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My daughter teases me about it, as do some others from time to time.  I can't explain it.  I don't know why exactly, but it's true that the older I get, the more sentimental I am becoming, the more easily I am touched in ways that evoke emotion, and the more frequently I experience tears.  The tears may come from an experience with pain and sadness or they may appear related to one of joy and peace.

As the cabinet liaison to the Board of Ordained Ministry, recently I spent a week at the Life Enrichment Center during the board's annual interview session.  We who are members of that board interacted with folks applying for the  various categories of ministry:  local pastor, provisional deacon and elder, full connection deacon and elder.  We also voted in regard to clergy who plan to retire or to go on one of a variety of categories of leave.

Several times during that week one of those candidates for ministry, and some of us on the board, shed tears.  It may have been because of nervousness or a sense of not being understood in an interview.  It may have been because of a sense of relief and joy when someone was given the news that he or she had been approved.  It may have been when someone in the room, a candidate or a board member, got in touch with some inner experience or passion that was deeply significant, even formative, in that person's life.

It was true during that recent week and it was true during every interview week in the twelve years that I served on the Board of Ordained Ministry from 1992-2004, that several times during the week tears were part of the experience.

One of my favorite contemporary Christian authors is Frederick Buechner.  (Pronounced Beek'-ner for those of you who wonder.)  Mr. Buechner has a way of writing about complex issues and concepts in down-to-earth ways that enhance their understanding.  Here's what he has to say about tears:

You never know what may cause them.  The sight of the Atlantic Ocean can do it, or a piece of music, or a face you've never seen before.  A pair of somebody's old shoes can do it.  Almost any movie made before the great sadness that came over the world after the Second World War, a horse cantering across a meadow, the high school basketball team running out onto the gym floor at the start of a game.  You can never be sure.  But of this you can be sure.  Whenever you find tears in your eyes, especially unexpected tears, it is well to pay the closest attention.  They are not only telling you something about the secret of who you are, but more often that not God is speaking to you through them of the mystery of where you have come from and is summoning you to where, if your soul is to be saved, you should go to next.

Tears are funny things.  They come for many of us with sadness and pain and heartache and grief and loneliness.  They also come with utter joy and happiness and pleasure and contentment and connectedness.  They can be used to manipulate, and they can evoke in another person an unexpected sense of compassion and empathy.  They can divide people or pull them together.  They can be confusing or distracting, and they can communicate more clearly, more deeply than any words ever could.

Like Frederick Buechner, I believe that tears can be a powerful vehicle through which God speaks to us.  When they come for me, I try to pay attention to their source.  I try to get in touch with what triggered them.  I try to let myself feel the feelings that they represent.  And often my heart is filled with gratitude - even when sadness is present - for whatever, or whomever, I have experienced in life that stirs up such powerful feelings within me.

One last quote, from Nicholas Wolterstorff in his moving little book, Lament for a Son:
I shall look at the world through tears, and perchance I shall see things that dry-eyed I never would see.

Grace and Peace and Gratitude,

Bob Bushong
District Superintendent
East Central District
In The District
Clergy Team Gathering - Register Now
March 31, 2016 - Canterbury Retreat, Oviedo
Clergy Oasis Day
Thursday, March 31st
9:00 am - 4:00pm
Canterbury Retreat, Oviedo

Dr. Steve Harper will lead us in a time of personal renewal that he has labeled "Oasis Day".  Please register today and plan to engage in this special time together.  If you are not able to participate because of a commitment this far out, please respond soon and let me know.  Bob Bushong
A great prelude to the Clergy Oasis Day would be to read Steve Harper's book, 'Five Marks of a Methodist,' which is now accompanied by study guides written by Magrey deVega and a six-session DVD.  The study is designed to help individuals and groups deepen their discipleship by becoming more-deeply rooted in our Wesleyan tradition.  For more information and to order from Cokesbury, Click HERE.
Annual East Central District Local Church Leadership Training Event
Saturday, February 6, 2016 8:00am - 1:00pm
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Remember the Mission
Clergy and Laity Day of Learning
EC District Annual Local Church Training Event
Saturday, February 6, 2016 8:00am - 1:00pm, First UMC - Oviedo

Equipping all local church Laity and Clergy
For Making Disciples of Jesus Christ, for The Transformation of the World


