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Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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See You At The Pole: #NeverStopPraying
September 24, 2014
 
Global Week of Student Prayer
September 21-27, 2014
 
 
The 2014 theme verse, Ephesians 6:18a, follows the apostle Paul’s famous passage on the armor of God,
challenging and encouraging Christ followers to stand strong in the Lord
and be His representatives to share the Good News of the Gospel. 
To learn more and for ideas on how to prepare and help promote See You At The Pole Day and the Global Week of Student Prayer
 

 
 September Clergy Birthdays
 Happy birthday this month (in order of birth day) to Gary Jones, Hugh McDonald,
Ed Cotten, Brandon Dasinger, Nancy Hammond, Bobby Ellisor, Mike Ramsey, Jim Belcher,
Dave McAlister, Scott Veroneau, Ken Autrey, Nancy Hart, Greg McKinnon,
David Thompson, Shawn York, and Bob Sweet!
 
Click on the news item for the article.  Scroll down the page for more!
               

                        
Around the Pensacola District  
 

 

FREE Folding Machine!
Warrington United Methodist Church has an A.B.Dick 52 Folder free to any church that can use it. If interested please call WUMC at 850-455-0306. (Posted 9/15/2014)
 
FREE 18-Lesson VHS & Guides
on "That the World May Know" by Ray Vander Laan
A member of one our district churches is giving away an 18-lesson set of VHS, one student guide, and one leader's guide on "That the World May Know" by Ray Vander Laan. If you would like to have this please contact the district office at office@umcpensacoladistrict.org or 850-434-0118. You can find out more about the course here - but please note that this link refers to the 12-DVD version, not 18 VHS.
 
Planning the November 2nd Youth FUSED Conference
EVENT:  The 4th annual FUSED Pensacola District Youth Conference will be held on Sunday, November 2, 2014, from 4:00-6:30 p.m. at the Gulf Breeze UMC Soundside Campus. Please make sure you put this date on your calendar. I know that the youth that have attended in the past will definitely want to return!
 
EVENT PLANNING MEETING:  Our district superintendent, Jeremy Pridgeon, has requested a meeting for anyone that is interested helping plan this exciting youth event. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 23, at 11:30 am at Shane’s Rib Shack, 3707 Gulf Breeze Parkway, in Gulf Breeze. Please let me know if you are able to attend so we can plan accordingly.
 
Blessings,
Wayne Walker
District CORE Team Youth Ministries Representative
[If you need Wayne's contact information please contact the district office.]
 
Join us for the Wesley Fellowship Golf Tournament!!!!
October 10, 2014, at the Scenic Hills Golf Course, Pensacola
 

This is a fundraiser for the Wesley Foundation at the University of West Florida and Pensacola State College.

Here is the registration flyer as a PNG image for quick viewing.

Here is the flyer as a printable PDF.  (Please allow a few moments for it to open.)

You can register online at http://www.tinyurl.com/WesleyGolfRegistration.

You can make a donation at http://www.tinyurl.com/WesleyGolfPayment.               
 

Please show your support and share this message. Thank you!!

 
Pineview Homecoming
Pineview United Methodist Church will celebrate Homecoming Sunday, September 28, beginning at 10:30 a.m. 
 
"Aging with Hope and Faith: Celebrating Life"
October 14 (Tuesday), 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at  Niceville United Methodist Church
Cost is $10 which includes lunch. Click here for the event page .... here for the flyer.

Please RSVP to Barbara Wilder at BWilder@nicevilleumc.org or 850-678-4411 (ext. 123) in order to reserve your lunch. 

Music will be provided by Larry and Carol Lord. Keynote speaker will be Missy Buchanan. Missy Buchanan is a coauthor of My Story, My Song with Robin Roberts, coanchor of Good Morning America, and Robin’s mother, Lucimarian Roberts. As an advocate for older adults, she is also the author of best-selling books, including Living with Purpose in a Worn-Out Body, Talking with God in Old Age, Don’t Write My Obituary Just Yet, Aging Faithfully, and Joy Boosters: 120 Ways to Encourage Older Adults.  A native Texan and former creativity educator, Buchanan lives in Rockwall, TX with her husband, Barry. She loves spending time with her three grown children and spouses and her two grandsons. Worshops include the following:
  • Dr. Dean Jacks:  “What About Those Supplements”
  • Virginia Lindley:  “Humor in the Bible”
  • Dr. Tom McKnight:   “Affordable Health Care Act Strategies”
  • Carlotta Ritenour:  “Grandparents: Spiritual Mentors”
  • Beth Tritschler:  “End of Life Planning—Things You Need to Prepare For”
  • Marilyn Turk:  “Connecting the Dots… Write It Down”
  • John Voss:  “How to Live to be 100”   
District Committee Meetings - October 2014:
The Pensacola District Committee on Nominations will meet October 1, noon, at the district office. Please bring the committee worksheet with you and let the district office know if you cannot attend. Lunch will be provided.

