The Pensacola District of The United Methodist Church
Saturday, February 06, 2016
Here for You - Serving Jesus
January 31, 2016
If you haven’t heard by now, I want everyone to know that we, the Alabama-West Florida Conference, have now reached our $1,000,000 goal for our “Imagine No Malaria” Campaign. This amount translates into possibly saving 100,000 lives. When we started the campaign someone died, on average, every 15 seconds from malaria. Through the efforts of the United Methodist Church, that number is now one in about every two minutes. We have made a huge difference!
The Pensacola District reached 63.7% of our goal. That means we were seventh out of eight Districts in reaching our goal. We gave $133,680.03, which translates into 13,368 lives! I commend all of you who gave. Many worked hard at this and did some creative things and for that I thank you. While we fell short in reaching our goal, the Pensacola District was third in the amount given among our Districts. Again, thank you!
At our Cabinet meeting last week we also got a year-end report on apportionments. First, let me point out that our apportionments for 2015 were the lowest they have been for our Conference in 14 years! Yet, I think through the leadership of Bishop Paul Leeland, we are engaged in more ministry and mission than ever before. When we compare the other seven Districts to the Pensacola District, we were last in our percentage of giving. We paid 81.61% of our apportionments in the District. Again, we were last.
I hope all of us will work hard in 2016 to do a better job in the area of stewardship. Some have told me that this is the greatest District in our Conference. Others have said it is the greatest District in Methodism. We are going to have to do a better job if we are going to live up to either one of those claims.
Please keep in mind your year-end local church (statistical) reports and your consultation forms were due by January 31. I remind all pastors it is your responsibility to see that this is done and on time. Please see to it these reports are finished and sent in immediately.
Thank all of you for the good work you do as we work together in the building of God’s Kingdom.
Dr. Tim Trent
Pensacola District Superintendent
Clergy Appointments 2015-2016
About the Pensacola District
The Pensacola District is one of eight districts comprising the Alabama-West Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church. True to biblical mandate and denominational priority, we are committed to proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ; discipling residents, tourists, and snowbirds alike; establishing new congregations; and nurturing existing ones.
God, shield us from the temptation to accept the world as it is. May we instead live into our calling to be holy and salt of the earth. We are here to tell the world about Jesus Christ, to advance the Kingdom of God.
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