We hope to see you at the Annual East Central District Leadership Training Event.  The event will take place THIS Saturday, February 6, 2016 at the First UMC in Oviedo.  We are excited to have Rev. Dr. Jim Harnish as our Keynote Speaker.  Click HERE to visit our website and read more about Rev. Dr. Jim Harnish.  Click HERE for a printable copy of the sessions.   
Schedule for the day:
8:00 AM - Hospitality Gathering & Registration - Gymnasium
8:35 AM - Gather in Sanctuary
8:40 AM - Music
8:45 AM  - Welcome from Rev. Dr. Bob Bushong - Sanctuary
8:50 AM - Key Note:  Rev. Jim Harnish  (55 minutes)
9:45 AM - Dismiss to class sessions
9:50 to 11:10 AM - Session I (80 minutes)
11:10 to 11:35 AM - Break - Snacks available - Gymnasium
11:40 to 1:00 PM - Session II (80 minutes)
1:00 PM - Dismiss from Session II
100% Apportionment Giving in 2015

Congratulations and thank you to the following churches that paid 100% of their 2015 Connection Giving.

Asbury UMC, Maitland
Flagler Beach UMC
Azalea Park UMC, Orlando
Forest Hills UMC, DeLand
Barnett Memorial UMC, Enterprise
Grace UMC, Lake Mary
Bear Lake UMC, Apopka
Lake Helen UMC
Broadway UMC, Orlando
Lakeside Fellowship UMC, Sanford
Christ Hispanic UMC, Orlando
Life Song UMC, Orlando
Community of Faith UMC, Davenport
Montverde UMC
Community UMC, Daytona Beach
Orange City UMC
Conway UMC, Orlando
Osteen UMC
Coronado Community UMC, NSB
Palm Coast UMC
Covenant UMC, Port Orange
Pierson UMC
Deleon Springs UMC
Reeves UMC, Orlando
Faith UMC, Orlando
Sanlando UMC, Longwood
First UMC, Apopka
Shingle Creek UMC, Kissimmee
First UMC, Clermont
Spring of Life UMC, Orlando
First UMC, DeLand
St. Andrews UMC, Winter Park
First UMC, Geneva
St. Joseph UMC, DeLand
First UMC, Kissimmee
St. Luke's UMC, Orlando
First UMC, Orlando
Stewart Memorial UMC, Daytona Bch
First UMC, Port Orange
Tomoka UMC, Ormond Beach
First UMC, St. Cloud
Trinity UMC, DeLand
First UMC, Winter Garden
University Carillon UMC, Oviedo
First UMC, Winter Park
Zellwood UMC
A Message from Alice Williams, District Lay Leader
Greetings East Central District - I hope that January had proved to be a great start for your new year!  If January is any indication, 2016 is shaping up to be a very busy and important year in the life of the Methodist church.  One of the many things  about the Methodist church that I very much appreciate is that we are truly a "connectional" church.  We simply can do more and be more through our connection to one another.  This month we have two very key opportunities to live into that connection, and I hope you will block both on your calendar and make every effort to attend.  The first is our East Central District Training event on Saturday, February 6th, at First UMC Oviedo from 8 a.m. til 1 p.m.  This year's theme is "Remembering the Mission".  Rev. Dr. Jim Harnish will be our keynote speaker and there will be a variety of breakout sessions on various ministry topics designed to help you and your congregation.  There's still time to register by going to the FLUMC East Central District website.  I promise you this will be time well invested.  

The second event is the Bishop's Conference Table Listening Session and takes place on Saturday, February 13th, at First UMC Lakeland from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  This session is designed to provide the General and Jurisdictional Conference Delegates an opportunity to listen to the concerns and topics that are of key interest to our FLUMC.  General Conference 2016 is shaping up to be pivotal in shaping our denomination's policy and perspective on many key issues facing the church.  This is an opportunity for you to help shape our delegation's understanding of how God is speaking and calling us as His body in the FLUMC.  If you are able to attend, please register at the FLUMC website for this key listening event.

Looks like February is going to be a busy month!  I hope that you will be part of the connection as we continue to seek God's calling on the UMC!     

Calendar of Reports due for 2016
The calendar of reports due is now on the conference website.  Click HERE to review and print the calendar.  The leadership of your church should review this together, so that everyone is aware of what they are responsible for and when it is due.
Worker's Comp Audit due by February 23rd
In order to comply with State of Florida requirements related to workers' compensation coverage, we ask that you complete the brief online payroll form, located on the link below.  Please review your payroll records (941's etc.) for the calendar year 2015 and complete the form as accurately as possible.  Please note that your responses will not affect your worker's compensation insurance costs for 2016 as this updated information is simply required to comply with State of Florida regulations.  The Survey will be open until February 23rd.

