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 Coming Sunday, November 2, 2014:

Pensacola District Conference 4 p.m. at Navarre United Methodist Church.

FUSED Youth Conference 4 p.m. at Soundside Campus of Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church.

Make plans now to join us!

The Pensacola District will be offering TRAINING SESSIONS in conjunction with our District Conference!

The sessions to be offered are as follows:

 

Church Communication:  From the Basics to Social Media - led by Mr. Jeb Hunt

Becoming a Missional Church - led by Reverend Tony Jeck

Spiritual Formation for a Lifetime - led by Reverend Pam Avery and Ms. Kaye Westmark

Safe Sanctuaries - led by Reverend Paula Roane

Experiential Worship - led by Mr. Ben Drennan

Ministering to Senior Adults - led by Ms. Terri Takacs and Reverend Ruth Knights

Effective Children's Ministry - led by Mrs. Lisa Bond

Staff-Parish Relations Committee - led by Dr. Jeremy Pridgeon

 

Please encourage your leaders to attend these sessions
as we seek to enhance the life of the Church in these areas, sharing our best practices with one another.
 

 
From Our District Superintendent
 
 
October 26, 2014

Greetings in the name of Christ!  Final preparations are underway for District Conference next Sunday afternoon at the Navarre United Methodist Church.  The Conference will begin at 4 p.m. and will feature a time of worship, the election of district leadership, reports from district leaders and from district ministries, consideration of lay persons who desire to be considered at the Annual Conference as delegates to the 2016 General and Jurisdictional Conferences, as well as an address on the state of the Pensacola District.
 
Following the Conference, there will 8 training sessions where participants will take part in learning of the "Best Practices" for ministry in the following areas:  Church Communications, Spiritual Formation, the Missional Church, Safe Sanctuaries, Children's Ministry, Senior Adult Ministry, Staff-Parish Relations, and Worship.  The sessions are open to all and will be facilitated by leaders from across the district and conference.
 
Also next Sunday, FUSED will be held at 4 p.m. at the Soundside Campus of the Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church.  Reverend Woods Lisenby, Chaplain at Huntingdon College, will be our speaker and the event will feature musical acts, food and fellowship for our District youth.  Next Sunday is going to be a GREAT day for our Pensacola District.
 
Many of your congregations have units of United Methodist Women who faithfully serve in your congregation and community and participate in the ministries of the global Church.  During the Alabama-West Florida Conference UMW Annual Day, our District, under the effective leadership of Joan Simmons, was recognized with the highest honor of receiving the "Many Colors, One Spirit" Banner, sharing the award with the Dothan District.  This is the first time the Pensacola District has received this honor! 
 
This week, I will be in final preparation for District Conference.  In addition to this, our Pensacola District Board of Missions will hold its annual meeting on Tuesday at noon.  I will be at Blue Lake on Wednesday for the United Methodist Foundation meeting before returning to hold a charge conference on Wednesday night.  Additionally, there are several pastoral care concerns emerging in the district for our clergy and their families. We will send information in additional correspondence during the week.  
 
Thank you for your leadership.  I continue to have the best round of Charge Conferences this season and in so many ways it is because of the way you are leading your congregations in your respective communities.  Please feel free to email or call if you have need of me.  I look forward to seeing all of you on Sunday afternoon at Navarre or with our youth over at Soundside - Gulf Breeze!
 
Blessings and peace,
Jeremy
 

 
October 19, 2014
 
Our conference-wide effort to save 100,000 lives through the "Imagine No Malaria" campaign took on a new, heightened sense of urgency for me in light of a recent news report on the Ebola outbreak.  A health official shared that one of the difficulties in combating the spread of Ebola is that persons who do not have Ebola are being quarantined with those who have contracted Ebola because the symptoms they are presenting with, such as fever, dehydration, and fatigue, are so similar to Ebola. One of the diseases he mentioned specifically by name causing a significant number of misdiagnoses was malaria.
 
Imagine this scenario:  A person is living in a malaria-prone area and does not have sufficient protection from a completely preventable virus and as a result is bitten by a mosquito infecting them with malaria.  They fall ill to a virus that is still quite treatable.  However, because of the current concern over Ebola, when they do seek medical attention, they are placed in isolation with others who have contracted Ebola.  In their feverish, dehydrated, sickened state, the result is a virtual death sentence.  What a tragedy.
 
