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Members of the Sanctified New Jerusalem Mission choir provide musical leadership during a worship service in early 2008 for its church cluster. The congregation, which serves the Haitian community in Pompano Beach, Fla., began in a storefront in 2005. Three years later it had grown to more than 300 worshippers. Photo by Erik Alsgaard. File photo #08-0748. Originally accompanied e-Review Florida UMNS #0797 | Feb. 13, 2008. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1010, 4/30/09.


La Nueva Iglesia Cristiana del Doral in the Miami area is one of 39 Hispanic churches and missions in the Florida Conference. It began in late 2001 in the home of its pastor, the Rev. Rinaldo Hernandez, with about 30 worshippers. Since then, the congregation has moved four times, outgrowing each space. It now worships in a warehouse facility in Doral, Fla., with an average worship attendance in March of 179. The church is a mission of the conference’s Southeast District and received funding from the Florida Conference New Church Development ministry from 2001 until 2004 when it became financially self-sufficient. Photo courtesy of La Nueva Iglesia Cristiana del Doral. Photo #09-1164. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1009, 4/29/09.


The Rev. Dr. Mont Duncan, executive director of the Florida Conference New Church Development office, reports to members attending the 2007 Florida Annual Conference Event that the conference has launched 86 new churches since 1995, 56 percent of which are racial, ethnic or language new starts. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #09-1163. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1009, 4/29/09.



A lone walker makes the trek for children during Cornerstone Family Ministries’ 29th Annual Wonder Walk for Children’s Services. Photo courtesy of Cornerstone Family Ministries. Photo #09-1162. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1008, 4/28/09.


Walkers participate in Cornerstone Family Ministries’ 29th Annual Wonder Walk for Children’s Services. Photo courtesy of Cornerstone Family Ministries. Photo #09-1161. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1008, 4/28/09.











The Rev. Arlene Jackson (left) and volunteer Darline Pinheiro hug before worship begins at Grace Community Center in North Fort Myers, Fla. It’s the third campus of Grace United Methodist Church in Cape Coral. Although it offers a worship service Sunday mornings, the rest of the week is devoted to providing a range of services to the community, like GED and parenting classes, a recovery program, and free medical care for area residents. Photo by Sarah Alsgaard. Photo #09-1160. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1007, 4/24/09.





Nearly 600 people attended the launch of Grace Community Center in North Fort Myers, Fla., late last year. The center is the third campus of Grace United Methodist Church in Cape Coral. It offers a worship service Sunday mornings, but the rest of the week is devoted to providing a range of services to the community, like GED and parenting classes, a recovery program, and free medical care for area residents. Photo courtesy of Grace United Methodist Church. Photo #09-1159. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1007, 4/24/09.


Door greeter Brian Rankin (right) hugs another church member before worship. The two are members of Grace Community Center in North Fort Myers, Fla., the third campus of Grace United Methodist Church in Cape Coral. The center offers a worship service Sunday mornings, but the rest of the week is devoted to providing a range of services to the community, like GED and parenting classes, a recovery program, and free medical care for area residents. Photo by Sarah Alsgaard. Photo #09-1158. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1007, 4/24/09.








The Rev. Larry Hollon, top executive of United Methodist Communications, talks about the denomination’s “Rethink Church” awareness campaign during the Commission on Communication meeting Sept. 25-27, 2008, in Nashville, Tenn. A new Web site called www.10thousanddoors.org launched April 20 as part of the campaign. The site encourages people to think about church as a doorway to service in the world. A UMNS photo by Ronny Perry. Photo #09-1157. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1006, 4/23/09.


A print advertisement directs people to www.10thousanddoors.org, a new Website launched April 20 as part of The United Methodist Church’s Rethink Church awareness campaign. The site encourages people to think about church as a doorway to service in the world. A UMNS photo illustration courtesy of United Methodist Communications. Photo #09-1156. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1006, 4/23/09.



A new Web site called www.10thousanddoors.org launched April 20 as part of The United Methodist Church’s Rethink Church awareness campaign. The site encourages people to think about church not as a building but as a doorway to service in the world. A UMNS image courtesy of United Methodist Communications. Photo #09-1155. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1006, 4/23/09.









Doors are an integral part of The United Methodist Church’s Rethink Church awareness campaign, signifying the many opportunities to connect and be the church outside church walls. A new Web site called www.10thousanddoors.org launched April 20 as part of the campaign. The site encourages people to think about church not as a building but as a doorway to service in the world. Photo illustration courtesy of United Methodist Communications. Photo #09-1154. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1006, 4/23/09.



