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Members at First United Methodist Church of Lake Wales received a certificate of appreciation for their support and encouragement of the soldiers of U.S. Army 4th Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division and their efforts to help families living in Mosul, Iraq. Photo by Gail Kantz. Photo #07-0619. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0695.
Members of First United Methodist Church of Lake Wales signed a sheet “banner” and sent it to Army medic specialist Steve Stephens in Iraq to show their support of his blanket project and unit. Photo by Jane Bumgarner. Photo #07-0618. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0695.
While on tour in Iraq, Army medic specialist Steve Stephens has been doing what he can to help the Iraqi people through a project to provide much needed blankets to families living in and around Mosul. Photo by Amy McCafferty, United States Army. Photo #07-0617. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0695.







Kyle Pendergrass (left) said reaching youth and young adults is not a question of survival for the church, but rather the possibility of the church “losing its foothold on the next generation,” which isn’t just the church of the future, but the “church of today.” Pendergrass was the third youth to speak during the June 9 business session of the 2007 Florida Annual Conference Event. He is a member of First United Methodist Church, Ormond Beach. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #07-0616. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0692.
Samuel Mwenda challenged members attending the 2007 Florida Annual Conference Event to cut through the media clutter of today’s society and be the voice of truth for youth and young adults. Mwenda, a member at Covenant United Methodist Church in Port Orange, presented the second youth address at the conference event. Photo by Greg Moore. Photo #07-0615. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0692.


Nathan Beam, a youth member from First United Methodist Church, Melbourne, told members during his address at the 2007 Florida Annual Conference Event that existing church ministries like United Methodist Men and Women should be adapted so youth have “a place to go” once they outgrow the youth group. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #07-0614. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0692.
Rev. Dr. Lovett Weems Jr. tells members attending the 2007 Florida Annual Conference Event that unity — among individuals, countries, generations — can be achieved if people will listen to each other and view the world through God’s lens, not the lens of their own perspectives. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #07-0613. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0691.
The Rev. Magrey deVega, associate pastor at Hyde Park United Methodist Church, tells members attending the U2charist service there’s no need to wait until Jesus comes; he’s here now in every person. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #07-0612. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0690.



The Rev. Magrey deVega, associate pastor at Hyde Park United Methodist Church, tells members attending the U2charist service there’s no need to wait until Jesus comes; he’s here now in every person. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #07-0611. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0690.
The Rev. Magrey deVega, associate pastor at Hyde Park United Methodist Church, tells members attending the U2charist service there’s no need to wait until Jesus comes; he’s here now in every person. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #07-0610. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0690.
A young artist works on a painting that will eventually read, “We are ONE together,” onstage throughout the U2charist service. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #07-0609. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0690.
A member of the band from Hyde Park United Methodist Church in Tampa waits for his cue before joining in on the next U2 song featured during the U2charist communion service at the 2007 Florida Annual Conference Event. Photo by Greg Moore. Photo #07-0608. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0690.



Florida Conference Treasurer Mickey Wilson gives his presenation on the state of the conference's financial health and details about the proposed 2008 budget. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #07-0607. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0689.
Bill Walker (standing), conference lay leader, and younger members listen to the discussion during a meeting of the Florida Conference's delegation to the 2008 denominational and jurisdictional conferences. Photo by Greg Moore. Photo #07-0606. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0687.






Walter Dry, a member of First United Methodist Church, Spring Hill, and newly-elected delegate to the 2008 General Conference, talks with a member during a meet-the-nominees time before elelctions and the first business session of the 2007 Florida Annual Conference Event began. Photo by Greg Moore. Photo #07-0605. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0687.
Members consider which nominees to elect during a vote at the 2007 Florida Annual Conference Event. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #07-0604. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0687.



