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Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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Clergy Birthdays
in the Month of March
Happy birthday to
Ashley Meyer, Becca Rutherford,
Paula Roane, Joe Driver,
and J.J. McDaniel!
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Around the Pensacola District  
Bishop Announces New District Superintendent and Conference Staff  Appointments
Article here.
"Tea at Two and a Tour" April 7 at PUMCM
Pensacola United Methodist Community Ministries (PUMCM) invites Pensacola District United Methodist Women to a tea party! Come to "Tea at Two and a Tour" Tuesday, April 7, 2-3:30 p.m. at PUMCM. Come hear and see how PUMCM is implementing some best practices of Bob Lupton's book Toxic Charity. For more information call Pastor Robin at 850-454-7652 or Kathy at 850-261-0123. PUMCM is located at Richards Memorial United Methodist Church, 2600 West Strong Street, Pensacola, FL (in the Brownsville area). 
Position Available:  Part-time Director of Recreational Ministries - Gulf Breeze, FL
Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church is seeking a Director for the recreation program at their Soundside campus.  This position requires knowledge of recreation program development, scheduling,  good communication skills and budget management.  It is a 25-hour part-time position involving week nights and Saturdays when sports are in session.  If interested please email your resume to Paula Reid at  For more about Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church, visit
Two Local Church Positions Available - Pace, FL
Choir Director (part-time) and Children's Director
For more information contact First United Methodist Church of Pace at 850-994-5608 or
The church is located at 4540 Chumuckla Highway, Pace, FL 32571. The website is
FREE Clergy Conference (.5 CEU) April 16
Click here or on the graphic (right) for the brochure.
Baptist Hospital Department of Pastoral Services and the Center for Clergy Care & Education present "Pastoral Response At End of Life," a workshop for community clergy. Workshop leaders will be Kelly Markham (Palliative Care Coordinator, Baptist Hospital) and Donald W. Winslett, Ed.D. (Director of Pastoral Education). The workshop will be held Thursday, April 16, 2015, 8 a.m.-2:30 P.M., at St. Mark United Methodist Church, 2203 North 12th Avenue, Pensacola, FL. This clergy conference is funded by a gift from Covenant Hospice.