The Rev. Jorge Acevedo (right), senior pastor at Grace United Methodist Church in Cape Coral, and Bill Walker, then lay leader of the Florida Conference, confer during a 2008 General Conference plenary session. Photo by Tita Parham. File photo #08-0840. Originally accompanied e-Review Florida UMNS #0847 | May 6, 2008. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1005, 4/22/09.












The Rev. Debbie McLeod, superintendent of the Florida Conference’s South East District, and Rodney Akers, a lay delegate from First United Methodist Church of Seffner, discuss legislation included in the Advance Daily Christian Advocate during a 2008 General Conference plenary session. Photo by Tita Parham. File photo #08-0834. Originally accompanied e-Review Florida UMNS #0845 | May 4, 2008. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1005, 4/22/09.



Judith Pierre-Okerson (left), a lay delegate from Norland United Methodist Church in Miami, the Rev. Dr. Geraldine McClellan (center), then superintendent of the Florida Conference’s North Central District, and Disney Weaver, a lay delegate from First United Methodist Church of Haines City, listen intently during a plenary session of the 2008 General Conference. Photo by Tita Parham. File photo #08-0832. Originally accompanied e-Review Florida UMNS #0845 | May 4, 2008. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1005, 4/22/09.


Jad Denmark (left), a lay delegate from Anona United Methodist Church in Largo, talks intently with another member of the legislative committee on which they both served during the 2008 General Conference. Photo by Erik Alsgaard. File photo #08-0825. Originally accompanied e-Review Florida UMNS #0841 | April 28, 2008. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1005, 4/22/09.


Florida Conference delegates pour over petitions in the Advance Daily Christian Advocate during the afternoon plenary session April 30 of the 2008 General Conference. Photo by Tita Parham. File photo #08-0848. Originally accompanied e-Review Florida UMNS #0850 | May 8, 2008. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1005, 4/22/09.



Delegates consider legislation during the 2008 United Methodist General Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose. Photo #09-1153. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1005, 4/22/09.














United Methodists attending Florida Advocacy Days gathered March 29 with Children’s Week participants for the “Hanging of the Hands” ceremony in the Florida Capitol rotunda, dedicating tens of thousands of paper cutouts of children’s hands decorated by children and teachers from across the state. The three-day advocacy event, held in Tallahassee, Fla., during the spring session of the state legislature, was an opportunity for United Methodists in Florida and Alabama and members of other faith communities to advocate with their legislators on behalf of the state’s children. Photo by Erik Alsgaard. Photo #09-1152. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1002, 4/15/09.


Nancy Dougherty talks with Florida Advocacy Days participants about their role in speaking for those who have no voice. Dougherty helped coordinate the three-day advocacy event, held in late March in Tallahassee, Fla., during the spring session of the state legislature and the annual Children’s Week event. United Methodists in Florida and Alabama and members of other faith communities took the opportunity to advocate with their legislators on behalf of the state’s children. Photo by Erik Alsgaard. Photo #09-1151. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1002, 4/15/09.


Secretary George Sheldon of the Florida Department of Children and Families shares statistics about the challenges Floridians are facing during the current economy with participants attending Florida Advocacy Days. The three-day advocacy event, held in late March in Tallahassee, Fla., during the spring session of the state legislature and the annual Children’s Week, was an opportunity for United Methodists in Florida and Alabama and members of other faith communities to advocate with their legislators on behalf of the state’s children. Photo by Erik Alsgaard. Photo #09-1150. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1002, 4/15/09.




United Methodists and members of other faith groups march to the Florida Capitol to visit with legislators and advocate on behalf of the state’s children. It was part of the Florida Advocacy Days event, held March 29-31 during the spring session of the state legislature and the annual Children’s Week. Photo by Erik Alsgaard. Photo #09-1149. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1002, 4/15/09.







Bishops Timothy W. Whitaker of the Florida Conference (left) and Paul L. Leeland of the Alabama-West Florida Conference (center) join the Rev. Clarke Campbell-Evans, pastor at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Tallahassee, Fla., in leading United Methodists and members of other faith groups on their march toward the Florida Capitol to visit with legislators and advocate on behalf of the state’s children. It was part of the Florida Advocacy Days event, held March 29-31 during the spring session of the state legislature and the annual Children’s Week. Photo by Erik Alsgaard. Photo #09-1148. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1002, 4/15/09.


Rob Williams, territory manager for Cardiac Science, gives the Rev. Daphne Johnson, pastor at College Heights United Methodist Church in Lakeland, Fla., an automatic external defibrillator (AED) for use at the church. For every 10 AEDs Florida Conference churches buy, Cardiac Science will donate one AED to a church chosen by the Florida Conference Ministry Protection Department. College Heights received one of the free AEDs. Photo by Sarah Alsgaard. Photo #09-1147. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1001, 4/14/09.


