AC October 2019

 

 

“But you are a tower of refuge to the poor, O Lord,

a tower of refuge to the needy in distress.

You are a refuge from the storm and a shelter from the heat”

-          Isaiah 25:4

 

Almost two weeks ago, my clergy covenant group went on a retreat that we planned ten months ago.  Because over the years we’ve sometimes had trouble with people coming late to or leaving early from our retreats, we realized that if we got away and spent a solid three days together, God could speak into our lives through each other.  So, as we did last year, we signed up for a cruise!  Once the ship leaves port there’s no turning back!  And guess where ... to the Bahamas.

 

              Long story short, post-Dorian, we wanted our time in Nassau to be something beyond us.  So, on Saturday, we joined with the President and about 60 pastors and leaders of the Bahamas Conference of the Methodist Church to hear the story of the storm and how to deal emotionally and spiritually in the aftermath – how does recovery happen?  Loss, grief, disillusionment ... where do the Bahamian people go from here?  I was invited to bring greetings from our District and the FL Annual Conference to the gathering.  I found myself emotional as I said we – to some degree or another – are feeling “survivors’ guilt.” 

 

Our time together was very fruitful. As we look to serving our sisters and brothers in the aftermath and rebuilding (which probably will be no less than ten years), two action points that we will be able to mobilize around are:

 

·       Habitat for Humanity – The Bahamas Conference of the Methodist Church works intricately with the Methodist Bahamas Habitat.  More information will be coming out about when they will be ready to host work teams.  Also, if you or someone you know has a passion for Habitat for Humanity, I was asked to find some new leadership for their board.  They would like a closer tie with the FL Annual Conference.  Please contact me!

 

·       Student Scholarships – I met the Pastor Henry who is the headmaster at the Methodist school, K-12, of Queen’s College.  In our conversation, I learned that they have taken in 47 evacuee children because their school and community have been destroyed.  Donating to the Atlantic Central Bahamian Student Scholarship Fund will assist in underwriting their educational and living expenses.  Please offer this opportunity to your church and friends. My office is in the process of setting up a fund through the conference where you will be able to donate directly to this fund. We will send out information as soon as possible for you to make an online donation. If you want, you can send a check to our District Office. Make the check payable to Atlantic Central District, memo to read “AC Bahamian Student Scholarship Fund. Our address is 2065 18th Ave. Vero Beach, Fl. 32960.

 

Finally, as our time was wrapping up, the question was asked by the facilitator, “What would you pack differently if you knew what you know now?” A woman answered that she will forever make sure she has a life vest, hammer and rope.  I’ve been thinking a lot about those three items and for me they have become a metaphor for the storms of life that we face:

 

·       Pack a life vest – remembering that Jesus wraps His arms around us in love no matter what. 

·       Pack a hammer – remembering that the Holy Spirit gives us the tools and strength to face whatever is in front of us. 

·       Pack a rope – remembering that we are connected together in our common mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world!

 

May God bless you ... and I appreciate each of you!

            

Grace and peace ~

Dionne

 

  

Church Health Notes

In her first two newsletter messages as our DS, Dionne has challenged us to:                                              

1.       Prayerfully consider the next best step that God is calling each of our churches to take to accomplish the mission of introducing people to Jesus, and

2.       To consider whether the (ministry) path we are on or had planned to take would benefit from a course correction because circumstances have changed or because God is leading us to another path.

We have a geographically challenging district. Did you know it is over 220 miles from Riverview Ormond Beach to Community Belle Glade (a 3:30 drive in light traffic) and within a few miles and a few minutes of the drive time to our two Boynton Beach congregations. Dionne has already travelled to many parts of the district in just her first 2 months as our DS. A major part of my role on the District staff is to help Dionne extend the reach of the district in being of service to our congregations.

I would be happy to come to your church to meet with your laity leadership, clergy and staff if you would like to have a representative from the district join with you as you consider your next best step forward and whether you have a plan (or need to form or adjust your plan) for taking this step.

Bruce Kitson

AC District Church Health Advocate

brucek14206@aol.com

561-876-6423

 

 October is Pastor Appreciation Month!

