In the District
Greetings from the District Superintendent
A Prayer from and for Our Hearts
Eternal and loving God, unto to whom all hearts are open, push us to ponder what is in our hearts this week. Our heart – that place in our bodies that is at the core of our being alive, where lay our deepest feelings of love and loyalty, that deep down place where we are fully and completely ourselves.
Though at times our inclination is to close our hearts off to you, nonetheless even if sometimes reluctantly, our hearts are open to you because to remain alive they need your steady care and the wise leading of your Holy Spirit. You are the one who has made us, and in response to being created by you, our hearts are restless until they rest in you.
For some of us our hearts are ruled by anxious desires – for power, for control, for status and recognition. For some it’s for material things, for bigger and better as those things are defined by others, not you. Some of us carry such deep scars of resentment toward those who have hurt us or those who are different from us or those from whom we feel distant and estranged that in our hearts we long to see others get what we see as their due.
Often these places in our hearts our hidden except from you – never from you. You know all that is in our hearts. There is no secret hidden from you – no shame, no burden, no failure, no embarrassment, no disappointment, no deep desire, no sense of alienation and loneliness, no grandiosity, no pride. You know them all. You know and you do not turn away. You know and you embrace us with your love. You know and you forgive. You know and you set us free to begin anew. We marvel, O God, at your pervasive love and your engaging patience.
We present our hearts to you, O God. What we seek, only you can give. We seek the gift of your abiding love and the grace that we need to receive it unflinchingly and unreservedly.
Come, Holy Spirit. Reclaim these hearts of ours. Renew them, re-enliven them, reorient them, realign them, that we might come to approach you with hearts that are open and receptive, honest and undefensive, no longer fearful, and deeply committed to an unreserved faithfulness and obedience to you, as our hearts become eager to love you in return.
Grace and Peace,
East Central District
East Central District Office
I am available Mon-Fri 8:30am - 4:30pm and can be reached at 321-295-8801 and email@example.com.
Statistics due February 5
Please visit the Year-End Statistics Instructions website as you begin preparations for reporting your church's end of year statistics. You will find everything you need for reporting. Please read all instructions, before you begin! Reminder: You are entering 2020 information, not 2021.
- Church Guide for EOY and EZRA Reporting (Login Instructions & Password, Payroll Protection Program (PPP) reporting)
- Church Table Directions (help text)
- New Church Development and Year End Statistical Reporting
- Step by Step Overview of the Year-End Reporting Process
The deadline for submitting Year End Statistical Tables is February 5, 2021.
Thank you to the churches that have completed their reporting and those already started. Click HERE to get started!
North Central, North East, & East Central
2021 Annual District Training Week
SPRC, Finance, Trustees, CYPP, & FUMCH Local Church Rep Training
March 31st Reports
The following reports are due to the District Office by March 31. Please send one email with all of your March 31 reports to Claudia Sava firstname.lastname@example.org. Do not mail hard copies.
|Financial Controls, Policies, & Procedures||Finance|
|Document Retention Policy||Finance|
|Clergy Employee Conduct Policy||SPRC|
|Adoption of Employee Conduct Policy||SPRC|
|Annual Parsonage Report||Trustees|
|Child Youth Protection Policy||SPRC|
The church needs to have a Local Church Employee form signed by each employee and kept in their personnel file. This does not get sent to the District Office.
You can find instructions and other pertinent information by reviewing the Calendar of Reports. If you have made revisions to any of your policies, please send the entire document.
The Fund Balance report is submitted online by Finance. The form is located in your Church Dashboard on the bottom left. Do not send a hard copy to the District Office. Note: The Disaster Recovery Resource Survey is no longer required.
Mental Skills Bootcamp: Performing at Your Best!
February 10 2:00pm
The Florida Annual Conference rolled out the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for all our clergy and all the Conference staff as of January 1. Our vendor is Magellan and each month they provide a webinar on a variety of topics. Click HERE for the EAP Benefits webpage.
Mental Skills Bootcamp: Performing at Your Best!
Join this webinar to:
- Develop a growth mindset
- Maintain motivation and overcome obstacles
- Leverage your strengths and the strengths of others
Click HERE to register now.
2021 Property & Casualty Insurance
As we communicated during the Financial Services webinar on January 7, after rigorous marketing to a litany of excess insurance carriers, the Florida Conference Ministry Protection insurance program saw an 18% increase in insurance premiums over 2020. The great news, however, is that this increase is not being passed on to the local church!
The 2021 invoices are now online and can be accessed by Clicking HERE. Choose "PC/Workers Comp" from the drop-down menu and enter your church's GCFA number. A packet containing insurance information will also be mailed to you in the next few days and will include the invoices and the 2021 Insurance Summary of coverages.
As in years past, if your insurance allocation is paid in full by 2/28/2021, you will receive a 2% discount off the billed amount.
Apply Now for UMC FCU 2021 Scholarship
Application deadline: April 30, 2021
What you need to know:
- Application Open: January 1 - April 30, 2021
- Previous Winners are ineligible to apply
- UMC FCU Members are eligible to apply. Applying online to become a UMC FCU member is easy. Eligibility Requirements ( Be a Member of a UM Church, or Work for a UM Church or Organization within the four (4) conferences listed above, Have a family member who is already a member of UMC FCU)
- Click HERE for application and essay information
- Don’t wait to apply (Applying early does not increase your chances of winning… it’s just good to get things done as soon as possible)
Should you have any questions, please contact anyone at the United Methodist Federal Credit Union 863-687-9725.
2021 Holiday Schedule for The Florida Annual Conference
The conference and district offices will be closed the following days.
|February 15||President's Day holiday|
|April 2||Good Friday holiday|
|May 31||Memorial Day holiday|
|July 5||Independence Day holiday|
|September 6||Labor Day holiday|
|November 11||Veteran's Day holiday|
|November 25-26||Thanksgiving holiday|
|December 24||Christmas holiday|
|December 27||Christmas holiday|
|December 31||New Year's Day holiday|
Modified Missional Vital Signs Reporting
While churches are not meeting in person due to COVID-19, The Florida Conference will use a Modified MVS reporting model. Click HERE for instructions and to report MVS.
If you have data not entered for February or before, please complete the Monthly Data Gathering Chart for each of those months and email it to Claudia Sava at email@example.com.