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

January 7, 2016

Last Day for 2015 Apportionment Remittances

The last day apportionment payments can be applied for the 2015 year is Friday, January 8, 2016. Payments must be received in the Conference office by 3:00 p.m. so they can be deposited before the close of business. Payments can also be deposited directly into the Conference bank account at Regions Bank no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 8, 2016. Contact Heidi Mitchell at or Sharon Beasley at with questions or for details on depositing directly to Regions Bank.

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

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


New Mileage Rates for business in effect beginning January 1, 2016. 

Click here to see IRS Ruling.

Singspiration will be held at McIntosh UMC this Sunday, January 10th at 6pm! 

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 8 - Last day for 2015 apportionment payments

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 7 - West Side UMC - Health Fair - 9am-1pm

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 5-7 - Blue Lake Elementary Winter Retreat

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

February 19-21 - Bishop's Confirmation Retreat

Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.