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SED June 2021 Newsletter

June, 2021

Dear South East District Friends,

Warm summer wishes to each of you!

I have enjoyed so much seeing many of your faces on ZOOM during our district trainings that ran over two weeks in late April and early May. These were great opportunities to learn together about the important operational teams in the life of the church. If you were unable to attend, most trainings have a Power Point that can be shared and/or a recording of the session. Reach out to the district office for those.

I have also enjoyed being out and about in the district more in the last month than in all of the last year! It is good to be visiting your worship services, presiding over your special church conferences, and leading trainings in your churches. Keep up the good work and continue to find creative and safe ways for your church and community to be together.

During the month of June there will be annual conference (June 11-12, virtual, though several of us will be present for an in-person licensing, commissioning, and ordination service on June 12), a cabinet retreat, several farewell worship services with pastors who are moving, a trip to Warren W. Willis camp, celebrating the end of school, and much more.

I also want to share that I will be taking a renewal leave this summer for several weeks between July 6-August 13. My daughter and I plan to visit family and do some traveling out west that was postponed due to the pandemic. We are fully vaccinated and feel safe doing this, and hope to spend lots of time outdoors! Norma will be in the office and there will be other superintendents on call for me, as well as assistance from our resources in Lakeland. I covet your prayers for our travel and for my ability to take a deep breath or two in order to return to our good work together this fall.

I am wishing each of you a restful summer of health, spiritual growth, and re-engaging safely with fellow brothers and sisters. May God bless us and our global community in this journey.

Grace and peace,

Cynthia D. Weems


 Bishop Carter Announces Full Time Appointment Changes

Bishop Ken Carter and the appointive cabinet of The Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church, in   consultation with the clergy and authorized lay leaders of the local churches, announce full-time   appointment changes, to take effect July 1, 2021. This act of ministry is in fulfillment of paragraphs 425-429   of the 2016 Book of Discipline. Click HERE for the complete list, organized by districts. For a reflection on   the core values employed in the process of clergy appointments to churches, click here.

Let us lift these clergy, their families and the local churches in prayer, in the hope that we will more fully participate in our mission— “to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world” (Book of Discipline, ¶ 120). 


Welcome to our Clergy with New Appointments July 1, 2021!

We are grateful for the clergy who will be transitioning to retirement or to other appointments this year. Thank you to Stuart Bodin, Andrea Byer-Thomas, Paul Cook, Terri Hill, Montreuil Milord, Sheryl Marks-Williams, Dawn Worden, and Marcus Zillman for serving among us. We wish you all the best in your new appointments or endeavors!

We welcome the following clergy to new appointments in the South East District:

Cornerstone, Miami – Elyse Milligan

Epworth – Hollywood – Diane Gutierrez

First, Boca Raton – Craig Nelson

Key West – Bridget Thornton

Killian Pines – Janet Horman

Miami Lakes – Alex Christian

Poinciana – Wilma Reyes

South Dade Haitian, Homestead – David Noel

St. John’s, Miami Beach – Kipp Nelson           


Additionally, a warm congratulations to Pierre Exantus, Kevin Johnson, and Dawn Worden on their upcoming ordinations and to Paige Holaday on her commissioning. We also extend deep appreciation to Terri Hill for her many years of service as an elder in the Florida Conference as she prepares for retirement.


Annual Conference 2021
A Community of Love & Forgiveness
June 11-12, 2021


Click HERE for the AC2021 webpage. You will find the schedule for AC2021 for clergy and lay members to annual conference. This page will be updated as information is available.

Pre-Conference Orientation Webinar tonight, June 1 at 6:00 p.m. hosted by Rev. Alex Shanks and Rev. Dr. Sharon Austin, Annual Conference Planning Team co-chairs, and Craig Smelser, interim conference treasurer. Members of the annual conference will have the opportunity to learn about the essential items of business that will be covered during the Annual Conference session. Register here.

District Pre-Conference Orientations, June 6 from 3:00 - 4:30 pm. Join our DS, Dr. Cynthia Weems, to discuss the Bishop's Initiatives, Resolutions, conference budget and small group discussions.  Click here to register for South East District! 

Pre-Conference Workshops, June 7-10 will be held over Zoom and are open to everyone, not just voting members.  Click here for more information and to register

  • Justice, Reconciliation, and Me
  • Poverty Solutions Group Bread for the World's Racial Wealth Gap Virtual Learning Simulation
  • Innovation 2021 Embrace the Journey: Becoming the Beloved Community
  • Fill the Table Equip, Engage, Empower Your Community
  • Financial Services Financial Controls in an Online World/2022 Conference Budget
  • Learning Together Sharing Best Practices for Innovative Ministry During COVID-19
  • One Church, Two Languages Ministry Model
  • Spiritual Spa - Relaxation for Reverends
  • Upcoming General Conference and my Church's Future

Stay in the Loop! Text FLUMC21 to 844-635-1026 to receive updates on Annual Conference! Reply STOP to cancel, HELP for help. Msg & data rates may apply. Terms & privacy:


Lay Servant Ministries
Advanced Training via ZOOM

Friday, June 24, 6:30-7:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 25, 5:00-6:00 p.m. (and every Friday & Saturday for the following four weeks until July 23-24)

Dear Lay Servants,

 We invite you to our next Advance class titled, “The Method of our Mission” led by Laceye C. Warner. You will receive   the Zoom link to participate after registration.

 The classes will be FREE and everyone will need to purchase their own books. Details will be sent after registration.

 For additional information contact Connie Bookholt at 954-440-4187 or 

 Please use this link to register:


Modified Missional Vital Signs Reporting 

The Florida Conference is using a Modified MVS reporting model. Click HERE for instructions and to report MVS.


From the Florida Conference Human Resources Department:

Magellan Member Momentum Engagement Campaign and Webinar Opportunities


Communicating with your partner

Whether you’ve been in a relationship for a long time or are new to your partnership, improving your communication skills can substantially strengthen your bond. Learn more in this month’s newsletter.

Monthly Webinar
3 Secrets to Having Your Best Relationship │ Wednesday, June 9

Click Here to Register to:

  1. Learn different ways to communicate with your partner
  2. Discover ways to deescalate arguments
  3. Increase intimacy in your relationship

Managing remote employees

In the age of the pandemic, many organizations have had to adapt to an environment where many employees work remotely. If you’re a supervisor or manager leading remote workers, learn helpful tips in this month’s newsletter.

Monthly Webinar
Best Practices for Managing Remote Employees │ Wednesday, June 23

Click Here to Register to:

  1. Examine the “Fast Forward” pandemic experience of the remote workforce – pre, post and current state
  2. Discuss benefits and challenges of working remotely
  3. Share best practices and helpful management guidelines for providing support, identifying and responding to employee concerns

Start summer right

As summer heats up, Work-Life can help you make the most of longer days. Work-Life is available 24/7 to help you tackle your summer tasks so you have more time to enjoy your summertime. Access Work-Life for information on:

  • Summer care options and information on activities
  • Travel and staycation
  • Pet care best practices
  • Home improvement resources



Getting kids to help this summer

Getting kids to help this summer

Leading in the virtual workplace

Leading in the virtual workplace

Communicating with your partner

Communicating with your partner

National PTSD Awareness Month

National PTSD Awareness Month


Getting help online is easy! From webinars, live talks and audio to articles and downloadable guides, Work-Life provides insights and information to help you practice self-care. Click HERE for the June newsletter.


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July 5 - Independence Day Holiday

The conference and district offices will be closed for the holiday.

August 31 - SE DCOM

The deadline for materials is August 3.