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

February 9, 2017

Bishop’s Confirmation Retreat

March 3-5, 2017 at Blue Lake Camp

Registration Deadline is February 15th!

Click here to find current edition of the McKemie Place Newsletter

The Wesley Heirs Fall Retreat

The Wesley Heirs Fall Retreat will be held March 14 - 15, 2017 at Blue Lake Assembly. Registration deadline is February 28, 2017.  If you have questions you may contact Gerald Maddox at   Click this link (spring2017.pdf) to find more information in the Wesley Heirs Spring 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.

7th Annual Legislative Prayer Breakfast

The Conference Board of Church and Society is sponsoring the 7th Annual Legislative Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, February 16. You are invited to attend, as well as all laity. The invitation is attached to this email. The breakfast will be held at the Alabama State House at 7:30AM.  Please RSVP to by February 14.

Location:  Alabama State House, 11 South Union Street,Montgomery, AL 36130, Room 200
To enter the State House that morning, use the Washington Ave. entrance (south side of building) at the corner of Washington Ave. and S. Union Street. Room 200 is to the right immediately after passing through security.

The purpose of the breakfast is to be in prayer with our lawmakers and elected officials that the decisions they make in 2017 will be in accordance with God's will for our state. The Rev. Dr. Jeremy Pridgeon of Montgomery First UMC will be our speaker this year.

Knowing how busy our elected officials are and the number of invitations they receive, we would like to encourage their attendance in every way possible. You can help by contacting your local legislators and issuing a personal invitation. You will find their contact information at Please encourage your legislators to also RSVP by February 14.

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. 

Registration open for 2017 Huntingdon Leadership Academy  

Huntingdon College is accepting registrations for the 2017 Huntingdon Leadership Academy, established in 2015 to assist high school juniors and seniors in discerning God's call on their lives. Supported by a gift from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., the 2017 Academy has been expanded to six days and five nights, June 25–30. United Methodist churches in the Alabama-West Florida and North Alabama Conferences of The United Methodist Church are invited to sponsor high school youth to participate in the program. More here.

Time to think about Blue Lake Summer Camp!!

Click here to find the summer schedule!

Bishop's Day Apart to Welcome Rev. Jerry Herships and Claire Bowen 

The 2017 Bishop's Day Apart will be held Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at Dothan FUMC. Bishop David Graves will welcome Rev. Jerry Herships out of the Denver, CO, area. This day apart will look different from past years and will have a more interactive component. The sessions will be a bit more interactive than perhaps you’re used to experiencing. The topic is entitled, “That'll Preach! How to Make Your Message Stick.” Rev. Herships will explore his innovative techniques to engage all personality types through your sermons. Jerry will give a similar presentation that he did last year at the Fred Craddock Center in Cherry Log, North Carolina. You will walk away with practical knowledge to further engage your congregations. Claire Bowen will facilitate a 15-minute Communications Style Preference assessment at the beginning of our session that will allow us to better understand how we engage with differing personalities. We are also asking that you bring a rough-draft sermon you are working on that is not Wi-Fi dependent, perhaps it is your Easter sermon or Ash Wednesday sermon. 

Click here to register.

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 10-11 - UMW Annual Day

February 12-14 - Dothan District Town Hall Meeting with Bishop Graves

February 16 - Legislative Prayer Breakfast,

February 17-18 - Baypines District Annual Lay Speaker Training

February 18-20 - Saint Simons Island Storytelling Festival,

February 21 - Bishops Day Apart

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.