Marianna-Panama City UMC District Office
Friday, May 22, 2015
“Staying in Touch”
Dear Friends of the Marianna-Panama City District,
I hope you are enjoying the changing season as we enter into a busy summer schedule. This also means that the church season will change as we move from Eastertide into Pentecost. Next Sunday is the day we can say, “Happy Birthday” to the Church. The Holy Spirit fell on the disciples in Acts Chapter 2 and they preached to people in various languages. The Church was born and 3000 joined the Christian movement that day. Celebrations are in order.
I have heard some of you encourage your congregations to wear red next Sunday, symbolizing the fire of the Spirit. Some churches will have a birthday cake. Hopefully, all will recognize that the Holy Spirit has come to fill the Church with the power to spread the Good News. I am sure you will be singing and sharing about the glorious presence of the Spirit in some way.
Annual Conference is only a couple of weeks away as well. I can hardly believe how quickly the year has passed. It has been a wonderful year for me here in the Marianna-Panama City District. I have had the opportunity to worship with many of the churches and to preach in 23 district churches this year. I hope I will be able to be in every church (or preach – hint, hint) during my tenure as district superintendent. I have enjoyed getting to know the district family of clergy and laity, and am convinced that we have one of the best places to serve our Lord.
I want to thank all of you for your faithfulness to the Conference Connectional Mission giving this year. We had the highest percentage given at 93%. Also, I am happy to say that we have finally gone over our 100% goal in the “Imagine No Malaria” campaign. However, I want to remind you that we are taking a special offering for this worthwhile cause at Annual Conference on Sunday evening in the Opening Worship Celebration. Please remember to bring a gift for this offering from your church. Thanks again, for all of the churches who have made this possible. Many lives will be saved around the world because of your efforts…….10,000 from our district alone.
Finally, please continue to pray for our clergy friends who will be moving this year. It is always a time of mixed emotions as we say” good bye” to old friends and “hello” to the new. We will have a gathering this summer for the clergy to welcome our new colleagues. Watch for the date and details and make a special effort to attend.
See you soon, and may God’s Holy Spirit Empower 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