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AC Newsletter May 2020




“The people cried out to Moses ...
So Moses prayed to the Lord” Exodus 17:3-4

“One of the most consistent patterns of Moses’ life in leadership
Is the regularity with which he prayed for the people he was leading
and sought God’s guidance for situations involving them”
                                                                                (Ruth Haley Barton, 142)


Thinking about prayer, I invite you to pray with me today a simple prayer in the ACTS format (adoration, confession, thanksgiving, supplication).   Would you pray with me?

Lord, You love the world so much that You gave us Your Son Jesus
who is present with us.
Lord, Your concern is so great that You gave us the Holy Spirit to guide and direct our lives and ministry.
Lord, Your forgiveness is so vast that no matter what we’ve done we can be assured that You will always accept us and never cast us away.
Lord, Your mercy is so deep that You invite us to be the Body of Christ to all people who are hurting: body, mind and soul.  Thank You!

Merciful God, we confess we have not loved You with our whole heart.
We have failed to be an obedient Church.
We have not done Your will,
We have broken Your law,
We have rebelled against Your love,
We have not loved our neighbors,
And we have not heard the cry of the needy.
Forgive us, we pray.  Free us for joyful obedience, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

We give thanks for Resurrection!  We give thanks for our lives!  We give thanks for our family and friends!  We give thanks for our ministry and church!  We give thanks for the communities in which we live!  We give thanks for all those things that we so often take for granted:  creation, sleep, laughter, peace and many others.  May we be a people called in Your name that always gives thanks every day.

Today, we lift our needs to You, knowing You care for all things that cause us worry.

We ask You to:

Heal those who are ill especially with COVID-19,
Comfort those who have lost loved ones by death through this pandemic or other illness,
Give strength to those who are working on the front lines in whatever capacity,
Provide hope for those who are growing weary,
Give wisdom to those who search for cures and vaccines,
Help us and our churches be a source of Your peace and hope,
Create in us generous hearts that grow in compassion, love and grace,
Speak Your hope into our lives around any other concerns we have, and
Direct our paths as we follow the Light of Jesus in our lives!

God, we offer all of these prayers in the name of Your Son,
our Lord and Savior Jesus, AMEN!

Praying for you, your family, your church, and your community.  Thank you for your leadership+

Grace and peace ~


Announcement Sunday

This past Sunday, April 26, was Announcement Sunday. Welcome to the pastors who will be joining us in the Atlantic Central District. We are excited about the Kingdom work that is being done by all of our pastors and churches, and look forward to another year together in ministry as each church lives out the mission and vision of their local congregations! 


AC District Clergy Meeting

Stretching New Muscles: The Church of the Future

Our next AC District Clergy meeting will be on Wednesday, May 20 from 10:30 AM - 12:00 Noon with Bishop Janice Huie. Clergy will be receiving per-reading materials for presentation context and a link to join the meeting virtually. Please add this to your calendar, and plan to be present!



Lay Servant Ministries

Below are upcoming opportunities for leaders in your church that are interested in Lay Servant Ministry.

  1. Basic Course begins Tuesday, May 26 for three weeks - Lay Servant Ministry one-of-a-kind pilot online course. This is being offered at a discount price and is just for United Methodists who live in the Florida Conference. For details about this course, click here
  2. Advanced Courses - Online courses are being offered through Be A Disciple. If you have lay servants in your congregation, please let them know that online courses are available. Click here for details about courses being offered online.

We are working on in-person Lay Servant Ministry Classes that may be offered in the Fall in small group. Details will be released as they are available. 

For more information, please e-mail the District Office at Kathy Megerle, Atlantic Central District Director of Lay Servant Ministries, will contact you.


Tech Wednesdays

We are so grateful to Trevor Johnston, Mike Mayes, and Eric Ruoff for graciously sharing their time and knowledge with our AC District churches in moving to online worship! As we move to the phase of planning the re-opening of our churches, the weekly Tech Wednesday sessions are being discontinued. Our tech advisors will still be fielding questions as they arise. If you have any questions for Trevor, Mike, or Eric, please e-mail our office at We will send the questions with your contact information to them for a response.

