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The Florida Conference is home to hundreds of local churches, ministries, clergy and lay members dedicated to making a difference in the world. Check out the stories below to see how they are sharing ideas and making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

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After hate, St. Luke's in Orlando offers hope

June 13, 2016

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, whose congregation has many LGBTQ members, already had a blood drive planned June 12. In the wake of a mass shooting that targeted gay people, the drive drew tremendous community support.

Families lose homes but keep community

June 10, 2016

The Life Enrichment Center at First Church Melbourne has a new purpose: classrooms have been turned into bedrooms and Brevard County families in transition now have a safe place to live for a week at a time.

A special needs prom like no other

June 07, 2016

On Saturday, April 23, they got ready like anyone else would for their prom. Tuxedos were buttoned, hair was styled and nails were painted.

Praise Dance Team at Ebenezer UMC

May 27, 2016

The fourth Sunday of each month is youth Sunday at Ebenezer UMC in Jacksonville.  It’s also Praise Dance Sunday, thanks to a dedicated team of 10 young women led by a talented church member.

Garden blessings on Creation Care Sunday

May 20, 2016

The garden became common ground that brought us together across generations and connected us with a new purpose, which was a blessing in itself.

Florida missionary commissioned at GC

May 19, 2016

Mike Zdorow of the Florida Conference was commissioned as a United Methodist Church missionary in the Service of Commissioning during General Conference on Thursday, May 19.

Men in service

May 06, 2016

KUMC's iServe mission helps our neighbors and church members who need assistance with projects in and around their homes on several Saturdays each month.

Creation caretaker leads the way

April 22, 2016

For most of her life, Laurilee Thompson has attended First United Methodist Church of Titusville, where she has served as an authority on Creation Care. Thompson's passion to preserve God's creation has inspired real action in Brevard County. In addition to running her family's 33-year-old local restaurant, she took a significant leadership role as 2016 Chair of the Brevard County Tourist Development Council.

Asbury UMC in Maitland Updates Lakeside Chapel

March 18, 2016

Pastor Scott Harris of Asbury UMC in Maitland is the first to admit that a recent photo of him in command of a jackhammer is something of a joke, but in reality the hard work of rebuilding the ...

Not a homeless shelter – a village

March 11, 2016

Approaching the one-year anniversary of Open Arms Village in Ocala, we checked in with them to find out what happened once warm bodies started filling their beds.

Chili cook-off connects to community

March 04, 2016

What better way to connect a church with its neighboring community than by serving steaming hot cups of chili? That’s exactly what happened when the North Naples UMC reached out to its neighbors inviting them to enjoy a chili cook-off on Feb. 20.

Shores after-school program recognized

February 19, 2016

The 3-year-old Shores UMC after-school program receives a Lockmiller excellence in education award from the Florida United Methodist Foundation.

Little boy with a big heart

February 05, 2016

A preschooler models Christian compassion and generosity when his teacher battles cancer.

Pub Theology ministry fills niche

January 15, 2016

A beer garden may strike some as an odd place to find worship and spiritual discernment, but for one church, it's where the people are.

Hyde Park teacher receives Lockmiller award

January 08, 2016

A preschool teacher who has taught at least four generations of youngsters and inspired parents as well is honored by the Florida United Methodist Foundation.

FSU Wesley embarks on rebuilding

December 28, 2015

Demolition of a chapel dating to the 1970s will make way for a new 15,000-square-foot, multipurpose structure for the campus ministry.

Wesley windows inspire poetry

December 18, 2015

Jill Bergkamp, a poet and children's ministry director, reflects on "reading" the stories told in stained glass.

ToyMakers makes TV news

December 07, 2015

ToyMakers of East Lake, an outreach of East Lake UMC, Palm Harbor, makes and distributes tiny wooden toys to children in need.

Community festival models Christian unity

October 30, 2015

Two churches – one United Methodist, one Baptist; one Anglo, one African American – team up to give the community a special day of fun and fellowship.

Opting for Table service

September 18, 2015

Spiritual nourishment at The Table in Brandon is convenient without resorting to fast food.

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