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NCD March 2020 Newsletter

 

In the District  

Greetings from the District Superintendent

Pastors and Leaders of the North Central District,

Recently, I saw a television commercial advertising the new SUV, Lincoln Navigator. Many of you have probably seen these featuring the actor Matthew McConaughey as he takes on the silent, cool dude affect. But this particular advertisement caught my attention. He’s driving out to an isolated frozen lake surrounded by beautiful mountains. He parks his car, takes some equipment out and begins to head out on the ice where he cuts a hole to go ice fishing. He goes and sits in the back of the car and waits. Suddenly, there’s a sound and a flag goes up indicating (evidently—never been ice fishing!) that he’s caught a fish. The camera pulls back and you see a panoramic shot of this majestic scene. The name of the model of the car comes up on the screen and underneath it are these words, “The power of sanctuary.”  At first, I wasn’t sure I had read it correctly. I grabbed the remote and hit rewind. Sure enough, it said exactly that.

I was stunned by the force of the words. It was a beautiful, serene place. One that would surely cause one to think about the power and majesty of God, particularly for a person of faith. I thought about the Advertising Agency that put together this particular motif. What caused them to name such a place sanctuary and the experience powerful? How would that translate to the viewer? What would it mean to them? Who is the demographic they were speaking to?

Such expensive ad campaigns choose their words carefully. Every word is put there with intention. I wonder if this description is indicative of a crying out, of a longing in our culture for peace, serenity, beauty, transformation, connection to creation, silence, solitude, contemplation and, yes, even worship. I wonder if we have considered the power of sanctuary in our own church contexts and settings? What would it look like for us to claim the power of sanctuary in our lives and ministries?

I think the season of Lent is the perfect time to test out the ‘power of sanctuary’ in our own times of devotion and prayer, contemplation and meditation. It’s the perfect time to make ourselves available to the majesty of God’s creation and the extravagance of God’s love in Christ. It is the time to open up our lives and our hearts for examination that can only happen as we seek the solitude and silence represented in this commercial. Let us be encouraged to contemplate the “Power of Sanctuary”  in these 40 days set aside for drawing close to God. May this image guide us as well as we proceed toward General Conference in May. As Jesus headed into the wilderness for preparation for ministry and received power from on high, may you receive the same.

Blessings on you and your ministry in this Lenten season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June

North Central District Rural Church Ministry Celebration

Saturday, March 21st, 2020
9:30am-3pm
Evinston United Methodist Church
8505 SE 182nd Avenue, Evinston, FL 32633

 

The North Central District would like to celebrate its amazing rural ministries.
On Saturday, March 21st, all rural church laity and pastors are encouraged to attend the North Central District's Rural Church Ministries Celebration. The celebration will include music, nationally known guest speaker, Rev. Tex Sample, and old-fashioned games for children and youth. The District will provide a BBQ lunch. 


Registration begins at 9:30am
The event begins at 10am and will conclude at 3pm
The event will be held at Evinston United Methodist Church

**Free Event - ONLINE REGISTRATION REQUIRED FOR FOOD COUNT.  


PLEASE CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.  

 

Upcoming General Conference Orientation 

Pastors and Leaders of the NC District,
 
You are invited to participate in the North Central District to hear Rev. Alex Shanks (Assistant to the Bishop) present the most current information regarding the upcoming General Conference in May. 
 
Wednesday, March 25th, 6:30pm, Morrison UMC, Leesburg (1005 W Main St. Leesburg FL 34748)

It would be good if every church has representation at one of these meetings. Looking forward to seeing you soon!
 
Peace,

June

 

FRESH EXPRESSION NEWS!

Dear friends,

It’s exciting to hear all the amazing stories happening around the district. From Messy Churches in elementary schools, to Dinner Churches being launched by congregations that already have more new people meeting in them than Sunday morning worship, to a church being planted in Lowell Correctional with 3000 women experiencing incarceration!

This gives us so much hope, and yet the journey of forming new Christian communities can be intimidating. You don’t have to do it alone!

What we are calling a “Studio” is really a way for us to support you on that journey in primarily these four ways…

1. A Map (loving first cycle, see below)

2. Compass (the Godsend App)

3. Guide (Just In Time learning, free coaching from our team)

4. Community (Studio cohort)

We can do this together! The journey to reaching new people in your community is only three simple steps away.  

STEP 1:  Form a Fresh Expressions Team 

Just get together a couple likeminded folks at your church who want to reach new people.

STEP 2:  Download the free “God Send App”

Work through the overview modules with your team… the loving first cycle. If you’re not familiar with using apps, just go to https://www.fxresourcing.org/godsend/share/ and print the material.

 

 

 

 

STEP 3: Bring your team to the first Studio Gathering!

The May gathering has been postponed. This gives you time to do steps 1 and 2. We will meet Saturday September 12th at First Ocala. 

If you have any questions, please contact Michael Beck:
Reverendwild1@gmail.com 

 Rev. Michael Beck

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video from Annul District Training Event and SPRC Training 

Full Playlist:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9PoMPHYtPBonvK9uvjPGMvPYCLyU2acc  

Direct Link to Bishop Huie's Training

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0V9CTJQpc8A  

Direct Link to SPRC Training

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bgy6F_4hXig&t=213s  

 

Pre -Annual Conference Orientation 

North Central District will hold the orientation on Wednesday, May 27 at First UMC, Ocala at 6:30pm. There is no registration, everyone is welcome to attend. 

