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Alma Manney reminds key conference mission, outreach and justice ministries leaders about the importance of the Peace With Justice Sunday offering at a recent meeting on ways local churches can get outside the walls of their sanctuaries and practice salty service. Manney is a leader in the peace with justice area. Photo by Erik Alsgaard. Photo #09-1354. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1113, 12/16/09.


Mayuris Pimentel, the regional attorney for the Florida Conference’s Central Florida Justice For Our Neighbors ministry, meets with a client at the immigration clinic at First United Methodist Church and Berea Haitian Mission in Pine Hills. A second clinic operates at Faith Community Haitian United Methodist Church in Tampa. The clinics are a cooperative effort between area churches, the conference’s refugee and immigration ministry and United Methodist Committee On Relief’s Justice For Our Neighbors ministry. The goal is to help people who can’t afford a lawyer or legal services take the next step in their legal process. Photo by Tita Parham. Photo #09-1353. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1113, 12/16/09.


Workers harvest tomatoes at a farm in Immokalee, where low wages and poor conditions prompted farm worker advocates to lobby fast-food giant Burger King Corp. A May 23, 2008, agreement between Burger King and farm workers increased wages and protection to workers subjected to abuse from growers. A UMNS file photo by Scott Robertson. Photo #08-0893. Originally accompanied e-Review Florida UMNS #0867, 6/12/08. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1113, 12/16/09.











Brigitte Gynther speaks about the mistreatment of farm works at a recent meeting of key conference mission, outreach and justice ministries leaders. The group gathered for a first-of-a-kind meeting to hear how local churches can get outside the walls of their sanctuaries and practice salty service. Gynther is coordinator of Interfaith Action in Southwest Florida, a network of people of faith and religious institutions that works in partnership with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a community-based worker organization whose members are mostly Latino, Haitian and Mayan Indian immigrants working in low-wage jobs throughout Florida. Photo by Erik Alsgaard. Photo #09-1352. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1113, 12/16/09.


Children get ready to eat lunch at a United Methodist Summer Food Service Program site. File photo by Derek Maul. Photo #09-1280. Originally accompanied e-Review Florida UMNS #1062, 8/6/09. Also accompanies  e-Review Florida UMNS #1112, 12/16/09.












Volunteers get ready to load bicycles for delivery during a workday for Bicycle Blessings, a ministry of First United Methodist Church in Winter Park that gives refurbished bicycles to needy kids for recreation and adults without other means of transportation. Photo by Bob Wilson. Photo #09-1351. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1111, 12/15/09.



Volunteers repair used bicycles on the lawn of First United Methodist Church in Winter Park during a workday for Bicycle Blessings, a ministry of the church that gives refurbished bicycles to needy kids for recreation and adults without other means of transportation. Photo by Bob Wilson. Photo #09-1350. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1111, 12/15/09.


A volunteer gets the gunk out of the gears of a bicycle during a workday for Bicycle Blessings, a ministry of First United Methodist Church in Winter Park that gives refurbished bicycles to needy kids for recreation and adults without other means of transportation. Photo by Bob Wilson. Photo #09-1349. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1111, 12/15/09.






In addition to eggplant, the community garden at Trinity United Methodist Church in Gainesville produces herbs, peppers, tomatoes and a variety of other produce that’s given to various community groups and ministries. The garden project serves as both a teaching tool for grade-school children and a mission outreach initiative of the church. Photo by Derek Maul. Photo #09-1348. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1108, 12/08/09.


Trinity United Methodist Church members Mark Rogers (kneeling) and Nigel Smith inspect plants in the Gainesville church’s community garden. The garden project serves as a teaching tool for grade-school children and a mission outreach initiative, providing produce to various community groups and ministries. Photo by Derek Maul. Photo #09-1347. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1108, 12/08/09.


Trinity United Methodist Church members Mark Rogers, Andrew Pridgen and Nigel Smith (left to right) enjoy time in the Gainesville church’s community garden. Smith and Pridgen stared the garden project as a teaching tool for grade-school children and a mission outreach initiative, providing produce to various community groups and ministries. Photo by Derek Maul. Photo #09-1346. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1108, 12/08/09.


Trinity United Methodist Church member Britain Ashley works in the Gainesville church’s community garden. The garden project was started, in part, to teach grade-school children at the 3,000-member congregation about the connection between human beings and the physical world. Photo courtesy of Trinity United Methodist Church. Photo #09-1345. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1108, 12/08/09.


