August 17, 2017

Dear South East District Friends,

Greetings in the waning days of summer. I trust each of you has had the opportunity to rest and relax a bit this summer.

In June, I was able to visit and tour the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home for the very first time. Although...

April 5, 2017

Dear South East District Friends,

 Recently, I was in a meeting with the Rev. Janet Horman.  Janet is the Executive Director of Justice for our Neighbors (JFON), a ministry offering legal assistance to immigrants (invite Janet to come and preach in your church if you ha...

March 4, 2016

   

Dear South East District Friends:

I want to wish each of you a blessed entry into Holy Week and Easter celebrations.  This is a season of reflection and of joy and I trust you will experience all of the emotions of the season both in community and in person...

December 1, 2015

    

 

    I am entering into the first Christmas week in almost twenty years that I won’t be preparing a sermon and leading worship on Christmas Eve. It feels weird! I always loved the challenge a Christmas Eve worship brought to my pastoral mind and hear...

November 14, 2015

This fall has been a good one so far. Charge conferences have been uplifting and a great time to get to know your churches. Worship with several of you on Sunday mornings has been inspiring. And, like icing on the cake, my Kansas City Royals won the World Series for th...

July 11, 2015

 

    

   Last Sunday evening I had the opportunity to preach at South Dade Haitian Mission for a service where they were commissioning lay servants for work in their local church.  It was a very special evening for those being commissioned, as well a...

June 1, 2015

The sky was gray, the harbor calm as a puppy sleeping in a big pillow. The herons behind me not so much, but still, the gray peace of the scene there on Park St. in St. Petersburg was awesome. I walked out on a dock, and there, off to the South, stood these two towers....

May 1, 2015

  

  

       My son Peter and I were out on a jet ski the other day, wandering the waters of Coconut Grove. Perspectives are different from the water – the Shrine of Our Lady of Charity looked huge while Viscaya looked small. For those of you who don’t know the...

April 1, 2015

  

   Janice and I love antiques. I wish that I could say our boys do too, they have been drug through all too many antique stores throughout the years. We don’t find any need to buy anything necessarily, walking through them is a free museum trip through Americana...

March 1, 2015

 

  The fog lingered in the morning as the sun was rising over the bay. As I walked along the waters edge, these little forage fish (I’m no ichthyologist to be able to identify them) not only swam along the shoreline, but popped up to the surface, creating bubbles all a...

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Dr. Cynthia D. Weems
SE District Superintendent

D.S. Reflections

 

April 2018

 

   

Dear South East District Friends,

Happy Easter Monday! When I was serving in the local church, I always loved Holy Week and Easter. It was a lot of hard work but worth every bit of it to share the good news of our Easter story. But, the day after Easter, I sought to do something different. On Easter Monday I always felt like giving myself an Easter gift. It was not a “prize” for having survived Easter and preached a decent sermon. No, it was a true Easter gift, meaning on Easter Monday I wanted to receive what I just preached about the day before but did not have ample time to fully embody because of all the running around required of a preacher on Easter.

Some of my “Easter Monday gifts” over the years included spending the day sewing curtains for my bathroom or rollerblading with my daughter. (Don’t laugh!) I attempted to do things I never found time to do otherwise, and things I knew made my heart sing and required a part of me that pastoring didn’t always require.

You may think that I am good at things like sewing and rollerblading.  I am not.  But let me share a story with you. I began to sew when a dear parishioner in my first church died and her husband wanted to share with me something that had been special to her. They had been married 63 years and never had children. That sewing machine was the way she gave of herself by making baby blankets for children in the hospital, and sewing items needed by cancer patients in a nearby treatment program. I inherited this old and beautiful sewing machine and was determined to learn to use it. I did, and have made a few things over the years: pillows, curtains, clothes for dolls, baby blankets, tablecloths. I have always been proud of what I have made although the items are nothing to brag about. I simply have felt the Spirit of God challenging me to sew – knowing it requires parts of me that are often not used when writing a sermon or administering the life of a church. That is Easter.

 

In worship yesterday, on Easter Sunday, I imagine you heard (or preached!) a call to do something different. I imagine you heard the message of Easter – a message to clear the slate before you and start from scratch. Easter is a time to celebrate that God can do anything with your life, not only what you feel you are trained for or what others expect from you. On Easter Monday the gift I most want you to give yourself is the gift of doing something new, and something that makes your heart sing. You don’t have to do it well. You simply must enjoy it from that very deep place in your soul where God has spoken to you, “The tomb is empty. Good news rules the day.” Did you hear that good news on Easter? Alleluia!

Grace and peace,

 

Cynthia

 

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