Dear South East District Friends,
Please excuse my excitement but I have waited, along with my fellow Kansas City Chiefs fans, a very long time to be able to say we are Super Bowl champions so I think I am going to say it a few more times!
Team sports define much of our community life, don’t they? Perhaps you remember the sports you played as kids: mine were softball and basketball. The importance of perfecting your position as an individual alongside playing as a team member. Stepping up to the plate but also stepping out of the limelight when necessary. Allowing others the room to do their part and taking responsibility for your part too. Celebrating together the wins and crying together over the losses.
Over the weekend, many Chiefs fans were nervous as the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl began. Those who were watching the game with me said I was unusually “grumpy and silent” as I watched a lackluster performance. I thought our star player, Patrick Mahomes, just wasn’t going to show up to play that night. Then he did. It was awesome.
Later, after the trophy had been lifted (both the Super Bowl trophy and the MVP trophy for Mahomes), and the celebrations had taken place, the players and coaches settled in for the press conference interviews. Mahomes was asked what changed the game. His answer, “Our defense.” He did not take credit for scoring 21 points in less than eight minutes. He did not talk about the incredible passes he made or his poise in leading his team down the field. Instead, he praised the KC defense. Without them, he never would have had the chance to throw the ball. They needed to stop San Francisco first before Mahomes could work his magic.
This is our work, isn’t it? Doing our part and allowing others to do theirs. Praising the way others make our work possible and reciprocating when the opportunity arises.
Sisters and brothers, I have been a part of many conversations lately that begin with “I” and end with “me.” I am hearing less about “us” and “we.” Do you remember when you had a toddler in your home? Two year olds say “Me, me, me!” As we grow, we learn to understand the concept of “we.” Spiritually, it is possible to be a two year old that focuses entirely on what we want for ourselves and our need to be “right.” As God works in us, we learn the art of living together and living as a team in the communion of God’s creation. We each do our part, often not understanding exactly how God calls us to “win.” Yet we are confident God calls us to live together, work together, serve together.
This weekend at our District Training Event we will hear from my friend, the Rev. Magrey deVega, how to live as Wesley taught us to live – focusing on God first. I invite us to come together, our South East District “team,” to learn, train, grow and worship together.
Hope to see you there. And again, Go Chiefs!
In Christ’s love,
Cynthia D. Weems
Rise Up! SE District FLUMC Youth Event
February 8, from 5:00-9:00 pm
Christ Church Ft. Lauderdale
Rise Up South East District Youth! This year's District Youth Event promises to be a powerful evening. Derrick Scott from Campus to City Wesley Foundation will be bringing a message, we’ll have great music, games, small group time, and a chance to join Rise Against Hunger in a packing event that will provide food to the hungry!
It’s going to be a great evening, so be sure to have your youth leader get registered for it so we know how much pizza to buy! Rise UP!
To register CLICK HERE.
Lay Servant Ministries
March 28 & 29 – Christ Church UMC, Fort Lauderdale
Sign up now and plan to attend the Spring 2020 LSM Training!
Training will be held on Saturday, March 28th from 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday, March 29th 20 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. There is a course fee of $50.00. It includes course materials, light breakfast and lunch on Saturday.
This training is open to all. If you are seeking to receive certification of re-certification credits you must attend all 10 hours of the training. Registration is now open and will run through March 20th, 2019.
We are offering the following courses:
- Lay Servant Ministry Basic Course
- Advanced as well as Lay Speaker Course – Polity
Calendar of Reports Due for February and March
Year-end local church statistics (Table 1, Table 2, Table 3) close on Friday, February 7 at 5:00 pm. Complete online annually. This form will be available online via the Statistics link at your church dashboard login on the conference website beginning January 2, 2020. Must be completed by February 7, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
Workers Compensation Payroll Audit is to be completed online annually. Report actual payroll for calendar year 2019. Must be completed between February 1 and February 21, 2020. In order to comply with State of Florida requirements related to workers’ compensation coverage, we ask that you complete the brief online payroll survey. Please review your payroll records (941’s etc.) for the calendar year 2019 and complete the form as accurately as possible. Please note that your responses will not affect your workers’ compensation insurance costs for 2020 as this updated information is simply required to comply with State of Florida regulations.
Ensure Lay Member to Annual Conference name and contact information is correct in church dashboard.
The following reports are due to the District office by March 31.
Please email them to Norma Sayago firstname.lastname@example.org.
The church needs to have a Local Church Employee form signed by each employee and kept in their personnel file. This does not get sent to the District office.
The Fund Balance report is submitted online by Finance. Do not send a hard copy to the District. The form is located in your Church Dashboard on the bottom left. Note: The Disaster Recovery Resource Survey is no longer required.
For detailed instructions on reports, please review the Calendar of Reports.
UMCFCU 2020 Scholarship Application
WIN $1000 COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP!
United Methodist Connectional Federal Credit Union Is Offering Scholarships to College Bound Students
The United Methodist Connectional Federal Credit Union will award four $1,000 college scholarships again this year. Four winning applicants will be chosen one from each of our four conferences Florida, North Georgia, South Georgia and Alabama-West Florida. To apply, you must be a member of United Methodist Connectional FCU between the ages of 17-35.
Application deadline is April 30, 2020. Winners will be announced at each Annual Conference of Florida, North Georgia, South Georgia and Alabama-West Florida. Complete the form below and paste your required essay.
Florida United Methodist Children's Home is Hiring!
Career Fair - February 15 - 9am - Noon