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Families shop in the food pantry at Joining Hands Community Mission in Holiday. The mission grew out of the former Community United Methodist Church, launching in 2009 as a faith-based social services agency for homeless and at-risk families and part of the Southwest Pasco United Methodist Church Cooperative Parish. Photo courtesy of Joining Hands Community Mission. Photo #10-1423. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1158, 3/31/10.




Mayor Richard Rober (center) of New Port Richey helps distribute food at Joining Hands Community Mission in Holiday. The mission grew out of the former Community United Methodist Church, launching in 2009 as a faith-based social services agency for homeless and at-risk families and part of the Southwest Pasco United Methodist Church Cooperative Parish. Photo courtesy of Joining Hands Community Mission. Photo #10-1422. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1158, 3/31/10.


Children from the preschool program at College Heights United Methodist Church lend their hands to the cause by painting handprints on T-shirts that volunteers will wear at Florida Advocacy Days April 11-13 in Tallahassee. “It’s great having the children participate in the process,” said Melinda Trotti (right), director of the Florida Conference’s justice and outreach ministries, which supplied the shirts and is helping coordinate the advocacy event. “It helps us get in touch with the reality of children’s needs in Florida and how they need us to be their voice in Tallahassee.” Photo by Sandy Lovern. Photo #10-1421. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1056, 03/25/10.


State Rep. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland (left), and Tammy Fisher, event coordinator for the Florida Conference’s justice and outreach ministries, help a child in the preschool program at College Heights United Methodist Church in Lakeland paint handprints onto T-shirts in preparation for Florida Advocacy Days April 11-13 in Tallahassee. Volunteers will wear the shirts at the advocacy event, which is part of Children’s Week, held annually during the spring legislative session. Stargel represents House District 64 and is running for Senate District 15. Photo by Sandy Lovern. Photo #10-1420. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1056, 03/25/10.




Bishops Timothy W. Whitaker (left) and Paul L. Leeland of the Alabama-West Florida Conference (center) join the Rev. Clarke Campbell-Evans, pastor at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Tallahassee, in leading 2009 Florida Advocacy Days participants on their march toward the Florida Capitol. File photo by Erik Alsgaard. Photo #09-1148. Originally accompanied e-Review Florida UMNS #1002, 04/15/09. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1056, 03/25/10.


Less than 12 months into the program to go green at Venice-Nokomis United Methodist Church, leaders say the church saved $11,000 on electricity alone in 2009, thanks to its energy saving initiatives. Installing solar electricty cells on the church parsonage, like this one already in place, is one of the next steps in the plan. Photo by Derek Maul. Photo #10-1419. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1155, 3/23/10.




“When the money people report we’re saving money, all the other resistance seems to go away,” the Rev. Jim McWhinnie (left) says of efforts by leaders at Venice-Nokomis United Methodist Church to make the church “green.” Church trustee Mike Wilson (right) says the initial positive impact from small changes has provided momentum to continue moving forward with more ambitious goals. Photo by Derek Maul. Photo #10-1418. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1155, 3/23/10.


Leaders at the nearly 150-year-old Venice-Nokomis United Methodist Church are monitoring energy usage and utilizing such energy saving devices as programmable thermostats at the church and solar hot water heating and panels at the parsonage. It’s part of their green approach to better stewardship of church property. Photo by Derek Maul. Photo #10-1417. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1155, 3/23/10.






Candidates for ordination as elder respond to questions from Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker at the 2009 Florida Annual Conference Event during the service of licensing, commissioning and ordination. The average age of the 13 newly ordained elders and deacons was 44. Only three ordained in full connection or as probationary members were 30 or younger. File photo by Greg Moore. Photo #09-1238. Originally accompanied e-Review Florida UMNS #1041, 7/6/09. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1153, 3/19/10.


United Methodist bishops discuss a report from the Call to Action steering committee during a 2009 meeting of the denomination’s Council of Bishops at Lake Junaluska, N.C. The committee recommended a number of changes that could reshape the future of the denomination, including eliminating guaranteed appointments, developing a church-wide system for measuring effectiveness and building a viable financial future. A UMNS photo by Kathy L. Gilbert. Photo #10-1416. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1152, 3/18/10.