 

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In light of concerns over the spread of coronavirus in the U.S, and specifically Florida, the Florida Conference has compiled the following information for use in your churches. Click here

 

Workers Compensation Payroll Audit

Report actual payroll for calendar year 2019. Must be completed between February 1 and February 21, 2020. In order to comply with State of Florida requirements related to workers' compensation coverage, we ask that you complete the brief online payroll form. Please review your payroll records (941's etc.) for the calendar year 2019 and complete the form as accurately as possible. Please note that your responses will not affect your workers' compensation insurance costs for 2020 as this updated information is simply required to comply with State of Florida regulations.

March 31 Reports

The following reports are due to the District office by March 31.
Please email them to  Belinda Luquis flumc-nc@flumc.org

Report

Committee Responsible

Financial Controls, Policies & Procedures

Finance

Document Retention Policy

Finance

Clergy Employee Conduct Policy

SPRC

Adoption of Employee Conduct Policy

SPRC

Annual Parsonage Report

Trustees

Child Youth Protection Policy

SPRC

 

The church needs to have a Local Church Employee form signed by each employee and kept in their personnel file. This does not get sent to the District office.

The Fund Balance report is submitted online by Finance. Do not send a hard copy to the District. The form is located in your Church Dashboard on the bottom left. Note: The Disaster Recovery Resource Survey is no longer required.

For detailed instructions on reports, please review the Calendar of Reports.

 

Around the Conference and Beyond


 

Remember to submit your Missional Vital Signs (MVS) each month no later than the 10th of each month. Click HERE for explanation and to enter your MVS. 

 

Licensing School 2020
May 11 - 22, 2020

Licensing School 2020 will be held at Florida Southern College May 11 through May 22, 2020. Click HERE for the link with the requirements for licensing school, the tentative schedule and the revised fillable application. 

Please note the cost has changed due to the fact that we have been losing money on this for some time now. It will be $900 per person and $700 for those who are Certified Candidate in the Florida Conference. There is no additional paperwork needed for the $200 reduction in costs. Compared to other schools we are charging significantly less.

 

Apply Now for UMC FCU Scholarships for College Bound Students


The Florida United Methodist Connectional FCU 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, & Alabama-West Florida - will each receive a $1,000 scholarship. Click HERE for complete rules and full essay submission criteria. Click HERE for the application with all the details. Deadline for submission is April 30, 2020.

Questions? Call 866-687-2136.

Important dates in the United Methodist Church


General Conference ♦ May 5-15, 2020 ♦ Minneapolis, MN
Annual Conference ♦ June 4-6, 2020 ♦ Florida Southern College, Lakeland
Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference ♦ July 15-18, 2020 ♦ Lake Junaluska, NC
Annual Conference ♦ June 10-12, 2021 ♦ Lakeland
 

 

General Conference 2020
Minneapolis, Minnesota - May 5 - 15

 

Florida Delegation General Conference 2020

General Conference 2020 Website

 

North Central District Committee on Ministry (dCOM)

 Elizabeth Flynn
dCOM Registrar


dCOM Chair:  Rev.  Beth Farabee  beth@fumcgnv.org

Click HERE to read about the Candidacy Process.

For more information or to schedule an interview, email Elizabeth Flynn eflynn@flumc.org.

NC dCOM meetings are held at the North Central District Office in Ocala.  dCOM dates: 

 Tuesday, May 5                (Materials due Apr 7)

 Tuesday, August 25        (Materials due July 28)

                                                Thursday, December 3  (Materials due Nov 5)

 

DISTRICT CALENDAR 

 

March 21 - NCD Rural Church Ministry Celebration

North Central District Rural Church Ministry Celebration     Saturday, March 21st, 2020 9:30am-3pm Evinston United Methodist Church 8505 SE 182nd Avenue, Evinston, FL 32633   The North Central District would like to celebrate its amazing rural ministries. On Saturday, March 21st, all rural church laity and pastors are encouraged to attend the North Central District's Rural Church Ministries Celebration. The celebration will include music, nationally known guest speaker, Rev. Tex Sample, and old-fashioned games for children and youth. The District will provide a fish fry lunch.    Registration begins at 9:30am The event begins at 10am and will conclude at 3pm The event will be held at ...

March 25 - NCD - General Conference Orientation - Rev. Alex Shanks

General Conference Orientation - Rev. Alex Shanks You are invited to participate in the North Central District to hear Rev. Alex Shanks (Assistant to Bishop) present the most current information regarding the upcoming General Conference on Wednesday, March 25th at 6:30 pm at Morrison UMC, Leesburg (1005 W. Main Street, Leesburg, FL 34748). No registration needed. 

May 27 - NCD - Pre-Conference Orientation

Pre-Conference Orientation  North Central District will hold the delegates orientation on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 6:30 pm at First Ocala UMC - Family Life Center. There is no registration. 
 

Calendar of Reports due 2020 - Reminder