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Statue of John Wesley on City Road in Shoreditch, London. Photo by Fin Fahey. Copyright: Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.5 License. Source: Wikimedia Commons. Photo #09-1278. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1058, 07/31/09.


Camden Passage in Islington, London. Photo by Fin Fahey. Copyright: Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.5 License. Source: Wikimedia Commons. Photo #09-1277. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1058, 07/31/09.


Statue of Sir Hugh Myddleton on Islington Green, Islington, London. Photo by Fin Fahey. Copyright: Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.5 License. Source: Wikimedia Commons. Photo #09-1276. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1058, 07/31/09.





Bridge to Pier 6 at the North Terminal of Gatwick Airport, which is 28 miles south of London. Photo by Pete Barr-Watson. Copyright: Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0 License. Source: Wikimedia Commons. Photo #09-1275. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1058, 07/31/09.






The Rev. Jim Dawson (left, back row) and a group of teens and adults from First United Methodist Church in Okeechobee, Fla., get ready to leave fro London and a nine-day trip of sightseeing and volunteer service at Islington Central Methodist Church. The team was denied entry into the country at Gatwick Airport June 23, however, because it lacked required documentation about the purpose of the trip. Dawson is assistant pastor at the Okeechobee church. Photo courtesy of First United Methodist Church. Photo #09-1274. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1058, 07/31/09.


(Left to right) Louidie Derival, the Rev. Montreuil Milord, and Ed and Sally Ritter stand in front of Grann Source Methodist Church on the island of La Gonâve in Haiti. The four traveled to the Caribbean nation earlier this year to connect with the island’s Citi de Bourgoisie Methodist Church and prepare for a larger team visit later. The goal is to establish a sister relationship between the church and North Naples United Methodist Church, where the Ritters are members and Ed is director of congregational development. Milord is pastor of South Dade Haitian United Methodist Mission in Leisure City, Fla., and chairman of the Haiti/Florida Covenant. Derival is a member of the South Dade church, which helped build Grann Source. Photo courtesy of Ed Ritter. Photo #09-1273. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1058, 07/31/09.


In her report on her trip to Haiti earlier this year, Sally Ritter described the school building at Citi de Bourgoisie Methodist Church on the island of La Gonâve as “very Spartan, but operational.” Ritter and her husband, Ed, are members of North Naples United Methodist Church. The pair traveled to Haiti this year to connect with the La Gonâve church and prepare for a larger team visit later. The goal is to establish a sister relationship between the two churches. Photo courtesy of Ed Ritter. Photo #09-1272. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1058, 07/31/09.








Children at a school in Cite Soleil, near Port-au-Prince, Haiti, eat meals provided by Stop Hunger Now, which is funded by the United Methodist Committee on Relief and was founded by the Rev. Ray Buchanan, a United Methodist minister from Virginia, in 1998. Since then the food ministry has provided more than $44 million in direct aid to more than 60 countries, including more than 5 million meals for the poor. A UMNS photo by John Gordon. Photo #09-1271. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1058, 07/31/09.









Nurse Aja Simon, a member of First United Methodist Church, Lakeland, Fla., sits with an elderly woman who visited the clinic where Simon was volunteering after it had closed. Simon was part of a 13-member medical mission team that traveled to Haiti in March 2008 as part of the work of the Haiti/Florida Covenant. File photo courtesy of the mission team. Photo #08-0940. Originally accompanied e-Review Florida UMNS #0886, 7/22/08. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1058, 07/31/09.


While visiting the mountain town of Carrenage, Haiti, during a fact-finding trip in October 2008, 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 could provide tangible assistance to the country in 2009 as part of the Haiti/Florida Covenant. File photo courtesy of Patience Nave. Photo #09-1082. Originally accompanied e-Review Florida UMNS #0961, 1/12/09. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1058, 07/31/09.














Patience Nave visits with a teacher from a school in the mountain town of Carrenage, Haiti, during a fact-finding trip in October 2008. Nave is director of Christian education and ministries at First United Methodist Church in Homosassa Springs, Fla. 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 could provide tangible assistance to the country in 2009 as part of the Haiti/Florida Covenant. File photo courtesy of Patience Nave. Photo #09-1083. Originally accompanied e-Review Florida UMNS #0961, 1/12/09. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1058, 07/31/09.


The La Vega Christian School, founded in 1998 by Mitch and Debbie Martinez in La Vega, Dominican Republic, gets a new addition. Debbie is originally from the Boca Grande church, which has supported the school since its inception. That relationship led a three-person team from the church to donate seed money on behalf of the church to start a bank in La Vega that provides microloans for the small business and educational needs of the area’s residents and students. Photo courtesy of Boca Grande United Methodist Church. Photo #09-1270. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1057, 07/30/09.




Bill Steinman meets area children during his tour of La Vega, Dominican Republic. Steinman was part of a three-person team from Boca Grande United Methodist Church to visit the area and donate seed money on behalf of the church to start a bank in La Vega that provides microloans for the small business and educational needs of the area’s residents and students. Photo courtesy of Boca Grande United Methodist Church. Photo #09-1269. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1057, 07/30/09.


