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

February 23, 2017

Click here to read the latest "Word from the Bishop"

Request from Sybil Smith Family Village

Dumas Wesley's transitional housing program for families experiencing homelessness currently has 32 children residing with their parents. If you feel led to help, we are in need of hygiene products for babies/children/teenagers. This might include toothbrushes, toothpaste, hair products, deodorant, body wash for infants, etc.   Please contact the Village at 251-473-5526 for further information. Thank you for supporting Sybil H. Smith Family Village.

What's Happening at Open Doors Resale Store?

  • 2016 was our Best Year
  • Over $250,000 has been donated to our local United Methodist agencies
  • We have benefitted from some GREAT volunteer help and can actually see the floor of the warehouse
  • Right now we are cleaning out winter (great sales!) and getting ready for spring
  • Volunteer help is always needed and appreciated
  • We accept donations during store business hours and are able to pick up furniture, appliances and other heavy items
  • We love to come and tell big and small groups about the store and how people can get involved in this mission endeavor - just call to schedule someone to speak
  • Store Hours are Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. NOTE: we will be closed on Mardi Gras Day
  • Our telephone number is 661-5661
  • Please tell your friends and family members about the great things that are happening at Open Doors!

Time to think about Blue Lake Summer Camp!!

Click here to find the summer schedule!

Pilots for Christ Receive Contribution from Pine Grove UMC

Pine Grove UMC was recently featured in The South Alabamian for their generous donation to Pilots for Christ.  Click here to read full article.

Click here to find current edition of AWFUMC NewsCONNECTION!

Here is a sample of what you will find there:

AWF Youth Ministry 101 Videos Launched

Rev. Jeremy Steele and Caroline Hare, leaders in our AWF Youth Cohort, filmed ten videos consisting of various topics helpful to youth leaders and volunteers. The videos were shot and produced by Luke Lucas, AWF Communications Specialist. Steele said, "While it is important to understand how prevenient grace helps make your lock-in fantastic, sometimes you just need someone to tell you how to put together a youth budget. This project is about making sure that no youth worker has to guess on the basic nuts-and-bolts of youth ministry." We hope you will check these out and make those in your church who minister to youth aware of this wonderful resource. Click here for video set.

Annual Conference 2017 to Vote on Five Constitutional Amendments

(UMNS) - General Conference delegates had their say last year. Now, it’s up to annual conference voters to determine whether five amendments will become part of The United Methodist Church’s constitution. In the coming months, the voters will consider changes that address matters of gender equality, inclusiveness in membership, delegate and bishop elections, as well as bishop accountability. To be ratified, a constitutional amendment first requires at least a two-thirds vote at General Conference, which happened in May 2016. Then, it must win at least a two-thirds majority of the total voters at annual conferences around the world. More here

10 Ideas For a More Meaningful Ash Wednesday

(UMCOM) - Ash Wednesday is an important day in the church calendar. It marks the beginning of Lent, a season of preparation for the celebration of Easter. This holy day is not a holiday from work, school, or most other obligations, so if we are not intentional in our observance it is likely to resemble any ordinary Wednesday. To help us find ways to remember the holy in the midst of our routines—something we should strive for every day—we offer some ideas to consider. More here

Opportunity for Hospitality

I am Donna Poston, Youth Minister and Director of our youth choir, Wings for the Lord, at St. Mark UMC in Seneca, SC.  Since 1995, I have taken our choir on a summer tour singing in churches, children’s homes, retirement communities, camp grounds, and other venues to share God’s love.  This year we are traveling to New Orleans, June 15 – June 22, for several mission opportunities.  I received your contact through Rev. Chris Cook in Montgomery.  We will be singing there on June 15.
We would like to stay in Mobile on Friday, June 16, and are looking for a church to host us.  We have about 25 youth and 11 adults. We carry our air mattresses and sleeping bags for sleeping in gyms and are very flexible with arrangements.  We know it can be difficult to have a church concert on Friday night, however, we should be able to find other venues in the area to sing that evening.  I would love to speak to any church that may be able to help us on this night.
Thank you so much for your time. 
Blessings,  Donna Poston
St. Mark UMC, Minister of Youth/College Discipleship

If your church would like to host this group or would like them to perform please contact Donna at or call 864-882-2603 - 864-710-8719 (cell).

Click here to see the current edition of the AWF Historical Society Newsletter!


Conference Lay Servant Training

Lay Servant Ministries will host a conference wide Lay Servant Training March 10-11, 2017 at Blue Lake. 

Who should attend? Church Lay Leaders, Certified Lay Speakers, Certified Lay Servants, and those interested in becoming Lay Servants.

What is provided in the cost?  One nights lodging; Linens: Sheets, blankets, pillow; 1 towel,1 washcloth; Meals, limited snacks, coffee; Course Materials and a tote bag
Tidbits to know?  Bring your Bible and note taking materials; Classroom chairs are unpadded; Casual dress with comfortable shoes; Cell phone service extremely limited (Blue Lake numbers:  Office: 334-222-5407, after hours 334 -222-3080)

Click here to find brochure.

Inspirit 2017 - A Retreat For Older Adults

Inspirit 2017, a time to rekindle, relax and renew ... a ministry event designed for adults age 50 , will be held April 6 - 8, 2017, at Blue Lake Assembly.  The 2017 theme will be "Old Time Religion: Come explore with us the days of camp meetings and circuit riders."  

Keynote speakers will be Dr. Jimmy Jeffcoat (Professor of Religion, Huntingdon College) and Rev. Ed Shirley, Pastor at Brundidge UMC. Registration brochure is attached below.  Reservation deadline is March 22.    Click this link to find brochure: inspirit2017brochure.pdf

Renewal 2017, Outsiders and Insiders: The Story of Redemption

Lynn Haven UMC invites Alabama-West Florida Conference churches to join us March 3 – 4, 2017 for Renewal 2017, Outsiders and Insiders: The Story of Redemption.  During the two day conference,  Dr. Sandra Richter (Ph. D. Harvard University) will clearly and powerfully teach God's story of love and redemption through the book of Ruth.
Dr. Richter is perhaps best known for her book and subsequent video based study The Epic of Eden: Understanding The Old Testament. She is currently a member of the faculty at Wheaton College and previously served at Asbury Theological Seminary.
The event registration fee is $25 until Feb15th and will rise to $35 after that date. The registration fee includes a Chik-Fil-A boxed lunch on Saturday.  Click HERE to register.
The Rev Dr. Jeff Spicer, Continuing Education Chair, has approved .7 CEUs for any clergy who attend the conference.
Questions?  Contact Rev. Rudy Olivo at or at 850.248.3800. 

Job/Ministry Opportunities

St. Mark UMC - Part Time Children's Minister
Theodore UMC - Pianist/Organist
Christ Church UM (Kentucky) - Full Time Youth Discipleship Coordinator
Braodmoor UMC (Baton Rouge, LA) - Director of Youth Ministries

Click here to find details.

District Dates

Second Sunday of Each Month - North Mobile District SINGSPIRATION- 6pm

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

February 25 - Disabilities Awareness Sunday

Conference Dates

February 25 - Fellowship of Local Pastors Meeting with Bishop Graves

February 26 - Disabilities Awareness Sunday

February 26-28 - Pensacola District Town Hall Meeting with Bishop Graves

March 3-5 - Bishop's Confirmation Retreat


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

Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.