The Rev. Dr. Juan Feliciano poses with his wife, Anamaris Chico, and their grandson, William, after William’s baptism. Feliciano will join the Florida Conference staff as director of Hispanic congregational transformation in January 2010. Photo courtesy of Juan Feliciano. Photo #09-1344. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1105, 11/19/09.





The Rev. Dr. Juan Feliciano presents an infant he has just baptized to the congregation. Feliciano will join the Florida Conference staff as director of Hispanic congregational transformation in January 2010. Photo courtesy of Juan Feliciano. Photo #09-1343. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1105, 11/19/09.





United Methodist Bishop Donald A. Ott holds a basketball while encouraging fellow bishops to support the ministry of caring for God’s creation during their fall meeting in Lake Junaluska, N.C. Ott borrowed the ball from Bishop Thomas Bickerton, who used it to raise money for the Nothing But Nets campaign against malaria. A UMNS photo by Kathy L. Gilbert. Photo #09-1342. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1103, 11/17/09.


Florida Conference Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker addresses participants gathered June 14, 2008, for the 20th Conference Table, which focused on global poverty and health, nuclear proliferation, and the environment. The goal of the day was to help guide and shape the writing of the pastoral letter, “In Defense of Creation 2,”  by the United Methodist Council of Bishops. File photo by Erik J. Alsgaard. Photo #08-0913. Originally accompanied e-Review Florida UMNS #0875, 6/26/08. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1103, 11/17/09.


A U.S. flag flies above an oil refinery near Houston, Texas, in September 2008. The United Methodist Council of Bishops Nov. 3 approved a statement on caring for the environment during its fall meeting in Lake Junaluska, N.C. A UMNS file photograph by Mike DuBose. Photo #09-1341. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1103, 11/17/09.














The Rev. Eliantus Valmyr drops a stone into a bucket during the closing communion service at the East Central District clergy gathering Sept. 24. All worshipers were encouraged to do so to symbolize acts of salty service they had performed the previous week. Photo by Erik J. Alsgaard. Photo #09-1340. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1100, 11/05/09.


The Rev. Troy Ray, executive director of Halifax Urban Ministries, shares the salty service opportunities his organization offers clergy and their congregations at the East Central District clergy meeting Sept. 24. Halifax Urban Ministries serves homeless and needy individuals and families in Flagler and Volusia counties. Photo by Erik J. Alsgaard. Photo #09-1339. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1100, 11/05/09.




Scott George, former president of Destiny Foundation of Central Florida, shares with East Central District clergy the work the organization had been doing in Central Florida before it closed. The clergy gathered Sept. 24 to focus on salty service, one of the five practices of The Methodist Way. Photo by Erik J. Alsgaard. Photo #09-1338. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1100, 11/05/09.


East Central District clergy gather Sept. 24 for opening worship during time set aside specifically to focus on salty service, one of the five practices of The Methodist Way. Photo by Erik J. Alsgaard. Photo #09-1337. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1100, 11/05/09.










This proposed east alternative shows a road and bridge running along the eastern border of the Florida Conference Riverside Retreat (section 427), with the bridge crossing a portion of camp property. Hendry County commissioners recently voted unanimously to instead construct the new bridge near the Hendry-Lee County line, a few miles west of the retreat center. Source: http://www.newrivercrossinghendryco.com. File photo #09-1310. Originally accompanied e-Review Florida UMNS #1087, 10/08/09. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1099, 11/02/09.



Hendry County commissioners were considering three east and west alternatives each for a new road and bridge, but recently voted for construction near the Hendry-Lee County line, a few miles west of the Florida Conference Riverside Retreat. Source: http://www.newrivercrossinghendryco.com. Photo #09-1336. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1099, 11/02/09.


Marisa cuts up one of her last credit cards. She and her husband, Scot, are in their seventh week of the Financial Peace University course at First United Methodist Church in Titusville. Photo courtesy of First United Methodist Church. Photo #09-1336. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1098, 10/30/09.


A sign of the times. Photo #09-1335. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1098, 10/30/09. Copyright: Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 License. Source: Wikimedia Commons.









The Rev. David Berkey, executive director of the Florida Conference camps and retreat ministries (left), joins Centenary Camp managers Donna and Dave Bruns on the porch of a building at the west Florida camp. Photo by Erik J. Alsgaard. Photo #09-1334. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1097, 10/30/09.


