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From the District Superintendent
Gulf Central District Pastors!!!! We Appreciate You!!!
As I follow friends on social media, I’ve enjoyed pictures highlighting special days. I’ve seen National Daughter/Son day, Siblings Day, and Staff Appreciation Day. There is even a National Ice Cream Day and a National Taco Day. Some days we celebrate just for fun and a good food selfie. Some days offer an opportunity to show appreciation to people who are important in our lives.
October is Pastor’s Appreciation Month. This Month reminds and invites us to show appreciation to our appointed Pastors and retired Pastors. We can say “thank you” for answering God’s call. We can celebrate our Pastors for their faithfulness to God’s mission and ministry in our church and community. We can also say thank you for the ways many pastors sacrifice to journey with the people in the church.
To our 88 Pastors leading churches in the Gulf Central District, we say “thank you” and “we appreciate you”. We appreciate the sacrifices you make to serve and care for God’s people. We appreciate the numerous hours you spend in Leadership and Administrative meetings wrestling with the present and future of the church. Thanks for your faithful study and preparation to share a relevant message weekly. Thanks for caring for God’s people. Thanks for all the funds you raise, meetings you attend and emails you respond to supporting the connectional ministries of our District and Conference. I could go on and on thanking you for the big and small things you do as a Pastor in the Gulf Central District.
Here’s a great reminder from Hebrews 6:10 – “God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown towards his Name”(NIV).
God sees your faithful service Pastor and we appreciate you as well.
On Mission Together,
Rev. Dr. Candace M Lewis
You can put more young adults into mission service!
The Young Adult Missional Movement is seeking more support to expand the mission service program. Currently YAMM has 7 houses in 4 districts but plans to expand into every district as support and recruiting allows.
Churches, small groups, or individuals can add the YAMM program to their annual mission giving and help engage more young adults in more communities. Whether it's $1,000 annually or a love offering, all you support will make a difference. Utilities, transportation, health care costs, etc are all on the rise.
Gifts can be mailed to the conference office, designated for YAMM or made securely online:
YAMM's year-long mission program no longer receives apportionment funding after the initial three year start up period. Since it was formed, there have been 75 alumni who served in 30 teams over the past five years.
Save the Dates
February 22, 2020
Anona United Methodist Church
13233 Indian Rocks Rd
9:30 AM - 3 PM
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. Click HERE to download the brochure.
Job Opportunities in Gulf Central District
DIRECTOR FOR SKYCREST CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER
We are a small preschool serving children age 2 through VPK (Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten), along with a before and after school program for elementary age students.
You can learn more about our preschool at www.skycrest.net/scdc
We are in search of a Director who can lead our preschool staff and administrate our school in compliance with Pinellas County Licensing Board, Pinellas Early Learning Coalition, and all other rules and regulations. We are also looking for someone who can grow our school, and work well with our church staff, volunteers, and Children’s Ministry program to accomplish our church’s mission of Connecting People to God, Each Other, and the World.
Qualified applicants will have their CDA, Director’s Credential, Level 2 background screening, and VPK Literacy course.
We will be interviewing for this position on a rolling basis, so please contact us ASAP with a resume and cover letter to if you would like to be considered. Our phone number is 727.446.5047 and email is email@example.com (CC: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Director of Adult Ministries for Aldersgate UMC in Seminole (mid-Pinellas County)
Aldersgate UMC in Seminole (mid-Pinellas County) is hiring a part-time Director of Adult Ministries, 18-20 hours per week. This person will lead, manage, and nurture the adult growing and serving ministries of Aldersgate, enabling adults to grow as Christian disciples and serve within the church and in the world. Attracting, connecting, training, and sustaining volunteers for all adult ministries is essential to success in this role. This person will work closely with the Senior Pastor and other staff members to interact effectively with ministry leaders, volunteers, and staff members of Aldersgate to define and implement ministry objectives. This person will work under the direction of the Senior Pastor to help implement the vision of Aldersgate and to support the mission of “making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” For a complete job description, to apply, or to answer questions, email our Office Administrator at email@example.com or call 727-391-0218. For more information about our church, visit www.aldersgate.com.
