A word from the District Superintendent
Because Jesus Lives!!!
Today is Easter Monday 2018. This year during Holy Week I felt led to “come along side” of our Pastors in prayer, with words of encouragement and support by attending Holy Week services throughout the District. This week I actually prayed for each Pastor by name and asked God to continue to bless them and their families and empower them for the work God has entrusted to their care. I hope my prayers blessed the Pastors. I admit it sure was a blessing to me and for me to intentionally pray for them. After preaching a sunrise service with six of our St. Pete churches, I was able to spend Easter Sunday afternoon with my own family in Ocala and visit a beautiful 91 year old church member who nurtured me in my faith as a youth.
During this visit Mrs. Nancy shared with me how she’s been doing and feeling and what it’s like to be 91 years old. She laughed as she reflected on her hands that don’t grasp like they used to and her limited eyesight. She showed me the two canes that assist her in walking and the chair in which she spends the majority of her time now. I was touched deeply by the way her words flowed from her heart with gratitude and contentment. She explained that she’s not afraid to die, and still lives each day with joy. As I was leaving I asked if we could pray and before we prayed I asked if we could sing “Because He Lives”. Mrs. Nancy was a stellar soprano in the Chancel Choir years ago and this was one of her favorite songs. As we sang together these words “… because I know, who holds the future… and life is worth the living just because Jesus Lives”. We both cried and hugged and I left and thought what an amazing Resurrection Sunday experience. In closing I share this scripture and ask you to remember to “ Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”. Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)
The Thirteenth Annual Native American Gathering
April 20-22 - LEC, Fruitland Park
The mission of CONAM is....
To communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the Native American people in a culturally relevant way; disciple Native people in a culturally affirming way; encourage Christ-centered worship in a culturally redemptive way; and facilitate a Native presence in the wider church in a culturally appropriate way.
Click HERE for details and to register.
Warren W. Willis Camp Retreats & Summer Camp
Confirmation Retreat: October 5 - 7
Connect: October 19 - 21; November 9 - 11
Created By God: April 20 - 22
Summer Camp: June & July
Plan Your Own Church Retreat: Who doesn't love WWW? Why not plan your own retreat?
Life Enrichment Center
Want to help create meaningful experiences for your church's families this year? Want to encourage your parents to be more active in their kids' spiritual lives? Be sure they know about LECFamily programs!
Dad and Me Weekend - April 13 - 15
Grandparents and Me - June 25 - 28
Family Camp - June 29 - July 1 & July 20 - 22
Mom and Me Weekend - September 14 - 16
Questions? Email Asa Quinn firstname.lastname@example.org
Baptism at Enterprise Campus
At the beginning of the new year, one of the young men living here at the Children's Home decided that, as he approached his eighteenth birthday, he wanted to begin his independent life as a baptized Christian. After a time of prayer, consultation, and coordination, he was baptized during a special service at the Enterprise Campus.
The service followed a United Methodist baptismal liturgy, along with worship songs picked by the young man to reflect his relationship with God. Our Chapel was full of supporters for the baptism, ranging from staff, Board of Trustee members, and other youth here at the Children's Home. One of the Board members, Rev. Bob Laidlaw, surprised the young man with some water that was taken from the Jordan River, where Jesus was baptized. The baptism was conducted by Rev. Madeline Luzinski and Rev. Ryan Frack
Children in foster care have often had some difficulty reconciling a God who loves them with the abuse and trauma they have experienced in their own lives. Unfortunately, some of the children in our care have also experienced spiritual trauma, thus leading to a negative perception of God. Through the work of the Spiritual Life department, the children learn about a God who is bigger than what they have gone through. Baptism at the Children’s Home is a special honor, as most children are only with us for a temporary amount of time. Among their newfound community, they have found a spiritual home here, and baptism allows them the opportunity to proclaim their faith amongst others who will pray for and encourage them.
Hurricane Irma was big, really big.... Together with God, and YOU, we are bigger!
A suite of micro‑training courses is now available online. Each learning experience is designed to deliver effective content in less than 20 minutes! These free, quick "bursts of knowledge" will equip you with communication practices that you can start applying in your church right away, such as Facebook Outreach and Sharing Your Church Through Pictures.
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