Lay and clergy members and guest celebrated the ordination, licensing, commissioning and recognition of orders of 39 people at the 2009 Florida Annual Conference Event in Lakeland. The new clergy members are among the 895 pastors under appointment with the Florida Conference — 762 to a local church and 133 to extension ministries. Photo by Armando Rodgriguez. Photo #10-1415. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1152, 3/18/10.






The Rev. Debbie McLeod, (then) superintendent of the Florida Conference’s South East District, and Rodney Akers, a lay delegate from First United Methodist Church in Seffner, discuss legislation being consideration at a 2008 General Conference plenary session. McLeod chaired the 2004 General Conference subcommittee that presented legislation developing the Connectional Table, which oversees the coordination of mission, ministries and resources across the denomination. File photo by Tita Parham. Photo #08-0834. Originally accompanied e-Review Florida UMNS #0845, 5/4/08. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1152, 3/18/10.


Bill Walker (left), former Florida Conference lay leader, and the Rev. Jorge Acevedo, senior pastor at Grace United Methodist Church in Cape Coral, report at the 2008 Florida Annual Conference Event in Lakeland on actions taken at the 2008 General Conference. A number of those actions dealt with changes to the structure of the denomination. File photo by Greg Moore. Photo #08-0873. Originally accompanied e-Review Florida UMNS #0861, 5/31/08. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1152, 3/18/10.



Families enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs and clowns after a soccer tournament in Crescent City. Four teams of children from Trinity United Methodist Church in Seville and a nearby Pentecostal church participated among a total of 12 teams. Many of the children from Seville practice on Trinity’s soccer fields, which are part of a community park the church and community developed from a seldom-used church baseball field. “God was working out on those soccer fields, and that’s where we joined him,” said Kathy Jones, a long-time member of the church. Photo courtesy of Trinity United Methodist Church. Photo #10-1414. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1150, 03/15/10.


Members of Trinity United Methodist Church in Seville plant trees in the community park near the church. The park used to be a seldom-used church baseball field that now includes three soccer fields used nearly every day of the week by children and adults in the community. It’s part of the church’s efforts to be in ministry with the community’s diverse residents. “God was working out on those soccer fields, and that’s where we joined him,” said Kathy Jones, a long-time member of the church. Photo courtesy of Trinity United Methodist Church. Photo #10-1413. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1150, 03/15/10.


Jean Welsh adapts a T-shirt for a wounded soldier returning from Afghanistan or Iraq. Welsh is part of a group of five women at Cutler Ridge United Methodist Church in Miami that adapts the T-shirts for the nonprofit Sew Much Comfort. Since 2007, the Cutler Ridge group has altered 413 T-shirts. Photo courtesy of Cutler Ridge United Methodist Church. Photo #10-1412. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1146, 03/09/10.








The Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell speaks to the 250-plus clergy and laity attending the Passionate Leadership Conference at First United Methodist Church in Winter Park Jan. 18-19 through a videotaped message. Caldwell is senior pastor at the 14,000-member Windsor Village United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas. Photo by Robert Constant. Photo #10-1411. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1145, 03/02/10.




The Revs. Debbie McLeod and Jorge Acevedo (second and third from left) help serve communion during the Passionate Leadership Conference at First United Methodist Church in Winter Park Jan. 18-19. The two were among the conference’s four guest speakers. More than 250 clergy and laity attended the event. Photo by Kitty Carpenter. Photo #10-1410. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1145, 03/02/10.


Bishop Will Willimon, episcopal leader of the North Alabama Conference, tells the 250-plus clergy and laity attending the Passionate Leadership Conference at First United Methodist Church in Winter Park Jan. 18-19 that the church needs to see a shift from pastors as caregivers to pastors as “passionate, transformative leaders.” Photo by Robert Constant. Photo #10-1409. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1145, 03/02/10.


The Rev. Mike Briggs (left) talks with Chris Dalstra (center) and Rich Monroe during a break at the Passionate Leadership Conference at First United Methodist Church in Winter Park Jan. 18-19. Briggs is senior pastor at First United Methodist Church in St. Cloud. Dalstra and Monroe are the church’s trustees chair and lay leader, respectively. Photo by Kitty Carpenter. Photo #10-1408. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1145, 03/02/10.



