From the District Superintendent
The Gospel of Luke recounts one of my favorite Resurrection moments and message. The moment is when the faithful women go to the tomb looking to care for Jesus’ crucified body. The women found the stone rolled away and entered the tomb. Only to discover Jesus’ body was not there. The women were perplexed to find the body missing and terrified by the Angel’s appearance next to them. The Angel’s message was good news!!! “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.” Then they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest” Luke 24:5-9 NRSV.
Many people will visit your church this weekend either in person or online and they are hoping to encounter a moment and a message. The moment might be experienced with their family, in fellowship with friends, while admiring beautiful Easter lilies or the amazing coffee, donuts or brunch your church will offer. Let’s create powerful moments and memories this weekend. People are also hungry to hear a life giving, hopeful, relevant message!!! I pray your church shares the Resurrection message this weekend through music, preaching, videos, handouts, skits, dramas and any other creative means you and your team envision. I pray the Holy Spirit fills you and the church with powerful Resurrection moments and messages throughout Holy Week.
Please share with me via email ways the Holy Spirit created powerful moments and messages throughout Holy Week within your local church.
On Mission Together,
District Director of Lay Servant Ministries open to nominees
Are you passionate about your faith in Christ and Lay Servant Ministries? Do you enjoy teaching and encouraging laity in mission and ministry? Do you have strong administrative and people skills? Do you have time and sense a call to leadership in lay servant ministries on a District level? If you answered yes to at least three of the four questions please contact Maggie Corrigan at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about serving as our District Director of Lay Servant Ministries. Nominations open until May 15th 2019.
Wanted: Construction Coordinator for the Florida United Methodist Conference Disaster Recovery Group
- The Florida Conference is looking to hire 2 full/part-time construction coordinators for the Tampa Bay Region.
- If you're a contractor, handyman or have a good basic knowledge of construction, we could put you to work.
- Our construction coordinators do estimates, lead volunteer teams and get small projects completed.
If you're interested, know someone who might be or just need more information, please contact:
email@example.com or call 727-365-8511
The Alturas United Methodist Church, 2745 Oak Drive Alturas,
Presents: the Way of the Cross during Holy Week
They have commissioned local artist Ron Bell to paint 8 Scriptural representations of Jesus’ journey to the cross and will offer a meditative guide for reflection at each station. The Way of the Cross will be open Monday April 15-Thursday, April 18 from 3:00 pm-7:00 pm. For further information, contact the church office at 863-537-1384.
Annual Clergy Assessment
This is a reminder that the new 2019 Annual Clergy Assessment forms have been posted on the Office of Clergy Excellence section of Conference website. If you have already started using the old 2018 materials that remained posted on our website through January 2019, please continue to use them! Also, the Spanish materials are a translation of the 2018 materials. We apologize that the new materials have not yet been translated. The assessment forms are not due to your district office until May 31, 2019.
Annual Assessment of Clergy Leadership - English
Annual Assessment of Clergy Leadership - Spanish
There are a few minor changes to the English forms this year. Mostly, these are formatting issues and minor word changes. We have made one change so that the S.M.A.R.T. goals on the SPRC evaluation are the church’s goals and the S.M.A.R.T. goals on the clergy self-evaluation are the pastor’s goals. Both sets of goals are recorded on the Joint SPRC/Clergy Dialogue. But remember, if you’ve already started using the 2018 forms, you don’t have to make the changes!! We’re very flexible!
The Cuba Ministry
Did you know the Methodist Church in Cuba has been growing at about 10% per year for the past 20 years and now has over 400 churches? Have you heard what God is doing through the Methodist Church in Cuba? Our Gulf Central District just sent down teams to Cuba from Bay Hope, First Lutz, and Lake Magdalene who each had unique and wonderful experiences. We could share for hours all the experiences they had, but until you’ve gone it’s impossible to really understand, but consider this… One couple, Lynn and Charlie, decided to take their Jr High / High School aged son and daughter on their first international mission trip. After the trip, their children were so excited to go back to Cuba, as were Lynn and Charlie, but they told the children they didn’t think they could take both a family Cuba mission trip and a family vacation each year. To this, the children responded, “We’re ok without the family vacation then, let’s do a family mission trip instead.” A mission trip to Cuba is a life changing experience both for those who go down and those in Cuba whom we go down to meet and serve.
