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July 2019 District Newsletter

Dear North East District Family,

I recently heard a sermon was that was simple in nature, but profound in its message and comfort. It was a reminder that God is with us through suffering, challenges, changes, and in the good times. Intellectually and theologically, I know that. I’ve preached that message many times over the years. It’s also a timeless message that I can forget. I needed the reminder.

The preacher reminded me that when things seem bleak that we can lose sight of what God is doing in our midst. We can get stuck on asking the “why me” question. We can get so focused on ourselves that we begin to forget that we are called for a purpose (laity and clergy alike): to make disciples and transform our sphere of influence for Jesus.

I was also reminded that when times are good, that it’s so easy to forget to thank God and remember that He is with us then as well. As I’ve thought about it, perhaps it’s easier during the easy times to become self-reliant and think we are responsible for the blessings instead of realizing God walks with us - no exceptions.

At one of churches I served, an elder statesman of the congregation used to say, “When good things happen, say, ‘Praise the Lord!’ When bad things happen say, ‘Praise the Lord, anyway!’” That’s simplistic, but there’s good theology in that that. It’s also practical in the ups and downs of life.

I don’t know what’s specifically going on in your life, but I wanted to take the time to remind you that no matter what you’re facing (good, bad, or ugly), God loves you as if you were the only person in all the world. God’s with you in the trenches. Jesus is with you in the challenges and difficult diagnoses. The Holy Spirit is with you in the wins and rewards.

God bless you this summer, and don’t forget to look where God is at work in your midst. Share it with others, and let it spur you on to live out your calling!

Praise the Lord!, and

All God’s love,


Resident Internship @ Beach UMC

This past year Beach UMC started an 11-month internship residency program to help people discern their ministry calling and get valuable training and experience for vocational ministry.  Check out this short video that casts some more vision for the program    

The internship focuses on four key areas 1) personal spiritual development 2) theological development within the Wesleyan tradition 3) practical ministry theory and 4) hands on ministry experience within one of our awesome ministry departments. Interns choose a focus in one of the following tracks: Lead Pastor/Campus Pastor, Worship/Tech Ministry, BeachKids, Connections, Beach Students, Communications, Missions, or Operations.

The internship runs from September through July. Housing is provided (3 blocks from the beach) and the church can help interns raise support. The time commitment is approximately 20 hours per week (this can potentially increase to full-time depending on the person’s availability). While they are open to anyone who may be discerning their calling, they believe that recent college and seminary graduates could especially benefit from this opportunity.     

If you have any persons in your church who are interested in exploring or clarifying their call into ministry, this would be an excellent opportunity!  They are currently looking for candidates who would be interested in the 2019-2020 session that will start this September.  Visit their website for further information at

Lay Servant Training


Called to Preach Lay Servant Class at Middleburg UMC.

August 1, 2019, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
August 8, 2019, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
August 15, 2019, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
August 22, 2019, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Register here!

Called to Preach Lay Servant Class at Howe Memorial UMC, Crescent City

August 5, 2019, 4-6:30 p.m.
August 12, 2019, 4-6:30 p.m.
August 19, 2019, 4-6:30 p.m.
August 26 , 2019, 4-6:30 p.m.

Register here!

Called to Preach Lay Servant Class at CrossRoad UMC, Jacksonville.

September 9, 2019, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
September 16, 2019, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
September 23, 2019, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
September 30 , 2019, 6:30-8:30 p.m

Register here!

Fall Lay Servant Training at Wesconnett UMC, Jacksonville.

Classes will run on Saturday, October 12, 2019 (9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.) and Sunday, October 13, 2019 (3 - 5:30 p.m.) with lunch on Saturday and snacks provided.

We are offering the following classes:

  • Basic Lay Servant Class 
  • Aging and Ministry in the 21st Century 
  • Lay Servants Lead in Conflict Resolution  
  • Leading Missional Small Groups 

Register here! Be sure to register early since all classes have a cap on the number of registrants per class (15 per class.) 

Newborn Kits for Angola

Can you help? The Conference's Global Missions Team is collecting Newborn Kits for Angola. These kits are a tremendous resource in that area. Here is a list of items for each kit:

  • 3 cloth diapers (pre-folded or plain diapers only—NO disposable)
  • 1 under shirts and 1 one-piece onesies
  • 1 baby washcloths (infant size only)
  • 1 gowns or sleepers
  • 2 diaper pins (protective plastic closures)
  • 1 sweater open in the front (may be knitted, crocheted or hooded sweat shirts are acceptable)
  • 1 newborn baby hat
  • 2 receiving blankets (28” or 28” to 32” x 32” sizes only. No crib blankets please)
  • Bundle the items inside one of the receiving blankets and secure with the diaper pins

We will be collecting these items over the coming months since they have a team that will be traveling to Quessua in September. Feel free to drop off your kits to the District Office or bring them to Annual Conference and drop them off with Pam at the check-in area. Deadline to drop off at District Office is August 19.