An early response team from New Covenant United Methodist Church in The Villages preapre to install a tarp on a roof. Photo courtesy of New Covenant United Methodist Church. Photo #09-1333. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1096, 10/29/09.



A pre-owned motor home given to the Florida Conference for disaster recovery will be used by members of early response teams at New Covenant United Methodist Church in The Villages to house team members and pull the church’s disaster response trailer when responding after a disaster. The church will also maintain the vehicle so it is ready for use by the conference when a disaster strikes. Photo by Pam Garrison. Photo #09-1332. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1096, 10/29/09.








Dr. Sarah D. McKay (center) with Dr. Anne Kerr, president of Florida Southern College, and Dr. Thomas Yow, president of the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation, after receiving the foundation’s 2009 Stanley S. Kresge Award for dedicated membership in The United Methodist Church and unselfish support of United Methodist-related education. Photo courtesy of Florida Southern College. Photo #09-1331. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1095, 10/27/09.


Children play a game as one of many age-related activities during the 26th Hispanic Retreat for families, held over the Labor Day weekend at the Life Enrichment Center in Fruitland Park. Nearly 350 Hispanic United Methodists from 20 churches participated. Photo by Rev. Josue Guevara. Photo #09-1330. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1094, 10/27/09. 


Children participate in worship at the 26th Hispanic Retreat for families, held over the Labor Day weekend at the Life Enrichment Center in Fruitland Park. Nearly 350 Hispanic United Methodists from 20 churches attended. Photo by Rev. Josue Guevara. Photo #09-1329. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1094, 10/27/09. 



The Rev. José Carrion leads communion during worship at the 26th Hispanic Retreat for families, held over the Labor Day weekend at the Life Enrichment Center in Fruitland Park. Nearly 350 Hispanic United Methodists from 20 churches participated. Photo by Rev. Josue Guevara. Photo #09-1328. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1094, 10/27/09. 








A display at Sun City Center United Methodist Church shows the items included in the 6-4-1 cleaning buckets. Through the Florida Conference’s new “6-4-1 Project” churches are being asked to prepare six (6) cleaning buckets stocked with specific supplies and store them for (4) one (1) year. Photo by Robert Fowler. Photo #09-1327. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1093, 10/19/09. 


Patience Nave and Aunel Bellany wait for the installation of the Rev. Gesner Paul as president of the Haiti District to begin. The two were part of a delegation from the Florida Conference that traveled to Haiti to attend the ceremony Aug. 30 in support of Paul’s leadership and the Haiti/Florida Covenant. The Haiti District is one of eight comprising the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Charline Pierre. Photo #09-1326. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1091, 10/16/09. 





The Florida delegation to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, for the installation of the Rev. Gesner Paul as president of the Haiti District included (front, left to right) Gregory Stritch, Ed Ritter, Aunel Bellany, (standing) Charline Pierre, Patience Nave and Montreuil Milord (Sally Ritter not pictured). The team attended the ceremony Aug. 30 in support of Paul’s leadership and the Haiti/Florida Covenant. The Haiti District is one of eight comprising the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Charline Pierre. Photo #09-1325. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1091, 10/16/09. 


Peppers round out the variety of produce grown in the community garden at Ocoee Oaks United Methodist Church in Orlando. The garden was launched in an unused acre of land behind the church in response to what the Rev. Ernie Post calls a “general sense of being a country in crisis.” Because the produce is given away for free Post says it’s one answer to “the current economic plight.” Photo by Derek Maul. Photo #09-1324. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1090, 10/15/09. 

Church member Dave Rieke tends seeds used for propagation in the community garden at Ocoee Oaks United Methodist Church in Orlando. Rieke is using his experience as an agricultural engineer to help develop and maintain the garden, which was launched in response to what the Rev. Ernie Post calls a “general sense of being a country in crisis.” Because the produce is given away for free Post says it’s one answer to “the current economic plight.” Photo by Derek Maul. Photo #09-1323. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1090, 10/15/09. 



Squash — with its bright yellow blooms — is just one of the vegetables grown in the community garden at Ocoee Oaks United Methodist Church in Orlando. The garden was launched in an unused acre of land behind the church in response to what the Rev. Ernie Post calls a “general sense of being a country in crisis.” Because the produce is given away for free Post says it’s one answer to “the current economic plight.” Photo by Derek Maul. Photo #09-1322. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1090, 10/15/09. 



