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Volunteers Needed for Potato Drop Saturday, July 23 - Milton, FL
On Saturday, July 23, First United Methodist Church of Milton is hosting a Produce Drop in partnership with the Society of St. Andrew as part of Safer Santa Rosa's Day of Service. The Society of St. Andrew will deliver a tractor-trailer truckload of produce to the church’s property located at 6830 Berryhill Street. Approximately 100 volunteers are needed to bag the produce so that it can be distributed by the Society of St. Andrew to agencies in Santa Rosa County that feed the hungry. Volunteers should bring their own work gloves. Children age 10 and above are welcome but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
6 p.m. at Crestview First United Methodist Church.
This event is for all Pensacola District pastors and their families. Reservations open July 1 and close July 12, 2016. Please RSVP at http://UMCPensacolaDistrict.org.
Local Church Positions Available
Pensacola United Methodist Community Ministries (PUMCM) is in need of items for the Ministry Shop. Items may be dropped off 9-5 Tuesdays through Saturdays at 2600 West Strong Street, one block off Cervantes between "T" and "U" Streets. PUMCM is located at Richards Memorial United Methodist Church in the Brownsville area of Pensacola. The website is http://pumcm.org/.
Crosspoint Is #9 in "Top 25"
Crosspoint United Methodist Church is now up to #9 in Len Wilson's 2016 edition of "Top 25 Fastest Growing Large United Methodist Churches." Crosspoint now has multiple campuses in the Niceville and Crestview, FL areas. In the 2015 edition, Crosspoint was # 12. The 2016 list is at http://lenwilson.us/top-25-fastest-growing-large-umc-2016/. The 2015 list is at http://lenwilson.us/top-25-fastest-growing-large-umc-2015/.
Rev. Rurel Ausley, senior pastor at Crosspoint United Methodist Church, was awarded the 2016 clergy Denman Evangelism Award at the 2016 Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference.
Congratulations, All Stars Churches in 2015!!
* Christ, Milton (Ronald Bearden, Pastor)
* Crosspoint (Rurel Ausley, Senior Pastor)
* Destin (Barry Carpenter, Pastor)
* Jay (Ebb Hagan, Pastor)
* Mae Edwards (Byrd Mapoles, Pastor)
* McDavid (Ted Johnson, Pastor)
All Stars is an annual recognition of Pensacola District Churches who meet three requirements in the course of a year: 1) pay 100% total Connectional Mission Giving, 2) have more than 50% attendance by membership, and 3) have a net gain in membership.
From the Lewis Center: 50 Ways to Improve Pastoral Transitions
From the Lewis Center: 50 Ways to Welcome a New Pastor
Information for Local Church Officers
Have you been elected to a local church leadership or committee position and you're not sure what your responsibilities are? Be sure to visit the Pensacola District's Church Leadership Roles page at http://UMCPensacolaDistrict.org/ChurchLeadershipRoles.
Have you visited the Pensacola District's SPR page? We've posted a lot of helpful information for Staff-Parish at http://UMCPensacolaDistrict.org/SPR, including the booklet used by Pensacola District Superintendent Tim Trent at our Leadership Inspirational Training Event (LITE Day) January 10, 2016.
Required Workshops for Ministerial Candidates / Moving Clergy / New Clergy
June 24-25 - AWFC Group Candidacy Retreat
July 28-29 - The Beginning Pastors' Workshop
August 2 - Meeting of the Pensacola District Committee on Ministry
Clergy Mid-Career Retirement Seminar October 6, 2016, in Dothan (.5 CEU). Only $5/clergy, $10/couple. Register by September 19. More here.
Cokesbury Cares Program
The Cokesbury Cares Program is designed to help churches who've had a catastrophic event by offering FREE resources to help the get back on their feet. Application requires signature by the church's district superintendent and can be emailed to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Here is a brochure, but please note that the address on the brochure has changed to 2222 Rosa L Parks Blvd., Nashville, TN 37228-0988.
For more information contact our area's Cokesbury Community Resource Consultant:
Cokesbury Community Resource Consultant
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A Request from UMCH
Dear UM Clergy,
Thank you for taking just a few minutes to assist our strategic planning efforts at the United Methodist Children's Home with this survey:
The information you provide is essential to making sure that UMCH's leadership makes decisions in our planning that are consistent with the values and ideals of our United Methodist constituents. UMCH finds itself in a rapidly changing child welfare environment that forces us to think creatively about how we fulfill our mission to provide safe and secure homes for children. The wisdom and discernment of our United Methodist clergy is essential for us to successfully navigate this process.