Port Tampa United Methodist Church is a small neighborhood church located in the South Central District of the Florida Conference. Photo by Erik Alsgaard. Photo #09-1146. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1000, 4/13/09.











David Collinsworth (third from right) and members of Wesley Mission complete their presentation of a Christmas play written by Collinsworth and inspired by the struggles of people living in the neighborhood around the mission. Collinsworth has been youth pastor of the mission for 13 years. Photo #09-1145. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0999, 4/13/09.




Wesley Mission members Kalandrea McNeal and Terrence Driver act out a scene in a Christmas play written by David Collinsworth, youth pastor at the mission. Photo #09-1144. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0999, 4/13/09.


Worship services offered messages of encouragement and vision casting, helping students and young adults attending “SCREAM: Get Ready for the Ride” discern their call to both ordained and vocational ministry outside the church. The leadership retreat was held for 18- to 25-year-olds in late February and coordinated by the Florida Conference Center for Clergy Excellence with a $6,000 grant from The United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. Photo by the Rev. Melissa Pisco. Photo #09-1143. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0998, 4/8/09.



Young adults worship during SCREAM. More than 100 Florida Conference students and young adults participated in “SCREAM: Get Ready for the Ride,” a discernment event held in late February for 18- to 25-yer-olds. The leadership retreat was coordinated by the Florida Conference Center for Clergy Excellence with a $6,000 grant from The United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. Photo by Mary Downey. Photo #09-1142. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0998, 4/8/09.



SCREAM participants write their hopes and fears about ministry on a special door. More than 100 Florida Conference students and young adults participated in “SCREAM: Get Ready for the Ride,” a discernment event held in late February for 18- to 25-yer-olds. The leadership retreat was coordinated by the Florida Conference Center for Clergy Excellence with a $6,000 grant from The United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. Photo by the Rev. Melissa Pisco. Photo #09-1141. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0998, 4/8/09.


SCREAM participants “loosen up” during the call to worship. More than 100 Florida Conference students and young adults participated in “SCREAM: Get Ready for the Ride,” a discernment event held in late February for 18- to 25-yer-olds. The leadership retreat was coordinated by the Florida Conference Center for Clergy Excellence with a $6,000 grant from The United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. Photo by Mary Downey. Photo #09-1140. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0998, 4/8/09.




The Rev. Thom Street and his wife, Vickie, after the ceremony at which he received the volunteer award from the Florida Emergency Preparedness Association for his work in disaster response in Glades County. Street is pastor at First United Methodist Church of Moore Haven. Photo #09-1139. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0994, 4/1/09.








Children participate in a new children’s church called F.B.I. — Faithful Bible Investigators. Despite having a mostly adult population whose average age is 82, the 800-plus members of Sun City Center United Methodist Church are active in ministry and preparing for a future with younger members. There are 14 real estate developers constructing large numbers of homes within six miles of the church, according to the Rev. Warren Langer, the church’s senior pastor. Photo courtesy of Sun City Center United Methodist Church. Photo #09-1138. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0993, 4/1/09.


Members of the praise team sing during The Oasis contemporary service. Despite having a mostly adult population whose average age is 82, the 800-plus members of Sun City Center United Methodist Church are active in ministry and preparing for a future with younger members. There are 14 real estate developers constructing large numbers of homes within six miles of the church, according to the Rev. Warren Langer, the church’s senior pastor. Photo courtesy of Sun City Center United Methodist Church. Photo #09-1137. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0993, 4/1/09.






The Rev. Warren Langer leads the children’s moment during worship. Langer is senior pastor at Sun City Center United Methodist Church, an 800-plus-member congregation in the Tampa-Bradenton area that continues to find ways to be in ministry, despite having a mostly adult population whose average age is 82. Langer said the church started 57 new ministries in 2007. Photo courtesy of Sun City Center United Methodist Church. Photo #09-1136. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0993, 4/1/09.


Wearing a T-shirt reflecting the main point of the day, the Rev. Roy Terry leads a plenary session on “the gathering,” the second of four parts of a worship service, at the “Passionate Worship: Divine Inbreaking” event at Trinity United Methodist Church in Gainesville, Fla., in April 2008. Terry is pastor of Cornerstone United Methodist Church in Naples, Fla., and chairman of the Florida Conference Institute of Preaching committee. The institute is a partnership between Duke Divinity School in Durham, N.C., and the Florida Conference committee. File photo by Erik J. Alsgaard. Photo #08-0816. Originally accompanied e-Review Florida UMNS #0836/April 23, 2008. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0992, 3/31/09.


