From the District Superintendent
In a two weeks, our 89 churches will gather together in six regional charge conferences to celebrate our ministry accomplishments for this year and approve administrative reports. Each Region includes 12-15 congregations. Each congregation was asked to submit an innovative ninety (90) second video giving us a digital instead of written view of the ministry highlights. We look forward to viewing the combined video of what’s happening in each Region. Let’s keep exploring innovative ways to engage in digital and mobile discipleship and ministry. I think I will try some 90 second DS messages in addition to written newsletter articles next year. We will end our Charge Conference season with a District wide Worship celebration that you do not want to miss.
Our District Worship Celebration will include a 100 voice choir, Latin praise dancing and the melodious music of Tampa Korean singers. Bishop Carter will preach a powerful message. After the service we’re planning a reception to appreciate our Pastors for their ministry among us. Psalms 105:1-2 CEB “Give thanks to the Lord; call upon God’s name; make God’s deeds known to all people!
I look forward to seeing you and praising God with you at each of our Regional gatherings. Let’s celebrate the wondrous works God is doing through our faithful pastors and laity.
On Mission Together,
Important Dates for your calendar
Charge Conferences - The forms and schedule are live on the conference web page click here
October 28-November 6 we will have 6 Ministry Area Team Charge Conferences
District Celebration November 11, 5 PM at Sun City Center UMC1210 Del Webb Blvd W Come and bring your church!
November 26 at St Andrew's S Bryan Rd Brandon 6:30 PM click here to register
November 29 at St Paul 1498 Rosery Rd. NE Largo 6:30 PM click here to register
Save the Date for the District wide Learning Event to Connect, Grow and Innovate Saturday February 16 9 AM - 3PM at Anona UMC 13233 Indian Rocks Rd. Largo 33774
Palm Harbor Reindeer Run
Get out your reindeer antlers and dust off those running shoes! Palm Harbor United Methodist Church is hosting the 4th Annual Reindeer Run 5K Saturday, December 1, 2018. The race will kick off at 8 a.m. at Pop Stansell Park, 797 Florida Avenue in Palm Harbor and runners will be able to run/walk up and down the beautiful Pinellas Trail. There will be a 1 mile fun run, chip-timed 5k, a virtual 5k and a tot trot for our youngest runners. All participants will receive a festive finishers medal, t-shirt and post-race goodies. Proceeds will benefit Bridging Freedom. For more information and to sign up go to www.phumc.net and click on the Reindeer Run logo.
exists for the unchurched and the dechurched. We meet in community centers, bars, restaurants, tattoo parlors, and coffeeshops; we may do yoga together, run together, kayak together, or garden together but we all encounter God together, and people who would not darken the door of a traditional church are finding meaningful relationship with Jesus. The Holy Spirit has breathed life into this movement across continents and denominations, including our own FLUMC – and now it’s our turn. If you are interested in expanding Fresh Expressions throughout the GCD, please join Michael Beck and Keri LaBrant at the Portico on Nov 8 from 2-3:30pm for coffee and conversation. Both lay and clergy are needed! Out of this group, we will be convening a smaller team to lead this work forward district-wide; this will be more an active and strategizing cohort of missional entrepreneurs than your grandmama’s committee. J Also, we need a snapshot of the current state of Fresh Expressions in the GCD so please fill out the brief survey .
For the GCD at-large, training opportunities will be offered in the new year for free or at very minimal cost. More information about fresh expressions and stories of impact can be found here: https://freshexpressionsus.org/. If you have particular questions, they can be directed to Keri via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to see you in November!
2020 Self-Nomination Process is Open
The planning and preparation for the 2019 session of the Florida Annual Conference is well under way. During the 2019 session, we will also be electing Lay and Clergy members to represent our Annual Conference as delegates to the 2020 General and Jurisdictional Conferences. Being elected to serve as a delegate is quite an honor that carries a lot of responsibility.
Who can be elected as a delegate to represent the Florida Annual Conference?
