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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Please use this link to register: https://florida-reg.brtapp.com/SEDistrictLayServantMinistryClassSpring2021
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.
3 Secrets to Having Your Best Relationship │ Wednesday, June 9
- Learn different ways to communicate with your partner
- Discover ways to deescalate arguments
- 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.
Best Practices for Managing Remote Employees │ Wednesday, June 23
- Examine the “Fast Forward” pandemic experience of the remote workforce – pre, post and current state
- Discuss benefits and challenges of working remotely
- 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 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.