Opportunities — June 12, 2008 {0866}

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Opportunities — June 12, 2008

June 12, 2008  News media contact: Tita Parham* 
tparham@flumc.org    Orlando {0866}

An e-Review News Item

This series includes:

n Free online seminars focus on protecting ministry
n Celebrate Jesus missions reach neighborhoods
n Men’s Rally for Christ celebrates 100 years of ministry
n Lay speaking training event features Roger Swanson
n Methodist women gather for spiritual enrichment
n Retreat highlights small church success stories
n Spiritual Formation team announces Formation Gatherings
n School of Congregational Development heads to Orlando
n Immigration clinics seek regional Coordinator
n Cypress Gardens presents Christian concert

n Conference focuses on diversity of Native Americans
n Clergy invited to refresh, raise their sights
n Workshop explores dance in worship
n Wesley Seminary sponsors Emergent Church Leaders’ Nationwide Roadshow Revival
n Conference to build connections for health ministries
n SoSA Web store now open


Free online seminars focus on protecting ministry

By Erik Alsgaard**

LAKELAND — The Florida Conference Department of Ministry Protection is holding a series of online educational “webinars” designed to provide clear, timely and relevant information to Florida Conference churches, schools and affiliated ministries on a variety of topics.

Mark Thomas, director of Ministry Protection, said a webinar June 18 at 2 p.m. will focus on hurricane preparedness.

“Come July, we’ll look at facility usage and certificates of insurance,” he said. “In other words, we’ll look at the difference between a ministry of the church and an ‘outside facility user.’ ”

In September, Thomas said, Mark Hanley, an attorney for Glenn, Rasmussen, Fogarty and Hooker, will explore issues of child and youth protection and sexual abuse response.

A complete list of the webinar dates, topics and presenters is available at http://www.flumc2.org/page.asp?PKValue=1331. There is no cost to participate.


Celebrate Jesus missions reach neighborhoods

By Caryl Kelley**

LAKELAND — Churches all over Florida are looking beyond the walls of their buildings, hearing the cries of people in need and seeing their neighbors through the compassionate eyes of Jesus. Celebrate Jesus missions are part of that effort.

South Florida churches will be coordinating a Celebrate Jesus mission week June 21-28. Churches in the Key West area will have one of their own Oct. 4-11.

A Celebrate Jesus mission week or a weekend mini-mission is a “hands on” lab. The event pairs teams from visiting churches with churches in a specific area to help the home churches reach out to their communities. They work together on a project or “mission,” such as developing a new youth group, worship service or house of prayer; offering a community barbecue, car wash or neighborhood party; or performing other acts of kindness to neighbors. All include sharing about Jesus and exhibiting God’s love in practical ways.

Before a Celebrated Jesus mission, Celebrate Jesus organizers work with local churches to help train and equip them to look beyond their church walls. Informational gatherings between Celebrate Jesus and local churches are also held, and workshops are available to various coordinators, key leader and host church pastors to teach the importance of building the mission and getting the whole church involved.

All host churches in the area of mission are encouraged to attend monthly prayer gatherings, and the Celebrate Jesus office offers faith sharing classes and speakers throughout the planning stages.

Churches located in the South Florida and Key West areas are encouraged to participate. An application and additional information are available at http://www.cjmission.org.

More participants, especially those who are bilingual, are needed for the South Florida mission, which is intentionally ethnically diverse. Each applicant must complete a criminal records background check form. Applicants under 18 years of age must have a parent or guardian complete a medical release form. Both forms may be accessed at http://www.cjmission.org/forms.htm.

All Florida Conference churches are asked to pray for the June mission and future missions.

Men’s Rally for Christ celebrates 100 years of ministry

By Caryl Kelley

LAKELAND — The Tri-Conference Men’s Rally for Christ is a biannual gathering of United Methodist Men of the Alabama-West Florida, South Georgia and Florida conferences. 

This year’s rally is June 21, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at Lawton Chiles High School in Tallahassee, Fla. It will be a special day celebrating 100 years of making disciples through the men’s ministry of The United Methodist Church.

Speakers include South Georgia Conference Bishop Michael Watson, Alabama-West Florida Conference Bishop William Morris and the Revs. Brad McClain, a United Methodist pastor, and Maxie Dunham, chancellor and former president of Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Ky. The worship team from Aloma United Methodist Church in Winter Park, Fla., will lead worship and music.