Church member Dave Rieke and the Rev. Ernie Post review the spreadsheet that tracks the progress of the community garden at Ocoee Oaks United Methodist Church in Orlando. Rieke is using his experience as an agricultural engineer to help develop and maintain the garden, which was launched in response to what Post calls a “general sense of being a country in crisis.” Because the produce is given away for free Post says it’s one answer to “the current economic plight.” Photo by Derek Maul. Photo #09-1321. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1090, 10/15/09. 


Cason United Methodist Church in Delray Beach will celebrate the dedication of its newly expanded community garden with a ceremony and fall festival Oct. 24. Candy Evans (left) and Lori Robbins helped launch the garden, which, in its first year, fed countless individuals and donated nearly 300 pounds of fresh produce to a nearby soup kitchen. Photo courtesy of Cason United Methodist Church. Photo #09-1320. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1090, 10/15/09. 



Candy Evans (left) and Lori Robbins are surrounded by the growing garden they helped launch at Cason United Methodist Church in Delray Beach. In its first season growing strawberries, heirloom tomatoes, collard greens, beets, six kinds of peppers and other produce, the community garden fed countless individuals and donated nearly 300 pounds of fresh produce to a nearby soup kitchen. Photo #09-1319. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1090, 10/15/09. 


Corn now grows in what used to be an unused acre of wasteland behind Ocoee Oaks United Methodist Church in Orlando. It’s part of the church’s new community garden, launched in response to what the Rev. Ernie Post calls a “general sense of being a country in crisis.” Because the produce is given away for free Post says it’s one answer to “the current economic plight.” It also conveys a message of “redemption, not condemnation,” he says, and offers a way for members to “live by faith as a church.” Photo by Derek Maul. Photo #09-1318. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1090, 10/15/09. 



The Rev. Dr. Warren Clark (right) talks with participants after a gathering at Hyde Park United Methodist Church in Tampa. Clark led a group of about 26 members of Hyde Park and Tampa area churches in discussing ways they can reduce their energy consumption and become catalysts in the movement to eliminate society’s dependence on fossil fuels. Clark is associate director at Faiths United for Sustainable Energy (FUSE), a Miami-based nonprofit that provides faith communities with resources and consulting services on how to care for the environment. Photo by Janice Buchholz. Photo #09-1317. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1089, 10/12/09.


Linda Fairbanks, a member of First United Church of Christ in Tampa, writes a letter to state officials urging them to address climate change, illness, poverty, conflict and economic stability by creating a low-carbon, clean energy economy that fundamentally shifts the way Americans power their lives. Fairbanks was one of 26 people gathering at Hyde Park United Methodist Church in Tampa to learn from leaders of Faiths United for Sustainable Energy (FUSE) and each other how individuals and congregations can reduce their energy consumption and become catalysts in the movement to eliminate society’s dependence on fossil fuels. Photo by Janice Buchholz. Photo #09-1316. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1089, 10/12/09.


The Rev. Dr. Warren Clark tells church members what they and their congregations can do to be better stewards of the environment. Clark is associate director at Faiths United for Sustainable Energy (FUSE), a Miami-based nonprofit that provides faith communities with resources and consulting services on how to care for the environment. Clark met with members of Hyde Park United Methodist Church in Tampa and area churches to discuss ways they can reduce their energy consumption and become catalysts in the movement to eliminate society’s dependence on fossil fuels. Photo by Janice Buchholz. Photo #09-1315. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1089, 10/12/09.




Claudia Levy takes lay and clergy leaders attending the “Deepening Your Effectiveness” discipleship training event Sept. 12 at First United Methodist Church in Punta Gorda through a workbook of more than 30 pages to help them assess their church’s effectiveness in meeting people’s needs and ways they can improve their disciple-making efforts. Levy is vice-president of Deepening Your Effectiveness Inc. and co-author of “Deepening Your Effectiveness: Restructuring the Local Church for Life Transformation.” Photo by J.A. Buchholz. Photo #09-1314. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1088, 10/09/09.




