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District Calendar  
29: Peer Facilitators Conference Call 1:00 p.m.

04: Announcement Sunday
08: Right Start For Moving Clergy (Lakeland)
12: dCOM 8:30
26: Memorial Day Holiday District Office Closed
29-30: New Clergy Right Start (Lakeland)

The General Board of Global Ministries is happy to announce that through the summer they have several missionaries of the General Board of Global Ministries itinerating through the Florida Conference. Connie DiLeo (The Dominican Republic), Britt&Alison Gilmore (Ireland), and Quynh-Hoa Nguyen (Vietnam) are/will be available for presentations at local churches, district events, UMW gatherings, etc.

To read more about each of them and the times they are available please click here.





A Word From Our Bishop’s Wife
First, let me say a deep-felt thank you to all the churches that participated in the Million Meals Challenge this past year.      We met our goal four months early, and since then have significantly exceeded it!  The meals we have packed this year with Stop Hunger Now have been sent around the world, from the Philippines to Haiti, Nicaragua to the African continent.  Your faithfulness and generosity will mean that many, many hungry children will be fed.  I am looking forward to sharing with you the total number of meals packed, and to show you what the work of your hands has made possible.
Now to the future!     

Jewelry Re-Sale for Missions   

While traveling throughout the Conference I have met so many wonderful young adults.  They are committed Christians who truly and earnestly desire to make a difference in this world.  What is often holding them back from participating in our global missions opportunities is a lack of financial means to pay for the costs that are associated with such travel.  With your help, we can change that.   This year we are sponsoring a Jewelry Re-Sale for Missions.   This is a different kind of jewelry sale because we are asking all of you to contribute items from your jewelry collections that you are no longer using, both real and costume jewelry, and we will sell these items at Annual Conference.  Even your damaged jewelry is welcome. We will take it all and try to make the best profits possible to reach our goal.
It is a resale, for a remarkable goal – the goal of making mission participation a reality for the next generation.   The money we make will help to fund two young adult trips to our covenant partners in Cuba and Haiti in the coming conference year.  

So how can you participate?

•    Check your jewelry box for items you are willing to donate
•    Send items to your District Office (in zip lock bags if possible)
•    Purchase items at the Jewelry ReSale for Missions while at Annual Conference

We ask that you send your donated items to your District Office no later than June 1st.  That will give us plenty of time to organize the inventory and get ready for the big resale for remarkable mission opportunities.  The jewelry sale will be open on Wednesday and Thursday of Annual Conference.  So stop by the sale, find a treasure and make a difference in the life of a young person.  Here’s hoping our forgotten gems will be the means to making new mission opportunities a reality for many, many young adults.  
Pam Carter


The Inaugural Florida Annual Conference 5K

Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 6:30am - Lake Hollingsworth - Lakeland, FL
This year at Annual Conference we are proud to announce and invite your participation in the inaugural Florida Annual Conference 5K. This Annual Conference event will be an opportunity to unite our Clergy and Lay Members of the Annual Conference and connect with the greater Lakeland community in an initiative to promote faith and fitness. Proceeds from the 5K will go towards our Annual Conference's support of the Imagine No Malaria campaign.
Now is the time to begin training for this event. Consider beginning a "Couch to 5K" program. Consider finding a friend or gathering a team to race alongside you as we race towards greater health - for ourselves and for our sisters and brothers around the globe.
More information about the 5K will be forthcoming. Be sure to check the Annual Conference website as well as your district newsletter. You may also contact Rev. Sarah Miller at sarah.miller@flumc.org for more immediate assistance.  


The Black Clergy Women of The United Methodist Church: Annual meeting will be held on August 4-7

for more information, Click here


IRS Payroll (W-3-941 Forms Training By Mickey Wilson

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

Calendar of Reports Due


For a list of reports due, please click here.