There is no cost but please register in advance
. Click on the link above for the registration form / brochure. If you have questions please call Ruth Ward at 850-469-2363. This workshop has been approved for Methodist Pastors in the Alabama-West Florida Conference to receive .5 CEU.
Workshop Schedule:
8:00 a.m. - Welcome and Registration
8:30 a.m. - "Defining the Work and Purpose of Palliative Care" by Kelly Markham
9:30 a.m. - Break
9:45 a.m. - "Engaging People in Conversations Around Death and Dying"
11:30 a.m. - Lunch
12:15 p.m. - "Introduction of Go Wish Cards" by Markham and Winslett
2:00 p.m. - Role Plays and Questions
2:30 p.m.  - Conclusion     
Senior Adult Series 2015:  "A Broad Look at Safety" March 23 - April 27
(Click here for the flyer.) Senior Adults are cordially invited to "A Broad Look at Safety" Mondays 1-2 p.m. March 23-April 27, 2015. There will be educational topics to help all prepare for successful "aging in place." These programs are FREE and open to the public. Then stay for an hour (2-3 p.m.) of Tai Chi exercise aimed at improving balance, flexibility and strength, important in preventing falls.
An additional Tai Chi class meets on Wednesdays 4-5 p.m., prior to 5:30 p.m. dinner and study/ministry groups. If you wish to have dinner, please e-mail or call 850-433-0014 by 4 p.m. Tuesday. Meals cost $8 per person (free to first-time guests!).
All sessions are held at Gadsden Street United Methodist Church, 901 East Gadsden Street, Pensacola. 
DCOM Meeting April 7
The Pensacola District Committee on Ministry will meet at 9 a.m. April 7, 2015, in the conference room on the second floor of the Dennison Administration Building at Gadsden Street United Methodist Church (same floor as the Pensacola District Office). The committee anticipates 5-6 interviews, including with the new group mentoring class finishing March 31.
Wesley Foundation Cook Off Fundraiser April 17 
The Wesley Foundation of University West Florida and Pensacola State College is having a Cook Off fundraising event on April 17 at 6 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Pensacola. We will have United Methodist Churches in our area compete by preparing an appetizer, entrée, dessert, or beverage for attendees to sample. Those who come to the event will then vote on the best entry. We will also be holding a Silent Auction. We want this event to be a sort of Battle of the Churches that church members and community members attend. Churches can RSVP to participate by contacting Britney Toner at or (850) 712-1652.
"The Church and People with Disabilities" May 2
May 2, 2015, 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (Registration is 8-8:30 a.m.)
at Gadsden Street United Methodist Church, 901 East Gadsden Street, Pensacola
led by Debbie Bracewell
For a registration form click here. This study is sponsored by Pensacola District United Methodist Women.  Details about this event are in the February 2015 newsletter of Pensacola District United Methodist Women, available here at their website.
DCOM Meeting August 18
The District Committee on Ministry will meet at 9 a.m. August 18, 2015, at the Dennison Administration Building of Gadsden Street United Methodist Church, 901 East Gadsden Street, Pensacola, FL. This meeting is for recommendation for provisional status and Certified Candidates (first time and recertification). The Committee gathers at 9 a.m., scheduled interviews begin 9:30 a.m. Scheduling of the District Committee meetings and interviews is done through Rev. Bob Bailey, Chairperson.   
District Superintendent Encourages Churches to Meet the INM Goal
(Dr. Jeremy Pridgeon - full 3/1/2015 article here) - As you know, for over a year now, our conference has taken part in the Imagine No Malaria Campaign, a denominational-wide effort. We are poised to be the generation that wipes out malaria, which is the greatest killer of human lives in Africa. Bishop Leeland is committed to our conference reaching our goal of saving 100,000 lives. If necessary, we are prepared to designate the special offering at annual conference for Imagine No Malaria again. That would be a shame, though, when we can easily meet our goal before annual conference.
For all pastors and lay persons ... be sure your church has had an opportunity to give to this great cause. If Imagine No Malaria has not been mentioned from the pulpit, bulletin, or newsletter, please speak to your pastor and leadership about making this opportunity available to your congregation.  Here are two recent inspiring articles to help understand why we’re doing this:
Our district goal, as part of this conference goal, has been to save 21,000 lives.  We have had great participation from our churches, but we still have work to do.  The current figures, as of January 31, for the 8 districts as it relates to reaching their goal are listed below:
Baypines District  97.40%
Demopolis District 101.73%
Dothan District  28.10%
Marianna/Panama City District  87.31%
Mobile District  91.27%
Montgomery-Opelika District  96.72%
Montgomery-Prattville District  100.05%
Pensacola District  37.79%
I am including an up-to-date list of our district churches below as well, so you can see the contributions from your congregation as compared to the other churches in the district. The numbers beside each church indicate the "lives saved" and the "average per worship attendee" for each church.  The information includes contributions through January 31, 2015. Each church needs to save 1.4 lives per average worship attendee to reach the district’s goal.
Lent is a great time to encourage persons, small groups, Sunday School classes, covenant groups, and other age-level ministry areas to consider giving to this most worthwhile cause, joining with our sisters and brothers throughout the connection to help save lives of those on the continent of Africa.
Niceville UMC Breaks Ground for Third Campus, Changes Name to Crosspoint
(NWF Daily News Jan. 25) - "Churchgoers at Niceville United Methodist Church and St. Mark’s United Methodist Church [in Crestview] know who they are — congregants of the same church.  They hope their name change for both campuses to Crosspoint United Methodist Church will signal to the public who they are as well. 'We’re not changing as a church. We’re just changing a name,' said Executive Pastor Greg McKinnon. The church also recently broke ground on a new location in north Crestview. With three separate campuses, the church felt it was time to come up with a common name...." Continue reading article here.   
More Than 700 Attend "Toxic Charity" Event in Pensacola
More than 700 attended the "Toxic Charity" conferences in Pensacola February 5, 2015. In addition to hundreds from around the local area, attendees included representatives from Crosspoint, Richards Memorial, Gadsden Street, Pensacola First, Cokesbury, Navarre, Perdido Bay, Gulf Breeze, and St. Luke United Methodist Church as well as the United Methodist Committee on Relief. Crosspoint alone sent 42 representatives. WEAR-TV3 has an article and news video about the event here.