Bruce Stirling meets students from the La Vega Christian School in La Vega, Dominican Republic. Stirling was part of a three-person team from Boca Grande United Methodist Church to visit the area and donate seed money on behalf of the church to start a bank in La Vega that provides microloans for the small business and educational needs of the area’s residents and students. Photo courtesy of Boca Grande United Methodist Church. Photo #09-1268. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1057, 07/30/09.

The Rev. Emily Oliver is introduced to members of the Florida Conference at the annual business session in June. On July 1, Oliver assumed the role of director of discipleship, a new position in the conference’s Connectional Ministries office. Photo by Greg Moore. Photo #09-1267. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1056, 07/30/09.




Long-term plans call for Sunset Heights Worship & Ministry Center in Plant City, Fla., to incorporate expanded adult education and citizenship classes, recreation and social services, and an emergent worshipping community. The center was formerly Sunset Heights United Methodist Church, which organized in 1957 and closed this year. It’s now a campus of nearby Trinity United Methodist Church. Photo by Derek Maul. Photo #09-1266. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1054, 07/26/09.









Church and community leaders cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony of the Sunset Heights Worship & Ministry Center in Plant City, Fla., which opened as a campus of nearby Trinity United Methodist Church. The center was formerly Sunset Heights United Methodist Church, which organized in 1957 and closed this year. Pictured (left to right) are Barbara Barden, the center’s parish nurse; Plant City Manager David Sollenberger; the Rev. Gary Brady, pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church; Hillsborough County Schools Region Six General Director Barbara Franques; and the Rev Dr. Sharon Austin, superintendent of the South Central District. Photo by Derek Maul. Photo #09-1265. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1054, 07/26/09.


Janelle Wade and the Rev. Gary Brady, pastor at Trinity United Methodist Church in Plant City, Fla., hope other churches will be interested in the community outreach model behind the Sunset Heights Worship & Ministry Center, which opened as a campus of nearby Trinity United Methodist Church. The center was formerly Sunset Heights United Methodist Church, which organized in 1957 and closed this year. Long-term plans call for it to serve as a hub for public education and community service, eventually incorporating expanded adult education and citizenship classes, recreation and social services, and an emergent worshipping community. Wade is chairwoman of the steering committee responsible for implementing the new vision. Photo by Derek Maul. Photo #09-1264. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1054, 07/26/09.


Team members Ryan Stoffer and Emily Sturm (center) teach middle school campers attending the 61st annual summer camps at the Warren W. Willis United Methodist youth camp in Fruitland Park, Fla., the lyrics to a song in sign language that will be presented at the end of the week. An estimated 3,600 elementary, middle and high school campers are expected to participate in the camp program through Aug. 8. Photo by Lauren Woods. Photo #09-1263. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1053, 07/26/09.









Team member Stacy Meadows helps a middle school camper attending the 61st annual summer camps at the Warren W. Willis United Methodist youth camp in Fruitland Park, Fla., with a sculpture in the ceramics skills class. Campers learn how to create pots, bowls and other items that they take home at the end of the week. An estimated 3,600 elementary, middle and high school campers are expected to participate in the camp program through Aug. 8. Photo by Lauren Woods. Photo #09-1262. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1053, 07/26/09.






A middle school camper attending the 61st annual summer camps at the Warren W. Willis United Methodist youth camp in Fruitland Park, Fla., takes a break from folk dancing and throwing pies at counselors to sign a birthday card for Old Man Jenkins, known to campers as the old man who wants to take away their fun at camp. Realizing how lonely he will be on his birthday, they decide to throw a party for him, complete with cake and balloons. An estimated 3,600 elementary, middle and high school campers are expected to participate in the camp program through Aug. 8. Photo by Lauren Woods. Photo #09-1261. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1053, 07/26/09.


Elementary school campers attending the 61st annual summer camps at the Warren W. Willis United Methodist youth camp in Fruitland Park, Fla., finger paint as an artistic form of worship during an experiential worship activity. The painting station is one of many focused on art forms and letter writing to God that allow campers to learn different ways of worshiping. An estimated 3,600 elementary, middle and high school campers are expected to participate in the camp program through Aug. 8. Photo by Lauren Woods. Photo #09-1260. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1053, 07/26/09.


Campers take a moment to reflect and pray. Prayer is the theme of the 61st annual summer camps at the Warren W. Willis United Methodist youth camp in Fruitland Park, Fla. An estimated 3,600 elementary, middle and high school campers are expected to participate in the camp program through Aug. 8. Photo by Lauren Woods. Photo #09-1259. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1053, 07/26/09.









More than 120 youth and young adults attended the 2009 Florida Annual Conference Event. In addition to a lunch with the Florida Conference Cabinet and a young adult roundtable, they participated in a beach clean-up and cookout, the annual laity session and a small group discussion to explore future plans for ministry. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #09-1258. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1051, 07/23/09.





The Rev. Vance Rains, pastor at the Florida State University Wesley Foundation, greets members of the young adult delegation to the 2009 Florida Annual Conference Event during a luncheon for young adults and the Florida Conference Cabinet of district superintendents and leaders. The two groups met a day before the start of the conference session to discuss the future of young adults in ministry in the local church and how the local church can minister to young adults. Photo by Greg Moore. Photo #09-1257. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1051, 07/23/09.