Thanks again for your support and participation!
K. Blake Horne, Ph.D.
July 18-22, 2016
at Enterprise, AL High School
The event page is here. This is a day camp for children in completed grades 1-9. It offers 21 different skills such as gymnastics, archery, soccer, dance, science, art and much more. There is also daily Bible study and worship. The camp is put on by 28 professionally trained college-age students. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided. The cost of the full week of camp is $204. Scholarships are available. To register go to http://camps.winshape.org/. Please contact Tracy Bullinger at 347-9023 for more information.
This camp will run Monday through Thursday, 7:45 a.m.-4:55 p.m., Friday 7:55 a.m.-11:35 a.m. Parents are invited for the whole day on Friday and lunch will be provided by Chick-fil-A free of charge for everyone on that day.
WinShape Camp is where thousands of campers come together each year to experience the life-changing, memory-making, adventure-taking awesomeness that will impact their lives forever. WinShape Camps was established in 1985 in Mt. Berry, Ga., to provide a camp experience that would enable campers to sharpen their character, deepen their Christian faith and grow in their relationships with others. That same vision stands strong today!
(AWFC June 1, 2016) - "Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, [the] General Conference of The United Methodist Church always creates great expectations and hopes for our denomination. This hope was certainly embraced by the 2016 General Conference held in Portland, Oregon, as it became evident that delegates, volunteers, bishops, clergy, and church leaders clearly and consistently expressed a desire for our United Methodist Church to remain cohesive in our witness and mission. The words of Christ, spoken to the church of Philadelphia in the book of Revelation contributes to this hope saying, 'I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut … you have kept my word and have not denied my name' (Rev. 3:8). These words remind us the Church is of God...." The article is continued here.
Alabama-West Florida Conference
Clergy Moving Expenses Guideline (2016 Brochure of Reports)
(Posted at AWFC 4/5/2016) - The first Sunday following the adjournment of Annual Conference shall be the last Sunday of pastoral responsibility for each conference year. The official moving day will be Tuesday, June 21, 2016 and may be adjusted according to the needs and concerns worked out in consultation with the clergy persons, the churches and approved by the District Superintendent.
The entire June salary shall be paid to the pastor by the church from which he/she is moving. In effect 50% of the annual salary will be paid January through June; with the remaining 50% paid by the church receiving a new pastor. Health insurance contributions and/or premiums, as well as any UMPIP payments are to be deducted from the pastor’s compensation for the full month of June, with the receiving church beginning such payments in July.
Upon retirement, disability, termination, or death of a minister serving within the bounds of the Annual Conference and serving a full time appointments under the provisions of Paragraph 333.1 of the 2012 Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church, the conference shall pay up to $2,500 for documented moving expenses to the first place of retirement, termination, or disability or the first place of dwelling for a surviving spouse. Moving expenses to be reimbursed shall not be incurred prior to retirement or termination notification to the Bishop and will be reimbursed after the move is completed.
Guidelines for clergy under appointment:
1. Following notification of appointment change by the district superintendent, the Chairperson of the PPRC should contact the minister to be appointed to communicate the church’s policy in paying moving expenses and to discuss moving plans.
2. The receiving church is responsible for the first $3,000 of documented moving expenses and is encouraged to pay all documented expenses for the incoming ministerial family.
From the Lewis Center - 50 Ways to Improve Pastoral Transitions
From the Lewis Center - 50 Ways to Welcome a New Pastor
June 24-25 - AWFC Group Candidacy Retreat
The next Alabama-West Florida Conference Group Candidacy Retreat will be held June 24-25, 2016, at Camp Beckwith, Fairhope, AL. Before applying for the retreat, candidates contact their district office regarding admission to the Ministry Candidacy Program. (See also Application for Admission to the Ministry Candidacy Program.) For more information please contact Erika Glawson at the AWF Conference Office of Ministerial Services at email@example.com or 334-356-8014 or toll-free number 888-873-3127.