Likening the process of Christian formation to learning to swim in deep ocean waters, the Rev. Dan Glover shares the types of ministry people need from churches at each stage of their Christian fornation at the “Deepening Your Effectiveness” discipleship training event Sept. 12 at First United Methodist Church in Punta Gorda. Glover is an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church and has served as lead pastor for churches in Pennsylvania and Ohio. He is also president of Deepening Your Effectiveness Inc. and co-author of “Deepening Your Effectiveness: Restructuring the Local Church for Life Transformation.” Photo by J.A. Buchholz. Photo #09-1313. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1088, 10/09/09.


Sherrill Carr (left) and Lisa Milner, members at Trinity United Methodist Church in Sarasota, discuss how their church is helping members become mature disciples during the “Deepening Your Effectiveness” discipleship seminar Sept. 12 at First United Methodist Church in Punta Gorda. Photo by J.A. Buchholz. Photo #09-1312. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1088, 10/09/09.








The area in and around the Florida Conference Riverside Retreat is home to many species of animals and plants, including indigo snakes and gopher tortoises, both listed as threatened under the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s endangered species program. Joining the camp’s diverse animal life are six otters released into the Caloosahatchee River from the retreat center by the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife on Sanibel Island. Retreat center leaders and supporters are concerned a proposed bridge may affect that wildlife's natural habitats. Photo by Martha Pierce. Photo #09-1311. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1087, 10/08/09.


Sam Ruev, Megan Bowen and Aaron Lewis help Riverside Retreat director Martha Pierce plant a cypress tree at the camp during one of two yearly opportunities focused on conservation. A UMNS file photo by John Gordon. Photo #08-0968. Originally accompanied e-Review Florida UMNS #0899, 08/18/08. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1087, 10/08/09.









This east alternative shows the new bridge running along the eastern border of the Florida Conference Riverside Retreat (section 427) and crossing a portion of camp property. Hendry County officials are considering six possible start and end points for the roads leading to and from bridge. The construction is intended to accommodate future traffic needs for the area’s Fort Denaud community and replace existing “functionally obsolete” bridges, according to a county Web site. Source: http://www.newrivercrossinghendryco.com. Photo #09-1310. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1087, 10/08/09.


The Rev. Kelly Greenawald has been pastor at Hernando United Methodist Church in Hernando, Fla., since July 2009. She followed on the heels of several interim pastors, one of whom was appointed to serve as an intervention pastor to help the congregation transform after its pastor unexpectedly resigned and half its members left. Photo courtesy of Hernando United Methodist Church. Photo #09-1309. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1086, 10/02/09.


Neighbors check out restored cars at a car show held in 2007 at Hernando United Methodist Church in Hernando, Fla. Connecting with the community is one of the church’s top priorities and one outcome of the church’s journey to transformation with the help of an intervention pastor. Photo courtesy of Hernando United Methodist Church. Photo #09-1308. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1086, 10/02/09.







Door greeter Brian Rankin (right) hugs another church member before worship. The two are members at 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, including GED and parenting classes, a recovery program, and free medical care for area residents. Photo by Sarah Alsgaard. File photo #09-1158. Originally accompanied e-Review Florida UMNS #1007, 04/24/09. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1085, 10/01/09.


The Rev. Jorge Acevedo (right), senior pastor at Grace United Methodist Church in Cape Coral, Fla., and Bill Walker, former Florida Conference lay leader, confer during a plenary session at the 2008 General Conference in Fort Worth, Texas.  Photo by Tita Parham. File photo #08-0840. Originally accompanied e-Review Florida UMNS #0847, 05/6/08. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1085, 10/01/09.








Baptismal font at Hans Egedes Church in Copenhagen, Denmark. Photo by Ib Rasmussen/Source: Wikimedia Commons. Photo #09-1307. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1083, 10/01/09.


Cuban Methodists are baptized near Havana. Photo courtesy of The Methodist Church in Cuba. File photo #09-1113. Originally accompanied e-Review Florida UMNS #0981, 03/10/09. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1083, 10/01/09.






The Rev. Harold Lewis, director of Florida Conference Black Congregational Transformation, facilitates small group discussion on spirituality, one of six topics considered during the Conference Table on clergy excellence Sept. 3 at Community of Faith United Methodist Church in Davenport, Fla. Photo by Erik J. Alsgaard. Photo #09-1306. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1082, 9/30/09.









The Rev. Joseph Kim participates in a discussion on information technology at the Conference Table on clergy excellence Sept. 3 at Community of Faith United Methodist Church in Davenport, Fla. Kim, who serves as pastor at Good Shepherd and Lakewood Park United Methodist Churches in Lakeland, was among 100 laity and clergy working to define clergy excellence related to such topics as self-care, the appointment/selection process, competency and development, and accountability. Photo by Erik J. Alsgaard. Photo #09-1305. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1082, 9/30/09.