2020 Connectional Giving
The apportionments for 2020 are now available on the conference website. To access your 2020 apportionment information:
Go to the conference homepage: http://www.flumc.org
Click on the "Monthly Reports" tab at the bottom right of the page.
Click on the top link under Monthly Billing reports: "Click here to download monthly reports."
When you choose a Report, there will be a report on the drop-down menu called 2020 Apportionments Report. This link will take you to your 2020 apportionments.
SEJ Clergy Women's Event - Unchartered-Adventuring the Wilderness with God
Special Hotel rate ends October 28 so get your reservation in for the best rate.
Ministry is beautiful, challenging, rewarding, and frustrating. Where we end up is often not where we first sought out to be; sometimes that turns out beautifully and sometimes…it doesn’t feel so beautiful.
The theme “Uncharted” was chosen with great intentionality for this year’s Southeast Jurisdiction’s Clergywomen Conference. Everyday ministry in general seems uncharted - moving from appointment to appointment, being a pastor to people vastly different from ourselves, being a clergywoman in a male-dominated field (and churches that have strong opinions about this), and the list goes on.
All of this on top of the uncertainty that lies beyond General Conference and a denomination that proved itself with the vote percentages to be very divided.
There is much uncertainty ahead, but we hope to provide a safe space for the clergywomen of the SEJ to find rest, sisterhood, resources, and reassurance in the God who never leaves us, but rather adventures the wilderness with us.
This event is open to all female clergy and candidates. "Like" the Facebook page "Uncharted Conference 2019" for all the updates! www.unchartedconference2019.com Click here
Guidelines for Grant Application Submission, Review and Endorsement
The opportunity to serve a connectional church is a missional blessing as we share and effect ministry on every level of the Church. The opportunity also carries responsibilities. One of the responsibilities is the process by which we apply for grants. Boards, agencies, Commissions, and all of our United Methodist entities rely on us to conduct due diligence in the review and endorsement of funding requests.
Below please find a reminder of our Conference guidelines implemented in 2014. Click HERE to see the process outlined on the FL Conference website. Please note that the following process represents our best opportunity to evaluate and endorse grant applications in a timely manner:
Thank you for assisting us in becoming better stewards of UMC resources and fellow travelers with you on the journey of implementing vital ministries!
Connectional and Justice Ministries
Florida United Methodist Heritage Center
We are excited to announce - we now have a Facebook page! We created the page to showcase the rich and dynamic history our Conference has preserved and cherished throughout our almost 175 years as a Conference.
If you've never been to our United Methodist Heritage Center, located on the campus of Florida Southern College in Lakeland, your "tour" can start on Facebook. The archives have countless pictures, artifacts and interesting collections that need to be seen right? Well, we want to make sure that you AND members of your church can easily access and marvel at all the beautiful and sacred archives we have, so we created this Facebook page just for you!
Will you please share this link with your congregation and ask them to "Like" it, so that our great connection can be in touch with our sacred past? Reflecting and studying our past can only help us as we look to the future and all that God has in store for us. Click HERE for our Facebook page.
Thank you for your help in spreading the word and we look forward to connecting with your congregation through this page.
Mrs. Anita Campbell, Chair
Florida United Methodist Conference Archives Commission
Rev. Judi New, Archivist
Florida United Methodist Conference
General Conference 2020
Minneapolis, Minnesota - May 5 - 15
October Clergy Appreciation Month
October 12-November 10 Charge Conference Season click here to link to the forms
October 17 materials due for November 14 DCOM
October 26 Round table at the Portico click here to register
November 7 materials due for December 5 DCOM meeting
November 7 Annual Clergy Mates Retreat info and registration
November 14 DCOM Meeting
November 23 Tools to Launch a new Hispanic/Latino Ministry 9:30-1:30 Location TBD
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
2020 and beyond
February 22, 2020 Innovation 2020 at Anona UMC 9:30 -3 PM sign up coming soon
April 23 - Clergy Meeting - Bay Hope 10-1 (including working lunch) more information closer to the date
General Conference ♦ May 5-15, 2020 ♦ Minneapolis, MN
Annual Conference ♦ June 4-6, 2020 ♦ Florida Southern College, Lakeland
Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference ♦ July 15-18, 2020 ♦ Lake Junaluska, NC
Annual Conference ♦ June 10-12, 2021 ♦ Lakeland