Children from the child development program at Temple Terrace United Methodist Church in Tampa pray during the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home’s second satellite office, located at the church. The first satellite location launched last year in Orlando at Reeves Memorial United Methodist Church. The goal of both is to increase the number of quality foster homes available so more children can get the care they need and siblings have a greater chance of staying together. Photo by Derek Maul. Photo #10-1407. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1141, 02/16/10.





Mike Galloway offers his remarks during the opening ceremony of the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home’s second satellite office, located at Temple Terrace United Methodist Church in Tampa. Galloway is president and chief executive officer of the Children’s Home, which launched its first satellite location last year in Orlando at Reeves Memorial United Methodist Church. The goal of both is to increase the number of quality foster homes available so more children can get the care they need and siblings have a greater chance of staying together. Photo by Derek Maul. Photo #10-1406. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1141, 02/16/10.


Mike Galloway (left), St. Clair Moore (center) and Cedric Davis prepare to cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony of the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home’s second satellite office, located at Temple Terrace United Methodist Church in Tampa. Galloway is president and chief executive officer of the Children’s Home, Moore is pastor of the Temple Terrace church, and Davis is family development specialist supervisor for the new office. The first satellite location launched last year in Orlando at Reeves Memorial United Methodist Church. The goal of both is to increase the number of quality foster homes available so more children can get the care they need and siblings have a greater chance of staying together. Photo by Derek Maul. Photo #10-1405. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1141, 02/16/10.


Natalie and Rhett Carter pose with their children, Austin (right), Colin and Brianna, in 2008 for their church directory photo. The family attends First United Methodist Church in Land O’ Lakes. After Austin died later that year from injuries sustained in a go-cart accident, his family made the decision to donate his organs. Today, they and members of the church help people become more aware of need for organ and tissue donation. Photo courtesy of First United Methodist Church. Photo #10-1404. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1139, 02/12/10.








Austin Carter. Photo courtesy of Natalie Carter. Photo #10-1403. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1139, 02/12/10.




Saint James United Methodist Church in Sarasota provided this home as transitional housing for Family Promise, a national organization that helps low-income and homeless people live independently. Photo courtesy of Saint James United Methodist Church. Photo #10-1402. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1138, 02/09/10.


Volunteers move donated furniture into Sabrina Foley’s new home. The house is being renovated as transitional housing for the single mother and her 4-year-old son through a partnership between Trinity United Methodist Church in Bradenton and Family Promise of Manatee County, a national organization that helps low-income and homeless people live independently. Photo by Bill Pretyka. Photo #10-1401. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1138, 02/09/10.


A volunteer works on the flooring in a house being renovated as transitional housing for Family Promise of Manatee County, a national organization that helps low-income and homeless people live independently. The home is one of four provided by Trinity United Methodist Church in Bradenton. Photo by Bill Pretyka. Photo #10-1400. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1138, 02/09/10.


Sabrina Foley (center) helps cut the ribbon at the dedication ceremony for her new home, which was renovated and provided to her and her 4-year-old son as transitional housing through a partnership between Trinity United Methodist Church in Bradenton and Family Promise of Manatee County, a national organization that helps low-income and homeless people live independently. Photo courtesy of Trinity United Methodist Church. Photo #10-1399. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1138, 02/09/10.


Kaltouma Zakaria Moussa relaxes beneath a new mosquito net provided by the Nothing But Nets campaign at her home in a camp near Goz Beida, Chad. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose. Photo #10-1398. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1136, 02/04/10.










School children in Lekki, Nigeria, perform a skit promoting the effectiveness of mosquito nets in preventing malaria. A UMNS file photo by Mike DuBose. Photo #10-1397. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1136, 02/04/10.








The Rev. Sam Dixon, head of the United Methodist Committee on Relief, addresses directors of the denomination’s Board of Global Ministries in October 2008. Dixon died from injuries sustained in the collapse of the Hotel Montana in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, during the earthquake Jan. 12. A UMNS file photo by Cassandra Heller. Photo #10-1396. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1135, 02/03/10.


A 2-week-old baby taken to the Dominican Republic for treatment of injuries sustained in the earthquake near Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Jan. 12 recovers after surgery performed by a medical team from the United States. Photo courtesy of Connie DiLeo. Photo #10-1395. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1135, 02/03/10.


A Haitian congregant of St. Martin Methodist Church in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, prays during an outdoor worship service in the aftermath of the earthquake Jan. 12. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose. Photo #10-1394. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1135, 02/03/10.