The Rev. Dr. Jim Harnish (foreground) and Warren Pattison teach a class on passionate worship, one of the five disciple-making practices of The Methodist Way. The session was part of a series of workshops on each of the practices held a day before the official start of the 2008 Florida Annual Conference Event. Harnish is senior pastor at Hyde Park United Methodist Church in Tampa, Fla., and a facilitator for the Institute of Preaching, a partnership between Duke Divinity School in Durham, N.C., and the Florida Conference Institute of Preaching committee. Pattison is Hyde Park’s director of media and worship arts. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #09-1135. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0992, 3/31/09.






A participant at the third women’s retreat adds a request to the prayer board. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Florida Conference Women’s Retreat, held four weekends annually during the beginning of the year. Photo by Rhonda Hammond. Photo #09-1134. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0991, 3/27/09.



Kay Roach says the annual women’s retreats can be whatever attendees want them to be. This year Roach lead the group that coordinated a reunion of the women who have helped plan the retreats over the years. The gathering was held to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the annual Florida Conference Women’s Retreat, held four weekends annually during the beginning of the year. Photo by Sarah Alsgaard. Photo #09-1133. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0991, 3/27/09.




Louise Webster has attended a Florida Conference Women’s Retreat each year for nearly 20 years. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the retreats. Photo by Sarah Alsgaard. Photo #09-1132. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0991, 3/27/09.





Participants concentrate on their creations during a crafts workshop at the third women’s retreat. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Florida Conference Women’s Retreat, held four weekends annually during the beginning of the year. Photo by Rhonda Hammond. Photo #09-1131. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0991, 3/27/09.



Old hymnals, Bibles and records dating back to the early 1800s are among the many items included in the Florida Conference archives. File Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #06-405. Originally accompanied e-Review Florida UMNS #0520/July 21, 2006. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0990, 3/27/09.








Florida Conference Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker thanks Florida Southern College and Sarah McKay for their efforts in providing a home for the Florida Conference archives. Whitaker made his remarks during the Feb. 20 dedication ceremony of the Sarah D. and L. Kirk McKay Jr. Archives Center, which houses five archival collections, including the conference archives, and is located on the Florida Southern College campus in Lakeland. Photo #09-1130. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0990, 3/27/09.


Sarah McKay greets more than 200 guests attending the dedication of the Sarah D. and L. Kirk McKay Jr. Archives Center, which houses five archival collections, including the historical record of the Florida Conference. Located on the Florida Southern College campus in Lakeland, the center was dedicated Feb. 20. Photo #09-1129. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0990, 3/27/09.


Florida Southern College President Dr. Anne Kerr leads the ceremony dedicating the Sarah D. and L. Kirk McKay Jr. Archives Center. Located on the Florida Southern College campus in Lakeland, the center houses five archival collections, including the historical record of the Florida Conference. Photo #09-1128. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0990, 3/27/09.


The Sarah D. and L. Kirk McKay Jr. Archives Center on the Florida Southern College campus is the permanent home of the Florida Conference archives, as well as four other archival collections. The new center was dedicated Feb. 20. Photo #09-1127. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0990, 3/27/09.


Perrine-Peters United Methodist Church. Photo courtesy of Perrine-Peters United Methodist Church. Photo #09-1126. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0987, 3/20/09.






Members of Perrine Peters United Methodist Church in Miami have promised to support Javier and Beula Amador (back center) in “any way they need us to,” said the Rev. Brian Carr, pastor of the church, after the deaths of their parents, Josue and Maria (center), and sisters Priscila (far left) and Rosa. Javier is a member of the church, as were his younger sisters. Photo courtesy of Perrine-Peters United Methodist Church. Photo #09-1125. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0987, 3/20/09.


A clinicial takes Fred Tombros through a series of exercises. Tombros is a member of the Brain Fitness Club at First United Methodist Church in Winter Park. The club provides cognitive therapy for people with some form of memory loss and is a collaborative program between the University of Central Florida’s communicative sciences and disorders masters program, a gerontological nurse who serves as its program director, and the church, which provides space free of charge. Photo by Tita Parham. Photo #09-1124. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0984, 3/16/09.



Tom Gerrity plays the piano while the other members of the Brain Fitness Club work on drawing and reading exercises. The club is offered at First United Methodist Church in Winter Park and provides group and individual cognitive exercises for people with early memory loss. Photo by Tita Parham. Photo #09-1123. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0984, 3/16/09.





