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A Message from District Superintendent Timothy R. Trent
November 23, 2015
Every year during Thanksgiving week, I re-read Luke 2:22-38.  It is the story of Jesus being presented in the temple.  It is a wonderful story of Simeon and Anna.  To me, it brings together Thanksgiving and the beginning of Advent.  I love both of these characters but during Thanksgiving week my emphasis is on Anna.  She was of “great age.”  “She never left the temple but worshiped there with fasting and prayer night and day.”  Then, (according to one translation) “at that very moment, she came up thankful, praising God and speaking about the child (Jesus) to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.”

I love the thought of “coming up thankful.”  It reminds me that every morning I can either start my day off by saying, “Good morning, Lord,” or “Good Lord, morning!”  I learned a long time ago that Thanksgiving is not a day, it is an attitude.  Thanks-giving is really thanks-living.  If we are truly thankful, it will change our attitude and how we live each day.  Thanksgiving should not be celebrated one day a year.  It should be the way we live each day.

It’s rather ironic, isn’t it?  God can be so good to us that we forget all we have received.  What do you have now that you did not have a year ago?  Maybe a bill paid off, food in the freezer, a new job, a new baby.  Maybe you reached a goal, got a raise, drive a new car, got a new TV, or maybe even a new house.  Whatever it is, whom did you thank for it?  Yourself?  MasterCard?  Anyone at all?

All too often, when things are going well, we develop “thanksgiving amnesia.”  We forget how fortunate we are.  We fail to see daily how much God has blessed us.  Be thankful, not only today but daily.  If thanksgiving amnesia has become a way of life, maybe this is a time for you to recover your memory.

I am thankful for all of you in the Pensacola District.  I’m thankful for our churches, our laity and clergy.  It is a joy to work with you and I am thankful for all that you do in building God’s kingdom through ministry and mission.

Happy Thanksgiving to each of you and may we all come up thankful!
Pensacola District Superintendent        


  Clergy Appointments 2015-2016

                                       Download AWFC-wide list as a pdf here.
                        (Pictured: Dr. Tim Trent, from AWFC Photo Gallery.)
The Pensacola District list below is a snippet from the full AWFC appointments list  posted by the Alabama-West Florida Conference at in July 2015. Highlighted are new appointments and status changes.  In parentheses is clergy status and years at appointment. No code denotes Full Elder.



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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