Members of churches celebrating significant anniversaries process into the Lakeland Center arena June 8 during the 2007 Florida Annual Conference Event, opening the afternoon session. Photo by Greg Moore. Photo #07-0603. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0686.
After introducing the newly-electing delegates to the 2008 General and Southeastern Jurisdictional conferences, Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker leads members attending the 2007 Florida Annual Conference Event in a prayer for the delegates. Photo #07-0602. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0686.






Accompanied by his grandfather, the Rev. Rick Neal, superintendent of the North East District, Joseph Culbreath, a youth member from the Atlantic Central District, offers a prayer before a ballot to vote for delegates to the 2008 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #07-0601. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0686.
Members attending the Saturday morning session of the 2007 Florida Annual Conference Event vote on one of nine resolutions considered by the assembly. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #07-0600. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0686.











Members of the youth/young adult delegation attending the 2007 Florida Annual Conference Event help serve communion during the U2charist service June 8. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #07-0599. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0686.





Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker (far right) and other worship leaders clap to the music of the rock band U2 during the U2charist communion service June 8. More than 1,100 laity and clergy of all ages attended the evening service. Photo by Greg Moore. Photo #07-0598. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0686.
The Rev. Dr. Lovett Weems Jr., distinguished professor of church leadership and director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership, helps break up the business of the conference June 8 during his Bible study on diversity. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #07-0597. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0686.


Youth attending the U2charist communion service during the 2007 Florida Annual Conference Event wear the ONE Campaign T-shirts they purchased right before the service started. The ONE Campaign and its efforts to mobilize people in the fight against global extreme poverty and HIV/AIDS were highlighted during the service. Photo by Greg Moore. Photo #07-0596. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0686.
During the evening worship service June 6 members celebrated the 25th and 50th anniversaries of 34 clergy and the retirement of 27 clergy. A total of 46 people were licensed, commissioned and ordained. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #07-0595. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0685.











By the end of the second day members attending the 2007 Florida Annual Conference Event had successfully made their way through nine ballots to elect delegates to the 2008 General Conference. Photo by Greg Moore. Photo #07-0594. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0685.
During the Connectional Ministries report June 7, retired Bishop Armando Rodriguez (left) and Al Taylor, chair of the Cuba-Florida Covenant task team, share highlights of the covenant in the 10 years since it was signed. Rodriguez was the first bishop elected after the Cuba Methodist Church became autonomous. Photo by Greg Moore. Photo #07-0593. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0685.
During the Beyond 50 Ministries presentation June 7, members from each generation light-heartedly shared the unique characteristics of their generation in an effort to create greater awareness and insight into those differences and the value of each generation. Photo by Geg Moore. Photo #07-0592. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0685.
Members of a regional African-American choir from three districts helped open the first session of the 2007 Florida Annual Conference event June 6. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #07-0591. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0685.
Members of a regional African-American choir from three districts helped open the first session of the 2007 Florida Annual Conference event June 6. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #07-0590. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0685.










Members of a first-ever youth delegation vote for lay delegates who will represent the Florida Conference at the 2008 General Conference in Forth Worth, Texas. Photo by Greg Moore. Photo #07-0589. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0685.






Members of the youth/young adult delegation attending the 2007 conference event took their role seriously. Carlene Fogle-Miller, a member of the delegation from the conference’s East Central District, asked during the laity session how more youth can be represented on the conference Board of Lay Ministry. Photo by Greg Moore. Photo #07-0588. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0684.
In keeping with the “From Generation to Generation” annual conference event theme, lay members attending the June 6 clergy session of the 2007 conference event included to a greater degree than ever before younger and older members considering together their role in the life of the church. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #07-0587. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0684.


Laity are partners with clergy in the church's efforts to transform the world. Lyn Powell, lay leader of the North Georgia Conference and lay speaker at the 2008 General Conference, delivered that message June 6 to lay members of the conference attending the laity session at the 2007 Florida Annual Conference Event. Photo by Greg Moore. Photo #07-0586. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0684.
Conference members and guests learn how to make welcoming and hospitality a lifestyle at their churches during The Methodist Way class on radical hospitality June 5. Photo by Greg Moore. Photo #07-0585. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0683.

