Greetings from the District Superintendent
|Rev. June Edwards|
Dear Pastors and Leaders of the North Central District!
Yesterday, July 1st, began a new appointment year for us all. We said goodbye to three retiring pastors who served the conference faithfully and effectively—Rev. Dr. Geraldine McClellan, Rev. Jerry Milner and Rev. Kip Younger. They go with our well wishes and our prayers as they enter a new season in their lives and as they discover new ways to be disciples of Jesus Christ. We welcome several new pastors to the district—Rev. Jeffry Ice, First Hudson; Rev. Christopher Kirk, First Homosassa; Rev. Janet Allen (Virginia Conference), First Micanopy; Rev. Michael Frazier who arrived to the district last year but is now the Sr. Pastor at Mt. Pleasant UMC, Gainesville.
Also, please welcome the following Part-Time Pastors, Isabella (Izzie) Williams, Free Canaan; Jill Beck Associate Pastor at Wildwood and Kathy Hudak-Yoakum, Webster UMC.
Please offer your words of welcome to these new pastoral leaders joining the North Central District.
Mid-June, Bishop Carter hosted the Cabinet Retreat in Lake Junaluska. We spent some rich and meaningful time with Bishop Janice Huie focusing upon the meaning of ‘resilience.’ A working definition we used was:
“the capacity of a person, system or enterprise to maintain its core purpose and integrity
in the face of dramatically changed circumstances.”
Each of us, both personally as well as part of this system we call the church, know immediately what dramatically changed circumstances means. They come in many ways through transitions such as retirements or new appointments, through difficulties in our family relationships, illnesses—any number of life circumstances that come our way. Clearly, the way in which we operate each day has changed through both the wonders and challenges of technology. As a superintendent, I encounter how some pastors and churches embrace change and how some resist. The question before us is how will we work to strengthen our own personal resilience as well as that of the churches we serve that make up our district and the Florida Annual Conference? This is the beginning of an important conversation that will be ongoing throughout the days ahead.
As a cabinet, we determined to look to the scriptures and the word God speaks to us about resilience. Over the next year we will be reading together a chapter a day from Isaiah 40-66 and Philippians 1-4 beginning July 1st. You are invited to join along with us as we allow God to work within our hearts and minds and strengthen and prepare us to be God’s resilient people!
I hope you will find some time to step away for rest and refreshment this summer as we anticipate the year ahead. May God continue to strengthen and form us ever more into the presence and light we are called to be wherever we find ourselves to be!
Peace Be with You!
|Rev. Michael Beck|
2018 Annual Conference highlights
Remembering Who We Are
About 1,600 Florida United Methodists, including 722 clergy and 798 lay voting members, gathered June 6-9 in Lakeland. Below are some quick links to highlights of AC2018:
Click HERE for the Lay Member Summary Report.
Click HERE for 2018 Annual Conference Videos
Click HERE for the AC2018 Website.
Click HERE to purchase a hard copy of the AC2018 Journal. The deadline is August 31st. Once it is completed it will be available to download at no cost.
Annual Conference Dates
June 5 - 8, 2019 Lakeland, FL
June 4 - 6, 2020 Location TBD
Warren W. Willis Retreat
Warren W. Willis is not just for Summer Camp...although that is an amazing time! Click on any of the following links for information on the wonderful programs you and your church can attend.
Confirmation Retreat: Oct. 5-7
Connect: Oct. 19-21, 2018; Nov. 9-11, 2018
Plan Your Own Church Retreat: Who doesn't love WWW? Why not plan your own retreat
Life Enrichment Center
Want to help create meaningful experiences for your church's families this year? Want to encourage your parents to be more active in their kids' spiritual lives? Be sure they know about LEC Family programs!
Questions? Email Asa Quinn firstname.lastname@example.org
January 29 - February 1, 2019 - Epworth By The Sea
In lieu of our Clergy Gathering which had been tentatively scheduled October 23 - 24, 2018, we are inviting you to attend the Winter Conference at Epworth By The Sea, January 29 - February 1, 2019. This will be a combined event with the Bishops and clergy of the North Georgia, Mississippi, South Georgia and Florida Conferences. Dr. Tod Bolinger, author of Canoeing The Mountains, will be the keynote speaker.
Florida United Methodist Children's Home (FUMCH)
Believe it or not, a new school year is right around the corner. As Floridians continue to soak up the summer sun, parents and teachers are already preparing for classes. At the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home, that means providing school supplies for the nearly 500 children we serve each day. Thus, we are now entering our back to school supply drive for our children. This is a time when generous individuals, churches, and groups collect necessary school supplies for our students and staff.
Click HERE to find the 2018 school needs list for our children. To help us process the items received, we kindly request they be delivered to the Children's Home (Enterprise campus) no later than August 3rd, 2018.
If you have any questions, please contact Lynn Bellomy, Volunteer Relations Supervisor, at 386.668.4774 ext. 2321, or at email@example.com. Thank you for your continued support of our students and the ministry here at the Children's Home.
Legacy Scholars Academy Celebrates Largest Graduation Class
Click HERE to read about the third High School graduation at FUMCH.
|Rev. Sarah Campbell|
As we move toward increased health and vitality in all of our North Central District churches, let us keep these guidelines in mind. A healthy and vital church will be working towards the following:
· Increasing trends in Average Worship Attendance (AWA). A church will experience continuous growth.
· Increasing trends in Professions of Faith (POF) – The church will have people joining who have never before made a profession of faith in Jesus Christ.
· Healthy small groups – A church will have small group(s) and/or traditional Sunday school classes.
· Discipleship systems – The church will have a plan for taking a person from a visitor to a fully devoted disciple of Christ. This will include a plan for continuous spiritual growth.
· Financially stable- The church will able to pay its bills, staff appropriate for income, pay apportionments and insurance, and have or be building a reserve for emergencies.
· Property Maintenance- The church will take care of its property and have an ongoing plan for upkeep.
· Missions and Outreach- The church will be engaged in missions with the community. This includes Fresh Expressions ministries.
The Congregational Vitality Team has developed a Church Self-Assessment tool that helps churches gauge their progress in the above areas. If your church would like to utilize the Self-Assessment tool and/or would like coaching in any of the above areas, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
August 21 - New Pastors Orientation, District Office at 10:00 am
October 20 - Super Charge Conference - New Covenant UMC, The Villages at 9:00 am