We are almost 70% toward our conference goal and I am grateful for all of the congregations that have helped in the campaign thus far.  During our District Conference on November 2nd at the Navarre United Methodist Church, and during FUSED at the Soundside Campus of Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church, we will be receiving special offerings that will go toward the "Imagine No Malaria" campaign for our conference.  Additionally, churches that have not yet been able to participate in the campaign are encouraged to do so, perhaps by receiving a special offering during the week of Thanksgiving or in Advent.  Together we can make a life-saving difference for those living on the continent of Africa.
 
Please remember our learning sessions as well that will be part of District Conference.  You can help by encouraging your leadership to attend District Conference and take advantage of these opportunities.  Sessions will include  Church Communication, Staff-Parish Relations, Becoming A Missional Church, Senior Adult Ministry, Safe Sanctuaries, Children's Ministry, Worship, and Spiritual Formation.
 
This week I will be in the bounds of the District.  On Monday I will be working on administrative matters related to both the district and the conference.  Our District CORE Team will meet on Tuesday at the District Office.  I will be keeping limited office hours for the remainder of the week before traveling to Blue Lake on Saturday to take part in the United Methodist Women's Annual Day.  Please feel free to email or call should you have need of me.  Thank you for your leadership!  I pray we have a great week!
 
Blessings and peace,
Jeremy
 

 
October 13, 2014
 

Greetings in the name of Christ!  Several of you have inquired about the upcoming sessions for leaders that will be held as part of the upcoming District Conference at Navarre United Methodist Church on November 2nd at 4 p.m.  I am thrilled to have a great slate of classes / training opportunities that will help leaders in your congregation in a variety of areas of ministry across the church. The sessions to be offered are as follows:

 

Church Communication:  From the Basics to Social Media - led by Mr. Jeb Hunt

Becoming a Missional Church - led by Reverend Tony Jeck

Spiritual Formation for a Lifetime - led by Reverend Pam Avery and Ms. Kaye Westmark

Safe Sanctuaries - led by Reverend Paula Roane

Experiential Worship - led by Mr. Ben Drennan

Ministering to Senior Adults - led by Ms. Terri Takacs and Reverend Ruth Knights

Effective Children's Ministry - led by Mrs. Lisa Bond

Staff-Parish Relations Committee - led by Dr. Jeremy Pridgeon

 

Please encourage your leaders to be present at the conference and take advantage of this chance to learn of "best practices" as it relates to these areas of local church ministry.

 

Don't forget that FUSED will be held on Sunday, November 2nd at 4 p.m. at the Soundside Campus of the Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church.  We are anticipating a record crowd of youth from across the district taking part in this annual event.  Please make sure your youth directors and volunteers are planning to attend.  There is no cost for them to participate in FUSED.

 

The deadline for laity who would like to be endorsed by the District Conference to be considered by the Annual Conference as delegates to the upcoming 2016 General and Jurisidictional Conference in Portland, OR is Friday, October 24th.  The Laity Profile Form can be accessed through the following link: http://awfumc.org/console/files/oForms_YJ7JB6/laity_Delegate_Profile_Sheet_F_23NSDXQP.pdf.

 

I want to express my appreciation to all who have helped make the early charge conferences such a tremendous success.  I held 7 conferences yesterday and am thrilled at the way our churches are engaging their communities across the Pensacola District.   I look forward to continuing to hear these stories in conferences that will be held in the weeks ahead.

 

This week, I will be in the bounds of the district, with several meetings involving clergy, lay leaders, community leaders and continuing in preparation for District Conference. Please feel free to email or call should you have need of me and I look forward to us all being together in Navarre and Gulf Breeze in a couple of weeks.

 

Blessings and peace,

Jeremy

 
 

  

Coming January 30-February 1, 2015:

 
 

 

Meltdown 2015

Meltdown 2015 will be January 30 - February 1, 2015, at the Boardwalk Beach Resort on the beautiful Panama City Beach.  Meltdown is an annual youth conference that brings together students from all over Northwest Florida and South Alabama for a weekend that will draw them closer to God and to each other.  Organized by a team of youth pastors and church workers, Meltdown's mission is to empower youth groups and their churches by offering a dynamic, inspiring and challenging worship experience brought through an awesome worship team, speaker, and through a variety of breakout sessions.  This year our speaker is Andy Cartee and worship will be led by the Ben Nelson Band.   
 
Meltdown is designed for youth grades 6-12 and their adult leaders.  The cost is $110 per person if registered before Thanksgiving, $125 if registered before Christmas, and $135 if registered after Christmas. For more information and to register visit www.meltdownretreat.org.

Twitter: http://twitter.com/meltdownretreat 
 
 
Meltdown is sponsored by local churches in the Northwest Florida/Southwest Alabama area. Meltdown is led by volunteers who have a heart for Youth Ministry. Meltdown is a non-profit event.
 

 
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