Florida Conference Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker (far right) and the Rev. Dr. Wayne Wiatt, superintendent of the conference’s East Central District (second from left), talk with young adults during table discussions at a lunch for young adults and the Florida Conference Cabinet of district superintendents and leaders. The two groups met a day before the start of the 2009 Florida Annual Conference Event to discuss the future of young adults in ministry in the local church and how the local church can minister to young adults. Photo by Greg Moore. Photo #09-1256. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1051, 07/23/09.






Corey Jones, co-chair of the Florida Conference Young Adult Network, and Kelly Moore, administrative director of the conference Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry, participate in discussions during a lunch for young adults and the Florida Conference Cabinet of district superintendents and leaders. The two groups met a day before the start of the 2009 Florida Annual Conference Event to discuss the future of young adults in ministry in the local church and how the local church can minister to young adults. Photo by Greg Moore. Photo #09-1255. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1051, 07/23/09.


A member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Clearwater, Fla., leads a devotional before the church’s weekly Sunday breakfast. The meal and a clothes closet are part of the Uncommon Touch Ministry for homeless individuals and families living in the St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Fla., area. Longtime member Betty Perry began the ministry nearly 10 years ago when she served breakfast to one needy person. Today, hundreds of people benefit from the ministry. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #09-1254. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1050, 07/22/09.






A member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Clearwater, Fla., helps prepate the church’s weekly Sunday breakfast. The meal and a clothes closet are part of the Uncommon Touch Ministry for homeless individuals and families living in the St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Fla., area. Longtime member Betty Perry began the ministry nearly 10 years ago when she served breakfast to one needy person. Today, hundreds of people benefit from the ministry. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #09-1253. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1050, 07/22/09.


Volunteers serve breakfast to homeless individuals and families at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Clearwater, Fla. The weekly Sunday meal is part of the church’s Uncommon Touch Ministry, begun by longtime member Betty Perry nearly 10 years ago when she served breakfast to one needy person. Today, hundreds of people benefit from the ministry. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #09-1252. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1050, 07/22/09.






Betty Perry receives the 2009 Jefferson Award for extraordinary public service for her work coordinating a weekly breakfast, clothes closet and devotional for homeless individuals and families living in the St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Fla., area. Perry began the Uncommon Touch Ministry at her church, Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Clearwater, nearly 10 years ago. Photo courtesy of the 2009 Jefferson Awards for Public Service. Photo #09-1251. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1050, 07/22/09.


Betty Perry hugs one of her helpers during the weekly Sunday breakfast at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Clearwater, Fla. The breakfast is part of the Uncommon Touch Ministry Perry started nearly 10 years ago when she served breakfast to one needy person. Today, hundreds of people benefit from the ministry. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #09-1250. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1050, 07/22/09.


The Rev. Gustavo Betancourt, minister of New Church Development for the South East District of the Florida Conference, discusses a resolution up for vote at the 2009 Florida Annual Conference Event that recommends the Florida Conference appoint a new director of Hispanic Congregational Transformation. The resolution passed with an amendment changing the date the new director should be in place from July 1, 2009, to Jan. 1, 2010. Photo by Greg Moore. Photo #09-1249. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1049, 07/17/09.



Members worship at Central United Methodist Church in Malange, East Angola. Photo by the Rev. Dr. Armando Rodríguez Jr. Photo #09-1248. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1047, 07/16/09.











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 by the Rev. Dr. Armando Rodríguez Jr. File photo #07-0571. Originally accompanied e-Review Florida UMNS #0659, 04/19/07. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1047, 07/16/09.


The School of Theology at the Quéssua spiritual and educational center is well on its way to being reconstructed after being nearly destroyed during the country’s civil war. Funds given by Florida Conference United Methodists to the East Angola/Florida Partnership have made much of the rebuilding of the school and other buildings at the Quéssua complex possible. Photo by Tim Crawford. Photo #09-1247. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1047, 07/16/09.





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 the Rev. Dr. Armando Rodríguez Jr. File photo #07-0569. Originally accompanied e-Review Florida UMNS #0659, 04/19/07. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1047, 07/16/09.


East Angolan children make their way to school. Photo by the Rev. Dr. Armando Rodríguez Jr. File photo #06-353. Originally accompanied e-Review Florida UMNS #0488, 05/19/06. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1047, 07/16/09.


Reminders of Angola’s 27-year civil war dot the countryside. Photo by the Rev. Dr. Armando Rodríguez Jr. Photo #09-1246. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1047, 07/16/09.









Florida Conference Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker offers a prayer and blessing for the Rev. Dr. Armando and Icel Rodríguez during a dedication service at the 2009 Florida Annual Conference Event. The two are making their final preparations before leaving for East Angola in August and their work as missioners there for a year. Photo by Greg Moore. Photo #09-1245. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1047, 07/16/09.



Over lunch participants discuss concepts heard during the morning portion of the recent “The Simple Church Workshop” at First United Methodist Church in Boca Raton, Fla. The Florida Conference Office of Congregational Transformation coordinated the session, also held at Grace at Fort Clarke United Methodist Church in Gainesville, Fla., to focus on intentional discipling, one of the five practices of The Methodist Way. Photo by J.A. Buchholz. Photo #09-1244. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1043, 07/10/09.


