Greetings from the District Superintendent
Why is worship important?
Some of you come to worship, whether it’s online or in person, just about every Sunday because worship is an integral part of your life. Others of you come irregularly or even sporadically because you have some particular need or issue in your life that needs attention. Still others of you come irregularly, if at all, because at this point in your life worship isn’t a priority for you.
So, back to my question – Why is worship important?
Worship is important because if it’s not at the center of who we are and of what we do as a church – and as individual persons of faith – if worship is not at the center of our corporate and individual lives – we are not likely to remain on track when it comes to following the leading of God’s Spirit for the life of our church or for our individual lives.
Strong statement? Yes, it is. And true.
Look at the history of people of faith as recorded in the scriptures, and you’ll see that when the people of God get fuzzy and lukewarm and loosey goosey about worship, when they get off track about the central place of worship in their lives, it leads to dissension and conflict and disobedience. It leads to a loss of spiritual passion, to a shallow understanding of the nature of God, to self-centeredness and to hardened hearts.
Worship is the main event in the life of the church. It’s what makes us unique. Worship is at the center of our community life. It’s at the core of all that we are and do. Passionate, Spirit-led worship and a strong and healthy spiritual life go together. We won’t have one without the other.
Worship is about God. It’s not about me. It’s not about you. It’s not about our getting our needs met. It’s not about our preferred style. It’s not about our personal tastes. If we are open to it, we will get something out of worship every time we participate, no matter where that is or what style the service, but worship is not primarily about what we get out of it. Worship is about God.
When we gather for worship we encounter the presence of the Living God. We declare God’s greatness, God’s goodness, God’s mercy, God’s glory with our heart and our soul and our mind and our strength. And we give thanks.
Why is worship so important? It really is the main event in the life of the church. Don’t miss it.
Grace and Peace,
East Central District
East Central District
Florida Conference of the UMC
PO Box 4064
Enterprise, FL 32725
Claudia Sava, ECD Administrative Assistant is available Mon-Fri 8:30am - 4:30pm by phone 321-295-8801 or email email@example.com.
Annual Conference 2021
A Community of Love & Forgiveness
June 11-12, 2021
Click HERE for the AC2021 webpage. Everything will be posted there as it is available.
Pre-Conference Orientation Webinar, June 1 hosted by Rev. Alex Shanks and Rev. Dr. Sharon Austin, Annual Conference Planning Team co-chairs, and Craig Smelser, interim conference treasurer. Members of the annual conference will have the opportunity to learn about the essential items of business that will be covered during the Annual Conference session. Register here.
District Pre-Conference Orientations, June 6 Join Dr. Bob Bushong to discuss the Bishop's Initiatives, Resolutions, conference budget and small group discussions. Click here to register for East Central District!
Guests of the annual conference are invited to join the Annual Conference 2021 sessions via livestream.
All clergy and lay members to annual conference received emails on May 6 and May 24 asking them to register for the Zoom webinar. If you did not receive the email, please email Claudia Sava at firstname.lastname@example.org and let her know.
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Magellan Member Momentum Engagement Campaign and Webinar
Communicating with your partner
Whether you’ve been in a relationship for a long time or are new to your partnership, improving your communication skills can substantially strengthen your bond. Learn more in this month’s newsletter.
3 Secrets to Having Your Best Relationship │ Wednesday, June 9
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- Discover ways to deescalate arguments
- Increase intimacy in your relationship
Managing remote employees
In the age of the pandemic, many organizations have had to adapt to an environment where many employees work remotely. If you’re a supervisor or manager leading remote workers, learn helpful tips in this month’s newsletter.
Best Practices for Managing Remote Employees │ Wednesday, June 23
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- Examine the “Fast Forward” pandemic experience of the remote workforce – pre, post and current state
- Discuss benefits and challenges of working remotely
- Share best practices and helpful management guidelines for providing support, identifying and responding to employee concerns
Start summer right
As summer heats up, Work-Life can help you make the most of longer days. Work-Life is available 24/7 to help you tackle your summer tasks so you have more time to enjoy your summertime. Access Work-Life for information on:
- Summer care options and information on activities
- Travel and staycation
- Pet care best practices
- Home improvement resources
Getting help online is easy! From webinars, live talks and audio to articles and downloadable guides, Work-Life provides insights and information to help you practice self-care. Click HERE for the June newsletter.
June 12 at noon
On June 12 at 12 pm (your local time), we invite you to solemnly ring at least one bell (or other instrument) 49 times in recognition of the lives lost at Pulse and in commitment to advancing full inclusion for the LGBTQ+ community. You are encouraged to post a photo or video to social media using the hashtag #49Bells and tagging @OneOrlandoAlliance
The 49 Bells movement began when mothers of the Pulse victims asked for churches to ring their bells 49 times at noon on June 12, 2017, the first annual remembrance of the Pulse tragedy. Since that year, the movement has grown to welcome all types of faith communities as well as other organizations and businesses.
This year, we are inviting participants to offer clarity around their stance on LGBTQ+ inclusion, and also participate in the broader Acts of Love and Kindness (AOLK) movement in addition to ringing bells.
The name, city/state, and website of participating organizations will be published on the One Orlando Alliance website, and the organizational stance on LGBTQ+ inclusion will be noted. We will not publish the name and email address of the organization's contact person.
This clarity will help our LGBTQ+ community and allies know where we are fully and truly welcome to be our full and authentic selves.
We are so grateful for your support. If you are able to do so, we would welcome your financial support during this season. Click HERE to donate.
One Orlando Alliance
Lay Servant Ministries
Save the Dates!!
We are planning Advanced Lay Servant Ministry courses over these four dates. Attendance over all four dates is required to received the ten hours of class time for certification. We will not have the Basic Lay Servant Course at this event.
Friday, September 17 and Saturday, September 18
Friday, September 24 and Saturday, September 25
The classes will be FREE and everyone will need to purchase their own books. Details will be sent out as soon. Questions?