Surrounded by tables draped in black cloth, pirate money, beads, miniature treasure chests and eye patches, participants of the passionate worship class June 5 share the creative things they have done in worship to make services at their churches more transformation and relevant to visitors. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #07-0584. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0683.
Dressed in pirate regalia to go with his “Pirates of the Caribbean” theme, the Rev. Scott Smith, pastor of Community of Faith United Methodist Church in Davenport, shares tips and strategies on creating worship services that give worshippers the opportunity to experience God. Smith and Kalon Stiggins, worship director at the church, led a class on passionate worship, one of the five principles of The Methodist Way, June 5 as part of a series of classes on the five principles. Photo by Greg Moore. Photo #07-0583. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0683.
The view from the Rev. Al Donovan's home at 2 p.m. May 10 was of a darkened sky with what he called a "weird glow from the Ofekenokee forest fires in South Georgia and (that) have now moved into our North Florida Osceola Forest." He said the ash was "coming down like rain" and the air conditioner was running in his home to filter the smoke, which could be seen as far away as Central Florida. Photo by the Rev. Al Donovan. Photo #07-0582. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0681. Web photo only.








It’s standing room-only at this Methodist church in eastern Cuba. A team from the Florida Conference visited there in July 2003 as one of 29 caravans that traveled to the island that year as part of the Cuba-Florida Covenant. Photo by the Rev. Dr. Larry Rankin. File photo: Dec. 5, 2003/Florida United Methodist Review. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0679. Web photo only.















The Rev. Ricardo Pereira, bishop of the Methodist Church in Cuba, preached to more than 500 students at Pine Castle United Methodist Church's Christian Academy during a visit to Orlando in 2000. The Rev. Jacquie Leveron (foreground), then pastor of St. Andrews and Wesley Chapel United Methodist Churches in Ft. Lauderdale, interpreted the bishop's message to the students, congregation and church staff. Photo Courtesy of Pine Castle United Methodist Church. File photo: Feb. 4, 2000/Florida United Methodist Review. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0679.
The Rev. Rebecca Mestre (right) and members or Jovellanos Methodist Church in Cuba’s Matanzas District send the Rev. Jackie McMillan, then pastor of Clearwater United Methodist Church, back to Florida with their blessings and prayers during the final days of a caravan she took to Cuba in 1998 with members of her district. “Spiritually, it was an incredible experience for me,” McMillan said. “The whole trip was that incredible blessing from God.” Photo courtesy of the Rev. Jackie McMillan. File photo: May 1, 1998/Florida United Methodist Review. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0679.
Cuban Methodists worship at a Methodist church in Pilon/Mota, Cuba, with members of Keystone United Methodist Church in the former Tampa District. The Tampa group visited its sister churches in Cuba's Sierra Maestra District in the fall of 2005. Photo by Carolyn Smith. File Photo #05-0155. Originally accompanied e-Review Florida UMNS #0279/April 21, 2005. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0679.














The Rev. Dr. Rinaldo Hernandez (left) and Florida Conference Bishop Cornelius L. Henderson hold copies of the Cuba-Florida Covenant they’ve just singed during the Cuba Methodist Annual Conference in Havana in June 1997. Photo by Hubert E. Floyd. File Photo #06-370. File photo: Aug. 8, 1997/Florida United Methodist Review. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0679.
Volunteers attending an early response team training sponsored by the Florida Conference Disaster Recovery Ministry May 18-19 at St. James United Methodist Church in Tampa participate in a teambuilding activity designed to prepare them for their role in helping “survivors be safe, sanitary and secure.” Photo by Pam Garrison. Photo #07-0581. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0678.