 

The Pensacola District Board of Trustees will meet October 7, 11:30 a.m. at the district office. Please let the district office know if you cannot attend. Lunch will be provided.
 
The Pensacola District CORE Team (Rev. Laura Weant, Chairperson) will meet at noon October 21, 2014, at the Pensacola District Office, 901 East Gadsden Street, Pensacola. Lunch will be provided. District office phones will be silenced during the meeting.
 
The Pensacola District Board of Missions will meet October 28, noon, at the district office. Lunch will be provided. Please let us know if you cannot attend.
 
Gadsden Street UMC Offers Tai Chi for Senior Citizens
Gadsden Street United Methodist Church offers Tai Chi for Senior Citizens Mondays 2-3 p.m. and Wednesdays 4-5 p.m. This program is suitable for any level of fitness and expertise.  It helps with balance, coordination, and falls prevention.  $5 donations are encouraged to support the instructor. Dinner is available Wednesdays at 5:30 for $6;call church office by Tuesday noon, 850-433-0014. Location for the exercise sessions is the gathering space, Gadsden Street United Methodist Church, 901 East Gadsden Street, Pensacola, FL 32501. The church website is http://gadsdenstreetmethodist.com.                     
 
Lay Servant Ministries Information
Please post this Letter Explaining Changes to Lay Servant Ministry at your church where all can see and read it.
 
Lay Nominee Profile Sheet
(Download here:  Laity Nominee Profile Sheet)
Those Alabama-West Florida United Methodists who wish to be nominated as a lay delegate to General and Jurisdictional conferences may be nominated at their district meeting. The Pensacola District Conference will be held November 2, 2014, 4 p.m., at Navarre United Methodist Church. Each district will select no more than six (6) lay nominees. These nominees will be asked to provide to their district superintendent or district lay leader a photograph and a completed standard (single page) "Delegate Profile Sheet." Completed profile sheets may be distributed to individuals attending the district meeting. Other individuals who wish to be a candidate for lay delegate should also provide a photograph and a standard profile sheet. Please open the fillable form above in Adobe and type your response on each line. Then, SAVE YOUR FORM on your computer. E-mail the form to your district office (office@umcpensacoladistrict.org). Once the nomination period is complete, the profiles of the nominees will be displayed on the conference website for viewing prior to the 2015 Annual Conference session.
 

Update on Flood Recovery Efforts

from Lynn Dobry (Posted 8/26/2014)

 

The Florida Recovery Team from the AWF UMC has begun our work to bring hope, healing, and restoration to the flood survivors from April’s storm.  Our offices are housed at Gulf Breeze UMC and we are working across 4 counties, including Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, and Walton.  We have 2 UMCOR trained case managers, a construction manager, and a volunteer coordinator on board.  We are standing alongside the long term recovery groups in each county and are currently working hard to find what kind of unmet needs there still are here in the panhandle.

 

Of course we cannot begin to do this mighty job alone and are working to build partnerships within each community.  The needs are great, and I am hoping the Lord might raise up some good ole Methodist support for the work ahead of us.  Some of the things needed at this point include:

  • In Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, we need churches who might be willing to periodically house volunteer teams during their stay to do construction on the Gulf Coast.
  • In Defuniak Springs, there is an immediate unmet need for food and clothing.
  • In each community we are always willing to bring in volunteer construction teams should any of your district churches have adult groups to send.
  • Finally, any financial support is greatly appreciated, as the cost of construction materials is very high.

Please let me know how I can be of assistance to you.