Dr. Janet Whiteside (center) offers her input during an individual cognitive therapy session. Whiteside, who works as a clinical educator at the University of Central Florida’s Communications Disorders Clinic, supervises the clinicians who work with members of the Brain Fitness Club at First United Methodist Church in Winter Park. The club provides group and individual cognitive exercises for people with early memory loss and is a collaborative program between the university’s communicative sciences and disorders masters program, a gerontological nurse who serves as its program director, and the church, which provides space free of charge. Photo by Tita Parham. Photo #09-1122. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0984, 3/16/09.


Tom Gerrity whistles a tune from the musical “South Pacific” during a cognitive exercise tailored to his love of music. Gerrity is a member of the Brain Fitness Club at First United Methodist Church in Winter Park. The club, which was started by Gerrity’s wife, Nancy, provides cognitive therapy for people with some form of memory loss. Photo by Tita Parham. Photo #09-1121. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0984, 3/16/09.





A clinician wraps up her time with Bob Tomcavage, a member of the Brain Fitness Club at First United Methodist Church in Winter Park. The club provides cognitive therapy for people with some form of memory loss and is a collaborative program between the University of Central Florida’s communicative sciences and disorders masters program, a gerontological nurse who serves as its program director, and the church, which provides space free of charge. Photo by Tita Parham. Photo #09-1120. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0984, 3/16/09.


Tom Gerrity does an impression of comedian Jackie Mason for his wife, Nancy, before the day’s Brain Fitness Club activities begin. Nancy helped launch the club in an effort to provide Tom, who has Alzheimer’s disease, and others suffering from memory loss with a level of cognitive therapy not found in other programs. The club is a collaborative program between the University of Central Florida’s communicative sciences and disorders masters program, a gerontological nurse who serves as its program director, and the church, which provides space free of charge. Photo by Tita Parham. Photo #09-1119. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0984, 3/16/09.


Peggy Bargmann (left) helps club member Barbara Solem with an exercise. Solem is one of about a dozen people with early memory loss who participate in the Brain Fitness Club at First United Methodist Church in Winter Park. The club is a collaborative program that includes the University of Central Florida’s communicative sciences and disorders masters program, Bargmann as its program director, and the church, which provides space free of charge. Photo by Tita Parham. Photo #09-1118. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0984, 3/16/09.





Florida Southern College President Dr. Anne Kerr explains the mission of the school’s education department and its plans for the current conference center property. A majority of the 616 lay and clergy members attending a special session of the Florida Annual Conference — called specifically to deal with the future of the conference center — voted to sell the facility to the college. Photo by Greg Moore. Photo #09-1117. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0982, 3/11/09.


The Rev. David McEntire reads the board of trustees' recommendation regarding the conference center property. A total of 616 lay and clergy members considered the measure to sell the current facility and purchase property in downtown Lakeland to be renovated as a new conference center at a special session of the Florida Annual Conference Feb. 28. Photo by Sarah Alsgaard. Photo #09-1116. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0982, 3/11/09.







The Rev. Dr. Bob Gibbs explains the costs associated with the Florida Conference board of trustees’ recommendation regarding the current and future conference center. His comments were part of a report from the conference center task force — created in 2006 to research options for a new conference center — to clergy and laity attending a special session of the Florida Annual Conference Feb. 28. Gibbs is chairman of the task force. Photo by Greg Moore. Photo #09-1115. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0982, 3/11/09.


Lay and clergy members stand to vote their approval of the recommendation to sell the Florida Conference Center and purchase property in downtown Lakeland for a new conference center. A total of 616 voting members were asked to consider the measure Feb. 28 at a special session of the Florida Annual Conference. Photo by Sarah Alsgaard. Photo #09-1114. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0982, 3/11/09.







Cuban Methodists are baptized near Havana. As of 2008, The Methodist Church in Cuba comprised more than 282 churches, 700 missions, 21,000 members and a community of 50,000, according to the church’s Web site. Photo courtesy of The Methodist Church in Cuba. Photo #09-1113. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0981, 3/10/09.







Bishop Ricardo Pereira of The Methodist Church in Cuba (foreground) and Florida Conference Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker greet worshippers after a service at the Methodist Church of Marianao. The stop was part of a three-day trip Whitaker made to Cuba in late February to meet with Bishop Ricardo Pereira of The Methodist Church in Cuba and officials in Cuba’s religious affairs office about the future relationship between the two churches. Photo courtesy of The Methodist Church in Cuba. Photo #09-1112. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0981, 3/10/09.



