Message from the District Superintendent
In Adam Hamilton’s book on pastoral leadership, Leading Beyond the Walls: Developing Congregations with a Heart for the Unchurched (2002), he writes:
Every time a first-time visitor walks in the doors of your church an opportunity unfolds. This individual or family has taken the time to worship with you for some reason. Visitors likely have a need they are wondering if you can fulfill…Effective follow-up is among the most important things a pastor or leader will do if she is seriously interested in reaching the unchurched (p. 42-43).
As Jay mentions in his August message, he gets asked a lot about the best ways to do guest follow up. CLICK HERE to read his thoughts and suggestions.
Freebies from the District Office
We have a few more freebies. Please email me if you are interested. Whoever sends me an email first gets the item. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please no phone calls about these items.
Canon Copier toner. There are two magenta, one blue and one black one. Brand new, never used.
Projection screen. This screen can be hung from the ceiling.
We currently have 8 of these easel pads to donate to a good home.
R-10 and Counting - 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. 10-12 at First United Methodist Church in Lakeland (72 Lake Morton Drive, Lakeland, FL 33801).
Registrations will be accepted until Aug. 24, but prospective retirees are encouraged to register early because participation is limited to 30 clergy. Spouses are also encouraged to attend. Click HERE for complete details. Click HERE to register online or print registration form to mail in. Questions? Contact Nadara Brock email@example.com.
Clergy HR Information
Did you have a change in appointment? There are some things to be aware of with this new change. If you had a change in appointment you will need to re-enroll in the UMPIP plan because the change in churches is a change in employers with Wespath. Therefore it is necessary to complete the UMPIP enrollment form and submit it to Wespath to be re-enrolled in the plan. The form will also require a signature of the Business Manager or whomever is responsible for your payroll. Please click on the 2018 UMPIP Contribution Form to re-enroll or change your contribution elections.
Are you getting your 1% match to your CRSP pension plan by satisfying your 1% to the UMPIP pension plan? If you have a parsonage, your 1% will need to allow for the calculation for the parsonage as part of your total compensation package. Remember, your parsonage is calculated as 25% of your salary.
Some things to consider that could impact your 1% match:
• Salary change
• Housing allowance change
• Moving Expense
• A change in church appointment
As of 2018 the tax law changed regarding moving expenses. If you are reimbursed or if your church paid the moving expense directly to the movers, the moving expense is now taxable income and is also pension eligible. To receive money into your pension plan on the moving expense, please ensure you send in the completed Moving Clergy Expense Form to the district office before the end of the 2018 tax year. For additional information on the moving expense tax change, please refer to the link on Moving Expense Q&A.
Golf Cart Needed
Lake Shore is looking for an electric golf cart in good condition to show some extra love and TLC to our mobility-limited attendees. If anyone in the district has such a golf cart, contact Kathy at Lake Shore UMC – 904-388-1780.
UMM Men's Event
The District United Methodist Men have former Jags great Maurice Williams coming to Southside UMC to give them a "State of the Jags" in a unique manl gathering.
Maurice is now serving as the Chaplain of our defending AFC South Champions Jacksonville Jaguars.
Free biscuits, donuts, bagels, coffee and more. Event is from 9-11:00 am. Northeast Florida grandfathers, fathers and sons (everybody) are invited to share some masculine worship and inspiring message.
For more information, please contact Michael Maxwell, President of the NE District UMM.
Classroom Supply Drive at Methodist Children's Village
The Methodist Children Village is in need of some basic supplies so they are holding a classroom supply drive. They would appreciate if you are able to donate any of the following supplies:
- Washable tempera paint
- Chunky/toddler-size crayons
- Wipes (sensitive-skin, fragrance-free)
- Chubby pencils
- Diapers (various sizes)
- Crayola model magic
- Glue sticks
- Child-safe scissors
- White cardstock/heavy duty art paper
- Feathers, sequins, googly eyes, jewels, etc.
The following are some larger wish list items that are needed:
- Ecoraider natural ant repellent
- Toddler push walkers/toys
- Indoor infant swing
- Playground infant swing
- Glider for infant room
- Carpet cleaning services
- Donations towards toddler playground renovation
For all donations, please contact: