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AC May 2018

This month we want to welcome our new Pastors to the Atlantic Central District:

Kirk Dreiser - Lakewood Park UMC
Emily McGee - Oceanview UMC
Wayne Cook - First UMC, Titusville
Patricia Pena - St. Andrew UMC
Amos Adhemar - Ft Pierce Haitian UMC
Alle Wilcox - Associate at Suntree UMC
Mike Moxley - Riverview UMC
Jetro Jeune - Wabasso Haitian Mission
We say good-bye to the following Pastors:

Leo Vollsbracht - Lakewood Park UMC
Fred Ball - First UMC, Titusville
Charlie Charles - St. Andrew UMC
Rob Tucker - Assoc. at Suntree UMC
Joseph Kim - Riverview UMC


August 18 and August 25
9:00 a.m. - 3 p.m.
for our Annual District Training Event
One meeting will be held  at Indian River City UMC in Titusville, FL
The other meeting will be held at First UMC, Port St. Lucie
(we will let you know the specific dates with locations)
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.

See you then,


 District Laity Meeting

Have you organized or participated in serving your congregation and your community?  Are you looking for ways to make a difference?  Join us as we meet to celebrate the successes, analyze the failures, and network with other laity who have done both. This is an opportunity for (and by) all laity to discover new and better ways to “Make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world!”

When:  Saturday, May 5, 2018. 10:00AM – 2:00 PM
Where: FUMC Port St. Lucie (260 SW Prima Vista Blvd I-95 exit 121, go east 4 miles)
Who: ALL interested and committed laity
What:  A meeting by and for laity

Lunch will be provided (pizza, drinks, and snacks) Sponsored/hosted by:  Bill Messersmith, Atlantic Central District Lay Leader and FUMC Port St. Lucie
RSVP: or 772-538-2712



Remembering Who We Are

June 7–9, 2018

Florida Southern College
111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr.
Lakeland, FL 33801


During the Annual Conference 2018, the Florida United Methodist Foundation will be sponsoring the following workshop:

Stewardship and Faith: Author, Historian and Theologian, Rev. Dr. Justo Gonzalez

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

SESSION 1 (English)
1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

SESSION 2 (Spanish)
3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Please share this information with all and especially the Hispanic Community in your districts (churches, ministries, pastors and lay leaders), and encourage them to register for the session in Spanish.

Register Here


Childcare Registration Deadline Extended to May 4th.

Click here for further information

 The United Methodist Connectional Credit Union

The United Methodist Connectional Credit Union will be happy to meet everyone attending the Florida Annual Conference in June at the display tables.  We want to say hi to our current members and bring awareness those not yet familiar with the UMC FCU’s connection with the United Methodist Church. Be sure to stop by and meet our courteous staff.  Please visit us online


 2018 Annual Conference 5K

Friday, June 8, 2018, at 6:30 a.m.

The Florida Annual Conference 5K is returning to our inaugural sight around the beautiful Lake Hollingsworth at Florida Southern College. This run/walk event is in its fifth year! This is an opportunity to unite our clergy and lay members of the Annual Conference in an initiative to promote faith and fitness in a 3.1 mile fun run/walk. The race will begin across Lake Hollingsworth from the Nina B. Hollis Wellness Center. It will finish across Lake Hollingsworth Drive from Branscomb Auditorium.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from the 5K will go toward our Annual Conference's support of the
Hurricane Irma Recovery

This year we will, once again, have a competition to see which District will have the most registrants/participants.


Pre-Race Packet Pick-Up - Wednesday, June 6, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. at First UMC, Lakeland by AC Registration.

Race Day ~ Friday, June 8

Florida Southern College - Nina B. Hollis Wellness Center - under the tent
6:15 a.m. - Same day pick up
6:30 a.m. - 5K Start!

Click here to register


Summer Mission Internships

Not sure what to do after graduation? 
Need a summer internship? 
Interested in missions?

The Young Adult Missional Movement has opportunities that you should check out! 
Two of these opportunities are:

  • Our STEP Mission Internships are summer placements working at day camps around the state of Florida.  STEP is an awesome opportunity to get hands-on experience working with children and youth in underserved areas. 
  • Our Micro Missional Communities are one year commitments to mutually transformational experiences between young adults, their living communities, and the neighborhoods and organizations in which they'll serve.

For more information or to get applications, check out the links above.  If you have questions about these programs or would like to learn more about how we equip young adults to engage in mission, please contact Jessica Weseman at

Jessica Weseman
Missions Coordinator
Young Adult Missional Movement


Renewal Leave Grants

The Florida Conference Passing the Torch Fund is now accepting applications for grants that provide financial assistance to Florida Conference clergy in full connection who are planning to take renewal leave. Up to $10,000 per grant may be awarded.
The Passing the Torch Fund was launched in 2015 as a cooperative effort between the Florida United Methodist Foundation and the Florida Conference’s Office of Clergy Excellence and Board of Pension and Health Benefits. It provides training, financial assistance and leadership development support for Florida Conference clergy and those preparing for ordained ministry. Funding is provided through 2019.
Applications for the renewal leave grants will be accepted until May 31.
Complete the attached application online. For more information, please contact Holly Finley, Office of Clergy Excellence, at or 800-282-8011, ext. 134.




May 9 - CVT meeting

This will be the first meeting of the new committee.  

May 12 - Run 4 Life 4 Miler - FUMCH

The Run 4 Life 4 Miler begins and ends on the campus of the Florida United Methodist Children's Home in historic Enterprise.  The 4 mile course is on magnificent oak canopy roads along the shore of Lake Monroe.  It is one of the most uniquely beautiful areas and race courses in Central Florida.   The goal of this race is to bring awareness to mental health/depression issues and to raise funds for programs providing support to those in need.  It is also in remembrance of those who were overwhelmed by their struggles and felt suicide was their only option.  All race proceeds will go to FUMCH and other local suicide prevention programs.    Whether you will run or walk, we hope that you will ...

May 19 - Disaster 101: Basic Disaster Ministry Training

This training provides an introduction to the unique and important role the faith community plays in disaster mitigation, preparation and response.  You and your church will hear practical ideas on how to effectively respond to disaster in your community in cooperation with other churches, emergency management officials and the Disaster Recovery Ministry of the conference.  You will understand the importance of communication and collaboration in meeting the needs of disaster survivors and the importance of being the church in the midst of crisis. There is no cost for this training; however, registration is required for planning purposes.  Check in beings at 9:30am and lunch is provided. ...

May 31 - Right Start Training

For moving and first time appointed.