October is Pastor Appreciation Month, and October 13 is designated as Pastor Appreciation Day.

The life of a United Methodist pastor is filled with a variety of responsibilities. They preach, teach, visit, counsel, lead, consult, communicate, budget, clean, and so much more.

Pastoring a church is not a job that can be done well under the pastor’s power alone. Every pastor relies heavily on God’s guidance, strength and peace as they live into their call.

One of the best ways we can support our pastors and show them our appreciation is to regularly pray for them. But it can be difficult to know exactly what we should pray for. To help get started, we’ve assembled fifteen areas of pastors’ lives and ministries where they would value your prayers.

1. Spiritual lives

Our pastors’ spiritual lives are important to their finding the wisdom, strength and guidance necessary to lead a church. Pray for your pastors’ growth as a disciple of Jesus Christ, as the Holy Spirit works through them to serve your congregation and community.

2. Time management

With all of their responsibilities, United Methodist pastors need to become masters of their calendars. John Wesley knew this back in the 1700s. He instructed the preachers, “Never trifle away time.” Pray for your pastors to use time wisely, including blocking out occasions for Sabbath rest, prayer, work and family.

Click HERE for all 15 areas that pastors would value your prayers.

 

Congratulations to CROS Ministries   

 

CROS Ministries was the recipient of the Nonprofit of the Year Award, presented by Nonprofits First. 

 

 

2020 Connectional Giving

The apportionments for 2020 are now available on the conference website. To access your 2020 apportionment information:

  • Go to the conference homepage:  http://www.flumc.org
  • Click on the "Monthly Reports" tab at the bottom right of the page.
  • Click on the top link under Monthly Billing reports: "Click here to download monthly reports."
  • When you choose a Report, there will be a report on the drop-down menu called 2020 Apportionments Report. This link will take you to your 2020 apportionments.

 

Southeastern Jurisdiction Black Methodists

Greetings Brothers and Sisters in the Florida Conference!

The Southeastern Jurisdiction Black Methodists for Church Renewal will hold our 2019 Annual Meeting on October 17-19, 2019.

Theme: Purpose Driven, Laser Focused on the Mission and Ministry of the Black Church

Host Hotel:
Doubletree by Hilton | Tampa Airport-Westshore
4500 W Cypress St.
Tampa, FL 33607
Phone: 813.879.4800
Room Rate: $121 + taxes

Overview of Annual Meeting
On opening day, Thursday, October 19, at 9 a.m., we will conduct the business of the caucus, as well as hearing from our keynote speaker.

There will be two learning labs conducted: Techniques and Tools for Effective Leadership Resources and Funding for the Black Church. Nomination of officers will also be held. There will be a Communion Service on Thursday evening to close out the day at the host church, Mt. Zion UMC, Clearwater. Friday we will begin with Bible study followed by the town hall, Black College Fund luncheon, election of officers, reports and other business. Our annual banquet and dance will close the day. Saturday we will have Bible study, unfinished business, installation of officers and a closing worship service at noon.

Online Registration Link: https://bit.ly/2XEpSYi
Registration fee includes 1 luncheon ticket, 1 banquet ticket and SEJ BMCR membership dues for 2019-2020. Don't wait to register! Early bird registration discount ends August 19, 2019.

For more information and vendor opportunities, please contact Doris Bluitt: communicationsd2019@hotmail.com

Pastors, please forward this information to the rest of your congregation. Especially encourage one or two lay leaders to register. This meeting is designed to empower laity to strengthen the local church.

Your fellow laborers in the Kingdom,

Rev. Geraldine McClellan
President, Florida BMCR

Revs. Lee & Jana Hall-Perkins
Host Pastors, SEJ BMCR Annual Meeting 2019

 

The Conference Table
October 26 10:00am - The Portico, Tampa

The Conference Table is scheduled for Saturday, October 26, at the Portico in Tampa. The morning portion of the Conference Table meeting (10am-noon) will be open to all clergy and laity in Florida to come and hear a presentation from Bishop Carter on "Growing the Center." The presentation will be followed by table discussion. Click HERE to register for this event.