A brochure with a registration form, housing and more information are available on the Florida Conference United Methodist Men’s Web site at http://www.ummflconf.org

The cost is $25, which includes lunch for those pre-registering. Full scholarships are available for clergy who pre-register.

Everyone is invited to attend, regardless of church affiliation; women and children are welcome. 

More information is available by contacting Don Heishman at dheishmen@verizon.net.


Lay speaking training event features Roger Swanson

By Caryl Kelley

LAKELAND — The 12th Annual Florida Conference Lay Speaking Leadership Training event will take place at the Florida Conference Life Enrichment Center in Fruitland Park Aug. 22-24

The keynote speaker Friday evening is the Rev. Dr. Roger Swanson, who served from 1999 to 2002 as director of the Florida Conference’s Operation Evangelization office, the precursor to today’s Congregational Transformation office.

Classes offered during the training include a new course on preaching called “From Your Heart to Theirs,” “Leading in Prayer,” “Storytelling,” “Lay Speakers Meet John Wesley the Person,” and “Justice in Everyday Life.” 

The basic course will not be offered at the conference level this year. Prospective lay speakers may take one of the advanced courses offered at this session and upon completion of the basic course in their district become a certified lay speaker.

The course fee is $55. Meals and lodging are $110 per person, double occupancy, or $150 per person, single occupancy.

A brochure with registration form, details on the daily schedule and course descriptions is available at http://www.flumc2.org/event_detail.asp?PKValue=1877.

Applicants may also contact their district director or the conference director, Gwen Dubé, for a registration form at 904-751-4912 or ggdube@comcast.net

The deadline to register is Aug. 11.


Methodist women gather for spiritual enrichment

By Caryl Kelley

LAKELAND — All United Methodist women and friends are invited to the Florida Conference United Methodist Women’s Spiritual Growth Retreat Sept. 5-7 for a weekend of worship, fellowship and personal growth.

The retreat will take place at the Florida Conference Life Enrichment Center in Fruitland Park under the theme “Called by Name,” from John 10:3-4. The Rev. Sharon Austin, district superintendent of the South Central District, will lead worship.

The registration fee is $115. More information and a downloadable registration form is available on the United Methodist Women’s Web site at http://gbgmchurches.gbgm-umc.org/flaconferenceumw/ or by contacting Marie Sharpe at tennessee1010@aol.com.


Retreat highlights small church success stories

By Caryl Kelley

LAKELAND — Three successful small churches have a story to tell, and they’ll share that story at the Small Church Retreat Sept. 12-13 at the Florida Conference Life Enrichment Center in Fruitland Park.

The retreat will highlight the ministry of small churches, but it is open to people from all sized churches. With the theme, “Come, Hear and Go Tell,” it will include discussion sessions with representatives of successful small churches, including the Rev. Debbie Nelson, Community United Methodist Church in Ridge Manor; the Rev. Kevin Calhoun, Georgianna United Methodist Church in Merritt Island; and Altamease Douglas, a lay member of Greater Bell United Methodist Church in Brooker and a certified lay speaker.

More information is available by contacting Sherri Lingle at slingle@flumc.org or 800-282-8011, extension 132.


Spiritual Formation team announces Formation Gatherings

By Melinda Trotti**

LAKELAND — The Florida Conference spiritual formation team is offering a series of weekend retreats, called Formation Gatherings, for anyone interested in experiencing a deeper spiritual journey. 

The first gathering is Sept. 20 and will focus on the theme “The Prayer Labyrinth: Encountering the Holy Spirit on the Journey Within.” It will be held at the Florida Conference Life Enrichment Center, 4992 Picciola Road, Fruitland Park. Participants will learn about the history of the labyrinth and experience the labyrinth prayer path, followed by sharing, worship and communion.

Lucy Wray, a spiritual director and certified lay speaker, will lead the gathering. Wray serves on the Florida Conference spiritual formation team, the board of Shade and Fresh Water and the past leadership teams for the Florida Five Day Academy for Spiritual Formation and in various capacities at her local church.

The theme of the Oct. 18 gathering will be “Monastic Spirituality.” It will be held at Lakewood Park United Methodist Church, 5405 Turnpike Feeder Rd., Ft. Pierce.

In the last several decades many monastic communities have sprung up as people have tired of formal religion and sought a closer communion with God. This seminar will clarify the dynamics that have arisen out of monastic spirituality.

This gathering will be led by the Rev. Dr. Glenn Galtere, who holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology and social studies, Master of Divinity in pastoral care and theology, Doctor of Theology in biblical studies and spiritual directors certification from St. Thomas University. He is a retired member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and fully professed member of the Brothers and Sisters of Charity.

“Encountering God through the Natural World” will be the theme for the Nov. 15 gathering at the Florida Conference’s Riverside Retreat, 7305 CR 78, LaBelle.

This gathering will examine how the experience of being shaped and formed by the natural world connects with a person’s Christian spirituality. Journaling, storytelling, prayer and observation will help participants reconnect with God and the natural world.

Conference staff members Melinda Trotti and Martha Pierce will lead the session. Trotti is director of the Florida Conference Justice and Spiritual Formation Ministries. She was the interim director of the Florida Conference Life Enrichment Center in Fruitland Park and director of Epworth Camp and Retreat Center in New York. She has completed spiritual director’s training through the Haden Institute. Pierce has served as director of Riverside Retreat for eight years and is completing certification training for a master naturalist through the University of Florida. She is also in the final year of certification for camp and retreat ministry through The United Methodist Church and serves as district lay speaker coordinator.

More information about the daylong gatherings is available at http://www.flumcspiritualformation.org/ under the ‘gatherings’ link.

The cost for each is $25 per person. All gatherings are held from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Participants are asked to bring their own lunch. Interested individuals may register by contacting Heidi Leab at hleab@flumc.org.


School of Congregational Development heads to Orlando

By Erik Alsgaard

LAKELAND — The 2008 School of Congregational Development is an opportunity for pastors and leaders of laity to develop disciple-making congregations.

And this year’s event gives Florida Conference leaders an even greater chance to participate. It will be held in two locations this summer, including St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Orlando. Using satellite video links, St. Luke’s participants will join other students at Cornerstone United Methodist Church in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Starting July 31, the school will offer ministry tracks for in-depth training, core seminars focusing on key areas of congregational development and workshops for hands-on resources in specific areas of ministry. Bishop Minerva Carcaño, episcopal leader of the Desert-Southwest Annual Conference, will be the opening worship preacher at 2 p.m. that day.
In Orlando, the ministry tracks include how to start a new church, parenting a new church start and restarting a new church start. The Rev. Bill Barnes, senior pastor at St. Luke’s, will also offer a track titled “Restructuring Your Ministry.” Other tracks include developing a multi-site congregation, turning around existing churches and African-American, Korean, Asian-American and Hispanic/Latino congregational development.
In addition, participants in Orlando will visit one of five area United Methodist teaching churches for worship Aug. 3, stay for lunch and have a teaching session in the afternoon.

The cost for the School of Congregational Development is $425, which includes lunches on Friday, Monday and at the teaching church Sunday. Transportation, lodging costs and additional meals are not covered by the registration.
Individuals may register for this weeklong event at http://www.flumc.org by clicking on the “SCD” button.

The School of Congregational Development is sponsored by the Joint Committee on Congregational Development from the United Methodist General Board of Discipleship and General Board of Global Ministries.


Immigration clinics seek regional coordinator

By the Rev. Marilyn Beecher**

ORLANDO — Justice For Our Neighbors (JFON) in Florida is seeking a volunteer who will serve 20 hours a week as a regional coordinator, receiving a small stipend.

This person will be a crucial team member in developing support for and expanding the Florida Conference’s ministry with immigrants and refugees.

JFON is a ministry of the United Methodist Committee On Relief (UMCOR) and a cooperative effort between local churches, the conference’s refugee and immigration ministry and UMCOR.

The ministry provides clinics that offer free legal services and advocacy to people needing help with immigration issues. Two clinics are operated in Florida, one in the Orlando area at First United Methodist Church and Berea Haitian Mission in Pine Hills and a second in Tampa at Faith Community Haitian United Methodist Church. A third clinic is scheduled to open in the Fort Pierce area.
Job responsibilities include leading an effort to build relationships with local churches and community organizations for development of financial support; coordinating a speakers bureau to educate church members and the community about current immigration issues and to share the stories of immigrants; recruiting new volunteers and partners for this vital ministry; and overseeing publicity and content for the JFON Web site.

The main office is in Orlando, but work can be done from other locations. 
More information is available by contacting the Rev. Marilyn Beecher at 407-896-2230, extension 105, or mbeecher@flumc.org


Cypress Gardens presents Christian concert

By Caryl Kelley

LAKELAND — Cypress Gardens in Winter Haven will present a special concert June 28 at 6:30 p.m. featuring Christian bands Building 429, Need to Breathe and Jars of Clay.

