Sisters and Brothers in the Florida Conference,
Thank you for your response thus far to the needs of our brothers and sisters in the United Methodist churches of the panhandle of Florida. Many of you began to receive offerings last Sunday.
I want to share an extraordinary development with you and ask for your continuing generosity. The people of the First United Methodist Church of Ormond Beach have challenged the Florida Annual Conference to help our sisters and brothers in the panhandle through a matching gift up to the amount of $500,000.
Click here to donate. Please make checks payable to The Florida Conference Treasurer, with Hurricane Michael in the notation line, and mail to: Florida Annual Conference, 450 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave., Lakeland, FL 33815-1522.
As I wrote to you, these offerings will be distributed by Bishop David Graves and the cabinet of the Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference to local churches with the greatest needs.
I give thanks from the depths of my heart for your faithfulness and generosity. I am reminded of Paul’s letter to the Philippians, especially chapter 4. This is the ministry of “giving and receiving” (verse 15), and God will supply every need of ours, and His church, according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus (verse 19).
We ask that all gifts to be matched be given by December 31, 2018.
Please share this invitation. Pam and I plan to give again. We are inspired by this extraordinary gift from God’s people, and we ask you to join us. And, again, thank you!
The United Methodist Church