Chuck Mallue and Alice Williams, both members of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Orland, Fla., and human resource professionals, organize note cards on which participants attending the Conference Table on clergy excellence Sept. 3 at Community of Faith United Methodist Church in Davenport wrote one topic they would be willing to lead during the day’s group discussions. Mallue and Williams facilitated the daylong event. Photo by Erik J. Alsgaard.  Photo #09-1304. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1082, 9/30/09.


Florida Conference Bishop Tim Whitaker (right) and the Rev. David Dodge, executive director of the Florida Conference Center for Clergy Excellence, compare notes on the day’s activities at the Conference Table on clergy excellence Sept. 3 at Community of Faith United Methodist Church in Davenport, Fla. Photo by Erik J. Alsgaard. Photo #09-1303. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1082, 9/30/09.







Bayshore United Methodist Church member Bob Trotter prays during a prayer service at Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church in Tampa, Fla. Representatives from 13 Florida United Methodist churches and two other denominations gathered to pray for the partnership between the Florida Conference and The Methodist Cuba in Cuba, the people of 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 partnership. Photo by Reneé Kincaid. File photo #09-1094. Originally accompanied e-Review Florida UMNS #0968, 01/30/09. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1081, 09/24/09.






With translation help from Reneé Kincaid, secretary of the task team for the partnership between the Florida Conference and The Methodist Cuba in Cuba, 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, Fla., during the final day of his nearly monthlong trip to the Tampa area earlier this year. The Tampa church is a sister church to Castillo’s congregation through the partnership. Photo courtesy of Reneé Kincaid. File photo #09-1093. Originally accompanied e-Review Florida UMNS #0968, 01/30/09. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1081, 09/24/09.


The Rev. Dr. Wayne Wiatt participates in the ribbon cutting ceremony at Reeves Memorial United Methodist Church in Orlando, Fla., to celebrate an agreement between the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home and Family Services of Metro Orlando in cooperation with the church to expand services that will help siblings entering the foster care system stay together and reunite those who have been separated. The church will serve as a satellite office of the Children’s Home, providing foster care services for the first time in Orange and Osceloa counties. Photo courtesy of the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home. Photo #09-1302. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1079, 9/18/09.


Leaders cut the ribbon at Reeves Memorial United Methodist Church in Orlando, Fla., at a ceremony to launch a satellite office of the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home at the church. It’s the result of an agreement between the Children’s Home and Family Services of Metro Orlando in cooperation with the church to expand services that will help siblings entering the foster care system in Orange and Osceola counties stay together and reunite those who have been separated. Photo courtesy of the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home. Photo #09-1301. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1079, 9/18/09.




Tina Cannon, a liturgical dancer from New Life Community United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, helps lead worship through dance, illustrating how people in all stages of their spiritual journey thirst for the word of God. The dance was part of a plenary session on the second part of worship, the Word, at the “Passionate Worship: Divine Inbreaking” event at Trinity United Methodist Church in Gainesville in 2008. Photo by Erik J. Alsgaard. File photo #08-0817. Originally accompanied e-Review Florida UMNS #0836, 04/23/08. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1078, 09/18/09.


Members of a church youth group break down bags of rice they have collected for the “rice project” sponsored by Christians Reaching Out to Society (C.R.O.S. Ministries). C.R.O.S. is an outreach ministry of the conference serving greater Palm Beach County, Fla. The agency’s executive director says food assistance requests have increased by about 100 percent in the past two years. Photo courtesy of C.R.O.S. Ministries. Photo #09-1300. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1077, 9/18/09.





Volunteers from the community and area churches help renovate the former Lakeview United Methodist Church building as offices for South Florida Urban Ministries, an outreach ministry of the conference and its South East District located in the Miami-Dade County area. Agency leaders say requests for food assistance have increased by an average of 200 percent this year. Photo courtesy of South Florida Urban Ministries. Photo #09-1299. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1077, 9/18/09.







Halifax Urban Ministries volunteer Larry Freeman serves a Feed-A-Family food package to a guest. The agency is an outreach ministry of the conference located in Daytona Beach, Fla. Its executive director, the Rev. Troy Ray, says the ranks of those needing “homeless prevention” services has swelled to “professionals, pharmacists, educators. … We’ve seen many, many more come into those ranks.” Photo courtesy of Halifax Urban Ministries. Photo #09-1298. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1077, 9/18/09.