The Rev. Phil Roughton, senior pastor of Christ Church United Methodist in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., holds up a bag of snacks and toiletries prepared for homeless people in the neighborhood. Church members made the bags during the Serve. Everybody. weekend event coordinated by the church. During the weekend the church canceled its five scheduled worship services so that members could instead participate in projects designed to serve others. Photo by Erik J. Alsgaard. Photo #09-1243. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1042, 07/08/09.


Church member Dave Montney makes peanut butter and honey sandwiches during Serve. Everybody., a weekend event coordinated by Christ Church United Methodist in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. During the weekend the church canceled its five scheduled worship services so that members could instead participate in projects designed to serve others. Members made more than 1,200 of the sandwiches, which were then frozen so they can be given to anyone who stops by the church needing a meal. Photo by Erik J. Alsgaard. Photo #09-1242. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1042, 07/08/09.



Pat Burton is chairwoman of the weekend event called Serve. Everybody., sponsored by Christ Church United Methodist in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The church canceled its five scheduled worship services during the weekend so members could instead participate in projects designed to serve others. Photo by Erik J. Alsgaard. Photo #09-1241. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1042, 07/08/09.








A woman picks up one of more than 200 pairs of shoes that were given to homeless individuals and families at Hope Central, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., during a weekend event sponsored by Christ Church United Methodist. The church canceled its five scheduled worship services during the weekend so members could instead participate in projects designed to serve others. Volunteers also gave away free haircuts and clothing. The ministry and church work together to offer worship, food, a day care and other services for the area’s homeless population. Photo by Erik J. Alsgaard. Photo #09-1240. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1042, 07/08/09.


A candidate is ordained an elder during the service of licensing, commissioning and ordination June 12 at the 2009 Florida Annual Conference Event at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla. Photo by Rev. Dr. Armando Rodríguez Jr. Photo #09-1239. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1041, 07/06/09.







Candidates for ordination as elder respond to questions from Florida Conference Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker during the service of licensing, commissioning and ordination June 12 at the 2009 Florida Annual Conference Event at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla. Photo by Greg Moore. Photo #09-1238. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1041, 07/06/09.


Florida Conference Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker tells those attending the service of licensing, commissioning and ordination June 12 during the 2009 Florida Annual Conference Event at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla., that all Christians — not just clergy — must lay their “bodies on the line for Christ.” Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #09-1237. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1041, 07/06/09.


Florida Conference United Methodist Men’s President Rodney Akers and June Johns, president of Wesley Group Home Ministries Inc. Photo by Sarah Alsgaard. Photo #09-1236. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1040, 07/02/09.











Jeff, a resident at Wesley Group Home Ministries Inc., shows off his bedroom. Jeff is one of three residents living in the home, which can accommodate six developmentally delayed adults aged 18 and older. Photo by Sarah Alsgaard. Photo #09-1235. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1040, 07/02/09.


Wesley Group Home Ministries Inc. began as a ministry of Riverside United Methodist Church in the former Miami District of the Florida Conference. Photo #09-1234. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1040, 07/02/09.












A candidate for ministry is commissioned a probationary elder during the service of licensing, commissioning and ordination July 12 at the 2009 Florida Annual Conference Event. More than 1,700 lay and clergy members gathered June 10-13 at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla. for the annual session. Photo by the Rev. Dr. Armando Rodríguez. Photo #09-1233. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1039, 07/01/09.





The Rev. Sharon Patch, a retiree in full connection, “passes the mantle” June 13 to the Rev. Joseph Kim (kneeling), newly ordained an elder in full connection. It was part of time set aside during the 2009 Florida Annual Conference Event to celebrate the ministries of clergy retiring from professional ministry this year. More than 1,700 lay and clergy members gathered at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla., June 10-13 for the annual session. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #09-1232. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1039, 07/01/09.


Corey Jones, chairman of the Florida Conference Young Adult Network Table, addresses lay members to the 2009 Florida Annual Conference Event during the annual laity session. A concurrent clergy session also took place. More than 1,700 lay and clergy members gathered at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla., June 10-13 to consider the Christian response to environmental issues and tackle the business of the conference. Photo by Greg Moore. Photo #09-1231. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1039, 07/01/09.


Greeters at the 2009 Florida Annual Conference Event welcome one of the more than 120 youth and young adults who attended the 2009 Florida Annual Conference Event June 10-13 at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #09-1230. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1039, 07/01/09.






Members vote June 12 on amendments to the constitution of The United Methodist Church during the 2009 Florida Annual Conference Event. More than 1,700 lay and clergy members gathered at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla., June 10-13 to consider the Christian response to environmental issues and tackle the business of the conference. Photo by Greg Moore. Photo #09-1229. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1039, 07/01/09.



Members celebrate the ministries of clergy and churches by remembering significant anniversaries of their ordination and founding during the last day of the 2009 Florida Annual Conference Event. More than 1,700 lay and clergy members gathered at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla., June 10-13 to consider the Christian response to environmental issues and tackle the business of the conference, including discussing and voting on amendments to the constitution of The United Methodist Church. Photo by the Rev. Dr. Armando Rodríguez. Photo #09-1228. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1039, 07/01/09.


