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March

5 dCOM training for committee, 10:30
7 District Training Event - Grace UMC, Merritt Island
12 District Leadership Council, Lakewood Park UMC, 10:00 a.m.
     RIM Group meets at District office, 1:00 p.m.
31 Reports due! (See article in March Newsletter)

April

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

May

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

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2015 ATLANTIC CENTRAL DISTRICT LEADERSHIP TRAINING EVENT
SAVE THE DATE!

March, 7, 2015 - Grace UMC - Merritt Island
KEYNOTE SPEAKER .......................

REV. DR. GARY SPENCER D.S.

"Ministering Together In Our Communities"
 

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        



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

 


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

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


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!

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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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


 

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

 

For a list of reports due, please click here.

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