The Pensacola District
Dr. Jeremy Pridgeon, District Superintendent
Mrs. Mary Hernandez, Administrative Assistant
P.O. Box 2727, Pensacola, FL 32513-2727
Phone (850) 434-0118
"Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon His name, make known His deeds among the people." - I Chronicles 16:8
The Pensacola District of The United Methodist Church
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Here for You - Serving Jesus
The old hymn "Count Your Blessings" comes to mind each year as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday. And as we prepare to celebrate with family and friends, I am mindful that we are a blessed people. I am thankful for a beautiful wife and two precious daughters, wonderful parents and in-laws, and extended family that are supportive and encouraging. I am grateful for good health, including physical fitness and a sound mind. I am so appreciative of all of you who share in this journey with Christ together as we serve here in the Pensacola District, enjoying one of the most gorgeous places on the earth as the setting where we have the privilege of sharing the love of Christ with others. I am overjoyed at the work of our churches in our respective communities and to have the opportunity to see the ways they are making a difference in the world.
I am also thankful for the many little things so often taken for granted: good friends, good food and drink, going for a long run, traveling, for good books, for rich conversation, for laughter, watching Alexis and Addison grow and learn of the world, for sports, for nature and moments enjoying the beauty of creation, for pets, for wise counsel, for freedom to worship, for basic necessities like clothing and shelter, for the gift of ordinary time and for realizing that it is in these moments the extraordinary things of life take place.
I pray that each of you have a blessed holiday and are able to spend some time away from the busy work of ministry this week as you gather with loved ones. If you are traveling, please be safe as you head to your respective destinations. If you are receiving loved ones, we will pray for their traveling mercies. And may this be the best Thanksgiving for you yet as you consider God's goodness in your life.
One final reminder that the deadline for reservations for the Christmas party is at noon on Tuesday. You can register your attendance for our gathering at the Soundside Campus of Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church on December 2nd by using the following link: http://UMCPensacolaDistrict.org/RSVPChristmas.
Thank you for all that you do. I have shared that I am concluding the best round of charge conferences I have had since being the Pensacola District Superintendent and that can only happen thanks to your good leadership in guiding your respective congregations. This is the best district in United Methodism! Thanks be to God!
Blessings and peace,
Coming January 30-February 1, 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.
Meltdown is sponsored by local churches in the Northwest Florida/Southwest Alabama area. Meltdown is a non-profit event led by volunteers who have a heart for Youth Ministry.
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.
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