September 2016 District News
Message from District Superintendent
It has been a busy summer. So far, Jay has been able to visit 34 churches in the district and has 17 more visits scheduled in September. Our office has been busy. We have been learning all about our churches, clergy and laity. Learning all of the process and procedures for the systems currently in place and thinking about how to better some things for the future.
As we move into fall, we have realized that despite all of the changes in the District Office over the past few months, we are centering ourselves, embracing and accepting all of the changes and at the end of the day, we are honored to be in this ministry with you. To read more about change we invite you to read Jay Therrell's September message. Please click here to read his message.
Charge Conference 2016
It is charge conference season. Are you excited? Since this is the first charge conference season with our new team in the district office, we are going to try and keep things very close to what we did last year. Here are a few things to make note of:
- All forms are due into the district office by October 1, 2016. You can email them to firstname.lastname@example.org, mail them to our office at 1415 LaSalle Street, Jax 32207 or drop them off (be sure to call our office first to ensure that someone is here to receive you.)
- It will be the responsibility of the church to prepare a charge conference packet for the presiding elder at your charge conference. Be sure to follow the AGENDA when compiling this packet.
- If you are with a church that had a pastoral transition, the district superintendent will preside over your charge conference. Each transitioning clergy should have received an email inviting them to sign up for a charge conference date and time.If you did not receive the email, please contact Pam Mullay.
- If you are with a church that DID NOT have a pastoral transition, you are welcome to set up your own charge conference date and time and select a presiding elder from this list. Please note that each elder should not preside over more than two additional charge conferences outside of their own charge conference. Once your date is set, be sure to email Pam Mullay with the date, time and the name of the presiding elder.
- Please be sure to conduct your charge conference no later than November 20, 2016 and send any additional signed forms that get approved at charge conference to the district office immediately after your charge conference.
Benefits Update: 2017 Health Initiative
The benefit changes proposed under the Freedom to Choose plan approved at Annual Conference are currently being implemented. Please read more about the 2017 Health Initiative.
Lay Servant Ministry Training
All lay servants need to re-certify every three years. If you need to re-certify, be sure to register for the next District Lay Servant Ministry Training @ Howe Memorial UMC. The training will be held on September 23-24, 2016. Download the registration form!
Save the date for our spring training to be held on March 3-4, 2017 @ Southside UMC. Please note that you must attend all 10 hours of training to receive your certification.
Online Learning Community
Check out our Online Learning Community where you can learn more about training for leadership roles within your church; training from conference leaders; tools & resources for the local church and be able to watch videos of previous events throughout the Conference. All of these are available on the Conference website.
Spiritual Enrichment Retreat
A youth and young women's retreat sponsored by the Florida Conference UMW will be held September 9-11, 2016 @ the Life Enrichment Center in Fruitland Park. If you are interested in attending, please:
Mission: Ignite & Engage is a weekend retreat, September 30—October 2, 2016, for local United Methodist Church leaders of mission and outreach as well as other clergy and laity who share a passion for the mission of God in the world. This weekend at the Life Enrichment Center in Fruitland Park, near Leesburg, will feature worship, inspiring testimonies, a keynote by Dr. Dana Robert, author of Joy to the World: Mission in the Age of Global Christianity, workshops and opportunities to meet others engaged in leading mission in churches across Florida.
This weekend is designed for local church leaders and ministry teams to:
- get to know other mission leaders
- share best practices
- learn from each other
- ignite your ministries
- engage your community
We’ll start Friday night with dinner and close mid-morning on Sunday.
We encourage the leaders in your local church to connect with us for this exciting time of learning, inspiration and fellowship. For more information or to register click here.
District Youth Ministry
They have been a few changes to the youth ministry events. Please click here to view the most current information. As always, we welcome you to attend the youth workers meetings and take part in the youth ministry events set up in the district throughout the year.
For more information or questions about youth ministry in the North East District, please contact our district youth coordinator, Justin Rimondi @ email@example.com.
Certified Lay Ministry - Exploration Meeting
Are you interested in find out more about what a Certified Lay Minister does and how to become one? Join us at our first exploration meeting on Saturday, October 15, 2016, 1-4 p.m. @ Fleming Island UMC,
Be sure to check our district pages as we keep adding more information pertaining to this ministry.
Over 60,000 homes have been damaged by the disastrous flooding in Louisiana, and Florida Conference church members can help the families in distress.
Bishop Carter invites you to please consider taking a special offering this Sunday to help those affected by the floods in Louisiana. Churches and individuals can send in special offerings using this code: Fund 101190--Louisiana Flood Relief. Churches can include their offering in their regular monthly apportionment payments by including this code on their apportionment giving form.
For more information about what you can do, visit the Louisiana Conference website.
Keeping The Faith
Each month or so, we will hear from Rev. David Moenning, an ordained elder and a counselor with Restoration Counseling. David also serves part time at Ponte Vedra Beach UMC. Please take a few minutes to read his Reflections on Emotional, Spiritual and Relational Wellness for Pastors.
Please click on the links below for more information about these meetings/events.
September 10, 2016 - Changing Church Workshop, 9-3 @ Life Enrichment Center, Fruitland Park
September 15, 2016 - District Clergy Meeting, 9-2 @ Orange Park UMC - RSVP Here!
September 18, 2016 - District Youth Rally @ Murray Hill Theatre
September 20, 2016 - Town Hall Meeting with Bishop Carter, 6 p.m. @ Trinity UMC, Gainesville
September 23-24, 2016 - District Lay Servant Ministry Training @ Howe Memorial UMC
October 25-26, 2016 - Clergy Gathering - 2016
November 4-6, 2016 - District Youth Retreat @ Warren Willis Camp
November 4-6, 2016 - Clergy Mates Retreat @ Life Enrichment Center, Lake Griffin
November 5, 2016 - Fresh Expression Vision Day
November 6, 2016 - New District Superintendent Installation Service, 3 p.m. @ Mandarin UMC. More details to come!
November 10 & 15, 2016 - Retiree Luncheon with the DS
December 16, 2016 - District Office Holiday Open House, 10-12 & 2-4
January 28, 2017 - District Leadership Training Event, more details to come
February 4, 2017 - District Leadership Training Event, more details to come
March 3-4, 2017 - District Lay Servant Ministry Training @ Southside UMC - Save the Date!
March 3-4, 2017 - Resonate - District Youth Worship Band Training @ Mandarin UMC
June 7-9, 2017 - Annual Conference 2017, Buena Vista Palace Hotel, Orlando