This week's news from the Mobile District

January 21, 2016

United Methodist Volunteers in Mission Team Leader Training

There will be an UMVIM (United Methodist Volunteers in Mission) Team Leader Training on Saturday, January 23, 2016, at Eufaula First UMCClick here for registration information and other details.

Well-trained team leaders, and thus their teams, are more effective in ministry in the world for Christ's sake. At this and all Team Leader Training sessions, participants will receive a wealth of information on preparing an UMVIM team for service, including such topics as effective project selection, spiritual development, cultural sensitivity for teams, logistics, and finance.

Participating in the training does not obligate you to lead a team, but will help you understand the fundamentals of team leadership and will enrich any future Mission experiences you have. You will also gain ideas on places around the world where you can serve.
All team leader training sessions are listed at

The 2015 Journal is for sale at Amazon!

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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 - deadline is January 25!!  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  

Blue Lake Hosts Christian Writers Retreat

Blue Lake is hosting a Christian Writers Retreat April 20 - 23, 2016 at Blue Lake. At the retreat, you’ll experience the benefits of a large writers’ conference, but on a more personal level. Whether you’re a beginning or experienced writer, our faculty of seasoned professionals can teach you how to improve your writing skills, market your work, and get published. 

You may choose from three different morning continuing classes and sixteen afternoon workshops which offer a range of information about various aspects of writing, both fiction and nonfiction.  In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to meet with the faculty in one-on-one appointments and discuss your writing goals.

All of this training and networking with other writers, plus lodging for three nights and breakfast, lunch, and dinner can be yours for an amazing, affordable price.

Click here for more information. 

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

To submit a Job/Ministry opportunity to place on our the AWFUMC website click here.

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 - New Hope UMC - Ribs & Boston Butt Sale

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.