April 21, 2021
Dear Lay and Clergy Members to Annual Conference:
The 2021 session of Annual Conference will be held via Zoom on Friday, June 11 and Saturday, June 12, using the same format as the 2020 virtual session. The clergy and laity sessions will be Friday, June 11, both at 9:00 am. All lay and clergy members should be available to consider and vote on essential business items and Resolutions on June 11th and 12th. Zoom Registration for the Annual Conference Plenary Sessions will be sent separately.
Please see below for more information:
Pre-Conference Brochure click here to view
A Community of Love and Forgiveness: A 40-Day Journey Toward Annual Conference As we prepare for annual conference, we invite the people of the Florida Annual Conference to a journey of living more deeply into this baptismal vow:
“Do you confess Jesus Christ as your savior, put your whole trust in his grace, and promise to serve him as your Lord, in union with the church which Christ has opened to people of all ages, nations, and races?”
Each of the underlined words comprise the weekly themes of this 40-day journey, and constitute a person’s overall journey toward full discipleship and spiritual maturity. A diverse set of lay and clergy authors from around the Conference will reflect on these themes and the daily scriptures. Taken together, these daily devotionals move us toward a deeper commitment to Jesus, and an exciting vision of a church whose future is open to all people. Online devotional will be available on May 1 at flumc.org/ac2021. Click here to receive a printed copy of the devotional no later than April 23.
Pre-Conference Orientation Webinar, June 1 hosted by Rev. Alex Shanks and Rev. Dr. Sharon Austin, Annual Conference Planning Team co-chairs, and Craig Smelser, interim conference treasurer. In this video, members of the annual conference will have the opportunity to learn about the essential items of business that will be covered during the Annual Conference session. Go to video.
District Pre-Conference Orientations, June 6 Join your District Superintendent to discuss the Bishop's Initiatives, Resolutions, conference budget and small group discussions. Click here to register for your District's event!
Pre-Conference Workshops, June 7-10 Click here for more information and to register.
Virtual 5K can be completed anytime during the week of Annual Conference. This year's proceeds will go towards the Bishop’s offering to support the Bishop John Yambasu Scholarship at Africa University in Peace, Leadership and Governance, and for scholarship support at Gammon Theological Seminary, in honor of their new president-dean, Rev. Dr. Candace M. Lewis. We recommend using a tracking app like Map My Run or Strava to keep your distance and time, then post your time for the 5K from the app with the hashtag #UnitedMethodistFLAC5K2021 Register here for the Virtual 5K by May 24.
Bishop’s Offering This year’s Bishop’s Annual Conference Offering will support the Bishop John Yambasu Scholarship at Africa University
and Gammon Theological Seminary, in honor of their new president-dean, Rev. Dr. Candace M. Lewis. Click here for more info.
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