AC September 2019

“The presence of anxiety is unavoidable,

but the prison of anxiety is optional”

-        Max Lucado, Anxious for Nothing


“Always be full of joy in the Lord.  I say it again – rejoice! …

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.

Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done …

Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable,

and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable …”

(Philippians 4: 4, 6, 8 NLT)


I sit here and write this article in a dry, air-conditioned space recognizing that while I am grateful that Hurricane Dorian did not affect us, I overwhelmed by sadness for the lives that have been destroyed by this massive storm.  I know you are in a similar place … maybe even struggling with a measure of ‘survivor’s guilt.’  Yesterday I was in an annual conference meeting helping create our relief plan to aid the Bahamas and out of that meeting Bishop Carter put together a grace-filled video to share in worship this weekend with our local churches and a “Dorian Fact Sheet”.  These items can be found at  Thank you in advance for your generosity.  We will continue to update you as we hear about the needs.


We live in an anxious world and impending hurricanes do not help our societal anxiety. Our heightened technology can contribute to our anxiety if we do not monitor it.  In the middle of the Monday night, I awoke to an alert on my NOAA app.  Grabbing my phone, I expected to see an update about Dorian.  The alert was about Hurricane Juliette in the Pacific Ocean.  All I could think was “really?”  Not to diminish Juliette, but I really didn’t need to know anything about the track of that storm! 


Anxiety is looming around the corner.  Add in our political anxiety, denominational anxiety, and our local church anxiety in a changing culture and if we do not follow St. Paul’s instructions in choosing joy, we will live in the “prison of anxiety.”


Sometimes when I feel stress beginning to overwhelm me, I literally focus on a phrase or statement that is true:  “Come Holy Spirt,”  “Jesus is Lord”, “In Your mercy, hear my prayer”, or  “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”.  I also breath in the Holy Spirit and breath out the fear.  I think this is what the Psalmist meant when they wrote “But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night” (Psalm 1:2 NLT).  When I do, I feel my anxiety decrease and my peace increase. 


Today I am praying for you, your churches, and your communities as you reach out with the love of Jesus helping people experience “God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand” (Philippians 4:7 NLT).  Thank you for the grace and peace you extend to others … be sure to choose it for yourself!


Grace and peace ~




A Message from Bishop Carter/ Hurricane Dorian
We encourage our people to receive an offering for UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief, in the midst of Hurricane Dorian and its aftermath. The Florida Conference has been the beneficiary of gifts as we have recovered from storms, and we encourage generous and sacrificial giving in the days ahead. We will communicate with you and stay in touch in the days ahead. We trust that God will supply all of our needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4. 19). Click here to donate on line. UMCOR Advance #982450

Click here for the Dorian Fact Sheet from Disaster Response.

Click here to watch a message from Bishop Carter. Communications will send an email blast with the video link, so it may be used for services.


A Fond Farewell

We celebrate the ministry of our dear friend, co-worker, and beloved employee Patti Moxley, Senior Administrative Assistant to our District Superintendent, who will begin a new adventure. Patti is retiring as of September 30th. We all recognize Patti for her unconditional dedication, grace, and congeniality. She will be deeply missed but we can only feel happy for her after 15 years of service to our District. And previous to that she served 10 years at 1st. Titusville as the church's Administrative Assistant. Her accomplishments will always be there to remind us of how important she was to so many. And in her retirement, we know that God is with her, 'For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.' Jeremiah 29:11 

From Patti...

I can hear Frank Sinatra singing it now..."I Did it My Way".  It' been 25 years that I have been doing ministry in the United Methodist Church.  Over 15 years for the District Office.  I've seen many things.  A man calling himself Jesus once came to my door at First UMC, Titusville.  I've prayed with people dying at the hospital, I've handed out food and diapers, I've done bulletins, newsletters, end of year reports, and with the District office I have called you about your end of year reports.  I've prayed with Pastors, secretaries, other District AA's.  I've learned a lot and hopefully have passed on that knowledge.  At the end of this month I will say my fond farewell to the District office and to each of you.  I ask God to bless each one of you and your churches...I know that you will continue to show God's love to those in your community and beyond!  Serving you all has been one of the biggest joys of my life.  God Bless YOU Always!  Patti


September 22nd:

On Behalf of Bishop Carter

Please join us for worship as we celebrate

Reverend Dionne Chandler Hammond’s Installation


Sunday, September 22, 2019


First United Methodist Church 

110 East New Haven Avenue

Melbourne, FL


Haitian food to follow!


