From the District Superintendent
As I watch the news unfold on television and on social media, May 2019, is filled with change and transitions. We have students graduating from local high schools and colleges. We announced new clergy leaving and coming to churches in our District. Families are experiencing transitions in light of births, deaths, and illness, and employment, financial, marital and spiritual changes impacting lives daily. Even our denomination now finds itself in the midst of change and transition post recent General Conference and Judicial Council decisions.
Transitions bring with them expected and unexpected emotions and actions. Wisdom is needed as we navigate. William Bridges, author of the book Transitions reminds us that every transition includes “the difficult process of letting go of an old situation, suffering the confusing nowhere of in-betweenness, and of launching forth again in a new situation”.
The Message translation of Ecclesiastes 3 reminds us of the importance of discernment related to the actions needed at this time.
A right time for birth and another for death,
A right time to plant and another to reap,
A right time to kill and another to heal,
A right time to destroy and another to construct,
A right time to cry and another to laugh,
A right time to lament and another to cheer,
A right time to make love and another to abstain,
A right time to embrace and another to part,
A right time to search and another to count your losses,
A right time to hold on and another to let go,
A right time to rip out and another to mend,
A right time to shut up and another to speak up,
A right time to love and another to hate,
A right time to wage war and another to make peace.
It is my prayer that we recall “God made everything beautiful in itself and in its time”. Let us seek to be helpful partners with God and people who are in the midst of the sometimes “confusing in betweenness” of change and transition. Remember, helpful people are non-anxious listeners, seekers of truth and the common good, courageous, trusting God and loving all of God’s people, following the example of Jesus.
We are On Mission Together,
We say a fond farewell to:
Cory Britt - St Peter's, Wellington Atlantic Central District
Kent Crow - First Hudson North Central District
Ryan Hall - Wesley Melbourne Atlantic Central District
Frank Reynolds - Spring Lake North Central District
Becky Rokitowski - Associate St Paul's Tallahassee North West District
Bo Sim Associate Englewood South West District
Kim Uchimura - Emmanuel Bradenton South West District
And a Happy and Healthy Retirement to Diogenes Hernandez, Dan Johnson and Jerry Partney
Tracie Ashley - Co Pastor Grace Community, Fish Hawk
Pam Everhart - Shepherd's Community, Lakeland
John Frank - Riviera, St Petersburg
Kevin Grills - First Land O' Lakes
Rini Hernandez to the Conference Director of New Church Development and Hispanic/Latino Ministries
Corey Jones - Pasadena Community, St Petersburg
Keri Labrant - Clearview, St Petersburg
John Legg - Temple Terrace, Tampa Ernesto Machado - Faith Tampa
Sarah Miller - South Shore, Riverview
Jacob Park - St James, St Petersburg and First Gulfport
Garrett Rocha - Associate St Andrew's, Brandon
click here for a full list of the announced appointment changes
Annual Conference 2019 Florida Southern College
Make plans now to attend Annual Conference 2019 by booking your hotel rooms early. A list of hotels and rates can be found HERE. Housing will also be available at Florida Southern College (details forthcoming).
As you make your plans, the Annual Conference planning team wanted you to be aware of the following:
1) Our theme is “On Mission Together,” and we will welcome Bishop Will Willimon, missiologist Dr. Dana Robert, along with musical leaders Jarvis Wilson and Keith Wilson.
2) Annual Conference will begin on Wednesday, June 5, with clergy and lay sessions at 10 a.m. We will conclude with the Service of Licensing, Commissioning and Ordination on Saturday, June 8, adjourning at 12:30 p.m.
3) We will be voting on delegates to General Conference 2020, with chances to meet delegates Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning.
4) All registration will take place at Florida Southern College, as will the clergy and lay sessions.
5) Florida Southern has added new parking shuttles and golf carts.
6) We will have an air-conditioned tent near Branscomb Auditorium which will be a place to eat and fellowship with other delegates.
Annual Conference is free and open to anyone who would like to go. However, only Lay Members to Annual Conference 2019 will have a vote.
