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Tom Wilkinson, left, vice president of development for the Florida United Methodist Foundation, speaks with Garland Gould following a workshop on planned giving at the Sept. 15 Stewardship Summit in Orlando. Photo by Erik Alsgaard. Photo #07-0681. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0746, 9/30/07.
 
The Rev. Melvin Amerson (right), staff member from the Texas Methodist Foundation in Austin, responds during a question and answer period at the Sept. 15 Stewardship Summit in Orlando. Amerson also led a workshop titled “Creating a Culture of Stewardship in the Local Church." The Rev. Dan Dick, staff member from the General Board of Discipleship and keynote speaker, looks on. Photo by Erik Alsgaard. Photo #07-0680. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0746, 9/30/07.








 
Florida Conference Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker opens the first-ever Stewardship Summit Sept. 15 at St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Orlando. Photo by Erik Alsgaard. Photo #07-0679. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0746, 9/30/07.
 
One Saturday a month, Simpson Memorial United Methodist Church invites neighbors and leaders to a free prayer breakfast. The goal is to pray for and support each other in efforts to make an impact on the rates of crime occurring in the church’s Riviera Beach community. Photo by Steven Skelley. Photo #07-0678. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0745, 9/27/07.
 
The Rev. Verona Matthews (center) prays during the community prayer breakfast Sept. 1 for those who live in the neighborhood surrounding her church, Simpson Memorial United Methodist Church, who are victims of crimes and those who commit the crimes. Photo by Steven Skelley. Photo #07-0677. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0745, 9/27/07.


 
The Rev. Gloria Brown (left), a member of Greater Bell United Methodist Church, talks with Kay Dahlstrom, a member of Skycrest United Methodist Church, during a break-out session on the practices of “The Methodist Way” at the Life Enrichment Center in Fruitland Park. Photo by J.A. Buchholz. Photo #07-0676. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0744, 9/24/07. Web photo only.
 
Willie Bailey (right) talks with the Rev. Dr. Jeff Stiggins during a break on the practices of “The Methodist Way” at the Life Enrichment Center in Fruitland Park. Photo by J.A. Buchholz. Photo #07-0675. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0744, 9/24/07. Web photo only.

 
Before recovery from past storms was complete, volunteers were called in to respond to a new recovery effort. Many volunteers, like these from Coronado United Methodist Church in New Smyrna Beach, have helped residents in The Villages and Lady Lake areas repair their homes and property after tornadoes hit the Central Florida area last February. Photo courtesy of Florida Conference Disaster Recovery Ministry. Photo #07-0674. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0742, 9/21/07. Web photo only.


















 
Volunteers from Ocoee Oaks United Methodist Church Disaster Aid Response Team help secure a Lady Lake homeowner’s roof after the home was damaged by tornadoes that hit Central Florida last February. Photo courtesy of Florida Conference Disaster Recovery Ministry. Photo #07-0673. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0742, 9/21/07. Web photo only.
 
(Left to right) Asbury United Methodist Church members Bob Goodin, Paul Schumacher and Jim Porterfield plan plumbing repairs at Lavinia Buchberger’s home. The crew undertook the project as part of the church’s Widows Might ministry. Photo by Thomas Routzong. Photo #07-0672. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0740, 9/14/07.
 
Fifty-eight of the nearly 500 United Methodist churches serving fair trade coffee from Equal Exchange are Florida Conference churches. In 2002, United Methodists bought 11,000 pounds of the coffee. Buying fair trade coffee helps ensure farmers get a fair price, even when markets prices are low. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #07-0671. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0739, 9/14/07.

















 
Florida Conference Lay Leader Bill Walker addresses members attending the laity session at the 2007 Florida Annual Conference Event last June. Walker was the first lay person elected at the annual gathering as a delegate to next year's General Conference, and he is serving as chairman of the conference’s delegation to the 2008 General and Southeastern Jurisdictional conferences. Photo by Greg Moore. Photo #07-0670. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0738, 9/13/07.
 
Participants attending the Afroroots Sacred Music concert Feb. 29, 2004, enjoy sacred music from countries and cultures with African roots. Photo courtesy of Arts at St. John’s. Photo #07-0669.Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0736, 9/9/07. Web photo only.






 
Dr. Carol Hoffman-Guzman (left), director of Arts at St. John’s, and Charm Walters, who developed the Rhythmic Rapture outreach dance program, believe the arts can transform both individuals and a community — spiritually, socially and personally — and that the church should be part of that, a main tenet behind the arts program. Photo by Thomas Routzong. Photo #07-0668. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0736, 9/9/07.








