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September 2019 District Newsletter

Dear North East District Family,

As you all are aware, Hurricane Dorian sat as a category 5 storm over the Bahamas for an extended period of time causing devastation to the Abacos and Grand Bahama Island. Presently, the U.S. Coast Guard and the British Royal Navy are conducting search and rescue operations for the many people who are missing.

As the Body of Christ, many are asking how our local churches can help the Bahamas in their recovery. Thank you! Reaching out to others in their times of worst need is core to the DNA of being Christians, as well as Methodists.

Our United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is already at work with our partners in the Bahamian Methodist Church and the Methodist Church of the Caribbean and the Americas. The recovery period will be long – most likely years. There will be a need for teams of volunteers, but not at the moment. We will wait until assessments can be made after the initial search and recovery is concluded.

For now, the best thing you can do is to give a donation to UMCOR’s International Disaster Recovery efforts. You can do so by clicking this link: They will be making grants both to local disaster recovery efforts as well as have their own folks on the ground. In fact, they already are on the ground in the Bahamas.

The Florida Conference will be coordinating efforts through UMCOR and Bahamas Habitat (the relief ministry of the Bahamas Conference of the Methodist Church), and they will share with us other specific needs. Until they do so, however, the best thing we can do is give cash.

One thing I have learned over the years is not to be a part of what many disaster recovery experts call “the second disaster.” The “second disaster” is what they call well-intentioned folks who send “stuff” to areas after disasters. The people in those areas don’t have any real need for it, don’t have a way to store it, and the expensive shipping costs could go to help real needs if cash was given instead. Here is an excellent piece about the “second disaster” CBS News did a few years ago. It’s not long, and I highly recommend it to you:

Thank you for being so caring for our sisters and brothers in the Bahamas! God bless you, district family!

All God’s love,




Fresh Expressions - What's Next?

Join us for Coffee and Conversation with Rev. Dr. Michael Moynagh on Thursday, September 12, 2019, 10:30 a.m. @ Greater Bell UMC, 21024 N State Road 235, Brooker, Florida 32622.

Rev. Dr. Michael Moynagh is one of the earliest creators and adapters of Fresh Expressions. If you've been leading a Fresh Expression and wanting to take it to the next level, from loving and serving to community or from community to building a church, or want to learn how to replicate the process in your local setting - THIS event is for you!

Come and have coffee and conversation and learn from one of the masters of Fresh Expressions. Meet other pioneers who are on the journey of leading fresh expressions in their communities as well and hear their questions and experiences.

Register today to attend this FREE Event! -

Please note that the On Mission Together - Through Fresh Expressions on September 12, 4 p.m. at River of Life UMC has been canceled due to low registration.



Clergy Compensation Form Webinars

We will be offering several webinars to help everyone complete the clergy compensation form for Super-Charged Conference. Please sign up for the webinar that works best for you. Don't forget that we need a copy of the completed but unsigned form in the District Office by October 1 for review. The signed form should be included in the Charge Conference Packet at Super-Charged Conference on October 26, 2019, 9 a.m. at CrossRoad UMC. 

Please note that each webinar will focus specifically on clergy that either have a housing allowance, a parsonage or no housing allowance. Be sure to sign up for the webinar that fits your clergy best. Each webinar should not last longer than 30 minutes. 

After you complete your registration, you will receive a confirmation email which will include the webinar log-in information.

  • Clergy Comp Webinar with housing allowance - September 16 @ 9 a.m.
  • Clergy Comp Webinar with no housing allowance - September 16 @ 11 a.m.
  • Clergy Comp Webinar with parsonage - September 17 @ 1 p.m.
  • Clergy Comp Webinar with housing allowance - September 20 @ 10 a.m.
  • Clergy Comp Webinar with no housing allowance - September 20 @ 3 p.m.




Charge Conference Reminders

  • Please note that the health supplements for clergy will increase in 2020. Visit our website for more details
  • All clergy compensation forms are due to the District Office by October 1. We do not need the fully signed forms, just to see the form with the completed salary information. All final and signed forms will be put into your charge conference packet and submitted at Super-Charged Conference. 
  • All lay servants, CLM's and candidates for ministry need to complete charge conference paperwork. Visit our website for more information


September 2019
September 11, 2019 - Children's Ministry Luncheon, 12 p.m @ Lakewood UMC
September 12, 2019 - Coffee and Conversation with Mike Moynagh, 10:30 a.m. @ Greater Bell UMC
September 14, 2019 - District UMW Mission Study, 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. @ Palm Coast UMC
September 16, 2019 - Clergy Compensation Webinar with housing allowance, 9 a.m.
September 16, 2019 - Clergy Compensation Webinar with no housing, 11 a.m.
September 16, 2019 - Called to Preach Class in Jacksonville, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
September 17, 2019 - Clergy Compensation Webinar with parsonage, 1 p.m.
September 18, 2019 – District Admin Brunch, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m./Southside UMC
September 20, 2019 - Clergy Compensation Webinar with housing allowance, 10 a.m.
September 20, 2019 - Clergy Compensation Webinar with no housing, 3 p.m.
September 23, 2019 - Called to Preach Class in Jacksonville, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
September 30, 2019 - Called to Preach Class in Jacksonville, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

October 2019
October 1, 2019 – Clergy Compensation Forms Due to District Office
October 2, 2019 - Servant Keeper Webinar, 12 p.m.
October 12-13, 2019 - Fall Lay Servant Training @ Wesconnett UMC
October 16, 2019 – District Clergy/Ministry Team Meeting @ Fleming Island UMC. 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
October 26, 2019 – Super-Charged Conference, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. @ CrossRoad UMC
October 28, 2019 – Church Dashboard Update Day

November 2019

November 12, 2019 – Finance/Trustees Training @ San Marco UMC
November 13, 2019 – Finance/Trustees Training @ Emmanuel UMC, Palatka

December 2019
December 10, 2019 – SPRC Training @ Garden City UMC

December 11, 2019 - Recerts/Certs/LP - Please contact Elizabeth Flynn for more information -
December 12, 2019 – SPRC Training @ First UMC, Bunnell

February 8, 2020 – Equip 2020 Leadership Event @ Beach UMC
August 22, 2020 – Igniting Men Conference @ Mandarin UMC

October 17, 2020 – 2020 Super-Charged Conference @ CrossRoad UMC