Boys pass the time outdoors at the Methodist Children’s Home orphanage in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in the aftermath of the earthquake Jan. 12. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose. Photo #10-1393. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1135, 02/03/10.


Signs requesting help are a common sight in areas of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, that were damaged during the earthquake Jan. 12. A UMNS photo by Mike Dubose. Photo #10-1392. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1135, 02/03/10.



Members and guests attending a prayer vigil at Wellspring United Methodist Church in Tampa Jan. 14 lit candles for victims and survivors of the earthquake that occurred near Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Jan. 12. File photo by Derek Maul. Photo #10-1366. Originally accompanied e-Review Florida UMNS #1123, 01/17/10. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1135, 02/03/10.


Rain barrels at the Parkway Tedder Community Garden help volunteers conserve water and practice good environmental stewardship. The garden is a cooperative effort between Parkway United Methodist Church in Pompano Beach, the area’s Tedder Neighborhood Watch community association and South Florida Urban Ministries. Photo courtesy of Parkway Tedder Community Garden. Photo #10-1391. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1134, 02/02/10.


Mango trees near the banana grove in the food forest at Parkway Tedder Community Garden survive the freezing temperatures that hit Florida in early January. The garden is a cooperative effort between Parkway United Methodist Church in Pompano Beach, the area’s Tedder Neighborhood Watch community association and South Florida Urban Ministries. Photo courtesy of Parkway Tedder Community Garden. Photo #10-1390. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1134, 02/02/10.


Second-graders from Tedder Elementary School release ladybugs into the banana grove at Parkway Tedder Community Garden as part of a field trip there in November. The garden is a cooperative effort between Parkway United Methodist Church in Pompano Beach, the area’s Tedder Neighborhood Watch community association and South Florida Urban Ministries. Photo courtesy of Parkway Tedder Community Garden. Photo #10-1389. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1134, 02/02/10.


Beans, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and other produce grown in the Parkway Tedder Community Garden supplement food given to families through the food pantry at Parkway United Methodist Church in Pompano Beach. The garden is a cooperative effort between the church, the area’s Tedder Neighborhood Watch community association and South Florida Urban Ministries. Photo courtesy of Parkway Tedder Community Garden. Photo #10-1388. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1134, 02/02/10.





The Rev. Jim Walling makes outdoor potting tables that volunteers will use when working with seeds and potting seedlings for the Parkway Tedder Community Garden. The garden is a cooperative effort between Parkway United Methodist Church in Pompano Beach, where Walling serves as senior pastor, the area’s Tedder Neighborhood Watch community association and South Florida Urban Ministries. Photo courtesy of Parkway Tedder Community Garden. Photo #10-1387. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1134, 02/02/10.



College student Martine Daceus in 2006 helps a child improve his reading skills at the Branches after-school ministry, housed at the former Florida City United Methodist Church. Photo by Geoff Anderson. Photo #10-1386. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1132, 01/28/10.





Children participate in outdoor activities during the after-school program at Branches ministry, housed at the former Florida City United Methodist Church. File photo by Geoff Anderson. Photo #06-371. Originally accompanied e-Review Florida UMNS #0498, 06/04/06. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1132, 01/28/10.


Members of area churches and community groups and residents of Florida City gather on the lawn at Branches United Methodist Church as part of a service to launch the Coalition for a Nonviolent Florida City. Photo courtesy of Branches United Methodist Church. Photo #10-1385. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1132, 01/28/10.







The Rev. Harold Lewis talks with the Rev. Dr. Geraldine McClellan (center) and other participants about the importance of churches developing a vision all members can learn and embrace during a workshop titled “Do You See What I See?” It was one of eight workshops offered a day before the official start of the 2009 Florida Annual Conference Event June 11-13 at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach. File photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #09-1200. Originally accompanied e-Review Florida UMNS #1030, 06/11/09. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1131, 01/26/10.


The Rev. Harold Lewis shoots a segment for his “8 Essential Lessons for Living a Fruitful Life” Bible study series. Lewis is director of the Florida Conference Black Congregational Development ministry. Along with the “Essentials” study and another on using faith to cope with challenges and crises, the focus of Lewis’ work in his first year in the position has been on building relationships with the conference’s black churches. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #10-1384. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1131, 01/26/10.


