The Pensacola District of The United Methodist Church
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Here for You - Serving Jesus
July 26, 2015
I want to thank everyone who attended our meeting in Crestview last Tuesday. It was stormy weather but you came anyway! Thank you! Thanks also to all the good folks at Crestview FUMC for hosting us and their warm welcome.
Today we had our "Welcome" meeting at Crosspoint South Crestview Campus. The weather was great and so was the welcome of Linda and me and the food and fellowship! Again, thank you to all the folks of Crosspoint UMC that went to great lengths for all of us to have a good time.
On the way to Crestview, in Baker, Linda and I had a fender bender. No one was hurt but Linda's car has to go to the shop. I will be out of the office on Monday seeing about her car and renting her another while hers is getting repaired.
On Tuesday I will be meeting with the District Core Team (Leadership Team) at the office. I hope everyone on the Leadership Team will make every effort to be present. On Wednesday I will be involved with another Webinar in the office as I prepare for District Superintendent's training next month at Lake Junaluska. On Thursday morning I will be at the hospital with someone having surgery and visiting someone who is already there. That afternoon I will be about the District visiting. On Sunday I will be at the Navarre UMC to hold a special Charge Conference.
After our car accident today, I thought about the insurance agent who was writing a policy for a cowboy.
"Have you ever had any accidents?" the agent asked.
"No, not really," replied the cowboy. "A horse kicked in a few of my ribs once. I got bit a couple of time by a rattlesnake, but that's about it."
"Don't you call those accidents?" demanded the agent.
"Oh, no," came the reply, "they did that on purpose."
That cowboy's humorous definition of accidents is similar to less humorous ways by which many people define all the bad things that happen in their lives. They are "blamers." For them, all accidents are caused by someone else. For them, all the other people in this world are like that horse and rattlesnake - "out to get them." In its extreme form, this tendency is given a psychiatric label: paranoia. In its milder forms, we call it a negative attitude.
How do you define your "accidents"? All I will say is the first thing my wife said when we got back into the car was, "I'm sure glad you were driving!"
I look forward to seeing some of you this Sunday. We will work on defining our "accidents" together and I promise not to park too close!
Dr. Tim Trent
Pensacola District Superintendent
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Clergy Appointments 2015-2016
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
The Pensacola District list below is a snippet from the full AWFC appointments list posted at www.awfumc.org/apt2015 June 3, 2015.
Highlighted are new appointments and status changes. In parentheses is clergy status and years at appointment. No code denotes Full Elder.
For the full Alabama-West Florida Conference list go to www.awfumc.org/apt2015.
(Note: Rev. Stuart Worth's appointment as Wesley Director is highlighted because this year his appointment as such became a full-time position.)
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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