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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Our goal is to begin providing training in these areas by the June/July timeframe
School of Congregational Development Conference 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 email@example.com or call 352-473-3892 for more information.
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 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 12, 2018 - District Administrative Brunch, 9:30-12:30 @ Southside UMC.
September 14-15, 2018 - District Lay Servant Ministry Training @ Ortega UMC, Jacksonville
October 20, 2018 - Super-Charged Conference @ CrossRoad UMC, Jacksonville
February 10, 2018 - District Leadership Event @ CrossRoad UMC - Save the Date!