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District Calendar 2016

30 - Clergy Meeting @ 1st Port St. Lucie 9:30-2:30


05- District and Conference Closed for Labor Day
10 - UMVIM Mission Team Training @ Trinity Palm Beach Gardens 9-3
20-26 Bishop's Town Hall Meetings (various locations)


 News from Atlantic Central District Office

Clergy Meeting

On August 30 we will be having a Clergy meeting. Dale Locke, Community of Hope UMC, will be leading our time sharing about assimilation of new members and making disciples. Community of Hope UMC is 2nd fastest growing church in our denomination. The meeting will be held at First UMC, Port St. Lucie 9:30 – 2:30. Lunch provided.
Please plan to attend along with members of your leadership team or any lay person. RSVP to the District office (772)299-0255 or flumc-ac@flumc.org


Fact Sheets to Tell the Stories of Major Initiatives

The fact sheets, a communication effort designed by Bishop Carter, will provide a quick overview describing each developing major conference initiative:

What is the initiative?

Where are we now in its development?

Where are we going with it?

The purpose is to inform our key leaders and others about these initiatives not only for their own information, but also to provide leaders with answers to "What’s going on?" questions asked by their constituents.

The fact sheets are being produced by the Strategic Leadership Team and our Communications Department.

Fresh Expressions - Click Here to View Fact Sheet

Younger Clergy Debt - Click Here to view Fact Sheet

Nehemiah Project - Click Here to view Fact Sheet

The Race Conversation - Click Here to view Fact Sheet

Teaching Churches - Click Here to view Fact Sheet

The Local Church as a Learning Community - Click Here to view Fact Sheet

General Conference 2016 - Click Here to view Fact Sheet

There are some great stories around our major initiatives, and we are excited about telling them. If you have any feedback or suggestions regarding the fact sheets, please send them to Gretchen Hastings at ghastings@flumc.org.


Benefits Update: Freedom to Choose – 2017 Health Initiative

The Florida Annual Conference approved the Freedom to Choose-2017 Health Initiative effective January 1, 2017. This new benefit criteria applies to all full-time clergy, including deacons, appointed to a local church, mission, District or Conference staff. Over the next few months you will begin receiving more information to help you navigate through this transition.
Go here to learn more.

Please save the following meeting dates with Wendy McCoy for our district.
October 19th - South UMC of the Palm Beaches, West Palm Beach @ 10AM
October 20th - North Wesley UMC, Melbourne @10AM



UMVIM Mission Team Training, September 10 9AM to 3PM

Trinity UMC in Palm Beach Gardens will be hosting a UMVIM Mission Team Training for people interested in serving on a mission trip. The training will go from 9am – 3pm in the Fellowship Hall at Trinity UMC, Palm Beach Gardens. Cost is $29.95 per person and $39.95 per couple. Register online at the conference website or the link below. For more information, please contact Greg Harford at (800)282-8011, ext. 195, or by email at gharford@flumc.org.



You are invited to join Bishop Carter and other clergy and laity from around your region for an evening of conversation at the Bishop's Town Hall Gathering.
Call for Unity
A Time for Questions and Answers
Highlights of Key Future Initiatives

SAVE THE DATE -- 6:00 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Tuesday, September 20 > Trinity UMC, Gainesville
Thursday, September 22 > St. Luke’s UMC, Orlando
Sunday, September 25 > Christ UMC, Fort Lauderdale
Monday, September 26 > Grace UMC, Cape Coral

Each evening gathering will be followed by light refreshments.
Click here for link to conference site.


All clergy from the AC District are expected to attend one of the gatherings of your choice and hopefully you will have lay people attend with you. Gary

Clergy Mates Retreat, November 2016

Speakers for the annual retreat are Clergy Mates just like you. This year our special guest speaker is Karen Whiting, award-winning Christian author and speaker. Notably, Karen is the mother of one of Florida's own clergy spouses. She is certain to bring you both encouragement and inspiration. We invite you to come and enjoy a special time away to have fun, connect with other Clergy Mates, and to celebrate your own journey of faith. We are praying for you and look forward to seeing you this November. We'd also like to connect with you throughout the year on www.facebook/FloridaConferenceUMClergyMates.com . Find us and request an invitation to become a member of this exclusive and private FB group.You may register online for the Retreat at this site after July 1.
Click Here to Register
The cost for the retreat is $155 (double occupancy) and Registration must be mailed or electronically received by October 1, 2016. Financial scholarships are available to anyone in need.




Calendar of Reports Due


For a list of reports due, please click here.