Click HERE for the Worker's Compensation Payroll Survey.
2016 Ministry Protection Insurance Allocation Costs
We are pleased to announce that the Florida Annual Conference has again experienced a successful property and casualty insurance program renewal.  For the seventh consecutive year we have renewed the program with no increase in premium.

While your individual church allocation may vary from the prior year (due to local factors such as property appraisals, added vehicles, added buildings, additional payroll, etc.), the overall cost of the insurance program for 2016 is exactly the same as the prior six years.

The 2016 invoices are now online and can be accessed at the monthly reports menu
Choose "PC/Workers Comp" from the drop-down menu and enter your church's GCFA number.  A packet of additional insurance information will be mailed to you in the next few days which will include the 2016 insurance Summary of coverage's.

As in years past, if your insurance allocation is paid in full by 2/29/16, you will receive a 2% discount off of the billed amount.

Reports due March 31st
As a reminder, the following reports are due into the district office by March 31st.  Please snail mail all reports together to the district office:  East Central District 2221 Lee Road, Suite 21 Winter Park, FL  32789

Committee Responsible
Child Youth Protection Policy
Fiscal Responsibility & Management Policy
Clergy Employee Conduct Policy
Adoption of Employee Conduct Policy
Annual Parsonage Report

The following reports are submitted online - do not send a hardcopy to the district.  You can locate them on your church dashboard under forms.
Committee Responsible
Fund Balance
Disaster Recovery Resource Survey
Disaster Coordinator or Trustee

The church needs to get a Local Church Employee form signed by each employee and keep in their personnel file -- the district does not get them.

You can find instructions and other pertinent information by clicking the link(s) above or going to the conference website,, and click on Calendar of Reports due under Forms at the bottom of their home page.

Please submit copies only, originals should remain in the church office.  If you need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Janet Kelley
Changes to Missional Vital Signs (MVS)
Here are the changes STARTING JANUARY 2016:

The MVS reports are to be completed by the 10th of each month reporting for the previous month.  While we told you of changes coming, you didn't actual SEE the changes.  You will see them when entering the numbers this month.

Online Viewing:
  This number measures online viewing of a worship service by the number of clicks the first week after posting of the service (data collected previous week).

Special Services:  The number of people who attend a service that is infrequent, not usual - beyond regular weekly services.  (Wednesday night services counted with AWA if weekly all year long.)  Christmas Eve, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Revival Service, Church Homecoming, Remembrance Service, Longest Night/Blue Christmas, Musicals, Healing Service, Blessing of the Animals, and Baptism Service (if held separately from a regular service and has all the components of worship).

Commitments to Christ (Evangelism):  This number represents number of persons making a first-time commitment to Christ (not the same as POF).

Salty Service (Change of definition):  For measurement purposes, count the number of persons serving through church ministries to the community.  People serve other people in many ways and the work is very important (Rotary, Guardian Ad Litem, hospital volunteers).  for our purpose of evaluating the health of the church, we are focusing on the outreach ministries through the church.

Click HERE
for the MVS Explanations.  Click HERE for the Monthly Gathering Chart.
Church Anniversaries

According to records in the Florida Conference Archives, the following churches in the East Central District are celebrating significant anniversaries this year and will be recognized at annual conference.
125th   First UMC, Clermont
25th    University Carillon, Oviedo

If your church should be included, please notify Nell Thrift at or 863-680-4992.
MissionInsite - Florida Conference Demographic Information
As part of the Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church you have free access to MissionInsite ( and the demographics around your church after you register and log-in.  This free service is provided to you and your church by the Florida Conference New Church Development office.

To register as a first time user of MissionInsite:
  • Click HERE to go to the webpage.
  • Enter the Agency Account Number:  OFIFU to enter the Florida Conference UMC
  • Select your city and then your church from the drop-down menus
  • Follow the directions to register and create your own username and password

After you register the first time, you can log-in on the home page.

You are encouraged to click the links in the Local Church tab on the home page for helpful information about Reaching America, for Support, and for Resources.  You are also especially encouraged to visit the Tutorial tab and Local Church User Guide.