The Florida Annual Conference uses an on-line self-nomination process. Anyone who: (1) senses the leading of God to serve as a delegate, (2) who meets all of the Disciplinary eligibility requirements, (3) who successfully completes the self-nomination process before the February 15, 2019, deadline or (4) who successfully completes the self-nomination process during the Lay or Clergy Sessions on the first day of Annual Conference, can have their name placed on the ballot for election at the 2019 Annual Conference Session in Lakeland, Florida.
How do I know if I’m being called to serve as a delegate? Let me suggest the following:
• Begin with a time of prayer and reflection. Explore your thoughts and feelings with God. Ask God for the wisdom and understanding to know how best to serve.
• Take time to study the issues affecting The United Methodist Church, our Annual Conference, our congregations, and our world. What are the social, spiritual, theological and moral concerns which need to be addressed by our denomination?
• Ask someone whom you trust to help you to discern whether your gifts and skills, intuition and insight, learning and leadership have prepared you to serve as a delegate at this time.
• Reflect deeply on one of the required essay questions. As a delegate, what particular things could/would you do to help The United Methodist Church to fulfill its purpose and mission around the world?
• After having done all of the above, and sensing God’s call to serve, place your name on the ballot by completing the self-nomination process found on the Conference website. Click here to access it. The on-line nomination process will remain open until midnight on February 15, 2019. If you have questions about the eligibility requirements or the self-nomination process, call, write, or email me using the information below. I will assist you in every way possible.
Beth Gardner, Annual Conference Secretary
Around the Conference
If you have experience in the building trades, construction, renovation or restoration, you might enjoy being our newest Construction Coordinator for Disaster Recovery! Please visit our website at flumc.org > Classifieds for more information about this role and the regions that still need your expertise.
Pre-order Vital Conversations 4 Study Guide Today!
GCORR brings new voices on human sexuality to the table with Vital Conversations 4. Videos and study guides will be available for view and free download at the end of October 2018. If you would like a printed hard copy of the study guide, you can pre-order it now.
The Department of Religion and Philosophy
Florida Southern College
Invites you to attend the
Warren W. Willis Lecture in Religion
Joint with the
P. M. and Mary Boyd Lecture in Evangelism
“Hope: The Power of the Beginning, the Power of Endurance”
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Annie Pfeiffer Chapel
Florida Southern College
Lectures are free and open to the public.
Contact Renee Vanderslice with any questions: 863-680-4180
Warren W. Willis Camp Retreats
Check out Warren W. Willis for many opportunities to reflect & fellowship!
Plan Your Own Church Retreat: Who doesn't love WWW? Why not plan your own retreat?
CCYM - Dare to Explore
February 15 - 17, 2019 - Warren W. Willis
FIVE-DAY ACADEMY FOR SPIRITUAL FORMATION
Rev. Kathryn Damiano & Ray Buckley
March 10-15, 2019
Life Enrichment Retreat Center
4991 Picciola Road
Fruitland Park, FL 34731
2019 Florida Conference Women’s Retreats – “…got Joy?”
Please prayerfully consider joining us in 2019 for a glorious weekend, a time to pull away from your daily responsibilities and truly relax in the peace and beauty of the Life Enrichment Center. Be inspired by the assembly of leaders providing spiritual guidance, and experience the very presence of the Lord. You will join like-minded women and surely strengthen your relationship with Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
There are 2 sessions from which to choose. While each session is similar, each has very different speakers who will set distinctive vibes for the weekend. If you can’t decide, attend more than one!
The theme for 2019 is “…got Joy?”
Weekend 1 is February 8-10, 2019:
Keynote Speaker - Rev. Emily Knight
Bible Study Leader - Rev. Rachel Hughes
Music Leader - Cindy & Casey Cleveland & Family
Devotions: Sierra Clarke and Kim Fisackerly
Enrichments: Rev. Jackie Leveron, Rev. Valerie Goddard,
Marilyn King, Margie Anderson, Kimberli Jones, Roxie Haas,
Weekend 2 is March 8-10, 2019:
Keynote Speaker - Rev. Lisa Stamp
Bible Study Leader - Rev. Sara McKinley
Music Leader - Sue Sommer
Devotions: Tabatha Parish and Gladyanne Hood
Enrichments: Rev. Tamara Isidore, Karen Taylor, Rev. Mary Ashcraft,
Margie Anderson, Kathy DeLozier, Maureen Corristan,
Register early to get your preferred weekend. Registration opens on
1 November 2018. Commemorative T-Shirts will be available for purchase at the time of your online registration.
LEC cost is $190.00 (per person, based on Double occupancy, including all meals + snacks).