 

Lynn Dobry, Executive Coordinator

Florida Recovery Team

Alabama-West Florida Conference  

United Methodist Church

Office: 850-932-6895

lynn.flrecovery@gmail.com

75 Fairpoint Drive, Gulf Breeze, FL 32561
 
Latest Flood Recovery Effort
The Alabama-West Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church is setting up a Florida Recovery Team office in Gulf Breeze, Florida. 
 
If you have questions or need assistance here's whom to contact:
Lynn Dobry, Executive Coordinator
Gulf Breeze UMC, 75 Fairpoint Drive, Gulf Breeze, FL 32561
850-932-6895
lynn.flrecovery@gmail.com
 
The Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church is organizing a disaster recovery team. Volunteers from all over the country will come in and help flood victims in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. "What we're doing right now is starting a basic case management. Trying to find out where the unmet needs are and how they might qualify for more assistance from community funds," said Executive Coordinator Lynn Dobry.

They are still in the beginning stages. Volunteers will be here for 12 to 18 months, and will come in groups, rotating every couple of weeks. Other recovery teams will be arriving in the coming weeks as well. The first wave of volunteers will be arriving sometime next week.

For more information and to view the WEAR-TV news segment, visit http://www.weartv.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/latest-flood-recovery-escambia-santa-rosa-counties-48395.shtml
(Posted 8/21/2014)
 
 
Women's Conference October 24-25, 2014
The event page is hereCokesbury United Methodist Church (Pensacola, FL) will host a Women's Conference "What Not To Wear - Fashions by the Master Designer" Friday and Saturday, October 24 - 25, 2014.  Featured speaker will be Rev. Janie McBeth, Daybreak Connection Ministries. The cost is $30 for early-bird registration August 31 - October 12.  After October 12 the cost is $35.   You may register online beginning September 1 at www.cokesburychurch.com/events/umw-womens-conference-what-not-to-wear/.  For more information contact Julie Terrell 850-478-9489.
 
August 2014 Newsletter of Pensacola District UMW
For Pensacola District United Methodist Women's latest newsletter please click on the graphic (right) or visit their website, http://www.awf-umw.org/pensacola.html.
 
Candidacy Document:  Items to Be Completed by December 1, 2014
Is God calling you to licensed / ordained ministry?  Whether you are pursuing licensed or ordained ministry, the first step is to become a Certified Candidate. The process to become a Certified Candidate will help you and the Church discern how God is calling you. This document (click here) outlines for you items that need to be completed no later than December 1st, prior to the January 2015 Candidacy Retreat.  For more information about the January 2015 Group Candidacy Retreat click here:  http://www.awfumc.org/events/detail/4090.
 

     

 
 
Position Available:  Nursery Attendant
Pine Forest United Methodist Church needs a nursery attendant. Interested applicants should contact John McBride, Church Administrator, at (850) 944-0170 for an application or for more information. Pine Forest UMC is located at 2800 Wilde Lake Blvd., Pensacola, FL 32526.

Hours:
6-8 p.m. Wednesdays, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Sundays, and other special events as scheduled

Requirements:
Background check and must have or obtain CPR/First Aid Certification
 
Duties:
  • Care for children ages 0-4 during scheduled church services and special events
  • Insure a safe environment
  • Greet parents and children
  • Listen to concerns of both parents and children
  • Supervise and don't allow children to leave the nursery alone or with anyone other than parent
  • Keep nursery clean
  • Keep linens and diapers clean
  • Maintain discipline
Position Available:  Nursery Worker
Christ United Methodist Church in Milton, Florida, needs a nursery worker. If interested please call 850-623-8820 (Posted 9/8/2014)
 
 

 
Thank You for Your Support!
Thank you to the following Pensacola District Churches who have already paid 100% of their District Administration Fund apportionment for 2014:  Allen Memorial, Bagdad, Baker, Century, Christ, Chumuckla Community, Clear Springs, Crestview First, Ensley, Gulf Breeze, Jay, Lathram Chapel, Mae Edwards, Mary Esther, McDavid, New Hope, Pensacola First, Pineview, Shalimar (108.33%), St. Mark-Pensacola (100.11%), St. Paul-Gulf Breeze, Warrington, and Wesley Memorial!!  Thank you to Clear Springs and New Hope, who have paid 100% of all their AWF Conference apportionments for 2014!!
 
Acts 2 Thrift Store
Click here for the flyer, from Pensacola United Methodist Community Ministries.
 