2016 Sinclair Scholarships
Now is the time to apply for 2016 Sinclair Scholarships

The Florida United Methodist Foundation is accepting applications for the Sinclair Scholarship for United Methodist Youth.  Applicants must be full and active members of a Florida United Methodist Church, have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher, and have a record of church and community service.  They must be planning to attend a Florida or a United Methodist college or university in the fall of 2015.

Scholarships awards range from $2,000 to $3,000 per year and are renewable for up to three additional years for students who remain in good standing.  Deadline for applications is March 31, 2016.  Visit the Foundation website at for the scholarship application and other required forms.

Note to churches:  Click HERE for a flier to share with students who could benefit from this opportunity.  For more information contact Nadara Brock at or 866-363-9673, ext. 7113.
2016 United Methodist Connectional Federal Credit Union Scholarship

UMC FCU offers four $1000 scholarships every year, one for each of our four Conferences (Alabama-West Florida, Florida, North Georgia, and South Georgia).  Eligible candidates must be between the ages of 17-35 and a member of UMC FCU.  Click HERE for complete guidelines and to download the application.
Day on Campus
April 9, 2016 - Florida United Methodist Children's Home
The Florida United Methodist Children's Home has planned their annual "Day on Campus" for Saturday, April 9th.

Specially Invited Districts are: 
East Central and South West

Click HERE to RSVP.
Run 4 Life 4 Miler
May 14, 2016 - Florida United Methodist Children's Home
The 6th Annual Run 4 Life will take place at 7:30am, Saturday, May 14th.  It is a 4 mile race that takes you through a beautiful tree-lined course that begins and ends at The Florida United Methodist Children's Home in Enterprise.  Run 4 Life is a non-profit organization developed to help fund suicide awareness and prevention programs throughout Central Florida.  The main beneficiary of this run is FUMCH which has programs and substance abuse programs to help their children cope. 

Run or walk...come join us on May 14th!  We would love to have your church register as a team and join us.  Click HERE for the Run 4 Life website where you may register online or print and mail in your registration.
Calling All Amateur (Ham) Radio Operators!!
It was August 24, 1992 I was tired, hungry and could not wait to grab a shower and a few hours of uninterrupted sleep in my own bed.  I had just spent eighteen hours at a shelter operating the Amateur (Ham) Radio station linking the City of Immokalee with the Collier County Emergency Operations Center in Naples.  Just as I had my home in site, a call came over the radio.  It was a Ham operator in the Florida Keys.  They had no electricity and no telephone or cell phone service and they were desperate to let their families who lived outside of Florida know that they were OK, that they had survived the storm.  So, for the next couple of hours that shower and nap would just have to wait, but what a blessing it was to be able to call people all over the country and let them know that their families in the Florida Keys were OK.  The Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church has a whole department dedicated to helping people who find themselves in need after a disaster.  Pam Garrison is the Disaster Response Coordinator for the Florida Conference and she has numerous disaster teams who share the love of Christ with people who are trying to recover from the effects of a disaster.  However, oftentimes in the aftermath of a disaster normal communications either are overwhelmed or out of service and our Disaster Recovery ministries have no way of knowing what kind of help is needed to provide targeted relief.  That is where Amateur (Ham) Radio comes in.  That is why I am asking pastors and church leaders to check with the members of their congregations and ask anyone who is a licensed Amateur to contact me to sign up with the Florida United Methodist Disaster Relief Network.  I can be reached at 239-657-2841 or at  Being a member of our team does not require people to spend time in shelters or travel however, we do need to increase the size of our network so that when disaster strikes, together we can be the hands and feet of Jesus for people who desperately need our help.

Thom Street is N5KFR and Senior Pastor at First United Methodist Church of Immokalee.

Around The Conference 
CCYM - Dare to SPARK
February 12-14, 2016 - Warren W. Willis
Dare to SPARK is a student leadership training retreat for students by students.  This is a great event to bring your student leaders (or those whom you'd like to become students leaders) to, in whatever form that takes in your local church.  For some that is their whole youth group, for others it is a core group of leadership students.  Whichever way you choose to use it, this weekend will be a blessing to you and your leaders!  We will engage in worship, workshops, fellowship time, and round table discussion regarding how to create and nurture sparks in our lives and in the lives of others in our homes, communities, churches, and schools; and how to fan that spark into a flame.  Click HERE to register.
Extension Ministers Gathering
February 27, 2016 - Daytona Beach
Greetings once again in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

I hope by now that all of you have received the "Save the Date" letter about our next Extension Ministers day retreat on February 27, 2016.   I promised you more information in my last letter, so here it is.

