It is a New Year!
What have you learned this year about yourself, ministry, church and spiritual life?
Are there areas you want to affirm and areas you want to 'get better at'?
I just finished a course with the Arbinger Institute on coaching from the Anatomy of Peace book. (I highly recommend the book).
Having a Heart of Peace is what Jesus calls us to, but it is difficult to maintain.
As I reflect on the year and where my heart has been I realize there are some relationships I still must work on so I can have a Heart of Peace.
There is a phrase I've learned in the course which has been helpful in this pursuit. It is: 'Helping Things Go Right'. This helps remind me I have a choice either to make things better or justify why so & so is wrong.
As I reflect on the coming year, I want to ask that question - How can I Help Things Go Right in my marriage, spiritual life, church, work, etc.
Jesus put it this way - 'Do to others as you would have done to you'.
John Wesley gives us an idea how to do this in his Covenant Prayers. 'Helping Things Go Right' much of the time is letting go and being open to God's direction. Let me close with the Wesley Covenant Prayer -
I am no longer my own, but thine.
Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed by thee or laid aside for thee,
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
thou are mine, and I am thine. So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.
Happy New Year,
As we approach 2019, we want to invite you to put an exciting experience on your calendar. Bishop Carter is asking if your church would join us in setting aside one weekend in May to align your church around God’s mission.
We are building a dynamic, customizable On Mission Together Weekend where you can bring your congregation together to connect with one another, your community, and the mission that we share to make disciples of Jesus for the transformation of the world.
We will provide you with a loose structure, agenda, and content for the experience and you will have the opportunity to tailor it to your context. We envision three movements to the weekend that you can adapt:
Friday – Movement 1: Kick the weekend off with a time of connection. This could be a Love Feast, Concert, or Celebrate Recovery event. It is a time to enjoy one another and celebrate our shared mission.
Saturday – Movement 2: Saturday morning will be a time for missional engagement where participants will serve together in the community. Take some time to rest and reflect in the afternoon and then gather the group for dinner and intentional, courageous conversations.
Sunday – Movement 3: Sunday morning will be a normal Sunday service with a focus on grace, lay testimony, and an invitation to follow Jesus. After church, the On Mission Together Weekend would close with a lunch sharing some of what participants learned and God-sightings. This could also kick off a small-group study or some brainstorming around how the church can continue living out the mission, vision, and mindsets. Click here for attachment.
This note is to get you excited, ask you to save a weekend and let you know more resources and ideas will be coming your way soon. Will you consider joining us? We think this will be a great time to rally together around our passion for Jesus and his mission to the world.
Your next step might be to start conversations with your leadership and begin forming a team who can make this idea a reality. Keep in mind that we will be providing great resources for this event, but you will have freedom and flexibility to adapt it to your context for maximum impact.
Click the “Count Me In” button below to let us know when you are planning on having your On Mission Together Weekend.
Let’s do this!
Apportionment payments for 2018
Apportionment payments for 2018 must be received in the lockbox at Regions Bank or paid online by Friday, January 11, 2019. This is not a postmarked by date but is the last day by which monies must be received in the Conference or our bank lockbox to be included in 2018 apportionments receipts. Any payments received after that date will be applied to 2019 apportionments. Any payments received between January 1 and January 11 must be clearly marked as to which year they are to be applied.
All apportionment payments should be accompanied by a completed Remittance Report.
Click here to access the Remittance Report on the Conference website.
Annual Conference 2019 set to take place at Florida Southern College
Make plans now to attend Annual Conference 2019 by booking your hotel rooms early. A list of hotels and rates can be found here. Housing will also be available at Florida Southern College (details forthcoming).
As you make your plans, the Annual Conference planning team wanted you to be aware of the following:
1) Our theme is “On Mission Together,” and we will welcome Bishop Will
Willimon, missiologist Dr. Dana Robert, along with musical leaders
Jarvis Wilson and Keith Wilson.
2) Annual Conference will begin on Wednesday, June 5, with clergy and
lay sessions at 10 a.m. We will conclude with the Service of Licensing,
Commissioning and Ordination on Saturday, June 8, adjourning at
3) We will be voting on delegates to General Conference 2020, with
chances to meet delegates Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning.
4) All registration will take place at Florida Southern College, as will the
clergy and lay sessions.
5) Florida Southern has added new parking shuttles and golf carts.
6) We will have an air-conditioned tent near Branscomb Auditorium which
will be a place to eat and fellowship with other delegates.
We look forward to seeing you in June!
2019 Spring Children's Home Representative Workshops
Each year, the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home holds a series of Local Church Representative (LCR) workshops. LCRs serve as the liaisons between the Children’s Home and the church, and they play a vital role in connecting the two. Our spring workshops will take place in select districts around the Conference, and LCRs from across the state are invited to attend any of the workshops, regardless of whether or not they are held in your specific district. The events 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 2019 Day on Campus festivities, as well as the opportunities for connection that the event brings. Finally, there will be time to share questions, ideas, and resources with other LCRs.
This year's workshops will be on the following dates for the Atlantic Central District
January 29 First UMC Port St. Lucie 6:30pm-8pm
January 30 First UMC Titusville 10am-12pm
Please remember to submit your Missional Vital Signs (MVS) each month no later than the 10th of the month. Click here to enter stats.
Local Church Representatives for the Children's Home Workshops
2019 Workshop for Local Church Representatives to the Florida Children's Home
Paperwork is due by Jan. 7, 2019