Cokesbury Cares Program
Our new contact person for the Cokesbury Cares program (disaster recovery for churches) is Paula Lunn.  She can be reached at plunn@umpublishing.org or 615-749-6639. 
 
Quarterly District Event:  Moveable Feast
Please share this information with other members of your congregation. 

 

Calendar for the Series:
Saturday, January 11, 2014

9 a.m.-noon at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Molino           

"Wesleyan Spirituality and Means of Grace"

           

Saturday, May 10, 2014  - The May 10th event has been CANCELED

9 a.m.-noon at Summit Campus (McClain Hall) of Cokesbury United Methodist Church, Pensacola 

"Prayer"

 

Sunday, July 20, 2014 - The July 20th event has been CANCELED

3 p.m.-6 p.m. at Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church, Jay 

"Sacraments"

 

Saturday, November 8, 2014

9 a.m.-noon at Trinity United Methodist Church, Fort Walton

"Proclamation"

 

Contact for information:

Dr. Mary Ann Gantt, Pastor for Christian Education

mgantt@pensacolafirstchurch.com 

251-644-2915 

 


 
Administrative Announcements
 
 
"Is There a Charge Conference Form for Certified Lay Ministers?"
Some have been asking if there is a charge conference form for Certified Lay Ministers.  Here's an update....  The Alabama-West Florida Conference heard your inquiries, and their website now has a Certified Lay Minister page! The URL is http://www.awfumc.org/pages/detail/862
 
 
Candidacy Document:  Items to Be Completed by December 1, 2014
Is God calling you to licensed / ordained ministry?  Whether you are pursuing licensed or ordained ministry, the first step is to become a Certified Candidate. The process to become a Certified Candidate will help you and the Church discern how God is calling you. This document (click here) outlines for you items that need to be completed no later than December 1st, prior to the January 2015 Candidacy Retreat.  For more information about the January 2015 Group Candidacy Retreat click here:  http://www.awfumc.org/events/detail/4090.
 
 
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.
 
New Worship Service Times? New Church E-mail Address or Website?
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 visits churches, and your Church Locator Page will need to show the correct information. This is a reminder, also, to please keep the information correct on what your church's e-mail address and website are. Thank you!
 
 
Imagine No Malaria
If you still have 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.
 
A Reminder to Local Church Finance Persons to Make Provision for Annual Audit
Each year, the Report of the Committee on Finance to the annual charge conference includes the question, "Have the financial records of the church and all its organizations been audited for the prior fiscal year?" Although the annual audit report does not need to be included with the other charge conference forms, it is required by the Discipline to be completed after the end of the year. Guidelines for handling of an accountability of funds can be found in the 2013-2016 United Methodist Church Financial Records Handbook and in Guidelines For Leading Your Congregation: FINANCE, available at www.cokesbury.com, and The Local Church Audit Guide, available at www.gcfa.orgClick here for the Fund Balance Report 2013-2016.  
 
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   
 
U.M. Children's Home Publishes "Pew Partners" Online
The United Methodist Children's Home has published its spring and summer newsletters for local AWF congregations to use as needed. These one-page informational pieces make great bulletin inserts and are easy to print. Please consider using these in your upcoming local church communicates to educate your congregations about the wonderful and life-changing work the UMCH does each and every day. Click here to download.
 
Blue Lake Board of Trustees Announces New Director

The Blue Lake Camp Board of Trustees are pleased to announce Steve Lewandowski as its new executive director following the recent retirement of Ms. Phyllis Murray. Steve grew up in Tulsa, OK, where he was heavily involved in his youth group at the First United Methodist Church. It was at summer camp that Steve dedicated his life to the service of Christ. He graduated from Tulsa Edison High School and received both his BS and MS degrees from Oklahoma State University in Administration and Management of Recreation. He brings a great deal of experience in program development, fund raising and public speaking. Click here for full release.

Imagine No Malaria Update from Susan Hunt Monday, September 8
Click here for the article.
 

Visit www.awfumc.org/inmprogress to see detailed progress reports of all churches throughout our conference. Each district set their goals for participation, and many churches have done marvelous work in reaching those goals.

Click here and here to see how the work through Imagine No Malaria is also fighting the Ebola outbreak.

Click here to see how our work through Imagine No Malaria is also starting new faith communities and churches throughout the continent of Africa. 
 