It has been a familiar site in Clewiston, nearly the hallmark of recovery efforts after a storm — blue tarpaulins and volunteers securing a roof. Among other tasks, volunteers working through Community Rebuilding Ecumenical Workforce (CREW) in Clewiston have helped homeowners reduce further damage to their homes by securing roofs after Hurricane Wilma and other storms damaged the South Florida community. Photo courtesy of CREW. Photo #07-0580. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0677. Web photo only.
Through Community Rebuilding Ecumenical Workforce (CREW) based in Clewiston, nearly 400 volunteers collectively have served more than 11,000 hours, working on recovery from Hurricane Wilma and Tropical Storm Ernesto. Photo courtesy of CREW. Photo #07-0579. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0677.

 



 

Children enjoy a 'day at the beach' during LifeSong Church's children's ministry activities. Photo by Christy Hull. Photo #07-0578. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0675.










HopeSpring members work with children at a crafts table during the church's Easter Eggstravaganza in Winter Garden April 7. Photo courtesy of HopeSpring Church. Photo #07-0577. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0675. Web photo only.
Youth have had a presence at previous annual conference events, such as the commissioning of 90 summer camp team leaders by Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker in 2005 and reports by the conference youth ministry team and Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry. This year, however, marks the first there has been an intentional effort to recruit a delegation of youth, increasing the involvement of younger members in the business of the conference and as leaders. Photo by Geoff Anderson. Photo #07-0576. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0672.
Just as conference leaders are concerned about the dwindling numbers of younger laity involved in the church, so too are they looking at ways to attract younger clergy. The Revs. Melissa Pisco and Marcus Zillman were two of five young clergy who participated in a panel discussion about their experiences at a summit held by the Florida Conference earlier this year on the recruitment of younger clergy. Photo by Erik J. Alsgaard. Photo #07-0575. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0672.



Members attending the 2003 Florida Annual Conference Event used hand-held electronic voting devices to elect delegates to the 2004 General and Jurisdictional conferences and vote on resolutions to General Conference. Photo by Michael Wacht. File photo: June 20, 2003/Florida United Methodist Review. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0671.
Miami Heat basketball star Jason Kapono visits with University of Miami students during a "watch party" for the "Idol Gives Back" television program, which raised money for the Nothing But Nets anti-malaria campaign and other charities. The watch party ended activities in Miami on April 25 that began with a faith leaders' prayer breakfast and included a "boot camp" on campus to educate students about malaria and ways to get involved in fighting the disease. A UMNS photo by John Gordon. Photo #07-0574. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0667.



The Rev. Adam Zele, pastor of Epworth United Methodist Church in Hollywood, donates blood at the 2006 conference event. The Rev. Virginia Pearcy, the conference’s parish nurse coordinator and chairwoman of the Health and Wholeness Ministry, said BloodNetUSA was happy with last year's turnout. Pearcy hopes conference members will be even more generous this year. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #07-0573. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0666.

A number of Florida Conference churches are working to reach out to youth and young adults. Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Bradenton has started a youth ministry for kids in its neighborhood as a response to vandalism. The ministry features youth night every Friday at the church, giving the kids an opportunity to skateboard, listen to music and just hang out. Photo courtesy of Emmanuel United Methodist Church. Photo #07-0572. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0665. 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. File Photo #06-447. Originally accompanied e-Review Florida UMNS #0559/Oct. 12, 2006. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0665.






Youth and young adults often participate in worship celebrations that take place at annual conference events, like this dance ensemble from Wesley United Methodist Church in Miami participating in the service of communion and celebration of missions during the 2006 annual gathering, but there is little involvement by young people in the business of the conference. Photo by Caryl Kelley. File Photo #06-370. Originally accompanied e-Review Florida UMNS #0496/June 4, 2006. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0665.
The Quéssua complex was a thriving spiritual and missionary center for The United Methodist Church in Angola before the country's civil war, but it also provided education for many Angolans. Many of Angola's leaders are considered “sons of Quéssua” because they were educated at the United Methodist schools. The country’s first president, Dr. Agostinho Neto, was a United Methodist and son of a pastor. Photo #07-0571. Photo by Armando Rodriquez. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0659.
Today, the School of Theology at Quéssua is nearly rebuilt, thanks in part to funds given for its reconstruction by Florida United Methodists through offerings collected during the annual conference events that have taken place since the launch of the East Angola/Florida Partnership in February 2004. Photo #07-0570. Photo by Morais Quissico. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0659. Web photo only.







