AC August 2018
As we read through Isaiah (40-66) this Conference year, this passage has stayed with me.
Before they call I will answer, while they are yet speaking I will hear.
The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, the lion shall eat straw like the ox;
but the serpent – its food shall be dust! They shall not hurt or destroy on all my hold mountain, says the Lord.
“Before they call I will answer.” God is ready to hear from us and will answer even before we utter our need or desire. In this passage there is a vision that the world will be at peace and God will establish His reign of love and grace. As we move into fall and winter, and our denomination meets to work on the human sexuality matters, can we believe God is going before us with grace and love even before we call?
I would say yes! I believe God will show us the way. My hope is we can stay close to God and each other as we move to hear God’s word for us.
One way to stay focused on God – our mission – is to attend one of the District Training Events scheduled the last two Saturdays in August. Time of both events 9:00 a.m - 3:00 p.m
Aug. 18 - First UMC, Port St. Lucie; 260 SW Prima Vista, Port St. Lucie 34983
Aug. 25 - Indian River City UMC, 1355 Cheney Hwy., Titusville 32780
Corky Calhoun presents how to be a generous church
Dale Locke presents ways to work together to expand the Kingdom
Michael Beck leads us how to begin a Fresh Expression in your community.
ITS NOT TOO LATE TO REGISTER FOR THE AUGUST DISTRICT LEADERSHIP TRAINING!
To register and find out more information: https://florida-reg.brtapp.com/ACDistrictLeadershipTraining Lunch Provided. To make reservations for child care, please call the District office at (772)299-0255.
Looking forward to seeing everyone at one of the events.
Commission on The Way Forward
The plan was released when the Council of Bishops asked the Judicial Council for a declaratory judgment on whether the three proposed plans are constitutional.
Click here to read the report.
ACD Way Forward Meeting for Clergy & Laity
September 24 10:00am - 12:00am Suntree UMC
Assistant to the Bishop, Rev. Alex Shanks will lead a presentation and discussion about the proposal that the Council of Bishops will recommend to the called General Conference to be held in February 2019. All clergy are encourage to attend one of the events and you may want to bring a lay person with you. To see a listing of the schedule of all district meetings, click here.
Important Information for Clergy
FLUMC Clergy Email accounts
All Clergy email accounts will be discontinued as of August 31, 2018.
Please refer to the email that was sent on Monday, July 16th, subject ACTION REQUIRED!! FLUMC Clergy Email Accounts are Going Away. All clergy are reguired to complete the form titled "Clergy Email Account Transition" that you will find within the July 16th email or click here for the form. Submission of form must be completed by August 15th.
Please also provide our District office with the new Personal/Church email address that you will want to use. Thank you to those who have already given us your new email address.
We strongly recommend that you place an "Automatic (Out of Office)' Reply to emails to let people know that your email address will be changing. For example, "Please Note that this email address will no longer be valid after August 31st, 2018. My new email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
After September 1, 2018 you will no longer have access to your FLUMC mailbox. Any emails that you want to keep need to be forwarded to your non-flumc email address.
Did you have a change in appointment? There are some things to be aware of with this new change. If you had a change in appointment you will need to re-enroll in the UMPIP plan because the change in churches is a change in employers with Wespath. Therefore it is necessary to complete the UMPIP enrollment form and submit it to Wespath to be re-enrolled in the plan. The form will also require a signature of the Business Manager or whomever is responsible for your payroll. Please click on the 2018 UMPIP Contribution Form to re-enroll or change your contribution elections.
Are you getting your 1% match to your CRSP pension plan by satisfying your 1% to the UMPIP pension plan? If you have a parsonage, your 1% will need to allow for the calculation for the parsonage as part of your total compensation package. Remember, your parsonage is calculated as 25% of your salary.
Some things to consider that could impact your 1% match:
Housing allowance change
A change in church appointment
As of 2018 the tax law changed regarding moving expenses. If you are reimbursed or if your church paid the moving expense directly to the movers, the moving expense is now taxable income and is also pension eligible. To receive money into your pension plan on the moving expense, please ensure you send in the completed Moving Clergy Expense Form to the district office before the end of the 2018 tax year. For additional information on the moving expense tax change, please refer to the link on Moving Expense Q&A.
Bishop's Regional Gatherings 2018
The Cross and the Flame:
Conversations with Bishop Carter
Bishop Carter will hold four regional gatherings in September of 2018. These events are open to all, and there will be an opportunity to submit questions for Bishop Carter prior to the gatherings.
Each event will begin at 6:30 PM and a reception will follow:
- Sunday, September 16 - Killearn UMC, Tallahassee
- Monday, September 17 - First UMC, Winter Park
- Tuesday, September 18 - First UMC, Boca Raton
- Wednesday, September 19 - Harvest UMC, Lakewood Ranch
Click here to register and submit your questions
Winter Conference @ 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.
Be sure to register soon as we expect this to be a sold out event.
Click here to register.
Click here for the flyer.
Love in Christ,
Rev. Sara L. McKinley
Director of The Office of Clergy Excellence
Free Mental Health Support & Suicide Prevention
Most of you are aware of the issue of suicide and how it has been in the news this past month with two prominent deaths. Unfortunately, the statistics show that when high profile people die by suicide, it actually increases the suicide rate in the United States. While this may or may not impact any of us directly, you never know who may ask a question or need help. Statistics show that 54% of those who died by suicide did not have a known mental health condition.
In 2016 alone, an American died every 12 minutes from suicide – 45,000 individuals – more than those that died from an opioid related overdose or car accidents in the same year.
Fortunately, mental illness and substance use disorders are topics, like suicide, that people are starting to speak about more frankly.
Optum is offering a free emotional Public Help Line. This help line will provide anyone in need of help access to specially trained mental health specialists.