Members and guests pray during a worship service Jan. 20 at Emmanuel Haitian United Methodist Mission in Orlando. Nearly 100 members and guest gathered at the church to pray for each other and the victims and survivors of the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck near Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Jan. 12. Photo by Erik J. Alsgaard. Photo #10-1383. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1129, 01/25/10.







Two-year old Jochanan Raymond peeks out from the hug of his uncle, Jeanrene Desir, during a prayer service for victims and survivors of the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck near Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Jan. 12. Nearly 100 members and guests attended the service Jan. 20 at Emmauel Haitian United Methodist Mission in Orlando. Photo by Erik J. Alsgaard. Photo #10-1382. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1129, 01/25/10.








The Rev. Eliantus Valmyr preaches during a prayer service for victims and survivors of the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck near Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Jan. 12. A translator stands behind Valmyr, offering the sermon in English. Nearly 100 members and guest attended the service Jan. 20 at Emmanuel Haitian United Methodist Mission in Orlando. Valmyr has served as pastor of the church for 14 years. Photo by Erik J. Alsgaard. Photo #10-1381. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1129, 01/25/10.


Jean Francois was among the nearly 100 members and guests attending a prayer service for victims and survivors of the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck near Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Jan. 12. Four of Francois’ children died in the quake. The service was held Jan. 20 at Emmanuel Haitian United Methodist Mission in Orlando. Photo by Erik J. Alsgaard. Photo #10-1380. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1129, 01/25/10.





A sign and display encourage Hyde Park United Methodist Church members and guests to participate in the reCONNECT program, a six-week, congregation-wide transformation experience developed by staff and laity at the Tampa church. The study is available to anyone who wants it through Cokesbury for a $1 donation to the church’s Open Arms homeless ministry. Photo courtesy of the Hyde Park United Methodist Church Photography Ministry. Photo #10-1379. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1128, 01/22/10.


A “hand prayer” helps people learn how to prayer for friends and loved ones and the greater community. It’s part of the reCONNECT program, a six-week, congregation-wide transformation experience developed by staff and laity at Hyde Park United Methodist Church in Tampa. The study is available to anyone who wants it through Cokesbury for a $1 donation to the church’s Open Arms homeless ministry. Photo courtesy of the Hyde Park United Methodist Church Photography Ministry. Photo #10-1378. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1128, 01/22/10.


Members of a reCONNECT small group at Hyde Park United Methodist Church in Tampa display their program books. The reCONNECT program is a six-week, congregation-wide transformation experience developed by the church’s staff and laity that is available to anyone who wants it through Cokesbury for a $1 donation to the church’s Open Arms homeless ministry. Photo courtesy of the Hyde Park United Methodist Church Photography Ministry. Photo #10-1377. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1128, 01/22/10.




Calvin and his mom grab a bite to eat during the recent freeze at the “Room At the Inn,” the cold weather shelter First United Methodist in Port Orange operates in its fellowship hall. The church and others in the East Central District of the Florida Conference work with Halifax Urban Ministries in Daytona Beach to open as shelters when temperatures are predicted to drop below 40 degrees. Photo by Mike Ellis. Photo #10-1376. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1127, 01/22/10.


Cots and guests escaping the cold line the fellowship hall, known as the “Room At the Inn,” at First United Methodist Church in Port Orange during the freezing weather that gripped the state in January. The church and others in the East Central District of the Florida Conference work with Halifax Urban Ministries in Daytona Beach to open as shelters when temperatures are predicted to drop below 40 degrees. Photo by Mike Ellis. Photo #10-1375. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1127, 01/22/10.


Five-year-old Ella Smiley helps serve dinner to Bob and other guests staying at the “Room At the Inn” at First United Methodist Church in Port Orange during the freezing temperatures that gripped Florida in January. The church and others in the East Central District of the Florida Conference work with Halifax Urban Ministries in Daytona Beach to open as shelters when temperatures are predicted to drop below 40 degrees. Photo by Mike Ellis. Photo #10-1374. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1127, 01/22/10.


Stan Doerr, president and chief executive officer of ECHO (Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization), shows Florida Conference district superintendents and other leaders how aluminum cans are used in place of soil as an anchor for the roots of the plant. It is an example of the “urban gardening” being implemented at ECHO. The December visit was part of Florida Conference Bishop Tim Whitaker’s annual fall retreat with conference leaders. The focus was eradicating extreme poverty. Photo by Erik J. Alsgaard. Photo #10-1373. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1126, 01/21/10.