"Is There a Charge Conference Form for Certified Lay Ministers?"
Some have been asking if there is a charge conference form for Certified Lay Ministers.  Here's an update....  The Alabama-West Florida Conference heard your inquiries, and their website now has a Certified Lay Minister page! The URL is http://www.awfumc.org/pages/detail/862.  
 
Upcoming Disaster Response Training Dates
We are still in hurricane season! Be prepared for any disasters that will come our way. We have several upcoming training opportunities. Click on the date for more information on each, including how to register:
 
Basic ERT:  
 
Recertification: (for those whose ERT badges have expired or will expire soon)
September 14, 2014 - Covenant UMC - Dothan, AL  - 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.
 
Chainsaw Training: (note: space is limited!)
September 20, 2014 - Montgomery, AL - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
 
All training sessions are listed at this link: www.awfumc.org/ert.  If your church would like to host a training event, contact Susan Hunt at susan@awfumc.org or Amelia Fletcher at amelia@gulfshoresumc.org.
PROJECT 56
September 13, 2014
The event page is hereHarvest Church will host the Seventh Annual PROJECT 56, an area-wide Preteen Conference on Saturday, September 13, 2014. Preteens (5th/6th Graders) and leaders from the tri-state area will enjoy awesome worship music, drama, games, small group discussions, lunch, snacks, and inspiring teaching. The cost is $5 each for preteens and is FREE for all adult leaders. Groups and individuals may click here to register online at the PROJECT 56 website.
 
The United Methodist Church Responds to the Ebola Crisis
(UMCom) - With the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa declared an international health emergency, The United Methodist Church is responding with relief as well as communications support. Church hospitals and health workers are providing care, and annual conferences are working with interfaith partners and government to save lives.
 
Connectional Giving Report July 31, 2014
Click here for the latest report.
Paid Per District through July 31, 2014 (click on the district name for more detail):
 
Change in AWFC Personnel - Episcopal Office
The Alabama-West Florida Conference welcomes Lauren Smith, Bishop Leeland’s new administrative assistant.  Lauren will officially begin on Monday, August 18, 2014. Her e-mail address will be lauren@awfumc.org.
 
Change in AWFC Personnel - Office of Ministerial Services
(AWF Conference) - We regretfully announce that Rev. June Jernigan has requested medical leave from her appointment as Director of Ministerial Services and Assistant to the Bishop. We ask for your prayers for her during this time of rest and healing. Her administrative assistant, Mrs. Erika Glawson, will continue to serve in the same capacity and assist the Board of Ordained Ministry with their work. Rev. Fred Zeigler, retired AWF pastor, will serve part time in the Office of Ministerial Services on a contractual basis to handle time-sensitive work. Duties related to Assistant to the Bishop will be handled by various cabinet leaders as needed. To reach the Office of Ministerial Services, contact erika@awfumc.org and she will answer or direct your questions to the appropriate person.
 
Catapult Conference September 15-17
at Cornerstone United Methodist Church, Auburn, AL. The event page is here. Early Bird discount ends August 15.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Candidacy Document:  Items to Be Completed by December 1, 2014
Is God calling you to licensed / ordained ministry?  Whether you are pursuing licensed or ordained ministry, the first step is to become a Certified Candidate. The process to become a Certified Candidate will help you and the Church discern how God is calling you. This document (click here) outlines for you items that need to be completed no later than December 1st, prior to the January 2015 Group Candidacy Retreat.  For more information about the January 2015 Candidacy Retreat click here:  http://www.awfumc.org/events/detail/4090.
 
Personal Papers Preserved by the AWFC Methodist Archives Center
The Alabama-West Florida Conference Archives Center preserves the personal papers of its clergy. When a person dies, they receive information from the conference secretary and district superintendents. They also solicit personal papers from family members.  Below is a list of the kinds of records that provide documentation of a person's life. If a family wishes to keep the original copies, they gladly accept photocopies. Each person's papers are preserved for posterity in his/her folder in the reference files in the Archives Center vault.
Awards Geneological forms
Biographical sketches Memoirs and obituaries
Certificates of birth, marriage, and death Music compositions
Clippings from newspapers Sermons, lectures
Correspondence about events and issues Writings (articles, books, poems, stories, historical sketches, etc.
Diplomas and educational documents Date books and diaries
 
For more information contact Sharon Tucker, Archivist, at (334) 833-4413 or archives@huntingdon.edu.       
 
