AC July 2018




The Cabinet is going to focus this conference year on Resilience. The definition of resilience is as follows:

Resilience is the capacity of a person, system or enterprise to maintian its core purpose and integrity in the face of dramatically changed circumstances.

In the midst of the dramatically changing circumstances in the world and in our domination, resilience will be called for by all of us.

Please join me and the Cabinet each month beginning July 1, to read the following passages--Isaiah 40-66; Romans 8; and Philippians 1-4. So, we would read a chapter a day, beginning with Isaiah 40 on the first day of the month and ending with Philippians 4 on the last day of the month. And the next month, we will repeat the cycle.

The District Training Event which is highlighted below, I believe will help churches stay focused on their core purpose. My hope is that both clergy and laity will make plans to attend one of the training sessions.



District Training Event
“Church of the Future”
August 18—First UMC, Port St. Lucie
August 25—Indian River City UMC, Titusville

“Working Together”

Dale Locke will give us ways to Work Together to Expand the Kingdom.  Dale started Community of Hope UMC in his garage and now has a 1900 average worship attendance.

 “Being a Generous Church”
Corky Calhoun will share how to develop a Generous Church. Corky went to Georgianna UMC
when it had an average worship attendance of 60 and now it is averaging 759.

 “Fresh Expressions”
Michael Beck leads us on how to begin a Fresh Expression in your community.  Michael
helped to begin Fresh Expressions in the Florida Conference.


The Cross and the Flame:
Conversations with Bishop Carter

Join Bishop Ken Carter at one of our important fall regional gatherings.  These events are open to all there will be an opportunity to submit questions for Bishop Carter prior to the gatherings.  Each event will begin at 6:30 PM and a reception will follow. 

Sunday, Sept. 16 - Killearn UMC, Tallahassee
Monday, Sept. 17 - First UMC, Winter Park
Tuesday, Sept. 18 - First UMC,  Boca Raton
Wednesday, Sept. 19 - Harvest UMC, Lakewood Ranch

To Register, please visit


New logo and branding for Hurricane Relief, "FLORIDA RESTORES" 


Legacy Scholars Academy Celebrates Largest Graduating Class

On May 24th, Legacy Scholars Academy (LSA) held a graduation ceremony for its third class of seniors.  This year, we had a total of twelve graduates. Ten of those graduated from LSA, while the other two were part of our Independent Living program, and attended local Volusia County schools. The event was held at First United Methodist Church of Sanford, and the class was our largest yet. It was surely an evening of celebration and reflection.  The ceremony included remarks from Children’s Home President & CEO, Kitwana McTyer, Volusia County school superintendent Tom Russell, School Board Chair Melody Johnson, Volusia County Coordinator of Contracted Sites Stephanie Workman, and Children’s Home Director of Education Mary Cortez. “Rise Up” was the theme of the 2017-18 school year, and the graduation speakers summarized and focused on the practical applications of the theme.
Special thanks to: First United Methodist Church of Sanford for graciously hosting this special event;
Publix for donating gift cards to help offset the cost of food; Margaret Morris, for the desserts and
personalized cakes; and the many folks who helped behind the scenes. Each graduate received a
personalized handmade quilt from a quilting group at First United Methodist Church of Boca Raton
and a check for $125 from Silver Palm United Methodist Church. Each graduate was also gifted with
a laptop computer, which will help them as they pursue their post-high school goals. Finally, each
student received a personalized Bible from our Spiritual Life Department.
The really impressive part about these students is how they've beaten the odds to become successful
graduates. They originally came to the Children's Home from abusive or neglectful homes, and
some had to catch up to their appropriate grade level. Most came to us with failing GPAs. As an example,
one student came to us with a 0.7 GPA, and is now graduating with a 3.9 GPA. Of the 12
graduates, five will be attending Daytona State College; three will be attending Seminole State College;
two will be joining the Army; one will be pursuing her education in technical engineering in Atlanta;
and one will be joining the Police Academy.
We are incredibly proud of our graduates for all of their hard work. They are well on their way to
achieving their goals. We also want to thank each of you, for it is through your support that we have
been able to provide for the education, therapy, and daily needs of each of our children. You make a



We all know that these are challenging times to raise children & Community of Hope UMC wants to bring encouragement and practical resources to parents and grandparents in our area.  Due to the generous underwriting of our district and several of our Community of Hope partners, we are excited to invite you to join us for a very affordable parenting/grandparenting conference – Hope for Families, Saturday, September 15th from 9 am – 4:30 pm at Community of Hope East Campus. (2341 S. Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL  33415)  The cost is only $20/person (lunch included) with excellent speakers/authors Sissy Goff, David Thomas, & Melissa Trevathan.  

 Would you be willing to share this with the families of your church?  We would love for this to be an event that draws parents and grandparents from all over our District.  Almost every parent and grandparent is looking for ways to be a better parent or grandparent & this event will be a great opportunity to grow together.  Topics will include: Raising Boys and Girls, Intentional Parenting, Raising Grandchildren, The Door to your Teen’s Heart, & Navigating the Emotional World of Kids.  


Please take a minute and check out more information about this opportunity at  Registration is open & we look forward to serving you and your church through this event. Promotion kits are also available to help get the word out to your congregation.  


If you would like to know more about this event, please feel free to call or email us.

Sincerely in Christ  -                                                                                 


David, Melissa and Sissy




Beth Locke

Director of Family Ministries       













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