pastor at New Covenant United Methodist Church in The Villages, preaches Feb. 4, 48 hours after a devastating tornado wrecked much of the area and hundreds of lives. Jackson said even now in the dark days following the tornado, God is with us. Photo by J.A. Buchholz. Photo #07-0519. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0621. Web photo only.

Volunteers make a recent monthly gathering of the Buddy Break respite program a day of fun and play for the children it serves. Photo courtesy of In the Loop, a weekly community newspaper published by the Tampa Tribue. Photo #07-0518. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0620. Web photo only.



 
Volunteers make a recent monthly gathering of the Buddy Break respite program a day of fun and play for the children it serves. Photo courtesy of In the Loop, a weekly community newspaper published by the Tampa Tribue. Photo #07-0517. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0620.
 
Emergency grants from the Florida United Methodist Foundation will help churches cope with a variety of crises, including natural disasters, like the 2004 and 2005 hurricanes. Photo by the Rev. Dr. Larry Rankin. File Photo #04-0062. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0619.

Roofs torn off, walls blown out, belongings strewn across the lawn. It was a familiar sight in a number of neighborhoods throughout Central Florida after a severe weather system moved across the state early Feb. 2, spawning at least one tornado and high winds. Twenty people died in the storm, which also damaged or destroyed thousands of homes. Photo by the Rev. Ivan Corbin. Photo #07-0516. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0618.








The Rev. James Holden sings during a service at his church, Christ United Methodist Church, Leesburg. He and members of his congregation made reaching out to Carl Gordon's family a priority, and they continue to do so after Gordon's death. Gordon was killed in the storms that hit the Central Florida area Feb. 2. Photo courtesy of Christ United Methodist Church. Photo #07-0515.  Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0617. Web photo only.

Dave Dayton (right), disaster coordinator for First United Methodist Church, DeLand, and another member of the church begin removing debris and securing roofs to prevent further damage to homes in the Hawthorne Hills mobile home park in DeLand after being hit by a tornado earlier that morning. Photo by the Rev. Ivan Corbin. Photo #07-0514. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0616.

Residents of the Hawthorne Hills mobile home park in DeLand begin salvaging what they can of their belongings after the early morning storms and tornado that hit the area. Photo by the Rev. Ivan Corbin. Photo #07-0513. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0616.


Hawthorne Hills mobile home park in DeLand was a mass of twisted metal and debris after being hit by a tornado spawned by a severe weather system that moved through the Central Florida area early in the morning Feb. 2. Photo by the Rev. Ivan Corbin. Photo #07-0512. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0616.

Residents of the Silver Springs community around Forest United Methodist Church enjoy another Friday lunch provided by the church's Christ's Cafe, a weekly meal program offered to anyone in the community. Photo courtesy of Forest United Methodist Church. Photo #07-0511. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0615. Web photo only.

Members of Grace United Methodist Church, Cape Coral, gather one evening last September to pray about the proposed plan to purchase a closed Winn-Dixie grocery store that would become an outreach center providing a host of ministries for the community, as well as additional space for worship. Photo by Tonya Roberts. Photo #07-0510. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0614.



Members of Grace United Methodist Church, Cape Coral, hold placards with phrases on one side that describe what their lives were like "before meeting Jesus" through the ministry of the church and those describing what their lives are like now on the opposite side, according the church's pastor, the Rev. Jorge Acevedo. More than 1700 people gathered under a tent that Sept. 10 for a service to celebrate and announce the church's plans to turn a closed Winn-Dixie grocery store into an outreach center. Photo by Tonya Roberts. Photo #07-0509. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0614.






Meeting basic needs, such as providing food, water and hot meals, is a big part of the response after a disaster, but the Florida Conference's storm recovery ministry is also working to meet people's spiritual and emotional needs, as well, with the development of care teams that will be in place sometime this year. Photo by Michael Wacht. File Photo #04-0080. Originally accompanied e-Review Florida UMNS #0149/Aug. 25, 2004. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0613.

More than 80 Bradenton youth now participate in Emmanuel United Methodist Church's outreach teen ministry. Acts of vandalism by some of the youth brought them and the congregation together. Photo courtesy of Emmanuel United Methodist Church. Photo #07-0508. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0612.

Neighborhood youth skateboard, listen to music and just hang out Friday nights at Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Bradenton through the church's youth outreach ministry. "We gained their trust, and now they love and trust us, and we love them right back,” said volunteer Jan Froltz. Photo courtesy of Emmanuel United Methodist Church. Photo #07-0507. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0612.

A peaceful protest of demonstrators weaves its way through the main assembly hall during the morning plenary sessions May 6 at the 2004 General Conference in Pittsburgh. The group included clergy and laity and was led by Soulforce, an advocacy group that opposes church doctrine toward gays and lesbians. In a sign of solidarity many delegates stood as the group protested. Photo by J.A. Buchholz, Photo #04-0021. Originally accompanied e-Review Florida UMNS #0074/May 13, 2004. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0609.












Florida Conference delegates to the 2004 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference vote during episcopal elections. Photo by Woody Woodrick, Mississippi Conference. File Photo #04-0049. Originally accompanied e-Review Florida UMNS #0119/July 22, 2004. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0609.

Florida Conference delegates consider the issues before them three days into the 2004 General Conference at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh. Florida's delegation was among 998 delegates and more than 1,000 visitors from across the globe participating in the denomination's highest lawmaking assembly. Photo by Michael Wacht. File Photo #04-0019. Originally accompanied e-Review Florida UMNS #0066/May 3, 2004. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0607.

Photo by e-Review FUMNS Staff. Photo #06-506. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0605.





Kim Torres (second row, third from left) sits surrounded by children who participate in the Branches outreach ministry she leads and their parents. Photo courtesy of South Florida Urban Ministries, Photo #07-505. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0604. Web photo only.


The Rev. Gene Zimmerman. Photo #07-504. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0604.

More than 35 youth referred by area schools participate in Emmanuel United Methodist Church's sports outreach, which includes requirements to also participate in worship and Bible study at the church. Photo by Thomas Routzong. Photo #07-503. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0603. Web photo only.

Students participating in Emmanuel United Methodist Church's Project Reach program take a break from studying to pose for the camera. Photo by Thomas Routzong. Photo #07-502. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0603. Web photo only.







Photo compilation by Greg Moore. Photo #07-501. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0601.








Florida Conference United Methodists participating in a caravan to Cuba in 2005 visit this Cuban Methodist church, one of the 237 Methodist churches and missions currently operating in Cuba. Photo by Carolyn Smith. Photo #07-500. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0600.

Those participating in the consecration of the prayer chapel included (from left to right) Mary Alice Massey, representing the Florida Conference trustees; the Rev. Geraldine McClellan, superintendent of the North Central District; the Rev. Charles Weaver, assistant to Florida Conference Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker; Melinda Trotti, director of the Life Enrichment Center; and Bill Walker, Florida Conference lay leader. Photo by Don Youngs. Photo #07-499. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0599. Web photo only.

The new prayer chapel is located on the grounds of the Life Enrichment Center next to the prayer labyrinth and behind the dining hall. Photo by Don Youngs. Photo #07-498. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0599. Web photo only.










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