AUGUST 2019 NEWSLETTER

 

TEA TIME! PAJAMA PARTY

Wisdom's Wellspring invites you to wear your fuzzy bedroom slippers and jammies and come to their Tea on Saturday, August 24 from 1:30-4:30 PM at Tallahassee Heights UMC Fellowship Hall. You will enjoy great food, fun, games, jammies fashion show, silent auction and door prizes. Call 850-294-6932 or 850-528-8036 to get your ticket.

 

UMW NEWS

All laity and pastors are welcome to attend the District Mission Study presented by the NW District United Methodist Women on August 24 at Crawfordville UMC from 9-2.  Lunch is provided for $10. Make reservations with Jeanie Carter 850/545-9113, jeanieb.carter@gmail.com.  The study topic is Women United for Change 150 Years in Mission, and covers highlights of the vibrant, Wesleyan women who formed mission societies in the USA and put the social gospel to work abroad and at home focusing on the neglected needs of women, children and youth.

Scholarships are available for the Sept. 6-8, 2019 Conf. UMW Spiritual Enrichment Retreat at the Life Enrichment Center in Fruitland Park.  The Retreat theme is Expanding the Table and the Leader is Rev. Dr. Geraldine McClellan, with youth leader Kenya Monroe.  Scripture theme Matthew 15:28  Registrar is ethelewing@msn.com, for scholarships contact NWD UMW President Rosemary Oliver @ rnmnoliver@comcast.net.  Registratioins due Aug. 19.  For more details go to WWW.flconfumw.org.

John Wesley UMC has Spiritual Growth Studies by Beth Moore, Disciple, Alpha and UMW they would like to pass on for free.  Please contact Cindy Cosper 224-5857 if interested.

 

TWO BECOMING ONE?

A spirit of excitement and joy can be felt at New Hope and Trinity UMC in Lake City. The process of joining the two churches as one ministry under God offering needed ministry to the community out of two locations began in July with the appointment of Rev. Dr. Pamela Green as their pastor. Members from both churches met at the parsonage with District Superintendent Durwood Foshee, which sparked new ministry initiatives comprised of members from both churches. Pastor Green established a joint Grant Implementation Team and Worship Planning Team to offer ministry and worship services that glorify God.  The New Hope Bible Lay Leader suggested the creation of a joint monthly calendar listing activities being held at both churches so that members are aware of and can attend the ongoing activities at either church. Upcoming joint events include a Prayer Shower over the parsonage, a Community Yard Give-Away/Meet the New Pastor, Blessing of the Back Packs and a Trunk-or-Treat Festival. To date, Trinity UMC hosted a Celebration of Life Memorial service and is looking forward to a Baptism.  Trinity's Lay Leader said “There is already a change in attendance and enthusiasm among the members. A sense of excitement is in the air!”

Trinity and New Hope UMC are historic African American churches in the Florida Conference established in 1863. In honor of that heritage and the establishment of the church universal, the first sermon preached in July was based upon Matthew 16:18 ‘Upon this rock I shall build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.’   The Worship Leader listed every pastor of the church since 1863 coupled with placing bricks at the foot of the cross. Each member, who felt so moved, signed their name on a brick as a symbol of their commitment to the new ministry. Chair TUMC Church Council stated, “I feel like we are on the cusp of being able to take off on reigniting and building new ministries for the community, especially those focusing on our youth.” Great things are happening!

 

AUGUST REPORTS DUE

Annual Ministry Protection Property and Casualty Insurance Review (Annual Survey). Trustees to review insurance coverage and update online insurance database annually. Annual review period is August 15-30, 2019. This database is also available online year round to enable churches to update insurance data as changes occur. Click here to link to the church dashboard via the insurance database on the Ministry Protection website.   

The Annual Workers Compensation Payroll Audit. Finance/Treasurer to complete this annual payroll audit. Please be sure to project your payroll by category through the end of 2019 when completing this section.  Click here between August 15-30 to log into the brief Property & Casualty Survey and Workers' Compensation Audit. (Please note this audit is performed twice a year as part of Florida Legislature Statute 440.381.)

 

MESSAGE FROM THE BISHOP'S OFFICE

Dear sisters and brothers in the Florida Conference,

As we finish the summer and approach fall, we wanted to let you know about the following:

  1. The Bishop’s Clergy Day Apart originally scheduled for Tuesday, September 17, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, December 10. All clergy from Florida are invited to attend the December 10 event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Lakeland. The focus will be on “God is With Us” and spiritual preparation during the season of Advent.
  2. The Conference Table is scheduled for Saturday, October 26, at the Portico in Tampa. The morning portion of the Conference Table meeting (10 a.m. to noon) will be open to all clergy and laity in Florida to come and hear a presentation from Bishop Carter on “Growing the Center.” The presentation will be followed by table discussion. To register for this event please click here.

In the midst of this season of the church, we hope you will make plans to attend these events. More information about both events will be available soon.
 