July 28-29 - The Beginning Pastors' Workshop
All pastors taking their first appointment in the Alabama-West Florida Conference are required to attend "The Beginning Pastors’ Workshop." For 2016 this event will be held July 28-29 at Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL. Information is posted here, or contact the Alabama-West Florida Conference Office of Ministerial Services at (334) 356-8014 or toll-free (888) 873-3127.
August 2 - Meeting of the Pensacola District Committee on Ministry (dCOM)
The next dCOM meeting will be August 2, 2016. When Pensacola District Committee meetings are scheduled, announcement is posted here on our Officers page as well as on our Message Board. As you go through the ministry process, keep a copy of ALL your documents. Every time you meet with the Committee on Ministry, bring all your paperwork with you.
Water Crisis in Flint, Michigan:
Looking for Churches to Partner & Help
I am sure that you all know about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, that began in April of 2014. After Flint changed its water source from treated Detroit Water and Sewerage Department water to the Flint River, its drinking water had a series of problems. The corrosive Flint River water caused lead from aging pipes to leach into the water supply, causing extremely elevated levels of the heavy metal. Children have been exposed to drinking water with high levels of lead and have experienced a range of serious health problems. The water change is also a possible cause of an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in the county.
The Alabama-West Florida Conference is reaching out to this community and looking for possible churches in each district to partner with one of the eight United Methodist congregations in the Flint area. These churches are still distributing water, water pitchers, filters, filter replacements, all of which are quite expensive. In the last few months, the filters and pitchers have cost from $130K to $150K and that is at the bulk and discounted rate. Filters that are designed to last three months for normal water usage are only lasting one month with the water there.
A clear plan has not been determined about the exact details of the partnership (beyond the obvious financial support) but some needs to be considered are:
Above all of these listed considerations, the partnership will primarily begin with prayer and listening, then may morph into something way beyond what one could imagine.
Huntingdon College Leadership Academy June 22-24:
Looking for Pastors & Churches to Sponsor Students
Huntingdon College invites pastors and youth ministers who serve United Methodist churches in the Alabama-West Florida and North Alabama Conferences of The United Methodist Church to sponsor high school juniors and/or seniors to participate in the Huntingdon Leadership Academy (HLA), June 22 - 24, 2016. High school juniors and seniors who have the gifts and graces for ministry of any sort—whether as deacons or elders, missionaries, music ministers, children’s or youth pastors, worship leaders, or lay leaders, among the many ways to minister —are welcome at this retreat. Click here for more information.
Stegall Seminary Scholarship Endowment Foundation - Spring 2016 Brochure
The Stegall Seminary Foundation's Spring 2016 brochure is hot off the press! You can download it here. Thank you for your continued support of seminary students from the Alabama-West Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church. Your prayers and gifts make a real difference in the lives of our future clergy leaders! http://stegallscholarship.com/currentbrochure/
2016 Clergy Health & Wellness Initiative Requirements
All clergy on the AWF Conference health insurance plan must complete the Healthy & Wellness Initiative by August 31, 2016. Please carefully review this information. Beginning January 1, 2016, the Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference Board of Pension & Health Benefits launched the Health and Wellness Initiative Program. The goal of the program is to encourage our pastors and their dependents to live healthier lifestyles by providing them with personal health information, screening and coaching, thus helping the Conference to reduce and control the cost of health insurance claims. Clergy members on the conference active health insurance plan are required to complete the HealthQuotient and Biometric Screening by August 31, 2016. Dependents, retired clergy and their dependents and employees who are on the annual conference health plan are not required to complete the HQ and Biometric Screening but are welcome and encouraged to participate. Complete information here.
Mid-Career Retirement Seminar
October 6, 2016
9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at Covenant United Methodist Church, Dothan, AL
(Dr. Cory Smith) - It is a joy to announce a new venture in prayer for the Alabama-West Florida Conference. Hopefully by now you have seen the daily prayer requests that have come from the Office of Connectional Ministries. These updates will also include prayers for individual churches and appointed pastors. Through the year we will prayer for every appointed pastor and for every church! The churches for which we are praying are the same listed on the printed wall calendars and also available here. In addition to the prayer email, a prayer page is available for details of prayer needs from the throughout the conference. What better way for us to connect with God and one another than prayer! As John Wesley stated years ago, “I continue to dream and pray about a revival of holiness in our day that moves forth in mission and creates authentic community in which each person can be unleashed through the empowerment of the Spirit to fulfill God's creational intentions.” May we join together in daily prayer for the mission of the church and for the community of people who are part of the Alabama-West Florida Conference! If you are not receiving the daily prayer newsletter and would like to, click here and check the "Let us Pray" box. Update: The Pensacola District archives the daily prayer concerns on their website's Ministers Page. Click here to view.
