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January

30 - Year End Statistical Reports Due
30 - Church & Clergy Profiles Due
30 - 31 - Lay Servant Ministries Training at 1st UMC Port St. Lucie

February

7 - South District Leadership Training - Trinity UMC PBG
16 - dCOM - First, Port St. Lucie - 8:30
District Office Closed for President's Day  
20-22 - PAUMCS Seminar at Life Enrichment Center

March

7 - North District Leadership Training - Grace UMC Merritt Island                


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.
 

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2015 ATLANTIC CENTRAL DISTRICT LEADERSHIP TRAINING EVENTS
SAVE THE DATES!!

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

REV. DR. GARY SPENCER D.S.

"Ministering Together In Our Communities"

CLICK HERE to see a list of the Feb.7th South classes.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER for the Feb.7th South classes.

 

CLICK HERE to see a list of the March 7th North classes.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER for the March 7th North classes.

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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:The journeys of Paul

 


FLORIDA BECOMES THE 32ND ANNUAL CONFERENCE TO IMAGINE NO MALARIA


 
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

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MARK YOUR 2015 CALENDAR

PAUMCS Seminar February 20-22 at Life Enrichment Center


REGISTER BY JANUARY 16, 2015

Please join us as we celebrate the 41st Annual Florida PAUMCS Seminar being held February 20-22, 2015, at the United Methodist Life Enrichment Center, 4991 Picciola Rd., Fruitland Park, FL 34731. For directions and a site map, go to their website: www.lecretreats.org.

This is a weekend of spiritual nourishment, relaxation and useful information to use every day in your church office. You will meet and find a common bond with other church secretaries throughout the Florida Conference. Rev. Sue Haupert-Johnson, District Superintendent of the North Central District, will share with us how to "Keep God in the Church Office." Lynn Campbell will provide information on how to navigate around the Florida Conference website and help us understand the conference reports and forms. We will also learn about effective communication skills.

The following is a quote from a first-time attender last year:

"This was most informative and inspirational! Loved every minute of it. This experience is something all church secretaries should experience."

If you need additional information, please contact Kyle Henderson at 321-777-0116, or by email, kyleh@sbumc.net

Young Clergy Stewardship Academy set for March 3-5
at First United Methodist Church, Lakeland

The Florida United Methodist Foundation and the Florida Conference Office of Clergy Excellence will offer the initial component of a new financial stewardship training program for young clergy March 3-5 at First United Methodist Church in Lakeland.

The Young Clergy Stewardship Academy is funded by a grant from The United Methodist Church’s Young Clergy Initiative Fund, established by the 2012 General Conference. It is open to active clergy, local pastors and anyone in the candidacy process who is 39 years of age or younger.

The two and a half day event will cover personal and financial stewardship with an emphasis on developing a theology of stewardship and training pastors to become financial leaders of their churches. Courses will also cover student debt, housing, clergy tax laws and pension benefits available through The United Methodist Church. Clergy are encouraged to bring their spouses, and child care for preschool-aged children will be available with advance notice.

The Young Clergy Initiative grant will provide scholarships to cover the costs of registration and materials, three meals, lodging, and onsite childcare for up to 80 attendees. Participants will also be eligible for two continuing education credits from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.

Nationally recognized stewardship consultants will serve as the academy’s instructors. They include:

Dr. Clif Christopher, a member of the Arkansas Conference and founder and president of Horizons Stewardship in Cabot, Arkansas. He is a prolific preacher and teacher and author of five books on stewardship, including "Not Your Parents Offering Plate," "Rich Church – Poor Church" and the newly released "Church Money Manual." His company has served more than 1,200 churches and raised more than $1.7 billion.


Mark Conner, benefits educator for the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits of The United Methodist Church. Conner works with conferences across the denomination to help United Methodist clergy maximize their Personal Investment Portfolio (PIP) and other pension and health benefits available to them.


Dr. Michael Reeves, former president of the Louisiana United Methodist Foundation and former vice president for stewardship services at the Texas Methodist Foundation. Reeves has taught at Southern Methodist University, served as a stewardship consultant and written three books on stewardship — "Extraordinary Money," "Creative Giving" and "Faith and Money."


Tom Wilkinson, vice president of development for the Florida United Methodist Foundation. Wilkinson consults with Florida Conference churches on planned giving, investing and comprehensive Christian stewardship. Before joining the Foundation, he was director of planned giving for the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay. He also worked with the Union Bank of Switzerland and other predecessor financial institutions in Chicago, New York and Europe.

The Foundation and Office of Clergy Excellence collaborated on the successful Young Clergy Initiative grant proposal and course outlines for more than a year. The curriculum is designed to pair a Wesleyan understanding of Christian stewardship with practical financial tools and resources. The objective is to coach clergy and help them develop financial building blocks necessary for good stewardship, both personally and professionally as congregational leaders.

More young clergy leave the church and candidacy process due to financial issues and concerns than for any other reason, according to church data. The Young Clergy Initiative Fund was established to help United Methodist conferences assist young clergy and clergy candidates in discerning the realities of a career in ministry. The Florida Conference was notified last spring that it had received the grant.

Interested clergy may register at Young Clergy Stewardship Academy. The academy’s sessions are 1-5 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. All sessions will be held at First United Methodist Church in Lakeland. The deadline for registration is Feb. 1.

More information is available by contacting Nadara Brock toll free at the Foundation at 866-363-9673, extension 7113, or Nbrock@fumf.org.




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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.
lew-is-darn-old@tampabay.rr.com



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!

Blessings,
Melissa

Rev. Melissa Cooper
Program Coordinator

Life Enrichment Center

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

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"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.

 

WOMEN PASTORS: SAVE THIS DATE!!!!

THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2015 9AM to 4PM

"A DAY APART FOR MY SOUL"

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.

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