Administrative Announcements
Please place these Pensacola District events on your church calendar:
Important Dates Regarding Candidacy / Licensing / New Clergy Appointments:
Meeting of the Pensacola District Committee on Ministry (dCOM) April 7, 2015
The District Committee on Ministry will meet April 7, 2015, at 9 a.m. in the conference room on the second floor of the Dennison Administration Building at Gadsden Street United Methodist Church (the same floor where the Pensacola District Office is located). The committee anticipates 5-6 interviews, including with the new group mentoring class finishing March 31.
Licensing School April 27-May 4, 2015
The Right Start Workshop May 21, 2015
All clergy receiving new pastoral appointments for 2015-16 are required to attend "The Right Start," an event that has been specifically designed to aid clergy as they complete ministry in their current setting and prepare to begin service in a new congregation. The Right Start is scheduled for Thursday, May 21, 2015, at Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church (Montgomery, AL).  For more information click here for the event page or contact the Department of Ministerial Services at (334) 356-8014, toll-free (888) 873-3127, or, or visit the AWF Conference website,
The Beginning Pastors' Workshop July 17-18, 2015
All pastors taking their first appointment in the Alabama-West Florida Conference are required to attend "The Beginning Pastors’ Workshop." This event will be held July 17-18, 2015, at Spring Hill College (Mobile, AL). Registration will open in the spring of 2015. For information about the event for 2015 visit or contact the Department of Ministerial Services at (334) 356-8014 or toll-free (888) 873-3127 or visit the AWF Conference website,
The AWF Conference Group Candidacy Retreat July 17-18, 2015
The Alabama-West Florida Conference Board of Ordained Ministry will hold a Group Candidacy Retreat July 17-18, 2015, at Camp Beckwith in Fairhope, AL.  Click here for details. For more information please contact Erika Glawson at the AWF Conference Office of Ministerial Services at or 334-356-8014 or toll-free number 888-873-3127. To attend the Candidacy Retreat candidates must complete these items before June 1, 2015.
Meeting of the Pensacola District Committee on Ministry August 18, 2015
This meeting is for recommendation for provisional status and Certified Candidates (first time and recertification). The Committee gathers at 9 a.m., scheduled interviews begin 9:30 a.m. Scheduling of the District Committee meetings and interviews is done through Rev. Bob Bailey, Chairperson.  This meeting will be held at the Dennison Administration Building of Gadsden Street United Methodist Church, 901 East Gadsden Street, Pensacola, FL.    
Moving Dates and Guidelines
Here are important dates for 2015-2016 clergy appointments:
June 21, 2015 - Last Sunday of current appointment
June 23, 2015 - Moving day
June 28, 2015 - Transition Sunday
July 1, 2015 - Effective date for 2015-2016 appointments
July 5, 2015 - First Sunday with new congregation
Current appointment is responsible for June pay.  Receiving congregation is responsible for July pay and for first $3,000 of documented moving expenses. See Standing Rules in Journal for details.  For more information about Moving Dates and Guidelines visit
For information about commissioning and ordination, packet deadlines, etc. visit
Important information for newly-appointed clergy is at
Recommended Minimum Salary
According to the 2014 Brochure of Reports, page 117, the recommended minimum salary for 2015 for all full-time appointed clergy is $35,000.

