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NW District JANUARY 2019 Newsletter

Happy New Year from your friends in the NW District Office. Take a look at what is coming up:




For any clergy who anticipate a move to a new church this year (or are considering retirement), you must meet with the DS in January to discuss. For Staff Parish Committees who would like to request a pastor change, the SPRC Chair must meet with the DS in January to discuss. If you fall into this category and have not already talked to us about an appointment, please call us ASAP.



John Wesley United Methodist Church, 1689 Old St. Augustine Rd. , Tallahassee, invites you to a musical dinner on    Wed. Jan. 16 in Hawkins Hall 5:45-7:15 pm. Reservations Required 877-1738 or by 1/13. Donations taken at Door.  Cubanisque Cuisine of pork, rice, beans, fruit, etc.

This is a fundraiser for Medicines to Cuba, Africa, and Porch de Salomon in Guatemala. The UMC NWD team to Cuba goes on Feb. 6.  Featured Music is a sing along with the Monroe’s, and special music by FSU Grad. Manuel Vizurraga, Jr.




We are pleased to announce that there will be a Lay Servant Training on January 25-26 at Tallahassee Heights UMC, 3004 Mahan Drive. The Basic course will be led by Dr. Chandra Snell; Advanced course "Life Together in the United Methodist Connection" will be led by Jim Catron, NW District Lay Servant Assistant Director; and Advanced course "Living Our United Methodist  Beliefs" will be led by  Rod Groom, Florida Conference Director of Lay Servant Ministries.

Registration is $40 per class and includes a participant book, dinner on Friday, continental breakfast and lunch on Saturday, as well as coffee and ice tea. Please make checks payable to NW District and note that it is for "Lay Servant Training".  The registration deadline is January 9. Click here to register.



Each year, the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home holds a series of Local Church Representative (LCR) workshops. This is one of the positions you should have filled when you were doing your committee nominations this past fall. LCRs serve as the liaisons between the Children’s Home and the church, and they play a vital role in connecting the two. Our spring workshops will take place in select districts around the Conference, and LCRs from across the state are invited to attend any of the workshops, regardless of whether or not they are held in your specific district. The events will include an overview of the ministry of the Children’s Home, as well as an overview of the role of the LCR. There will be an opportunity to learn about the various resources we have available to support our Representatives. We will cover the 2019 Day on Campus festivities, as well as the opportunities for connection that the event brings. Finally, there will be time to share questions, ideas, and resources with other LCRs.

This year's NW workshop will be on the following dates (the other dates/districts are not at all close to our District but if you want all of the date options, please call our office:

North West District

January 6th

Tallahassee Heights UMC



January 7th

Madison Youth Ranch Chapel


(Walking tour of Ranch to follow)

Please call Ryan Frack with any questions and RSVPs at  (386) 668-4774 ext. 2222 or email at




You don't want to miss this choir's performance on Tuesday, January 8, at 7:00 PM, Trinity UMC, Tallahassee.  The choir, from Decatur, Illinois, features 43 upper-class students from a variety of majors. Membership in the choir places high demands on students who travel extensively throughout the United States representing the university in a variety of settings. In recent years, the choir has also toured internationally to Spain, Ireland, Scotland, England, China, Taiwan, Haiti, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic. The Millikin University Choir has gained national recognition, due in part to six invitations to perform at national and regional conferences of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). Their performances have fostered new conversations in response to their approach to tone, style and programming. 

PLEASE NOTE: Housing is still needed for choir members. If you can help, please call Mark at Trinity - 212-0701.




Church Profiles are to be reviewed and updated annually and must be done by Feb. 1.
All church SPR Committees must update online annually. The Church Profile deadline requires it be completed online no later than one week prior to the pastor’s January DS consultation if they are having one.

Pastor Profile – reviewed and updated annually.
All pastors must update online annually. The Pastor Profile deadline requires it to be completed online no later than one week prior to the DS January consultation (if they are having one). Though you may not anticipate a move, it is important that both the Pastor Profile and Church Profile be current and up to date at the first appointment-making session of the Cabinet. The reports should be an honest reflection of the pastoral ministry and the profile of the church.

Click HERE for the detailed instructions for accessing both the Church and Pastor Profiles. Follow the step by step instructions to access the appropriate profile. The final date to update Profiles is February 1, 2019.



“HANGING OF THE HANDS” , Annual Children's Week March 24 – 29, 2019 including Florida Advocacy Days March 24 – 26, 2019

Tens of thousands of pieces of “hand art” will be hung throughout the Capitol Rotunda Sunday, March 24 – Friday, March 29, 2019, creating an amazing display of children’s art. “Hand art” is decorated by children and their teachers and collected at child care centers and schools across the state. The hands hang in the Capitol Rotunda as a reminder to legislators and advocates that we must take care of our most precious commodity – our children.

Schools, child care centers, and individuals from across the state have been submitting hands to hang at the Capitol for many years, and we encourage everyone to participate in this time-honored tradition. Several of our United Methodist Church preschools have participated in the past. The more hands the better!

All artwork must be postmarked by March 10, 2019. Please include your county on the box used for mailing and send to:
The Early Learning Coalition of the Big Bend Region
2639 N. Monroe Street, Building C
Tallahassee, FL 32303

For more information about Children’s Week, please visit or contact us at