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December 2020 District Newsletter

Message from the District Office


Friends, 

November was a super busy month with Charge Conference. I am grateful for everyone who helped me complete the Charge Conference Season before my vacation time in mid-November. To be honest, it really wasn't a vacation. It was my honeymoon! :) Surprise!

Dave and I got married on November 19 at a very small ceremony in Fernandina Beach and then we went to Pompano Beach for our honeymoon. We are happy and very blessed to have found each other. 

So I am pleased to announce that I have a new last name. It is Levesque. (pronounced Le-vek and the "S" is silent.) Here is a video clip of how to pronounce it. 

Blessings to you all,

Pam

SPRC Training Follow Up


For those new SPRC chairs and committee members, we have uploaded the 2020 SPRC Training presentation to our District Resources page (scroll down to SPRC section.) The recorded webinar is also available online.
 

Let There Be Light - Christmas in the Cathedral District 2020


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Join us for a special family-friendly and COVID-safe

"Christmas in the Cathedral District 2020: Let there be light!"

November 27, 2020 through December 31, 2020

6:00pm - 10:00pm

For an entire month, you and your family will be able to enjoy the thousands of sparkling lights illuminating the historic churches and architectural landmarks of our historic neighborhood from your car, delighting in the wonders of Christmas season and making new family memories while remaining safely distanced from others!

We are keeping the holiday spirit alive during the full season of Christmas.

Christmas Eve - December 24, 2020

Church Luminaria

For more information please visit  - https://cathedraldistrict-jax.org/christmas-2020/
 

 St. Augustine Community Chorus


“St. Augustine Community Chorus Combines Voices with Grace United Methodist Church Choir to present a Free Christmas and Hanukkah Caroling Program”

After a prolonged hiatus due to the Covid pandemic, members of our own much celebrated 72 year old St. Augustine Community Chorus will combine voices with the Choir of Grace United Methodist Church to present a concert of cherished Christmas and Hanukkah Carols on 3 consecutive Fridays, December 4th, 8th and 11th at 6:30 pm.

Doors of the church  (8 Carrera St) will be open and all who gather outside will be able to hear...and sing along at a safe distance. 
 

Fresh Expressions Studio


Is your church struggling to connect with new people, in new places, and in new ways? Did you see a decrease in baptisms and "professions of faith" this year?

If so... get together a small team of people and join us in a free Studio!

FX Studios are incubators of collaborative missional mess making and a community of support for your team as we travel uncharted territories together.

Rev. Dr. Michael Moynagh will be leading us through our first Studio gatherings. Dr. Moynagh is a minister in the Church of England and is based at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. He has authored many books on the missional church, including our new book The 21st Century Christian: Following Jesus Where Life Happens.

 

Watch this interview with Dr. Moynagh to learn more about the Studio and what you need to do get ready! Then register your team for the studio here.

The Studio is a yearlong journey, in which your team will meet together two times:

  1. Studio Gathering 1: All teams will meet together to describe where they are in the ‘loving-first cycle,’ learn from each other, and plan out next steps.
  2. Studio Gathering 2: All teams will come back together six months later to again share learnings and collaborate. 

In between Studio 1, Studio 2, your team will be supported through: 1. A shared focus 2. The free app, FX: Godsend or the book 21st Century Christian 3. A community of peer learners, 4. Support via social media, and 5. Skype/Zoom-based coaching with the FX team.

Studio 1: Saturday, January 30, 2021  l  9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Zoom).
Studio 2: Saturday, July 17, 2021  l   9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Zoom).

If you have any questions, please contact Michael Beck: Reverendwild1@gmail.com.
 

 Virtual Women's Advent Retreat Opportunity


The Florida United Methodist Women and Christ Church in the South East District invite all women to the "Celebrate the Season" Virtual Women's Retreat this Sunday afternoon, December 6, 2020 from 1:30 - 6:00 PM. Cost is $10.00. 