(IRS) - The Internal Revenue Service today issued the 2016 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Beginning on Jan. 1, 2016, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be as follows. >>
Do You Have The AWF Conference App?
Navigate the conference Website easier by downloading the free AWF app! Scan the QR code (pictured right) to download. Available for iPhones, iPads and Droid mobile devices.
Continuing Education Chair
Rev. Dr. Geoffrey Lentz is 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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).
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GC2016 Wrap Up Bulletin Insert
(AWFC) - The AWF Communications Team has prepared a bulletin insert for you to use in your upcoming worship services. The insert features the highlights from General Conference and our Alabama-West Florida delegate news. Should you need a black and white version, simply adjust your printer settings. The layout of the file is for 8.5 x 11 paper, two sided. Click here to download insert. [The insert is also pictured below.]
"General Conference Votes of Note"
(AWFC) - General Conference delegates acted on hundreds of pieces of legislation, taking part in debates, prayerfully discerning options, and voting on consent calendars items. Some of the notable legislation from GC2016 is in this article.
(AWFC) - If you were unable to catch the action of General Conference, click on the daily archive below for Alabama-West Florida Conference daily updates.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
After General Conference
(AWFC) - For analysis, news stories, follow up, and looking back:
Live Stream Archives: Find on-demand and downloadable versions of the daily General Conference plenary sessions, worship, and addresses.
Legislation Tracking: Search for legislation submitted by petition number, keyword or submitter for information regarding the actions taken on each piece of legislation.
General Conference Website: Continue to read news from General Conference 2016 at the General Conference website.
Social Media: Follow the hashtags #UMCGC and #GC2016
General Conference News - Other
AWFC: Highlights of General Conference
Word from Bishop Paul Leeland about General Conference (Posted 6/01/2016)
Fourteen Episcopal candidates from the Southeastern Jurisdiction presented to delegates and guests on Tuesday, May 17 and Wednesday, May 18, 2016, during lunch breaks at General Conference. All candidates were asked to answer two questions within a six-minute time frame. The first question asked nominees to name two of the most important accomplishments in their ministry, while the next question allowed this group to inform SEJ delegates where their passion lies and how they would bring it to life, if elected. Elections for Bishop in the Southeastern Jurisdiction Conference will be held July 12-15, 2016, at Lake Junaluska, NC. Click here to see nominee videos.
How to Apply for a Loan with the AWF United Methodist Foundation
Crestview First United Methodist Church was featured on page 3 of the AWF United Methodist Foundation's winter 2016 newsletter, GENEROSITY MATTERS. The article is about how to apply for a church loan. For more information click here for the newsletter, visit http://alwfumf.org, or click here for the AWFUMF Facebook page.
Free Clergy Tax Video Available
Clergy face some distinctive tax regulations and often need guidance from tax professionals with experience working with clergy. The Lewis Center has prepared an informational video to help seminary students and clergy understand better the issues to which they and their tax preparers need to give attention. We use it as part of our seminary class on Personal Finances for Religious Professionals. If you feel this 12-minute video, Clergy Compensation and Taxes, may be useful to clergy with whom you work, feel free to share it.
Lovett H. Weems, Jr.
Professor of Church Leadership
Director, Lewis Center for Church Leadership
Wesley Theological Seminary
SEJ Conference Begins July 13, 2016
(SEJUMC.org) - The opening date for the 2016 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference will be Wednesday, July 13, 2016.
At the link below you can hear a dramatic reading of the Bible. You can set it to the Bible translation you prefer, start at a particular passage, run or not run continuously, and pause it and restart at any time. https://www.biblegateway.com/resources/audio/
Test Your Knowledge of United Methodist History
(Article here) - The United Methodist Church has existed in various forms for more than 200 years. Test your knowledge of its history with these questions. Pass on this quiz to others to encourage them to test their knowledge as well. This quiz is a partnership between United Methodist Communications and the General Commission on Archives and History
Explore Methodist History
At the History section of UMC.org there are features where you can learn about many of the pioneers of the Methodist Movement and their faith stories. Look under the Who We Are section and enjoy discovering more about the denomination's roots. Perfect to share with new and longtime members! For more continue here.
