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March 2017 District Newsletter


Message from the District Superintendent 

Today begins the season of Lent. I look forward to Lent (which may sound odd) because it always helps me to think about those places in my life and faith journey where I need to work. I think of it as a kind of “spring cleaning” in my soul to prepare myself for a deeper faith journey and to celebrate Easter in all its glory in 40 days. I think about the things I need to give up so I can be a better follower of Jesus. I also think about the practices I need to add. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

There are a lot of great things going on in the North East District. Please consider attending one of these upcoming events:

  • March 7, 2017 - Laity Town Hall with the District Superintendent - This event is free to attend and does not require pre-registration. Join the district superintendent for conversation and questions on March 7, 2017 from 7-9 p.m. at New Life Community UMC in Jacksonville. 
  • March 9, 2017 - Laity Town Hall with the District Superintendent - This event is free to attend and does not require pre-registration. Join the district superintendent for conversation and questions on March 7, 2017 from 7-9 p.m. at Keystone UMC in Keystone Heights.
  • March 11, 2017 - 4th and One Men's Rally with Donovin Darius & Rev. Jay Therrell,  9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. @ CrossRoad UMC. Click here to register
  • March 12, 2017 - 18th Annual DLC-Nurse & Learn Charity Golf Tournament. This tournament will be held at the South Hampton Golf Course in St. Augustine. For more information and how to register, click here.


Scholarship from the United Methodist Credit Union

The Florida United Methodist Connectional FCU  is now accepting applications is once again offering scholarships to 17-35 year old college-bound students in our connection. Four winning applicants, one from each of our four conferences - Florida, North Georgia, South Georgia and Alabama-West Florida - will each receive a $1000 scholarship. and an application can be found on .  CLICK HERE for complete rules, an application, and full essay submission criteria. Deadline for submission is April 28, 2017.

Applicants must be a credit union member in good standing. Eligible credit union members are 1) members of the United Methodist Church in this conference, 2) Employees of a United Methodist church or agency, or 3) an immediate family member of a UMC FCU member.

For additional questions, contact the Marietta, GA branch at 800-282-9368 or the Lakeland, FL branch at 866-687-2126.

Additionally, please consider posting and/or sharing the attached UMC FCU scholarship with 17-35 year old college bound students you feel are good candidates at your church and youth group for this opportunity, as well as including it in your newsletters or worship bulletins.


The District Office has three filing cabinets available to anyone that may need them. One 4-drawer cabinet and two 2-drawer cabinets. If anyone is interested, please email Items will need to be picked up at the District Office.   


Church Office Manager @ St. Paul UMC, Jacksonville
Director of Youth Ministries @ Arlington UMC, Jacksonville
Director of Youth Ministries @ Ortega UMC, Jacksonville
Director of Children's Ministries @ Ortega UMC, Jacksonville

Online Training

Financial Tips for Clergy: Take the Bite Out of Income Taxes!

DATE: Monday, February 13, 2017 *Past but can register to view this webinar
TIME: 10:00am Central
PRESENTER: Rev. Don Joiner, Certified Financial Planner & Rev. Ken Sloane

Clergy face some unique challenges when it comes to things like social security payments, estimated tax payments, housing allowances or exclusions, and reimbursed expenses. It is important to know the rules, but also the way to minimize the impact of your tax liability. Not every tax preparer understands the unique situation of clergy, and finding one who does can save you substantially in money and aggravation. Join us as the Rev. Don Joiner, a certified financial planner, offers tips to clergy who are navigating the preparation of taxes and planning for a sound financial future.

The Church Audit: You Can Do This!

DATE: Thursday, March 9, 2017
TIME: 6:30pm Central
PRESENTERKen Sloane, Director of Stewardship and Connectional Ministries

Every congregation needs to do a church audit, but it doesn’t have to be a big expense or an insurmountable obstacle. There is a great Local Church Audit Guide, available free for United Methodist churches that will take you through it step by step. Going through the process builds confidence among you financial leaders and projects transparency to your donors. Join us as we explore the tools that can make this process easier than you thought.

Offering Electronic Giving: What Are You Waiting For?

DATE: Thursday, May 11, 2017
TIME: 6:30pm Central
PRESENTERKen Sloane, Director of Stewardship and Connectional Ministries

Electronic giving is not the future of charitable giving, it is the present reality. If your church is not offering this as an option for those who attend your church, you are missing out on generous giving. If there have been obstacles to making this option available to your church, we will talk about them in this webinar.

 Click Here for more information and how to register for this event. 

The new church dashboard is here! 

Navigate to the home page of the Florida Conference website and click on Church Dashboard link at the top.  You will be taken to the EZRA login page.  Enter your church’s GCFA number and password for the EZRA statistics system to access the new church dashboard.

Video instructions to access and use the new dashboard can be found on the Dashboard Tutorial page, where guide sheets (written instructions) are also available.

CLICK HERE to read "Reflections on Emotional, Spiritual and Relational Wellness for Pastors by Rev. David Moenning"

As a reminder, the following reports are due into the district office by March 31st.  Please mail all reports together to the district office:  NE District, 1415 LaSalle Street, Jacksonville, FL 32207 or you can scan and email them to our office -      


Committee Responsible






The church needs to get a Local Church Employee form signed by each employee and those forms are to be kept in each employee's personnel file -- the district does not get them. You can find instructions and other pertinent information by clicking the link(s) above or clicking on Calendar of Reports accessed on the Florida Conference website. Please submit copies only, originals should remain in the church office. For assistance, please do not hesitate to contact our office.   

The following reports are submitted online - please do not send a hard copy to the district.  You can locate them on your church dashboard under forms.


Committee Responsible

Fund Balance


Disaster Recovery Resource Survey

Disaster Coordinator or Trustees


Please click on the links below for more information about these meetings/events.

March 2017

March 3-4, 2017 - District Lay Servant Ministry Training @ Southside UMC - Registration for this event is closed.

March 3-4, 2017 - Resonate - District Youth Worship Band Training @ Mandarin UMC

March 7, 2017 - District Town Hall Meetings for Laity, 7-9 p.m. @ New Life Community UMC

March 9, 2017 - District Town Hall Meetings for Laity, 7-9 p.m. @ Keystone UMC

March 11, 2017 - 4th and One Men's Rally, 9:30 a.m. @ CrossRoad UMC

March 12, 2017 - DLC-Nurse & Learn Charity Golf Tournament

April 2017 

April 28, 2017 - UMM Low Country Boil & Oyster Roast - Mandarin UMC

May 2017

May 6, 2017 - Igniting Mens Conference - Florida Conference Mens Event & Oveida UMC

May 7, 2017 – Pre-Annual Conference Orientation Meeting, 3-5 @ Fleming Island UMC

May 19, 2017 - United Methodist Family Night at the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, 7:05 p.m. game (Jay will be throwing out the first pitch)

June 2017

June 8-10, 2017 - Annual Conference 2017, Buena Vista Palace Hotel, Orlando

August 2017

August 10, 2017 - Global Leadership Summit @ CrossRoad UMC

August 29, 2017 – District Ministry Team Meeting (formerly known as District Clergy Meeting, 11:30 – 3 @ Fleming Island UMC – Brown Bag Lunch. 

September 2017

September 22-23, 2017 - District Lay Servant Ministry Training @ Keystone UMC - Save the Date!

October 2017

October 13-14, 2017 - 21st Century Man Cave Renovation Conference @ LEC

November 2017

November 11, 2017 - Super-Charged Conference, 9-12 @ CrossRoad UMC


February 22, 2018 – District Ministry Team Meeting (location TBD)