This week's news from the Mobile District

January 14, 2016

Prayer Request:

(Tennessee Annual Conference) - Retired Bishop William Morris died this morning in his home. Please keep his family in your prayers. We will forward further information to you as plans are made.
William Wesley Morris was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He was educated in the Baltimore school system. He also graduated from Ohio Wesleyan with an A.B. degree, Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary with a B.D. degree, Scarritt College with an M.A. degree with distinction, and Vanderbilt University with a D.Min. degree.

While serving student appointments, Bill was ordained deacon and elder. He served Bethany Methodist Church, Chicago, Illinois, Union Avenue Community Methodist Church, Chicago, Illinois; Christ Methodist Church, Chicago, Illinois; Stanley Methodist Church, Chattanooga, Tennessee; John Wesley United Methodist Church, Nashville Tennessee and First United Methodist Church, Gallatin, Tennessee. He also served as an Associate Council Director, Council Director and District Superintendent of the Clarksville and Murfreesboro Districts, and on the General Council on Ministries.

On July 15, 1992, he was elected a bishop of the United Methodist Church at the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference, Lake Junaluska, North Carolina, where he was assigned to the Alabama-West Florida Area. In July of 2000, he was assigned to the Nashville Area. He served as president of the General Board of Pensions and Health Benefits from 2000 to 2004, and then as a Trustee at Emory University. He retired in 2008.

He was married to the late Mary Head Morris of McMinnville, Tennessee, and they have four children: Loretta, Eva, Michael, and Mark. In 2006, he married Princilla Smart Evans.

Thank you for your prayers.
Blessings in Jesus Christ

Alabama-West Florida Conference Saves 100,000 Lives Through Imagine No Malaria

Congratulations & Thank You

to all that helped accomplish this goal!!!

Click here to see press release

The 2015 Journal is for sale at Amazon!

Click here to order!

Elementary Winter Retreat for  3rd - 5th graders will be held February 5 - 7, 2016 at Blue Lake.  The theme is “Signed, Sealed, Delivered!”
Immersed in God's creation, we are exploring Covenant: God's promises for us and our promises to one another. Through the stories of Moses, Ruth, and Jesus, we learn about how we are to be in relationship with God and each other.
Come and join us for awesome worship, Bible study, prayer stations, gaga, nine square, scavenger hunt, capture the flag, arts and crafts. Agape Hands puppet ministry from Spanish Fort will be leading us in worship on Saturday night.
The rate is $120 per person. The volunteer rate is $75 per person.
Click HERE to register.  
Questions?  Contact Eric Hindmon, Program Director, .

Lent Starts Soon - Order Free Booklets Now

The Society of St. Andrew Lenten devotional book is now being shipped. Order copies for yourself and for your church now, along with our Good Friday Fast. You can also download the eBook version for your use, and sign up to receive each devotion as a daily email. Lent starts soon!

  Order Online, Download Book, Get Daily Email 


Don't forget to add the Annual District Conference to your calendar. 

Dauphin Way UMC - Sunday, January 31st 4-6pm

Two Opportunities for Lay Servant Training

Blue Lake Lay Servant Training Academy -“One in Spirit, All in Ministry: In the Spirit of Discipleship”; “MINISTRY OF THE LAITY” will be offered March 11 - 12, 2016 at Blue Lake.  Registration deadline is February 26, 2016.  Click here for more information. 

Who should attend?  Church Lay Leaders, Local Church Lay Servants (LCLS), Certified Lay Servants (CLS), and those interested in becoming Lay Servants. 

Baypines District Lay Servant Training - February 5 - 6, 2016 at Bay Minette FUMC. Registration Fee (includes materials and meals).  Registration deadline will be January 21, 2016. Click here to find schedule and registration form for the training.

If you have any questions, please contact Richard Gilbert - Registrar at (251) 271-0140 or email  


Click here to see the most recent Circles of Transformation Newsletter!!

Wilmer UMC has an extra set of Special Sunday offering

envelopes and posters.

If any church would be interested in them, please contact the church office 649-1800.

Robert Lupton author of Toxic Charity to visit Conference

Robert Lupton, advocate of those living on the margins and author of the transformative book Toxic Charity, will be visiting the AWFUMC March 5-6, 2016!  Lupton will be engaging the entire Conference in the discussion on fruitful ministry with the poor. He will be speaking on two separate occasions:

  • March 5, 2016: Daphne UMC in Daphne, Alabama
  • March 6, 2016: Aldersgate UMC in Montgomery, Alabama 

These events are free of charge and open to the public – all churches, denominations, and communities are invited! Times will be announced and registration opened in early February.

Come join the discussion on Toxic Charity, ways we can strengthen our communities, and Circles of Transformation! For more information, contact Laurel Blackwell at or 334.524.3652.

The Bishop's Confirmation Retreat will be held February 19 - 21, 2016 at Blue Lake.  Registration begins at 7:00 p.m. on Friday and ends at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday.

The weekend focuses on the commitments made in membership vows in the United Methodist Church (UMC) -- prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness. Students will have the opportunity to hear from and spend time with Bishop Paul L. Leeland on Saturday morning.

Click HERE to register.  The deadline for registration is February 8, 2016.

Questions?  Please contact Rev. Sam Lewis

Job/Ministry Opportunities - click here for full descriptions

District Dates

Second Sunday of Each Month - North Mobile District SINGSPIRATION - Sunflower UMC

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

January 29 - Emergency Preparedness Volunteer Symposium - Montgomery, AL

January 31 - District Annual Conference - Dauphin Way UMC - 4-6pm

February 1 - Deadline to order Boston Butts or Ribs from Inner City Mission - call 432-1122

March 5 - Robert Lupton speaking at Daphne UMC - author of Toxic Charity

Local Church Dates

January 18 - Soul Cafe Hip Hop Concert - South Brookley UMC - 5:30pm

January 27 - West Side UMC - Health Fair - 9am-1pm

February 6 -

February 13 - Rust College Acapella Choir  Concert - Toulminville Warren Street UMC - 4pm

February 17 - West Side UMC - Randy Fisher Concert - 6pm

Conference Dates

January 21-23 - Praying Like Jesus Conference

January 22-23COSROW's Annual Retreat

January 29-31 - Meltdown 2016 Youth Retreat

February 2-3 - Conference Bd of Pension & Health Benefits Pre-retirement Seminar

February 5-6 - Lay Servant Training in Baypines District

February 5-7 - Blue Lake Elementary Winter Retreat

February 13 - One Day: “Loving and Laughing on the Way to Church"

February 19-21 - Bishop's Confirmation Retreat

March 11-12 - Lay Servant Training Academy - Blue Lake

 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.