For more information, please visit their Eventbright page at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/celebrating-the-season-womens-virtual-retreat-tickets-127731132255?fbclid=IwAR3elua4XT6y8cc1EE3MtQT2yS3CRDrqyyCAJfm20rThiISh9k8EAAckmJE 

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact Christ Church Ft Lauderdale at info@christchurchfl.org or by calling 954-771-7300.
 

 2021 Calendar of Reports Available Online


The 2021 Calendar of Reports is available on our website. We recommend printing out the list and putting reminders on your calendar. 

Here are the reports that are due in early 2021:

January 1, 2021 - LIVE DATE

Year-end local church statistics available online beginning January 1, 2021. (Table 1, Table 2, Table 3) Complete online annually.  Must be completed by 5:00 pm Friday, February 5, 2021.  Click Here for instructions page. IF YOU NEED A COPY OF YOUR 2019 YEAR END REPORT, PLEASE CONTACT PAM - FLUMC-NE@FLUMC.ORG.

January 10

Pastor Preference for Appointment and Staff Parish Advisory Recommendation. 
Only Pastors and SPRCs making an advisory request to the Bishop and the Cabinet for a move in 2021 will complete the Preference for Appointment or SPRC Advisory Recommendation forms. If requesting a move, contact your District Superintendent to schedule a consultation appointment and to request the appropriate Advisory Recommendation form. (Please refer to the Cabinet Process of Appointment-Making for more detailed information.)

January 11

2020 Apportionments. Monday, January 11, 2021 is the last day for receiving 2020 apportionments. This is not a postmark date, but the date by which monies must be received in the conference office or at the lockbox at Regions Bank to be included in 2020 receivables. Monies received after this date will be credited to 2021. Include a completed apportionment giving form with your payment. Always include your church’s GCFA number on all forms and checks. When paying in January, mark clearly if the payment is for 2020 or 2021 apportionments. Click here to view your 2020 Connectional Giving Report.
Note: To be included in the Florida Annual Conference "Report of 100% Churches," 100% of 2020 apportionments must be received by January 11, 2021, and all outstanding Ministry Protection and Health and Benefits obligations must be received by December 31, 2020.

January 31

Church Profile – reviewed and updated annually.  

These forms are to be reviewed and updated annually by all church SPR Committees and all clergy in the Florida Conference. All church SPR Committees must update online annually and may begin after December 1. The Church Profile deadline requires it be completed online no later than one week prior to the pastor’s DS consultation, if having. The final date to update the Church Profile is January 31, 2021. Click here for the Church and Pastor Profiles start page.

Pastor Profile – reviewed and updated annually.
All pastors must update online annually and may begin after December 1, 2020. The Pastor Profile deadline requires it to be completed online no later than one week prior to the DS consultation. Though you may not anticipate a move, it is important that both the Pastor Profile and Church Profile be current and up to date at the first appointment-making session of the Cabinet. The reports should be an honest reflection of the pastoral ministry and the profile of the church. The final date to update the Pastor Profile is January 31, 2021. Click here for the Church and Pastor Profiles start page.
 

Open Positions in the North East District/Conference

 

  • Executive Assistant @ St. Paul UMC​
  • Office Administrative Assistant @ Murray Hill UMC
  • Methodist Children's Village Opportunities
    • Have you been waiting for God to open a new door for you? Maybe this is it! Methodist Children's Village (MCV) has two opportunities for new team members. We are looking for a cook M-F 7am-1pm and a 4-year-old teacher M-F 12-5pm. Teaching position requires 45 DCF training hours. For both roles, we are hoping to find someone with a strong work ethic, positive outlook, friendly demeanor, and a willingness to learn. Training can be provided for the right person. If either of these positions fit your interests and skills, you're invited to call Executive Director Kelly Paterno at 793-1681 or email paternovillage@bellsouth.net

      Volunteer Opportunities: MCV also has ongoing handyman, seamstress, and landscaping needs and we always welcome volunteers with these skills who want to use their time for a great purpose.

If you have an open position at your church, be sure to submit an ad on our Classifieds page.