Florida Conference Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker preaches at the Methodist Church of Marianao. The service was part of a three-day trip Whitaker made to Cuba in late February to meet with Bishop Ricardo Pereira of The Methodist Church in Cuba and officials in Cuba’s religious affairs office about the future relationship between the two churches. Photo courtesy of The Methodist Church in Cuba. Photo #09-1111. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0981, 3/10/09.


Four-year-old Ava, a child in the preschool at First United Methodist Church in Lakeland, adds her handprint to a T-shirt that will be worn by a United Methodist during the Florida Conference’s Florida Advocacy Days March 29-31. The event is a time of advocacy with legislators on behalf of children and will be part of the annual Children’s Week at the state capitol in Tallahassee. Photo by Erik Alsgaard. Photo #09-1110. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0980, 2/27/009.












Nancy Dougherty helps Ava, 2, a child in the preschool at First United Methodist Church in Lakeland, add her handprint to a T-shirt that will be worn by a United Methodist during the Florida Conference’s Florida Advocacy Days March 29-31. The event is a time of advocacy with legislators on behalf of children and will be part of the annual Children’s Week at the state capitol in Tallahassee. Photo by Erik Alsgaard. Photo #09-1109. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0980, 2/27/009.













Nancy Dougherty, coordinator of the Florida Conference’s Florida Advocacy Days, holds a work in progress — a T-shirt that will be imprinted with several more handprints of children in the preschool program at First United Methodist Church in Lakeland. United Methodists will wear the T-shirts while visiting with Florida legislators during Florida Advocacy Days March 29-31. The initiative is part of the annual Children’s Week at the state capitol in Tallahassee, a time of advocacy on behalf of children while legislators are in session. Photo by Erik Alsgaard. Photo #09-1108. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0980, 2/27/09.


Florida Conference United Methodists march to the Florida Capitol during the 2008 Children’s Week event in Tallahassee. Photo by Erik J. Alsgaard. File photo #08-0807. Originally accompanied e-Review Florida UMNS #0830/April 15, 2008. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0979, 2/24/09.


Nancy Dougherty explains the Florida Conference’s Florida Advocacy Days, an event March 29-31 during the annual Children’s Week in Tallahassee designed to train people to become advocates for children, to a participant at the Florida Conference Ministry from the Kitchen event in January. Photo by Sarah Alsgaard. Photo #09-1107. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0979, 2/24/09. Web photo only.





Vonda Richardson provides information on the initiatives of Florida A&M University Cooperative Extension/New North Florida Cooperative, one of 14 organizations providing food assistance to families that participated in the Florida Conference Ministry from the Kitchen event in January. Photo by Sarah Alsgaard. Photo #09-1106. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0979, 2/24/09.


The choir at Bethesda, Méthodiste Unie Mission, a Haitian United Methodist mission in Tamarac, is part of the church’s mission to provide meaningful worship, which the Rev. Luc Dessieux, pastor of the church, says is a contributing factor to the congregation’s recent growth. Photo by Guy Minivel. Photo #09-1105. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0978, 2/23/09.




The Rev. Vance Ross addresses nearly 400 participants at the 2009 Convocation for Pastors of African-American Churches in Houston. Ross is an executive of the United Methodist Board of Discipleship, which sponsored the Jan. 6-9 event. A UMNS photo by Eleanor L. Colvin. Photo #09-1104. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0975, 2/19/09.




The Rev. Geraldine McClellan addresses nearly 400 participants at the 2009 Convocation for Pastors of African-American Churches in Houston. McClellan is pastor of Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church, Gainesville, Fla. The United Methodist Board of Discipleship sponsored the Jan. 6-9 event. A UMNS photo by Eleanor L. Colvin. Photo #09-1103. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0975, 2/19/09.


Speaking to participants attending the “Living the United Methodist Way: Turning Worlds Upside Down” event for United Methodist annual conference leaders, Melba Whitaker, wife of Florida Conference Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker, shares the story of how a church in Brazil began a ministry in the slums of one large town by investing in ideas and people. More than 1,200 leaders attended the Jan. 29-Feb. 1 quadrennial training in Jacksonville, Fla. Photo by Erik Alsgaard. Photo #09-1102. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0973, 2/17/09.





During a plenary session focusing on ministry with the poor, the Rev. Ed Paup, general secretary of the General Board of Global Ministries, told participants the only way for United Methodists to minister seriously to the poor is by looking poverty in the face. The session was part of the “Living the United Methodist Way: Turning Worlds Upside Down” event for United Methodist annual conference leaders. More than 1,200 leaders attended the Jan. 29-Feb. 1 quadrennial training in Jacksonville, Fla. Photo by Erik Alsgaard. Photo #09-1101. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0973, 2/17/09.


