Message from the District Office
In mid-June I was planning to fly to New York and visit my dad. I have only seen my dad once in the past three years. I was so looking forward to it and then the COVID pandemic completely upended those travel plans.
You see my dad is old school. While not that old (he will be only 70 this year), he lives just outside of the Adirondacks in upper New York in a small, modest cabin; doesn't have a cell phone; and, has a big, clunky computer without a camera or a microphone. He pretty much lives on the fringe of technology.
Way back in April, we sent my dad an older i-Pad that we weren't using anymore. The i-Pad was complete with instructions on how to turn it on, which apps to use, etc. Because of this gift of technology, I was finally able to see him again. .
There has been a common theme over the past few months of being "Zoomed" out by all of the video calls and meetings. We are all stressed out and "Zoomed" out to a point where we think, "I just cannot do one more virtual meeting." Let me say that while I understand how challenging this time has been, I have cherished the moments where I get to see people's faces. It has been a true blessing.
I spent my birthday in April on video calls all afternoon. It was a great way to celebrate my quarantine birthday. Each Wednesday I host a video call for the church admin in the North East District. We have 7-10 folks on the call sharing the highs and lows of their ministry during this time. Until we started these weekly calls, I didn't realize how much I missed their faces.
So the next time you feel just a twinge of stress on a video call, just be thankful for the opportunity to "see their face." It is a blessing. Find that Joy!
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 - Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
NE District Office
Florida United Methodist Children's Home - Virtual Career Fair
The UM Children's Home is hiring new heroes to work directly with children and youth in several programs. Click HERE for the Virtual Career Fair flyer. The Career Fair will be held on Friday, June 5 from 1-3 p.m. For a complete listing of career opportunities and to RSVP, please visit our career opportunities pages at https://www.fumch.org/about-fumch/employment and https://www.cofsfl.org/careers.
Minimum requirements: Applicants must be 21 years or older, have a high school diploma, GED or higher, and be able to pass an extensive background screening. Some positions require applicants to be bilingual in English and Spanish and have a year of experience working with children. Positions at Circle of Friends Services are contract based. See specific requirements for each position at the career opportunities links above. Above all, our applicants need to have a passion to be a positive role model in the lives of children and youth.
ARCHIVES & HISTORY
Do you have a passion and interest in history? If so, the Conference Commission on Archives and History is looking for YOU! This Commission meets twice yearly (in January and then in June at Annual Conference).
The history of the United Methodist Church is precious and the need to maintain it is great. Won’t you consider serving?
Don’t forget to register to attend this year’s virtual clergywomen’s lunch, June 4 from 11:30-1:00. We are hoping for 200 attendees! We will have speakers, giveaways, breakout sessions, humor, and even red shoes! Don’t forget to invite seminary students and candidates for ministry.
If you have a job you would like to post, please submit that on our Classifieds page and them email Pam with the information so she can include it in our emails/newsletters.