Resources for Clergy and Congregations
"50 Ways" Downloads
Resources for building, improving, and strengthening ministry are available at http://www.churchleadership.com. Here are samples:
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.
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.
Articles about Burn-out
Online Training Courses
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.
Safe Sanctuary Policies
Discipleship Ministries Addresses "How to Begin Developing & Updating Safe Sanctuary Policies for Your Congregation"
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.
United Methodist Men - Chartering
Click here for UMM news and information about chartering.
The United Methodist Church and "World Debate"
5 Reasons the Church Should Talk About Abortion
(Seedbed, July 30, 2015) - "Last week, a YouTube video surfaced showing Deborah Nucatola, the senior director of medical services at Planned Parenthood, discussing how she procures intact organs while performing abortions.... While the video has sparked renewed outrage over abortion, it has arguably prompted even more silence - even among Christians. The silence has been so deafening that it prompted Ed Stetzer at Christianity Today to write an article headlined, “Where are the Mainline and Progressive Evangelical Voices Speaking Up after that Planned Parenthood Tragedy?” “If this moment does not bring you to outrage and to tears,” Stetzer writes, “there is something wrong.” Continue here for the entire article. >>
What Does The United Methodist Church Believe About Abortion?
With Planned Parenthood in the news a lot lately, the question is asked, "What does the The United Methodist Church believe about abortion?" For this visit http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/what-is-the-united-methodist-position-on-abortion. In relation to this comes the question, "What does the Church believe about being a nurturing community?" For this visit http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/the-nurturing-community#abortion. The Book of Resolutions 2012 (more here) says that we "care enough about people's lives to risk interpreting God's love, to take a stand, to call each of us into a response." While being a nurturing community reaching out to the world to share the Gospel and love of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world, "We mourn and are committed to promoting the diminishment of high abortion rates." (See complete article here.) To learn more about life inside the womb and what happens during an abortion, presentations are available at this link.
Update: AWF Petition to Withdraw from RCRC Passes GC2016
Petition number 60837, entitled “Withdraw from Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice” was passed by the 2016 General Conference voting body with a vote of in favor of 425 to 268. This petition was co-sponsored by the AWF Conference, along with the Mississippi, North Carolina, Indiana and Western Pennsylvania Conferences. The petition reads, “RCRC is a one-sided political lobby that opposes all disapproval or limitation of abortion. RCRC’s advocacy often directly contradicts our Social Principles on abortion but it still uses our Church’s name. Several annual conferences and many United Methodist leaders have urged the Church to end all association with RCRC.” Petition 60838 was also approved that requires The General Board of Church & Society to withdraw their membership from RCRC.
What Does The United Methodist Church Say About Same-sex Marriage?
(UMC.org) - "Our commitment to biblical truth does not depend upon judicial affirmation by the Supreme Court of this or any other nation," said the Rev. Thomas Lambrecht, according to an article posted by UMC.org Friday, June 26. Rev. Lambrecht is vice president and general manager of "Good News," an unofficial United Methodist advocacy group that supports the denomination's teachings on homosexuality. The article quotes him as saying, “Most of the delegates who would favor retaining the church’s current position on marriage do so out of deep conviction and understand that the church is at different times and various points at odds with the culture in which it lives." Church law bans clergy from performing same-sex marriages and forbids churches from hosting such ceremonies. Rev. Sky McCracken, a district superintendent in western Kentucky, noted that both capital punishment and abortion are legal but United Methodists challenge both. United Methodists have varied reactions to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that establishes same-sex civil marriage as a constitutional right, but many United Methodists agree on one thing: The decision likely will escalate a longtime denominational debate on the church's position on homosexuality. To read the entire article continue here. >>
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
Update Your Find-A-Church Listing
Provided by United Methodist Communications and the local church, Find-A-Church allows you to introduce your church family to the community. By updating your church profile, you will help seekers find your church. Your profile serves as a powerful online tool for evangelism. Find-A-Church has almost 35,000 United Methodist Church profiles gaining more than 12,000 page views daily. Take advantage of this tool and get started now! Update your church's profile by searching here. By updating your church profile, you can:
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!