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Notices — Feb. 26, 2006 {0450}

Notices — Feb. 26, 2006 {0450}

e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service

Notices — Feb. 26, 2006

Feb. 26, 2006    News media contact:  Tita Parham*    
800-282-8011     Orlando {0450}

An e-Review News Item

Board of Lay Ministry seeks candidates for open positions

By Russ Graves**

MELBOURNE — The Board of Lay Ministry is accepting candidates for five positions that will become vacant beginning in June.

The positions include secretary, lay member representative of the conference ministry teams, lay woman representing the annual conference, lay youth representing the annual conference and younger adult.

Board members are required to meet approximately three times a year to gather and provide information regarding lay ministry activity and opportunities. Each board member plays a role in the lay ministry of sharing Christ with a hurting and hungry world. Assignments typically come from the conference lay leader, but the ultimate goal is for these leaders of laity to work alongside pastors and clergy leaders across the conference to be a transforming part of God's church.

Board members who have agreed to serve the additional two years of a four-year opportunity include Bill Walker, conference lay leader; Aggie Reed, treasurer; Donna Maynard, lay member representative of the conference ministry teams; Robert Grizzard, lay man representing the annual conference; and John Dowell, older adult representative.

Individuals interested in nominating someone for any of the open positions area asked to contact one of the following members of the board's lay leadership committee: Russ Graves (chairman), or 321-427-0513; John Dowell,; John Rogers,; Paulette Monroe,; Donna Maynard,; or Nelida Morales,

Annual conference housing information to be mailed soon

By Diana Herchig**

LAKELAND — The housing mailing for the "Witness With Power" 2006 Florida Annual Conference Event June 1-3 will be sent to clergy and lay delegates in early March. 

The mailing will include the names, rates and contact information for area hotels; Florida Southern College housing and meal ticket information; and the basic agenda for the annual gathering. 

Hotel and agenda information can also be found on the conference Web site at Additional information will be added to the Web site as it becomes available.

Cuba/Florida Covenant has new Web site

By the Rev. Dr. Larry Rankin**

LAKELAND — The Cuba/Florida Covenant announces the launch of its revamped Web site.

The site provides information for congregations interested in participating in the covenant, the history of Cuba and Florida Methodism over the past 123 years, instructions on establishing a relationship with a partner church in Cuba, contact information at the district level, legal travel guidelines to Cuba and tips on maintaining healthy relationships with sister churches.

The site can be found at

United Methodists will celebrate the ninth anniversary of the Cuba/Florida Covenant at the "Witness With Power" 2006 Florida Annual Conference Event June 1-3.

The Cuba/Florida Covenant (Advance #704) is a partnership between the Florida Conference and the Methodist Church in Cuba. It is a reaffirmation of a relationship that began with the founding of Methodist Christianity in Cuba in 1883. Districts and local congregations partner with each other in Florida and Cuba, exchanging prayers, worship, visits and mutual support for the promotion of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 


*Parham is managing editor of e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service.
**Graves is chairman of the Board of Lay Ministry's lay leadership committee. Herchig is director of the conference's data management center. Rankin is director of the global mission and health and wholeness ministries of the conference Connectional Ministries office and dean of Healthy Church Academy.