This month I would like to encourage you to be a part of this wonderful event of being ON MISSION TOGETHER! I look forward to all of us participating.
As we approach 2019, we want to invite you to put an exciting experience on your calendar. Bishop Carter is asking if your church would join us in setting aside one weekend in May to align your church around God’s mission.
We are building a dynamic, customizable On Mission Together Weekend where you can bring your congregation together to connect with one another, your community, and the mission that we share to make disciples of Jesus for the transformation of the world.
We will provide you with a loose structure, agenda, and content for the experience and you will have the opportunity to tailor it to your context. We envision three movements to the weekend that you can adapt:
Friday – Movement 1: Kick the weekend off with a time of connection. This could be a Love Feast, Concert, or Celebrate Recovery event. It is a time to enjoy one another and celebrate our shared mission.
Saturday – Movement 2: Saturday morning will be a time for missional engagement where participants will serve together in the community. Take some time to rest and reflect in the afternoon and then gather the group for dinner and intentional, courageous conversations.
Sunday – Movement 3: Sunday morning will be a normal Sunday service with a focus on grace, lay testimony, and an invitation to follow Jesus. After church, the On Mission Together Weekend would close with a lunch sharing some of what participants learned and God-sightings. This could also kick off a small-group study or some brainstorming around how the church can continue living out the mission, vision, and mindsets. Click here for attachment.
This note is to get you excited, ask you to save a weekend and let you know more resources and ideas will be coming your way soon. Will you consider joining us? We think this will be a great time to rally together around our passion for Jesus and his mission to the world.
Your next step might be to start conversations with your leadership and begin forming a team who can make this idea a reality. Keep in mind that we will be providing great resources for this event, but you will have freedom and flexibility to adapt it to your context for maximum impact.
Click the “Count Me In” button below to let us know when you are planning on having your On Mission Together Weekend.
Let’s do this!
The Conference is looking for lay/clergy persons who might be interested in serving on one of their committees. The following committees are open and states their vision:
5 Day Academy - To promote the FL Five-Day Academy and the extension of Spiritual Formation to local communities through the material and participants of Five-Day.
Native American Ministry - Sharing the Word through cultural events
Disability - to be aware of and advocate for, the role of persons with disabilities ministry, including ordained & diaconal ministries & local church and AC leadership
Ministry Protection - Have overall supervision of the Property, Liability, Workers Compensation & other related insurance and Ministry Protection programs of the FLUMC.
Missionary Support - Every church in the Florida Conference needs to have a covenant relationship with a Missionary
Religion & Race - To challenge, lead and equip the people of the UMC to become interculturally competent, to ensure institutional equity and to facilitate vital conversations about religion, race and culture.
If you would like to know more about a committee, please call the District office at (772)299-0255.
With the Special Session of the General Conference approaching in February 2019, your General Conference delegation from Florida wants to hear from you. Thank you to the 100 or so who attended our special day of listening on Saturday, October 20. For those of you who were not able to attend, we want to offer a web based virtual listening session on Wednesday, November 14, at 10 a.m.
The hour will be shaped by an opportunity for some members of the delegation to listen to you. Delegates will answer submitted questions as we are able, and we will share in a time of prayer together.
To register and get log-in information click here.
To see a list of members of the delegation click here. If you would like to share something with the delegation and cannot join us on November 14, email firstname.lastname@example.org, and your email will be sent to the all the members of the delegation.
Finally, we hope each of you will consider joining the delegation in Praying Our Way Forward which includes time of daily prayer, email reminders and weekly fasting. For more information click here.
Molly McEntire, Leader of Florida Delegation to General Conference (lay)
Rev. Alex Shanks, Clergy Member of Florida Delegation to General Conference
Thank you for your response thus far to the needs of our brothers and sisters in the United Methodist churches of the panhandle of Florida. Many of you have already began to receive offerings.
The people of the First United Methodist Church of Ormond Beach have challenged the Florida Annual Conference to help our sisters and brothers in the panhandle through a matching gift up to the amount of $500,000.
Click here to donate online. Please make checks payable to The Florida Conference Treasurer with Hurricane Michael in the notation line and mail to: Florida Annual Conference, 450 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave., Lakeland, FL 33815-1522.
The Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church
450 Martin L King Jr Ave
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