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LEADERSHIP UPDATE of the Southeast Region


Volume 5, Issue 3 March 2010

Pastors: Please distribute this to your delegates, leaders & congregation
A PLACE TO CALL HOME”
Did you see the Yahoo! News story last week about the Florida family that relocated to North Dakota? In 2005 the city of Hazelton ran national ads offering families huge incentives to relocate to their small town, in hopes of turning around decades of decline. Families were offered two free lots and up to $20,000 toward a home purchase, and new businesses were offered free lots and up to $50,000 to set up shop. Tired of crime, traffic, hurricanes and the high cost of living in Miami FL, the Tristani family of four packed up and moved to Hazelton four years ago. Everything they were told was true – they received free lots and money toward a home purchase. They also opened a small business – a bistro - with $50,000 incentive money.
Now four years later, they are planning to return to Miami. Why? They were never accepted by the people of Hazelton, and they are lonely. People in town judged Mr. Tristani as a drug dealer because he wore gold necklaces and a Rolex – he said he felt like a pink flamingo in a town of flannel shirts and farm caps. And a local coffee shop owner saw their new bistro as competition and so the Tristani’s had to take out a restraining order on the man in order to stop his constant drive by threats and property damage.
Isn’t there a parable in this for us as God’s community of believers? We can offer great “incentives” to attract people to church, but unless we are willing to embrace those who may look or dress differently from us, or who have different perspectives or competing ideas from our established ways of doing things, chances are, those new attendees won’t feel like our church fellowship is a place that they want to call “home” or remain.

Reaching out to those who are searching or lonely involves more than one-time incentives to attract them. We must open our hearts and make room to include them. This Easter may our churches be filled with both pink flamingos and flannel shirts.

Supt. Darrel Riley

PACK YOUR BAGS AND HEAD TO OVERFLOW in ORLANDO: April 22 - 24


SCHEDULE:
Thursday – Session 1

7:00 - 8:30 pm THE Story, reception follows


Friday – Session 2

9:00 – noon OUR Story & Seminars

Noon – 1pm LUNCH at hotel
Friday – Session 3

1:00 – 2:30pm TELL the Story

3:00 – 4:30pm Annual Conference Sittings

4:30 – 7:00pm DINNER – on your own


Friday – Session 4

7:00 – 9:00 pm LIVE The Story

Includes the Friday Night Ordination Service Friday night is open to the public at no cost.
Saturday – Session 5

9:00am – noon The Story OVERFLOWS



COSTS & RATES:

All Registrations include:


Registration Cost:

Commuter: $225 per person

(commuter rate includes NO lodging)
Hotel: $325 per person, need 2 people per room

(Hotel prices are based on double occupancy;

for a single occupancy, add an additional $139.)

Child Rates (ages 3 – grade 5):

1 Child: $50

2 or more children: $85 per family

One Day Registration Rates are also available



TOUCHING OUR NEIGHBORS at HOME and GLOBALLY:

ATLANTA HANDS OF HOPE UPDATE:

Pastor Greg Nitchman encourages all southeast congregations to send a work team to greater Atlanta to work on flood victim’s homes. Lodging and meals for your team are available at his church in Fayetteville GA. The fourth home is currently being finished and many other cold, discouraged homeowners are awaiting help. Thanks to the Lakeland Light & Life FMC team that served in February. Contact Greg at gregfcc@att.net or call him at 404-775-2403. Check out the excellent info and pics on website at www.handshope.org.


HAITI UPDATES:

  • GENEROSITY: In the southeast region, 20 churches have reported special offerings and Salad Bowl donations totalling $31,000 since the earthquake in Haiti. Thank you for your sacrificial gifts of love. Continue giving through the Bishops Famine & Relief Fund.