Commuter w/meals is $145
Commuter w/no meals are $95.
You must register online, http://www.flumc.org/floridaconferencewomensretreats.
It’ll be wonderful to see you there! If you have any questions, please check the website or contact:
4991 Picciola Rd.
Fruitland Park, Fl 34731
Phone: (352) 787-4345
October 28 – Charge Conference at College Heights 942 South Blvd Lakeland at 4 PM (Alturas, Asbury-Bartow, College Heights, Crystal Lake, First Bartow, First Lakeland, Highlands, Kathleen, Lake Gibson, Mulberry, Shepherd’s Community, St Mark, Trinity, and United Methodist Temple).
October 29 – Charge Conference at Lake Magdalene 2902 W Fletcher Ave Tampa at 6:30 PM (Faith Primeria Iglesia, Forest Hills, Horizon, Hyde Park, Keeney, Lake Magdalene, Oak Grove, Palma Ceia, Port Tampa, Seminole Heights, Temple Terrace, Tyer Temple, and Wesley Memorial Tampa).
November 3 – Charge Conference at St Andrew’s 3315 S Bryan Rd. Brandon at 2:30 ( Cork, First Plant City, First Riverview, First Seffner, Grace Plant City, Grace Community at Fish Hawk, Limona Village Chapel, New Hope, Ruskin, South Shore, St Andrew’s, Sun City Center, Thonotosassa, Springhead, and Northeast).
November 4 – Charge Conference at Bay Hope 17030 Lakeshore Rd in Lutz at 4 PM (Asbury NPR, Bay Hope, First Dunedin, First Land O’Lakes, First Lutz, First New Port Richey, First Tarpon Springs, Harvester, Hillsborough, Hope, Joining Hands, Keystone, Korean Tampa, and St James Tampa).
November5 – Charge Conference at First Clearwater 411 Turner Street at 6:30PM (Aldersgate, Anona, Community Oldsmar, Curlew, East Lake, First Clearwater, Heritage, Mt Zion, Palm Harbor, Skycrest, St Paul Sylvan Abbey, and Verdad Y Vida).
November 6 – Charge Conference at St Luke’s 4444 5th Ave N St Petersburg at 6:30 PM (Allendale, Christ, Clearview, First Gulfport, First Pinellas Park, First Seminole, First St Petersburg, Lakewood, Lealman, McCabe, Oakhurst, Pasadena, Riviera, St James St Pete, St Luke’s and Wesley Memoria St Pete).
November 11 Gulf Central District Celebration and Clergy Appreciation 5 PM at Sun City Center 1210 Webb Blvd W Sun City Center. click here for flyer
November 15 DCOM
November 26 SPR Training at St Andrew’s 3315 S Bryan Rd Brandon 6:30 – 8:30PM
November 29 SPR Training at St Paul 1498 Rosery Rd. NE Largo 6:30-8:30 PM
December 13 DCOM
January 1 – Materials due for Local Pastor License Renewals – meeting January 24
January 17 Clergy Meeting at Lake Magdalene, 2902 W Fletcher Ave Tampa 9:30 -2PM working lunch
January 24 DCOM – at St Paul 1498 Rosery Rd. NE Largo
February 16 District Learning Event at Anona 13233 Indian Rocks Rd Largo 9AM – 3 PM
April 4 – materials due for 1st Provisional attempt meeting May 2
April 25 Clergy Meeting Location TBD 9:30 -2PM working lunch
May 2 DCOM Meeting 1st Provisional attempt materials due April 4
June 5-8 Annual Conference at Florida Southern in Lakeland
July 11 materials due for 2nd Provisional attempt meeting August 8
August 8 DCOM meeting for 2nd Provisional attempt
Clergy Meeting Location TBD 9:30 -2PM working lunch
October 17 materials due for November 14 DCOM
November 7 materials due for December 5 DCOM meeting
November 14 DCOM Meeting
December 5 DCOM Meeting