At the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ office in southwest Florida, farmer worker Leonel Perez holds up the bloodstained shirt of farm worker who was beaten in the late 1990s for taking a break from his work to get a drink of water. Florida Conference district superintendents and other leaders heard that story and about the working and living conditions of farm workers in December while participating in their annual fall retreat, the focus of which was eradicating extreme poverty. Photo #10-1372. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1126, 01/21/10.









At the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ (CIW) office in southwest Florida, farm worker Leonel Perez hoists a red plastic bucket filled with 32 pounds of white rice — about what a bucket of tomatoes would weigh — and asked if any among the conference leaders gathered there wanted to try carrying the bucket a few feet and then hoisting it on their shoulders. No one did. Perez says farm works pick 120 to 125 buckets on a good day. The demonstration and trip to CIW’s office in December was part of Florida Conference Bishop Tim Whitaker’s annual fall retreat with conference leaders. The focus was eradicating extreme poverty. Photo by Erik J. Alsgaard. Photo by Erik J. Alsgaard. Photo #10-1371. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1126, 01/21/10.


Standing in the parking lot of a small grocery store in Immokalee, farm workers Silvia Perez (center) and Neli Rodriguez (right) tell Florida Conference district superintendents and other leaders how area migrant workers rise before dawn every day in order to make it to that parking lot and others around southwest Florida in time to be chosen to work the fields. The visit to Immokalee in December was part of Florida Conference Bishop Tim Whitaker’s annual fall retreat with conference leaders. The focus was eradicating extreme poverty. Photo by Erik J. Alsgaard. Photo #10-1370. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1126, 01/21/10.


Community nurses from various faith communities were among the health-care professionals providing services and information in August at the third annual health and ministry fair at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Largo. The fair featured 65 health or ministry booths, including blood pressure screenings and free school physicals. About 550 bags of school supplies were also distributed. Photo courtesy of St. Paul United Methodist Church. Photo #10-1369. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1124, 01/17/10



Brendan Shortley, administrative backup for the Helping Hands Clinic at First United Methodist Church in Gainesville, checks a patient’s blood pressure. The nonprofit clinic offers free health services to the community’s homeless population. Photo courtesy of Helping Hands Clinic. Photo #10-1368. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1124, 01/17/10





Shepherd’s Hope health clinic volunteer Nann Carmine organizes donated medications to be given to the clinic’s low-income patients. Shepherd’s Hope is a nonprofit, interfaith organization founded in the 1990s by the Rev. Dr. Bill Barnes, senior pastor at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Orlando, that operates nine clinics. They provide health-care services to people in the greater Central Florida community who lack adequate access to health care. File photo by Tim Griffis. Photo #08-0733. Originally accompanied e-Review Florida UMNS #0787, 1/18/08. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1124, 01/17/10


Dr. Jeff Thill, a volunteer at a Shepherd’s Hope health center, examines patient Geannie Figuereo. Shepherd’s Hope is a nonprofit, interfaith organization founded in the 1990s by the Rev. Dr. Bill Barnes, senior pastor at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Orlando, that operates nine clinics. They provide health-care services to people in the greater Central Florida community who lack adequate access to health care. File photo by Tim Griffis. Photo #08-0731. Originally accompanied e-Review Florida UMNS #0787, 1/18/08. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1124, 01/17/10


The Rev. Craig Hammond lights a candle for victims and survivors of the earthquake in Haiti during a prayer vigil Jan. 14 at Wellspring United Methodist Church in Tampa. Hammond is senior pastor at the church. Photo by Derek Maul. Photo #10-1367. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1123, 01/17/10.










Members and guests attending a prayer vigil at Wellspring United Methodist Church in Tampa Jan. 14 lit candles for victims and survivors of the earthquake in Haiti. Photo by Derek Maul. Photo #10-1366. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1123, 01/17/10.





Tim and Angela Hartle and their two boys, Mason (left) and Max, were among the nearly 30 members and guests gathered at Wellspring United Methodist Church in Tampa Jan. 14 to pray for Haiti earthquake victims and survivors. Photo by Derek Maul. Photo #10-1365. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1123, 01/17/10.