When discussing our upcoming retreat, we decided on a quality facility located right on Daytona Beach so that all attendees can take full advantage of a beautiful beach location and community.  Please use this opportunity to get away and recharge your batteries.   If you're like me there's always something to keep me busy, but if it gets on my calendar, then I will most likely do it.   So let me encourage you to block off that weekend on your calendar and plan to join us.  Click Here to continue reading.  Click HERE to register.
Camping Sunday
February 28, 2016
Camping Sunday is a chance to celebrate the Florida United Methodist Conference tradition of camp and retreat ministry.  We hope you and your congregation will celebrate the third annual Camping Sunday by setting aside February 28th (or another day that works for your congregation) in your local church to raise scholarship funds and awareness of our Conference's four camp and retreat facilities:  Centenary Camp in Northwest Florida, Riverside Retreat in Southwest Florida and the Life Enrichment Center and Warren W. Willis Camp in Central Florida.  Our camping and retreat ministries serve children, youth and adults on a year-round basis.  Click HERE to watch a video about the difference our camps are making.
Missio Ecclesia
February 17-19, 2016 - Grace UMC, Cape Coral

Discover WHY and HOW the people of God can join Jesus on mission!
Hosted at Grace Church Cape Coral Campus, 13 SE 21st Place, Cape Coral, FL

Joining Jesus in His mission requires a new way of being and doing the church. Leading the church whether as a clergy or layperson is tremendously challenging in our post-Christian culture. At Missio Ecclesia/Church on Mission, we will continue this conversation with two missional pioneers who are not just theorists but practitioners. We will be challenged, stretched, enraged, comforted and equipped to lead our churches into mission for Jesus.
Missio Ecclesia: A "Church on Mission" Conference will be hosted by Grace - Cape Coral and will be led by speakers Alan and Deb Hirsch of the Forge Mission Training Network. This key event in 2016 is for both Clergy and Church Lay Leadership.
In preparation and to help you stir interest among your leaders attached below is a bulletin insert we hope you will use along with personally inviting your key leaders to join you at this conference. Please help us promote this exciting event by also including it in your January newsletter, on your website and other communication media.

Click HERE for a bulletin insert.  Click HERE for the website and to register.

Real Ideas Conference - 2016
March 2 - 4, 2016 - Van Dyke Church Tampa

Real Ideas exists to inspire and equip church leaders and volunteers, helping them experience greater impact in their congregations and communities.  Real Ideas isn't just for your senior pastor, it's designed for your entire team!  We aim to provide hope and encouragement for pastors, church leaders, and volunteers to partner with God in taking their churches to the next level of vitality.  Our general sessions, workshops, and pre-conference offer experiences and resources for every area of your church.

Click HERE for more information and to register.
Spiritual Life Retreat
April 15-17, 2016 - Life Enrichment Center
Warren W. Willis Retreats & Summer Camp
Check out Warren W. Willis for many opportunities to reflect and fellowship.

Confirmation Retreats   - Feb 19-21, 2016 / March 4-6, 2016 / March 11-13, 2016

Created By God   - April 22-24, 2016

Adult Wilderness Retreats   - May 2-7, 2016

Summer Camps -
June - August 2016

LEC Family Programs
Want to help create meaningful experiences for your church's families this year?  Want to encourage your parents to be more active in their kids' spiritual lives?  Be sure they know about LECFamily programs!

Dad and Me Weekend - April 15-17, 2016
Grandparents and Me - June 27-30, 2016 / July 18-21, 2016
Family Camp - July 22-24, 2016 / July 19-31, 2016
Mom and Me Weekend - September 16-18, 2016

Questions? Email Rev. Melissa Cooper at

The Mary Retreat - A Sabbath Retreat for Women
Life Enrichment Center (LEC)
How are you caring for the busy women in your church?  On your staff?  Leading your ministries?

The Mary Retreat is a great way to give the busy women in your world an opportunity to take a step away from the hustle and bustle and just "be" for a weekend.

Every time we host a Mary Retreat, women share with me that their lives are changed - not by dynamic speakers or powerful worship (because we don't do that at the Mary Retreat) - but by the opportunity to be still and really, truly rest.

Be sure your Sabbath time is sacred in 2016 - register now for April or November retreats!

