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May

14 Right Start Training - First time appointments, new to Florida Conference
18 dCOM - First Port St. Lucie, 8:30 a.m.
21-22 Right Start and Sexual Ethics Training - First time appointments, new to Florida Conference
25 Memorial Day - District office closed
28 District Leadership Council
 

June

9-13 Registration and Annual Conference
30 Moving Day for Pastors
 

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Annual Conference 2015
2015 FLORIDA ANNUAL CONFERENCE
June 10-13, 2015


Bethune-Cookman University
698 West International Speedway Blvd.
Daytona Beach, Florida 32114

It is highly recommended that you come to register at Annual Conference on Tuesday, June 9th. There will be special parking arrangements on Tuesday right across the street from the registration building. Otherwise, on Wednesday you might have to park blocks away. Registration on Tuesday begins at 1:30. Registration on Wednesday begins at 8:00. Laity session begins at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 10th.

Click here for further information

Bishop's Offering for 2015 Annual Conference

This offering will support our commitment to the next generations in Florida and in the malaria-endemic world. In areas with high transmission of malaria, the most vulnerable groups are young children and pregnant women-whose immune systems are less able to fight the disease. Malaria exacts its largest burden on Africa's next generations. Half of our offering will support our No More Malaria campaign and half will support the continued growth and learning of Florida's newly ordained clergy.

Imagine No Malaria (one-half). This will complete the Florida Conference's emphasis on this life-saving ministry, which is transforming the continent of Africa, where so much of the church's growth is taking place. This is a profound ministry of healing in the name of Jesus. 

Ordinand Pilgrimage to the Holy Land (one-half). We are beginning a tradition that once every four years the Bishop will take to the Holy Land (Israel and Palestine) those who have been ordained. Educational Opportunities has made a commitment to partner with us on this at cost. (Note: once every four years the Bishop also leads a pilgrimage to the Holy Land that includes laity and local pastors). This experience will add immeasurably to the teaching and preaching of clergy in their early years.

We are asking local churches to receive an offering on May 24 (Pentecost) as a participation in this expression of God's mission.
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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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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

 

A Kaleidoscope of Florida Methodism July 7-10, 2015

is the theme of the Southeastern Jurisdiction Historical Society Annual Meeting being held at Florida Southern College. A history of FSC with a tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright campus, legacy of Mary McLeod Bethune by her granddaughter, visits from Circuit Riders, and Florida-Cuba Methodism Connections are be brought into focus, along with worship and an evening of marvelous entertainment. For program and registration information click here. Housing is available on campus, plus Day Registration, if desired.

Calendar of Reports Due

 

For a list of reports due, please click here.

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