Dear North East District Family,
In just a few short days, we’ll celebrate Easter and the victorious resurrection of Jesus. The whole span of time hangs on this one event! In that one moment Jesus declared victory over sin, evil, and death, and because of it we all can have new life and a new purpose. Praise God!
You’ve heard me say before (and may be tired of hearing it), but I believe Jesus has chosen His church to be His Plan A at work in the world to bring about the salvation and transformation of creation. You and I (even you and me!) are His Plan A, and there isn’t a Plan B! It’s terrifying, humbling, and exhilarating all at the same time.
In the wake of General Conference it would be easy to focus on the denominational intrigue that continues to go on. Much of it is important, but in my opinion, Satan wins if we focus so much on it that we get distracted from the mission that Jesus gave us on Easter: making disciples and transforming our world. I want to challenge you for the rest of Lent and certainly the 50 days of Easter that follow to ask yourselves where your priorities are. Are you spending time reading too many blogs, social media posts, and email blasts from one United Methodist special interest group or another? Or are you spending time working with leaders in your faith community figuring out your next strategy for reaching the unchurched and dechurched in your community?
If Easter is the most important moment in the history of creation, and I believe it is, then we ought to live like it! It ought to drive the decisions we make in our faith communities. It should be the filter we use when we decide our strategic plans. It should push us to meet new people in new places in new ways.
I pray that the remainder of Lent is holy and that you richly soak in the Holy Spirit who wants to continue to do a great work in you. I also pray Easter is a celebration of victory that inspires you to keep your eye on the mission and reach new people for Jesus.
God bless you!
All God’s love,
Join the United Methodist Men as they host United Methodist Family Night at the Jumbo Shrimp on Friday, May 17, 2019. The Shrimp will be playing the Montgomery Biscuits with a game time start at 7:05 p.m. A Church Staff Appreciation Reception will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. at the VyStar Shrimp Net on the First Base Side. Purchase tickets and appreciate your church staff.
For more information about the event and to download ticket information, please click here.
The Conference is recommending ScreeningOne for background checks. ScreeningOne is a company Ministry Protection has worked with for many years. They currently utilize their services for our Motor Vehicle Record checks for church drivers.
ScreeningOne Representative: Paul Craddock
Ph: 888-327-6511, ext. 70646
However, you are not limited to using this company only. As long as your background checks include the following screening criteria, you are welcome to use any company you wish:
A few of our churches are in need of items that your church may either no longer need or have duplicates of. Consider donating these items:
Join Bishop Ken Carter & the Florida Conference for 10 days in the Holy Land, departing February 4, 2020. Click here for more information and registration.
April 5-6, 2019 - Spring Lay Servant Training @ Palm Coast UMC - Registration Closed for this event!
April 10, 2019 - Children's Ministry Luncheon @ Lakewood UMC, 12 p.m.
May 5, 2019 - Pre-Conference Orientation, 3 p.m. @ Fleming Island UMC
May 15, 2019 - DCOM - Provisional. Please contact Elizabeth Flynn for more information - firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 17, 2019 - UM Family Night at the Ballpark. Tickets on sale now.
August 14, 2019 - DCOM - Provisional (retrys only) Please contact Elizabeth Flynn for more information - email@example.com.
September 18, 2019 – District Admin Brunch, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. @ Southside UMC
October 1, 2019 – Clergy Compensation Forms Due to District Office
October 9, 2019 – District Clergy/Ministry Team Meeting @ Fleming Island UMC. 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
October 12-13, 2019 - Fall Lay Servant Training @ Wesconnett UMC.
October 26, 2019 – Super-Charged Conference, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. @ CrossRoad UMC
October 28, 2019 – Church Dashboard Update Day
December 11, 2019 - Recerts/Certs/LP - Please contact Elizabeth Flynn for more information - firstname.lastname@example.org.
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