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Past Due:
1st. Annual Clergy Assessment, both Clergy Self Assessment and SPR Assessment
1st. Continuing Education



Year-End Statistics Reporting Begins January 2, 2015

Please visit the 2014 Year-End Statistics website as you begin preparations for reporting your church's end of year statistics.  You will find everything you need for reporting:
Instruction Guides
Church Guide for EOY and EZRA Reporting (Login Instructions & Password)
Church Table Directions (help text)
New Church Development and Year End Statistical Reporting
Step by Step Overview of the Year-End Reporting Process
The deadline for submitting Year End Statistical Tables is January 30, 2015.
Online reporting begins January 2, 2015.
The information you share gives the GCFA and the conference an opportunity to see how the churches have prospered in the last year. The submission deadline date complies with the Book of Discipline, and provides district and conference personnel the information early to address needs and find resources for growth for the coming year.
Sneak Preview:  Anxious to begin your reporting? The EZRA Statistical Reporting system will be available for EARLY Reporting beginning December 29, 2014.
Go to the 2014 Year-End Statistics website to get started!
Thank you for your help in telling our churches' stories through statistics.
Dist: Local Church: Clergy, Business Admins, Secretaries/Admin Assts., Finance Committee Chairs, Treasurers, and District Admins
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The Journeys of Paul

Bishop Carter will be leading a group to travel the Journeys of Paul departing November 7, 2015 cruising aboard the Rhapsody of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International. The guest speaker will be Dr. Waite Willis. This is a 13 day cruise. One of hosts of this cruise will be our District Superintendent, Gary Spencer. If you aren't going as a member of your Pastor's Group, and If you would like to be a part of Dr. Spencer's Atlantic Central District group, please note on your reservation that you would like to be part of Group # 31548.  Also, please send the DS an email to let him know you are registering.  For more information and to register go to: Travels of Paul with Bishop Carter

Fishing For Stories To Be Used on the Conference Web Page  
I have learned of two interesting ministries at two different churches in our conference that I would like to see featured on our news page. As you know, we like to try to find and highlight more than one church doing a particular ministry (or something similar), so I am reaching out to find stories that might fi.
The first is the Brain Fitness Club at First Winter Park, which is a program designed to help people in the early stages of dementia with mental and social stimulation intended to extend their quality of life.
The second is called "Body and Soul Fitness" at Community UMC, Casselberry. It sounds like an aerobics or dance exercise program to contemporary Christian music.
If you have a similar ministries (they don't have to have the exact same name, of course), please share! Now that Annual Conference is over, we are eager to get back to telling stories from our wonderful local churches!
Susan Green, Managing Editor
Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church
450 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue
Lakeland, FL 33815-1522
1-800-282-8011 x171


Dear Mission and Outreach Leaders,
Imagine No Malaria is here! Many of our Florida churches have already joined our denomination in helping end death and suffering from malaria, and now we unify as the Florida Conference to help protect 250,000 lives over this next year.
A person dies every minute from malaria. What does that really mean? A person is dying every single minute from a mosquito bite. However, only a few short years ago, two people died every minute. Because of Imagine No Malaria and our global partners, a person now lives every minute because of our unified effort. United Methodists have been an unprecedented leader in the global fight against malaria, an incredible testament to our motto of putting our “faith into action."
Our goal to raise $75 million dollars by General Conference 2016 is well within our reach; our denomination has already raised $62 million! Florida officially joins the effort at an exciting time. As a founding partner of Nothing But Nets, Imagine No Malaria was formed to provide holistic care including bed nets, equipping our 300 African UMC hospitals and clinics, radio programs, and educating communities about malaria. We praise God that He is using The United Methodist Church and Florida Conference to make a global difference in His name.
We are inviting every church within the Florida Conference to participate in Imagine No Malaria this next year in some capacity, whether through a financial pledge, awareness campaign, or a focus on prayer. As a missions or outreach leader in your local church, you have the most credibility and passion to bring Imagine No Malaria to your congregation. There are countless examples from around the nation of churches being transformed through inviting their parishioners and community to imagine a world with no malaria.
Churches in Florida are already creating imaginative campaigns, and we’d love to provide resources for your ministry. Please visit our website www.imagineflorida.org for ideas for every ministry at your church. Volunteer trainings will be held this fall in each district, and we invite you to look for information through your district channels to attend. Through Imagine No Malaria, your church can continue building the Kingdom and transforming the world for the glory of our Savior in a unique and amplified setting.
I would love to talk to you about your church and your ministry. Please give me a call or email and we’ll start brainstorming! Thank you for listening, praying, and imagining.
In Christ Alone,
Kylie Foley
Florida INM Field Coordinator
kfoley@flumc.org  /  (863) 688- 5563 x 350




