Greetings from the District Superintendent
Dear Pastors and Leaders of the NC District,
|Rev. June Edwards|
Last week was a difficult week both personally, as well as in my ministry role, as a longtime friend of more than 35 years finished out her long and good life here on earth and a church that I had once been a member, served as its pastor and now its superintendent was closed. Both Fran and Druid Hills UMC shaped me and formed me in ways that helped me grow in my faith and be a better disciple. I have reflected on the impact that each of these, an individual and a community of faith, had on my knowledge of God, the discernment of my call and the fulfillment of that call as a disciple and follower of Jesus Christ. They both played necessary roles that have brought me to the very place in which I find myself this day.
It would be easy to stay in the grief and sadness to the exclusion of hope and promise. I am grieving, even now. But I also rejoice for the part that each played in my life which will never be forgotten and, in fact, remains with me and integrally a part of me for eternity. Each were faithful to the relationship that they formed with me out of their commitment and faithfulness. Fran was a committed member of First Ocala and she looked out and saw a young family she wanted to befriend and invited us into her life as well as that of her family. She was intentional in her claiming me/us. She taught me so much about life in the church. The same can be said for Druid Hills in that it became a space where I was invited into because of their witness to receive one of the first female clergy appointments and where later another pastor was assigned as a mentor for candidacy work and then I had the privilege to serve there.
Our lives as individuals and as communities of faith are both necessary to the work that God has to do in the world. Neither can be seen as more important than the other or take priority over the other. As we consider the ministries to which we are called as both individuals and churches, be reminded of the impact you can have on the life of another. Who are you looking out for and claiming and inviting into your life? To whom is God pointing you with which you can build a relationship? Fran was of an age older than my parents. Yet that didn’t stop her from making a connection with us. Druid Hills held a space at different times that served various teaching roles in my ministry. How is your church inviting and mentoring others in their faith?
As disciples and churches, we are in this for the long haul, for the relationships that have yet to be born that will shape others and form them for eternity. There is no higher work that we can claim. May it be a focus upon which to reflect in the days ahead. It will make all the difference for someone. It will make all the difference for the world.
Blessings as Pentecost approaches!
Bishop Announces Full Time Appointment Changes
Bishop Ken Carter and the appointive cabinet of the Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church, in consultation with the clergy and authorized lay leaders of the local churches, announce full-time appointment changes, to take effect July 1, 2018. Click HERE for the list, organized by districts.
This act of ministry is in fulfillment of paragraphs 337-338 of The Book of Discipline (2016). For a reflection on the core values employed in the process of clergy appointments to churches, Click HERE.
"Let us lift these clergy, their families and the local churches in prayer, in the hope that we will more fully participate in our mission—“to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world” (The Book of Discipline, 120).
Full Time Appointments in the North Central District
First, Homosassa - Chris Kirk
First, Hudson - Jeffrey Ice
Mt. Pleasant/Greater Liberty Hill, Gainesville - Michael Frazier
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
Plan Your Own Church Retreat: Who doesn't love WWW? Why not plan your own retreat
August 15 - Mission Field Leaders Meeting, District Office at 10:00 am
October 20 - Super Charge Conference - New Covenant UMC, The Villages at 9:00 am