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

October 1, 2015

Prayer request

The Rev. Harold Bordages passed away this Wednesday, September 30th.  Rev. Bordages was currently serving Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church and he served Ebenezer UMC here in the Mobile District from 2007-09.  Many of you may know that his wife Eleanor passed away January 28, 2015.
Visitation will be held at Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church from 6 - 7 pm on Saturday, October 3, 2015. Service will follow at 7:00 pm.  Please keep the Bordages' family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Local Church Report Training

There will be training at St Mark United Methodist Church on October 15th at 6:30pm.  Frank Dunnewind will be spending some time with us talking about how to correctly complete the Local Church Report, its importance and how it effects apportionments.  See you there!!

Imagine No Malaria Campaign
The Alabama West Florida Conferenceis very close to our goal of saving 100,000 lives and helping to wipe out malaria in Africa.  Although the Mobile District has already reached 107% of our goal, we want to try to help the rest of the conference finish this out.  The  AWF Conference has raised an amazing $960,000 toward our goal of $1,000,000 for Imagine No Malaria.  Only $5,000 from each of our 8 districts will put us over the top.
So in the next few weeks we want to give churches who desire a chance to go the second mile for Imagine No Malaria.  I don't want to make anyone or any church feel guilty.  We have met our goal.  Some churches have gone way beyond their goal (as much as 300%!) We can feel good about that.  But some of our sister churches in other districts have not been able to reach their goals, so if you feel led to participate in helping a bit more, now is the time to do that.  We already have an individual who has committed $1,000 toward this goal of $5,000 extra from the Mobile District.  So we are 20% of the way already!
Don't twist any arms.  Don't pressure anyone.  I feel sure we will meet this second mile goal just by making it known.  So spread the word to your congregation and let's see what God does.  Thank you for your joyful faithfulness.  I am proud of the Mobile District! 

News from Government Street UMC

Government Street United Methodist Church has embarked on a new path and is doing well.  We are holding services with communion every Sunday and our doors are open to everyone.  GSUMC is holding an indoor Yard Sale on Oct 3rd from 7:30am until noon.  If you would like to donate any items for the sale we are accepting donations on Monday’s and Wednesdays. Also....please plan on attending our sale!

Kingswood UMC's Annual Gym Yard Sale

Kingswood United Methodist Church's Annual Gym Yard Sale will be held Saturday, October 3rd from 7am to 12pm.  Proceeds will provide a Christmas party for the children of West Wilmer UMC. The United Methodist Women Circles will be holding a bake sale in conjunction with the Gym Sale; their proceeds help fund all of their many missions!

Order of Elders and Clergy Day Apart with Bishop Mike Coyner

As clergy serving churches in the Alabama-West Florida Conference, you are invited to attend a gathering of all clergy on October 8, 2015, at Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church with Bishop Mike Coyner, Resident Bishop of the Indiana Conference. We will gather at 9:30am and begin our worship and work with Bishop Coyner at 10:00am. 
Registration is $10 to cover the cost of the lunch. Please note that due to the agenda, there will not be time to eat off site. A .5 CEU credit is available.  
Click here for more information and/or to register attendance.

10th Annual Cardboard City 

The 10th Annual Cardboard City will be held Saturday, October 24th at the corner of Dauphin and Ann Streets.  We have some exciting additions included in this years event. There will be a Human Chain from Cardboard City down Dauphin Street to raise awareness about homelessness and Car Camping-for those who wish to sleep in their car instead of a box. Please visit our website for more information and learn how to sign up.

Support needed for the Annual Dumas Wesley Christmas Toy Store 

One of the most beloved events each year is the Annual Christmas Toy Store at Dumas Wesley Community Center.  The event serves 75 lower income families in surrounding neighborhoods by giving them the opportunity to buy new toys and bikes at a fraction of their retail value.  This year the Toy Store will take place Saturday, December 12th.  We need the help of our United Methodist family and others to provide the toys that will be sold.   Click here for more details on how to participate and/or contribute.  All donations need to arrive at Dumas Wesley by December 9th. More information can be found at

Annual Name Your Price Yard Sale & Spaghetti Dinner

Irvington United Methodist Church invites you to join us for our annual "Name Your Price" yard sale & spaghetti dinner on Saturday, October 10, 2015.  Sale begins at 7:30am and closes at 2pm, we will begin serving lunch at 10:30am. 

