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12 Date of Charge Conference form due in District Office

  15-17 Full Cabinet
 23 - Transition meeting (North) at Emmanuel UMC

 24 - District Clergy Meeting 9:00 - 3:00 p.m. at Lakewood Park UMC (note this is a change of date from August 26)

 27 - Financial training with Mickey Wilson - First UMC, Hobe Sound

8th or 9th Imagine No Malaria Training

15th Completion of ALL Church Charge Conferences completed
18-19 Bishop's 2014 Clergy Gathering

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
Atlantic Central District Training October 8th & 9th. See information below.



Date of Charge Conference form due in District Office by September 12th




IRS Payroll (W-3-941 Forms Training By Mickey Wilson Sept. 13th and 27th in the AC District.

This training gives instructions on the correct way to fill out the required Payroll Tax Forms for the IRS and the Social Security Administration.  All churches that have payroll need to send a representative  to this meeting.  Mickey Wilson, Conference Treasurer, will be our guest speaker and will answer your questions so you can be in compliance with the Federal Regulations.

Date: Saturday, September 13, 2014       Date: Saturday, September 27, 2014
Where: First UMC - Melbourne               Where: First UMC - Hobe Sound, Fl            
Time 10:00 a.m. - noon                          Time: 10:00 a.m. - noon            

This training is recommended for:
Financial Secretaries, Treasurers, Pastors, Finance Chairpersons, Business Administrators, Administrative Assistants, SPR Chairspersons

Register Now:
September 13th @ First UMC  Melbourne
September 27th @ Hobe Sound


The Florida Chapter of The Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts & Mary Scifres Ministries Present
21st Century Worship:  Emerging, Engaging, Enlightening

A Workshop for Pastors, Preachers,
Musicians, Worship Artists, Worship Designers, and Worship Leaders
Understanding and Integrating New Ideas & Elements of Worship
Saturday, October 4
Life Enrichment Center
Fruitland Park, Florida
by Rev. Mary J. Scifres
Worship Author, Consultant, & Coach
~Connecting Church and Culture~
Worship terms and styles shift as quickly as favorite television shows these days.  Postmodern, Emergent, Taize’, Traditional, Seeker, Praise… What do these terms mean? Do they really help define us? Can they enhance our ability to reach people in worship?  
Workshop leader, coach, and consultant Rev. Mary J. Scifres will enrich our worship leadership as she explores these changing faces of worship with their unique terms and styles and teaches us how to integrate new elements of worship into existing styles of worship.  
In this workshop, we will explore the impact of our changing culture and the ways worship addresses the spiritual needs people experience today. We will envision how our worship design, use of music and the arts, and preaching methods connect us most effectively with the world around us. This exploration will include discussion of the worship needs of postmodern Gen Xers and Gen Yers. Bring your ideas and questions to this engaging and enlightening conversation!
Saturday, October 4, 9:00-3:00
$50 Early Registration includes lunch & materials
(Late Registration of $60 After 9/15)
(.5 CEU credit available with certificate for additional $10)
Register on-line at http://maryscifres.com/Worship_Workshop.html
via email at maryscifresministries@gmail.com
via telephone at 949-715-4630
or via snail mail to:
Mary Scifres
Top of the World Retreat
28825 Top of the World Drive
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Rev. Mary J. Scifres, United Methodist Pastor and  Abingdon Press Author, has been a national consultant, preacher, teacher, and coach in worship, sacred music, visioning, leadership, and church growth for more than two decades. Having served churches across the nation, Mary brings a broad perspective and diverse understanding of both church and culture.
Mary is author and editor of The United Methodist Music and Worship Planner, The Abingdon Preaching Annual, Searching for Seekers:  Ministry with a New Generation of the Unchurched, and Just In Time! Special Services, all published by Abingdon Press (The United Methodist Publishing House).

Imagine No Malaria Training October 8th or 9th.

How can you Imagine a World without Malaria, if you already believe you live in One?

You are invited to join Kylie Foley, Imagine No Malaria Field Coordinator at one of two meetings scheduled on Oct. 8th & Oct. 9th.
in The Atlantic Central District (Imagine No Malaria Information & Training) For Local Church Clergy & Laity

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.Every church within the Florida Conference is invited to participate in Imagine No Malaria this next year in some capacity, whether through a financial pledge, awareness campaign, or a focus on prayer.

We hope every pastor and at least one lay person from every Atlantic Central District will take time to attend one of the two gatherings above to learn more about how your church can participate.

October 8th Training at First UMC Titusville  6:30 PM- 8:30 PM Click here to register.
October 9th Training at Trinity UMC Palm Beach Gardens 6:30 PM-8:30PM Click here to register

Men's Retreat Weekends October 10 - 12 / 24 -26

Thanks to those of you who are already registered for the October Men’s Retreats. Please spread the word that we still have openings available in both weekends.
Take this opportunity  to renew and refresh your body and soul…
…by getting  a weekend away.
During the October 10 - 12 weekend, Rev. Scott Smith will be joined by John Riley for an inspiring retreat.
For the October 24 – 26 weekend, Dr. Timothy Tennent, President of Asbury Seminary, will be preaching and teaching lessons on the Prodigal Son. He will be joined by the always inspiring Rev. Harold Lewis, who will deliver an exciting message for our times.
Get your registrations in as early as possible to ensure the availability of your weekend choice!
For the latest information and details for making reservations, Click here to register or call the UMM office at 863-858-4985.
Don Heishman, Registrar
Florida Conference
United Methodist Men

************************************************************************************************************************************************************************34th Annual Clergy Mates 2014 Retreat November 6-8

Reconnect with old friends…and make new ones!
The Scripture theme for this year’s retreat is The Power of Thanks, based upon 1 Thessalonians 5, verse 18: "Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."
Retreat speakers are Clergy Mates just like you. Special speaker this year is CeCe Nickolich, an ordained Elder in the North Georgia Conference, she currently serves as Pastor of the Newborn UMC. Also a clergy spouse, CeCe has been married for 46 years to Pastor Mike Nickolich. Join other Clergy Mates at this anticipated annual event to be both encouraged and inspired.
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 in November this year. We’d also like to connect with you throughout the year on www.facebook/FloridaConferenceUMClergy Mates.com. Find us through another Florida Clergy Mate who will invite you online to become a member of this exclusive and confidential group.
You may register for the Retreat online or download an event brochure after July 2, 2014 at www.flumc2.org/events/calendar.
The cost for the retreat is $155 (double occupancy). Registration deadline is October 20, 2014. Financial scholarships are available to anyone in need.
Details:Start Time:4:00 pm - Thursday:End Time:12:00 pm - Saturday
Coordinator:Rebecca White, Chair
Amy Hill, tel:904-412-8014 or amy12481@hotmail.com
Life Enrichment Center (LEC) on Lake Griffin
4991 Picciola Rd.
Fruitland Park, Florida
Click here for retreat brochure



Our theme this year ........this thing we do called ministry........

Ministry is unique, and only we who do it can fully understand each other, and all the joys and frustrations that come with it. The topics are chosen to go along with Bishop Carter's focus this year on Luke/Acts, and, we believe, speak directly to our lives as clergy.

November 18 & 19, 2014 @ Life Enrichment Center

The music will once again be fantastic with Joy Banks leading and a special evening with the Bethune Cookman University Concert Chorale.

Click here for the brochure.
Click here to register.




"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.


Calendar of Reports Due


For a list of reports due, please click here.