 
More than 14,000 people have attended events provided through Arts at St. John’s since the program began eight years ago at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Miami Beach. Photo by Steven Skelley. Photo #07-0667. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0736, 9/9/07.
 
Paulette Monroe, president of the Florida Conference United Methodist Women, speaks during the 2007 School of Christian Mission at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach. Photo by Erik Alsgaard. Photo #07-0666. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0735, 9/7/07.
 
The Rev. Rodney Hunter, from Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in Richmond, Va., teaches a class during the Music and Mission segment of the 2007 School of Christian Mission. Photo by Erik Alsgaard. Photo #07-0665. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0735, 9/7/07.






 
The Rev. Marie Maude Hyppolite, with the Rev. Montreuil Milord, chair of the Haiti/Florida Convenenat task force, attended the 2007 Florida Annual Conference Event in June to shed light on issues affecting people in Haiti and meet with members of the Haiti/Florida Covenant task force. Photo by the Rev. Armando Rodriguez. Photo #07-0664. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0734, 9/6/07.






 
As part of the 2007 Children’s Week festivities, children across the state were asked to make paper cut-outs of their hands and send them to the state capitol in Tallahassee to be hung in the rotunda during the week. Photo by Erik Alsgaard. Photo #07-0663. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0733, 9/6/07.
 
Paulette Monroe, president of the Florida Conference United Methodist Women, speaks to members attending a business session of the 2007 Florida Annual Conference Event. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #07-0662. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0733, 9/6/07.
 
Peregrinos and guias perform a skit in Spanish during the weeklong Pueblo Hispano. Photo courtesy of Bonnie Brown. Photo #07-0661. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0732, 8/31/07.












 
Bonnie Brown (left) buddies with Guide Elvira Ramirez, a member of Humboldt Park United Methodist Church in Chicago, after impersonating Elvira in a Spanish skit. Photo courtesy of Bonnie Brown. Photo #07-0660. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0732, 8/31/07.


 
Local agencies and church ministries provided materials and information to people attending the health and ministry fair Aug. 4 at St. Paul United Methodist Church. Some agencies, like Morton Plant Mease Wellness Centers, took a hands-on approach. The center’s Penne Learomatis gives church member Maxine Bertran a relaxing chair massage. Photo by Steven Skelley. Photo #07-0659. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0731, 8/31/07.
 
Michelle Robinson’s boys were happy to get the school supplies they received at St. Paul United Methodist Church’s back-to-school health and ministry fair Aug. 4. Photo by Steven Skelley. Photo #07-0658. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0731, 8/31/07.
 
Florida Conference United Methodists were introduced to The Methodist Way at the 2007 Florida Annual Conference Event last June. About 600 people arrived at the Lakeland Center a day before the event officially began for a series of classes on The Methodist Way’s principles. Kalon Stiggins, worship director at Community of Faith United Methodist Church in Clermont, helps lead a class on passionate worship. Photo by Greg Moore. Photo #07-0657. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0730, 8/30/07.

 
In January 2007 a team from the Florida Conference visited Haiti and attended the annual conference of The Methodist Church of Haiti. In addition to participating in the sessions and meeting with clergy to discuss the Haiti/Florida Covenant, the team visited various ministries run by the Methodist Church of Haiti, including this eye clinic. The church is providing the ministries in an effort to help fill the gaps in social services to the country. Photo by Icel Rodriguez. Photo #07-0656. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0729, 8/27/07.
 
In addition to getting breakfast, lunch and two snacks, the children attending the Fresh Start day camp at Community United Methodist Church in Holiday particpated in such "fiesta"-themed activities as hot Bible adventures, cactus crafts, grande games, line dancing, movies, drama, clowns, scrapbooking, art, puppetry and chapel time with music and stories. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #07-0655. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0726, 8/23/07.



 
A total of 175 volunteers from 40 churches and community groups provided approximately 4,500 hours of service during the Fresh Start day camp at Community United Methodist Church in Holiday, according to the Rev. Dan Campbell. Many said they were as blessed as the children were by the experience. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #07-0654. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0726, 8/23/07.




 
The idea for the Fresh Start day camp, held at Community United Methodist Church in Holiday for children of families experiencing homelessness or financial hardship, came from discussions between leaders in Community's cluster of churches. It was also embraced by a variety of different community groups dedicated to improving the lives of children and families, making it a community-wide effort. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #07-0653. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0726, 8/23/07.
 
Like any summer camp, the day camp at Community United Methodist Church in Holiday for children of families experiencing homelessness or financial hardship included plenty of fun outdoor activities. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #07-0652.Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0725, 8/23/07.




