A member considers her bottled water during discussion at the opening session of the 2009 Florida Annual Conference Event after learning from the guest speaker that Americans consume 2 million bottles of water every five minutes. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #09-1227. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1038, 06/25/09.



Members attending the 2009 Florida Annual Conference Event gathered under the theme “Transforming the World by Cherishing the Creation.” Photo by Caryl Kelley. File photo #09-1202. Originally accompanied e-Review Florida UMNS #1033, 06/13/09. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1038, 06/25/09.


The Rev. Pat Watkins tells members attending the 2009 Florida Annual Conference Event that care for the environment is mandated through the relationship between God, humans and nature. “God and creation are connected,” he said. “You can’t have one without the other.” Watkins was the annual session’s Bible study leader. He is a General Board of Global Ministries church and community worker assigned to the Caretakers of God’s Creation ministry in the Virginia Conference. Photo by the Rev. Dr. Armando Rodríguez. Photo #09-1226. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1038, 06/25/09.

Members attending the June 12 morning session of the 2009 Florida Annual Conference Event share with one another the answers to five questions printed on a business-sized card they received when they entered the session. The questions ask them to provide examples of ways they are living the five practices of The Methodist Way, a disciple-making process being embraced by all conferences in the denomination at the urging of the Council of Bishops. The session focused on the role of all Christians in making disciples of Jesus Christ. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #09-1225. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1037, 06/24/09.




The Rev. Dr. Jeff Stiggins, executive director of the Florida Conference Office of Congregational Transformation, asks members attending the June 12 morning session of the 2009 Florida Annual Conference Event to share with one another how they are living the five practices of The Methodist Way, a disciple-making process being embraced by all conferences in the denomination at the urging of the Council of Bishops. The session focused on the role of all Christians in making disciples of Jesus Christ. Photo by Greg Moore. Photo #09-1224. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1037, 06/24/09.




Lay and clergy members attending the June 12 morning session of the 2009 Florida Annual Conference Event meet Stephen and Sharon Hogue and their six children — four of whom are adopted and two who are living with the couple as foster children. The Hogues shared the story of their calling to care for children in foster care and encourage others to become foster parents. The Florida United Methodist Children’s Home is helping with the later goal by provide training on becoming foster parents at the couple’s church, Calvary Christian Center in Ormond Beach. The session focused on the role of all Christians in making disciples of Jesus Christ. Photo by the Rev. Dr. Armando Rodríguez. Photo #09-1223. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1037, 06/24/09.


The Rev. Harold Lewis, the Florida Conference’s new director of Black Congregational Development, tells members attending the June 12 morning session of the 2009 Florida Annual Conference Event that Christians are an asset to the Kingdom of God but a threat to the devil. “Does the devil know your name?” he asked. The session focused on the role of all Christians in making disciples of Jesus Christ. Photo by the Rev. Dr. Armando Rodríguez. Photo #09-1222. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1037, 06/24/09.






The Rev. Vance Rains, executive director of the Florida Conference Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry and pastor of Florida State University’s Wesley Foundation, shares with members attending the June 12 morning session of the 2009 Florida Annual Conference Event how the campus ministries at 10 Florida colleges and universities are helping college students feel appreciated, loved and welcomed. The session focused on the role of all Christians in making disciples of Jesus Christ. Photo by the Rev. Dr. Armando Rodríguez. Photo #09-1221. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1037, 06/24/09.


Members of the youth and young adult delegation cast their votes for 32 amendments approved at the 2008 General Conference. The amendments were discussed and voted on June 12 during the 2009 Florida Annual Conference Event at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla. They must be approved by a two-thirds majority of the total votes cast across 120-plus annual conferences globally in order to pass and become church law. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #09-1220. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1036, 06/17/09.





A member consults the wording of an amendment to the denomination’s constitution before casting her votes. Thirty-two amendments approved at the 2008 General Conference were discussed and voted on June 12 during the 2009 Florida Annual Conference Event at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla. The amendments must be approved by a two-thirds majority of the total votes cast across 120-plus annual conferences globally in order to pass and become church law. Photo by Greg Moore. Photo #09-1219. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1036, 06/17/09.


South Central District youth member Carlene Fogle-Miller urges members to approve the “inclusiveness” amendment, which, if passed, would remove language related to race, color, national origin and other criteria and replace it with “all persons” in regard to individuals who are eligible to become members. The amendments were among 32 approved at the 2008 General Conference and voted on June 12 during the 2009 Florida Annual Conference Event at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla. The amendments must be approved by a two-thirds majority of the total votes cast across 120-plus annual conferences globally in order to pass and become church law. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #09-1218. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1036, 06/17/09.






The Rev. Jim Harnish, senior pastor of Hyde Park United Methodist Church in Tampa, shares his belief that not enough consideration has been given to the impact five amendments proposing changes to church structure would have on the denomination. The amendments were among 32 approved at the 2008 General Conference and voted on June 12 during the 2009 Florida Annual Conference Event at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla. The amendments must be approved by a two-thirds majority of the total votes cast across 120-plus annual conferences globally in order to pass and become church law. Photo by Greg Moore. Photo #09-1217. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1036, 06/17/09.