February 7, 2015 - Trinity UMC - Palm Beach Gardens
March, 7, 2015 - Grace UMC - Merritt Island
KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT BOTH EVENTS.......................


"Ministering Together In Our Communities"

More information to follow

2015 Florida Five Day Academy March 8th-13th.

Dear Friends of Florida Five Day,

I would be remiss if I didn’t send you out a personal invitation to the upcoming 2015 Florida Five Day Academy to be held March 8th – 13th at the LEC in Leesburg. Our theme this year will be "Wisdom from Above" and we will feature faculty leadership from both Jewish and Christian perspectives. You will find our brochure attached with the speakers bio’s and topics for your review.

It is hard also not to remind you that the LEC offers and amazing setting, the Academy Community and rhythm as an Oasis of fellowship and hospitality provide excellent resources for an opportunity for formation. Recall also that continuing education credit from both the conference and the Global Board are available to you. Scholarships are also available if that is a need.

Our team is working to plan and provide a first rate program. We are blessed to share in this ministry and to be members of this amazing community where journeys are touched, friends are made, and great understanding many be achieved.

Click here for the brochure offers all of the information that you will need for registration. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any question of if you are in need of further assistance.

Hope to see you in March 2015,

Blessings of Christmas to you and yours,

Lewis D. Arnold (Rev), MBA, MDiv.

Mary Retreat April 17-19

The Mary Retreat is back and registration is open! Don't let the women of your church miss out on their opportunity to have some "me" time before the chaos of the holiday season. This retreat is perfect for small groups, covenant groups, circles, and Sunday School classes.

And even more exciting - we want to invite female lay and clergy staff of local United Methodist churches to this event completely FREE.

No one in our communities serves more passionately than our local church staff members, and the LEC is here to serve YOU. Let us give you a weekend of quiet, calm and true Sabbath.

We only have FIVE of these full scholarships to offer, so contact me soon at Melissa@lecretreats.org to claim your spot!


Rev. Melissa Cooper
Program Coordinator

Life Enrichment Center

4991 Picciola Rd.
Fruitland Park, FL 34731
(352) 787-0313 ext. 4109


"Hope's Alive"
a gathering presented by Be Among Friends that will powerfully impact you and the women of your church through soul stirring music and drama, and the Word of God.

Where? – To be held at: Morningside Church - "Main auditorium"
Port St Lucie, FL.
When? – February 6-7, 2015
Friday 7pm-9pm & Saturday 9am -12:30pm

"Hope's Alive" is enjoyed across the nation as a simple local gathering, or as a refreshing mini-retreat overnight stay. Should you choose the retreat option, our "Be Among Friends" partner hotel is already holding specially priced rooms for participating churches.

Because women are very busy, it takes a lot of hard work to reach out and gather women together. Come to see the fulfillment of this life changing event be a spiritual blessing and a memorable time of fellowship ... among friends.

The first step would be to mark off February 6-7 on your woman’s ministry calendar.

And visit beamongfriends.com for more info.

SUPER Early Bird Ticket Pricing! CLICK HERE

Single – $33.00
Group (10+) – $29.00
Premium Seating – add $10**

Seating is Limited. No Reserved Seating.

Please contact Kathy Ferrara at 615-478-0247 or email her at kferrara@kathytroccoli.com.

**Premium seating is located in designated rows closest to the platform.



THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2015 9AM to 4PM


an ecumenical retreat day with other women pastors to take a sacred pause and listen to your soul.

St. Francis Center for Restoration
2010 Oak St.
Melbourne, Fl. 32951
Cost $30 (includes lunch)

For more information: contact Rev. Dawn Reichard (772) 766-6649, or email dermailbox@aol.com


Calendar of Reports Due


For a list of reports due, please click here.