June 20, 2023

A look back at Florida Annual Conference 2023

By: Connor Murphy

Annual Conference 2023
The Rev. Jose Nieves, Ginny Garske and Sandra Santiago at the Florida Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church on Friday, June 9, 2023. Nieves’s church, First Kissimmee, is using the Foundation’s investment funds for churches to fund the costs of a youth mission trip to North Carolina.

Attending the Florida Annual Conference is a vital opportunity for us to meet our ministry partners from around the state face-to-face.

We thank all — longtime supporters and new connections alike — who stopped by our table in Branscomb Auditorium at Florida Southern College. Foundation staff members were available to talk all things stewardship and the ways in which the foundation can partner with churches, nonprofits and related organizations to make their dreams a reality.

Some of those ways include becoming an individual investor in the Foundation’s Development Fund, applying for a low-interest church loan, investing church funds in the market with our FUMF Funds or making a planned gift to do the most good for your church.

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Foundation president the Rev. Ed New (left) and Ron Coleman, chair of the Foundation’s board of directors, on stage at the plenary session of Annual Conference on June 9, 2023.

This was the first Annual Conference for the Foundation under the leadership of the Rev. Ed New, who spoke at the plenary session on Friday.

New reiterated the Foundation’s focus on relationship-building and its readiness to partner with churches and individuals, whether it’s a “dream” like a new real estate project or a “dread” like church restoration and repairs.

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New also debuted Foundation’s newest video, Rediscovering Your Florida United Methodist Foundation.

The video, available below, includes testimony from long-time partner and former board member Beverly Judge of Coronado Community United Methodist Church, the Rev. Dr. Kevin James of Palm Coast United Methodist Church, and the Rev. Ryan Frack of Skycrest United Methodist Church.

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