RSVP by September 15th


October 2nd - District Clergy Meeting

Clergy meeting will be at First UMC, Melbourne  Time: 10:00 - 3:00



To all Appointed Clergy of the Florida Annual Conference
Register for one of the Mandatory Quadrennial Sexual Ethics Training dates listed below:

     Tampa at St. James UMC on Tuesday, Sept. 24
     Jacksonville at Mandarin UMC on Thursday, Oct. 3              All training sessions will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
     Gainesville at Trinity UMC on Wednesday, Oct. 9                 Lunch will be provided.
     Plantation at Plantation UMC on Tuesday, Oct. 22
     Orlando at St. Luke's UMC on Wednesday, Nov. 6            
                                         To Register:  


Greetings Brothers and Sisters in the Florida Conference!

The Southeastern Jurisdiction Black Methodists for Church Renewal will hold our 2019 Annual Meeting on October 17-19, 2019.

Theme: Purpose Driven, Laser Focused on the Mission and Ministry of the Black Church

Host Hotel:
Doubletree by Hilton | Tampa Airport-Westshore
4500 W Cypress St.
Tampa, FL 33607
Phone: 813.879.4800
Room Rate: $121 + taxes

Overview of Annual Meeting
On opening day, Thursday, October 19, at 9 a.m., we will conduct the business of the caucus, as well as hearing from our keynote speaker.

There will be two learning labs conducted: Techniques and Tools for Effective Leadership Resources and Funding for the Black Church. Nomination of officers will also be held. There will be a Communion Service on Thursday evening to close out the day at the host church, Mt. Zion UMC, Clearwater. Friday we will begin with Bible study followed by the town hall, Black College Fund luncheon, election of officers, reports and other business. Our annual banquet and dance will close the day. Saturday we will have Bible study, unfinished business, installation of officers and a closing worship service at noon.

Online Registration Link:
Registration fee includes 1 luncheon ticket, 1 banquet ticket and SEJ BMCR membership dues for 2019-2020. Don't wait to register! Early bird registration discount ends August 19, 2019.

For more information and vendor opportunities, please contact Doris Bluitt:

Pastors, please forward this information to the rest of your congregation. Especially encourage one or two lay leaders to register. This meeting is designed to empower laity to strengthen the local church.

Your fellow laborers in the Kingdom,

Rev. Geraldine McClellan
President, Florida BMCR

Revs. Lee & Jana Hall-Perkins
Host Pastors, SEJ BMCR Annual Meeting 2019


The Conference Table
October 26 10:00am - The Portico, Tampa

The Conference Table is scheduled for Saturday, October 26, at the Portico in Tampa. The morning portion of the Conference Table meeting (10am-noon) will be open to all clergy and laity in Florida to come and hear a presentation from Bishop Carter on "Growing the Center." The presentation will be followed by table discussion. Click HERE to register for this event.


     Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2, 2019

Registration is Open  l  Cost: $35.00


Sometimes life overwhelms and the feelings of imperfection and unworthiness overtake our hearts and minds. We forget that the love of Christ, who loved us even before we were born, loves us right where we are in our lives.

We invite you to join us for a weekend of hope, laughter, fun, and stories that will reset our present lives, renew our faith, remind us of God’s love, and re-energize us for our future!

The conference will feature enriching and fun breakout sessions.

Featuring:                              Belinda Bauman:

Belinda is the author of the book, Brave Souls, and the founder of the non-profit, One Million Thumbprints. She will speak about the power of empathy through her journeys across the globe.

Kellie Haddock:

Kellie is a singer, songwriter, wife, and mom. A former widow, Kellie has lived through tragedy and found hope and joy on the other side. Her music draws from real-life stories of beauty, heartache, hope, and the celebration of life.

Tara Pagliarini:

Tara is the Executive Director of Family Promise of Brevard. She will share uplifting stories about families who have transitioned from homelessness to hope and stability.