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News Updates about the 2015 AWF Annual Conference
Bishop Announces New Superintendent and Conference Staff Positions
March 15, 2015 (Article here)
(Montgomery, AL) – Bishop Paul L. Leeland is pleased to announce two new district superintendents to the Alabama-West Florida Conference appointive cabinet. Rev. June Jernigan and Dr. Tim Trent will begin their new appointments as superintendents starting July 1, 2015.
Rev. June Jernigan will serve as District Superintendent for the Baypines District and currently serves as the Assistant to the Bishop and Director of Ministerial Services. Before serving in the conference office, she served as senior pastor of Millbrook FUMC and executive pastor of Gulf Breeze UMC. Jernigan was ordained an elder in the AWF Conference in 2004. She is a graduate of Samford University and received her seminary degree from Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY. She completed a Clinical Pastoral Education Residency at Methodist Medical Center and a Pastoral Counseling Residency at the Pastoral Counseling and Education Center, both in Dallas, TX, and is a certified coach with Passion in Partnership ministry. June has one adult child, Jonathan.
Dr. Tim Trent will serve as the District Superintendent for the Pensacola District and currently serves as senior pastor of Andalusia FUMC. His previous appointments include Whitfield Memorial UMC in Montgomery, AL, Associate Director of the Conference Council on Ministries, Heritage UMC in Enterprise, AL, Atmore FUMC, Ferry Pass UMC, Gonzalez UMC, Dothan FUMC, Skipperville UMC, Midland City UMC and Post Oak UMC. He is a graduate of Troy State University and received his seminary degree from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Dr. Trent and his wife, Linda, have three children and five grandchildren.
Dr. Jeremy Pridgeon, current Pensacola District Superintendent and Dean of the Cabinet, will be appointed as Assistant to the Bishop and Director of Ministerial Services. He has been in his current appointment since 2010 and previously served Wetumpka FUMC, Montgomery FUMC and the Seale/Alexandria charge. He and his wife, Abigail, have two children, Alexis and Addison.
Dr. Cory Smith, current Baypines District Superintendent, will be appointed as the Director of Connectional Ministries, following the retirement of Rev. Neil McDavid. Smith has served as the Baypines District Superintendent since 2011 and previously served Woodland UMC in Montgomery, AL, and Epworth UMC in Phenix City, AL. He is married to the former Alicia Sellars and together they have one daughter, Sarah.
Bishop Leeland stated, “It is an honor to welcome June and Tim to the appointive cabinet. Both have shown tremendous leadership in our conference and will be outstanding assets to our ministry team. We give thanks for the ministry of Rev. Neil McDavid and his 48 years of service to this conference. I know you will join me in extending your thanks to him for his dedication to this calling. I am excited to welcome Jeremy and Cory to the conference staff and look forward to their continued fruitful and effective leadership for the conference.”
Andalusia FUMC will receive a new appointment in the coming weeks. For more information about the Alabama-West Florida Conference, please visit
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Older Adults' Inspirit Retreat at Blue Lake April 9-11
Details and registration are here.  If you register before March 16, the fees are $20 less.
Native American Ministry Sunday April 14
Native American Ministry Sunday is April 14. Click here for free Special Sunday materials. If you would like more information about promoting Native American Ministry in your church please contact Rev. Prentiss Taylor, Chairperson of the Alabama-West Florida Conference Committee on Native American Ministries (CONAM), at or contact Susan Hunt at         
UMM Spring Advance April 25
Put on your calendar the United Methodist Men Spring Advance. It will be April 25, 2015, at Blue Lake. The event page is here. The registration deadline is April 13. 
About the guest speaker:  David Murrow founded Church for Men in 2005. Murrow is not a pastor, professor or theologian. He’s just a guy in the pews who noticed a disturbing trend: churches are losing their men and boys. So he wrote a book titled Why Men Hate Going to Church, which became an instant Christian bestseller, with more than 100,000 copies in print. His efforts have spawned articles in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Chicago Tribune, to name a few.  Murrow has a degree in Anthropology from Baylor University. He’s married with three children and three grandsons. For more information please contact Frank Moore, President, Conference UMM,
Church Security Seminar at Fairhope May 5
Fairhope United Methodist Church will be hosting a 4-5 hour Church Security Insights seminar in their Christian Life Center on Saturday, May 5, at 8 a.m. sharp. This is a FREE seminar with a love offering taken at the door to defray seminar expenses. To make reservations please call Fairhope UMC at 251-928-1148; give the name of your church and number of people attending. Fairhope UMC is located at 155 South Section Street, Fairhope, AL 36532.

