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Merry Christmas!

Worship December 20, 2018

Enjoy the lyrics of the hymn, O Come, O Come Emmanuel, and The Piano Guys' music video of a simple arrangement.


St. John's is re-purposing a community mission

Missions and Outreach December 04, 2018

Four miles from Winter Haven's St. John’s United Methodist Church, in unincorporated Wahneta, a community mission, Casa Vida, is being re-purposed. Rev. David Averill, pastor at St. John’s, is helping transition missions like Casa Vida that are at the end of their life cycles.


Three to be commissioned to EarthKeepers

Leadership November 08, 2018

Cara Fleischer, Elan Miavitz-Brown and Rev. Tiffania Willetts, all from Florida, will join others from around the nation in the online commissioning. The ceremony will affirm the EarthKeepers in their call to the ministry of creation care and will bless their work in their communities.


Social justice advocates celebrate 30 years of HOPE

Social Justice November 06, 2018

St. Andrews United Methodist Church in Brandon joined in, celebrating the 30th anniversary of HOPE—Hillsborough Organization for Progress and Equality—by voting to continue the fight for housing for the downtrodden, help for the elderly and second chances for young people who make bad choices.


UM connection aids Hurricane Michael recovery

Denominational News October 26, 2018

Members of Lynn Haven United Methodist Church await a new 4,000-square-foot tent they’ll use for worship. The Hurricane Michael-ravaged congregation and many United Methodists in the area are struggling to return to normalcy. Jim Patterson has an update on the denomination’s efforts to provide relief in the Alabama-West Florida, Florida and South Georgia conferences.


Florida's Amendment 4: The time to act is now!

Social Justice October 24, 2018

We have partnered with Faith in Florida as they lead The Let My People Vote (LMPV) campaign, a project of Faith in Florida which invites congregations of faith from across the state of Florida to support giving over 1.4 million Floridians a second chance at redemption.


Missionary inspired by Brazilian churches’ vibrancy

Missions and Outreach October 18, 2018

“When you go to Africa, Asia and South America, in as much as people have knowledge, they understand the importance of God. They might not be practically involved in the church, but they have the belief that without God they are nothing. People in need grow closer to God than people who have plenty.”


Hurricane Michael special collection

Disaster Recovery October 12, 2018

We know all too well the shock and helpless feeling hurricane survivors are left with when the storms pass. After a weather event of this magnitude, there are many ways to help but monetary donations are crucial in the immediate aftermath


Exercise caution in Hurricane Michael aftermath

Disaster Recovery October 10, 2018

Be smart and be safe. Most serious injuries and death occur after the storm has passed. As you check your home and check on neighbors, pay attention to your surroundings, looking for downed power lines, snakes, red ant mounds (which travel in flood waters) and other hazardous debris the storm may bring. Photo courtesy Rev. Wayne Wiatt.


October is Pastor Appreciation Month

Church Vitality October 03, 2018

Editor's note: Pastor Appreciation Day is October 14. Some of you may know that October is designated Pastor Appreciation Month in some denominations and congregations. This is not a major national ...


The General Conference delegation slates 'listening session' Oct. 20

Way Forward October 03, 2018

The day will be an opportunity for the delegates to listen to you. There will be time spent around tables with delegates listening to each person who wants to share. There will also be an opportunity for those who would like to address the entire delegation to sign up for a five-minute time to speak.


Creation Care is economic, social justice issue

Church Vitality Social Justice September 24, 2018

On a national level, UMW is speaking out on issues like greenhouse gas emissions, which are warming the planet and is bringing attention to the fact that environmental issues are a social justice issue, as well, because it has a greater impact on lower-income and indigenous people.


Justice for Our Neighbor’s hope is in God

Social Justice September 20, 2018

Florida JFON needs a wide range of volunteers to help set up clinics, serve as drivers and welcome clients. Volunteer attorneys are needed to provide clients with advice and counsel and free representation. If you’re interested, call 786-470-0302 or go to http://fljfon.org.


Wait, pray, give as Hurricane Florence batters coast

Disaster Recovery September 14, 2018

Your prayers and gifts to UMCOR are the best possible resources to share before, during and after Florence makes landfall.  We know firsthand the difference those gifts can make, as we first responded in the aftermath and then began the long road of recovery–a road we are still traveling today!


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