 
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.
 
Visit www.awfumc.org/INMprogress for Each District's Progress for Imagine No Malaria.
Has your Church participated?
 
"Becoming a More Effective Leader"  Series
10 a.m.- 2 p.m. one Thursday each month
at Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church, Montgomery
beginning in August 2014 and ending in May 2015

Registration is now underway!

This is a series of 10 seminars offered by the Academy for Congregational Excellence (A.C.E.), led by proven servant leaders who are volunteering their time to make the program possible.  To provide for active participation in small and large group discussions, enrollment is limited. Participants will be selected in the order in which registrations are received.

Lunch will be included. Participants are expected to attend all sessions.  The fee is $150.  Upon completion of the program, participants earn 4 CEUs. Click on the link below for registration information, seminar topics, and names of presenters. For more information visit http://awfumc.org.  Click here for the registration with list of courses and leaders.

 
Alabama-West Florida Conference Index:
 
MEF Scholarship Allocation Policy
(Shared by the AWFC Office of Ministerial Services) - The Ministerial Education Fund scholarship allocation policy effective March 1, 2013, is as follows:  Seminary Scholarships - $2000 per semester for full time student (9 hours is considered full time), prorated at $222 per hour for less than full time.  Course of Study Scholarships - full tuition paid for COS coursework (does not include registration fee paid by student), $100 for books per year. Click here for the scholarship application page at GBHEM.org.  Click here for more about the Ministerial Education Fund. 
 
Free Appraisal of Church Insurance Coverage
(AWFC Board of Trustees 9/7/2012) - "We all know it is important to have comprehensive insurance that covers all the needs of the local church....  Contact Bill Bullock (251-621-2041, BBullock@cpg.org) about insurance coverage. He is able to provide an appraisal of church property from United Methodist Insurance (UMI) without a sales pitch to the church. He does this at no charge. Local churches are then able to compare UMI coverage and cost to their current insurance provider. This comparison will provide churches an opportunity to look at insurance coverage and make sure their coverage meets the standards required by the Annual Conference.
    
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.
According to the 2013 Brochure of Reports, page 124, the recommended minimum salary for 2014 for all full-time appointed clergy is $33,800.
 
... is Frank DunnewindYou can reach Frank toll-free at (888) 873-3127.  Update:  Pensacola District, you can contact Rev. Paula Roane at 850-862-4169 (Trinity United Methodist Church, Fort Walton Beach).  Download Safe Sanctuaries Workshop Presentation/Hand-outs 2013 (70-page pdf)
                  

 
Around the Web
 
 
See You At The Pole Day - September 24, 2014
Global Week of Student Prayer - September 21-27, 2014
 
Are you leading and encouraging your youth to intercede for their generation, take a stand for Jesus Christ, and represent Him in the community?
For ideas on how to prepare and help promote See You At The Pole Day and the Global Week of Student Prayer, visit http://SYATP.com.

The 2014 theme verse follows Paul’s famous passage on the armor of God, challenging and encouraging Christ followers to stand strong in the Lord and be His representatives to share the Good News of the Gospel.  From that very first year in 1990, See You at the Pole has been about one simple act—prayer. Today, SYATP is still about students humbling themselves, turning to God, and interceding for their generation.  There are two opportunities to prioritize prayer with your friends:
  • DAY: SEE YOU AT THE POLE day is on Wednesday, September 24, at 7:00 a.m. local time. All around the globe, in every time zone, students will be gathering at their flagpoles, praying for their school, friends, families, churches, and communities. SEE YOU AT THE POLE is a day committed to global unity in Christ and prayer for your generation.
  • WEEK: The GLOBAL WEEK OF STUDENT PRAYER (Sunday, September 21 through Saturday, September 27) encourages students to find new and unique ways, places, and times to pray throughout the week. Whether you attend PUBLIC SCHOOL, PRIVATE SCHOOL, or HOME SCHOOL, gather your friends wherever and whenever and pray! The GLOBAL WEEK OF STUDENT PRAYER is dedicated to prayer and launching your on-campus Bible clubs, prayer strategies, and student ministries.
 
