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May 2017 District Newsletter

Message from the District Superintendent 

Jeremiah 29:11 says "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11 says "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." 

We have been working diligently over the past few months to do the work of appointment-making with a big emphasis on following Wesley’s rules of “Do no harm. Do Good. Stay in love with God.”

The North East District is pleased to announce the appointments as of yesterday, Announcement Sunday. You can read more about these appointments in May's Message from the District Superintendent. 

As you read this list, we ask you to be in prayer for clergy that are retiring, clergy that are leaving our district, and clergy that are coming into our district. In addition, we ask you to pray for our churches that are experiencing an appointment transition.

Have you ordered your tickets yet? Come out and see the District Superintendent throw out the first pitch at the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp game on Friday, May 19, 2017.

This event is sponsored by the District United Methodist Men. It would be great to have each church in the district represented. For more information about tickets, visit our website. Deadline to order tickets is Monday, May 8 @ 1 p.m.  


2017 Annual Conference Volunteer Opportunities

Annual Conference 2017 provides many opportunities for folks from our local congregations to serve as volunteers helping provide radical hospitality throughout the event. 

Sign up opportunities are available to volunteer at Guest Services and as Ushers at Daytime Plenary and Evening Worship Sessions, Please be aware that the majority of the Usher positions require standing for portions of the shift time. 

To sign up to volunteer through the Conference website click hereClick here to learn more about Annual Conference 2017. Questions? Contact Heidi Leab  or 800-282-8011 ext 192.

Are you up on all things Annual Conference? Here is list of happenings that you might want to check out:

2017 National Day of Prayer

The 2017 National Day of Prayer Event will be held on May 4, 2017 from 12-1 p.m. at Jacksonville City Hall. Prayer leaders will guide the group as they lift the Mayor, the City Council, The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, The Fire and Rescue Department, the Marketplace, the Legal and Judicial System, and the Educational System before the Lord. This is event is hosted by Mission First Coast.

Local Church Happenings

  • Alexander Memorial UMC will be hosting a Church Yard Sale on May 6, 2011 from 7 a.m - 2 p.m. Come out for some great deals. 
  • Simpson Memorial UMC will be celebrating their 133rd Church Anniversary on May 28, 2017 @ 10 a.m. Guest speaker is Rev. Sharon Austin, Director of Connectional Ministries. Anniversary Theme is "Awesome is the Lord Most High" - Ephesians 1:15-23. Come out and celebrate with Simpson Memorial. In addition, Simpson Memorial will be hosting a Low Country Boil on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Call 904-355-9335 to reserve your tickets. 

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

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)

May 20, 2017 - Worship & Media Ministry Workshop @ New Life Community UMC

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


January 20, 2018 - District Leadership Event - Location 1 - TBD

January 27, 2018 - District Leadership Event - Location 2 @ Beach Church

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