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Wednesday, March 04, 2015
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Clergy Birthdays in the Month of March
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St. Patrick's Day Celebration & Senior Adult "Safety Matters" Workshop March 17
(Click here for the flyer.) Pensacola First UMC, Gadsden Street UMC, and St. Mark UMC in Pensacola cordially invite you to the annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Gadsden Street United Methodist Church. Come visit area providers of services and opportunities for seniors - educational opportunities, retirement living opportunities, travel opportunities, information about Alzheimer's & related disease, information on Hospice services, and much more!  Door prizes and entertainment. Thanks is expressed to these additional partners:  Council on Aging of West Florida, Northwest Florida Area Council on Aging, UWF Center on Aging, and West Florida Area Health Education Center. Welcome and entertainment start at 10:15 .m. "Safety Matters" presentations will be at 10:30 & 11:30 a.m. by Dr. Rodney Guttmann, Director of the UWF Center on Aging.
 
Senior Adult Series 2015:  "A Broad Look at Safety"
(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 office@gadsdenstreetmethodist.com 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.
 
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 Gblybt@gmail.com or (850) 712-1652.
 
"How Is It with Your Soul? Pray. Learn. Mentor. Transform."
March 7, 2015, 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
(Registration is 8-8:30 a.m.)
at Summit Park Campus of Cokesbury United Methodist Church
led by Pensacola District Pastor Rev. Laura Weant
 
There is no cost to attend but reservations are required. To attend please call Ruth Stalnaker at 256-426-6448. Refreshments will be provided. Summit Park Campus is located at 3300 Summit Boulevard, Pensacola, FL 32503. 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.
 
"The Church and People with Disabilities"
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.
     
Meetings of the Pensacola District Committee on Ministry (DCOM)
April 7, 2015
DCOM 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.
 
August 18, 2015
DCOM 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.
 
Local Church Positions Available
Choir Director Position Available - Pensacola, FL
Bellview United Methodist Church in Pensacola is seeking a Choir Director. Responsibilities include directing adult choir on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings, directing children’s choir on Wednesday nights and second Sunday mornings, and leading the congregation in songs. Please send resume to Bellview United Methodist Church, 4045 Saufley Field Road, Pensacola, FL 32526. If you have questions, call 850-456-4828. For more about Bellview visit http://www.awfumc.org/churchdetail/568546. (Posted 2/17/2015)
 
PT Music Director Needed - Pensacola, FL
St. Luke United Methodist Church is seeking a part-time Music Director. For more information or to send resumes, please contact Lori Foxworth at Lfoxwrot@cox.net. (Posted 2/12/2015)
 
PT Co-Director for Youth Program Needed - Pensacola, FL
Pine Forest United Methodist Church is searching for a part-time Co-Director for their Youth Program. Applicants must be 21 years of age or older. Please send resume' via e-mail to office@pineforestumc.org or mail to Pine Forest UMC, 2800 Wilde Lake Blvd., Pensacola, FL  32526.  For more about Pine Forest visit http://www.awfumc.org/churchdetail/568564. (Posted 2/4/2015)
 
PT Youth Minister Needed - Milton, FL
First United Methodist Church in Milton, FL is looking for a part-time, year-round, youth director. We are looking for a dynamic person, with a heart to see youth come to faith, and to journey with teenagers as they trek through adolescence. This position consists of 15-20 hours per week with a salary commensurate to experience. This person will work with students in grades 6-12. We are looking to fill this position immediately.
Responsibilities:
Plan, coordinate and implement Sunday school, Sunday Night Youth! and Wednesday Night Bible Study for youth. Plan and coordinate monthly youth ministry activities. Promote a Christian role model and set an example for all with whom you are in contact. Plan, coordinate and implement a summer mission trip as well as two seasonal retreats. Plan and promote fundraising opportunities for youth. Maintain a working relationship with staff and church members.

Qualifications:
Completed at least two years of college. Experience working with youth. Strong interpersonal skills. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Music background helpful (guitar, piano, vocal) but not required. Preference to candidate with a United Methodist background/knowledge of the church system. Must have an insurable good driving record and be available to drive the church bus. Must pass a Safe Sanctuaries background check.

To apply, send a resume to pastorkathy@bellsouth.net. For more about Milton First United Methodist Church visit http://www.awfumc.org/churchdetail/568559. (Posted 2/4/2015)
         

 
Administrative Announcements
 
 
Please place these Pensacola District events on your church calendar:
Important Dates Regarding Candidacy / Licensing / New Clergy Appointments:
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 erika@awfumc.org, or visit the AWF Conference website, http://AWFUMC.org.
 