During his presentation to participants attending the “Living the United Methodist Way: Turning Worlds Upside Down” event for United Methodist annual conference leaders, the Rev. Dr. Bener Agtarap, new church system strategist for the General Board of Discipleship and Path1, asked, “What if every annual conference had a policy that every local church had a mission to start a new church?” More than 1,200 leaders attended the Jan. 29-Feb. 1 quadrennial training in Jacksonville, Fla. Photo by Erik Alsgaard. Photo #09-1100. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0973, 2/17/09.


The Rev. Candace Lewis, pastor of New Life United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, Fla., shares her experience starting a new church right out of seminary with participants attending the “Living the United Methodist Way: Turning Worlds Upside Down” event for United Methodist annual conference leaders. More than 1,200 leaders attended the Jan. 29-Feb. 1 quadrennial training in Jacksonville, Fla. Photo by Erik Alsgaard. Photo #09-1099. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0973, 2/17/09.



Florida Conference Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker reminds participants attending the “Living the United Methodist Way: Turning Worlds Upside Down” event for United Methodist annual conference leaders that a loss of memory for the church may lead to a loss of its identity. More than 1,200 leaders attended the Jan. 29-Feb. 1 quadrennial training in Jacksonville, Fla. Photo by Erik Alsgaard. Photo #09-1098. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0973, 2/17/09.




Texas Bishop Janice Riggle Huie tells participants attending the “Living the United Methodist Way: Turning Worlds Upside Down” event for United Methodist annual conference leaders that the denomination’s four areas of focus “came from Scripture and from you,” referring to the thousands of people who responded to e-mails, online surveys and conversation invitations. More than 1,200 leaders attended the Jan. 29-Feb. 1 quadrennial training in Jacksonville, Fla. Photo by Erik Alsgaard. Photo #09-1097. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0973, 2/17/09.


Participants worship during the quadrennial training event. More than 1,200 people attended the “Living the United Methodist Way: Turning Worlds Upside Down” event for United Methodist annual conference leaders Jan. 29-Feb. 1 in Jacksonville, Fla. Photo by Erik Alsgaard. Photo #09-1096. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0973, 2/17/09.


Brian Sanderson, youth pastor at First United Methodist Church in Madison, says the church is trying to create a place where youth feel they belong. He says more than 60 youth attend the weekly Wednesday night youth service. Photo courtesy of First United Methodist Church in Madison. Photo #09-1095. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0970, 2/2/09.



Bayshore United Methodist Church member Bob Trotter prays during a prayer service led by the Rev. Pedro Castillo, pastor of San Juan Methodist Church in Santiago de Cuba, at Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church in Tampa. Representatives from 13 Florida United Methodist churches and two other denominations gathered to pray for the Cuba-Florida Covenant, the people of both Cuba and Florida, and the nation on the eve of the U.S. presidential inauguration. The Tampa church is a sister church of Castillo’s congregation through the Cuba-Florida Covenant. Castillo visited the Tampa area earlier this year, he said, “to bless Tampa.” Photo by Reneé Kincaid. Photo #09-1094. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0968, 1/30/09. 









With translation help from Reneé Kincaid, secretary of the Cuba-Florida Covenant task force, the Rev. Pedro Castillo, pastor of San Juan Methodist Church in Santiago de Cuba, helps lead a prayer service at Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church in Tampa during the final day of his nearly monthlong trip to the Tampa area. The Tampa church is a sister church to Castillo’s congregation through the Cuba-Florida Covenant. Photo courtesy of Reneé Kincaid. Photo #09-1093. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0968, 1/30/09. 


The Rev. Rinaldo Hernández Torres (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. Originally accompanied “Cuba Methodists renew relations with Florida Conference,” Aug. 8, 1997, Florida United Methodist Review. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0968, 1/30/09. 



Leaders of Korean United Methodist Church of South Florida meet for an early morning prayer service. Members began the practice of meeting at 6 a.m. each Tuesday through Thursday for an hour of prayer to undergird the church’s ministries. Photo courtesy of Korean United Methodist Church of South Florida. Photo #09-1092. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0966, 1/26/09. Web photo only.














Chris Baik leads the English-language service at Korean United Methodist Church of South Florida. Believing as John Wesley did that “the world is my parish,” leaders and members of the church began the service because they felt called to reach out beyond their ethnic group. Photo courtesy of Korean United Methodist Church of South Florida. Photo #09-1091. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0966, 1/26/09. Web photo only.


