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

February 1, 2018

First Annual Love in Action Event

Don't forget to make plans to participate in the Mobile District's first annual Love in Action event.  This year’s event will be a District-wide work day at West Wilmer United Methodist Church.  Come join us for a day of food, fun and serving as we share our "love for one another" next Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 9am-until. 

Please bring any type of cleaning supplies (mops, paper towels, windex, etc.), large yard rakes, small rakes, shovels, lawn mowers, blowers, pressure washers, weed eaters and more weed eaters, lots of elbow grease and a smile.

If you plan to attend please email the number of people you are bringing to Kim at the District office so that we may plan for food. (

Generis Event- Growing the Culture of Generosity in Your Church

The Division of Stewardship of the Conference Board of Discipleship is co-sponsoring with Generis an event called Growing the Culture of Generosity in Your Church.  We are hosting this 4-hour event in two locations in our conference - on Thursday, February 8 at FUMC Montgomery and also on Friday, February 9 at Crosspoint UMC in Niceville.  ***BONUS*** The Niceville event happens the morning before their "Becoming a Healthy Growing Church" conference!  So, just arrive early!  Plus the generosity event is only $17!!  Just the cost of lunch!  Also, CEU's will be awarded, the number of them is yet to be determined.

Why Generis?  Generis has become a leading generosity ministry agency in the United States and has been producing impressive results in our annual conference at churches such as Crosspoint, FUMC Bay Minette, and Foley UMC.  Both Jay Cooper and Nolan Donald will also be on hand at both events to witness to the results that Generis has helped them achieve toward funding ministry for Jesus Christ.  

Click these links to find more information and registration details:
Montgomery -
Niceville -

Click Here to find the recent Word from Bishop Graves

All clergy and lay members to annual conference are strongly encouraged to watch this video message from Bishop David Graves. There are preparation assignments for both Bishop's Day Apart and 2018 Annual Conference. Click here to view or on the below image. Click here to read written transcript

Click here to see the most recent AWFUMC NewsCONNECTION!

Leadership Empowerment Training & Luncheon

Theodore First United Methodist invites you to attend a Leadership Empowerment Training and Luncheon on February 24, 2018 from 10:am to 12:noon. Our presenter will be Dr. Valerie D.W. James, author of Leadership Beyond the Basics. The cost is $10 per person for material and lunch.  Dr. James book, "Leadership Intelligence Beyond the Basics" may be purchased from for her book signing after the training.


Mobile District Hosts Lay Servant Training

When:  Saturday, March 24, 2018

Where: Tanner Williams UMC
             1550 Grand Bay Wilmer Road North,
             Mobile, AL  36608

Courses Offered:

  1. Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course*
  2. Delivering an Effective Sermon
  3. Leading Worship
  4. United Methodist Polity

Click here to find schedule, registration, textbook and instructor information.  Cost is $25.00 per person (includes continental breakfast, box lunch, coffee, water and snacks )

Registration deadline is March 18, 2018

For additional information, contact:  Teresa Brannan - 251-645-0579 / or Janece Allison 251-776-0283 /
Each participant must complete 10 hours of course work to receive credit. To meet this requirement, the ENTIRE book must be read PRIOR to the day of training. Instructors will contact you if any additional “homework”  is required.

The Winter Issue of "The Circuit Writer" is now posted at


Job/Ministry Opportunities

Click here for job descriptions and details

Wesley Foundation at The University of South Alabama - Campus Minister & Executive Director

University United Methodist Church - Full-time Director of Youth and College Ministry

Dauphin Way UMC – Pastoral Administrative Assistant

Toulminville-Warren St. UMC  - Day Care Teachers

Trinity UMC - Worship Leader/Musician

District Dates

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

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

February 10 - First Annual "Love in Action" District Wide Event - West Wilmer UMC - 9am-3pm

February 24 – District Lay Servant Training Day - Advanced Classes to be offered - more details coming

May 5 - Dumas Wesley Annual Plane Pull

March 24 - Lay Servant Training - Tanner Williams UMC - 7am - 5pm

Church Dates

 February 25 - Theodore FUMC - Leadership Empowerment Training and Luncheon -10am-noon

Conference Dates

February 3 - UMVIM Team Leader Training-Lynn Haven UMC

February 4 - Black Methodists for Church Renewal Sunday

February 5 - Predatory Lending Seminar

February 6-7 - Planning for Your Retirement

February 8 - Growing the Culture of Generosity in Your Church

February 9-10 - "Becoming a Healthy, Growing Church" Conference

February 10 -  Means of Grace | Day Apart for Spiritual Formation (Third Session)

February 15 - Deadline for submitting Resolutions to the Committee on Resolutions and Petitions

February 16-18 - LeadUP: Missional Leadership Retreat for Youth

February 20 - Bishop's Day Apart

February 23-24 - AWF United Methodist Women Annual Meeting

February 25 - Disabilities Awareness Sunday

February 26 - Deadline for materials and reports to be included in the Book of Reports

February 25-March 1 - All Shall Be Well

March 1-4 - Lake Junaluska Peace Conference

March 2 - Lay Servant Training - Baypines District

March 2-4 - Bishop's Confirmation Retreat 2018

March 2-3 - Small Membership Church Summit 2018

March 9-10 - Lay Servant Training at Trinity UMC, Ft. Walton Beach

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

Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.