Rev. Dawn Smith Salmons                                     Rev. Dionne Hammond                          

Worship Leader                                                          Master of Ceremonies
A wonderful Spirit-led                                                District Superintendent,
musician with a                                                           Atlantic Central District
vibrant faith                                                                 Florida Annual Conference

All of this together will inspire us to come to Jesus just as we are. We hope you will join us and invite your friends. Inspiration is just around the corner . . . don’t miss it!

For details or to register, visit our website at

Special hotel rates are available. Visit our website for more information.

If you have any questions about the upcoming Inspire Women’s Conference, please call our church office at 321-723-6761.

We hope you will join us!

Debe Gantt, Co-Leader
Sheri Willingham, Co-Leader
Lei Ann Woolfolk, Co-Leader

110 E. New Haven Avenue
Melbourne, FL  32901



Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) Training

The Annual Atlantic Central District Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) Training Event will provide you with the effective tools needed in your responsibilities. Our DS,  Rev. Dionne Hammond, will facilitate. There will be two trainings offered, on November 12th & 13th. Location to be determined.

Cokesbury offers guidelines for leading your congregation. Click HERE to see the various committee specific resources.

Pastors, SPRC Chairs and Committee members, Lay Leaders, and Lay Members to Annual Conference are encouraged to attend. The training is free to attend, and when we determine the locations we will ask you to register for the training you plan on attending.




Full Connection   
Provisional Members   
Associate Members    
Local Pastor with M. Div. or 5 years Course of Study  
Local Pastor with less than 5 years of Course of Study  




Single $11,183
Clergy Plus One Dependent $14,538
Family $17,893




SEJ Clergy Women's Event - Unchartered-Adventuring the Wilderness with God

This event is open to all female clergy and candidates. "Like" the Facebook page "Uncharted Conference 2019" for all the updates! Click HERE for flyer.





Until December 31 this year, Global Missions of the Florida United Methodist Conference is making available a matching grant of up to $4,000 towards the purchase of medicines for the Quessua Mission hospital in East Angola.
Click here for more information.

With support from churches and individuals in the United States, volunteer groups from Florida take several hundred pounds of prescription medications every year to the Quessua Methodist Mission in Angola. Over 2,500 children in the area receive medical care at the Mission station’s hospital at no cost to their farmer families.



Car Donation Needed

-YAMM needs a car-

Do you have a running vehicle that could be used to better communities, develop young adults and change the world? 


If you have a car or truck that runs but you could donate it to the YAMM program, we will use the vehicle to get our young mission fellows to their service sites. Especially in our rural and suburban sites, public transportation is now available. And many young adults do not have their own transportation.  


The need is serious and immediate. We had one blow a head gasket and is beyond repair. 

Please contact Heidi Aspinwall for details.  (305)733-4420. 







Winter Conference at Epworth By the Sea, January 26-29, 2020

Clergy are invited to attend the Winter Conference at Epworth By The Sea, January 26-29, 2020. This will be a combined event with the Bishops and clergy of the North Georgia, Mississippi, South Georgia and Florida Conferences. You might talk with some of the over 150 clergy who attended Winter Conference 2019 about their transformative experience. Len Wilson will be the keynote speaker.

Click HERE to register and receive the early bird discount. NOTE: The past event sold out. Don't delay in registering!!


General Conference 2020
Minneapolis, Minnesota - May 5 - 15



September 10 - Missional Vital Signs Due

Please remember to submit your Missional Vital Signs (MVS) each month no later than the 10th of the month. Click here to enter stats.

September 9 - dCOM meeting

Meeting is at First UMC, Vero Beach 9:00 a.m.

September 16 - Atlantic Central District Fresh Expressions Gathering

Michael Beck, who serves in several capacities in Fresh Expressions, has arranged for one of the leaders of the early FX movement in the United Kingdom, Rev. Dr. Michael Moynagh, to come to the Florida Conference and on September 16th at Suntree UMC beginning at 11:00 we will have the opportunity to meet with both men to learn more about Fresh Expressions and how we can launch an FX in our communities.

September 22 - Installation of District Superintendent, Dionne Hammond

Installation will be at First UMC, Melbourne at 4:00 p.m.

October 2 - AC District Clergy Meeting

Clergy meeting will be at First UMC, Melbourne  Time: 10:00 - 3:00









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