NW July 2018 Newsletter


 On June 24, 2018 a wildfire ripped through the Eastpoint community. This quiet little town on Florida's Forgotten Coast was ravaged as dozens of homes were destroyed and families with little to begin with lost


 St. George Island UMC, along with First UMC of Eastpoint, are assisting the recovery efforts in a number of ways. While giving people clothes and feeding them has been helpful, what the families need most is financial assistance. SGIUMC has set up a special fund to help the victims of this disaster, with funds going directly to the families who lost their homes and possessions. 


If your finances allow, please consider donating to our efforts to help the people of Eastpoint. You can donate to the Eastpoint Wildfire Family Disaster Fund on this website at https://www.sgiumc.org

If you are unable to contribute monetarily, please be in prayer for this community. 




Please join Trinity UMC, Lake City, on July 14, 2018 from 11 AM - 1 PM for a Back to School Bash. There will be free book bags, health screenings, a Gospel Rapper, African Folklore and Africian Drums by Orisirisi. Additionally, 2 bicycles will be given away! For  more information contact Theo Jackson at 407/267-8968. Location is: 248 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr., Lake City.



Bethel UMC, Tallahassee invites youth to come out July 16-20, 2018 from 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM for a program titled, "Camping in Canaan". For more information contact Travis & Tina Oaks at 850-519-2789.


You are invited to  learn more about the Calvary UMC clothing closet and listening café ministries on Saturday, July 21, from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at Calvary UMC, 218 Ausley Road, Tallahassee. See what is happening and learn about ways you can help! Big Bend Front Porch Ministry is a brand new mission ministry of the North West District of the United Methodist Church. God is working through this Fresh Expression!! For more information visit info@bigbendfrontporch.org.




On May 24th, Legacy Scholars Academy (LSA) held a graduation ceremony for its third class of seniors.  This year, we had a total of twelve graduates. Ten of those graduated from LSA, while the other two were part of our Independent Living program, and attended local Volusia County schools. The event was held at First United Methodist Church of Sanford, and the class was our largest yet. It was surely an evening of celebration and reflection.  The ceremony included remarks from Children’s Home President & CEO, Kitwana McTyer, Volusia County school superintendent Tom Russell, School Board Chair Melody Johnson, Volusia County Coordinator of Contracted Sites Stephanie Workman, and Children’s Home Director of Education Mary Cortez. “Rise Up” was the theme of the 2017-18 school year, and the graduation speakers summarized and focused on the practical applications of the theme.
Special thanks to: First United Methodist Church of Sanford for graciously hosting this special event; Publix for donating gift cards to help offset the cost of food; Margaret Morris, for the desserts and personalized cakes; and the many folks who helped behind the scenes. Each graduate received a personalized handmade quilt from a quilting group at First United Methodist Church of Boca Raton and a check for $125 from Silver Palm United Methodist Church. Each graduate was also gifted with a laptop computer, which will help them as they pursue their post-high school goals. Finally, each
student received a personalized Bible from our Spiritual Life Department.

The really impressive part about these students is how they've beaten the odds to become successful graduates. They originally came to the Children's Home from abusive or neglectful homes, and some had to catch up to their appropriate grade level. Most came to us with failing GPAs. As an example, one student came to us with a 0.7 GPA, and is now graduating with a 3.9 GPA. Of the 12 graduates, five will be attending Daytona State College; three will be attending Seminole State College; two will be joining the Army; one will be pursuing her education in technical engineering in Atlanta; and one will be joining the Police Academy.

We are incredibly proud of our graduates for all of their hard work. They are well on their way to achieving their goals. We also want to thank each of you, for it is through your support that we have been able to provide for the education, therapy, and daily needs of each of our children. You make a difference!



First Methodist Church of Monticello Preschool is seeking an high energy, self-motivated individual to fill the position of Substitute/Part time teacher. Individuals in this position may work with any age group ranging from 2 years to school age. Working hours and pay will be determined by the director.

This position requires full interaction with children in a classroom environment. The person hired will have to be motivated to take initiative in the classroom without having to be directed by other staff on a regular basis.

Must be a Christian

Must be able to pass background screening through the Clearinghouse

Must have good moral character

Follow policy and procedures of the organization

Consistently report to work on time prepared to perform duties of position

Support school mission and program philosophy

Maintain confidentiality

Maintain a positive and respectful attitude.


  • Child Care: 1 year (Preferred)
  • First Aid/ CPR AED (Preferred)
  • Florida Childcare Professional Credential or CDA (Preferred)
  • Required DCF Training 45 hours in department of children and families courses (Requir

Send resume to: 

Connie Swiggard, Director


Little Angels Preschool

First United Methodist Church

325 W Walnut Street

Monticello, Florida  32344

(850) 997-5545  (church)



The Cross and the Flame: Conversations with Bishop Carter

Join Bishop Ken Carter at one of our important fall regional gatherings.  These events are open to all. There will be an opportunity to submit questions for Bishop Carter prior to the gatherings.  Each event will begin at 6:30 PM and a reception will follow. 

Sunday, Sept. 16 - Killearn UMC, Tallahassee
Monday, Sept. 17 - First UMC, Winter Park
Tuesday, Sept. 18 - First UMC,  Boca Raton
Wednesday, Sept. 19 - Harvest UMC, Lakewood Ranch

To Register, please visit https://florida-reg.brtapp.com/bishopconversation



Contact Us

The Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church

450 Martin L King Jr Ave
Lakeland, FL 33815

(863) 688-5563 or toll free (800) 282-8011