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News, Notes, and Announcements from The Florida Conference

News, Notes, and Announcements from The Florida Conference



GRANT AVAILABLE THROUGH GENERAL BOARD OF GLOBAL MINISTRIES

The General Board of Global Ministries is the global mission agency of The United Methodist Church, its annual conferences, missionary conferences, and local congregations.

They have made available the Racial/Ethnic Local Church (RELC) grant for local churches to apply. The application deadline is 2/15/2023.

Please note:

Churches must contribute at least 10% of the requested grant amount, and the contribution must be reflected in the income section of the budget.  This source cannot come from the District or Conference.

The application requires Conference leadership signatures. The Florida Conference has specific grant application guidelines set up. Click here to view them. Please follow these guidelines and allow the appropriate time indicated within them.

Once fully completed, including the signatures of the Local Pastor and District Superintendent, please email to ConMin@flumc.org (Connectional and Justice Ministries).

Any questions, contact Dr. Dana Lyles, Director/Team Lead

dlyles@umcmission.org

Connectional & Justice Ministries
ConMin@flumc.org


THE COASTAL VIRGINIA DISTRICT IS RECRUITING FOR AN ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGER

The Virginia Coastal District of the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church is currently recruiting for Administrative Manager.

The deadline for receiving applications is until the position is filled.

The General Council on Finance and Administration is working with the Virginia Coastal District and Virginia Conference to recruit for this position.  If you know of someone who might be interested, please have them send apply at: Click Here to apply.

 If you have any questions about the open position, please contact Cianta Hogan, Human Resources Manager at 615-369-2357.


GAINESVILLE CHURCH WINS AWARD

The Freedom Church was the winner of the 2022 Best of Gainesville Award in the category of United Methodist Church.

The Gainesville award program's purpose is to support and offer public recognition of the contributions of businesses and organizations in and around Gainesville. 

 

THE FOUNDATION FOR EVANGELISM LOCAL CHURCH GRANT CYCLE OPENS JANUARY 15

During the 2022 Equipping the Local Church Grant Cycle, 31 grants were awarded totaling $230,000. The projects included a wide range of evangelistic disciple-building in the local church context, including:

• Establishing a children's and youth summer leadership program based on Wesleyan-tradition Christian values that invites and nurtures children and families in the faith.

• A Sunday-night supper open to anyone in the community that invites conversation around a particular scripture.

• An online church designed for those struggling with addiction or family members and friends of addicts.

• A weekly respite night for foster parents that provides a safe and nurturing place for children and a connection to a faith community for their caregivers.

The grant is intended to help launch an experiment or initiative to share the Gospel, faith stories, and invite others into a relationship with Jesus.

Any church or group of churches fitting the criteria may apply. A total of 30 small church and 20 medium church grants (under 250 participants) will be awarded in the summer of 2023. 

To help clarify the grant criteria and application process, an information session will be held on January 26, 2023, from 3-5 p.m. Eastern. You can register for the session at FoundationforEvangelism.org/apply-for-grant.
Applications open on January 15 and will close on February 28.

The Foundation for Evangelism Equipping the Local Church grant initiative seeks to empower pastors and laity in smaller local congregations to dream, take risks, and partner with God in the transformation of lives and communities. These grants are made possible through the generosity of donors, friends, and partners of The Foundation for Evangelism.

The Foundation for Evangelism works globally to educate and invite people into the Christian faith. Grants to pan-Wesleyan/Methodist leaders, churches, seminaries, and denominations impact Christian leaders across five continents. To learn more about our work, visit www.FoundationForEvangelism.org
 


TAMPA PASTOR HONORED AS COMMUNITY HERO

The Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League honored Rev. Justin LaRosa as a Community Hero for, among other things, his work with the homeless population of Tampa.

LaRosa, who is the minister of The Portico campus of Hyde Park United Methodist Church, received a $50,000 grant from the Lightning Foundation. The money will go toward outreach programs at the Portico.

In 2013, LaRosa founded The Portico in downtown Tampa for what the Lightning noted as “a place of safety and welcome for all people, particularly the homeless, addicted, and lost.”

LaRosa also founded Portico Housing Solutions, a 501(c)3 that provides transitional housing for homeless men.

TAMPA UMC PASTOR NAMED COMMUNITY HERO

 


















 


GCFA RECRUITING FOR A HUMAN RESOURCES ASSISTANT

The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) announces a search and invites applications for the Human Resources Assistant position.

The deadline for receiving applications is until the position is filled.

Click Here to Apply.

GCFA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively seeks and encourages applications from minorities, women, and individuals with disabilities. All offers of employment are subject to the applicant successfully completing background, reference, and other applicable checks.


SCHOLARSHIP MONEY AVAILABLE

The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry has scholarships available to United Methodist students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Every year, the GBHEM awards an average of $5.5 million to help students in the United States and abroad pursue their dreams through higher education.

This financial aid opens pathways for students of all backgrounds to earn their degrees and serve as the next generation of leaders for the church and the world.

For more information, click here.


GULF COVE UMC STEPS UP FOR ITS COMMUNITY

Like many churches in the South West District, Gulf Cove UMC in Port Charlotte suffered considerable damage from Hurricane Ian. Although the church is functioning, it's on a limited basis.

Still, that didn't stop the church from passing out approximately 1,000 Thanksgiving dinners to its community.

That drew praise from District Superintendent Debbie Allen.

"I am so incredibly thankful for Gulf Cove’s continued witness in their community. This is tremendous. I think it is amazing to see a congregation do an outreach ministry like that in the midst of navigating all of the hurricane damage they have with their church’s buildings and property," she said.

"That was an incredible turnout and certainly seems to have met a real need that people had in order to celebrate Thanksgiving."