“Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers:
Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen
(who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul.
While they were worshipping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said,
‘Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’
So after they had fasted and prayed,
they placed their hands on them and sent them off.”
- Acts 13:1-3 (NIVUK)
Dear Atlantic Central District Friends ~
As we are recovering from another storm, we take peace and assurance that God is with us and will use all things to work together for good for us who are called according to God’s purposes. My prayer is that you, your family, your congregation, and community are safe.
In early November, I attended the Southeast Jurisdictional Conference where three new bishops were elected. The Annual Conference Delegations of the Southeast Jurisdiction were entrusted by their home conference to discern God’s will for these leadership/overseer roles in The United Methodist Church. As we read in the above passage about the Early Church, Christian discernment requires prayer, fasting, and hearing from the Holy Spirit. May God bless these new episcopal leaders and the annual conferences they will lead!
Jurisdictional Conference is also the event where new episcopal assignments are made. Beginning January 1, 2023, Bishop Tom Berlin will serve as the new bishop for the Florida Conference! Bishop Tom, married to Karen and the father of four daughters, is the Lead Pastor at Floris United Methodist Church in Northern Virginia. He is a prolific author having written many books on practical Christianity and church leadership. Bishop Tom also has served at annual, jurisdictional, and general conference levels.
Bishop Tom and I have corresponded, and he is looking forward to being with us in the Atlantic Central District. We are grateful for the ministry of Bishop Ken and Pam Carter and ask that God bless them as they continue ministry in North Carolina. Join me in praying for this episcopal transition as we look toward the future!
Finally, as our Fall Charge/Church Conference Season is concluding, remember our District Year of Prayer! More information can be found in this newsletter. Here are some upcoming opportunities for which to register:
- Holy Land ZOOM Informational Meeting - Tuesday, November 29 at 7:00 PM
- Trip “Praying Where Jesus Prayed” April 24 - May 4, 2023
- Advent ZOOM Prayer Study – 12:00 Noon – 1:00 PM Wednesdays 11/30, 12/7, 12/14, 12/21
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or need additional information.
Finally, as we look forward to the holiday season, let us be grateful for all the God is doing for us. Have a blessed and wonderful Thanksgiving +
Grace and peace ~
If you have any questions or need additional information about the areas listed below, please contact the district office.
Please click on the area of interest for details and registration information.
Advent Prayer Zoom Gatherings
Join the AC District Year of Prayer on Zoom. For details and to register, click here.
AC District Concerts of Prayer
These are in person prayer gatherings in the North, Central, and South areas of the District. Details soon!
Zoom Informational Meeting
Click here for details and to register.
Dinner Church / Messy Church Trainings
Register as a team or as an individual. Lunch included. $10.00 per participant. Click here for details.
February 18, 2023 l Indian River City - Titusville
March 2023 l First -Port St. Lucie
Mark Your Calendars
- Local Church SPRC Training l This training is for all members of the SPRC team
- Tuesday, January 24, 2023 l 11:00 AM or 7:00 PM on Zoom
- Click here to register
- Local Church Board of Trustees Training l This training is for all members of the Board of Trustees
- Wednesday, January 25, 2023 l 6:00 PM on Zoom
- Thursday, January 26, 2023 l 11:00 AM on Zoom
- Click here to register
- Florida Conference Trainings for Local Church Teams l February and March 2023 on Zoom l Details and registration will be available soon.