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August 2 - Grace UMC "Saturday Counrty Store" and "Health and Wellness Fair"
August 4-7 - Black Clergy Women of the UMC Annual Meeting
August 21 - District Leadership Council 10:00 at Lakewood Park UMC
August 26 - District Clergy meeting 9:00 - 3:00 Place TB

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



Imagine No Malaria is the extraordinary effort of the people of the United Methodist Church to eradicate malaria, a preventable treatable disease caused by the bite of an infected mosquito. 91% of malaria deaths are pregnant women and children under 5. The United Methodist Church has raised over $61 million of its $75 million goal to help end malaria.

The Florida Conference officially launched our campaign to help save 250,000 lives from malaria at the 2014 Annual Conference this June. Bishop Carter called for state-wide support of Imagine No Malaria, and asks for 100% commitment from churches.               

We have the resources and the passion to help end malaria for the glory of Christ.  Visit www.imagineflorida.org for information on how your church can get involved today!

Watch the Atlantic District News and other communication for more information coming soon.





 Community Outreach Health & Wellness Fair

Grace United Metodist Church welcomes you to "Saturday Country Store" filled with Fun Family Activities and Health Fair on
Saturday August 2nd, 9am - 1pm. Click on the link below to see more information:

http://cms.diychurchsites.com/temporary_uploads/222691/Health Fair final by Tim 2014.pdf

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

for more information, Click here


Eighteenth Annual Lay Servant Ministries Training Event August 15 - 17

"To Equip the Saints"

As Lay Servants, we are called to serve the church, both locally and across the world. Our theme this year comes from Ephesians 4:12, where we are told “to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.” We are not just in the “salvation business,” to believe, to profess, and then to sit for the rest of our lives on our laurels. Instead, we are to help bring God’s saving grace through our words and deeds. Come and hear Bishop Carter start us off on the right foot for classes that help us to learn and do. Geraldine McClellan will teach us how to get over our nervousness and to have a plan to preach and share when we are called to do so. Harold Lewis will help us to think systematically about providing a Discipleship Path within our churches to help all believers – including ourselves! – to grow closer to Christ and to become more devoted disciples in our lives and service for him. Jeanine Klontz will help us to understand how outreach and mission are our best means of evangelizing the world around us, both close by and at a distance. Finally, Dee Allen challenges us to spend special time alone with God, so we may be energized through the power of the Holy Spirit to go out, serve, and be witnesses for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

For more information, visit our website at http://flumclsm.org or register for classes here.

*Bishop Kenneth N. Carter, Jr. will be our special guest during our opening session on Friday night, August 15th. Bishop Carter is the leader of our Florida Conference, and has a heart for missions that transform the world. Join us for an exciting time after dinner on Friday night, as he talks about our becoming more and more involved with “The Mission of God”!
*Rev. Geraldine W. McClellan has been a member of the Florida Annual Conference since 1980, serving churches and ministries from Miami to Gainesville. She served for eight years as a District Superintendent, and is a recognized leader and mentor in cutting-edge ministries throughout both Florida and the Southeastern Jurisdiction. She currently pastors the Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church in Gainesville, Florida. She will be teaching this weekend from the course, Go Preach! This course is designed for those Lay Servants who are occasionally called upon to preach, give a message, or lead a devotional time. Practical tips are given for those who are not formally trained as pastors. Just enough theory to support practice is given, and specific suggestions for those wishing to explore preaching in more detail are given in a bibliography.
*Rev. Harold Lewis is the Director of Justice and Multicultural Ministries for the Florida Annual Conference. He will be teaching the class, Journey into Discipleship: Designing and Developing a Process for Making Disciples. Pastor Lewis asks us: What happens after persons join your local church? Is there a simple process of incorporating new members in your church into dedicated disciples? This class offers a simple paradigm that can be adopted and adapted by any local church regardless of size to move new members into becoming devoted disciples of Jesus Christ.
*Rev. Jeanine Clontz has served Florida churches for the last 12 years, after retiring from her previous career in corporate human resources training and management. She has been Pastor of Flagler Beach United Methodist Church for the last three years, and has a great heart for missions. Join Pastor Jeanine as she leads our class in Outreach and Mission for Vital Congregations. This study will provide lay servants and congregations with the essential tools and keys they need for engaging in missional evangelism, which will allow them to broaden their relationships with the church, the community and the world.
*Mrs. Dee Allen is active in a variety of church ministries in the Tallahassee area. Join her for Introduction to Prayer and Fasting, as she challenges us to follow Jesus’ example of intimacy with God. Learn to cultivate a deeper relationship with him through prayer and fasting. Jesus urges us in the gospels to fast, pray and give. Spend time with God, deny self, and seek him with all your hearts. We will see how God honors fasting throughout the Bible and discuss the different types of fasts we find in the Bible. Hearing God’s call, trusting and obeying him will bring you out of your wilderness and into his presence like you have never experienced before. Come and learn and study together with Dee Allen for a very special weekend.
*Our Music Leader this weekend is Catherine Ritch. Catherine is an organist, keyboardist, comedian, published composer and author of inspirational fiction, non-fiction and children’s books, with 25 books currently in print. She has been appointed as the Circuit Riding Musician in the Western North Carolina Annual Conference, and is a frequent speaker/musician for national and international conferences in a variety of venues. Catherine has done much work to replenish school libraries after natural disasters. She also holds free cultural arts camps and carnivals for children in disaster areas, as well as in inner-city missions and for the children of Appalachia. Her non-fiction work about Cambodia, Because He Lives, was named to the 2012 Reading List of United Methodist Women. Her latest mission book, You Raise Me Up, is about the work of the United Methodist Church in Nagorno-Karabakh, a disputed territory of Armenia. It premiered at the 2014 Quadrennial International UMW Assembly.

Register Here for the Lay Servant Ministries Training Event


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


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


"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.


Calendar of Reports Due


For a list of reports due, please click here.