The Beginning Pastors' Workshop July 16-17, 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 16-17, 2015, at Spring Hill College (Mobile, AL). Registration will open in the spring of 2015. For information about the event for 2015 visit http://www.awfumc.org/2015beginningpastorsworkshop or contact the Department of Ministerial Services at (334) 356-8014 or toll-free (888) 873-3127 or visit the AWF Conference website, http://AWFUMC.org.
 
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 erika@awfumc.org 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 http://www.awfumc.org/appointmentsandmoving.
 
For information about commissioning and ordination, packet deadlines, etc. visit http://www.awfumc.org/commissioningandordination.
 
Important information for newly-appointed clergy is at http://umcpensacoladistrict.org/RightStart.
 
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.
                                             

 
Around the Conference   
 
 
 
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.
 
January Cabinet Meeting Recap
(Dr. Jeremy Pridgeon) - Bishop Leeland and members of the Cabinet held their first meeting of 2015 in Montgomery. The session focused on the continued training of superintendents and extended cabinet members as coaches, a review of the state of the conference following 2014, and initial reflections on the scope of ministry throughout the annual conference as we begin the new year. The Discipline outlines the role of the superintendent to serve as the "chief missional strategist" for the district. Through the training as coaches, superintendents are learning skills drawn from Appreciative Inquiry to help guide their conversations with clergy and laypersons in churches to enable them to dream, discover, and design the direction for ministry that lead to them fulfilling God's destiny in their lives. Click here for complete update.
 
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
 
Cokesbury UMC Hospitality for Out-of-towners Aiding in Local Recovery (Want to Help, Too?)

(Pensacola News Journal February 3, 2015) - "Tuesday's dinner [for out-of towners aiding in local recovery] was sponsored by Cokesbury United Methodist Church. In addition to chicken for dinner, the men in the church prepared a box lunch for volunteers today.  There are still opportunities for groups to feed these terrific people who are here to help. It's time for restaurants, churches and neighborhood groups to help some special volunteers. Let's thank them with hot food and a Pensacola smile. Want to help? The Pensacola Hospitality Project begins Monday and continues through March. Pensacola Habitat is eagerly seeking sponsors for these weekly events. For more information on the Pensacola Hospitality Project or to sponsor a volunteer dinner, call Nancy Wolfe at (850) 434-5456 ext. 102 or email nwolfe@pensacolahabitat.org."  Continue here for the article at PNJ.com >>

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.
 
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.
 
Upcoming Events on the Calendar of the Alabama-West Florida Conference
Inspirit 2015, April 9-11
 
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 http://www.awfumc.org/appointmentsandmoving.
 
AWFC Board of Discipleship Now Accepting Nominations for the Harry Denman Award
(This is on the Alabama-West Florida Conference website at http://www.AWFumc.org/HarryDenmanAward.)  
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 allen@sjlife.com, Chair, Division of Evangelism, Conference Board of Discipleship. The deadline is April 3, 2015.  Here is a brochure. Here  are fillable nomination forms:
Imagine No Malaria

For churches still looking for a Lenten focus, we hope you will consider supporting the ongoing annual conference initiative to save 100,000 lives through Imagine No Malaria. $10 will save a life. This is a great way for small groups, youth groups, Sunday Schools, Bible studies, and other ministries of the church to participate in a Lenten emphasis.

To see how close we are to meeting our goal visit http://www.awfumc.org/inmprogress.

If your church still has Imagine No Malaria funds to donate, you can send your check to the AWFC Fiscal Office, 4719 Woodmere Boulevard, Montgomery, AL 36106. Please make the check payable to the Alabama-West Florida Conference and mark "Imagine No Malaria" on the check memo line.   
 
FT Youth and College Director Needed - Panama City, FL
Forest Park United Methodist Church in Panama City, FL seeks to hire an experienced, full-time Youth and College Director. The successful candidate will have a Bachelor's degree, knowledge of United Methodist doctrine, and experience in all facets of Youth and College Ministry. For a complete job description or additional information, please email fvwilliams@knology.net. Resumes with cover letters may be sent to the Attention of Chuck Dick at Forest Park United Methodist Church, 1401 West 23rd Street, Panama City, Florida, 32405.  For more about Forest Park UMC visit http://www.awfumc.org/churchdetail./568815.
 