Description: I Peter 5:8 says, "Be self controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour." Even in our churches, as we worship our Lord and share the love of Christ, we are vulnerable to the evil around us that could violate our sanctuaries. Today our churches are seen as soft targets for disruption and violence for whatever reason, be it domestic, religous, ethnic, social, political, drug related, etc. Learn how to recognize and avoid these potential dangers that could threaten our sanctuaries.
The Alabama-West Florida Conference NewsCONNECTION February 16, 2015
Click here to view. Included in this edition:
Launch of The Antioch Project
The Antioch Project, under the leadership of Rev. Dan Pezet, was launched on Saturday, January 31, 2015, at Frazer Memorial UMC....  The Antioch Project is a new initiative from the Office of Congregational Vitality designed to partner with local churches that have potential to grow in several areas of ministry. Churches who are invited to participate in the Antioch Project have demonstrated good pastoral leadership, good lay leadership, and potential resources to jump start a new life cycle of ministry fruitfulness. The Antioch Project is comprised of a group of churches each year that have been recommended by the cabinet as meeting specific criteria, and then are prayerfully selected and invited by the Bishop to participate. For congregations that sign the Antioch Project covenant, a 2-3 year process is launched. Click here to learn more about the Antioch Project or click here to see the photo gallery.
AWFC Board of Advocacy Seeks Input
(Charlotte Van Erman) - How accessible is your church for people with disabilities and special needs? There are many ways that your church can say “you are welcome here,” and that is not just limited to reducing the physical barriers on a church campus. The Disability Concerns division of the Conference Board of Advocacy is very interested in learning how accessible our churches are. This information will help us determine what additional steps we need to take to provide additional resources and tools in order to help churches become more accessible and inclusive. We understand that many churches do not have the financial resources to make major upgrades to their facilities – including my own church, New Life UMC in Mobile. However, we can begin to take steps to help some churches in making needed changes. Click here to complete a brief survey in English, click here to complete the survey in Spanish

Measuring What Matters:  A Commentary about Metrics and Mission
(Bishop Ken Carter/Lewis Center) - "There is currently a lively conversation underway in the mainline church about numbers and metrics. This conversation is often dominated by two extreme and less-than-helpful perspectives. One seeks to quantify everything. In its most pronounced expression, this is the ascendency of the M.B.A. into every other professional guild, including ministry. The second perspective is an overreaction to the first. It insists that metrics should be ignored in favor of higher values — persons, or communities, or contexts." Full commentary here.
Moving Dates and Guidelines
Here are important dates for 2015-2016 clergy appointments:
June 21, 2015 - Last Sunday of current appointment
June 23, 2015 - Moving day
June 28, 2015 - Transition Sunday
July 1, 2015 - Effective date for 2015-2016 appointments
July 5, 2015 - First Sunday with new congregation
Current appointment is responsible for June pay.  Receiving congregation is responsible for July pay and for first $3,000 of documented moving expenses. See Standing Rules in Journal for details.
For more information about Moving Dates and Guidelines visit
AWFC Board of Discipleship Now Accepting Nominations for the Harry Denman Award
(This is on the Alabama-West Florida Conference website at  
The Conference Board of Discipleship, Division of Evangelism, is now accepting nominations for The Harry Denman Evangelism Awards for clergy, lay, and youth.  Below are the nomination forms for each category: clergy, lay, and youth.  The intent is to select recipients who are, “exceptional people who possess a passion to help bring others into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.”  For more information and to submit a nomination, please contact Rev. Allen Newton, Chair, Division of Evangelism, Conference Board of Discipleship. The deadline is April 17, 2015.  Here is a brochure. Here  are fillable nomination forms: 
The AWF Conference Group Candidacy Retreat July 2015
The Alabama-West Florida Conference Board of Ordained Ministry will hold a Group Candidacy Retreat July 17-18, 2015, at Camp Beckwith in Fairhope, AL.  Click here for details. For more information please contact Erika Glawson at the AWF Conference Office of Ministerial Services at or 334-356-8014 or toll-free number 888-873-3127.
Alabama-West Florida Conference News CONNECTION February 2, 2015
Here are some articles in this issue (view here) :
Clergy Delegation Interest Form Now Online

The 2016 Clergy General and Jurisdictional Delegation Interest Form is now live on the conference Website under Quick Links. All clergy eligible to be elected in the Alabama-West Florida Conference may complete this form if you are interested in serving as a delegate. The Clergy Delegation Interest List, also under Quick Links, will automatically populate onto the conference Website in alphabetical order of last name. Clergy can be elected without completing the form. The information you share will be public and people from outside our conference may contact you.

Annual Conference Deadlines

There are several upcoming deadlines related to standing rules, including proposed changes to Standing Rules; resolutions and petitions; and submissions for the 2015 Journal. Click here for more information. Also, please consider nominating someone for our annual awards presented at annual conference. Click here for more information about the awards.

