Message from the District Superintendent
As we "fall" into October, Jay has already visited 51 of the 73 churches in the North East District. Each visit has reinforced that while there is always much work to do, our district is filled with wonderful, spirit-filled people doing amazing things in the name of Jesus. For example, check out the great work that Simpson Memorial UMC did this summer with the youth in their area. In addition, we just closed out a great fall Lay Servant Training program with over 50 participants. Thanks to our Lay Servant Director, Linda Cumbie, for all of her hard work and dedication to this ministry.
Before you read Jay's message for October, please mark you calendars for his Installation Service which will be held on November 6, 2016, 3 p.m. at Mandarin UMC. Formal invitations have been sent out. All are welcome to attend. All clergy attending are invited to be part of the processional and should wear black robes. All elders/deacons should also wear a red stole. Clergy - please RSVP so we can get a head count for the processional.
Pastoral Assessment Changes
The Cabinet has approved changes to the pastoral assessments that in previous years have been due in October. We have streamlined the forms and are moving the due date to May 31. We did this to make them easier as well as move them from the fall that is already busy with charge conferences, stewardship, and Advent/Christmas preparation.
You can do the assessments anytime from January 1 – May 31, but we suggest waiting until after Easter so you don’t have to do them during the Lenten Season. One additional change we approved is that if your church already has a form that it uses to evaluate its pastors and wants to use that form, you may do so. You can find more information about the assessments on our website.
New Health Insurance for Clergy & Updates to Pension
It is important for clergy and church leadership to understand all of the changes that will take place in 2017. Be sure to read the following items:
The district superintendent will conduct SPRC Trainings on November 29, 2016 @ Middleburg UMC & December 12, 2016 (location still being finalized) from 7-9 p.m. Please click here to register to attend one of the training sessions.
We ask that you urge your SPRC chair/committee to attend one of these trainings, especially if they will be new to their position in January. As a reminder to you, S/PPRCs ARE NOT authorized to take a vote on whether their pastor should remain or moved unless you specifically receive permission from the district superintendent.
In regards to training for Finance, Trustees, Nominations, Church Council etc., we encourage you to use webinars that the General Board of Discipleship has produced. You and your team can watch them together and it will save you from having to travel. Those webinars can be accessed here: http://www.umcdiscipleship.org/leadership-resources/archived-webinars. You can also find additional training resources on the Conference website.
Keeping The Faith
For our October newsletter, Rev. David Moenning shares "A Word in Favor of Soul Care." He writes "that's what Solomon had in mind when he wrote Proverbs 4:23, "Guard your heart with all diligence for from it flow the springs of life." "
Reminder: Certified Lay Ministry - Exploration Meeting
Are you interested in find out more about what a Certified Lay Minister does and how to become one? Join us at our first exploration meeting on Saturday, October 15, 2016, 1-4 p.m. @ Fleming Island UMC,
Be sure to check our district pages as we keep adding more information pertaining to this ministry.
Please click on the links below for more information about these meetings/events.
October 13, 2016 - Q Commons Event, 7 p.m. @ Friday Musicale
October 25-26, 2016 - Clergy Gathering - 2016
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
December 12, 2016 - SPRC Training, 7-9 p.m. @ TBD
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