Did you know it’s a conference goal that every United Methodist Church in Florida has a sister church in Cuba? Did you know all it takes to have a sister church is $300 per year and a church coordinator who facilitates the relationship and prayer between your church and the church in Cuba? Find out how God can impact your church and how your church can impact God’s Kingdom and help others through a relationship with a church in Cuba. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Paul Griffith at 813-431-5692 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Around the Conference and Beyond
Bishop Carter to Lead 2020 Holy Land Trip
Join Bishop Ken Carter & the Florida Conference for 10 days in the Holy Land, departing February 4, 2020. Click here for more information and registration.
A Youth Leader Summit
will be held at Florida Southern College on April 29, 2019, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The event is free for church leaders and youth directors and will include worship, workshops and lunch on campus.
The keynote speaker is Mark DeVries, the president and founder of Ministry Architects. Mark has trained youth workers across the United States and Canada, as well as in Russia, Uganda, South Africa, Ecuador, Trinidad, Nicaragua and Northern Ireland, working with a wide variety of denominations. He has taught courses or been a guest lecturer at a number of colleges and seminaries. Click here for his complete bio.
Workshops will be led by Florida Southern professors, and topics include:
- Basic Christian Beliefs
- Christian Ethics
- Communication Strategies
- Mental Health and the Adolescent Mind
- Design Thinking.
Click here for the schedule and to register.
A partnership between FSC and the Florida Conference’s Connectional Ministries department has made it possible to offer the event free. The Conference Youth Table is also an event partner.
UMW - Mission u Registration Available
Registration is now open for Mission u. This year offers a great range of classes for the July 11-14 event at Lakeland’s lovely Florida Southern College with classes on the Gospel of Mark, a repeat of What About Our Money, and a special course on the 150 years of United Methodist Women. Regis-tration forms are available here: https://flconfumw.org/mission-u-2019# and I will attach a copy as well in the newsletter.
Winter Conference at Epworth By the Sea, January 26-29-2020
We again invite you to attend the Winter Conference at Epworth By The Sea, January 26 - 29, 2020. This will be a combined event with the Bishops and clergy of the North Georgia, Mississippi, South Georgia and Florida Conferences. You might talk with some of the over 150 clergy who attended Winter Conference 2019 about their transformative experience. Len Wilson will be the keynote speaker. Below you can find more information.
Click here to register and receive the early bird discount.
Florida Credit Union 2019 Annual Scholarship
for people ages 17-35.
Share this 2019 UMC FCU SCHOLARSHIP link with UMC people looking for Scholarships they can apply online
Please note that scholarship applicants are required to be UMC FCU members and we’re happy to open the account (Membership Application can be found online in the scholarship area) with the $5.00 required amount for them.) 4 $1000.00 Scholarships will be given. One for each Conference at each Annual Conference. April 30th is the deadline for Application Submission.
Warren W. Willis Camp Retreats
Check out Warren W. Willis for many opportunities to reflect & fellowship!
Confirmation Retreat: Sept 27-29
Created by God: April 26-28
Rooted: September 16-17
Plan Your Own Church Retreat: Who doesn't love WWW? Why not plan your own retreat?
Bethune- Cookman 2019 Exploring Gifts and Graces
We are pleased to announce our 2019 Exploring Gifts and Graces: Summer Adventure in Theology and Leadership (EGG) program for high school students. EGG is a nine-day, all expenses paid, residential summer experience for high school juniors and seniors from all over Florida to explore their faith, learn more about themselves, and to think deeply about their dreams, their goals, and their gifts. The goal of the program is to help career-bound high school students better utilize their summer months to gain career exposure and guidance in order to improve the way they make informed career and educational decisions about their lives and future. This year we have designed a fun, educational, and innovative summer program that will support high school youth in their exploration of vocational choices in faith-based services, education, and ministry.