Perkins Offers Certification in Spiritual Direction Program in Alabama

(SMU) – Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, will offer its Certification in Spiritual Direction Program in the North Alabama Conference UMC beginning October 2015. To complete the two-year certification program, participants attend classes Friday evenings through Sunday mornings, three times a year in March, July, and October. Click here for more

Hinton Rural Life Center Announces Summer Job Opportunities

Hinton Center runs a 12-week Summer Missions Outreach Program in our rural Appalachian community. Teams arrive from all over to spend a week helping with some home repairs and projects. Our summer staff helps run the program and lead our volunteers. If you are interested in working with Hinton Center during the Summer of 2015, please view the different positions available and send a cover letter and resume to Click here for more.

United Methodist 101 Training 

United Methodism 101 is designed for new church members and anyone else wanting to know more about our history, structure, beliefs, ministries and challenges. You may be surprised at all there is to discover about our denomination. The course includes four web-based lessons, each with many interactive features. Lessons take about 30 minutes to complete. Click here for a course preview. Click here to register.

United Methodists Eligible for Rental Car Discounts with Avis
The General Council on Finance and Administration for The United Methodist Church recently announced an arrangement with Avis Car Rental that can provide discounted rental rates. The program will benefit United Methodists throughout the connection. This arrangement includes Avis, Budget, and Zipcar services. The program is available to both clergy and laity and may be used for business and personal purposes. To take advantage of the discount, complete a brief online application which is available by visiting and using Avis Worldwide Discount (AWD#) A360800 or visiting and using Budget Corporate Discount (BCD#) D744200. More here
5-day Academy for Spiritual Formation May 4-9
A program of Upper Room Ministries, the 5-day Academy provides an opportunity for clergy and laity to deepen their relationship with God through a daily rhythm of prayer, worship, learning and reflection. Each day includes teachings by gifted spiritual leaders, periods of silence, morning and evening prayer, Eucharist, covenant groups and community time. Time for rest and recreation are also part of each day. The focus of this year's retreat is Psalms for Life: Praying Alone and Praying Together. Click here for more.
The 2014-2015 Local Church Heritage Award
"The Local Church Heritage Award" was established in 1988 as an annual award to be given to the church most diligent in preserving its heritage during the year. The award to be given at the 2015 Annual Conference session is for the calendar year 2014. For The Local Church Heritage Award packet, please visit
Continuing Education Chair
Rev. Dr. Geoffrey Lentz is now overseeing continuing education credit.  If your local church offers an event  and wants CEUs awarded, please reach out to Dr. Lentz. (Posted 10/30/2014)
Do You Have Students Attending UWF or PSC?
The Wesley Foundation would like to contact students from your church if they are attending The University of West Florida or Pensacola State College.  If you have students currently attending, or heading that way in the fall, they would love to have their contact information so that they may welcome and invite them to be a part of our Wesley Foundation family.  Please e-mail this information to
Recommended Minimum Base Compensation for Ministers:
According to the 2014 Brochure of Reports, page 117, the recommended minimum salary for 2015 for all full-time appointed clergy is $35,000.
Safe Sanctuaries
The AWF Conference Safe Sanctuaries contact person is Frank Dunnewind.  You can reach Frank toll-free at (888) 873-3127.  The Pensacola District contact person is Rev. Paula Roane , who can be reached at 850-862-4169 (Trinity United Methodist Church, Fort Walton Beach). 