Members gather for Sunday morning worship at Korean United Methodist Church of South Florida. The church reported an average increase of 100 people in worship on a weekly basis from 2006 to 2007. Leaders say the demographics of the congregation have also changed, with a greater variety of ages now represented. Photo courtesy of Korean United Methodist Church of South Florida. Photo #09-1090. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0966, 1/26/09.








The Rev. Jerry Sweat, pastor of Beach United Methodist Church in Jacksonville Beach, presents a giant check for $40,000 to Cindy Funkhouser, vice president of Health Services at The Sulzbacher Center in Jacksonville. The funds were raised by members of the church and will be used to provide mental health services to homeless and uninsured adults at the center’s new Beaches Community Healthcare clinic. Photo courtesy of Beach United Methodist Church. Photo #09-1089. Accompaniese-Review Florida UMNS #0964, 1/21/09.

Volunteers pray during their work to repair churches and homes in Cuba’s Pinar del Rio province that were damaged by hurricanes during the 2008 tropical storm season. Photo courtesy of The Methodist Church in Cuba. Photo #09-1088. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0963, 1/20/09.









Volunteers repair a home in Cuba’s Pinar del Rio province that was damaged by hurricanes during the 2008 tropical storm season. Photo courtesy of The Methodist Church in Cuba. Photo #09-1087. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0963, 1/20/09.







Using Genesis 2:8-17 as the text of his message during the Dec. 13 dedication of the new Alice W. Lockmiller Program and Worship Center at the conference’s Riverside Retreat, Florida Conference Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker reminds those attending of their place, as human beings, in God’s creation. Photo by Erik Alsgaard. Photo #09-1086. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0962, 1/13/09.


Liturgical dancers and choir members from United Methodist churches near the Florida Conference Riverside Retreat in LaBelle take part in the Dec. 13 dedication of the retreat center’s new program and worship center, made possible, in part, through a gift to the conference capital campaign by Alice W. Lockmiller, a longtime supporter of United Methodist ministries locally and abroad. Photo by Erik Alsgaard. Photo #09-1085. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0962, 1/13/09.

The new Alice W. Lockmiller Program and Worship Center at the Florida Conference Riverside Retreat in LaBelle seats 100 people comfortably for worship, features a 300-degree view of the Caloosahatchee River and offers rooms for workshops, planning retreats and meetings. The center was dedicated Dec. 13. Photo by Erik Alsgaard. Photo #09-1084. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0962, 1/13/09.







Patience Nave visits with a teacher from a school in the mountain town of Carrenage, Haiti, during a fact-finding trip in October. Nave is director of Christian education and ministries at First United Methodist Church in Homosassa Springs. She and the Rev. Montreuil Milord, pastor of South Dade Haitian United Methodist Church in Leisure City and chairman of the Haiti/Florida Covenant, were part of a three-person team visiting the Caribbean nation to learn ways the Florida Conference can provide tangible assistance to the country in 2009 as part of the Haiti/Florida Covenant. Photo courtesy of Patience Nave. Photo #09-1083. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0961, 1/12/09. 

While visiting a school community in the mountain town of Carrenage, Haiti, during a fact-finding trip in October, team members from the Florida Conference were able to spend time getting to know area schoolchildren. The visit helped conference leaders learn ways the Florida Conference can provide tangible assistance to the country in 2009 as part of the Haiti/Florida Covenant. Photo courtesy of Patience Nave. Photo #09-1082. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0961, 1/12/09.









Caryn Barry, 14, and her father, Dr. Wayne Barry, stand in front of banana boxes packed with 1,500 pairs of shoes the teen collected for people in Haiti through family and members of her church, Community United Methodist Church in DeBary. The two will travel with five other volunteers to Haiti Jan. 26 to deliver the shoes. Photo courtesy of Community United Methodist Church. Photo #09-1081. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0960, 1/9/09.


Kitchen workers from United Methodist churches across the conference take at tour of the kitchen at First United Methodist Church in Lakeland during a kitchen operations ministry seminar offered at the church. Photo courtesy of Michael Stasiak. Photo #09-1080. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0959, 1/6/09.







A kitchen worker attending a seminar on church kitchen operations at First United Methodist Church in Lakeland samples some of the cuisine that could be prepared for a large group. Photo courtesy of Michael Stasiak. Photo #09-1079. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0959, 1/6/09.




 
Kitchen workers from United Methodist churches across the conference get a lesson in large group food production at a kitchen operations ministry seminar at First United Methodist Church in Lakeland. Photo courtesy of Michael Stasiak. Photo #09-1078. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0959, 1/6/09.




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