In the District
Greetings from the District Superintendent
Since bidding Dorian “adieu” I have heard more than one person say, “We dodged a bullet with that one!”
A dictionary defines the phrase “dodged a bullet” as “to have a narrow escape; to avoid injury, disaster, or some other undesirable situation.” While the dictionary definition is right on, to say that “We dodged a bullet” implies action on our part, as if somehow we moved or repositioned ourselves, like one does in a game of dodgeball to avoid getting hit by the ball.
The truth is that we didn’t do anything that kept us from the disastrous effects of the latest hurricane, just as the folks in the Bahamas and other places didn’t do anything to cause it to include them in its destructive path.
All we did was wait and hope and pray, presumably the same things that the folks who received the brunt of the storm did. Oh yes, and one other thing that we did after the storm was well on its way to the northeast, was to experience gratitude. Deep gratitude. And along with that, compassion for those who are not so fortunate. Deep compassion.
As a response to that gratitude and a living out of that compassion, we are wondering what we can do to reach out to those whose lives have been turned upside down this week.
While most of us long to do more than “just give money,” the current information that we have is that this is best way to be supportive at this time, as well as to be in prayer for these folks in their time of urgent need. Later, there will be more: collecting various items and participating in work teams.
For now, responding to this appeal from Bishop Carter is our most effective means to respond out of gratitude by living out of the compassion of Christ that lives deep within our hearts:
A Message from Bishop Carter
We encourage our people to receive an offering for UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief, in the midst of Hurricane Dorian and its aftermath. The Florida Conference has been the beneficiary of gifts as we have recovered from storms, and we encourage generous and sacrificial giving in the days ahead. We will communicate with you and stay in touch in the days ahead. We trust that God will supply all of our needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4. 19). Click here to donate on line. UMCOR Advance #982450
Click here for the Dorian Fact Sheet from Disaster Response.
Click here to watch a message from Bishop Carter. Communications will send an email blast with the video link, so it may be used for services.
Grace and Peace,
East Central District
2020 Holy Land Trip with Bishop Carter and Dr. Bob Bushong
Bishop Carter is leading a trip to the Holy Land February 4-13, 2020. Jeanne and I will both be going, and I will be serving as a tour host, inviting specifically folks from the East Central District to come along.
If you click this link (https://adobe.ly/2JXeIou), you will find an electronic brochure with information about the trip. If you have questions, please shoot them to me in an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will do my best to answer. If you would like a printed brochure, please contact Claudia (email@example.com) and she will send you one.
2019 Annual Church Conference
On Mission Together is the theme for our 2019 church conferences. The East Central District will hold eight Cluster Church Conferences this fall. Below are the dates/times and name of the host church. Click HERE for the listing of when each church will participate. Charge Conference forms will be on www.flumc.org on August 21.
|Oct 13 2pm
|Oct 20 2pm
|Oct 27 2pm
|Nov 3 2pm
First, Mt Dora
|Oct 13 6pm
|Oct 20 6pm
First, Winter Garden
|Oct 27 6pm
|Nov 3 6pm
2020 EC District Committee on Ministry (dCOM)
Below are the dates for the East Central District Committee on Ministry meetings. To schedule a dCOM interview, email Elizabeth Flynn, District Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click HERE to read about the Candidacy Process.
|2020 dCOM dates||Due Date||Purpose||Location|
|Thurs, Mar 19||Feb 20||LP License Renewal||Asbury UMC, Maitland|
|Thurs, Apr 30||Apr 2||Provisional/Certification||Asbury UMC, Maitland|
|Thurs, Aug 20||July 23||Provisional Follow-ups||Asbury UMC, Maitland|
|Thurs, Sept 17||Aug 20||Local Pastor/Recert||Asbury UMC, Maitland|
|Thurs, Oct 15||Sept 17||Local Pastor/Recert||Asbury UMC, Maitland|
|Thurs, Dec 17||Nov 19||LP/Cert/Recert||First UMC, Oviedo|
Around the Conference and Beyond
The Conference Table
October 26 10:00am - The Portico, Tampa
The Conference Table is scheduled for Saturday, October 26, at the Portico in Tampa. The morning portion of the Conference Table meeting (10am-noon) will be open to all clergy and laity in Florida to come and hear a presentation from Bishop Carter on "Growing the Center." The presentation will be followed by table discussion. Click HERE to register for this event.
General Conference 2020
Minneapolis, Minnesota - May 5 - 15