This Week's News..............................................................April 11, 2019

Table of Contents:

2nd Annual Love in Action
West Side UMC Easter Events
Youth Leader and Volunteer Training
Snacks for Finals at USA Wesley Foundation
Native American Ministries Sunday
Choir Robes for Churches in Africa
Dumas Wesley Community Center 2019 Plane Pull
Golf Tournament Fundraiser for Ecuador Mission
Lay Servant Training
Spiritual Formation - Means of Grace
Preparation Continues for 2019 Annual Conference
Job/Ministry Opportunities

Click here to find A Word from Bishop Graves

Re: 2019 Appointment Process

Only Two Saturdays Remain for the 2nd Annual Love in Action

This year our 2nd Annual Love in Action District Mission event has been on Saturdays (9 am-12 pm) during Lent serving at Open Doors Resale and Thrift Store on Highway 90.  There are only two Saturdays left to help this wonderful organization that supports missions in the Mobile District .  Please consider signing up for one of these two Saturdays.  You may sign up as a group or as an individual.  Click here to go to the SignUpGenius page and follow the directions.

West Side UMC Events


Youth Leader and Volunteer Training

Snacks for Finals at USA Wesley Foundation

Finals week at the University of South Alabama is the last week in April.  If you would like to provide the Wesley Foundation students food or snacks for energy and stamina please drop items by the foundation.  Call or email Clay Smith at or (334) 796-1366 to find out a time when the building will be open to receive these items. 

No one has signed up to provide the Tuesday meal for the students on April 30th but finger foods and snacks for the week would be a great substitute for this meal.  Thank you so much for all you do for Wesley!

Native American Ministries Sunday

Native American Ministries Sunday is traditionally recognized on the third Sunday of Easter, which is May 5 this year.   As part of your congregation's preparation, consider how small groups can engage in studies to learn more about the Native American members of The United Methodist Church. Invite guests from Native American congregations and organizations to speak to your group. Research and report on the traditions and heritage of Native American United Methodists and explore our denomination's history with First Americans, including Acts of Repentance and Reconciliation.  Click here to find more information and resources. 

Choir Robes for Churches in Africa

The Methodist church in Africa is experiencing tremendous growth.  Rev. Jim Kinder has had the privilege of partnering with our Methodist Missionaries Jean Claude Maleka and his wife Francine. They serve in Cote d’Ivoire on the continent of Africa.

As a new church is formed, one of the items that helps to bring it to life is choir robes. These robes are worn with pride and dignity. When they wear them, they serve as a symbol of joy and grace.

Unfortunately buying new robes are cost prohibitive. However, many churches in the US have old/unused choir robes. We have found a cost effect way to ship choir robes to Cote d’Ivoire and are asking churches to consider donating their unused choir robes to the ministries in Cote d’Ivoire.   Please contact Kim Doss at the Mobile District Office if you would like to donate at or 251-345-3313.

Click here to find information about Dumas Wesley Community Center 2019 Plane Pull May 18 - Teams must register by May 6

Golf Tournament Fundraiser for Ecuador Mission

This June, the Mobile District is sending a 15 member mission team, representing 6 area churches, to the community of Cajas near Tabacundo, Ecuador.  The mission team will be hosting a golf tournament to raise funds to complete this mission.  This will be a no stress, fun day of golf.  Players and Hole sponsorships are needed to support these efforts.  For a donation of $100 or more a sign for each sponsor will be displayed on the golf course the day of the event.  Each player will also receive a list of all sponsors in their gift bag.  If you are interested in signing up or sponsoring click here to find rules, registration and sponsorship forms.   Deadline for forms to be returned to the District Office is May 8th.  Please consider joining in the fun and becoming a part of this mission experience.

Lay Servant Training

Register now for this lay servant ministry training opportunity in Ozark, AL, at Ozark FUMC on Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18This event is sponsored by the Dothan District.

The Basic Course will be offered and three Advanced Courses: Discover Your Spiritual Gifts; Public Prayer; and Train the Trainer. 

Click here for the registration form

For questions on Dothan District Training, contact Sherrie Reasner, District Director, at

For questions on Lay Servant Ministries, contact Dr. David Bowen, Conference Director, at

Spiritual Formation - Means of Grace

Preparation Continues for 2019 Annual Conference

Annual Conference 2019 will be held June 2-5 at Frazer Memorial UMC in Montgomery. Our theme is, “This We Proclaim” based on 1 John 1:1. The reservation system, which includes meal tickets, the laity banquet, childcare, youth page applications, table space and more, is now live. Click on the below links for more information. Bishop Tracy Smith Malone of the East Ohio Conference will be the guest preacher for the opening worship and the ordination and commissioning services. Dr. Dan Morris will deliver the sermon for the memorial service. Rev. Eric Soard, Dr. Geoffrey Lentz and Rev. Sara Shaver will preach at the three morning worship services. Jarvis Wilson and Keith Wilson will again provide music throughout the conference. 
Pre-conference Briefing Information
Reservation System
Missional Offering
Hotel Information
Biometric Health Screening
UMCOR Kit Collection
Mass Choir Information

Job/Ministry Opportunities

Click here for job descriptions and details

Chickasaw UMC - Sr. High Youth Minister

Chickasaw UMC - Administrative Assistant

Kingswood UMC - Part Time Youth Director

Communities of Transformation - Graphic Designer

Dumas Wesley Community Center - Full Time Youth Director

Dumas Wesley Community Center - Summer Recreation staff

District Events

Second Sunday of Each Month - North Mobile District SINGSPIRATION- 6pm - April - Sims Chapel UMC

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

April 23 - Right Start for moving clergy

April 28 - UMW 46th District Annual Day - St. John UMC

May 6 - Deadline to register for Dumas Wesley Plane Pull

May 18  - Dumas Wesley Plane Pull

May 19 -  Mobile District Annual Conference Briefing  - 3pm - Saraland UMC

June 2-5 - 2019 Annual Conference

Church Events

Every Third Friday - West Side UMC Spaghetti Dinner and Game Night - 4-7pm

April 20 - West Side UMC - The Kempters Concert

Conference Events

April 20 - UMVIM Mission Team Leader Training

April 23 - Right Start for moving clergy 

April 26-27 - United Methodist Men's Spring Advance

April 28 - Montgomery Districts Annual Conference Briefing

April 28-May 1 - SECN Administrator's Annual Conference

May 4 - Means of Grace | Day Apart for Spiritual Formation

May 5 - Pensacola District Annual Conference Briefing

May 19 - Mobile District Annual Conference Briefing

May 19 - Baypines District Annual Conference Briefing

June 2-5 - 2019 Annual Conference

Click here to find The Alabama West Florida Conference Calendar

Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.