 

     Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2, 2019

Registration is Open  l  Cost: $35.00

www.firstchurchmelbourne.org

 

Sometimes life overwhelms and the feelings of imperfection and unworthiness overtake our hearts and minds. We forget that the love of Christ, who loved us even before we were born, loves us right where we are in our lives.

We invite you to join us for a weekend of hope, laughter, fun, and stories that will reset our present lives, renew our faith, remind us of God’s love, and re-energize us for our future!

The conference will feature enriching and fun breakout sessions.

Featuring:                              Belinda Bauman:

Belinda is the author of the book, Brave Souls, and the founder of the non-profit, One Million Thumbprints. She will speak about the power of empathy through her journeys across the globe.

Kellie Haddock:

Kellie is a singer, songwriter, wife, and mom. A former widow, Kellie has lived through tragedy and found hope and joy on the other side. Her music draws from real-life stories of beauty, heartache, hope, and the celebration of life.

Tara Pagliarini:

Tara is the Executive Director of Family Promise of Brevard. She will share uplifting stories about families who have transitioned from homelessness to hope and stability.

Rev. Dawn Smith Salmons                                     Rev. Dionne Hammond                          

Worship Leader                                                          Master of Ceremonies
A wonderful Spirit-led                                                District Superintendent,
musician with a                                                           Atlantic Central District
vibrant faith                                                                 Florida Annual Conference

All of this together will inspire us to come to Jesus just as we are. We hope you will join us and invite your friends. Inspiration is just around the corner . . . don’t miss it!

For details or to register, visit our website at www.firstchurchmelbourne.org/inspire-womens-conference-2019/.

Special hotel rates are available. Visit our website for more information.

If you have any questions about the upcoming Inspire Women’s Conference, please call our church office at 321-723-6761.

We hope you will join us!

Debe Gantt, Co-Leader
Sheri Willingham, Co-Leader
Lei Ann Woolfolk, Co-Leader

110 E. New Haven Avenue
Melbourne, FL  32901
information@firstchurchmelbourne.org
www.firstchurchmelbourne.org
321-723-6761

 

 

Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) Training

The Annual Atlantic Central District Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) Training Event will provide you with the effective tools needed in your responsibilities. Our DS,  Rev. Dionne Hammond, will facilitate. There will be two trainings at 6:30PM at the following locations:

November 12th @ 1st Titusville UMC, 206 S. Hopkins Avenue Titusville

November 13th @ 1st Jupiter UMC, 815 E. Indiantown Road, Jupiter 

Cokesbury offers guidelines for leading your congregation. Click HERE to see the various committee specific resources.

Pastors, SPRC Chairs and Committee members, Lay Leaders, and Lay Members to Annual Conference are encouraged to attend. The training is free to attend, and when we determine the locations we will ask you to register for the training you plan on attending.

 

MINIMUM SALARY RECOMMENDATIONS  2020

 

Full Connection   
Provisional Members   
Associate Members    
Local Pastor with M. Div. or 5 years Course of Study  
Local Pastor with less than 5 years of Course of Study  

 $45,200
 $42,800
 $41,500
 $40,200
 $39,200

 

HEALTH STIPENDS

Single $11,183
Clergy Plus One Dependent $14,538
Family $17,893


 

 

 

SEJ Clergy Women's Event

This event is open to all female clergy and candidates. "Like" the Facebook page "Uncharted Conference 2019" for all the updates! www.unchartedconference2019.com Click HERE for flyer.

 

Annual Clergy Mates Retreat

The Annual Clergy Mates Retreat will be held November 7-9, 2019 at Riverside Camp and Retreat Center, 7305 FL-78, Fort Denaud, FL 33935 (Lodging is dorm-style bunkbeds.) For more information and to register, click here.  

 

BISHOP'S CLERGY DAY APART

WHEN: Tuesday, December 10, 2019 10am to 3pm in Lakeland

The focus will be on “God is With Us” and spiritual preparation during the season of Advent.

