NW September 2018 Newsletter


1. Clergy Meeting with Assistant Bishop Alex Shanks

North West Clergy will be meeting together on September 13, 10 AM - noon with lunch following at Killearn UMC in Tallahassee. Alex Shanks will share the latest on "A Way Forward." Please let Peggy know if you will attend so we know how much lunch to prepare.

2. The Cross and the Flame: Conversations with Bishop Carter

Join Bishop Ken Carter at one of our important fall regional gatherings.  These events are open to all.  Each event will begin at 6:30 PM and a reception will follow. 

Sunday, Sept. 16 - Killearn UMC, Tallahassee
Monday, Sept. 17 - First UMC, Winter Park
Tuesday, Sept. 18 - First UMC,  Boca Raton
Wednesday, Sept. 19 - Harvest UMC, Lakewood Ranch

To Register for the Cross & Flame event, please visit https://florida-reg.brtapp.com/bishopconversation



Bethel UMC Tallahassee invites you to join their Adult Bible study on Revelation Thursdays at 6:30 PM starting Sept. 13. 1470 Bethel Church Road. Contact Ralph Wrightstone at 591-9785.



Tallahassee Heights UMC is sponsoring a workshop on rediscovering practical faith-sharing and gaining confidence in sharing your faith-story Saturday, Sept. 29 from 10 AM - 2:30 PM at FSU Wesley Foundation. The key facilitator will be World Evangelist Dr. Winston Worrell. All are welcome. There is a nominal cosst of $5 which includes lunch. Register at http://tallyheightsumc.com no later than Sept. 17. Questions? Contact Dr. Winston Worrell at 404/643-7854.



Due to low response the past few years the NW District will not be offering Lay Servant training this Fall.  However, you can take a course online at www.beadisciple.com (That is be a disciple . com)



By now all churches should have received the 2018 Charge Conference dates. There are only 8 meetings this year so each cluster meeting will be a bit larger than last year. Charge conference paperwork is due in the District office ONE WEEK prior to the meeting date. This has been problematic in the past so PLEASE make every effort to get papers in on time.  Churches must let us know which meeting they plan to attend if it is not obvious by church location. For example, Woodville UMC is equally as close to Tallahassee and Sopchoppy. They let me know they will attend the Sopchoppy meeting.

Monday, October 15 at Saint Paul's UMC Tallahassee beginning at 6:30 PM. (Tallahassee area churches, Monticello area churches)  Presiding Elder Durwood Foshee

Tuesday, October 16 at Centenary UMC Quincy beginning at 6:30 PM. (Gadsden area churches + Salem) Presiding Elder Mike Fordham

Tuesday, October 16 at Sopchoppy UMC beginning at 6:30 PM. (Coastal area churches + Woodville) Presiding Elder Bob Gibbs

Thursday, October 18 at First UMC Perry beginning at 6:30 PM. (Taylor County area) Presiding Elder Bethany Douty

Tuesday, October 23 at First UMC Lake City beginning at 6:30 PM. (Columbia County area) Presiding Elder Ken Hamilton

Tuesday, October 23 at Lee UMC beginning at 6:30 PM. (Madison County area) Presiding Elder Kandace Brooks

Thursday, October 25 at First UMC Alachua beginning at 6:30 PM. (Alachua area) Presiding Elder Lamar Albritton

Monday, October 29 at First UMC Chiefland beginning at 6:30 PM. (Levy County area + McCall's Chapel) Presiding Elder Durwood Forshee




Director of Music Ministries

Waukeenah United Methodist Church, 81 Methodist Church Road Monticello, Florida 32344, the little church with a big heart founded in 1837, is seeking a Director of Music Ministries.  This position will remain open until filled.

The Music Director requires a passionate and talented Christian to direct and lead the Music Ministries. Duties include directing the choir, special music and praise team at rehearsals each Wednesday evening, accompanying the weekly Sunday morning service (on piano), and coordinating the selection of music for all Services and special events. 

The Director of Music Ministries works under the supervision of the Pastor. The position is part-time with an annual salary paid on a monthly basis. Incumbent will be allowed three (3) paid Sundays of leave per year. Compensation does not include any other paid employee benefits.


  • Serve as Church pianist. 
  • Direct weekly music rehearsals. 
  • Coordinate the selection of music for worship and submit this for printing in church bulletin.
  • Develop and lead special seasonal musical presentations. 
  • Work with the Praise Team and other providers of special music. 
  • Communicate appropriately and effectively with church staff, volunteers and choir members. 
  • Meet periodically with the Pastor, Staff-Parish Relations Committee and Worship Committee to evaluate programs and to update plans. 

If interested, please submit a resume and request for an interview to Paul Zajicek, chair of the Staff-Parish Relations Committee, at spr@waukeenah-umc.org.  If you would like to learn more about Waukeenah United Methodist Church or the position, please call Mr. Zajicek at 850-4433456.


This position is required to comply with conduct policies established by the United Methodist Church (see Employee Conduct Policy) as well as those established by Waukeenah United Methodist Church including Sexual Harassment, Child Protection, and Zero Tolerance Drug and Alcohol policies. The incumbent is subject to a Level I background check as required by the Methodist Conference.

Contact Us

The Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church

450 Martin L King Jr Ave
Lakeland, FL 33815

(863) 688-5563 or toll free (800) 282-8011