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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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April 29, 2015

Bethune-Cookman students working for Nepal relief

Students at the United Methodist-related university in Daytona Beach collect prayers and funds to help earthquake victims.

April 27, 2015

Meet the minister: Tamara Isidore

Rev. Tamara Isidore blazes a trail for Haitian women in the United Methodist pulpit.

April 22, 2015

Weber named Riverside Retreat director

Weber will begin his ministry at Riverside Retreat on May 1.

April 20, 2015

LaPorte, meet Pahokee

United Methodist youth and adults from Indiana spend a whirlwind spring break changing lives with First UMC, Pahokee.

April 17, 2015

Campus to City Wesley Foundation goes to Japan

Last summer, a team of five from the CCW - Campus to City Wesley Foundation in Jacksonville - took a trip to Japan to participate in ministry with Florida missionary Jonathan McCurley and his wife ...

April 14, 2015

Virtual Mosquito 10K

Edgewater UMC will be hosting a race in Port Charlotte on May 23, and not all participants will be in attendance. "We have set this up where anyone in the world can sign up and run anytime – ...

April 13, 2015

Meet the minister: Roger Scholtz

This pastor brings lessons from Africa to his interim stint at Hyde Park UMC.

April 06, 2015

Open Arms Village

A new homeless facility nears completion at St. Mark's United Methodist Church. More than just a shelter, Open Arms Village is a comprehensive program with a mission to help homeless men and women ...

April 02, 2015

Suncoast Kid's Place: a safe haven for grieving children

Kids help kids heal at this program founded by Van Dyke Church. The Tampa Tribune/TBO.com has the story.

March 30, 2015

Books add up for migrant children

Girl Scouts team up with St. Andrew's UMC, Brandon, to collect books and end up with more than 1,500 for children of migrant farmworkers.

March 26, 2015

Operation Love Your Neighbor

Cape Coral First UMC takes it to the streets, fanning out to help the community with service projects.

March 23, 2015

Meet the minister: still serving at 92

Rev. Haig Medzarentz, 92, has logged more than 50 years in ministry and has no plans to retire.

March 20, 2015

Foot-washing tradition forges relationships

More than 250 people received food, shoes and a foot-check at the annual foot-washing event at First UMC, Miami.

March 20, 2015

God used my tie

Pastor David Ames’ essay about how God uses the simple and unexpected to open doors for ministry.

February 27, 2015

First Oviedo's military outreach is a 'God thing'

Church members make sure veterans and active duty military personnel know they're loved.

February 27, 2015

Riverside director called to the wilderness

Martha Pierce, longtime camp director at Riverside Retreat, will retire April 1 and continue her Creation Care ministry in Tennessee.

February 27, 2015

South Shore UMC, students team up to feed hungry children

A United Methodist Church partners with a community college to boost its backpack ministry outreach.

Blessings outweigh challenges for historic church

A legacy of railroad magnate and noted hotelier Henry Flagler, Grace UMC makes the most of its heritage in historic downtown St. Augustine.

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