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

October 22, 2015

Update on recovery efforts in South Carolina

The South Carolina United Methodist Church is actively involved in recovery efforts after the historic flooding around the state. For more information on what United Methodist’s are doing go to

Click here to find a note from our Conference Disaster Coordinator on how you can help.

Join Christ United Methodist Church 50 Ministry

February 5-7, 2016
For the "St. Simons Island Storytelling Festival

Hosted by Epworth by the Sea... a beautiful United Methodist Conference and Retreat center, located on the banks of the historic Frederica River.  On this beautifully landscaped campus you can take a stroll along the river bank, spend time in one of the lovely gardens or rock away on the front porch.  Epworth by the Sea is named in honor of the boyhood home of John and Charles Wesley, founders of Methodism from Epworth, England.

Trip includes:

  • Round trip coach transportation from Christ United Methodist Church to Epworth by the Sea, St Simons Island, GA
  • 2  nights accommodations at either the Turner Lodge or Robertson Inn
  • 6 meals
  • Storytelling Festival event tickets
  • 1-1/2 hr. trolley tour of the island.

Per person rates are:
Turner Lodge -- $373.73
Robertson Inn -- $353.40
Price is based on 2 people per room.

Hurry!  Space is limited.
A deposit of $50.00 is due by Oct 30,2015 to hold your spot.
Final payment is due Jan 18, 2016.
Contact Kathryn Twilley at (251) 404-4414 to book and make payment.

Team registration for Alabama Rural Ministry's (ARM) 2016 youth mission camp is now open!

 ARM serves with middle and high school students in June and July through home repair and children's day camp ministries. They can host teams of up to 70 members at two sites in rural Alabama. Teams have already begun registering, so now is the time to make your summer mission plans!
Team registration is only $25 until December 1, and the per person cost is only $275.

Join us as we restore hope, build dreams, and make sweet homes for Alabama!   Find out more today at or call Joe at (334) 501-4276 x100.




Attention Clergy of the Alabama West Florida Conference

The Conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits in cooperation with the Board of Ordained Ministry is sponsoring the sixth annual pre-retirement seminar on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 and Wednesday, February 3, 2016.  The seminar will be held in Pensacola at the Crown Plaza Hotel.

Individual retirement projections and consultations with Mr. Ron Coleman of the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits will be conducted during the seminar.  As a result of time limitations, participation is limited to the first 20 clergy persons with a paid registration. 

Don’t delay registering your attendance, deadline is January 8, 2016.  Click here to register or to find more information and brochure click here

Huntingdon College Leadership Academy

Huntingdon College invites pastors and youth ministers who serve United Methodist churches to sponsor high school juniors and/or seniors to participate in the Huntingdon Leadership Academy  June 22 - 24, 2016.

 High school juniors and seniors who have the gifts and graces for ministry of any sort—whether as deacons or elders, missionaries, music ministers, children’s or youth pastors, worship leaders, or lay leaders, among the many ways to minister —are welcome at this retreat.

Click here for more information.

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.

Reminder from the United Methodist Children's Home

The White Christmas offering collected on behalf of the United Methodist Children’s Home is a heart-felt tradition dating back to the 1930s. During this special season Methodist Congregations across both the North Alabama and Alabama-West Florida Conferences gather generous offerings in support of UMCH’s transformational ministries.
Click HERE to order your supplies.

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

Homecoming Services to be held 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.

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 - November hosted by Pine Grove UMC

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

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 1-31 - Tanner Williams UMC - Pumpkin Patch & Saturday activities during month of Oct.

October 24-25 - Spring Hill Ave UMC 140th Anniversary Events

October 24-25 - Theodore First UMC Harvest Festival

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

October 25 - Aldersgate UMC Homecoming - Greg Nobles preaching - 11am

 October 28 - Wilmer UMC Fall Festival - 6pm

October 30 - Deadline to register for Christ UMC's trip to St. Simons Island

October 31 - Theodore UMC Annual Bazaar and Turkey Dinner - 7am

November 1 - Sunflower UMC Homecoming - Brother Greg Nobles preaching - 11am

November 14 - Zirlott Road UMC Fall Festival & Bazaar - 10am-2pm

November 20 & 21 - Creola UMC Holiday Bazaar - 9am

Conference Dates

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

October 23-24 - Dothan District Lay Servant Training

October 25  - UMCH Foster Care Informational Meeting

October 26-27 - Clergy Mentor Training Events

October 26-29 - SEJ Clergywomen's Consultation

October 27-30 - Prayer Shawl Retreat

November 8 - UMW Sunday in Local Churches

November 12-15 - Lake Junaluska Peace Conference

November 14 - Increasing Active Engagement Conference

November 21 - ERT Disaster Response Training

January 29-31 - Meltdown 2016 Youth Retreat

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

June 2-24 - Huntingdon College Leadership Academy


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.