Bahamas Habitat’s Fall Fly-In To Serve Others is October 22 - 25


flyhaitihabitatAre you ready to do some real good in the world...that feels great? The Fly In to Serve Others, a twice-a-year volunteer experience with Bahamas Habitat to provide dignified humanitarian outreach to The Bahamas, Haiti and Mexico. The Fly-In brings together people from across the US to support island projects. Through the years these projects have included:
  • Constructing a medical center
  • Painting the Zion Children’s Home for neglected and abused island children
  • Roofing a house damaged by a storm
  • Repairing a building’s electrical circuitry
  • Putting in a cistern for fresh water
  • Digging a foundation for a home
  • Reviving an ailing vehicle
  • Delivering medical supplies
  • Sheet-rocking a house
  • Building a new Vocational School to teach useful, marketable job skills
Open to both pilots and passengers with a passion for service, the four-day event begins Thursday, October 22 with lunch in Orlando, FL, the Fly-In “launching pad.” After a check-in, the group takes flight, arriving in time for a beautiful Bahamian sunset.  Friday’s work day has teams doing everything from delivering potable water to sheet-rocking a medical center. Saturday, teams finish up and then take the afternoon off for sightseeing. Participants return to Florida on Sunday the 25th. The registration fee covers accommodations at mission base, Bahamas Methodist Habitat’s Camp Symonette, and most meals. To register for Fly In to Serve Others, click here. Can’t come this year? Be a part of the experience and ship much-needed supplies and materials to our Venice, Florida distribution center.  Check out our 2015 materials Wish List. Ship donations to: Bahamas Mehodist Habitat ACCT-16893 GHB 100 Airport Avenue Venice FL 34285 Be with us in spirit and make a contribution to Bahamas Habitat by clicking here.  To learn more about our dignified humanitarian service, visit This information provided by Paulette West of UM Volunteers in Mission.

Resources for Vital Congregations



Lewis Center for Church Leadership

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Books

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Serve Your Neighbor

GBHEM Leadership Resources


Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church

Englewood Book Review

Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations

Ted Talks: The Golden Circle

Ted Talks: The Power of Vulnerability

Ted Talks: The Price of Invulnerability

Design Thinking

Meditations on the Ministry of All Christians


Be A Disciple

A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Adult Christian Studies from the Wesley Ministry Network

Traveling Together: A Guide for Disciple Forming Congregations


Living As United Methodist Christians

Methodist Doctrine: The Essentials

Reclaiming our Wesleyan Tradition: John Wesley’s Sermons for Today

John Wesley Sermons: Anthology


Get Their Name

Evangelism & Theology in the Wesleyan Spirit

Canoeing the Mountains

Fresh Expressions

Fresh Expressions: Dinner Church

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Reach New Disciples

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: 50 Ways to Reach People

Community: The Structure of Belonging


Institute for Emerging Issues

Congregations 4 Children


The Royce and Jane Reynolds Ministry Fund Grants

The Duke Endowment


The Appalachian District Church Vitality Team has been prayerfully seeking ways to help support you and the ministries of your local congregation during this COVID-19 pandemic. Together they have diligently researched and connected with others throughout the conference and our denomination to identify resources and offer them to you. We hope they will be helpful to you and bless you greatly in leading your churches and communities through this unprecedented time. We are very grateful to the District Vitality Team and other contributors for their great work on this resource.
This faithful team has created three documents, two of which you are receiving today. They include:

  • Family Home Worship – designed to help families establish a regular worship space within their homes as well as a time where they can worship together.
  • Tech Strategies – to help guide you in selecting effective tools and resources within your budget to best communicate in the digital world.

We believe these resources will be of great benefit to you. Also know that the District Vitality Team is available to answer any questions you might have in regards to the documents attached. If you have questions, you may email Rev. Howard Fleming at


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