Plates of spaghetti with meat sauce, French bread with garlic butter, and green salad will cost $7.  Sale items include new and slightly used items, a dessert table with homemade sweets and a plant table with variety of young plants.  You tell us your price for selected yard sale items and we will probably agree with you!  The church is located at 9075 Home Avenue, Irvington, AL 36544

Mobile Area Interfaith Conference Invites You to a Re-entry Seminar Oct. 15th

The mission of the Mobile Area Interfaith Conference is to empower the marginalized and build bridges in our community through advocacy, education, and service. The board members are also the board members of the Mobile County Jail Chaplin’s Office. Rev. Jorgensen serves on these boards. Through the positive ministries in the jail, MAIC is now working on ministries for the ones re-entering society. We hope you will attend the Re=entry Seminar and consider helping us bring help and hope and God to those seeking to reenter society in a positive way.
On October 15, MAIC is hosting a Re-entry Seminar with the theme,"
AVENUES OF HOPE" at the Mobile Marriott from 8:30am - 3:00 pm. Tickets are $35 or save $10 by registering early (by Sept. 30). Register at 
If you really want to be a part of a "Change" that is going to be a lasting solution for reducing or preventing crime in our communities, you really,  should schedule to attend this event and register right away.


For over 40 years, Dauphin Way UMC’s Mason School has provided adults in the community with a wide variety of affordable learning opportunities in a relaxed, enjoyable atmosphere.  This year is no exception!  Mason School 2015 will be held on Thursdays at the church from October 15 – November 19.  A sampling of the classes offered includes Historic Mobile, the Art of Mosaics, Knitting and Crocheting, Tai Chi, Personal Finance, and more.  Costs for the school are kept to a minimum so that participation is affordable.  A single registration fee of $10.00 allows students to enroll in as many classes as time permits.  Costs for specific class needs (e.g., books and supplies) are the only additional expense.  Lunch ($5.00) is also offered by reservation each week.  For information and registration, please visit the church website at

United Methodist Development Fund - How We Can Partner With You?

The Development Fund would like to help your church build, expand, or renovate. We loan money to churches at rates that are significantly lower than typical commercial rates and we offer loan terms of up to 15 years. In addition, the Development Fund charges no points or closing costs.

Because we are a non-profit that serves our conference, the Development Fund Board is made up of United Methodists with financial backgrounds and also has experience complying to the Book of Discipline guidelines for building and loan projects. The reward received from helping churches like Navarre is "why we do what we do," says Terri Turner, Executive Director of the Alabama-West Florida United Methodist Foundation.

When considering finance options for your next project we invite you to fill out a loan application at

To get started on a new loan for your ministry, contact Terri at 334-793-6820 or







Upcoming Homecoming Services Announced in the North Mobile District

Aldersgate UMC will celebrate Homecoming on October 25th with Bro. Greg Nobles preaching.  Service starts at 11am with dinner to follow. Also....

Sunflower UMC will celebrate homecoming on November 1st with Brother Greg Nobles preaching.  Service starts at 11am with dinner to follow.

Job/Ministry Opportunities - click here for full descriptions

District Dates

Second Sunday of Each Month - North Mobile District SINGSPIRATION

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

October 8 - Order of Elders and Clergy Day Apart

October 12 - North Mobile Planning Council - 6:30pm

October 15 - Local Church Report Training - Led by Frank Dunnewind - 6:30pm - St. Mark UMC

October 17 – Pastor’s meeting and Clergy Family Fund Day & Picnic – Thornberg Lake

October 24 -  2015 Annual Cardboard City

October 29 - USA Wesley Foundation 11th Annual Cookoff & Auction

November 5 - United Methodist Inner City Mission Annual Golf Tournament

November 4 – North Mobile White Christmas Dinner – Ebenezer – 6pm

November 7 – UMW Executive Mission Team Meeting – Christ UMC

December 9 - Deadline for donations for Annual Dumas Wesley Toy Store

Local Church Dates

October 1-30 - Tanner Williams UMC Pumpkin Patch & Fall Activities

October 3 - Spring Hill Ave UMC Annual UMW Bazaar

October 3 - Kingswood UMC Annual Gym Yard Sale

October 3 - Government Street UMC Annual Inside Treasure Sale, 7:30am - noon

October 10 - Irvington UMC Name Your Price Yard Sale & Spaghetti Dinner

October 16 - Toulminville-Warren Street UMC -Gospel Soiree and Art Sale - 7pm

October 15-19 - Mason School at Dauphin Way UMC

October 19-21- Bethel UMC Revival – Speaker will be Darrel Brunson - 7pm

October 24-25 - Theodore First UMC Harvest Festival

October 25Bethel UMC Homecoming – Speaker will be John Henry Baxter - 11am

Conference Dates

October 4 - World Communion Sunday

October 5-7 - Revitup! An Energizing Event For Young Clergy

October 8 - Fall Clergy Day Apart with Bishop Mike Coyner

October 10 - ERT Recertification

October 13-14 - Wesley Heirs Fall Retreat

October 23-24 - UMW Conference Leadership Training and Annual Day

October 23-24 - Dothan District Lay Servant Training

October 26-29 - SEJ Clergywomen's Consultation

October 27-30 - Prayer Shawl Retreat

November 8 - UMW Sunday in Local Churches

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

Kim Doss
Administrative Assistant
UMC Mobile District Office
6333 Piccadilly Sq Dr
Mobile, AL  36609
Office (251) 345-3313
Fax (251) 345-3315

Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.