This week's news.......

August 17, 2017

Steeple to Street Training Day: Greenville, AL

Steeple to Street Training Day (Saturday, August 26) is designed to help you learn how to dig into your mission context. You will receive instructions for how to prayer walk in your local community. Participants commit to at least one hour of prayer walking in their local context prior to the training day. During the training event, you will reflect on missional practices that can help you discover more about your community and connect with the people who are not coming to your church. You will have the opportunity to discover why and how to pay attention to your ministry context and start considering what kinds of fresh expressions of church might be appropriate and impactful in your context. You will leave the training with real possibilities for fresh expressions of church in your community, workplace, and networks.  Click here to find more details........

USA Wesley Foundation Cook-off and

Auction to be held October 26th!

SAVE THE DATE for this 12th Annual Event!! 

We are positive that South Brookley UMC (last year's winner pictured below) has already begun their plan for a continued winning streak! 

Let's give them a run for their money! 

  Please plan now to support USA Wesley!!  

What dish will your church serve?

IgniteMOBILE, Inc. and it's Mission

IgniteMOBILE has many goals but its primary mission is to support and encourage new ministries and businesses in the Mobile area.  IgniteMOBILE does this by using its nonprofit status as a parent company which allows other ministries or businesses to use this tax code to apply for grants and function as a full nonprofit. As your ministry or business grows to a desired size, these entities may branch off under their own nonprofit status. Click here for more details about the organization. 

Fish Fry at Theodore UMC

The United Methodist Men of Theodore UMC is having a Fish Fry Saturday August 19th from 11:00 a.m. -- 2:00 p.m. All the fixings with a drink for only $8.00 per plate. Fresh, home made desserts are also available for a very reasonable price. YUMMY !!

Satsuma UMC Holds Revival Services

Tim Brannon from Tim Brannon Ministry will be speaking for revival services at Satsuma UMC on September 2nd,3rd,4th & 5th at 6pm. Tim will also be preaching on September 3rd at 11am. Contact Rev. Joel Wasson at 251-235-2046 for more details.

New Semester Begins for Students at USA Wesley Foundation

As a new semester begins, the USA Wesley Foundation wants to continue the tradition of providing meals each Tuesday night. We are seeking volunteers to help provide this meal each week.  This is an important time in the lives of these young students and what a great opportunity for you to show hospitality and get to know them as they grow in their relationship with Christ!  They expect to feed approximately 40 folks each week. Wesley will have paper products and drinks so you only need the meal... but be sure to include a dessert – we are talking about college students you know.  :-)  You are welcome to stay and eat with the students or you may simply drop off the food at the Wesley Foundation by 5:30pm. This could be a great project for your Sunday School Class or a small group within your church. 
Please consider supporting the students of The Wesley Foundation in this way and  click here to sign up!

Christ UMC to Host Bible Conference - August 27-28

It’s time for us to get excited about the incredible gift we have: The Bible. Knowing and understanding the scriptures not only helps us form our beliefs, through it, we also hear the voice of God challenging us to live lives of faithfulness in our world.

The Rev. Jessica LaGrone, our guest speaker and author of The Miracles of Jesus, will preach in all three services to kick off our Bible Conference. She will leads us in a captivating exploration of the miracles of Jesus.

Click this link to find more information:

AWF Historical Society Meeting

Everyone is welcome to attend the next meeting of the Alabama-West Florida Conference Historical Society.  They will be meeting at the First United Methodist Church in Pensacola, Florida on September 21st at 9:30am.   This church dates back to 1821 when a mission was established by the Missippi Conference and the Reverand Alexander Talley was appointed as a missionary to Pensacola.  

Click here to find registration form and brochure. 

Two helpful webinars for Finance and Stewardship Leaders

Please find below two webinars that may be helpful for church leaders involved with finance and stewardship areas in your church.  These resources are made available because of the generous contributions of churches to the World Service Fund of the Connectional Missional giving in the Alabama West Florida Conference.

Webinar for Local Church Leaders in Finance & Stewardship

Are you looking for new ways to financially support your church’s ministry?  Then you should attend  a webinar on Thursday, September 7th at 10am to engage with The Rev. Rosanna Anderson, Associate Director of Stewardship Ministries and the Rev. Rozario Picardo, author of Funding Ministry with Five Loaves and Two Fishes.  Pastors and leaders in stewardship and finance will engage in questions to prompt creative thinking and innovative methods that are working in different contexts.  Click here to register.

The Annual Campaign Toolbox

Will your church be planning an annual campaign this year? It is an important piece, but it is just a piece of what could (and should) be a larger stewardship strategy for your church. If you missed attending the live webinar in July, it's not too late -- watch the archived recording! We explore annual campaign resources, time-tested tools, and a year-round strategy to keep generosity before your people all the time. View the recording at your convenience by clicking here!

One Day - An Annual Ministry Event for Adults 50

The Conference Older Adult Ministries will host their annual event, One Day! on September 16, 2017.  The event will be held at Ozark First UMC and will begin at 10:00 am until 2:30 pm (registration begins at 9:30 am).  Keynote speaker will be Bishop David Graves.  The program will include special music and break-out sessions on "Grandparenting by Boomers", "Communities of Transformation" and "Online and Phone Safety".  Cost is $20 and includes lunch.  Registration deadline is Tuesday, September 5. Click here for more information. 

Job/Ministry Opportunities

Theodore UMC - Church Secretary
Grand Bay First UMC - Pianist Position
Blue Lake United Methodist Camp -  Food Service Director

Toulminville-Warren Street UMC - Cafeteria Manager/Cook
Trinity UMC - Worship Leader/Musician
Saraland UMC - Full-time Director of Early Learning Center
St. Mark UMC - Part Time Youth Minister
Toulminville-Warren Street UMC -  Day Care Teacher

District Dates

Second Sunday of Each Month - North Mobile District SINGSPIRATION- 6pm - August at Sunflower UMC

Clergy Coffee - First Wednesday of each month 8am – Cracker Barrel on Schillinger Road

August 28 - Deadline to order Boston Butts/Ribs from UMC Inner City Mission

October 26 - 12th Annual USA Wesley Foundation Cookoff

Church Dates

August 19 - Theodore UMM Fish Fry - 11am-2pm

August 27-28 - Christ UMC to Host Bible Conference

October 28 - At The Table: An Intentional Multi-Ethnic Gathering - St. John UMC Vision Center

September 2-5 -  Revival services at Satsuma UMC on at 6pm.

September 24 & 25 - Dauphin Way UMC - Dill Lecture Series featuring Dr. Wayne Flynt, Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at Auburn University

Conference Dates

September 10-15 - Academy for Spiritual Formation Five Day Spiritual Academy

September 16 & 23 - Marianna-Panama City Lay Servant Training

September 18 - United Methodist Social Principals Seminar

September 30  & October 7 - Pensacola District Lay Servant Ministries Training

October 10-11 - Wesley Heirs Fall Event

October 19-21 - Southeastern Jurisdiction - Black Methodists for Church Renewal (BMCR)

October 20-22 - UMW Spiritual Enrichment Retreat

October 23-26 - Prayer Shawl Retreat - Blue Lake

October 28 - At The Table: An Intentional Multi-Ethnic Gathering

Click here to find The Alabama West Florida Conference calendar online!



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