The Rev. Clark Campbell-Evans, senior pastor at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Tallahassee, speaks in favor of a grouping of 18 amendments that would change the name of “central conferences” — those outside the United States — to “regional conferences.” The amendments were among 32 approved at the 2008 General Conference and voted on June 12 during the 2009 Florida Annual Conference Event at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla. The amendments must be approved by a two-thirds majority of the total votes cast across 120-plus annual conferences globally in order to pass and become church law. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #09-1216. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1036, 06/17/09.










The Rev. Sue Haupert-Johnson shares some of the rationale behind proposed amendments to the denomination’s constitution and answers questions submitted by members prior to discussion about the amendments. Haupert-Johnson is chairwoman of the conference’s resolutions committee and co-pastor at First United Methodist Church in Ocala. Thirty-two amendments approved at the 2008 General Conference were discussed and voted on June 12 during the 2009 Florida Annual Conference Event at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla. The amendments must be approved by a two-thirds majority of the total votes cast across 120-plus annual conferences globally in order to pass and become church law. Photo by Greg Moore. Photo #09-1215. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1036, 06/17/09.


Florida Conference Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker explains how discussion of amendments to the denomination’s constitution will proceed. Thirty-two amendments approved at the 2008 General Conference were discussed and voted on June 12 during the 2009 Florida Annual Conference Event at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla. The amendments must be approved by a two-thirds majority of the total votes cast across 120-plus annual conferences globally in order to pass and become church law. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #09-1214. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1036, 06/17/09.


Florida Conference Treasurer Mickey Wilson reports on the financial and administrative health of the conference during the afternoon session June 12 of the 2009 Florida Annual Conference Event, held at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla. Photo by the Rev. Dr. Armando Rodríguez. Photo #09-1213. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1035, 06/14/09.




Members praise God during the communion service June 11 at the 2009 Florida Annual Conference Event, held at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla., until June 13. Photo by Greg Moore. Photo #09-1212. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1034, 06/13/09.


Florida Conference Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker leads communion June 11 during the 2009 Florida Annual Conference Event, held at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla., until June 13. Photo by Greg Moore. Photo #09-1211. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1034, 06/13/09.


The Rev. Dr. Denise Honeycutt tells members that caring for the environment and caring for the poor are intertwined because it is the poor who suffer when others do not practice environmental responsibility. Honeycutt is director of mission and global outreach for the Virginia Annual Conference. She was the guest preacher during the evening communion service June 11 at the 2009 Florida Annual Conference Event, held at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla., until June 13. Photo by the Rev. Dr. Armando Rodríguez. Photo #09-1210. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1034, 06/13/09.


A member asks Dr. Laurel Kearns to clarify information about seemingly conflicting facts related to responsible environmental practices. The question was asked during discussion following the keynote address at the opening session June 11 of the 2009 Florida Annual Conference Event at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla. Photo by Greg Moore. Photo #09-1209. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1033, 06/13/09.





Members talk with one another about the changes churches and individuals can make in the way they live and where they worship to positively impact the environment. The discussion was part of the opening session June 11 at the 2009 Florida Annual Conference Event at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #09-1208. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1033, 06/13/09.







Dr. Laurel Kearns says the world is not like a globe, with countries defined by lines and colors. As a result, any harm done environmentally in one area affects the areas around it and even well beyond. Kearns is associate professor of Sociology of Religion and Environmental Studies at Drew Theological School in Madison, N.J. The Florida native was the keynote speaker during the opening session June 11 of the 2009 Florida Annual Conference Event at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla. Photo by Greg Moore. Photo #09-1207. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1033, 06/13/09.


A dancer from the Orchesis Dance Ensemble helps interpret “The Creation,” a poem spoken from the perspective of God as he forms creation, during the opening session June 11 of the 2009 Florida Annual Conference Event at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #09-1206. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1033, 06/13/09.

The Rev. Walter and Paulette Monroe light candles as the names of clergy and clergy spouses who have died since the last annual conference session are read during a service of remembrance June 11 at the 2009 Florida Annual Conference Event at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #09-1205. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1032, 06/12/09.






The Rev. Dr. Rick Neal preaches during the memorial service for clergy and clergy spouses who have died since the last annual conference session. The service was held June 11 at the 2009 Florida Annual Conference Event at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla. Photo by Greg Moore. Photo #09-1204. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1032, 06/12/09.





The Rev. Dr. Warren Clark (left) answers questions after a series of films shown during “Green Film Festival: Cherishing Creation as Christians in Florida.” The festival took place June 10 as part of pre-conference events held before the official start of the 2009 Florida Annual Conference Event June 11-13 at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla. Clark is associate director of Faiths United for Sustainable Energy (FUSE), an organization that encourages church members to implore their elected leaders to make and pass laws that favor the environment. The Rev. David Berkey (right), director of the Florida Conference’s camps and retreat ministries, helped coordinate the festival. Photo by Greg Moore. Photo #09-1203. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1031, 06/11/09.


Members attending activities related to the 2009 Florida Annual Conference Event June 11-13 at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla., are gathering under the theme “Transforming the World by Cherishing the Creation.” Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #09-1202. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1031, 06/11/09.

