EGG is held on the campus of Bethune-Cookman University from July 13-July 21, 2019. It will offer students the opportunity to build friendships, participate in community service projects, and gain leadership skills. Participants will also take a day trip to a unique eco-adventure ropes and zip-line challenge course to work in small groups, learn leadership and communication skills, as well as practice team building exercises.
Attached you will find an electronic copy of the brochure which contains program information. Please feel free to promote the EGG summer program through your church newsletter, weekly Sunday bulletin, and websites as well. Complete program information is available on our website:
The application form and instructions are also on the website and there is no application fee. Applications must be submitted by May 3, 2019.
EGG is developed by Bethune-Cookman University School of Religion and funded by a grant from the Lilly Endowment Foundation
Event 1: June 15-19 – Rev. Andy Lambert with Jimmy Atkins and the Light ’Em Ups and a talent show, outdoor movie and Sunday morning worship in Stuart Auditorium
Event 2: June 20-23 – Rev. Juan Huertas with Abbye West Pates and a talent show
Event 3: June 23-27 – Guest speaker Stephanie Caro with Abbye West Pates and a talent show and outdoor movie
Event 4: June 27-30 – Rev. Janjay Innis with Zachariah Suggs and illusionist Josh Lozoff
Event 5: June 30-July 3 – Rev. Jeremy Steele with Zachariah Suggs and illusionist Josh Lozoff
Event 6: July 10-14 – Rev. Kevin Wright with Jimmy Atkins and the Light ’Em Ups and a talent show and comedian
Development Fund offers 2.25 percent interest
The Florida United Methodist Foundation’s Development Fund is now offering an annual interest rate of 2.25 percent on deposits to the fund. Any Florida resident, business or church can invest, benefitting from that competitive rate. Here’s how it works: the Development Fund receives deposits from investors and then makes low-interest loans from those investments to United Methodist churches and affiliated faith-based nonprofits for new construction, expansion and renovation. Those investments are protected by nearly $500 million of value in church buildings and property through mortgages with the foundation. And deposits can be withdrawn at any time — unlike CDs and other investment options that have time requirements. Money can be deposited today and withdrawn the next week. And it only takes a minimum investment of $100 to open an account. For more information, contact the Rev. Mark Becker at 866-363-9673, extension 7125, or email@example.com. For an application to open an account, request one by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or go online at www.fumf.org/open-an-account/. The Florida United Methodist Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3).
April 4 – materials due for 1st Provisional attempt meeting May 2
April 24 - Administration Appreciation day
April 25 Clergy Meeting Location Heritage UMC 2680 Landmark Dr. Clearwater 9:30 -2PM working lunch Click Here to Register
April 28 Announcement Sunday
May 2 DCOM Meeting 1st Provisional attempt materials due April 4 - Portico 1001 N Florida Ave Tampa
May 14 Annual Conference Orientation meeting location St Paul UMC Largo Christian Life Building Click here to register
May 16 Annual Conference Orientation meeting location St Andrew's Brandon Sanctuary Click here to register
June 5-8 Annual Conference at Florida Southern in Lakeland
June 14-15 Lay Servant Training - Pasadena Community UMC Click here for more detail
July 11 materials due for 2nd Provisional attempt meeting August 8
August 8 DCOM meeting for 2nd Provisional attempt
September 24 Sexual Ethics Training - (Clergy Only) Location St James - Tampa click here to register
September 19 Clergy Meeting Location Lake Magdalene 9:30 -2PM working lunch - registration will open closer to the date.
October 17 materials due for November 14 DCOM
November 7 materials due for December 5 DCOM meeting
November 14 DCOM Meeting
November 18 - 21 SEJ Clergywomen's Event - in Jacksonville FL - registration link coming May 1.
December 5 DCOM Meeting