The cost is $40 for park admission plus a reserved seat at the concert. Special group rates are available.

More information is available by contacting Heather Cornnell at 863-595-2322 or sales@cypressgardens.com.


Conference focuses on diversity of Native Americans

By Darlene Jacobs**

LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. — This year’s 20th Annual Native American Summer Conference is gathering June 27-29 under the theme “Self-Determination: One People, One Mission, One God!”

Held at the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference Center in Lake Junaluska. N.C., the conference is a time of educational and vocational training, spiritual strengthening, renewal and focusing on inter-tribal and intra-tribal issues and ministries with United Methodist native people across the Southeastern Jurisdiction.

The event is designed to celebrate and experience the diversity and uniqueness of Native Americans and enhance one’s knowledge about various issues from a social, contemporary, spiritual and cultural perspective. One focus of this year’s conference is self-determination and the federal recognition process and how that impacts the church.

This year’s keynote speakers are: the Rev. Zan Holmes, speaker and author; Arlinda Locklear, Lumbee, leading expert in the field of Federal Recognition; and Freeman Owle, author and speaker, from the Cherokee Reservation. In addition, Pattie Grant, Cherokee, will be presenting on historical trauma.

A special track, “Going Native for Christ,” designed for both students and youth, will focus on the Methodist heritage and spiritual formation. Leading the native student and youth tracks are Senora Lynch, Haliwa-Saponi, and Akwiasdi Revels, Lumbee. Lynch is a North Carolina Arts Council recipient, and both are avid leaders and supporters of children and young people.

Native people face cultural issues that are unique and different from other racially ethnic groups. 

“We need to honor, acknowledge and appreciate who we are and the gifts that we, as Indian people, bring to The United Methodist Church,” said the Rev. Myles Pierson, president of the Southeastern Jurisdictional Agency on Native American Ministries. “At the same time, there is a need to educate non-Natives on these differences from a spiritual, social, historical, political and mental perspective, as well.”

As part of the conference a gospel sing will be held and recreational activities are designed for all ages, including tours, canoeing and white water rafting.

“We want everyone that participates in this Native American conference to leave with a feeling of encountering God and having a wonderful Lake Junaluska experience,” Pierson said.

Southeastern Jurisdictional Agency on Native American Ministries is the advocate for 23 Native American congregations and three other ministries in the Southeastern Jurisdiction.

More information is available by contacting Darlene Jacobs at 888-825-6316 or djacobs@sejumc.org.


Clergy invited to refresh, raise their sights

By Caryl Kelley

LAKELAND — Clergy are invited to be a part of the first-ever Lake Junaluska Ministry Summit July 7-10

Known formerly as the Ministers Conference, the event will provide learning opportunities, worship, networking, spiritual renewal and recreation. It will also feature three tracks from which participants may choose, including a course with the Alban Institute and the Intentional Growth Center. 

Several downloadable event brochures with details about registration, leadership, the schedule, workshops, lodging and directions are available at http://www.lakejunaluska.com/events_detail.aspx?id=6184.

Track I of the summit, The Mid-Sized Church, is offered through the Intentional Growth Center. It will identify and examine the unique characteristics of the mid-sized churches, defined as those with an average worship attendance of 100 to 250 people. Many clergy find they must redefine their role as pastor in the mid-size church due to its increasing demands and complexities. The Rev. N. Burton Brooks Jr., a United Methodist elder in the Virginia Conference and executive director of Church Funding Associates in Richmond, Va., will lead the track. The program fee is $196, including all seminar materials. Registration materials can be downloaded from the Web site.

Track II, Narrative Leadership and Congregational Formation – Rediscovering the Life-Giving Nature of Stories, is offered through the Alban Institute at Lake Junaluska.

In 2008, Alban Institute completed a three-year research grant initiative around narrative leadership. This seminar will feature: “Living in God’s Story: Linking Our Story to God’s story,” led by Dr. Judy Fentress-Williams, Virginia Theological Seminary; “Re-telling the Congregation’s Story: Re-framing the Past Into a Faithful Future,” led by Dr. Larry Peers, Alban Consultant; and “The Story of Place: The Congregation as a Force Within the Community,” led by Alice Mann, Alban Senior Consultant.