Fresh Expressions are new forms of church that emerge within contemporary culture and engage primarily with those who don’t go to church”. They are New People, New Places, New Ways!

Come and learn more about Fresh Expressions at our FREE Brown Bag Training Sessions. We are offering the same training on three different dates (August 13/20/27) and in nine different locations throughout the district including:  Yulee, Hastings, Pierson, Jacksonville, Neptune Beach, Lawtey &  Orange Park. You only need to attend one of the sessions.

  • Aug. 13, 11:30-1:30 @ Pierson UMC
  • Aug. 13, 11:30-1:30 @ Christ UMC, Hastings
  • Aug. 13, 6-8 PM @ Yulee UMC
  • Aug. 20, 11:30-1:30 @ First UMC, Jax
  • Aug. 20, 11:30-1:30 @ Christ UMC, Neptune Beach
  • Aug. 20, 6-8 PM @ Grace UMC, Lawtey
  • Aug. 27, 11:30-1:30 @ Orange Park UMC
  • Aug. 27, 11:30-1:30 @ River of Life UMC
  • Aug. 27, 6-8 PM @ San Marco UMC

Bring a brown bag/drink and enjoy learning more about Fresh Expressions! For more details and to register, click here

Please share this bulletin insert in your weekly bulletin or newsletter. 

Employment Opportunities 

Please visit our Classifieds page online to view additional opportunities throughout the Conference. You can also post your Classifieds there as well. 


We welcome all Finance Committee Team Members and Trustees Committee Team Members to a Finance/Trustees Training. This training will involve all aspects of Finance and Trustees.

This training will take place on the following dates and locations:

  • November 12, 2019 - 7-9 PM @ San Marco UMC (formerly Swaim Memorial UMC), 1620 Naldo Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32207
  • November 13, 2019 - 7-9 PM @ Emmanuel UMC, 700 Main St, Palatka, FL 32177

Please sign up to attend. There is no cost to attend, but please register so we can prepare accordingly for the trainings. 

The district superintendent will conduct SPRC Training on December 10 @ Garden City UMC, 3057 Dunn Avenue, Jacksonville & December 12, 2018 @ First UMC, 205 N Pine St, Bunnell from 7-9 p.m. Both trainings will take place in the sanctuary.

We ask that all SPRC chairs/committee members attend one of these trainings, especially if they will be new to their position in January 2020. As a reminder to you, S/PPRCs ARE NOT authorized to take a vote on whether their pastor should remain or move unless you specifically receive permission from the district superintendent. Clergy are also welcome to attend.

This training is free to attend, but please register so we can plan for you.

2020 Equip Leadership Event

Save the date for the 2020 Equip Leadership Event to be held on February 8, 2020. Location and more details will be forthcoming. 


August 2019
August 1, 2019 - Called to Preach Class in Middleburg, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
August 5, 2019 - Called to Preach Class in Crescent City, 4-6:30 p.m.
August 8, 2019 - Called to Preach Class in Middleburg, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
August 12, 2019 - Called to Preach Class in Crescent City, 4-6:30 p.m.
August 14, 2019 - DCOM - Provisional (retrys only) Please contact Elizabeth Flynn for more information -
August 15, 2019 - Called to Preach Class in Middleburg, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
August 19, 2019 - Called to Preach Class in Crescent City, 4-6:30 p.m.
August 22, 2019 - Called to Preach Class in Middleburg, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
August 26, 2019 - Called to Preach Class in Crescent City, 4-6:30 p.m.

September 2019
September 9, 2019 - Called to Preach Class in Jacksonville, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
September 16, 2019 - Called to Preach Class in Jacksonville, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
September 18, 2019 – District Admin Brunch, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m./Southside UMC
September 23, 2019 - Called to Preach Class in Jacksonville, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
September 30, 2019 - Called to Preach Class in Jacksonville, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

October 2019
October 1, 2019 – Clergy Compensation Forms Due to District Office
October 9, 2019 – District Clergy/Ministry Team Meeting @ Fleming Island UMC. 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
October 12-13, 2019 - Fall Lay Servant Training @ Wesconnett UMC.
October 26, 2019 – Super-Charged Conference, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. @ CrossRoad UMC
October 28, 2019 – Church Dashboard Update Day

November 2019

November 12, 2019 – Finance/Trustees Training @ San Marco UMC
November 13, 2019 – Finance/Trustees Training @ Emmanuel UMC, Palatka

December 2019
December 10, 2019 – SPRC Training @ Garden City UMC

December 11, 2019 - Recerts/Certs/LP - Please contact Elizabeth Flynn for more information -
December 12, 2019 – SPRC Training @ First UMC, Bunnell