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July 2016 District News

Message from District Superintendent

The North East District welcomes our new district superintendent Rev. Jay Therrell. He officially begins his ministry with us on July 1, 2016 but Fridays will be his Sabbath Day so his first day in the office will be on Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Please take a few minutes to read the first message from Jay

Clergy Peer Groups

From Jay: I am excited to learn that you all have been meeting in clergy peer learning groups. My intention is to work on those over the summer and we’ll launch them again in the fall at our first district clergy meetings. I’ll be contacting group leaders to learn who wants to continue. We may also recruit some new leaders.

My expectation is that all full-time clergy will regularly attend a learning group. I hope that as many part-time clergy will be a part of one as well. These groups will become essential to us as our district operations team continues to help develop a new way of “doing and being” the district.

District Office Summer Hours

The District Office will be closed on Monday, July 4, 2016 in observance of the Independence Day Holiday. In addition, the office will be closed on Monday, September 5, 2016 in observance of the Labor Day Holiday. 

The office will be open on Fridays until 12 p.m. This schedule will take place beginning the Friday after Annual Conference through the Friday before Labor Day.

36th Annual Clergy Mates 2016 Retreat

The Annual Clergy Mates Retreat will be held on November 4-6, 2016 at the Life Enrichment Center at Lake Griffin. Save the date and learn more about the Clergy Mates and online registration in July.

Welcome to the North East District

We welcome the following pastors who have transitioned into or within the North East District:

  • Neal Avirett - appointed to Spring Glen UMC & Glynlea Grace UMC
  • Will Clark - appointed to Isle of Faith UMC
  • Greg Doss - appointed to Ponte Vedra UMC
  • Heather Harding - appointed to Fleming Island UMC
  • Katie Harrington - appointed to Highlands UMC
  • Juana Jordan - appointed to Southside UMC
  • Emily Knight - appointed to Riverside Park UMC
  • Art McClellan - appointed to Ortega UMC
  • Gewanda Parker - appointed to Wesley Fellowship UMC
  • Juan Ramos - appointed to First UMC, Callahan
  • Jeffery Tate - appointed to Keystone Heights UMC
  • Debra Thompson - appointed to Ebenezer UMC, Jacksonville
  • Bridget Thornton - appointed to Christ UMC, Neptune Beach

We welcome each one of you into your new position within the district! May God's blessings surround you and your church as you begin your ministry together. 

Discipleship/Small Group Study Materials Available

The District Office has a large number of resource materials available to anyone in our district. Click here to review the list and reserve your copy of the resource materials available. You can then make arrangements to pick up the items in the district office. 

Sorry, but the Singers have cancelled their tour for the rest of the calendar year.

CrossRoad UMC to Host Lake Junaluska Singers

Join CrossRoad UMC on July 20, 2016 @ 7 p.m. when they host the Lake Junaluska Singers in a FREE concert.The mission of the Junaluska Singers is to express joy and hope through vocal and harmonic artistry at the highest level of excellence. For more information about the Singers,visit their website.

Town Hall Meeting with Bishop Carter

The Town Hall Meeting with Bishop Carter will be held on September 20, 2016. Please save the date. Please download the SAVE THE DATE postcard and share with your congregation. 


Part-Time Youth Minister Needed

Faith United Methodist Church, 4000 Spring Park Road, Jacksonville, is seeking a part-time youth minister to continue in an existing youth program, starting in August, 2016. Click here for more information about this position. 

Lay Servant Ministry Training

Registration is now open for the Fall Lay Servant Ministry Training to be held on September 23-24, 2016 @ Howe Memorial UMC in Crescent City.

In an effort to bestow radical hospitality, we are asking that anyone interested in attending to complete and either mail or drop off their registration forms at the District Office. Please no walk-in registrations on the day of the event. 

All participants must attend the entire 10 hours of training in order to receive certification. Download the registration form to begin the registration process. 

July 9, 2016 - UMM Event: 4th & 1 Men's Rally @ CrossRoad UMC

July 20, 2016 -­ Junaluska Singers @ CrossRoad UMC

August 1­4, 2016 - ­ Festival of Wisdom & Grace Conference

August 11-­12, 2016 -­ Global Leadership Summit

September 20, 2016 - Town Hall Meeting with Bishop Carter

September 23-­24, 2016 -­ District Lay Servant Ministry Training @ Howe Memorial UMC

November 4-6, 2016 - Clergy Mates Retreat @ Life Enrichment Center, Lake Griffin

January 28, 2017 - District Leadership Training Event, more details to come

February 4, 2017 - District Leadership Training Event, more details to come

June 7-9, 2017 - Annual Conference 2017, Buena Vista Palace Hotel, Orlando