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January 2018 District Newsletter

District Superintendent's Message

It is officially the new year. Most of us try and fail with resolutions - lose weight, spend less, etc. What we have to remember is that it cannot be a resolution, it needs to be a lifestyle change. Eating well and spending your money wisely is not a short-term plan, it is a long-term one. 

So while you pray about changes in your lifestyle, how can you change your lifestyle to become more like Jesus? A daunting question but each one of us can answer this question in our own way. Is it embracing others outside of the walls of the church in a kind and loving way (showing them Jesus?) Is it volunteering somewhere either at church or a local organization? 

There are so many ways that we can be more like Jesus. And He will always be excited for you to walk that walk with Him. 

This month, the district superintendent's message is a welcome into the new year and also some suggestions for the way we can change our lifestyle in and outside of church. READ THE DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT'S  MESSAGE HERE.

Happy New year from the District Office!

Leadership Event - Register Now!

Registration is now open for the District's 2018 Leadership Event. We will be holding the training in two different locations and on two different dates. 

The January 20, 2018 training will be held at Keystone UMC in Keystone Heights. The January 27, 2018 training will be held at Beach Church UMC in Jacksonville Beach. We encourage you to attend the training that works best for your schedule and location. 

Cost to attend the training is $10 per person. You must register in advance to attend. We will not allow walk-in registrations on the day of the event. 

Please review the Event Guide which will walk you through all of the aspects of the event including breakout sessions. Many of the breakout sessions have limited class sizes so please register early to get the class that you want.  

Jacksonville Icemen Faith & Family Night

Join the District Superintendent as he drops the puck at the Jacksonville Icemen game Faith & Family Night game on Sunday, January 28, 2018 @ 3 p.m. We will also be able to get a group photo on the ice after the game. For more information and to order tickets, please download the event flyer


MissionInsite Training with Tom Bandy

MissionInsite Training with Tom Bandy will be held @ CrossRoad UMC, Jacksonville. 

  • 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. - This training is designed for small to medium-sized churches
  • 1-4 p.m. - This training is designed for medium to large-sized churches. 

Cost is $25 per church and due to space constraints, each church may bring no more than five people. You must register and pre-pay in order to attend. Please feel free to bring a laptop with you. 

Register online today!

Igniting Men Conference @ Mandarin

Join the District United Methodist Men at the Igniting Men Conference on February 10, 2018 @ Mandarin UMC. 

This conference is led by men’s ministry leaders from Florida’s United Methodist Church but open to all men seeking a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and the desire to be better leaders in their homes, workplace, and community.

For more information and to register, please visit their website

Jobs in the District 

  • Lake Shore United Methodist Church, 2246 Blanding Blvd., Jacksonville Florida is seeking 3 part-time children’s workers who will provide a safe, secure and nurturing environment for children from infants to 5th grade. Individual will lead room activities and engage in the room’s worship and age appropriate Bible lesson. Working hours will be Sunday morning from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Wednesday evening from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM and other times that a child care worker is required. Please send resume and references to Shantarra Sewell at

January 2018

January 18, 2018 - Luncheon with Duval County UMC Pastors & Schools. 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. @ Southside UMC.

January 20, 2018 - District Leadership Event - Location 1 @ Keystone UMC, Keystone Heights (Event Guide)

January 27, 2018 - District Leadership Event - Location 2 @ Beach Church, Jacksonville Beach (Event Guide)

January 28, 2018 - Faith & Family Weekend @ The Jacksonville Icemen Ice Hockey Game. The District Superintendent will drop the puck at the game. We will also be able to go onto the ice after the game for a group picture with everyone from the District in attendance. For more information and to order tickets, please download the event flyer.

February 2018

February 10, 2018 - MissionInsite Training with Tom Bandy @ CrossRoad UMC, Jacksonville 

February 22, 2018 - Duval County Principal & Pastor's Luncheon

March 2018

March 1, 2018 – District Ministry Team Meeting, 11:30 – 3 @ Fleming Island UMC – Brown Bag Lunch. All clergy serving a local church are required to attend. 

April 2018

April 13-14, 2018 - District Lay Servant Ministry TrainingNew Life Community UMC, Jacksonville

April 29, 2018 - Announcement Sunday

May 2018

May 1 & 15, 2018 - Great Beginnings Training churches with a pastoral transition only, Shores UMC, St. Augustine

May 31, 2018 - Right Start for New & Moving Clergy, 10-4 @ First UMC, Lakeland

June 2018

June 1, 2018 - Right Start for New Clergy (Sexual Ethics & HR), 9-4 @ First UMC, Lakeland

June 7-9, 2018 - Annual Conference, Florida Southern College, Lakeland

June 26, 2018 - Moving Day

September 2018

September 12, 2018 - District Administrative Brunch, 9:30-12:30 @ Southside UMC.

September 14-15, 2018 - District Lay Servant Ministry Training @ Ortega UMC, Jacksonville

October 2018

October 20, 2018 - Super-Charged Conference @ CrossRoad UMC, Jacksonville