Youth are encouraged to participate and experience Annual Conference. Housing will be on the Florida Southern Campus, and $170 will cover dorm housing (double occupancy) and 8 meals. Register by May 15, 2019. Orientation will be at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4th , with housing check in immediately before orientation at 2:00 at Reynolds Hall. All youth must check into housing before orientation. Click HERE for youth information and registration.
Note: This does not make them a Voting Member at Annual Conference.
District Orientations -Everyone is welcome to attend any of the orientations. Click HERE for the list throughout the conference.
Appointed Clergy serving in the Florida Annual Conference
Do No Harm: Mandatory Quadrennial Sexual Ethics Training
All clergy who are serving under episcopal appointment within the Florida Conference must attend one of the upcoming sexual ethics training events this fall to remain in good standing. This includes ALL clergy serving in extension ministries, retired clergy serving under appointment, all deacons, elders, licensed local pastors (part time and full time). Diaconal ministers and lay supply who are assigned to lead a church. This is required even if you have recently attended the Sexual Ethics training at Right Start or are scheduled to do so this coming May. A different curriculum will be covered in the quadrennial training. Certificates will be provided to those who complete the full 5 hours of training. A copy of your Certificate will be placed in your clergy file.
When & Where?
You may attend a session outside of your appointed district.
Tampa at St. James UMC on Tuesday, September 24
Jacksonville at Mandarin UMC on Thursday, October 3
Gainesville at Trinity UMC on Wednesday, October 9
Plantation at Plantation UMC on Tuesday, October 22
Orlando at St. Luke's UMC on Wednesday, November 6
Lay Servant Ministries Training
Pasadena Community UMC St Petersburg June 14-15 click here for the flyer
The Cuba Ministry
If you are interested in learning more, please contact Paul Griffith at 813-431-5692 or firstname.lastname@example.org
ARE THERE YOUNG ADULTS IN YOUR CHURCH WHO WANT TO EXPLORE PASTORAL MINISTRY?
If so, please give them the attached application for the 2019 Summer Pastoral Ministry Internship Program and encourage them to apply!
DO YOU SERVE A CHURCH COMMITTED TO SHAPING THE NEXT GENERATION OF PASTORAL LEADERS?
If so, please sponsor a Summer Pastoral Intern for 2019!
Here are the quick facts for hosting an Intern. Attached is a more detailed program description.
Internship Dates Monday, May 27, 2019 through Friday, August 2, 2019
Intern Training Day Friday, May 24, 2019 (Students and Supervising Pastors)
Intern Reflection Day Monday, August 5, 2019 (Students Only)
Hours 30 hours/week as scheduled with Supervising Pastor
Housing Provided in congregant’s home, if needed
Stipend $3,500.00 ($1,500. host site, $1,500. Office of Clergy Excellence, plus an additional $500 from the Office of Clergy Excellence IF the Intern attends both the Orientation and Reflection Days)
If interested, please email or mail an Intern Job Description for your church. Please feel free to contact the Office of Clergy Excellence if you have any questions about the program.
Office of Clergy Excellence
450 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.
Lakeland, FL 33815
Around the Conference and Beyond
Church Leaders take advantage to available training.
UMCom has some great webinars, live and recorded for you.
Click here to see what is available http://www.umcom.org/learn/webinars-for-church-leaders
Warren W. Willis Camp Retreats
Check out Warren W. Willis for many opportunities to reflect & fellowship!
Confirmation Retreat: Sept 27-29
Rooted: September 16-17
Plan Your Own Church Retreat: Who doesn't love WWW? Why not plan your own retreat?
SEJ Clergy Women’s Event – “Uncharted”
The website is LIVE!!! Which means registration is OPEN!!
Share the website link far and wide to every SEJ clergywoman you know so we can get the word out! Also encourage them to "Like" the Facebook page ("Uncharted Conference 2019") to keep up with any updates!
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).
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 25 materials due for 2nd Provisional attempt meeting August 22
August 22 DCOM meeting for 2nd Provisional attempt DATE CHANGE
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 - Click here to register.
December 5 DCOM Meeting