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April 2018 District Newsletter

April Message from the District Superintendent

This April so far has been a very special month. Not only do we celebrate Easter and that rare chance when April Fool's Day falls on the same day as Easter, but we also are eager to find out about the pastoral appointments. All clergy and SPRC chairs need to be on the lookout for an email from the District Office on April 4 @ 9 a.m. 

In addition, we are hoping that April is the final month that we are displaced from the District Office. Each time we visit, we see more progress and are excited about the prospect of moving into the new space. April also brought us a new district parsonage and we are grateful for that. 

As you celebrate this special month (my birthday falls this month, so April is always special to me), we hope you take a few minutes to read the message from the district superintendent

Happy Easter friends! - Pam Mullay

Spring 2018 Lay Servant Ministry Training - Last chance to register! 

Training will be held on Friday, April 13, 2017 from 6:30-9 p.m. and also on Saturday, April 14, 2017 from  8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m at New Life Community UMC (please do not contact the church for event information.)  Lunch and snacks will be provided.

Class sizes are limited to 15 students per class. Be sure to register early. No walk-in please. This training is open to all. If you are seeking to receive certification of re-certification credits you must attend all 10 hours of the training. Registration is now open and will run through April 5, 2017.

We are offering the following classes:

  • Basic Lay Servant 
  • Advanced - Planning Worship
  • Advanced - Leading in Prayer
  • Advanced - Accountable Discipleship
  • Advanced - From Your Heart to Theirs: Delivering an Effective Sermon 

Register today! No walk-ins please.

District Churches Partnership highlighted in The FloridaTimes Union

This was the lead story in the Easter edition of The Florida Times-Union sharing the beautiful story of Simpson Memorial UMC and First, Jacksonville sharing space. This is an example of God’s kingdom breaking into our divided and polarized world!

To read the article, visit the Times Union website. A similar story can be found on the Conference website.


2018 EQUIP Master Class Series

We are offering EQUIP Master Classes in 2018. All classes will be held at Fleming Island United Methodist Church, 7170 US-17, Fleming Island;  set up as brown-bagged lunches; will begin at 11:30 a.m. and end at 1:30 p.m.;  and, will be taught by the district superintendent. You can register to attend just one or multiple classes. Here are the class offerings:

  • May 9, 2018 - Sermon Planning for a Year
  • July 11, 2018 - How to Use Videos/Props in a Sermon
  • August 29, 2018 - Sermon Delivery
  • October 24, 2018 - Worship Design Team
  • November 14, 2018 - Special Services (Advent, Christmas, Lent, All Saints)

These classes are free to attend. Just bring your bagged lunch. Please register in advance to attend.

Clergy Housing Allowance Reminder

The Clergy Housing Committee has set the standards for housing allowance throughout the North East District. Housing Allowances are assigned based on the location of the church (rural, urban, oceanfront.) Churches with existing housing allowances that are below minimum have until January 1, 2019 to raise theirs. Housing allowance minimums will be revisited annually by the team. Click here to see the current housing allowances


District Communications Team

We are in need of servants who have a heart for communications. We are hoping to put together a team of people that can help train on the following topics:

  • Using Social Media (FaceBook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.)
  • Build a new website
  • Maintain their current website
  • Newsletter and mass mailings

If you feel that you have these gifts and would like share your knowledge with others in the District, please contact Pam Mullay, 904-396-3026 or Our goal is to begin providing training in these areas by the June/July timeframe 

School of Congregational Development Conference Scholarships

Scholarships are available for the Congregational Development Conference on August 15-18, 2018 in San Diego. To apply for a scholarships, go to and click on SCHOLARSHIPS

For more information visit the UMC Discipleship Website















Children's/Family Ministry - District Group

The North East District would like to form a group of leaders who are ministering in the area of Children's and/or Family Ministry.  This group would be open to all volunteer and paid staff and would provide an opportunity to come together to share and support one another.  Please contact Tammy Karafa, Children & Family Ministry Director, Keystone UMC at or call 352-473-3892 for more information.



April 2018

April 13-14, 2018 - District Lay Servant Ministry Training @ New Life Community UMC, Jacksonville

May 2018

May 1 & 15, 2018 - Great Beginnings Training churches with a pastoral transition only, Shores UMC, St. Augustine

May 31, 2018 - Right Start for New & Moving Clergy, 10-4 @ First UMC, Lakeland

June 2018

June 1, 2018 - Right Start for New Clergy (Sexual Ethics & HR), 9-4 @ First UMC, Lakeland

June 7-9, 2018 - Annual Conference, Florida Southern College, Lakeland

June 26, 2018 - Moving Day

September 2018

September 12, 2018 - District Administrative Brunch, 9:30-12:30 @ Southside UMC.

September 14-15, 2018 - District Lay Servant Ministry Training @ Ortega UMC, Jacksonville

October 2018

October 10, 2018 – District Ministry Team Meeting, 11:30 – 3 @ Fleming Island UMC – Brown Bag Lunch. All clergy serving a local church are required to attend. 

October 20, 2018 - Super-Charged Conference @ CrossRoad UMC, Jacksonville


February 10, 2018 - District Leadership Event @ CrossRoad UMC - Save the Date!