If you would like to send them a note of thanks, here is their information:

Trevor Johnston  l   14055 Okeechobee Blvd  l   Loxahatchee FL 33470-4825

Mike Mayes  l  7400 N Wickham Rd  l   Melbourne FL 32940

Eric Ruoff  l  110 E New Haven Avenue  l  Melbourne, FL  32901


Leadership Training Event

SAVE THE DATE for our Leadership Training Event on Saturday, August 29, 2020. This event will feature Fresh Expressions.

Chris Backert, Guest Speaker

Working with church leaders to develop new expressions of Christian community is the passion of Chris’s life. In addition to his role as National Director of Fresh Expressions US, he serves with the Baptist General Association of Virginia in the area of growth and venture development. He also serves as National Director for both Ecclesia, a US network of missional churches, as well as Missio Alliance. Previously, he served as pastor of New Life Christian Fellowship, a large university congregation in Blacksburg, Virginia and has been involved in the planting of three new congregations. Chris holds a D.Min. in Missional Church Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary. He lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania with wife Rachel, daughter Elliana and son Jase.

Our goal is to have a team from every church in our district participate in this leadership training event. So add the Leadership Training Event to your calendar, and invite your team to join you on Saturday, August 29, 2020! 


 Million Meals Effort

During Bishop Carter's Facebook live post on April 20, 2020, he revealed an initiative by the Florida Annual Conference to feed the hungry across the state of Florida.

Here are some details:

  • The Bishop's Offering for Annual Conference 2020 will go entirely to feeding the hungry across the state. Churches will be asked to take up a special offering for Annual Conference. Date will be determined.
  • The Conference will be partnering with local organizations and church food pantries that feed the hungry. If your church has a food pantry, partners with local organizations, or has a dinner church that feeds the hungry, we ask that you complete a "Million Meals Effort" form by clicking here so we can share what your church is doing with the Conference.
  • The Conference supporting local efforts is a new program being started. If you have a passion for feeding the hungry and would like to join the AC District team of people who will help plan and organize this effort, please contact Dionne at

We hope you will join Bishop Carter and the Florida Annual Conference in feeding the hungry in our state!


Called to Ministry?

Do you have questions about pastoral ministry?
Do you feel God calling you into pastoral ministry?
How do I become a United Methodist Pastor?
Where do I being the process?

Click here to visit the Florida Conference website where you will find information about Exploring Your Call. When you are ready, please e-mail the District Office at to get started.  


Additional Information

Below is updated information:

  • Annual Conference 2020 Update

    • Saturday, June 6 at 9:00 AM - Virtual Clergy Session

    • Saturday, September 19 - 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM - One day session, location to be determined. 

  • District at-Large Lay Members to Annual Conference 

    • Nominations are now closed. We will be contacting those who are approved as voting members next week. If you have any questions, please call our office at 772-299-0255 or by e-mail to

  • Reports due:

    • All reports that were due in March are now due no later than May 31, 2020. 

      • Child and Youth Protection Policy Training Opportunity:

        • On Sunday, May 17, from 1:30 - 3:30 PM, Ryan Frack from the Florida United Methodist Children's Home will lead an online Child and Youth Protection Policy Training. This has been set up by Sebastian UMC. If your church has not participated in a training this year and would like to join this training, please contact the office of Sebastian UMC at to receive the Zoom link to the online training.

    • Clergy Evaluations due May 31 are now due September 30 unless the clergy person will be moving. In this case, the evaluations are due to the District office no later than June 30, 2020. 

  • COVID-19 Updates

    • Click here to visit the Conference website for updates and resources regarding COVID-19. 

    • The Florida Conference Cabinet has put together task forces to put together phased guidelines for re-opening churches. These guidelines will be released prior to the expiration of the no in-person worship until May 15 directive given by Bishop Carter. Updated guidelines will be sent to clergy and Administrative Assistants as they are available for release. 

Please contact our office if you have any questions or need additional information. We are here to be a resource for you and your church! 

Rev. Dionne C. Hammond, District Superintendent
Paula McDonald, Senior Administrative Assistant  l
Marilyn Waldis, Administrative Assistant  l
Bruce Kitson, Church Health Advocate

2065 18th Avenue  l  Vero Beach, FL  32960