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In Brief — Nov. 10, 2006 {0573}

In Brief — Nov. 10, 2006 {0573}

e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service

In Brief — Nov. 10, 2006

Nov. 10, 2006    News media contact: Tita Parham* 
800-282-8011    Orlando {0573}

An e-Review News Item

This series includes:

n FSC trustee gives $1 million gift for archive wing
n Tampa United Methodist Centers becomes Cornerstone Family Ministries
n Wanted: former campers to help repair windows at conference youth camp

FSC trustee gives $1 million gift for archive wing

By Florida Southern College Public Relations Staff

LAKELAND — Anne Kerr, president of Florida Southern College, announced Oct. 26 that a gift of $1 million has been given by trustee and long-time supporter Dr. Sarah D. McKay for the archival addition to the college’s Roux Library

The addition will be named the Sarah D. and L. Kirk McKay, Jr. Archive Wing and will house archival materials of The Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Florida Conference Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker was among the college trustees and other dignitaries in attendance at the press announcement of the gift.

“Dr. Sarah McKay has been one of the college’s staunchest supporters over the years. She and her family have a deep appreciation for the profound influence of the Methodist Church on the College’s rich heritage,” Kerr said. “We are honored to receive such a generous gift to perpetuate the legacy of the Methodist Church at Florida Southern College.”

The McKay Archive Wing will comprise two stories totaling 9,000 square feet of space and will house the historically valuable archival collection of the Florida United Methodist Conference on the main floor. The second floor will house the college’s archival materials, including Frank Lloyd Wright drawings and memorabilia, the Center for Florida History collection, and the Florida Citrus Archives.

In making the gift, McKay said: “My children and I are happy to be able to make this long anticipated dream a reality. This new archive wing will allow the rich history of the Methodist Church in Florida to be preserved and shared for future generations.”

The groundbreaking for the addition will take place during the college’s Founders Day Celebration March 19, 2007. Librarian of Congress Dr. James H. Billington will give the Founders Day address and participate in the groundbreaking ceremonies.

Founded in 1885, Florida Southern College is a private, comprehensive United Methodist college with a liberal arts core. The college maintains its commitment to academic excellence through 38 undergraduate majors and distinctive graduate programs in business administration, education and nursing. Florida Southern is ranked by U. S. News and World Report as one of the top 10 Southern Comprehensive Colleges-Bachelor’s institutions and by the Princeton Review as a “Best Southeastern College.” The college is also the home of the world’s largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture.

Tampa United Methodist Centers becomes Cornerstone Family Ministries

By Kitty Carpenter**

TAMPA — Tampa United Methodist Centers Inc., a faith-based, non-profit headquartered in Tampa, formally changed its name to Cornerstone Family Ministries Inc. effective Oct. 19.

The re-branding was the result of a year-long study by the board of directors and staff and the pro-bono work of The HLA Group, a Tampa advertising firm. The selection of the new name is designed to focus on the agency’s primary mission to families and expand the public’s awareness of the scope of the ministry.

“What began in 1892 as a ministry to the Hispanic immigrant families working in Tampa cigar factories has now grown into a statewide ministry for families of all sizes, shapes, ages and needs,” said Stephen Langford, Cornerstone Family Ministries’ executive director. “We believe that families are the cornerstones of the community, and we are working to provide families with the tools for success.”

Langford said the mission touches more than 30,000 families each month from the Florida Keys to Thomasville, Ga., and can no longer be properly identified as a “Tampa only” ministry.

Services to families are provided through multiple programs, including The SHARE Florida Food Network, The Rosa Valdez and Cuscaden Early Intervention Centers for pre-school children, The Child Care Food Program, Housing Management Services, The New Place Multi-Cultural Arts Center, Acorn Trace Senior Housing (HUD 202/8) and the new Cornerstone Family Enrichment Center.
The agency’s work began more than 114 years ago through the efforts of individuals assisted by the Women’s Missionary Society of the early Methodist Church. Cornerstone Family Ministries is now one of the largest and most diverse of 100 National Community and Institutional Missions related to the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church. The mission remains an Advance Special, #751202, of The United Methodist Church.

“Our United Methodist heritage and connection remain the backbone of our mission. We are the same organization, with the same connections and mission, but a new vision for helping families,” Langford said. “We hope that the name change will give our work a broader geographical focus, an wider ecumenical base and a bright new family image.”

The name change was formally announced at the Cornerstone Celebration Banquet Oct. 19 at the Museum of Science and Industry. In addition to the unveiling of the new name, the event provided the opportunity to honor 19 individuals who were nominated as “cornerstones of the community, business, church, the future (youth) and heritage (life-long volunteers).”

Bulletin inserts sharing details about the name change and more information are available at 813-248-6259 or

Wanted: former campers to help repair windows at conference youth camp

By Janice Buchholz**

Just because some things are showing signs of wear and tear, doesn’t mean you discard them.

That’s the rationale summer camp leaders hope will start a resurgence to repair and restore nine of the 12 mosaic windows in the Grahmn-Sapp Youth Chapel at the Warren W. Willis Youth Camp in Fruitland Park.

The fading windows depict the story of Christ’s life and were made by summer camp team members years ago. Team members glued small pieces of glass onto a piece of plate glass in a pattern to make a picture. The culprits causing damage are old age, weather and deteriorating frames. The glass is cracking and the mosaic pieces are beginning to pull away from the plate glass.

Summer camp leaders are seeking volunteers, with or without window experience, to repair the damage and restore the windows. They expect the work to be done during the weekends. Volunteers are crucial because summer camp leaders have been unsuccessful in finding a window company to make the repairs. Summer camp leaders are working with a glass company to remove the windows and keep them as intact as possible.

Summer camp leaders want to restore the windows because they have sentimental value to the team members who made them and the countless groups that visit the camp on a regular basis.

Anyone who worked on the original windows or is interesting in repairing and restoring them to their original state should contact Heather Pancoast, the summer camp’s assistant director, at 352-787-4345 or 1-866- UMCAMPS.


*Parham is managing editor of e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service.
** Kitty Carpenter is development director for Cornerstone Family Ministries Inc. Buchholz is a staff writer for e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service.