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From the District Superintendent
Today, I sat anxiously awaiting to see the doctor and the first question he asked me was “What are you grateful for today, Candace”? I paused, and wondered why did he ask me about gratitude? Why didn’t he ask how I felt, what was hurting or what was bothering me today? After the appointment, I reflected on why gratitude matters.
Why Gratitude Matters
Psychology Today reports, “It is possible to feel grateful toward loved ones, colleagues, animals, mother nature, God and life in general. The emotion generates a climate of positivity that both reaches inward and extends outward.”
Psychologists find that, over time, feeling grateful boosts happiness and fosters both physical and psychological health. Studies show that practicing gratitude curbs the use of words expressing negative emotions and shifts inner attention away from such negative emotions.
Shilpa Garg, recently wrote in a blog sharing seven reasons we should express gratitude. I’ve highlighted three below.
Here are 3 reasons to express Gratitude…
Reason #1 : Gratitude Improves Relationships
Feeling grateful helps us to identify people who are responsive to our needs, and helps to bring us closer to them, thereby improving our relationship with them.
Reason #2 : Gratitude Improves Performance and Productivity
When we hear words of gratitude, we are energized and motivated and that reflects in our work and life in general.
Reason #3 : Gratitude Uplifts the Soul and Spirit
Gratitude is good for mental health. It boosts happiness and improves overall sense of well-being and quality of life.
As Thanksgiving approaches I invite you to reflect on why gratitude matters and to whom will you express gratitude. Psalms 9:1 says, 1 I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. As my doctor’s appointment ended, I expressed gratitude to God for my Mom, family, friends, and the people and ministry in which I serve in the Gulf Central District.
District Wide Training Opportunities/Upcoming Events
Tools for Launching a New Hispanic/Latino Ministry – We are listening! We have rescheduled to our District launch at Innovations 2020 on February 22. Enjoy your Thanksgiving and late Fall!
Innovations 2020 February 22, 2020 Mark your calendar Because you won't want to miss this!
Anona United Methodist Church
13233 Indian Rocks Rd
9:30 AM - 3 PM
CERTIFIED LAY MINISTER CLASS STARTING
A new class for Certified Lay Ministers is forming. This is a 22 week class for those who have completed the Lay Servant classes and wish to go deeper in their service for God and their church. The class will cover all four modules of the curriculum for Certified Lay Ministers from the UM Board of Discipleship and will prepare the participants to apply to the District Committee of Ministry for certification and then to become eligible for appointment to limited service in pastoral ministry roles, as Certified Lay Ministers under the direction of the District Superintendent and District Committee.
The first class will be an orientation meeting on Thursday January 30th from 4 - 5:30 p.m. at Oakhurst United Methodist church. The class will be taught by Rev. Dr. Timothy Ehrlich. It requires a $30 materials fee and approval from your pastor to take the class. Contact Tim Ehrlich for more info at 813-956-5785 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Our very own Andy Whitaker-Smith has published a book The title of the book is Universal Monsters:
The monsters of Universal Pictures have thrilled and entertained audiences for nearly 90 years. But legends such as Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Wolf Man not only provide us great films, they are reflections of our own humanity; and oftentimes....when we act less than human.
How can these monstrous characters help us better understand ourselves, how we view others, and how we might overcome our own monsters? Perhaps the brand "Universal" is not just in reference to the studio....perhaps these monsters truly are universal within us.
The info can be found click here
District Job Opportunities
Aldersgate UMC Seminole
Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Seminole is hiring a Choir Director for our 9:00am traditional worship service. The Choir Director will provide leadership and oversight for the choral and traditional music ministries at Aldersgate UMC, working Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings. This person will maintain primary responsibility over the preparation and performance of music elements of the traditional worship service and the recruitment, equipping, and leadership of volunteers within the music areas. Additionally, this person will work closely with the Senior Pastor and Contemporary Worship Leader to interact effectively with ministry leaders, volunteers, and staff members of Aldersgate UMC to define and implement ministry objectives. These efforts will support the mission of the church “to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” Please contact Pastor Steve Ezra at email@example.com or call 727-391-0218 for questions or to apply.
Conference Events and Beyond
2020 Holy Land Trip with Bishop Carter
Bishop Carter is leading a trip to the Holy Land February 4-13, 2020.
Clergy and laity are invited to join Bishop Ken Carter, for 10 days in the Holy Land, departing February 4, 2020. You will walk the shores of the Sea of Galilee, study the scriptures in the synagogue in Capernaum, pray on the Mount of Beatitudes and renew your baptism at the Jordan River. Click HERE for more information and registration.
Winter Conference at Epworth By the Sea, January 26-29, 2020
Clergy are invited 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.
Click HERE to register. NOTE: The past event sold out. Don't delay in registering!!
UMW 2019 Calendar
Nov. 9 - Conference Annual Meeting, First United Methodist Church, Lakeland
Cornerstone Ministries Events:
November 1, 2019 Cornerstone Family Ministries Child’s Chance for Change Top Golf Challenge
March 7, 2020 Cornerstone Family Ministries Wonder Walk - Bayshore (Starting at Hyde Park UMC)
March 21, 2020 Cornerstone Family Ministries Wonder Walk - Lake Hollingsworth (Starting at College Heights UMC)
March 28, 2020 Cornerstone Family Ministries Wonder Walk - Redington Shores Beach (Starting at Constitution Park)
2019 HOLIDAY SCHEDULE
Conference and District offices will be closed
November 11 Veteran’s Day
November 28 Thanksgiving
November 29 Day After Thanksgiving
December 24 Christmas Eve
December 25 Christmas Day
December 26 Day After Christmas
November 7 materials due for December 5 DCOM meeting
November 7 Annual Clergy Mates Retreat info and registration
November 14 DCOM Meeting
November 18 - 21 SEJ Clergywomen's Event - in Jacksonville FL - Click here to register.
December 17 DCOM Meeting
December 10 Bishop's Day Apart at First Lakeland 10-3 info above
December 11 SPR Training at Palm Harbor click here
December 12 SPR Training at St Andrew's Brandon click here