- The company’s public toll-free help line number, 866-342-6892, will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for as long as necessary.
- This service is free of charge and open to anyone.
- Specially trained Optum mental health specialists are available to help people manage their stress and anxiety so they can continue to address their everyday needs.
- Callers may also receive referrals to community resources to help them with specific concerns, including financial and legal matters.
Along with the toll-free help line, emotional-support resources and information are available online at www.liveandworkwell.com. This site contains a lot of rich content and we want to highlight a few of the resource centers which can be accessed by using a keyword search on liveandworkwell.com.
- Mental Health Center: Type the keyword "mental health" into the search bar, select Mental Health. Here you'll find articles, assessments, self-help programs, and resources on a variety of mental health topics to help yourself and loved ones live life to the fullest
- Suicide Prevention Center: Type the keyword “suicide” into the search bar, select Suicide Prevention. Here you’ll find information to learn the warning signs, how to talk with someone who may be at risk, where to get help and how to cope if you’re a suicide survivor
- Coping Center: Type the keyword "coping" into the search bar, select Coping. Here you’ll find articles, guides, self-help tools and videos on coping with stress
Please note, covered UHC members continue to have their ongoing resources available to them and we recommend they access Optum through their account-specific support numbers.
For additional information about Suicide Prevention, click here.
HR & Benefit Director
Personal Spiritual Retreats at Lake Junaluska
July 16-18 | August 27- 29 | September 3-6 | October 1-3 | November 5-7
Experienced spiritual directors and clergy guide you through a group
centering session, evening prayer service and an individual spiritual
direction session, while leaving you ample time for personal reflection
and renewal. $297 for two nights lodging in Lambuth Inn, retreat
booklet and program.
July 30, 31, August 1 | September 9, 10, 11, 12 | September 17, 18 |October 17, 18
October 29, 30, 31, November 1 | November 19, 20, 21
Spend time walking our trails, meditating in our gardens, in private
devotions, journaling, reflecting and more. We will also provide a
booklet with optional agendas, resources and ideas for structuring your
retreat. $97 per person, per night including lodging, breakfast
and retreat booklet.
Interested in other dates? Call our reservations department at 800-222-4930 to talk
about other available dates. Pricing will vary for other dates.
Click Here for additional information
Mission Possible: 30By30 Challenge
Your mission is the 30By30 Challenge. Through this challenge, each Florida Conference church is being asked to recruit 30 members to each donate $30 by Aug. 30. The dollars raised will help replenish the Future Generations Fund in time for the next grant cycle, beginning Sept. 1.
The short video and PDF below include your instructions. Both can be shared with church members to create enthusiasm for your church’s efforts:
Mission Possible: 30By30 Challenge PDF
30By30 Challenge promotional video
The Next Level
- For the church that raises more than any other team beyond the challenge, the foundation will pay the registration fee for five members to attend Willow Creek’s 2019 Global Leadership Summit at a host location in Florida.
- The church that reaches the challenge goal first will receive a mission-accomplished reception sponsored and served by the foundation.
Your generosity will give the next generations the support they need to become the strong Christian believers our world needs.
More information about the challenge is available by contacting Tita Parham, the foundation’s director of communications and public relations, at email@example.com or 863-904-2970, ext. 7106
Reports due August 15-31
Annual Ministry Protection Property and Casualty Insurance Review (Annual Survey). Trustees to review insurance coverage and update online insurance database annually. Annual review period is August 15-31, 2018. This database is also available online year round to enable churches to update insurance data as changes occur. Click here to link to the church dashboard via the insurance database on the Ministry Protection website.
The Annual Workers Compensation Payroll Audit. Finance/Treasurer to complete this annual payroll audit. Please be sure to project your payroll by category through the end of 2018 when completing this section. Click here between August 15-31 to log into the brief Property & Casualty Survey and Workers' Compensation Audit. (Please note this audit is performed twice a year as part of Florida Legislature Statute 440.381.)
R-10 AND COUNTING ... SEPT. 10-12 * First UMC, LAKELAND
R-10 and Counting, a comprehensive retirement planning seminar sponsored by the Florida United Methodist Foundation for clergy planning to retire within the next 10 years.
Registration will be accepted until Aug. 24, but prospective retirees are encouraged to register early because participation is limited to 30 clergy. Spouses are also encouraged to attend.
Clergy may register online or download the registration form and send it to the foundation offices, attention Nadara Brock. More information is available at R-10 and Counting Seminar or by contacting Brock at 866-363-9673, extension 7113, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
District Training Event - Church of the Future Working Together - Dale Locke presenting Being a Generous Church - Corky Calhoun presenting Fresh Expressions - Michael Beck presenting Free Lunch Provided Childcare Provided!
Materials due by July 23, 2018 Interviews available for Certification/Local Pastor/Provisional (re-trys only)
RESERVE THE DATE!! August 25 9:00 a.m. - 3 p.m. Annual District Training Event The meeting will be held at Indian River City UMC, Titusville Our Guest Speakers will be: Corky Calhoun - Being a Generous Church Michael Beck - Fresh Expressions Dale Locke - Working Together There will be a quick lunch provided. Childcare provided.
Early Response Teams (ERT) are self-contained teams who enter a disaster zone at the invitation of local emergency management officials. ERTs offer a Christian presence and are trained to provide various types of physical, emotional and spiritual assistance to disaster survivors. ERTs are registered with the Disaster Recovery Ministry of the Florida Conference and Disaster Recovery coordinates team placement to get help where it is needed most after a disaster. ERT training focuses on types, phases and levels of a disaster and explains what is meant by early response. Participants are trained by UMCOR-certified trainers and receive a badge identifying them with UMCOR and the Florida ...
Materials due September 17 Interviews available for Certification/Local Pastor/Recertification