Greetings from the District Superintendent
|Rev. June Edwards|
Pastors and Leaders of the North Central District,
535 is the number! Yes, 535 pastors and leaders representing the 86 churches and missions of the North Central District gathered for a great day of worship, learning, prayer, business, blessing, fellowship and food for the first Super-Charged Charge Conference! There was great enthusiasm and energy that comes from being all together in one place with the Holy Spirit leading and guiding and filling us. Thank you for stepping out and trying something new along with me. We will not do this every year but I believe there was great benefit from being able to look around and see those with whom we share in ministry together through our United Methodist Connectional relationship. We’ve received very positive feedback from many of you.
It was time to be together in a big way in response to what I have perceived as a sense of ‘disconnectedness’ and being in isolation from one another as churches and pastors. I pray this time together is a strong reminder of the strength that is our connection. We truly can do so much more for the kingdom as we serve together collectively.
There was a great response to the request for items for Open Arms Village ministry at St. Marks UMC, Ocala. They filled up Pastor Sue’s car and will be put to use right away!
Thank you as well for the offering that was collected designated for the establishment of the UM congregation at Lowell Women’s prison and for the Hurricane Relief matching fund. $4,756.89 was received! $3,256.89 will go toward helping establish the congregation and $1,500 will be sent for Hurricane Relief. That means that with matching funds, $3,000 will make its way to churches and folks in the Alabama-West Florida conference to help with relief and recovery efforts that will be taking place for some time to come.
Of greatest importance is for us to remember that we are On Mission Together ‘equipping leaders to make disciples of Jesus for the transformation of communities across Florida and beyond’ through Courageous Leadership, Missional Engagement and Spirit-Led Innovation. This is the nature of the church we serve together in Florida and in the NC District.
It is a privilege to serve with you!
|Rev. Michael Beck|
Rev. Sarah Campbell
As your church works toward increased vitality and health, please consider this article’s wisdom. Bishop Robert Schnase has updated his 5 Practices for Fruitful Congregations. This is a great article to discuss with your church’s leadership. How do we “do” church in a post-attractional era?
5 Practices for Fruitful Congregations in a Post-Attractional Era
Please click here to read more.
Rev. Sarah R. Campbell
North Central District Congregational Vitality Specialist
District Training Event
‘Welcome to the Future-Going Where No Church Has Gone Before!’
"Jesus calls his disciples to be First Responders, those who run towards not away from the future. “Welcome to the Future” is a First Responders boot-camp to help you and your church arrive quickly on the scene, assess the situation and assist the Spirit who is the real First Responder. This day is not a crash course in first-aid skills but a first course in how to first-edition faith, first-noel hope, and first-person love in a future that will be some of the greatest churning cauldrons of danger and disaster the world has ever seen." -Len Sweet
DR. LEONARD SWEET, Keynote
Saturday, February 9, 2019
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
First Ocala UMC, Family Life Center
(1126 E Silver Springs Blvd. Ocala FL 34470)
$10.00 Registration Fee
Please click here to register.
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.
Plan Your Own Church Retreat: Who doesn't love WWW? Why not plan your own retreat
January 29 - February 1, 2019 - Epworth By The Sea
In lieu of our Clergy Gathering which had been tentatively scheduled October 23 - 24, 2018, we are inviting you to attend the Winter Conference at Epworth By The Sea, January 29 - February 1, 2019. This will be a combined event with the Bishops and clergy of the North Georgia, Mississippi, South Georgia and Florida Conferences. Dr. Tod Bolinger, author of Canoeing The Mountains, will be the keynote speaker.
Special Session of the General Conference
February 2019 - St. Louis
With the Special Session of the General Conference approaching in February 2019, your General Conference delegation from Florida wants to hear from you. Thank you to the 100 or so who attended our special day of listening on Saturday, October 20. For those of you who were not able to attend, we want to offer a web based virtual listening session on Wednesday, November 14, at 10 a.m.
The hour will be shaped by an opportunity for some members of the delegation to listen to you. Delegates will answer submitted questions as we are able, and we will share in a time of prayer together.
To register and get log-in information click here.
To see a list of members of the delegation click here. If you would like to share something with the delegation and cannot join us on November 14, email firstname.lastname@example.org, and your email will be sent to the all the members of the delegation.
Finally, we hope each of you will consider joining the delegation in Praying Our Way Forward which includes time of daily prayer, email reminders and weekly fasting. For more information click here.
Leader of Florida Delegation to General Conference (lay)
Rev. Alex Shanks
Clergy Member of Florida Delegation to General Conference
CCYM - Dare to Explore
February 15 - 17, 2019 - Warren W. Willis
Dare to Explore is a student leadership retreat for students by students. This is a great event to bring your student leaders (or those whom you'd like to become students leaders) to, in whatever form that takes in your local church. For some that is their whole youth group, for others it is a core group of student leaders. The registration is $90 per person. Click HERE for the Dare page. Registration will open in October. We can't wait to see you and your team. No matter where you are on your spiritual walk, be prepared to explore!
The Gator - Seminole Showdown is back!!
Every year Gator Wesley and FSU Wesley (the United Methodist Campus Ministries at UF and FSU) use the rivalry football game to raise money for these vibrant and vital ministries! We love football, and we love campus ministries even more, so we hope you will consider supporting us in this event!
HOW DOES IT WORK?
You can pledge a one-time amount or a per point dollar amount scored by your team in the UF/FSU football game played on November 24th.
Example: If you pledge $10 per point, and your team scores 14 points during the game, you will then donate $140 to your Wesley. Or you could pledge and then donate $150 and that will be added to your Wesley’s one time pledge amount.
Pledges will be updated on the website www.gatorseminoleshowdown.com so you can see exactly where your ministry stands for both the per point and one time pledges. Both ministries will be accepting pledges until the end of the game. So if your school is down at halftime, it is not too late to jump in and change the showdown winner!
The winner of the showdown will be the ministry who raises the most money total. This will be determined by all one time pledges + (pledges per point x game score).
In addition, each ministry will give the 10% of the money raised to a local mission project of the other's school’s choice!
The ministry with the most money raised gets to keep the showdown trophy and gets to dress the other ministry's staff in the winning colors!
WHAT DOES MY PLEDGE/DONATION SUPPORT?
The Wesley Foundations at UF and FSU support the spiritual life of young adults attending the University of Florida, Florida State University, Santa Fe College, and Tallahassee Community College. Your donations support the United Methodist Church's presence on these campuses and their outreach to students with the love and grace of Jesus Christ.
Will you please consider joining us in supporting these awesome Campus Ministries and the students they serve?
You can donate here: www.gatorseminoleshowdown.com