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31 Reports due! (See article in March Newsletter)


3 Good Friday - District office closed
12 Children's Week in Tallahassee


3 Announcement Sunday
18 dCOM - First Port St. Lucie, 8:30 a.m.
21-22 Right Start and Sexual Ethics Training
25 Memorial Day - District office closed


The Office of Multi-Cultural and Justice Ministries will host representatives from the Cancer Treatment Center of America from Newnan, Georgia to share with local pastors the possibilities of implementing a Cancer Care Outreach Ministry through their local churches.

TUESDAY, MAY 5, 2015

11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Methodist Conference Building

Third Floor Large Board Room

450 MLK, Jr. Avenue

Lakeland, FL

According to the American Cancer Society, over 12 million people in the United States are living with or have been personally diagnosed with cancer. Every year, 1.5 million people receive a cancer diagnosis.

That means that in a church of 200 people, approximately eight (8) people are living with cancer and two or more will be diagnosed with it every year.

The orientation will involve sharing with local pastors how their local churches can receive FREE training for their laity to raise up Cancer Care Ministries in their churches and communities to reach out and touch the lives of patients, caregivers and those affected by cancer.

A cancer care ministry has the power to touch a church and community with the love of God in an unprecedented way.

Pastors who are interested in learning more about this opportunity and marvelous calling should registered for the orientation at:



For more information or questions, please feel free to contact Harold D. Lewis, Sr., Director of Multi-Cultural and Justice Ministries at 800-282-8011 ext. 346 or


The Journeys of Paul        

The Journeys of Paul

with Bishop Ken Carter and Guest Teacher Dr. Waite Willis

An Invitation from Bishop Carter

The pilgrimage to Israel in May, 2014, with my friend, the beloved teacher Bob Tuttle, and friends from across the Florida Conference and beyond was a wonderful time of fellowship.

I would like to invite you to join me as we sail through the Mediterranean following in the footsteps of the Apostle Paul through Greece, Turkey and Italy for 13 days departing on November 7, 2015. I am excited to have Dr. Waite Willis from Florida Southern College join us as our guest teacher. I am inviting pastors, teachers and members of our churches to join us in this profound experience of travel, study, worship and fellowship aboard the Rhapsody of the Seas.

I hope you will make this pilgrimage with us in 2015!

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: The journeys of Paul



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




Black Methodist for Church Renewal April 16-18

Click here for link to brochure

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



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


Extension Ministry Gathering on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at the Bethany Retreat Center, Lutz (Tampa area), FL.

As a reminder, if you want to locate the retreat center or read about it, you can go online to the Bethany Center Website. For those wanting to use a GPS when traveling to the retreat center, the center asks that you use the following address: 5121 Pheasant Woods Drive, Lutz, FL 33558. It is the address across the street from the retreat center entrance.

You may register for the Extension Ministry Retreat at the Extension Minister Event Registration Webpage. We will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning at the Bethany Retreat Center in the main building, enjoy lunch together, and conclude around 4:30 p.m. If you need lodging before or after the retreat, you can request accommodations at the listed rates. We will provide snacks and lunch and you will be responsible for travel, lodging and all other meals.

I remain excited about the opportunity for us to gather together to share with Bishop Carter and with one another.  We are blessed to have Bishop Carter for the day. In my encounters with our Bishop, I have found him to be approachable, genuinely friendly and pastoral. I think you will enjoy the day we will spend together. I found this quote in an article written by Bishop Carter and published recently online with Ministry Matters that captures the attitude he will bring to our Extension Ministry Gathering.

"I write from the perspective of a pastor and a bishop. I have served in a mainline denomination for 32 years, and am now in a role that gives me a vista that is, in the language of Ronald Heifetz, more balcony than dance. If there is any wisdom here, it comes in substantial measure from mistakes I’ve made; it reflects both doors that have opened (or been opened) for me, and also in the words of one of my favorite bluegrass songs, ‘the trains I’ve missed’ (Balsam Range)." Bishop Carter.

It is my hope that you will make plans to attend and that your time apart at Bethany Retreat Center with Bishop Carter will be refreshing and spiritually uplifting.
God’s grace and peace to you.

Commander Steven Souders
US Navy Chaplain
Chair of Extension Ministry Gathering

Calendar of Reports Due


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