November 2016
Your Monthly News & Updates
Maggie's Minute
* ALL Charge/Church Conference paperwork must arrive into the district office via email or US mail NO LATER than 1 week after Charge Conference. (Please send the photocopies and keep the originals. Do not use a cover or bind the materials.) All documents must have All signatures.
The Church Dashboard must be updated with all the leaders for 2017 within 1 week of Charge Conference.
* Financial Audits: We will be looking for the date and the name of the auditor. If an audit has not been completed this year, we will want the name of the auditor and the date in the near future that it will be completed.
The apportionments for 2017 are now available on the conference website. To access your 2017 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 2017 Apportionment Report in the drop down menu. This link will take you to your 2017 apportionments.
5. Enter your six digit GCFA number.
Apportionment payments for 2016 must be received in the lock box at Regions Bank or paid on line by Tuesday January 10, 2017. This is not a postmarked by date; it is the last day monies must be received in the Conference office or the bank lock box to be included in 2016 apportionments receipts. Any payments received after that date will be applied to 2017 apportionments. Any payments received between January 1 and January 10 must be clearly marked as to which year they are to be applied.

All apportionment payments should be accompanied by a completed Remittance Report.
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Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire...if you did, 
what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don't know gives you an opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult is during those times you grow.
Be thankful for limitations...they give you opportunity for improvement.
Be thankful for each new will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes...they will teach you valuable lessons .
Be thankful when you are tired and means you've made a difference.
It is easy to be thankful for the good things. A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks.
Gratitude can change a negative into a positive. Find a way to be thankful for your troubles and they can become your blessings.
G et out your reindeer antlers and dust off those running shoes, the 2016 Reindeer Run 5k is coming! Join your community as we run to end human trafficking. Saturday, December 3. The race will start and end at Pop Stansell Park, located at 797 Florida Avenue in Palm Harbor. From there you will travel along local streets, trails and parks to end up at the finish line. All participants will receive a finishers medal, water and food after. Early registration is highly recommended for there are price increases as it gets closer to the race. Back by popular demand, the first couple hundred participants to register will receive reindeer antlers!

Race types: 5k (chip timed), 1 mile (fun run), Tot Trot (for the littlest of runners), and a virtual runner.

Registration and payment: Visit and click on the Reindeer Run box

Join us for spiritual regeneration
before the holiday rush!

Florida Conference
Lay Servant Ministries
The Florida Lay Servants

Join us for a time of refreshing and renewal at
the Life Enrichment Center at Fruitland Park.

November 18-20, 2016

Choose from a variety of classes chosen to refresh and renew you:
*The Good and Beautiful God Series (overview of The Apprentice Series with classroom exercises). Led by Ann Cook and others from Suntree UMC in Melbourne).
*Connect! with Phil Maynard (connecting in church and in community, discipleship on the move!).
*Storytelling with Ann Scroggie.
*Mysticism for Modern Christians with Rev. Gene Yotka.
*The Basic Course with Kathy Walther.

For further information, registration, schedule and directions, visit our webpage:
Questions? Contract Rod Groom at,
or call him at 941-356-4566.
The Annual Gulf Central District SPRC training events will provide your team with effective tools for the many responsibilities of the SPRC. Pastors, SPRC Chairperson and Committee Members, Lay Leaders, and Lay Members to AC are encouraged to attend. Please join Rev. Dr. Candace Lewis and Rev. Craig Nelson for this important informational event.

Both days will cover the same material. Register for the date that is best for you.

Monday, December 5 - 6:30pm
Trinity UMC Bradenton
3200 Manatee Ave. W
Bradenton FL 34205
Click HERE to RSVP for Trinity

Monday, December 12 - 6:30pm
Palm Harbor UMC
1551 Belcher Rd 
Palm Harbor FL 34683
Click HERE to RSVP for Palm Harbor

Annual Assessment of Clergy Leadership
Note - Due Date is now May 30
To All Local Church Clergy and Staff Parish Relations Committees:
The Cabinet has approved changes to the pastoral assessments that in previous years have been due in October. We have streamlined the forms and are moving the due date to May 30. We did this to make them easier as well as move them from the fall that is already busy with charge conferences, stewardship, and Advent/Christmas preparation.

You can do the assessments anytime between January and May. Click HERE for more information.

Benefits Update: 2017 Health Initiative November, 2016

Open Enrollment begins November 1st
Open Enrollment on the Federal Health Exchange, also known as, starts on November 1, 2016. Here are the most important dates to note:
* November 1, 2016: Open Enrollment starts - first day you can enroll, re-enroll, or change a 2017 insurance plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Coverage can start as soon as January 1, 2017.
* December 15, 2016: Last day to enroll in or change plans for coverage to start January 1, 2017 to ensure coverage for January 1st.
* January 1, 2017: 2017 coverage starts for those who enroll or change plans by December 15.
* January 31, 2017: Last day to enroll in or change a 2017 health plan.

Don't Delay - Secure Alternative Coverage Now!

For a full PDF of more info please click here

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District Calendar
The Florida Conference office and the Gulf Central District office will be closed in observance of the following holidays in 2016:

Veterans Day - Nov 11
Thanksgiving and Day after - Nov 24 & 25
Christmas Eve - Observed Dec 23
Christmas Day - Observed Dec 26


 5  Fresh Expressions Vision Day - Stay Tuned for more info
11 Veterans Day - District and Conference offices closed
13 Gulf Central DS Installation - Palm Harbor UMC 3 PM
24-25 Conference and District offices closed for Thanksgiving

 5 - SPR Committee Training at Trinity UMC Bradenton 6:30 - 9PM  click here to register
12 - SPR Committee Training at Palm Harbor UMC 6:30 - 9PM  click here to register
23-26 Conference and District offices closed for Christmas

2 Conference and District offices closed for New Year