Marianna-Panama City UMC District Office
Thursday, September 03, 2015
“Staying in Touch”
I hope you have had a fantastic summer. If you are like me, you cannot believe it has gone so fast. We are looking at school starting in a few days.
It has already been two months since Annual Conference. I pray your ministry is being blessed and that you are seeing much fruit. It has been a blessing for me to hear good reports from so many of you through the summer.
I expected the district office to be quieter this summer, but instead we had to get Clergy settled in, start a new Incubator Group, attend district and conference events, celebrate District Clergy Family Night, and visit our partners in the Red Bird Missionary Conference, etc. There is never an end to the countless ministry opportunities.
I want say how good it was to see so many of you at our District Clergy Family Night. In spite of the downpour of rain, we had a great gathering in DeFuniak Springs. I appreciate those of you who made the special effort to attend and to help welcome our new Clergy to the district. We had lots of music, food and fun together.
Recently, I have been blessed to see the outreach and missional efforts in our district. I see our churches providing food, clothes, school supplies, and so much more for those who have a need. In addition, we have also worked together to save over 1100 lives through the “Imagine No Malaria” campaign.
I want to introduce you to a new missional opportunity offered by the Conference Missions Office to minister to people in the Red Bird Missionary Conference. Our district has partnered with the “Joy Center” in Big Creek, KY. The Joy Center is a Christian Community Outreach Center located in a rural mountain area of southeast Kentucky. They have a kitchen and very nice bunk rooms that can house work teams to this area. We want to come along-side their pastor Rev. Becky Wingo who is excited about our partnership. Vicki and I visited the center and were impressed to see the amazing mission outreach. Feel free to ask me for more information and pray about how your church can be involved.
Charge Conference season is quickly approaching. I hope all of you have either found the forms on line or have received them by mail. Please contact the district office if you have questions about the reports or your Charge Conference date.
I also want to say how much I appreciate the many preaching opportunities you have given me. It is still my goal to worship or preach in each district church. I have enjoyed being with you in worship and getting to know the good laity and clergy of our district.
May God continue to bless each of you and please know that we are here for you!
Office Phone: 850.215.1131 Fax: 850.215.1151
121 West 23rd Street Panama City, FL 32405
District Office Hours:
Monday - Thursday 9:00am - 4:00pm