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January 2017 District Newsletter

Message from the District Superintendent 

Happy New Year! Did you know that in Japan, the breaking of dawn on New Year's Day is much more than just the beginning of a new day? Oshogatsu (the first three days of the year) is Japan's biggest holiday, and people flock to temples and shrines to pray for a healthy and prosperous year - regardless of their religious affiliation. This visit is called hatsu-mode, which used to mean going to a Shinto shrine before dawn and paying respects to one's guardian deities as dawn broke. 

As we go back to work and resume our normal routines after the holidays, we ask that you take some time to make prayer part of your daily routine. Jay shares a special prayer in his January message. Click here to read his message and join him in prayer

Save the date for the District's Super-Charged Conference! November 11, 2017 from 9-12 @ CrossRoad UMC. 



There are only a few weeks left to register for the Activate Conference. This Conference is our Leadership Training Event for the year. We are offering the training on two different dates and locations. These events will be he held on January 28, 2017 @ Beach UMC and also February 4, 2017 @ First UMC, Starke. Please remember that all clergy and key stakeholders from each church must attend one of the event dates. 

There are two steps to the registration process. First you must register to attend the training - There is no cost to attend the training. However, to cover the cost for lunch and snacks being served throughout the day, we are asking everyone who attends to pay a $10 fee for food.

There is no limit on how many from your church can attend. However, please be sure to register in advance so we can make sure we have space and food available for you. 

Upcoming Deadlines - Reports Due

As we begin to close out 2016, please be mindful of the following deadlines that are approaching:

  • 2017 Calendar of Reports Due - Please download the 2017 Calendar of Reports Schedule.

  • Apportionments and End of Year Payments are due by January 10, 2017 - Please click here for more information.

  • Church and Pastor Annual Profiles are due by January 31, 2017 - Click here to view the instructions for accessing the profiles.

  • Year-End Statistics Reporting Begins January 3, 2017 - Please click here for more information and how to access your church's log-in information.

DLC Nurse & Learn Message

From all of us at DLC, we hope you had a very Merry Christmas and Happy New year! Special thanks to all of our donors and supporters who’ve made 2016 another incredible year for our children.  God Bless!

If your church is interested in supporting this ministry, please visit their website for more information.

Reminder for Clergy

Be sure to mark your calendar for February 22, 2016 - District Ministry Team Meeting (formerly known as the District Clergy Meeting), 11:30-3 @ Fleming Island UMC, please bring a brown bag lunch.

Please register to attend the meeting. ​

Will You Pray With Us?

We have a special request for January. Rev. Juana Jordan is following God's call to start a new ministry in our District. As she continues to pray for God's instruction and guidance about his next church, we invite you to pray with her and with others in our district and across the country. Please download the January Prayer Card

Take the word, discover the will and then do it in God's way. We pray all of these things for Rev. Jordan. 

Messages for the District

We receive many requests from folks within the district and the conference asking us to reach out to our district about a certain event or ministry. In an effort to be able to give you as much information in a limited space, we have put their messages into PDF documents or included a direct link to their website for you to easily review and share with others in your churches. Please click on the blue underlined links for more information. 

Florida Chapter PAUMCS Seminar

Anyone serving in an administrative capacity in the local church is  invited to register and attend the Professional Association of United Methodist Church Secretaries Seminar to be held on February 17-19, 2017. Download the event flyer today. 

Please click on the links below for more information about these meetings/events.

January 2017

January 28, 2017 - District Leadership Training Event - Activate Conference @ Beach UMC. Please be sure to register for lunch as well.

February 2017

February 4, 2017 - District Leadership Training Event - Activate Conference @ First UMC, Starke. Please be sure to register for lunch as well.

February 22, 2016 - District Ministry Team Meeting (formerly known as the District Clergy Meeting), 11:30-3 @ Fleming Island UMC, please bring a brown bag lunch.

March 2017

March 3-4, 2017 - District Lay Servant Ministry Training @ Southside UMC - Save the Date!

March 3-4, 2017 - Resonate - District Youth Worship Band Training @ Mandarin UMC

March 7, 2017 - District Town Hall Meetings for Laity, 7-9 p.m. @ New Life Community UMC

March 9, 2017 - District Town Hall Meetings for Laity, 7-9 p.m. @ Keystone UMC

June 2017

June 8-10, 2017 - Annual Conference 2017, Buena Vista Palace Hotel, Orlando

August 2017

August 10, 2017 - Global Leadership Summit @ CrossRoad UMC

November 2017

November 11, 2017 - Super-Charged Conference, 9-12 @ CrossRoad UMC