Bishop:  "Beware of Costs of Sexuality Debate"
(UMNS) -The United Methodist Church’s intensifying debate around human sexuality has substantial financial implications in the global church, a bishop warned the denomination’s finance agency. Those costs could include a drop in church giving and the division of property. “The question is: Is there a middle ground that will allow most of the traditionalists to stay and yet satisfy most of the progressives?” said Great Plains Area Bishop Scott Jones. Since spring, Jones has collected some of the proposals on the matter that could be heading to the 2016 General Conference. Click here for full story.
 
Emergency Assistance for Displaced Iraquis
(UMCOR) - Since mid-summer, the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS), also referred to as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), has created havoc in Iraq, targeting ethnic and religious minorities for apparent extinction.The United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries is both providing assistance to those who have fled and advocating for the human rights of those under attack. To date, its United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has provided $262,300 in emergency assistance to communities displaced and pushed north by IS. You can help. Please pray for peace in Iraq. Your gift to UMCOR International Disaster Response, Advance #982450, supports UMCOR's emergency response efforts in Iraq and elsewhere around the world. 
 
2014 Clergy Trends Shows Trend Toward Older Clergy Continues
(The Lewis Center) -  The number of older clergy continues to grow according to the Clergy Age Trends in the United Methodist Church report released today by the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary. The annual report is prepared with assistance from the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits of the United Methodist Church.
 
The number of active elders continues to decline as the number of local pastors grows. Elders between ages 55 and 72 comprise 55 percent of all active elders, the highest percentage in history. The median age of elders increased to 56 in 2014, the highest in history. The median age was 50 in 2000 and 45 in 1973. The average age remains at 53, an historic high, though unchanged for five years. The mode age (the single age most represented) remains at 61, also a high. The percentage of elders aged 35 to 54 continues to shrink, from 65 percent of all active elders in 2000 to 39 percent in 2014. The number of young elders hit an historic low in 2005 and has increased by almost 100 (or about 12 percent) since then. The number of young local pastors and deacons, while much lower than elders, has increased at a higher rate since 2005. Today those under-35 make up about six percent of elders, nine percent of deacons, and eight percent of local pastors. The gender makeup of young elders is becoming more balanced. Thirty-nine percent of under-35 elders are female. Over three-quarters of young deacons are women. The gender makeup is almost just the opposite for local pastors, three-quarters of whom are men. For many years the highest concentrations of young clergy elders have been in the Southeastern and South Central Jurisdictions. That trend continues in 2014, but the North Central Jurisdiction made the greatest gains in young elders in the past year. FULL article here >>
 
 
UMCmarket
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! 

September Promotion
We hope you will sign up, try us out, and share with the churches that you shepherd and support. As a special promotion, UMCmarket will donate an extra $5 to each church for a new member who signs up and makes their first purchase in September! Just make sure to use promotion code SEPTEMBER when signing up!  We hope you will share this email and help spread the word about this rewarding program that is already helping over 3,200 ministries fulfill the mission. 
 
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.
 
Worship from the Eyes of a Child
(Navarre, FL) - Making worship more family friendly starts with a child's perspective, Linda Ranson Jacobs suggests. She offers tips on how to help youngsters get excited about worship in this excerpt from her book Attract Families to Your Church and Keep Them Coming Back (Abingdon Press, 2014). Click here for the article at the website of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership.  Her book is noted in today's UMNS Daily Digest at http://www.umc.org/news-and-media/daily-digest-august-14-2014.

Linda Ranson Jacobs lives in Navarre, FL and is a popular church consultant, author, trainer, program developer, and a family expert who regularly writes and speaks to church leaders throughout the United States. Linda is the developer of HLP4 (Healthy, Loving, Partnerships for Our Kids, http://www.hlp4.com/), a website for single parents and those working with single parents, the creator of DC4K, (DivorceCare for Kids), and a contributing developer of the H.E.R.O.E.S. CARE Project, (Homefront Enabling Relationships, Opportunities, and Empowerment through Support). 
 
 
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:   
 

Disciple Fast Track 

Dear Colleague in Ministry,

As many of you know, Disciple Bible Study has been a life-changing study taken by millions worldwide. It is now in a dynamic new format that allows participants to encounter the Bible in less time.

Please take 2 minutes and watch this video about Disciple Fast Track. We are inviting a limited number of church leaders (300) to participate in the final year of testing. We hope you will consider this new opportunity. Please click here (or copy and paste this URL into your browser) to view this presentation:

 

 
Thank you for watching. For more information about becoming one of our 300 leaders, please visit http://disciplefasttrack.com. Please feel free to forward this email.