 
Volunteers were an integral part of the success of Community United Methodist's Church's recent day camp for the neighborhood's children, according to the Rev. Dan Campbell, pastor of the church. He said a total of about 175 volunteers from 40 different churches and community groups worked a combined total of nearly 4,500 hours, making the camp a true community-wide effort. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #07-0651. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0725, 8/23/07.
 
Children sing songs during the fiesta-themed chapel time at the Fresh Start day camp held at Community United Methodist Church in Holiday. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #07-0650. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0725, 8/23/07.
 
Grandparents and their grandchildren enjoy an early evening boat ride during the Grandparents and Me summer camp at the Florida Conference’s Life Enrichment Center. Photo by Erik J. Aslgaard. Photo #07-0649. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0724, 8/21/07.

 
Gail and Bob Hogan help 6-year-old Maddie keep her balance while she experiences the hard work of making ice cream during the Grandparents and Me summer camp at the Florida Conference’s Life Enrichment Center. Photo by Erik J. Aslgaard. Photo #07-0648. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0724, 8/21/07.





 
In addition to bringing the “beach” to the neighborhood’s children, Christ United Methodist Mission also provided Bible study, arts and crafts, and lunch during the seven-week summer program. Photo by the Rev. Don Denton. Photo #07-0647. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0722, 8/17/07.
 
Christ United Methodist Mission in east Gainesville turned its campus into a water park, giving neighborhood children a place to beat the hot summer heat during their summer break. Photo by the Rev. Don Denton. Photo #07-0646. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0722, 8/17/07.


 
Maeve Jemison, a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church in DeLand, said people in the community recognized her yellow shirt and told her they had been visited during the July 21-28 Celebrate Jesus mission. Team members wore the shirts while making their rounds in DeLand area neighborhoods. Photo by the Rev. Ivan Corbin. Photo #07-0645. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0720, 8/15/07.
 
Jacob Hall (left), 11, and best friend, Sean Clayton, both from Orange City United Methodist Church, join fellow team members to celebrate their experiences at the mid-week point of the July 21-28 Celebrate Jesus mission. Photo by the Rev. Ivan Corbin. Photo #07-0644. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0720, 8/15/07.

 
Volunteers participating in the Celebrate Jesus mission week July 21-28 set out to visit residents door-to-door in the neighborhood surrounding Trinity United Methodist Church in DeLand. Photo by the Rev. Ivan Corbin. Photo #07-0643. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0720, 8/15/07.
 
Tyzohn Davis, 5, a recent graduate of the Rosa Valdez Center’s preschool program, enjoys his new bicycle, donated by God’s Pedal Power of Tampa, a joint ministry of Tampa’s St. James United Methodist and University Baptist churches. Photo courtesy of Cornerstone Family Ministries. Photo #07-0642. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0717, 8/12/07.
 
Volunteers at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul South Pinellas Center of Hope prepare the next meal for the homeless of St. Petersburg and surrounding areas. Photo courtesy of Society of St. Vincent de Paul South Pinellas Center of Hope. Photo #07-0641. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0716, 8/10/07. Web photo only.









 
Tension between a city’s homeless population and its residents and businesses is not unique to the Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg area. Last year Orlando passed a city ordinance requiring groups feeding more than 25 people at parks within a two-mile radius of City Hall to obtain a feeding permit, with a limit of two permits per group each year. This popular feeding site in Orlando’s Lake Lucerne neighborhood was fenced off and closed, with the homeless people’s belongings placed on the sidewalk for disposal if not claimed and removed. Photo courtesy of Orlando Food Not Bombs. Photo #07-0640. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0716, 8/10/07. Web photo only.
 
Once homeless himself, Doug Brown has spent the last 25 years in ministry to his community’s homeless population. Photo courtesy of United Methodist Cooperative Ministries. Photo #07-0639. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0716, 8/10/07.










 
Blood pressure checks are just one of the benefits Rosa Lee Williams, 76, enjoys at the adult day care facility run by Mount Moriah United Methodist Church. Photo by Anita Chandler. Photo #07-0638. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0715, 8/9/07. Web photo only.
 
Eddie Nelson, 81, is able to spend his days with friends and under the care of health professionals at Mount Moriah United Methodist Church’s adult day care program, instead of home alone while his sister is at work. Photo by Anita Chandler. Photo #07-0637. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0715, 8/9/07. Web photo only.






 
Photo courtesy of the Venetian Bay of New Smyrna Beach Web site. Photo #07-0636. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0714, 8/8/07.