Track III is titled Personal/Family Sabbath and Self-Care. It is an intentional track providing restorative, creative and recreational experiences and offered in partnership with Haywood Community College and by Lake Junaluska Events and Packages staff. Individuals, couples and families will choose from a variety of free or registered daily activities, plus a generous amount of free time.

All registrants will participate in daily plenary and worship experiences, spending the remainder of the day in their chosen track.

Costs vary for each track. Track I is $196, Track II is $245 and Track III is $85. Daily package options are extra.

Registration includes all seminar materials.  All lodging reservations should be made separately by calling 1-800-222-4930. Information is available at http://www.lakejunaluska.com under the “accommodations” link.


Workshop explores dance in worship

By Caryl Kelley

LAKELAND — The 7th Annual Sacred/Liturgical Dance Workshop PLUS is July 24-27 at the Kern Building, Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center, in Lake Junaluska, N.C.

The workshop is an opportunity to help people experience God in a new way, either as a dancer or in worship. Participants will grow in their understanding of this ministry and criteria for dance in worship; learn a minimum of four dances; explore resources for dance ministry; and participate in two of three workshops: ballet, signing and creating dances.

Leader Beth Teegarden has directed sacred/liturgical dance in a local church and led workshops in many annual conference settings. She has created many dances for use in worship settings and is able to teach both the beginner and experienced dancer.

The workshop is open to adults and middle and high school students. Child care is available for ages 1-11 by registration.

The program fee is $65 or $85 after June 25. Online registration and a downloadable brochure are available at http://www.sejumc.org under the “events” link. Program information is also available by calling 828-452-2881, extension 795.

Lodging has been arranged at Lakeside Lodge. Information and reservation details are available by calling 800-222-4930 or logging onto http://www.lakejunaluska.com.


Wesley Seminary sponsors Emergent Church Leaders’ Nationwide Roadshow Revival

By Beth Ludlum**
WASHINGTON — Wesley Theological Seminary announces “The Church Basement Roadshow: A Rollin’ Gospel Revival” national summer tour, featuring three of the most outspoken emergent church leaders and authors traveling the country in a bio-diesel-fueled RV to preach a message of hope.

Tony Jones, Doug Pagitt and Mark Scandrette will visit 32 cities across the United States with a message that combines old-time revival flair with a 21st century gospel. They’ll preach, sing and sell healing balm in church basements from San Diego to New York, arriving at Kay Spiritual Life Center on the campus of American University in Washington, D.C., July 31 at 7 p.m.

Jones, author of “The New Christians: Dispatches from the Emergent Frontier”; Pagitt, author of “A Christianity Worth Believing,” and Scandrette, author of “Soul Graffiti: Making a Life in the Way of Jesus,” are part of the emergent movement, a decades-old phenomenon of pastors, missionaries, artists, theologians, authors and “regular people” who are rethinking church and Christianity for a globalized world.

Wesley Seminary, located in Washington, D.C., is the academic sponsor of the tour and offers an Emerging Church track for Master of Divinity and Master of Arts students who are interested in the movement.

“This summer will be a defining time as we take our invitation of hope and good news to people around the country,” Pagitt says. “We’re preaching a fresh way of life and faith — one that is in rhythm with the life of God.”

Taking a page out of the Billy Sunday playbook, the authors will spread the emergent message of a generous, hope-filled Christian faith in the style and cadence of tent revival preachers of 100 years ago. They plan to have fun with it, wearing frock suits and selling “healing balm,” but the goal is, as in those past revivals, to preach the good news.

“This will be unlike any book tour people have seen,” said Jones. “We’ll be barnstorming the country, shaking the rafters with our ancient-future message of hope.”

“People will laugh and sing,” Scandrette added. “But they'll also be challenged to join the Jesus Revolution.”

The roadshow will arrive in Washington, D.C., July 31 and begin at 7 p.m. in the Kay Spiritual Life Center on the campus of American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. Admission is $10 at the door, and the public is invited to attend.

Wesley Theological Seminary is one of the largest of the 13 United Methodist seminaries, providing Masters of Divinity, Arts and Theological Studies programs. In addition to intercultural immersion opportunities and spiritual formation groups, the Master of Divinity and Master of Arts curriculums have options for specialization in urban, youth and emerging ministries. Wesley also offers Doctor of Ministry programs and specialized programs and courses engaging faith and public policy and the arts and theology.

