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February 2017 District Newsletter

Message from the District Superintendent 

“This is the time!” or zo’t hapa’am in Hebrew, are the first words any human speaks in the Bible. They are the first human’s celebration of his partner, when God first presents her to him. On Valentines Day, it is interesting to note that the Bible depicts the first word spoken by any human to be a love song, one sung by the first human to the second.

Speaking of Valentine's Day, did you know that approximately 150 million Valentine's Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine's Day the second most popular card-sending holiday after Christmas? What a great way to affirm our love for one another and to stay connected. 

As we continue to focus on connection and how we connect not only with those in our churches, we will continue to cast a vision about how we can connect with those outside the walls of the church. Read Jay's February message to the district about some great events we have going on this year that will focus on connection and casting a vision. 

Super-Charged Conference

Is the date on your church calendar yet?

Save the date for the District's Super-Charged Conference! November 11, 2017 from 9-12 @ CrossRoad UMC. More details to come.


Upcoming District Events

 There are a lot of great things going on in the North East District. Please consider attending one of our upcoming events:

  • February 10-11, 2017 - The Northeast Florida District UMM and UMW are co-sponsoring a Christ-inspired leadership workshop for pastors, laity leadership and/or anyone that wants to "Lead like Jesus" in their workplace or in their community. "Lead Like Jesus" is a global leadership development organization that promises a leadership model that transforms you and those you influence. Lead Like Jesus does not run other ministries, businesses, schools, families, churches or non-profits. They simply teach leaders who do this in a way that God is glorified!  
    The Friday evening session is a great introduction to the principals that will be practiced and reinforced on Saturday. The price includes all printed materials, snacks and drinks and lunch on Saturday. Please come ready to strengthen your leadership with the Holy Spirit as your guide! For more information, please refer to the event registration flyer and the promotional flyer or contact UMM District President Michael Maxwell @ (904) 625-7883 or

  • February 14, 2017 - Faith-Based Partnership Breakfast for Duval County. 7:30 a.m. @ The Potter's House. Duval County Public Schools, in partnership with Transform Jacksonville, cordially invites all Duval County clergy to a Faith-Based Partnership Breakfast with the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Nikolai Vitti. Registration is available online.
  • March 3-4, 2017 - Spring 2017 Lay Servant Ministry Training - This event will run from March 3, 2017 (6:30-9 p.m.) and on March 4, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.) at Southside UMC in Jacksonville. We are offering the following classes: Basic Lay Servant; Transforming Evangelism; You Can Preach!; and, God's Mission...Our Journey. Cost is $30. You must purchase your own book prior to the class. The program will no longer be supplying the book for each class. Registration is now open - click here to register. Class size is limited to please register early! Download the event flyer to share with others in your church!
  • March 7, 2017 - Laity Town Hall with the District Superintendent - This event is free to attend and does not require pre-registration. Join the district superintendent for conversation and questions on March 7, 2017 from 7-9 p.m. at New Life Community UMC in Jacksonville. 
  • March 9, 2017 - Laity Town Hall with the District Superintendent - This event is free to attend and does not require pre-registration. Join the district superintendent for conversation and questions on March 7, 2017 from 7-9 p.m. at Keystone UMC in Keystone Heights.
  • March 11, 2017 - 4th and One Men's Rally 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. @ CrossRoad UMC. Online registration is now available. Click here to register
  • March 12, 2017 - 18th Annual DLC-Nurse & Learn Charity Golf Tournament. This tournament will be held at the South Hampton Golf Course in St. Augustine. For more information and how to register, click here.


Scholarship from the United Methodist Credit Union

The Florida United Methodist Connectional FCU  is now accepting applications is once again offering scholarships to 17-35 year old college-bound students in our connection. Four winning applicants, one from each of our four conferences - Florida, North Georgia, South Georgia and Alabama-West Florida - will each receive a $1000 scholarship. and an application can be found on .  CLICK HERE for complete rules, an application, and full essay submission criteria. Deadline for submission is April 28, 2017.

Applicants must be a credit union member in good standing. Eligible credit union members are 1) members of the United Methodist Church in this conference, 2) Employees of a United Methodist church or agency, or 3) an immediate family member of a UMC FCU member.

For additional questions, contact the Marietta, GA branch at 800-282-9368 or the Lakeland, FL branch at 866-687-2126.

Additionally, please consider posting and/or sharing the attached UMC FCU scholarship with 17-35 year old college bound students you feel are good candidates at your church and youth group for this opportunity, as well as including it in your newsletters or worship bulletins. 

Reminder - Clergy Pension 2017

Several churches are asking how to calculate 2017 clergy Conference pension and why the amount billed by Wespath for their clergy’s UMPIP is different from the amount their clergy contributed. 

  • For some churches it may be easier to request Wespath to bill personal UMPIP contributions on a dollar basis rather than a percentage basis.  (i.e.:  Clergy makes $500 and wants to contribute 1% to UMPIP.  Instead of requesting 1%, have clergy request a $5 contribution.)
  • Pay Wespath online for UMPIP contributions. This is an alternative to paper billing and will reflect a more ‘real time’ amount.  This can be set up by calling Wespath.

The chart below details the difference in what is included and calculated in each of the two (2) clergy pension plans:

Conference Benefits - billed to most churches at 15%


15% Calculated On

% Calculated Includes

  • Salary
  • Salary
  • Housing Allowance or
  • Housing Allowance
  • Parsonage - valued at 25% of salary
  • Healthcare Supplement

Excludes – Healthcare Supplement

Excludes – a value for the parsonage.

As a reminder, the following reports are due into the district office by March 31st.  Please mail all reports together to the district office:  NE District, 1415 LaSalle Street, Jacksonville, FL 32207 or you can scan and email them to our office -      


Committee Responsible

Child Youth Protection Policy


Fiscal Responsibility & Management Policy


Clergy Employee Conduct Policy


Adoption of Employee Conduct Policy


Annual Parsonage Report


The church needs to get a Local Church Employee form signed by each employee and those forms are to be kept in each employee's personnel file -- the district does not get them. You can find instructions and other pertinent information by clicking the link(s) above or clicking on Calendar of Reports accessed on the Florida Conference website. Please submit copies only, originals should remain in the church office. For assistance, please do not hesitate to contact our office.   

The following reports are submitted online - please do not send a hard copy to the district.  You can locate them on your church dashboard under forms.


Committee Responsible

Fund Balance


Disaster Recovery Resource Survey

Disaster Coordinator or Trustees

District Office Closed

The District office will be closed on Tuesday, February 7, 2017. We will not be checking voicemail or email on this date. We will respond to all messages when we return to the office on Wednesday, February 8, 2017. 

The office and Conference Center will also be closed on Monday, February 20, 2017 in honor of the President's Day Holiday.

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

February 2017

February 14, 2017 - Faith-Based Partnership Breakfast for Duval County

February 17-19, 2017 - Florida Chapter PAUMCS Seminar - Download the event flyer today. 

February 22, 2017 - 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

March 11, 2017 - 4th and One Men's Rally, 9:30 a.m. @ CrossRoad UMC

March 12, 2017 - DLC-Nurse & Learn Charity Golf Tournament

June 2017

June 8-10, 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