Adam Hamilton to speak at First UMC in Orlando
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Registration for the primary viewing location has been closed as we have reached capacity.
We have additional seats available in the Contemporary Worship Center for Live Stream Viewing.
Join pastor and best-selling author, Adam Hamilton, for an evening of teaching and conversation around his new book, Making Sense of the Bible.
During his presentation, Adam will focus on the nature of scripture exploring the human and divine - what it is and is not, how it was written and canonized, why we don't consider it inerrant, and what a "high view of scripture" might mean. He will then tackle the questions people often ask about the Bible:
• Do I have to choose between evolution and the Bible?
• Were Adam and Eve and Noah real people
• How do we make sense of the violence of God in the Old Testament?
• Suffering and God in the Bible
• Does the Bible really teach that only Christians go to heaven?
• Homosexuality and the Bible
• Is Revelation really a roadmap of the end times?
The evening will end with an opportunity for Q&A and a book signing with the author. A book display with Adam Hamilton's books, including this new title, will be open before and after the presentation.
If you'd like your copy of Making Sense of the Bible now, click here for a special price and be ready for a great discussion (and be at the head of the line for the signing!).
East Central Clergy Meeting - May 6th, 2014
Sanlando UMC in Longwood
We are looking forward to seeing all of our Clergy on Tuesday, May 6th at Sanlando UMC, Longwood for our spring Clergy Meeting. Our schedule is 9:30am - 1:00pm with fellowship and morning refreshments beginning at 9am. Mark your calendars and plan to attend.
The Inaugural Florida Annual Conference 5K
Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 6:30am - Lake Hollingsworth - Lakeland, FL
This year at Annual Conference we are proud to announce and invite your participation in the inaugural Florida Annual Conference 5K. This Annual Conference event will be an opportunity to unite our Clergy and Lay Members of the Annual Conference and connect with the greater Lakeland community in an initiative to promote faith and fitness. 100% of the 5K proceeds will go towards our Annual Conference's support of the Imagine No Malaria campaign. The gift of 100% 5K proceeds to Imagine No Malaria is possible because of the generous sponsorships and partnerships that have been extended to this ministry initiative. If you or your local congregation would like to contribute as a sponsor or partner, please contact Rev. Sarah Miller at email@example.com.
Now is the time to begin training for this event! Consider beginning a "Couch to 5K" program (if you can include the same link as last time). Consider finding a friend or gathering a team to race alongside you as we race towards greater health - for ourselves and for our sisters and brothers around the globe. The 5K Planning Team is receiving word of teams organizing across the districts and there will be a special recognition for the most represented district at the 5K. Rally your district annual conference representatives! Get your pastor off his or her couch! Start training and we will see you at the Startling Line in June!
Registration for the Florida Annual Conference 5K opened on April 1st and that's no joke! Registration is available by visiting flumc.org/5k. The 5K Planning Team is excited to share in this new ministry initiative with you. Together we will run this race that God has set before us.
An invitation from Pam Carter to make some real big dreams come true
Jewelry Re-Sale for Young Adult Missions
While traveling throughout the Conference, I have met so many wonderful young adults. They are committed Christians who truly and earnestly desire to make a difference in this world. What is often holding them back from participating in our global missions opportunities is a lack of financial means to pay for the costs that are associated with the travel. With your help, we are going to change that.
Click here for details on how we’re going to do it.
Come and join us at FUMC of Ormond Beach as we imagine and build with God
May 3, 2014 at 9:00am - 12 noon
FUMC, Multipurpose Room
336 S. Halifax Drive
Ormond Beach, FL 32176
We will have examples of each days crafts, lesson, science experiments, snacks and more. Also many ideas for decorating and some of what Cokesbury has to offer. Click Here for more information.
RSVP to Caitlin Booth, Director of Children's Ministries by May 1st firstname.lastname@example.org or 386-677-3581 ext. 337
Summer camp isn't just for the kids anymore! LECFamily has camps for all ages and all families - join us for a week or weekend this summer at Family Camp or Grandparents and Me Camp.
Family Camp is open to all ages and family types - kids, no kids, grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, cousins - anyone!
Grandparents and Me is for grandparents and grandchildren ages 5 to 11.
Find more information on these programs at lecfamily.org/programs. We have special scholarships available for church staff families, and financial assistance is available for any family who is in need. You can also email me at email@example.com for more information on the programs or scholarships.
Rev. Melissa Cooper
Program Coordinator, LECFamily, Life Enrichment Center
firstname.lastname@example.org 352-787-0313 ext. 4109
Make plans to join us for our Covenant Bible Study Launch and Equipping Event
Event location: First UMC, 72 Lake Morton Drive, Lakeland, Florida, 33801.
Event date: Saturday, May 3 from 9am-2pm (doors open at 8am).
Early Registration through April 25: $20/person; $15 person (teams of 4+)
Lunch is included.
Prices will increase to $25/person after April 25.
Join us on Saturday, May 3, for this special look at Covenant Bible Study, an exciting new Bible study resource from Abingdon Press. Covenant is a 24-week, video-based Bible study encouraging dialogue and conversation. Click here for more information.