Each month members of Kathleen United Methodist Church in Kathleen, Fla., prepare food boxes for about 200 families through the church’s Sowell Food Bank. The ministry began last year after a late member, Maxine Sowell, left a trust fund to the church specifically for a food ministry. After launching the ministry, leaders say the demand for the service far outweighed their expectations of the need. Photo courtesy of Kathleen United Methodist Church. Photo #09-1297. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1077, 9/18/09.

A food pantry volunteer at Christians Reaching Out to Society (C.R.O.S. Ministries) unpacks a box of donated rice in one of the agency’s food pantries. C.R.O.S. is an outreach ministry of the conference serving greater Palm Beach County, Fla. Agency leaders say food assistance requests have increased by about 100 percent in the past two years. Photo courtesy of C.R.O.S. Ministries. Photo #09-1296. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1077, 9/18/09.



Rodney Akers, president of Florida Conference United Methodist Men, presents the G. Ross Freeman Leadership Award to the Rev. Larry Bergstrom at the 2009 Florida Annual Conference Event in Daytona Beach, Fla., in June. Bergstrom was honored for his efforts during the past 20 years to connect men with the men’s ministry. Bergstrom is associate pastor at First United Methodist Church in Coral Springs. Also pictured is the church’s senior pastor, the Rev. Sara McKinley. Photo by Don Heishman. Photo #09-1295. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1075, 9/3/09.


Victor Karstendiek shows a backpack and blankets as a sample of the kind of survival tools he is collecting for the homeless in Tampa, Fla. Photo by Rich Peck. Photo #09-1294. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1073, 8/28/09.



Leaders at the Florida Conference Life Enrichment Center in Fruitland Park are looking for ways to continue meeting the needs of families, such as offering the camp for foster families this summer and hopefully again next year. File photo. Photo #09-1293. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1070, 8/21/09.









Campers enjoy an afternoon at Downtown Disney as part of the Sons of Thunder interracial summer day camp for boys in the Titusville, Fla., area. The month-long camp was a collaborative effort between Indian River City United Methodist Church, St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church and the non-denominational Christian Life Center. It also received a $10,000 grant from the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society. Photo by Mary Lee Downey. Photo #09-1292. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1069, 8/20/09.


Patricia Hickman-Barber, executive director of the Sons of Thunder interracial summer day camp for boys, gives campers instructions before a fun afternoon at Downtown Disney. The month-long camp was a collaborative effort between three churches in Titusville, Fla. — Indian River City United Methodist Church, St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church and the non-denominational Christian Life Center. The camp also received a $10,000 grant from the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society. Photo by Mary Lee Downey. Photo #09-1291. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1069, 8/20/09.


Amanda Sentz (right) and Noel Hutchinson share a lighthearted moment before surgery. Amanda donated a kidney to Noel, who suffers from a rare, recessive genetic disorder that causes the slow breakdown of the kidney filtering system, leading to end-stage renal failure. The two met through their involvement with the Wesley Foundation at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fla. Photo courtesy of Amanda Sentz. Photo #09-1290. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1068, 8/19/09.





College students Perri Bevan (left) and Samantha Perry helped coordinate vacation Bible school and Celebrate Jesus evangelism events at Riverside Park United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, Fla., as part of the Florida Conference summer mission intern program. The students were two of 12 who participated in the program, which ran from early June to mid-August. The program gave young adults the chance to experience hands-on ministry, while giving ministries received some much-needed assistance. Photo courtesy of Samantha Perry. Photo #09-1289. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1067, 8/16/09.



College student Perri Bevan works with children attending Camp AMP, an annual an overnight camp for economically disadvantaged third- through fifth-grade students coordinated by the North East District of the Florida Conference. Bevan worked at the camp as an intern through the conference’s mission intern program, which ran from early June to mid-August. The summer program gave young adults the chance to experience hands-on ministry, while giving ministries some much-needed assistance. Photo by David Cott. Photo #09-1288. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1067, 8/16/09.


Demonstrators protest segregation during the 1968 uniting General Conference in Dallas. Photo courtesy of the Commission on Archives and History. Photo #09-1287. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1066, 8/16/09.