  • VISA TEAM TRAINING will take place March 25 – 27 in Indianapolis for leaders and team members considering a trip to Haiti or other cross-cultural ministry experience. For info, go to www.go.fmwm.org and click on the VISA Team Training registration link OR call 1-800-342-5531 and ask for VISA. The registration deadline is March 18

  • HAITI WORK TEAMS: Many have expressed interest in participating in a work team to Haiti. Let Supt Riley know if you are planning to send a team to Haiti, or if you would like to be a part of someone else’s existing team, and we’ll help you network.
  • HAITI CHILD SPONSORSHIPS: Now is the perfect time for every family to sponsor a Haitian child. Contact International Childcare Ministries at www.childcareministries.org


  • MISSIONARY SUPPORT: Individuals or churches previously supporting Jack & Jeanne Munos should continue their financial support through FMWM. Funds will be funneled to Jack as well as to new Haiti missionaries Rick & Cookie Ireland.

  • WRITE JACK MUNOS who now lives at 2716 Cedar Point Dr., Waco, TX 76710.



EVERY PERSON A PASSIONATE PRAY-ER
Pray daily for these churches and pastors. Send greetings to one another. When you are the prayer focus, please contact the Rileys to share personal & church prayer requests.


MARCH 2010

SOUTH ATLANTIC CONFERENCE

AL-GA or GCC CONFERENCE

Feb 28 – March 6


Destin, First Brazilian

Pastor Jerbson Pinto (Ana Claudia)



jerbsonkennedy@hotmail.com


Shreveport, LA: Central

Pastor Ronnie Hampton (Elsie)

choirboy_71202@yahoo.com


March 7 - 13

Florida City, South Dade Haitian

Pastor David Dor (Myrlande)

9281 Martinique Dr. Miami FL 33189


Winnsboro, LA: Liddieville

Pastor Kenneth Lukens (Evangelene)

2166 Highway 135 Winnsboro LA 71295

March 14 - 20


Ft. Lauderdale Haitian

Pastor Jean Claude Novius (Josette)

jnovius@yahoo.com


Birmingham AL: Emmanuel CPP

Pastor James Andy Bunn (Christi)

Bunn5@charter.net


March 21 - 27


Hialeah, Ministerios Nueva Vision

Pastor Belarminio Martinez (Dorcas)

bmartinez@nuevavision12.com


Columbus, GA: Christ Community Church

Pastor Keith Cowart

keith@ccclive.org


March 28 – April 3

HOLY WEEK

Pray that the message of HOPE and FREEDOM is proclaimed and received

Pray that the message of HOPE and

FREEDOM is proclaimed and received




SOUTHEAST REGION NEWS
WE’RE GETTING BETTER AT BEING “ON PURPOSE”

  • Annual On Purpose Reports summarizing 2009 and preparing for 2010 were greatly improved this year. It’s obvious that many of our pastors & leadership teams are benefiting from meeting monthly in order to evaluate, celebrate, plan and pray together. Trusting one another to speak honestly, and being unified in ministry takes effort!

  • During 2010, EVERY CHURCH is to follow the On Purpose Process, as Godly leaders unashamedly discuss church progress and problems, and together seek the Lord.


INDIVIDUAL CONFERENCE UPDATES
ALABAMA – GEORGIA MISSION DISTRICT
SAT – MON, FEB 27 – MARCH 1: SUPT DARREL IS IN AL-GA:

Sunday morning worship with Pastor Serge & Ledia Bonhomme in Marietta, GA



Then meetings @Comfort Suites at 125 Davis Loop Rd, Oxford AL 36203

  • Sun, Feb 28: AL-GA Exec Team Mtg (6pm CST, 7pm EST)

  • Mon, March 1 AM: AL & GA Pastors Mtg (9:30 – 11:30 CTS, 10:30 – 12:30 EST


HANDS OF HOPE UPDATE from Pastor Greg Nitchman:

  • The greater Atlanta floods of 2009 damaged 1,600 homes. Since these homes were not in a flood plain, the majority of homeowners had no flood insurance.

  • FM teams have come from Wenatchee WA, to East Williamson NY, to Lakeland FL.

  • The Fayette church offers 16 beds in 2 sleeping rooms, meals, a lounge complete with wireless internet & cable TV, and showers (some at the World Gym 3 blocks away).

  • Contact Pastor Greg Nitchman (404-775-2403, gregfcc@att.net) to schedule your team.