God's blessing on your ministry,
Bishop Richard Wilke

Find online courses for Christian leaders at www.BeADisciple.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   
Pastoral Transitions in the Age of Social Media
Should pastors "friend" on Facebook? Should they "unfriend" when they leave a church?
(Alban, article by Adam Walker Cleveland) - "I still remember sitting in classroom discussions in seminary, talking about how pastors really shouldn’t become friends with parishioners. We talked about the power and boundary issues, and about how it just made things too difficult when you were called to another church; what happened to those friendships? Could you still stay in touch? What could you talk about? ....  So, what happens when you leave a church? ....  Do you just unfriend everyone on Facebook? Unfollow everyone on Twitter?"  Full article here.
 
Pensacola District Hosts SEJ Bishops
The Pensacola District, along with Bishop Paul L. Leeland, hosted the Southeastern Jurisdiction College of Bishops in Pensacola, FL, in January 2014. Their focus was to build alignment for effective clergy and fruitful congregations throughout the Church. The Pensacola District, under the leadership of Dr. Jeremy K. Pridgeon, raised 100% of the funds to host this group and their spouses. In addition to regularly scheduled meetings for the Bishops, the spouses enjoyed visiting the Naval Aviation Museum and Historic Pensacola Village, as well as enjoying several local eateries. Thanks be to God for the leadership and commitment this groups brings to our connection.  [You can view this 1/13/2014 AWFC article online here.]
 
Church Vitality: Professions of Faith Rise
(UMNS) - Here is some encouraging news to start the year. For the first time in 11 years, United Methodist annual (regional) conferences in the United States reported an increase in total professions of faith in 2012. Preliminary figures for professions of faith show a gain from 123,986 in 2011 to 124,635 in 2012 - less than 1 percent, but still an upward trajectory. Many of the leaders at this fall's Council of Bishops meeting in Lake Junaluska, N.C., applauded the news as a welcome development after decades of declining U.S. membership and worship attendance. Full article is here.
 
 
Clergy Pension Changes January 1, 2014
(AWFC Pension & Benefits Office) - Currently, clergy under episcopal appointment to local churches and conferences receive benefits in the Clergy Retirement Security Plan (CRSP). Effective January 1, 2014, only full-time or clergy with episcopal appointment at 75% are eligible for coverage in CRSP. Clergy serving at 50% and less are no longer eligible for continued participation in CRSP.
 
Each church is encouraged to become a sponsor of the United Methodist Personal Investment Plan (UMPIP) so that clergy members are able to make personal contributions into their account. While it is not required for the church to make a contribution into UMPIP for the clergy person to participate, the church may choose to make a contribution into the clergy member's account. For the clergy person to participate, the church must complete the UMPIP adoption agreement. For an adoption agreement please contact BeLinda Carnegie (Belinda@awfumc.org) at the Conference Pension and Benefits office.
 
Beginning January 1, 2014, full-time and 75% clergy will be required to contribute at least 1% of their plan compensation to UMPIP to benefit from the 1% contribution to their CRSP Defined Benefit Account. (Posted 12/2/2013)
 
The November 25, 2013, AWFC article about this is here.
 
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.  
 
 
Share If You "Like"
What would happen if we all shared the Gospel through Facebook? I mean, on a personal level, through these myriad branched connections, tell the world what Jesus has done for us?  How long would it take the words of thousands of witnesses on Facebook to reach all ends of the earth about our Savior?
   
     
Free Video Resources from the Lewis Center
The Lewis Center for Church Leadership has prepared an 8-minuted video titled "Why Giving Matters and Clues for Improving It." Feel free to use this video to encourage the spiritual gift of giving in your congregation. You may view and download it at http://www.churchleadership.com/funding.  Last fall’s video on “Why Worship Attendance Matters and Clues for Improving It” is still available at http://www.churchleadership.com/attendance.  If you'd like to receive the Lewis Center’s free biweekly online newsletter, Leading Ideas, you can subscribe at www.churchleadership.com.   UPDATE:  New Video August 2014:  "Why Community Engagement Matters"
  
http://www.churchleadership.com/resources/Leading_ideas.asp
  
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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