 

 

 

 
 

 MATCHING GRANTS

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Until December 31 this year, Global Missions of the Florida United Methodist Conference is making available a matching grant of up to $4,000 towards the purchase of medicines for the Quessua Mission hospital in East Angola.
Click here for more information.

With support from churches and individuals in the United States, volunteer groups from Florida take several hundred pounds of prescription medications every year to the Quessua Methodist Mission in Angola. Over 2,500 children in the area receive medical care at the Mission station’s hospital at no cost to their farmer families.

Winter Conference at Epworth by the Sea, Jan. 26-29, 2020 

 

Clergy are invited to attend the Winter Conference at Epworth By The Sea, January 26-29, 2020. This will be a combined event with the Bishops and clergy of the North Georgia, Mississippi, South Georgia and Florida Conferences. You might talk with some of the over 150 clergy who attended Winter Conference 2019 about their transformative experience. Len Wilson will be the keynote speaker.
 

Click HERE to register and receive the early bird discount. NOTE: The past event sold out. Don't delay in registering!!

 

General Conference 2020
Minneapolis, Minnesota - May 5 - 15

 

Florida Delegation General Conference 2020

General Conference 2020 Website

 

 

 

November 4 - dCOM

Paperwork due by Oct. 7, 2019

November 9 - Florida United Methodist Children's Home Career Fair

The Florida United Methodist Children's Home is having a Career Fair! They are seeking qualified candidates to fill many open positions. Click HERE for their website with details on all the opportunities.    Youth Care Specialists for at-risk youth Full-time, Part-time, and shift work available Houseparent Couples Child and Family Therapist Mental Health Therapist Montessori and Preschool Teachers Benefits include: Florida Blue Medical & Dental Insurance 403(B) Retirement With Matching Life Insurance Long Term Disability Montessori Child Care Available On Site at 50% Discount For Employees Longevity Bonuses

November 12 - Atlantic Central Annual SPR Training

The Annual Atlantic Central District Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) Training Event will provide you with the effective tools needed in your responsibilities. Rev. Dionne Hammond, our District Superintendent will facilitate. There will be two trainings offered, one at 1st UMC Titusville on November 12 and one at 1st UMC Jupiter on November 13. Pick the location or date that is most convenient for you.

November 13 - Atlantic Central Annual SPR Training

The Annual Atlantic Central District Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) Training Event will provide you with the effective tools needed in your responsibilities. Rev. Dionne Hammond, our District Superintendent will facilitate. There will be two trainings offered, one at 1st UMC Titusville on November 12 and one at 1st UMC Jupiter on November 13. Pick the location or date that is most convenient for you.

November 14 - Local Church Representative (LCR) Workshop

The Local Church Representative (LCR) plays a pivotal role in connecting the Children's Home with the local church. This Fall, we will hold two workshops for LCRs which will take place on both the Enterprise and Madison campuses of the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home. LCRs are invited to attend this workshop, whether or not it is held in your particular district. The identical workshops will include an overview of the ministry of the Children’s Home, as well as an overview of the role of the LCR. There will be an opportunity to learn about the various resources we have available to support our Representatives. We will cover the 2020 Day on Campus festivities, as well as the ...

November 16 - Local Church Representative (LCR) Workshop

The Local Church Representative (LCR) plays a pivotal role in connecting the Children's Home with the local church. This Fall, we will hold two workshops for LCRs which will take place on both the Enterprise and Madison campuses of the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home. LCRs are invited to attend this workshop, whether or not it is held in your particular district. The identical workshops will include an overview of the ministry of the Children’s Home, as well as an overview of the role of the LCR. There will be an opportunity to learn about the various resources we have available to support our Representatives. We will cover the 2020 Day on Campus festivities, as well as the ...

December 10 - Bishop's Clergy Day Apart

Focus will be on "God is With Us" and spiritual preparation during the season of Advent.

December 15 - Atlantic Central Annual SPR Training Makeup

This is the makeup date for the Annual Training that was previously held in November. The Annual Atlantic Central District Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) Training Event will provide you with the effective tools needed in your responsibilities. Rev. Dionne Hammond, our District Superintendent will facilitate.

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