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December 2016 District News


Message from the District Superintendent 

As we enter into Advent Season - we are in a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the coming of Jesus at Christmas. But as we wait and prepare, we are reminded that this is also a time of giving. As you pray about your end of year giving, please consider supporting our campus ministry, Campus to City Wesley, in its year end giving campaign to raise $15,000 to deepen its impact at the University of North Florida, Jacksonville University, and Flagler College. You can donate directly on their website -

Jay's December message focuses around Christmas (he is a big fan!) Please take a few minutes to read his message and share it with others in your congregation. 

Just a reminder that our District Office will be closed on December 23, 26 and also on January 2. In addition, the office will have limited hours during the last two weeks of December. Please call before stopping by to make sure we are here.

Clergy Health Benefits - December Message from HR

Deadline for open enrollment is December 15, 2016. Please read the December Message from HR in regards to the 2017 Clergy Health Initiative. 

We thank everyone for their hard work during this charge conference season. 

We are excited to announce that we will be doing something different with charge conference in 2017. We will have ONE charge conference for all of our faith communities in the district. We’re calling the event Super-Charged!

Other districts in other annual conferences have followed this model with success. It will allow all of us to come together, to worship, learn, lead, and do some business.  Don’t worry about the particulars of the event just yet, but please save the date November 11, 2017, from 9am to 12pm at CrossRoad UMC. This is a mandatory event for all churches to participate with no exceptions. (If there are separate issues needing a charge conference, we’ll work with those, too.)

The good news: this means that the amount of paperwork you’ll have to send to the district office in advance will be drastically reduced and it won’t be due until much later! Thanks in advance for keeping an open mind and being joyfully flexible!



Registration for our 2017 Leadership Event - Activate Conference is now live. These events will be he held on January 28, 2017 @ Beach UMC and also February 4, 2017 @ First UMC, Starke. Please remember that all clergy and key stakeholders from each church must attend one of the event dates. 

Notes of Appreciation for Jim Young

Just a reminder that we are still collecting send notes of appreciation and encouragement for Jim Young. If you have something to include for Jim, please email Pam Mullay in the district office no later than December 1, 2016. 

Be sure to stop by and visit us on December 16, 2016 from 10-12 or 2-4 for our District Holiday Open House. We will be sharing Christmas cookies and other snacks with all who visit. We would love to meet you and have some help decorating the tree at the office. If your church has an ornament that has the church name on it, we would love to add it to our tree. Please bring it with you when you visit. This time will be all about fellowship. We hope you can stop by. 

FLSA Overtime Rule Delayed

There is an injunction against the new FLSA law and the new overtime rule is now delayed. The Conference is advising churches to move forward with the planning to implement the ruling. It’s best to have processes in place – especially time tracking - for the date when the new (maybe modified) FLSA ruling will be effective. For more information, please check out our website.  

Town Hall Meetings for Laity

The district superintendent will be hosting two town hall meetings for the laity in our district to come out and ask questions. The dates are March 7 and March 9, 2017 at New Life Community UMC and Keystone UMC respectively at 7 p.m. These will be somewhat similar in style to the Bishop’s town hall meetings this fall. Please mark your calendars. 

Messages for the District

We receive many requests from folks within the district and the conference asking us to reach out to our district about a certain event or ministry. In an effort to be able to give you as much information in a limited space, we have put their messages into PDF documents or included a direct link to their website for you to easily review and share with others in your churches. Please click on the blue underlined links for more information. 

Please click on the links below for more information about these meetings/events.

December 2016

December 12, 2016 - SPRC Training, 7-9 p.m. @ Ft. Caroline UMC

December 16, 2016 - District Office Holiday Open House, 10-12 & 2-4

January 2017

January 28, 2017 - District Leadership Training Event - Activate ConferenceBeach UMC

February 2017

February 4, 2017 - District Leadership Training Event - Activate ConferenceFirst UMC, Starke

February 22, 2016 - District Ministry Team Meeting (formerly known as the District Clergy Meeting), 11:30-3 @ Fleming Island UMC, please bring a brown bag lunch.

March 2017

March 3-4, 2017 - District Lay Servant Ministry Training @ Southside UMC - Save the Date!

March 3-4, 2017 - Resonate - District Youth Worship Band Training @ Mandarin UMC

March 7, 2017 - District Town Hall Meetings for Laity, 7-9 p.m. @ New Life Community UMC

March 9, 2017 - District Town Hall Meetings for Laity, 7-9 p.m. @ Keystone UMC

June 2017

June 7-9, 2017 - Annual Conference 2017, Buena Vista Palace Hotel, Orlando

August 2017

August 10, 2017 - Global Leadership Summit @ CrossRoad UMC

November 2017

November 11, 2017 - Super-Charged Conference, 9-12 @ CrossRoad UMC