Older Adults' INSPIRIT RETREAT April 9-11 at Blue Lake
Details and registration are here.  If you register before March 16, the fees are $20 less.
 
UMM Spring Advance April 25, 2015
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, frank@jfmoore.org.
 
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 erika@awfumc.org 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.

Upcoming 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 missions@hintoncenter.org. 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

5 Out-of-the-box Easter Outreach Ideas

(Rev. Jeremy Steele/UMCOM) - As cultures all over the world celebrate Christ’s Resurrection, churches have an incredible opportunity to connect with their communities. To help you do that, we have gathered great outreach ideas from across the United Methodist connection to share with you. Here are four of the best

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 umc-avisrental.org and using Avis Worldwide Discount (AWD#) A360800 or visiting umc-budgetrental.org 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 http://www.awfumc.org/heritageaward.
 
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 stuartworth@gmail.com.
    
UMW Newsletter
Click here to view the Winter 2015 newsletter of AWF Conference United Methodist Women.
 
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 Contacts
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;you can reach Paula at 850-862-4169 (Trinity United Methodist Church, Fort Walton Beach).  Download here the 2013 Safe Sanctuaries Workshop Presentation/Hand-outs (70-page pdf)
                                              

 
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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 www.churchleadership.com/leadingideas.
 
Children's Ministry Director Needed - Tuscumbia, AL
Tuscumbia First United Methodist Church (TFUMC), located in beautiful, downtown Tuscumbia, AL, is a Christ-centered congregation that is seeking a full-time Children’s Ministry Director. TFUMC has a membership of over 900 and an average weekend attendance of 410.

The Children’s Ministry Director will develop, implement and lead a dynamic children’s ministry program, calendar of activities and special events which are designed to include all aspects of spiritual growth from birth through sixth grade.  The successful candidate will be a strong, adaptable leader and will understand the importance of being a team player. This person will make the spiritual growth of children and the best interest of the church top priorities.  Requirements include a strong Christian faith and a testimony that reflects a call to the ministry. A relevant college degree and at least three years of experience in a mid or large size church are preferred.

Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter and three references to brodavid@tuscumbiaumc.org by Tuesday March 31, 2015. The church website is http://www.tuscumbiaumc.org/.        
 
 
Free Lenten Resources for Imagine No Malaria
Click here for Lenten INM resources. Free donation boxes, honor cards, offering envelopes, INM logo temporary tattoos, mosquito temporary tattoos are all still available, as well as a new 0:30 social video (http://youtu.be/_7iiOCzaseo).
 
Check out this FREE donation bank you can order to encourage giving to Imagine No Malaria! Use them for children's Sunday school classes or for a congregation-wide initiative. Order up to 100 here, or for orders above 100, email csc@umcom.org - at no cost to your organization or local church.
 
12 Ways to Stay Connected with College Students
United Methodist Communications has an article on this topic at http://www.umcom.org/learn/12-ways-to-stay-connected-with-college-students.  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  
 
Secularism Grows As Christians Become "Churchless"
According to this article and religion researcher David Kinnaman.... 
When political scientists burrow into election results, they may find that church attendance is less and less useful for predicting or evaluating political social and cultural attitudes. If asked, the “churchless” would likely check the “Christian” box on a survey, even though they may not have darkened the door of a church in years. How these people think, pray and use their time is shifting away from a faith-based perspective. If you are not around people of strong belief, there’s not a lot of spillover impact.  As a result, a churchless or secular worldview “is becoming its own social force.”  Stephen Mockabee, an associate professor of political science at University of Cincinnati, has compared church attendance to medication: “It’s not only the drug but also the dose that matters.”  For the complete article, posted October 24, 2014, please click here.

Jesus said, "I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world" (John 9:4-5). "Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest" (Luke 10:2).


 
UMCmarket
(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 http://www.churchleadership.com. Here are sample "50 Ways to --" pdfs from ChurchLeadership.com:   
 
If You Happen to Find Any Broken Web Links....
At http://UMCPensacolaDistrict.org 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   
 
What to Include in Writing Congregational Policies
The General Board of Discipleship offers direction on what to include in writing congregational policies on sexual abuse / harassment / misconduct / prevention. The page to visit is http://www.gbod.org/lead-your-church/what-should-our-policy-include.  
  
Is Your Church's Listing at UMC.org Up to Date?
Did you know that each United Methodist local church has its own page at UMC.org 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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