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NCD April 2018 Newsletter

Greetings from the District Superintendent

Dear Pastors and Leaders,

It is with Easter in mind that I consider the mission and work of the NC District and that of all of the churches and all of the pastors alongside all of the people in our communities that have yet to connect with God in a meaningful way. It is with Easter in mind that the love of God made visible on the cross brings us to our knees as we humbly receive its benefits. It is with Easter in mind that the amazing, wondrous reality of the Empty Tomb compels us to ring the bells, shout from the rooftops the message that is too often kept inside our buildings or our hearts with the good news left unspoken on our lips. Surely, it is with Easter in mind that we keep the mission of the church before us at all times and in all places. For we are a people defined every day by the resurrection life, the new creation and the real possibility of transformation that is ever before us, always.

With Easter in mind, we celebrate along with all of those churches who sent their folks into their neighborhoods and communities during the Second Annual “From the Steeple to the Streets” emphasis. As eyes are opened, hearts enlivened and lives touched seeds of the Kingdom are planted in ways we may never see or know. But fruit will be born. I celebrate the Easter hope of transformation in this Fresh Expression

With Easter in mind, we celebrate with the Nueva Vida Mission who has traveled the long faithful road of a new church start and will charter as a church on April 22. Lives have been and will be changed because of their passionate work in Jesus’ name!

With Easter in mind, we celebrate the faithful ministries of Rev. Geraldine McClellan, Rev. Jerry Milner and Rev. Kip Younger upon their retirement and as they claim the possibility and hope of the new creation and transformation in this new season of life that is before them!

Yes, with Easter in mind, life is ever before us and the possibility of life in Christ never ends. Thanks be to God for this Great Love and Life in Jesus Christ! May the good work to which we are called continue with Easter in mind!

Yes! He is Risen! He is Risen indeed!


With Easter in Mind…



Local Church Leadership Training

Saturday, April 14 First Ocala UMC
Family Life Center
9:30 am to noon

Disciples of Jesus Christ, for The Transformation of the World!

Your request for additional training for church leaders has been heard. Mark your calendars now and make plans with your ministry team to attend the North Central District Church Leader Training. The event will take place Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the First UMC in Ocala, Family Life Center (1126 E. Silver Spring Blvd. Ocala, FL 34470). 

This training is for members of Trustees, Finance and SPRC Committees. This will provide some practical tools to help in the ongoing work and ministries in your church. Conference staff will be here to provide the latest information and resources for your work.
This event is free! No registration required.


-Finance Practices 101 -Tony Prestipino, Treasurer, Florida Conference of the FLUMC.

-Boards of Trustees - Brian Donivan, Sr. Specialist, Ministry Protection

-Best Practices of Hiring - Marilynn Mollica, Director of Human Resources

-Church Council - Rev. Dan Jackson, Director of the New Church Development



Where did you go for Steeple to the Streets 2018? Who did you encounter? What did God show you? Did you observe opportunities to be the church in fresh ways? We want to know! 

Follow up to the mobilization of our congregations is vitally important. Praying, observing, and encountering, is potentially the first stage of a fresh expression taking shape, which we identify as simply... "listening."

Here are three simple steps we encourage you to take:

1. Collect the bulletin inserts, (or other ways you may have designated to gather information), from the teams that went out.

2. Please summarize the data in the attached form. If you have not already done so, gather with your team(s) to share stories and summarize. Share these stories in your worship and other gatherings. Discuss with your team what next steps might be.

3. Send the summarized data back to the District. If you need help taking the next step in cultivating a fresh expression from your findings, please indicate this. We want to help you at no cost to your church.  

If you already have a fresh expressions in process, included in your response, please tell us the name of the fresh expression, and a brief descriptor that includes what it is, where it meets, and when. We will then add your fresh expression to the Conference website! 

How do we "make disciples for the transformation of the world" on the new missional frontier? Is fresh expressions a remix of our core Wesleyan process of discipleship? Check this out... 


2018 Annual Conference

June 7 - 9 Florida Southern College

Remembering Who We Are


Click HERE for the AC2018 webpage.  Information will be updated as information is available. 


Youth are encouraged to participate and experience Annual Conference.  Housing will be on the Florida Southern Campus, and $150 will cover dorm housing (double occupancy) and 8 meals. 

Click HERE for the AC2018 youth page and to register.  Orientation will be at 1:30pm on Wednesday, June 6 with housing check in immediately before orientation at 12:30pm at Reynolds Hall.  All youth must check into housing before orientation.  Note:  This does not make them a Voting Member at Annual Conference.

Annual Conference is free and open to anyone who would like to go.  However, only Lay Members to Annual Conference 2018 will have a vote.


The Thirteenth Annual Native American Gathering

April 20-22 LEC, Fruitland Park

The mission of CONAM is....

To communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the Native American people in a culturally relevant way; disciple Native people in a culturally affirming way; encourage Christ-centered worship in a culturally redemptive way; and facilitate a Native presence in the wider church in a culturally appropriate way.

Click HERE for details and to register.



Pastoral Internship for 2018

Are there young adults in your church who want to explore pastoral ministry? 

If so, please Click HERE for the Summer Internship Application to give them.

Do you serve a church committed to shaping the next generation of pastoral leaders?  If so, please sponsor a Summer Pastoral Intern for 2018!