Florida Conference clergy and laity watch a documentary featured in “Green Film Festival: Cherishing Creation as Christians in Florida.” The festival offered a variety of films that scrutinized how the day-to-day choices people make in living their lives can both negatively and positively affect the environment and the Christian response to tackling environmental concerns. The films were shown June 10 as part of pre-conference events held before the official start of the 2009 Florida Annual Conference Event June 11-13 at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla. Photo by Greg Moore. Photo #09-1201. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1031, 06/11/09.


The Rev. Harold Lewis talks with attendees about the importance of churches developing a vision all members can learn and embrace during a workshop titled “Do You See What I See?” Lewis is the new director of Black Congregational Development for the Florida Conference. His workshop was one of eight offered a day before the official start of the 2009 Florida Annual Conference Event June 11-13 at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #09-1200. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1030, 06/11/09.
 

Melinda Trotti, director of the Florida Conference’s justice and spiritual formation ministries, leads a workshop on creating safe spaces for children and youth. The workshop was one of eight offered a day before the official start of the 2009 Florida Annual Conference Event June 11-13 at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #09-1199. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1030, 06/11/09.
 




The Rev. Vance Rains, executive director of the Florida Conference Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry and pastor of the Wesley Foundation at Florida State University in Tallahassee, talks with participants attending the “Next Generation Ministry” workshop about ways to attract and disciple young adults ages 18 to 30. The workshop was one of eight offered a day before the official start of the 2009 Florida Annual Conference Event June 11-13 at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla. Photo by Greg Moore. Photo #09-1198. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1030, 06/11/09.
 

Patrick Hayle speaks with clergy from the Florida Conference’s North East District and a participant of the substance abuse recovery ministry at City Rescue Mission in Jacksonville, Fla. Hayle has served as executive director and CEO of the mission for five years. The clergy visited the mission during their annual retreat. Photo by Erik J. Alsgaard. Photo #09-1197. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1029, 06/10/09.
 





City Rescue Mission in Jacksonville, Fla., provides services to the area’s homeless and a residential Christian-based substance abuse recovery program for children and adults. Clergy in the Florida Conference’s North East District visited the ministry during their annual retreat. Photo by Erik J. Alsgaard. Photo #09-1196. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1029, 06/10/09.


 

Frances Jennings speaks with the Rev. Rick Neal, superintendent of the Florida Conference’s North East District, during a recent retreat for the district’s clergy. Jennings helped coordinate a visit by the clergy to New Life Inn, a substance abuse recovery ministry of City Rescue Mission in Jacksonville, Fla. Jennings is a longtime volunteer of the mission. Photo by Erik J. Alsgaard. Photo #09-1195. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1029, 06/10/09.



The Rev. Moses Johnson, pastor of Simpson Memorial United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, Fla., preaches at New Life Inn, a substance abuse recovery ministry of City Rescue Mission in Jacksonville. Clergy in the Florida Conference’s North East District visited the ministry during their annual retreat. Photo by Erik J. Alsgaard. Photo #09-1194. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1029, 06/10/09.


Volunteers attending an early response team training sponsored by the Florida Conference Disaster Recovery Ministry participate in a teambuilding activity designed to prepare them for their role in helping “survivors be safe, sanitary and secure.” Photo by Pam Garrison. File photo #07-0581.Originally accompanied e-Review Florida UMNS #0678, 05/25/07. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1027, 06/05/09.






A member of Covenant United Methodist Church in Port Orange works on a house in Clewiston that was damaged during one of Florida’s hurricanes. He’s part of a United Methodist Volunteers in Mission team from the church that has been working with Community Rebuilding Ecumenical Workforce (CREW), the long-term recovery organization serving Glades and Hendry counties. United Methodist churches in Moore Haven and Clewiston were instrumental in CREW’s start-up. CREW also received a grant from the Florida Conference Disaster Recovery Ministry. Photo courtesy of Covenant United Methodist Church. File photo #08-0950. Originally accompanied e-Review Florida UMNS #0894, 08/01/08. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1027, 06/05/09.


Marilyn Swanson, director of the Florida Conference Disaster Recovery Ministry, receives the 2009 Humanitarian Award from Florida Gov. Charlie Crist on behalf of conference staff and United Methodist volunteers across the state for their work in disaster response. CREW (Community Rebuilding Ecumenical Workforce), a long-term recovery organization working in Glades and Hendry counties, was co-recipient of the award, which was given at the Governor’s Hurricane Conference in Miami in May. Photo by Michael Wacht. Photo #09-1193. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1027, 06/05/09.







The Rev. Joan Carter-Rimbach, senior pastor at First United Methodist Church in Hyattsville, Md., near Washington, D.C., participates in discussion at the final event of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry’s Lead Women Pastors Project. Carter-Rimbach is the only woman of color serving a large-membership church. Photo by Erik J. Alsgaard. Photo #09-1192. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1026, 06/03/09.


The Rev. Sara McKinley, senior pastor at First United Methodist Church in Coral Springs, takes communion during the closing worship service of the final event of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry’s Lead Women Pastors Project. Photo by Erik J. Alsgaard. Photo #09-1191. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1026, 06/03/09.


