Adam Hamilton to speak at First UMC in Orlando
Thursday, April 24th, 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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!).
Be sure to click the Register Now button below to sign up and secure your seat!
BELOVED: An Online Journey into Lent & Easter with Jan Richardson
March 4th - April 21st, 2014
Travel toward Easter in the company of author and artist Jan Richardson and a community of folks who want to move through this season with mindfulness and grace.This online retreat is not about adding one more thing to your schedule! It is about helping you find spaces for reflection that draw you into the mysteries and gifts of this season. Intertwining reflection, art, music, and community, this retreat offers a space of elegant simplicity as you journey through Lent, from anywhere you are. If you're hungry for a simple way to move deeply into this season, this is for you. Group & congregational rates available. Info & registration: Online Lenten Retreat.
East Central Clergy Meeting - May 6th, 2014
Sanlando UMC, 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.
Native American Ministries - Ninth Annual Gathering
April 11-13th - Life Enrichment Center in Fruitland Park, FL
The Committee on Native American Ministry (CONAM) for the Florida Conference will be having their Ninth Annual Native American Ministry Gathering on April 11-13 at the Life Enrichment Center in Fruitland Park, FL. This is a weekend long event, but those who wish to do so can also attend just for the day on Saturday.
Each year we are honored to have, as our guest speakers, Native American ministers from throughout North America. This year our speakers will be Cheryl Bear-Barnetson (Nadleh Whut 'En) and her husband Randy Barnetson. Cheryl is an awarding winning singer, songwriter and story teller. Randy and Cheryl are evangelist to the Native American people and have visited and ministered in 600 of the 1000 native communities and reservations throughout Canada and the U.S.
Also sharing will be Pedro Zepeda of the Seminile Tribe of Florida. Pedro is a traditional artist, cultural presenter and living historian.
The theme for our gathering is “Christianity From a First Nations' Worldview”. Those attending this gathering (conference) will learn much about how God is moving among the Native American people along with an understanding of the culture and traditions of this people group. If you are someone of Native American descent or are interested in Native American culture or have a heart for missions to the Native American people, we invite you to attend this special gathering. Whether you come for the whole weekend or just for a day, you will be truly blessed.
You must register to attend this event. Registration deadline is March 26th. For more information contact Vickie Swartz at 941-544- 6951.
Click here for informational flyer.
Toxic Charity Luncheon
- Hosted by Community Food and Outreach Center
Tuesday, March 11th - First UMC, Winter Park
Community Food & Outreach Center is honored to host Robert Lupton, author and philanthropist, for a presentation and discussion focused on his groundbreaking book Toxic Charity. I would like to invite you to be part of this impactful luncheon on Tuesday, March 11 at First United Methodist Church of Winter Park.
In addition to the presentation, we would like to extend a special invitation for you to join us for a private reception prior to the presentation.
• Private Reception: 10 – 11:15 a.m. at FUMCWP in the Wesleyan Building, Room 206
• Presentation and Discussion: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at FUMCWP in the Fellowship Hall
Please RSVP at toxiccharityluncheon.eventbrite.com
Travel the Holy Land with Our Bishop Ken Carter
10 Breathtaking Days of Biblical Understanding with Bishop Ken Carter
I am excited about the pilgrimage planned for May 2014 with my friend, the beloved teacher Bob Tuttle, and friends from across the Florida Conference and beyond.
We will walk the shores of the Sea of Galilee, study the scriptures in the synagogue in Capernaum, pray on the Mount of Beatitudes, and renew our baptisms at the Jordan River. We will then make our way to Bethlehem, and conclude our time together in Jerusalem, where we will enter the Old City and follow the Way of the Cross.
I invite pastors, teachers, and members of our churches to join us in this profound experience of travel, study, worship and fellowship. There is no way to adequately describe the power of the Holy Land for a disciple of Jesus Christ. Here you will rediscover the reality of the garden, the cross, the empty tomb and the Risen Lord.
I hope you will make this pilgrimage with us May 12th - 21st of 2014!
The peace of the Lord,
Bishop Ken Carter
United Methodist Church
Click here for more information about the Trip!
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