Here are the quick facts for hosting an Intern:

Internship Dates:
Monday, May 28, 2018, through Friday, August 3, 2018

Intern Training Day:
 Friday, May 25, 2018 (students and supervising pastors)

Intern Reflection Day:
 Monday, August 6, 2018 (students only)

 30 hours/week as scheduled with supervising pastor

Provided in congregant's home, if needed

Salary: $3,500 ($1,500 host site, $1,500 Office of Clergy Excellence, plus an additional $500 from the Office of Clergy Excellence IF the Intern attends both the Orientation and Reflection Days)

Click HERE for the Summer Intern Program Description.

 If interested, please email or mail an intern job description for your church. Contact the Office of Clergy Excellence if you have any questions about the program.
 Holly Finley

Rev. Sara McKinley

Warren W. Willis Retreat

Warren W. Willis is not just for Summer Camp...although that is an amazing time! Click on any of the following links for information on the wonderful programs you and your church can attend.
Confirmation Retreat: Oct. 5-7                    
Connect:  Oct. 19-21, 2018; Nov. 9-11, 2018
Created By God:  April 20-22, 2018

Plan Your Own Church Retreat:  Who doesn't love WWW?  Why not plan your own retreat 

Life Enrichment Center

Want to help create meaningful experiences for your church's families this year?  Want to encourage your parents to be more active in their kids' spiritual lives?  Be sure they know about LEC Family programs! 

Dad and Me Weekend - April 13 - 15
Grandparents and Me - June 25 - 28
Family Camp - June 29 - July 1 & July 20 - 22
Mom and Me Weekend - September 14 - 16

 Questions?  Email Asa Quinn


Apply Now for UMC FCU Scholarship 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 and Alabama-West Florida - will each receive a $1,000 scholarship.  CLICK HERE for complete rules, an application, and full essay submission criteria. Deadline for submission is April 30, 2018.

If you have any questions regarding the scholarship program, contact us at 1-800-282-9368 (Georgia) or 1-866-687-2136 (Florida).


Baptism at Florida United Methodist Children's Home, Enterprise

At the beginning of the new year, one of the young men living here at the Children's Home decided that, as he approached his eighteenth birthday, he wanted to begin his independent life as a baptized Christian.  After a time of prayer, consultation, and coordination, he was baptized during a special service at the Enterprise Campus.

The service followed a United Methodist baptismal liturgy, along with worship songs picked by the young man to reflect his relationship with God.  Our Chapel was full of supporters for the baptism, ranging from staff, Board of Trustee members, and other youth here at the Children's Home.  One of the Board members, Rev. Bob Laidlaw, surprised the young man with some water that was taken from the Jordan River, where Jesus was baptized.  The baptism was conducted by Rev. Madeline Luzinski and Rev. Ryan Frack.

Children in foster care have often had some difficulty reconciling a God who loves them with the abuse and trauma they have experienced in their own lives.  Unfortunately, some of the children in our care have also experienced spiritual trauma, thus leading to a negative perception of God.  Through the work of the Spiritual Life department, the children learn about a God who is bigger than what they have gone through.  Baptism at the Children's Home is a special honor, as most children are only with us for a temporary amount of time.  Among their newfound community, they have found a spiritual home here, and baptism allows them the opportunity to proclaim their faith amongst others who will pray for and encourage them.


Alice W. Lockmiller Christian Education Grants & Awards
Deadline is April 30

The Florida United Methodist Foundation is now seeking applications and nominations for the Alice W. Lockmiller Christian education grants and awards, which honor excellence in Christian education for children and youth in pre-kindergarten to 12th grade within the Florida Conference.

The trust also provides a $250 award recognizing an outstanding Christian educator. This teacher award is granted through a nominations process, and the funds are awarded to the teacher for use at his or her discretion.

Nominations and grant applications are due April 30. A committee will review the submissions and choose the recipients.

Click HERE for complete details.  Additional information is available by contacting Tita Parham, the foundation’s director of communications and public relations, at or 863-904-2970, ext. 7106.

Run 4 Life 4 Miler
May 12 - Florida United Methodist Children's Home

The 8th Annual Run 4 Life 4 Miler is May 12th at The Florida United Methodist Children's Home. This 4 Mile Event takes you through the FUMCH and Enterprise.  The goal of this race is to bring awareness to mental health/depression issues and to raise money for programs providing support to those in need. All race proceeds will go to FUMCH and other local suicide prevention programs.

Run or walk...come join us on May 12th!  We would love for you to sign up on team The Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church.   Click HERE for details.  Click HERE to join our team. 




April 14 - Local Church Leadership Training

Local Church Leadership Training  Saturday, April 14 First Ocala UMC Family Life Center 9:30 am to noon   Disciples of Jesus Christ, for The Transformation of the World!   Your request for additional training for church leaders has been heard. Mark your calendars now and make plans with your ministry team to attend the North Central District Church Leader Training. The event will take place Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the First UMC in Ocala, Family Life Center (1126 E. Silver Spring Blvd. Ocala, FL 34470).   This training is for members of Trustees, Finance and SPRC Committees. This will provide some practical tools to help in the ongoing work and ministries in your church. Conference...

May 8 - Pre-Conference Orientation - 2018 Annual Conference

Annual Conference 2018 - Pre Conference Orientation St. Mark's United Methodist 1839 NE Eight Rd. Ocala, FL 34470 Remembering Who We Are 2018 FLORIDA ANNUAL CONFERENCE June 7–9, 2018 Florida Southern College 111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr.  Lakeland, FL 33801  

October 20 - Super Charge Conference

October 20: Super Charge Conference, New Covenant UMC, The Villages, from 9:00 am to noon. (We will celebrate our first Super Charge Conference with all the North Central District churches meeting together at the same time). Please save the date!