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Notices — May 21, 2005 {0296}

Notices — May 21, 2005 {0296}

e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service

Notices — May 21, 2005

May 21, 2005    News media contact:  Tita Parham*    
800-282-8011     Orlando  {0296}

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Events at annual conference streamed live

By Tita Parham

ORLANDO — More than 2,000 clergy and lay delegates from the Florida Conference's 730 churches are preparing to attend the "One Body One Spirit" 2005 Florida Annual Conference Event June 2-5. But for those who can't attend, there is still an opportunity to participate.

This year, specific portions of the conference will be streamed live on the Florida Conference Web site, and live newscasts recapping what has happened the previous day and earlier in the morning will take place every morning at 8 a.m. and every evening beginning June 3. Both the Web- and newscasts will enable people who are not able to attend the four-day gathering to view a portion of the conference from their computers at home.

Some of the Web- and newscasts will share:

n What the Florida Conference Storm Recovery Center (SRC) has done to help residents recover from last year's hurricanes.

n How the conference is moving into its new structure with new districts and church clusters, effective July 1.

n Insights from guest preacher Bishop Charlene Kammerer from the Virginia Conference and Bible study leader the Rev. Dr. Greg Jones, dean of Duke University Divinity School.

n The experiences delegates had while participating in pre-conference mission opportunities with Celebrate Jesus, the SRC and Habitat for Humanity.

A complete schedule of the events being streamed is located at

To access the Web- and newscasts throughout the conference click on the Web cast banner on the home page of the Florida Conference Web site at or go directly to the Web cast page at For details about the conference event visit

Florida Conference has new Web site

n  Churches can change own information through Login function

By Tita Parham

ORLANDO — The Florida Conference launched a new Web site May 16 that enables users to navigate more easily through the site to find the information they need. It also gives churches the opportunity to update information about their churches on their own.

"We went to this new database-driven Web site to make it easier for users to find information and also to make it possible for churches and pastors to be able to manage things like e-mail and Web site address changes, worship times, and other church-related information in our church locator," said Donald Youngs, the conference's director of Internet and Video Communications. "This new site gives navigation and database management capabilities that were never possible with the old site."

The home page includes seven main tabs at the top, and all of the pages included on the site can be found under these tabs. Each tab includes a series of drop-down menus, with sub-groupings off many of the items listed. More then 95 percent of the pages can be reached in one click through the main menus.

A search function in the upper left-hand corner of the page and a site map with links to nearly every page on the site helps users who are unsure where to look first for the information they need.

The site also includes a function called Church Login that enables conference churches to update information about their church that is included in the site's Church Locater, as well as pastors' e-mail addresses. Other features will be added in the future.

All churches need to log in is their user name and password. The user name is their General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) number; the password is the one created when churches provided their year-end statistics. There's also a link to retrieve a user name and password for users who have forgotten that information.

Churches can update their information by going to the home page of the site and clicking on the Church Login link in the upper right hand corner of the home page.

Although the site has changed, the address is the same — Tips on accessing information on the site are located at


*Parham is managing editor of e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service.