A young girl helps a group of teen volunteers paint her family’s home. The project was coordinated by IMPACT Ministries, a home repair ministry of Sanlando United Methodist Church in Longwood, Fla., that gives local and visiting youth a chance to put their faith into action helping area residents. Photo courtesy of Impact Ministries. Photo #09-1286. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1065, 8/11/09.


Chad Garmin oversees work on the home of Longwood, Fla., residents Edward and Mattie Grimmage. A group of youth from Peachtree Baptist Church in Atlanta, Ga., are doing some painting and remodeling as a project of IMPACT Ministries, a home repair ministry of Sanlando United Methodist Church in Longwood. Garmin is executive director of the organization, which was founded in 1998 in response to the need for organized youth service projects in the area.  The ministry matches visiting and local youth with home repair projects for people in need across Central Florida. Photo by Mary Lee Downey. Photo #09-1285. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1065, 8/11/09.



Youth from Peachtree Baptist Church in Atlanta, Ga., do some painting and remodeling at the home of Longwood, Fla., residents Edward and Mattie Grimmage. The project was coordinated by IMPACT Ministries, a home repair ministry of Sanlando United Methodist Church in Longwood that gives local and visiting youth a chance to put their faith into action helping area residents. Photo by Mary Lee Downey. Photo #09-1284. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1065, 8/11/09.




Roman Catholic Bishop William Skylstad (left) and Florida Conference Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker, at St. Paul’s College in Washington, D.C., in December 2008, are co-chairs of “The Eucharist and Care for God’s Creation,” the latest dialogue between the two churches. For more than 40 years, United Methodists and Roman Catholics in the United States have conducted dialogues on topics ranging from public education to Holy Communion. The United Methodist Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns and U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops facilitate the talks. A UMNS photo by the Rev. W. Douglas Mills. Photo #09-1283. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1064, 8/11/09.


Empty boxes wait to be filled with food items selected by guests visiting the 2007 holiday store at Community United Methodist Church in Holiday, Fla., which became Joining Hands Community Mission July 1, as part of a combined outreach effort between the church and Metropolitan Ministries in Tampa. File photo by J.A. Buchholz. Photo #08-0726. Originally accompanied e-Review Florida UMNS #0782, 1/11/08. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1063, 8/9/09







Nancy Dougherty, director of Joining Hands Community Mission in Holiday, Fla., 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, which is sponsored in part by the Florida Conference and held in late March in Tallahassee during the spring session of the Florida state legislature and annual Children’s Week event. File photo by Erik Alsgaard. Photo #09-1151. Originally accompanied e-Review Florida UMNS #1002, 4/15/09. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1063, 8/9/09.


Children pray during the second annual Joining Hands Kids Camp held last year at Community United Methodist Church in Holiday, Fla., which became Joining Hands Community Mission July 1. The full-day, weeklong Christian camp is offered free of charge for children in families in the West Pasco County area experiencing homelessness or financial hardship and includes breakfast and lunch, crafts, recreation, Bible stories, music, drama and other activities. The 2009 camp took place Aug. 3-7. Photo courtesy of Joining Hands Community Mission. Photo #09-1282. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1063, 8/9/09.





Fourteen-year-old Nyla Mitchel (center) serves as contact person for the Summer Food Service Program at Rogers Memorial United Methodist Church in Bradenton, Fla. She’s working at the site as part of the state’s Workforce Florida program. Photo by Derek Maul. Photo #09-1281. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1062, 8/6/09.


Children get ready to eat lunch at Rogers Memorial United Methodist Church in Bradenton, Fla. The church is a Summer Food Service Program site, helping fill the gap for school children during the summer when they don’t get the benefit of a school lunch. Photo by Derek Maul. Photo #09-1280. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1062, 8/6/09.



The Revs. Jamie Westlake and Matt Wallis share their church’s efforts to reach new people with laity and clergy attending the 2009 Florida Annual Conference Event in June. Westlake and Wallis are senior and associate pastor, respectively, at First United Methodist Church in Brandon, Fla. Photo by Greg Moore. Photo #09-1279. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1061, 8/6/09.







 


Alice Williams, a lay member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Orlando, shares with members at the 2008 Florida Annual Conference Event how start-up grants from the conference Leadership Connection have been helping churches and ministries address community needs. File photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #08-0875. Originally accompanied e-Review Florida UMNS #0862, 6/3/08. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1060, 7/5/09.




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