In March 2006 when a team from the Florida Conference visited Angola, reconstruction had not yet begun on the School of Theology at Quéssua, left little more than a shell by the country's civil war. Photo by Armando Rodriquez. Photo #07-0569. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0659.
Funds from the Florida Conference helped the East Angola Conference rebuild Quéssua United Methodist Church, renewing it to the spiritual center it was before being nearly destroyed by years of civil war. Photo by Armando Rodriquez. Photo #07-0568. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0659.
When the East Angola/Florida Partnership began in 2004, Quéssua United Methodist Church was in disrepair and unable to be used as a house of worship. Years of civil war had ravaged the Quéssua complex and surrounding area, severly damaging or destroying many of the buidlings that comprised the once-thriving spiritual center of The United Methodist Church in Angola. Photo by Michael Wacht. Photo #07-0567. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0659. Web photo only.
Members of all ages were able to participate in River of Life United Methodist Church's initiative to reach out to their community Feb. 25 by doing local service projects, like washing cars, instead of having a worship service that morning. Photo by Erik J. Alsgaard. Photo #07-0566. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0658.











A member of River of Life United Methodist Church near Jacksonville puts together AIDS/HIV caregiver kits during what would normally be the church's worship time. Members decided to "be the church" by doing outreach activities for the community, instead of having a worship service that morning. Many volunteers wore T-shirts that read: "Don't go to church. Be the church." on the back and "Faith in action." on the front. Photo by Erik J. Alsgaard. Photo #07-0565. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0658.
Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker (left) met with Florida Governor Charlie Crist March 27 during the annual Children's Week in Tallahassee  to advocate for children's issues. Other religious and community leaders also met with the governor to share their concerns for and strategies to help Florida's children. Photo courtesy of Governor Charlie Crist's office. Photo #07-0564. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0657.














Paper cutouts and tracings of the hands of thousands of Florida children, including those from Florida Conference churches, streamed from the ceiling of the state capitol rotunda in Tallahassee during the annual Children's Week activities March 25-April 1. Photo by Erik J. Alsgaard. Photo #07-0563. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0657.


 
Jim Winkler, chief executive of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society, is urging United Methodists in the United States to contact their representatives about the war spending bill making its way through Congress. Winkler was part of a 13-member U.S. religious delegation that traveled to Iran in February in an effort to ease political tensions between the two nations and encourage dialogues for peace. A UMNS photo by Jay Mallin. Photo #07-0562. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0656.
Bishop Hans Växby. Photo courtesy of United Methodist News Service. Photo #07-0561. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0654.

The four-person clergy team from Florida prays with members of the East Africa Annual Conference during a closing worship service in Kenya's Naivasha District. The service marked the end of the team's visit to the African conference, where they led a series of classes as a part of a training event for local pastors. Photo by the Rev. David Dodge. Photo #07-0560. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0650.

 

The Rev. Jim Bradshaw (left) teaches a class on prayer and ministry during a training last January for pastors in the East Africa Annual Conference. Photo by the Rev. David Dodge. Photo #07-0559. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0650.
The Rev. Robert Bushong (right) presents a new study Bible to the Rev. Paul Matheri, superintendent of the Central District of the East Africa Annual Conference, during a trip Bushong made to Kenya with three other clergy from the Florida Conference to provide training for local pastors. Photo by the Rev. David Dodge. Photo #07-0558. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0650.





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