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.
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.
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
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
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:
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
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.