“Staying in Touch”
Staying In Touch
Consultations are done! It was a blessing for me to sit with each of our clergy and get to know them better. I continue to be convinced that I am serving an awesome district. Did you know that we paid over 93% of our Conference Connectional Mission Giving (Apportionments). I am so proud of you, and of course you received my assistants “thank you” for being the first district to complete the year end reports. Way to go team!
We are also growing closer to our $100,000 goal for the Imagine No Malaria campaign. $87,000 has been raised saving over 8,700 lives. Only $13,000 left. We can do this, I know we can. Several of our churches have given way over the top. For this, we are so thankful. There are still several who have not participated that we hope they will soon come on board and help our district reach our goal. Perhaps there are youth and children’s groups (two young girls raised $1000 alone in their local church) or UMW or UMM who may take on a project to save more lives.
Before I go, let me share with you more mission opportunity in the Panama City area. If your church has a heart for the HOMELESS, please read and consider the following message from Rev. Sean Peters, Associate Pastor at First UMC in Panama City.
Message about the homeless in Panama City:
First United Methodist Church Panama City has developed a ministry to the homeless and working poor in our area as well as a Celebrate Recovery ministry for those in our area who are struggling with life’s hurts, hang-ups and habits. We are currently in need of volunteers for both programs and would like to extend an invitation to our brothers and sisters in the Marianna Panama City District to consider serving in one or both of these ministries.. We are currently looking for cooking teams to volunteer one week per month to prepare breakfast for approximately 100 individuals on Saturday mornings. Typically cooking teams will purchase the supplies and prepare the meal in our kitchen on Saturday mornings. Most cooking teams arrive around 6am in order to prepare the meal and have it ready to serve by 8am. We serve from 8-9am. Most teams are done by 10am following clean-up. We currently have teams from a few of our local churches who volunteer. Some cook, some serve the meals and others sit with our guests and have meaningful conversation in an effort to let them know that God loves them and we do too. The experience can be life changing for those who serve as well as those we serve. If you would like to put together a team and be added to our rotation on Saturday mornings please let us know. We are also looking for volunteers to help with our Monday night Celebrate Recovery ministry. We are primarily in need of men or women who have either been through the Celebrate Recovery program or who have completed a 12-step program to assist us in leading studies and serving as sponsors for those who are a part of the program. We are also looking for volunteers who simply have a heart for recovery ministry to serve with us as small group leaders. If you are interested in either of these ministries or have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Rev. Sean Peters, First UMC Panama City (850) 763-6537, email@example.com.
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