Monday, February 26, 2024

Stir! Conference

Last Saturday Daryl's church hosted a district wide conference put on by our congregational vitality team.

It was the first big event for pastors AND laity in our district since before Covid. 

It was a huge success and Grace Venice did an amazing job hosting and providing hospitality. 

We ended up with 93 people from 24 churches - from Sebring to Palmetto to Naples. 

Bishop Berlin came and was one of our guest speakers. 

Sunday, February 25, 2024

A Night of Disney Music

Friday night we went to see the Venice Symphony. They did an Alan Menken tribute night - all Disney movies - Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Hercules, Enchanted, Little Mermaid, Hunchback of Notre Dame and Pocahontas. It was wonderful! 


Saturday, February 24, 2024

Soccer Part Deux

Wesley's first game of the new season was last Thursday night. It was freezing outside. 
Shaktar Donetsk lost 4-1, but Wesley scored their only goal on a penalty kick. 


Friday, February 23, 2024

Around the District

Last Sunday in the afternoon, I spent time in Bradenton and Sarasota with our district Lay Leader at Lay Leader gatherings. It was really nice to see some of the folks gathered together. 

The Sarasota gathering was at Trinity UMC - they have this lovely new prayer garden they put in last year. 

On Wednesday I got to record a podcast on spiritual direction for the Western North Carolina Conference and then talk about the Parable of the Prodigal Son on a Zoom Lenten Bible study for a church in Naples. 

And on Thursday morning, I held an online group spiritual direction retreat for five clergywomen from around the FLUMC. This is some of the materials I mailed all of them in advance of the retreat - we'll be reading parts of these books over the next four months. 


Thursday, February 22, 2024

Florida Boy Studying

This is how you study at home when you need quiet and it's cold outside. 
Love all the mood lighting. 


Wednesday, February 21, 2024

RC Time

Davis has been slowly collecting RC vehicles - here he is with three cars and a drone. 


Tuesday, February 20, 2024

New Hotshot Soccer Player

Davis wanted to sign up for soccer this season. He and Wesley are both playing and are on different teams. 
Davis had his first game on Saturday. His team Chicago Fire lost 2-5. But he did well out on the field and had a lot of fun!