April 22 - 24, 2016
November 11 - 13, 2016

Visit the LEC Website for more information and to register!  The November 2015 retreat filled nearly three months in advance, so register now to ensure your spot for 2016!

Rev. Melissa Cooper
Program Coordinator
2016 Spiritual Formation 5 Day Academy
March 6-11, 2016 - LEC
Plan to join us for our 16th annual Five-Day Academy on March 6-11, 
.  The faculty will be Rev. Dr. Steve Harper and Rev. Dr. Liz Canham

The academy for spiritual formation is...
  • a time to fill the deep spiritual hunger that characterizes many lives;
  • an opportunity for intentional spiritual growth in a disciplines, accepting community;
  • a place where community silence enhances personal prayer and reflection;
  • a time of spiritual renewal and discovery through academic presentation, personal reflections and communal sharing;
  • a sharing of spiritual growth in covenant groups;
  • a time for healing to continue

Click HERE for Save the Date postcard.  Click HERE for color brochure.  Click HERE for registration page.

District Calendar of Events
February 2016
February 6: EC Leadership Training "Remember the Mission" 8:00am - 1:00pm, First UMC, Oviedo
February 10: Ash Wednesday
February 13: Bishop's Conference Table Listening Session - 11am-3pm - First Lakeland
February 15: President's Day 2016 - Holiday - District Office Closed
February 17-19: Missio Ecclesia: A "Church on Mission" Conference
  • For Clergy and Laity
  • Discover WHY and HOW the people of God can join Jesus on mission!
  • Hosted at Grace Church Cape Coral Campus, 13 SE 21st Place, Cape Coral, FL
February 27: Extension Ministers Gathering - Shores Hotel, Daytona Beach
March 2016
March 6-11: Annual Academy of Spiritual Formation, LEC Leesburg Florida
March 17: EC dCOM 9:00am-4:00pm, Asbury UMC, Maitland
March 20: Palm Sunday
March 25: Good Friday - District Office Closed
March 27: Easter
March 31: Oasis Clergy Day Apart - 9:00am - 4:00pm - Canterbury Retreat Center, Oviedo

April 2016
April 9: Day on Campus - Florida UM Children's Home, Enterprise
April 16: EC District UMW Spring Day Apart, Grace UMC, Lake Mary
April 17: Announcement Sunday for Clergy Appointments
April 28: EC dCOM 9:00am-4:00pm, Asbury UMC, Maitland
May 2016
May 10-20: General Conference of the UMC, Oregon Convention Center in Portland Oregon
May 14: Run 4 Life 4 Miler, Florida UM Children's Home, Enterprise 7:30am
May 26: EC dCOM 9:00am-4:00pm, Asbury UMC, Maitland
May 30: Memorial Day Holiday - District Office Closed

June 2016
June 15 - 18: Annual Conference - The Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa, Lake Buena Vista
June 23: EC dCOM 9:00am - 4:00pm, Asbury UMC, Maitland
June 28: Moving Day for Clergy Moving

July 2016
July 4: Independence Day Holiday - District Office Closed
July 7 - 10: EC District UMW Mission U, Bethune Bookman University, Daytona Beach
July 8 - 9: Candidacy Retreat, Lakeland
August - December 2016
August 25: EC dCOM 9:00am-4:00pm, Asbury UMC, Maitland
September 5: Labor Day Holiday - Office Closed
September 17: EC District UMW Mission Study Sampler, Sanlando UMC, Longwood
September 22: EC dCOM 9:00am-4:00pm, Asbury UMC, Maitland
October 22: EC District UMW Annual Meeting, First Winter Garden
October 27: EC dCOM 9:00am-4:00pm, Asbury UMC, Maitland
November 5: UMW Conference Annual Meeting (TBD
November 17: EC dCOM - 9:00am - 4:00pm Asbury UMC, Maitland
December 15: EC dCOM 9:00am-4:00pm, Asbury UMC, Maitland

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2016 Connectional Giving
The apportionments for 2016 are now available on the conference website.

To access your 2016 apportionment information:
  1. Go to the Conference homepage:
  2. Click on the "Monthly Reports" tab at the bottom right of the page.
  3. Click on the top link under Monthly Billing Reports:  "Click here to download monthly reports."
  4. Click on 2016 Apportionment Report in the drop down menu.  This link will take you to your 2016 apportionments.
  5. Enter your six digit GCFA number.