Greetings from the District Superintendent
|Dr. Bob Bushong|
By now you’ve probably heard the abbreviation POV, which stands for Point of View, a conversation template offered throughout the Florida Conference as a tool for dialogue that prepares us to engage the various perspectives on human sexuality.
POV is related to the A Way Forward process, which leads to the Special Session of the General Conference that will be held in St. Louis, February 23-26, 2019. It is a tool that is being utilized in many of our local churches across the Florida Conference, including here in the East Central District.
The purpose of the POV process is to create empathy in congregations and communities that enables us to approach the LGBTQ conversation from a context of listening: listening to scripture and listening to one another as we engage in open dialogue together.
POV was developed by a cross section of leaders from across a wide theological spectrum and is being used in other annual conferences in addition to our own.
In our polarized society, POV really is designed as a Christ-centered, biblically rooted alternative to the often “us versus them” mentality that undergirds conversations in the larger culture and in the church around biblical and theological perspectives and social issues. In the POV dialogues, we listen, we share, we reflect, and we engage with one another in authentic ways that give us the opportunity to learn and grow together.
We are offering a district-wide POV experience here in the East Central District on Saturday, September 15 from 9:00am - 3:00pm at First UMC Orlando, 125 North Jackson Street in downtown Orlando. Lunch will be provided, with a donation requested.
Rev. Alex Shanks, Assistant to the Bishop, and I will be the facilitators for this experience. Alex has served as the Project Manager for the Commission on a Way Forward and has been present for the entire process involved in the work of the commission and the directions that it has identified as options.
I invite you to consider participating in this enriching experience. Please click this link to sign up to be with us on September 15: This will help us know how many folks we need to prepare for logistically for seating, materials, and lunch.
Please be in prayer for this particulate event and of course for the work of the delegates to the February General Conference as together we continue to be on mission together to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
Grace and Peace,
East Central District
In the District
Early Response Team (ERT) Training
September 8 Community UMC, DeBary
Early Response Teams (ERT) are self-contained teams who enter a disaster zone at the invitation of local emergency management officials. ERTs offer a Christian presence and are trained to provide various types of physical, emotional and spiritual assistance to disaster survivors. ERTs are registered with the Disaster Recovery Ministry of the Florida Conference and Disaster Recovery coordinates team placement to get help where it is needed most after a disaster.
ERT training focuses on types, phases and levels of a disaster and explains what is meant by early response. Participants learn the importance of spiritual and emotional care, tarping, flood clean-up, chainsaw safety, team requirements and much more.
Participants are trained by UMCOR-certified trainers and receive a badge identifying them with UMCOR and the Florida Conference.
Participants must be 18 or older and pass a background check.
Bishop's Regional Gatherings 2018
The Cross and the Flame: Conversations with Bishop Carter
Bishop Carter will hold four regional gatherings in September of 2018.
These events are open to all, and there will be an opportunity to submit questions for Bishop Carter prior to the gatherings.
Each event will begin at 6:30 PM and a reception will follow.
•Sunday, September 16 – Killearn UMC, Tallahassee
•Monday, September 17 – First UMC, Winter Park
•Tuesday, September 18 – First UMC, Boca Raton
•Wednesday, September 19 – Harvest UMC, Lakewood Ranch
Click HERE to register and submit your questions.
2018 Annual Church Conference
The East Central District will hold four Cluster Church Conferences this fall. There are two scheduled for Saturdays and two for Sundays. Gathering and light refreshments will be 30 minutes before the Church Conference.
Click HERE to download the East Central District forms.
NOTE: The Housing Resolution and Accountable Reimbursement Policy are no longer required.
Church Dashboard Update Day is November 13. Click HERE for details.
Oct. 13, 10am
Oct. 21, 4pm
Oct. 27, 10am
Nov. 4, 4pm
|Altoona UMC||Beymer Memorial UMC||Aloma UMC||Asbury UMC|
|Barnett Memorial UMC||Community of Faith UMC||Azalea Park UMC||Bear Lake UMC|
|Deleon Springs UMC||Dundee UMC||Broadway UMC||CUMC, Casselberry|
|First UMC, DeLand||First UMC, Auburndale||Christ Hispanic UMC||Edge Memorial UMC|
|First UMC, Mt. Dora||First UMC, Kissimmee||College Park UMC||First UMC, Apopka|
|First UMC, Sanford||First UMC, Lake Alfred||Conway UMC||First UMC, Clermont|
|Grace UMC||First UMC, St. Cloud||Emmanuel Haitian||First UMC, Eustis|
|Lakeside UMC||First UMC, Winter Garden||Faith UMC||First UMC, Tavares|
|Orange City UMC||Lena Vista UMC||First UMC, Geneva||First UMC, Winter Park|
|Osteen UMC||New Horizon UMC||First UMC, Lake Wales||Grace Haitian Mission|
|Sanlando UMC||On Eagles Wings||First UMC, Orlando||Lake Helen UMC|
|St. Joseph's UMC||Peace UMC||First UMC, Oviedo||Montverde UMC|
|Trinity UMC, DeLand||St. John's UMC||Indian Lake UMC||Ocoee Oaks UMC|
|St. Luke's UMC||LifeSong UMC||Paisley UMC|
|Orlando Korean Mission||Pine Castle UMC|
|Pine Ridge Fellowship UMC||Spring of Life UMC|
|Solid Rock UMC||Tuskawilla UMC|
|St. Andrews UMC||Zellwood UMC|
|University Carillon UMC|
Around the Conference and Beyond
United Methodists Volunteer in Mission (UMVIM)
September 8 - The Florida Conference Center, Lakeland
Are you interested in leading or participating on a mission team from your church or organization? Do you want to lead or participate on a team to Haiti, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Kenya, Sager Brown or somewhere else here in the states and be the hands and feet of Christ?
UMVIM Mission Team Training prepares volunteers to be part of a Volunteer in Mission team, to projects in the United States and around the world. The training will help the Leader know their role, as well as help the team members to understand their roles on the team. You will learn the "ins and outs" of organizing a mission trip from recruiting the team, to picking the location, getting support, staying safe, planning the work and much, much more. The training will also go into ways to make sure you are having a healthy impact on the community you are serving, helping you find ways to get involved in healthy missions.
Not sure if you are ready to be a part of a team? Come and learn - you will be well informed and a better team member! Click HERE to register.
Questions? Contact Molly McEntire firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conference Table and Listening Session
Saturday, October 20 First UMC, Lakeland
The Conference Table and General Conference Delegation will host a Conference Table and Listening Session on Saturday, October 20 from 11 AM to 2:30 PM at First UMC in Lakeland. The focus will be on preparing for the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference. All Florida United Methodists lay and clergy are invited to attend. There will be an opportunity for facilitated table conversation and for persons to sign up to speak in five minute increments. Participants must register and plan to bring a donation for the lunch that will be provided. (The Conference Table will convene at 10 am, prior to the listening session.) Click HERE for registration.
January 29 - February 1, 2019 - Epworth By The Sea
In lieu of our Clergy Gathering which had been tentatively scheduled October 23 - 24, 2018, we are inviting you to attend the Winter Conference at Epworth By The Sea, January 29 - February 1, 2019. This will be a combined event with the Bishops and clergy of the North Georgia, Mississippi, South Georgia and Florida Conferences. Dr. Tod Bolinger, author of Canoeing The Mountains, will be the keynote speaker.