 

HURRICANE MICHAEL FOLLOW-UP

We are so thankful for the many ways our churches and volunteers reached out – and continue to reach out -- to assist those impacted by Hurricane Michael last fall. This was a devastating storm that affected so many of you and your friends and neighbors – and especially our friends and neighbors to the west in the Alabama-West Florida Conference (AWF).

Many of you know we received a 6-month grant from UMCOR to begin the work of recovery. Our goal was to evaluate the scope of damage and determine if there was enough need to set up a full recovery project. As we worked with UMCOR and AWF, we quickly realized that those who need help and those who want to help don’t pay attention to conference lines. And this is how it should be. Neighbors helping neighbors, regardless of who they are or which conference they live it.

With that in mind AWF and FLUMC received the blessing of our bishops and UMCOR to set up one Michael Recovery Project. This collaborative effort will maximize available resources to provide the best possible recovery outcomes for those impacted by Michael. Instead of worrying about crossing conference lines, we’ll be focusing on helping people who still need assistance – a need that will likely continue for the next several years.

As we all know, AWF had the most damage from Michael. With that in mind, AWF will lead the project under the direction of Rev. Chris Ackerman.  FLUMC will continue to support the project with housing, volunteers, church participation, guidance, consultation and any additional resources AWF may need and we have capacity to provide. This unique structure allows FLUMC to continue the Irma Recovery around the conference as our primary focus, while ensuring that our churches and the people living in the Florida Conference affected by Michael will have access to the resources and assistance they need for recovery.

As we continue to live into this partnership, please be patient with us as AWF hires additional staff and we work to establish efficient processes to help you and your church continue your involvement. We will do our best to keep you informed.

Long term recovery is just that – long; a marathon, not a sprint. Thank you for joining us as we continue this journey #OnMissionTogether. #FloridaRestores

Pam  Garrison, Disaster Response Coordinator, Office of Missional Engagement, Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church, (800) 282-8011 Ext. 148, (813) 545-8479 (Cell), 450 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave., Lakeland, FL 33815. www.flumc.org

 

 

CLERGY RETIREMENT SEMINAR

R-10 and Counting, a comprehensive retirement planning seminar sponsored by the Florida United Methodist Foundation for clergy planning to retire within the next 10 years, will be held Sept. 9-11 at First United Methodist Church in Lakeland (72 Lake Morton Drive, Lakeland, FL 33801).  
 
Registrations will be accepted until Aug. 26, but prospective retirees are encouraged to register early because participation is limited to 30 clergy. Spouses are also encouraged to attend.
 
The popular, annual seminar spans two and a half days, providing information critical to retirement planning. It covers a range of topics, including what to expect in retirement, how to maintain wellness in a variety of areas, clergy taxes, Social Security, pension and benefits, financial planning, health insurance, housing issues, and estate planning. 
 
Ron Theodore, a benefit educator with Wespath Benefits and Investments, will provide information to help attendees anticipate their retirement income and stay financially healthy in retirement. The Rev. John Peterson CFP®, CASL®, the foundation’s vice president of stewardship and education, will help participants focus on strengthening their financial planning. And a panel of retirees will discuss what attendees can expect in retirement. Specialists in maintaining healthy lifestyles, Social Security issues, taxes, housing options and insurance will round out the seminar’s agenda. Participants will also have an opportunity to meet one-on-one with the Wespath benefits educator on a first-come, first-served basis.
 
The program begins Sept. 9 at 1 p.m. and ends Sept. 11 at noon. The cost is $70 for single participants and $95 for clergy attending with a spouse, including meals and materials. Participants must pay for their lodging, but the foundation has negotiated a rate of $178 at the Terrace Hotel for Sept. 9 and 10 and will reserve any rooms needed. Those wishing to take advantage of that rate should include payment with their registration fee.
 
Clergy may register online or download the registration form and send it to the foundation offices, attention Nadara Brock. More information is available at R-10 and Counting Seminar by contacting Brock at 866-363-9673, extension 7113, or nbrock@fumf.org.

 

 

PIANIST NEEDED

The Waukeenah United Methodist Church, The Little Church with a Big Heart, founded in 1837 is seeking a pianist. This position will remain open until filled.

The pianist will lead the choir during weekly rehearsals (at this time Wednesday evenings) for music accompanying the weekly Sunday morning service. The pianist may also coordinate music selections for other special services, music specials, and events. Normally the pianist only comes to Waukeenah twice a week but on occasion a special trip may be needed.

The pianist works under the supervision of the Pastor. The position is part-time with an annual salary paid on a monthly basis. Incumbent will be allowed three (3) paid Sundays of leave per year. Compensation does not include any other paid employee benefits.

Please contact Paul Zajicek, paul@thenaa.net

 

Contact Us

The Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church

450 Martin L King Jr Ave
Lakeland, FL 33815

(863) 688-5563 or toll free (800) 282-8011