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Message from the District Superintendent
If you have been keeping track, Jay has visited almost all of the churches in the district. He only has four more left. During each visit, he has taken wonderful photos, which we hope to display in the District Office in the coming months.
We are grateful for everyone's safety during Hurricane Matthew last month. If you have yet to make your insurance claims, please do so by calling 855-CAT-FUMC. Even if you think your damage is below the deductible, please call and report it.
Our district officially has the most famous pumpkin patch. First UMC in St. Augustine was featured in the Washington Post and on numerous social media sites after the hurricane for their floating pumpkins around town due to the excessive flooding.
The District Office will be closed on November 11 in honor of Veteran's Day and also November 24 & 25 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
The message for November focuses around being thankful. You can click here to read his message.
As we move into the final weeks of charge conference, the District Office would like to thank everyone for their patience during this season that has been full of changes. We did change a few things this time around and there were a few things we found out about mid-stream. There will be some changes for next year and we will roll those out as soon as we can so everyone is made aware ahead of time. But as we move into the next season, please know that we appreciate you and we are in this together. It is His grace that conquers a multitude of flaws and in that grace, there is only favor.
Just a reminder if you still haven't had your charge conference:
- The church is responsible for giving the presiding elder the charge conference packet to be approved. The District Office will not be distributing the packets to the presiding elders. - We understand this is different from last year. We will be sending the DS with the packets of the charge conferences he is presiding over. However, if you did submit your original and need it back for your charge conference, please let us know.
- Once you conduct your charge conference, you must submit all fully signed documents to the District Office as soon as possible. (No later than one week after the charge conference.) If you submitted something that had full signatures on it, you do not need to resubmit those documents.
Retiree Luncheon RSVP's Needed
Just a reminder that the District Superintendent, Jay Therrell, is hosting a retiree luncheon in November. If you are interested in attending and have not yet RSVP'd, please email Pam Mullay and confirm which date you would like to attend:
- November 10, 2016, 12-2 p.m.
- November 15, 2016, 12-2 p.m.
Both luncheons will be held at the District Office.
Be sure to stop by and visit us on December 16, 2016 from 10-12 or 2-4 for our District Holiday Open House. We will be sharing Christmas cookies and other snacks with all who visit. We would love to meet you and have some help decorating the tree at the office. If your church has an ornament that has the church name on it, we would love to add it to our tree. Please bring it with you when you visit. This time will be all about fellowship. We hope you can stop by.
Please click on the links below for more information about these meetings/events.
November 4-6, 2016 - District Youth Retreat @ Warren Willis Camp
November 5, 2016 - Fresh Expression Vision Day
November 10 & 15, 2016 - Retiree Luncheons with the DS
November 11, 2016 - District Office Closed in honor of Veteran's Day
November 24-25, 2016 - District Office Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
December 16, 2016 - District Office Holiday Open House, 10-12 & 2-4
January 28, 2017 - District Leadership Training Event @ Beach UMC
February 4, 2017 - District Leadership Training Event @ First UMC, Starke
March 3-4, 2017 - District Lay Servant Ministry Training @ Southside UMC - Save the Date!
June 7-9, 2017 - Annual Conference 2017, Buena Vista Palace Hotel, Orlando