GULF COAST CONFERENCE:
FRI – SUN, MARCH 5 - 7: SUPT DARREL IS IN THE GULF COAST

Sat, March 6: Pre-Annual Conference combined meeting of all pastors, delegates & leaders

  • All leaders are encouraged to participate in this event at Martha’s Chapel in Deville

  • Gather at 9:30am, session begins at 10am and concludes at noon.
  • Noon luncheon will be served by Youth; a donation of $7 with all proceeds going for IYC


  • 1:00pm: MEG BD. Meeting includes interviews.

Sun, March 7: Supt Riley will be in morning services in Olla: Antioch and Summerville
SAT – SAT, MARCH 13 – 20: SPRING ARBOR GROUP comes to LA:

  • The Pineville: Edgewood FMC hosts Spring Arbor students serving on their spring break

  • They will participate in Sunday services, Wednesday night children’s program and Friday night block party at Edgewood – everyone is invited to the block party.

  • Also street ministry with Pastor Ronnie Hampton in Shreveport on Tuesday, and serving lunch at Manna House in Alexandria on Thursday.


FRI – SUN, MARCH 26 – 28: Dale Robinson holds revival services at Acme, please come:

  • Friday and Saturday night at 7:00pm

  • Sunday morning at 10:45am & lunch


SAT, MARCH 27: Shreveport’s “Take It to the Streets II,” led by Pastor Ronnie Hampton
Looking Ahead: JUNE 7 – 11: GULF COAST FAMILY CAMP

SOUTH ATLANTIC CONFERENCE:

BE A GRACIOUS HOST AT OVERFLOW:

It is a privilege to be the host conference for the upcoming OVERFLOW Conference on April 22 – 24. VOLUNTEER if you’d like to be part of a team that helps make sure attendees coming to Overflow are warmly greeted and conference activities run smoothly:


  • Airport Sign Holders, pointing attendees to our charter bus shuttle service to the Double Tree Hotel


  • Greeters at the hotel, pointing attendees to our Overflow Registration Area

  • Registration Table team – pass out nametags, hospitality bags, register children, etc.

  • Usher at one or more of the five main sessions

  • Be an on-site runner, or “Go-pher” with a van to pick up reception sheet cakes & Office Max materials

  • OTHER: indicate what you’re available to do

It’s going to be great fun – get in on the “behind the scenes” action to see how it all happens!

Contact Peggy Riley at riley661@yahoo.com to choose a volunteer team and time shift.


MARCH

Fri, 12 District Leaders Mtg (9:30am – 12:30 lunch) Riley home, Orlando


Sat, 13 Final MEG Bd. Interviews (9:30 gather, 10am begin) Riley home, Orlando

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Mon, 15 Lakeland Work Team Reception, 6:30pm Lakeland Park: Maxwell


Mon – Fri, 15 – 19: Dr. Wes King teaches OT Theology Lakeland Park
APRIL

Sun, 4 EASTER


Tu–Th, 20-22 Exponential Church Planting Conf First Baptist, Orlando
Thu–Sat, 22-24 EAST OVERFLOW & SAC Annual Conf Double Tree Hotel in Orlando
MAY
MAY REGIONAL TRAINING EVENT LOCATIONS:

Bring your Spring Trimester On Purpose Report for your District Leader:

(Summary of January – April 2010)


Sat, 8 Regional Event: South FL (9:30am – lunch) WPB: Hope Fellowship

Sat, 15 Regional Event: West Coast (9:30am – lunch) St Pete: Cornerstone

Mon, 17 Regional Event: Central FL (6:30 supper – 9pm) Orlando: First Spanish

Fri, 21 District Leaders Mtg (3:00pm – supper) Lakeland Park, Maxwell


Sat, 22 Conference Cabinet Mtg (9:30am – 12:30 lunch) Lakeland Park, Maxwell
YOUTH CAMP: Monday – Friday, July 5 – 9

  • Location: ACA Camp Geneva in Fruitland Park FL 34731

  • Cost: $250 per student


LADIES RETREAT: Due to the desire to support the April Overflow Conference, the Ladies retreat is being scheduled this year in the fall:

  • Fri – Sat, Sept 24 – 25 at the Christian Retreat Center in Bradenton FL

  • This one nighter begins Friday at 2pm, and concludes Saturday at 2pm


RIP FEST II: Fri – Sat, Oct 22 & 23 with Bishop Roller at Cornerstone Community Church







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