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From the District Superintendent
Hurricane Dorian response opportunities to share this Sunday with your Congregation!!
This week we watched and prayed as Hurricane Dorian hovered over the Bahamas for over 24 hours as a Category 4 then 5 devastating the islands Abaco and Freeport. The recovery efforts are now underway and the Florida Conference is ready to respond. Please share with your congregations this Sunday, ways Bishop Carter is encouraging churches to help the people of the Bahamas.
Here is the link to download Bishop Carter’s Bahamas response video message to share at church THIS SUNDAY, September 8th 2019 with your congregation.
Remember, God loves a Cheerful Giver!!! Let’s encourage our Gulf Central Churches to be generous in their response to our UMCOR Bahamas Relief and Recovery!!!
7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:7-8 NIV
We are On Mission Together,
Church Admin Lunch and Learn -
Come and join your fellow church administrative professionals at our Annual District Lunch. This Lunch is open to all who work in the church in an administrative position, whether paid or volunteer. This is a FREE event. So come and meet fellow church administrators as we love, learn and lead together.
Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) Training
The Annual Gulf Central District Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) Training Event will provide you with the effective tools needed in your responsibilities. Dr. Candace Lewis our District Superintendent will facilitate. There will be two trainings offered, one in Palm Harbor on December 11 and one in Brandon on December 12. Pick the location or date that is most convenient for you.
Pastors, SPRC Chairs and Committee members, Lay Leaders, and Lay Members to Annual Conference are encouraged to attend (current and newly elected). The training is free to attend, but we would like you to click on the link below and register for the training you plan to attend.
Wednesday, December 11, Palm Harbor UMC 7 -8:30 PM 1551 Belcher Rd. click here to register
Thursday December 12 7 – 8:30 PM St Andrew’s UMC Brandon3315 S Bryan Rd click here to register
Car Donation Needed
-YAMM needs a car-
Do you have a running vehicle that could be used to better communities, develop young adults and change the world?
If you have a car or truck that runs but you could donate it to the YAMM program, we will use the vehicle to get our young mission fellows to their service sites. Especially in our rural and suburban sites, public transportation is not available. And many young adults do not have their own transportation.
The need is serious and immediate. We had one blow a head gasket and is beyond repair.
Please contact Heidi Aspinwall for details. firstname.lastname@example.org (305)733-4420.
UMW 2019 Calendar
Sept. 6-8 District-wide Retreat, LEC
Sept. 21– District Mission Study, Oakhurst
Oct. 19 - District Annual Celebration, St. Paul’s, Largo
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)
SEJ Clergy Women's Event - Unchartered-Adventuring the Wilderness with God Early-bird registration extended to September 15, 2019
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
Bishop's Time with Clergy
As we finish the summer and approach fall, we wanted to let you know about the following:
The Bishop’s Clergy Day Apart originally scheduled for Tuesday, September 17, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, December 10. All clergy from Florida are invited to attend the December 10 event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Lakeland. The focus will be on “God is With Us” and spiritual preparation during the season of Advent.
The Conference Table is scheduled for Saturday, October 26, at the Portico in Tampa. The morning portion of the Conference Table meeting (10 a.m. to noon) will be open to all clergy and laity in Florida to come and hear a presentation from Bishop Carter on “Growing the Center.” The presentation will be followed by table discussion. To register for this event please click here.
In the midst of this season of the church, we hope you will make plans to attend these events. More information about both events will be available soon.
On Mission Together,
The Florida Conference
SEJ-BMCR Annual Meeting Registration & Info
The Southeastern Jurisdiction Black Methodists for Church Renewal will hold our 2019 Annual Meeting on October 17-19, 2019.
Theme: Purpose Driven, Laser Focused on the Mission and Ministry of the Black Church
Doubletree by Hilton | Tampa Airport-Westshore
4500 W Cypress St.
Tampa, FL 33607
Room Rate: $121 + taxes
Overview of Annual Meeting
On opening day, Thursday, October 19, at 9 a.m., we will conduct the business of the caucus, as well as hearing from our keynote speaker.
There will be two learning labs conducted: Techniques and Tools for Effective Leadership Resources and Funding for the Black Church. Nomination of officers will also be held. There will be a Communion Service on Thursday evening to close out the day at the host church, Mt. Zion UMC, Clearwater. Friday we will begin with Bible study followed by the town hall, Black College Fund luncheon, election of officers, reports and other business. Our annual banquet and dance will close the day. Saturday we will have Bible study, unfinished business, installation of officers and a closing worship service at noon.
Online Registration Link: https://bit.ly/2XEpSYi
Registration fee includes 1 luncheon ticket, 1 banquet ticket and SEJ BMCR membership dues for 2019-2020. Don't wait to register! Early bird registration discount ends August 19, 2019.
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September 12 Lunch Pals workshop click here to register
September 19 Clergy Meeting Location Lake Magdalene 9:30 -2PM working lunch – click here to register.
September 24 Sexual Ethics Training - (Clergy Only) Location St James - Tampa click here to register
September 25 Church Admin Lunch and Learn at Heritage UMC 10 AM -2PM click here to register
September 26 Church Admin Lunch and Learn at St Andrew’s UMC 10 AM – 2 PM click here to register
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
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 19 DCOM Meeting
December 11 SPR Training at Palm Harbor click here
December 12 SPR Training at St Andrew's Brandon click here
2020 and beyond
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