Around the Web
Free Vacation Bible School Materials from the Society of St. Andrew
Click here for details.  Feed the Hungry with Society of St. Andrew this Summer, and Support SoSA through Your VBS Mission Offerings. Each VBS program is a stand-alone, all-in-one hunger-action themed Vacation Bible School. Materials are included to plan for 2-3 hours daily for up to 5 days.
Each program contains VBS planning helps, backdrops, scenery, and mascot ideas, Bible study & preparation materials for teachers, daily Bible story & memory verse, storytelling, arts & crafts, music, recreation, and snacks.  Missions component contains 5 full-color mission photos & stories, mission offering info & instructions, 10 optional mission activities, and reproducibles (Society of St. Andrew flyer and Society of St. Andrew picture story).  Order ONE COPY for your congregation. Resources may be photocopied.  Order ONE COIN BOX for each participating family.  Cost: FREE
Hunting More Than Easter Eggs?
(Rethink Church) - At Easter time, people aren’t just looking for colored eggs and chocolate bunnies. Rethink Church has resources that your church can use to help people in your community find the deeper, more fulfilling things for which they are searching this season. Click here for more
5 Things Small Churches Can Uniquely Offer
(Rev. Ben Gosden) - "Church leadership has long held a bent toward the 'bigger is better'....  Instead of trying to mimmick [sic] what the large churches in your area are doing (only to come up short of their quality because you don’t have the money or resources to duplicate it), here are 5 things I believe small churches can uniquely offer the world right where they are...."   More here.
Free E-Newsletter from the Lewis Center
Leading Ideas is a weekly online newsletter of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Seminary in Washington, DC. Each week subscribers receive information, resources, and strategies to help advance God’s mission in ministry. To check it out and subscribe go to
12 Ways to Stay Connected with College Students
United Methodist Communications has an article on this topic at  Tips include things you can do before the students leave, while they are at college, and when they come home.         
Beginning on Jan. 1, 2015, the IRS standard mileage rates for the use of a car, van, pickup or panel truck will be as follows:
  • 57.5 cents per mile for business miles driven, up from 56 cents in 2014
  • 23 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, down half a cent from 2014 
  • 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations
Five Ways to Support Your Pastor's Family
(Ministry Matters) - It’s no secret that the life of a pastor’s family is filled with unique challenges. There are few roles that mix work and family life as closely as pastoral ministry, which creates for clergy families a constant battle to maintain healthy boundaries. The pressure from the church and the surrounding community will inevitably take a toll on families unless adequate support is provided. For the complete article, posted November 3, 2014, please click here  

(From UMCmarket) - The online shopping of the United Methodist church members during the holiday season would generate $48 million dollars in donations.  Today, that money goes to someone else.  By spending one minute signing up to UMCmarket, those dollars would come to our churches.  Join us and lets not miss out on this amazing opportunity.  We need this message to be brought down all the way to the pastors and congregation.  Please forward the following information about UMCmarket to as many of your church connections as you can.  

1.  Here is our  "Pastor's Letter" that explains the UMCmarket program.
2.  Forward our "How to Get Started" letter.  It can found here.  
3.  Forward our promotional video or about us video for churches to use during service announcements.  
*During the next few months, 4 million Methodist members will shop online and spend an average of $400. This means that we have the potential to raise $48 million dollars for the United Methodist Church in the next few months alone.
New Donation Program
The General Council on Finance and Administration of The United Methodist Church is pleased to present UMCmarket, a tremendously rewarding opportunity to earn money for the Kingdom of God. UMCmarket makes it possible for United Methodist churches to receive donations from retailers every time someone within their congregation makes an online purchase. The best thing is that they don’t need to change anything from how they shop today. This allows us to do together what we cannot do alone!

How it Works
Every store at UMCmarket is happy to pay a percentage of the purchased amount as a donation to the church. There are no additional charges for either the ministry or the shopper. The members shop through UMCmarket and stores send the contributions within a variable time frame of 30-90 days. Once a ministry reaches $100 in total donations, a check is mailed out.

Signing Up is Free
Most churches are already listed in UMCmarket's ministry section. Each church can update and customize their information and church members can easily sign up for free by entering their email address and getting connected to their ministry. Shopping and donating couldn't be easier!
We live in a global village, and the world is our parish. When we give generously, our gifts do wonderful, life-changing things in the name of Jesus Christ.
Resources for Clergy and Congregations
Resources for building, improving, and strengthening ministry are available at Here are sample "50 Ways to --" pdfs from   
If You Happen to Find Any Broken Web Links....
At we try to keep the Web links updated, but if you come across one that gives you a message like "page no longer exists" or "file not found," try going to the source's home page (first part of the link URL) and doing a word search on the topic at the site. As resources improve and update their websites, this sometimes breaks links we've shared with you on our site. It's all good, all a part of progress! The information may still be there, but just might take a little personal digging on your part to find where it was moved - or please contact the district office. We'll be glad to help!  - Mary, Pensacola District Administrative Assistant   
Is Your Church's Listing at Up to Date?
Did you know that each United Methodist local church has its own page at in the international Find-a-Church directory? Click here to find and update your church's Find-A-Church page.
United Methodist Men - News & Chartering
Click here for UMM news and information about annual chartering re-certification.    
New Worship Service Times?
Pastors/Secretaries, if your church's worship and Sunday School times have changed, please log-in and update the Local Church information. Your District Superintendent is visiting churches, and your Church Locator Page will need to show the correct information.  Thank you!  
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