The Revs. Craig and Dionne Hammond, Florida Conference clergy, pose with the Rev. Raphael Dessieu and his wife (center) in November in front of their Port-au-Prince home, now destroyed after an earthquake hit the area Jan. 12. Photo courtesy of Dionne Hammond. Photo #10-1364.  Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1122, 01/14/10.



Florida Conference Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker (left) and the Rev. Raphael Dessieu sign the Haiti/Florida Covenant at the 2006 Florida Annual Conference Event. File photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #06-369. Originally accompanied e-Review Florida UMNS #0496, 6/4/06. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1122, 01/14/10.


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 file photo by John Gordon. Photo #09-1271. Originally accompanied e-Review Florida UMNS #1058, 07/31/09. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1121, 01/13/10.



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 #1121, 01/13/10.


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. Nave was 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 #1121, 01/13/10.


David Killingsworth shares a Christmas message with guests at Fiddler’s Green Irish Pub and Eatery. Killingsworth is a member of First United Methodist Church in Winter Park. He and three other church members — John King, Meghan Dill and Jonathan Rowe — offered a Christmas Eve service, including singing hymns and carols, in the pub, located just blocks from the church. It’s the second year the church has held a Christmas Eve service at the pub. Photo by Erik Alsgaard. Photo #10-1363. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1118, 01/10/10.





John King (left), Meghan Dill and Jonathan Rowe lead Christmas hymns and carols at Fiddler’s Green Irish Pub and Eatery. David Killingsworth later shared a Christmas message. The four are members of First United Methodist Church in Winter Park, and they were at the pub offering a Christmas Eve service to the pub’s guests. It’s the second year the church has held a Christmas Eve service in the pub, located just blocks from the church. Photo by Erik Alsgaard. Photo #10-1362. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1118, 01/10/10.


Old-growth forest. Source: Wikimedia Commons. Photo #10-1361. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1117, 01/08/10.








Grace United Methodist Church members attending a recent community charge conference pose while wearing t-shirts imprinted with a picture of the church. Members voluntarily decided to close the 50-year-old church in Orlando’s Pine Hills area because of decreasing membership and increased difficulty in meeting financial obligations, among other factors. Photo courtesy of Grace United Methodist Church. Photo #10-1360. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1116, 01/07/10.


Members of Grace United Methodist Church in Orlando’s Pine Hills area voted to close the 50-year-old church and sell the property to Orange County Public Schools for reconstruction and expansion of adjacent Evans High School. Photo by Tita Parham. Photo #10-1359. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1116, 01/07/10.









The Rodriguez family’s home is among the buildings that have been renovated at Quéssua, the educational, missionary and spiritual center of The United Methodist Church in Angola. Many of the buildings were damaged or destroyed during the country’s 30-year civil war. The Rev. Armando and Icel Rodgriquez are missioners from the Florida Conference serving in Angola for a year as part of the East Angola/Florida Partnership. Their daughter, Amanda, is also working there as a United Methodist Volunteer in Mission. Photo by Armando Rodriguez. Photo #10-1358. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1115, 01/07/10.


Workers prepare the road to Quéssua for paving. The asphalt for the road, which begins at the home of the Rev. Armando and Icel Rodgriquez, missioners from the Florida Conference serving in Angola for a year as part of the East Angola/Florida Partnership, was laid in November. The Angolan government is paving the road and others with the help of Chinese constructors. Photo by Armando Rodriguez. Photo #10-1357. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1115, 01/07/10.




A former middle school lies in ruins, the product of a 30-year civil war that destroyed or damaged many of the buildings that made up Quéssua, the educational, missionary and spiritual hub of The United Methodist Church in Angola. Photo by Armando Rodriguez. Photo #10-1356. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1115, 01/07/10.







 


Amanda Rodriguez visits with boys from Quéssua Boarding School on the porch of her family's home in Angola. Amanda is working for a year at Quéssua, the educational, missionary and spiritual center of The United Methodist Church in Angola, mentoring orphans and teaching English to secondary school students as part of United Methodist Volunteers in Mission. She is there with her parents, the Rev. Armando and Icel Rodgriquez, who are serving as missioners to Angola as part of the East Angola/Florida Partnership. Photo by Armando Rodriguez. Photo #10-1355. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #1115, 01/07/10.




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