 
In addition to low wages, farm workers often experience poor working conditions. In Apopka, the Florida Farmworker’s Association advocates for farm workers who are experiencing health problems associated with the pesticides and fertilizers used on the farms around Lake Apopka. The organization collected gloves of workers and sent them to Florida Senator Mel Martinez in an effort to highlight poor working conditions and advocate for greater support for workers’ rights. Photo by Martha Pierce. Photo #07-0635. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0712, 8/2/07.
 
Photo courtesy of National Farm Worker Ministry. Photo #07-0634. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0711, 8/2/07. Web photo only.




 
Worship at the first annual gathering of the Florida Conference Committee on Native American Ministries in March 2006 incorporated Native American Christian practices, including traditional dress and instruments and a spiritual cleansing ritual. Photo by Dennis Roebuck. Photo #07-0633. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0709, 7/26/07.
 
Men gather around a large drum in a time of prayer and praise at a recent Native American United Methodist service. With one drumstick each, they played a variety of songs, including “We Thank You,” “Loving Medicine,” “Holy is Yahweh,” “The Victory Song” and “Jesus is Lord.” Photo by J.A. Buchholz. Photo #07-0632. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0709, 7/26/07.




 
Doc Green plays a flute to center the gathering and signal the start of a recent Native American United Methodist service, sponsored by the Florida Conference Committee on Native American Ministries. Photo by J.A. Buchholz. Photo #07-0631. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0709, 7/26/07.
 
The Florida Conference Committee on Native American Ministries’ first annual gathering in March 2006 drew both younger and older members and gave participants the chance to experience Native American Christian worship and music. Photo by the Rev. Dr. Larry Rankin. Photo #07-0630. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0708, 7/26/07.
 
Participants at the conference’s first annual gathering of Native American United Methodists in March 2006 dance during a time of praise and worship. The event was sponsored by the Florida Conference Committee on Native American Ministries. Photo by the Rev. Dr. Larry Rankin. Photo #07-0629. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0708, 7/26/07.

 
Linda Lawrence fixes a bike at Edgewater United Methodist Church in Port Charlotte. Lawrence, her husband, Paul, and fellow church member Lawrence Lee helped repair and donate more than 700 bikes last year to homeless people, migrant workers and others without transportation. A UMNS photo by John Gordon. Photo #07-0628. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0706, 7/22/07.
 
A typical Saturday at Indian River City United Methodist Church includes cars lined up for repairs by the church’s Car Care Ministry. Photo courtesy of Indian River City United Methodist Church. Photo #07-0627. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0705, 7/20/07.





 
A volunteer from the Indian River City United Methodist Church’s Car Care Ministry gets down and dirty to fix a car. Photo courtesy of Indian River City United Methodist Church. Photo #07-0626. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0705, 7/20/07.
 
The new electronic sign Sun City Center United Methodist Church will be purchasing with the help of a matching grant from the Igniting Ministry campaign will help the church continue to attract and welcome guests. Photo by B. Larson. Photo #07-0625. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0703, 7/18/07. Web photo only.


 
Jim Winkler, general secretary of the denomination’s General Board of Church and Society, considers a question from the audience after his presentation to a group of Florida United Methodists at Hyde Park United Methodist Church in Tampa last May. Photo by J.A. Buchholz. Photo #07-0624. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0702, 7/13/07.
 
The Rev. Joe MacLaren announces University Carillon United Methodist Church will become the first Church of ONE. Photo by Carolyn Smith. Photo #07-0623. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0701, 7/12/07.




 
Thousands of immigrants and supporters rally on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol in March 2006. United Methodist leaders sent a letter to the U.S. Senate opposing the recent immigration bill that did not pass and calling for genuine reform. A UMNS photo by Rick Reinhard. Photo #07-0622. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0700, 7/11/07.





 
A member of First United Methodist Church in Ocala introduces Bishop Hans Växby (left) to a group gathered at the church. The bishop was there to share information about the General Board of Global Ministries’ Russia Initiative. Patrick Whaley (right), an American working in the Russian mission field and a member of the Memphis Annual Conference, was part of the visiting delegation. Photo by J.A. Buchholz. Photo #07-0621. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0699.
 
Bishop Hans Växby. Photo courtesy of United Methodist News Service. File Photo #07-0561. Originally accompanied e-Review Florida UMNS #0654/April 6, 2007. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0699.










 
Scott Sandlin, 16, a member of Avondale United Methodist Church in the North East District, helps present the Network of Ministry With Young People model to members attending the 2007 Florida Annual Conference Event. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #07-0620. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0697.





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