A parament on the altar during the closing worship service of the final event of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry’s Lead Women Pastors Project represents a crack in the stained glass ceiling, with all the colors of the rainbow now flowing down. Photo by Erik J. Alsgaard. Photo #09-1190. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1026, 06/03/09.






The Rev. Susan Wilhauck shares results from a survey on clergymen and -women serving as senior pastors of large-membership churches during the final event of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry’s Lead Women Pastors Project. Photo by Erik J. Alsgaard. Photo #09-1189. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1026, 06/03/09.


Building a wheelchair ramp for a local resident is just one way members of Deer Lake United Methodist Church in Tallahassee, Fla., show care and concern for people — a core value many members say drew them to the church. Photo courtesy of Deer Lake United Methodist Church. Photo #09-1188. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1025, 06/02/09.


Members of Deer Lake United Methodist Church in Tallahassee, Fla., celebrate exceeding the church’s 2007 growth goals and the burning of the mortgage for the church building. Photo courtesy of Deer Lake United Methodist Church. Photo #09-1187. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1025, 06/02/09.







The Rev. Dr. Larry Rankin (left) translates for then Florida Conference Bishop Cornelius L. Henderson in Habana, Cuba, in June 1997 during the service in which the covenant between The Methodist Church in Cuba and the Florida Conference was signed. Photo by Hubert E. Floyd. Photo #09-1186. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1023, 05/30/09.

 


The Rev. Dr. Larry Rankin encourages members attending the 2006 Florida Annual Conference Event to support the East Angola/Florida Partnership. Photo by e-Review staff. Photo #09-1185. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1023, 05/30/09.


The Rev. Annette Pendergrass (left) prays during last year’s annual conference event with a member contemplating entering the ministry. Members are given the opportunity at each annual conference event to express their interest in pursuing the ministry and invited to pray with Florida Conference Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker and other clergy about that possibility. Photo by Greg Moore. Photo #09-1184. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1022, 05/29/09.



Services like massages offered during the health fair at last year’s annual conference event help clergy and laity de-stress from the rigors of ministry. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #09-1183. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1022, 05/29/09.


The Revs. Lawrence Barriner (left to right), Dean Witten and Walter Monroe reconnect at the 2008 Florida Annual Conference Event. Photo by Greg Moore. Photo #09-1182. Accompanies  e-Review Florida UMNS #1022, 05/29/09.




Kelly Moore and the Rev. Vance Rains lead the April meeting of the Florida Conference Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry. The two have shared in coordinating the ministry of the board, but Rains announced at the meeting that he plans to step down as executive director. The search for a new director will begin soon. Photo by Erik Alsgaard. Photo #09-1181. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1020, 5/15/09.


Al Sistrunk (foreground) will begin his work as chairman of the Florida Conference Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry executive committee in July. He and other members of the committee were installed at the April board meting. Photo by Erik Alsgaard. Photo #09-1180. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1020, 5/15/09.






The Rev. Dr. Waite Willis, his sister Diane Willis Stahl (left) and his mother, Evelyn, wait to be recognized during the report of the Florida Conference camp and retreat ministries at the 2008 Florida Annual Conference Event. 2008 marked the 60th anniversary of the Warren W. Willis United Methodist Youth Camp. File photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #08-0957. Originally accompanied e-Review Florida UMNS #0897, 8/10/08. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1019, 5/15/09.


A member of Van Dyke United Methodist Church in Lutz, Fla., serves as a security attendant as part of the church’s guest services ministry. Church leaders say helping members connect with the ministries to which they feel called is key to fulfilling the church’s mission to “lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.” In 2008 the church was one of 229 Florida Conference churches ranked in the top 10 percent in one or more of six categories related to growth in average worship attendance and professions of faith. It was also one of 17 experiencing growth in more than one category. Photo by Karen Peel. Photo #09-1179. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1018, 5/15/09.


Volunteers help members and guests navigate the parking lot at Van Dyke United Methodist Church in Lutz, Fla., as part of the church’s guest services ministry. Church leaders say helping members connect with the ministries to which they feel called is key to fulfilling the church’s mission to “lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.” In 2008 the church was one of 229 Florida Conference churches ranked in the top 10 percent in one or more of six categories related to growth in average worship attendance and professions of faith. It was also one of 17 experiencing growth in more than one category. Photo by Karen Peel. Photo #09-1178. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1018, 5/15/09.





A big part of the guest services ministry at Van Dyke United Methodist Church in Lutz, Fla., is helping guests feel welcomed, and the ministry’s success depends on committed volunteers. Newcomers ministry director Karen Peel says the church makes a concerted effort to help new members learn how they are “hot-wired for Christ” and how that passion can translate into service. Church leaders say those efforts are helping the church fulfill its mission of leading “people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.” Photo by Karen Peel. Photo #09-1177. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1018, 5/15/09.



In 2008 Van Dyke United Methodist Church in Lutz, Fla., was one of 229 Florida Conference churches ranked in the top 10 percent in one or more of six categories related to growth in professions of faith and average worship attendance. It was also one of 17 experiencing growth in more than one category. Photo courtesy of Van Dyke United Methodist Church. Photo #09-1176. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1018, 5/15/09.






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