More information about Wesley Theological Seminary and the Roadshow’s Washington, D.C., revival is available at http://www.wesleyseminary.edu, the admissions office at 202-885-8659 or admissions@wesleyseminary.edu.

Information on the Church Basement Roadshow, including tour dates, can be found at www.churchbasementroadshow.com.


Conference to build connections for health ministries

By Jim Truitt**

NEW YORK — “Empowering Ministries of Health: Connecting Around the World” will be the focus of the fourth annual National Congregational Health Ministries Conference Sept. 21-24 at Lake Junaluska, N.C.

The conference is designed for health and welfare chairpersons, clergy, parish/faith community nurses and others with a passion for health ministries. Sponsors are the General Board of Global Ministries and the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits.

Two scholarships for tuition, lodging and meals will be offered to designated representatives from each annual conference.

More than 35 speakers will make presentations in plenary sessions, workshops and daily worship services.

“Because of the multitude of speakers and talent we are bringing, this conference will really give participants the tools they need to create health ministries to the fullest,” said Patricia Magyar, executive secretary of Congregational Health Ministries at the Board of Global Ministries.

Topics will include strengthening clergy and laity health, funding, planning strategies, collaborating with other faith and business communities, advocating for health care and connecting with global health ministries.

A panel of United Methodist agency executives will discuss “Global Health in the Next Quadrennium and What it Means to You.” They are the Rev. Gary Henderson, executive director of the Global Health Initiative; James Winkler, general secretary of the General Board of Church and Society; Barbara Boigegrain, general secretary of the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits; and Dr. Cherian Thomas, executive secretary of health and welfare at the General Board of Global Ministries. Raul Alegria, treasurer of the Southeastern Jurisdiction, will be the moderator.
“They will give us the perspective of their objectives and how we can help them achieve the goals of the denomination,” Magyar said.

Other plenary speakers and their topics are Bishop Mike Watson of the South Georgia Area, “Clergy and Congregational Health: Strengthening the Connection,” and Dr. James Early, director of Clinical Preventive Medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, “How to Change Health Behaviors.”

Workshops will be offered in four tracks. Congregational health ministry will provide tools for planning, assessing and developing a health ministry team. Conference health ministry is designed for those who want to mobilize lay leadership, evaluate health ministry programs and develop faith collaborations. Parish nurse and health advocate will provide a broad overview of topics, including working with clergy, care for the caregiver, holistic health and networking. Servant Leadership: A Model for Self-Care will guide participants in assessing their own health and making self-care covenants for improvement.

Worship services will be led by the Rev. Vance Ross, deputy general secretary for connectional relations and strategic initiatives at the General Board of Discipleship; Rev. Patty Myers, chair of the department of Christian vocations at Pfeiffer University; Rev. Embra Jackson, administrative assistant to Bishop Hope Morgan Ward of the Mississippi Conference; and Rev. Fred Smith, associate professor of urban ministry at Wesley Theological Seminary.

More details and registration information are available at http://www.gbophb.org by clicking on events and education or contacting Anne Green at AGreen@gbophb.org or 847-866-4560. Questions about scholarships may be directed to Patricia Magyar at pmagyar@gbgm-umc.org or 212-870-3683.


SoSA Web store now open

By Society of St. Andrew Staff

BIG ISLAND, Va. — The Society of St. Andrew announces the opening of its new Web store. Every purchase made in the SoSA store goes to help feed hungry people.

Customers can check out a variety of name brands in men’s, women’s and children’s items embroidered with the SoSA logo. 

The online store is accessible at http://endhunger.webstore.us.com/.

SoSA is a national faith-based, nonprofit organization that salvages fresh produce that would otherwise go to waste and donates it to food banks, church pantries, soup kitchens and other agencies offering food programs. It bridges the hunger gap with help from local churches and conferences. Gleaning events and potato drops organized by SoSA have occurred throughout the Florida Conference. SoSA is an Advance Special, number 801600.


*Parham is managing editor of e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service.
**Alsgaard is director of communications for the Florida Conference.
   Jacobs is director-elect of the Southeastern Jurisdictional Agency on Native American Ministries.
   Kelley is subscription manager, photographer and contributing writer for e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service. 
   Ludlum is director of recruitment at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C.
   Trotti is director of Florida Conference Justice and Spiritual Formation Ministries.
   Truitt is chairman of the General Board of Global Ministries Health and Welfare Leadership Team in New York.

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