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

March 23, 2017

A Word From Bishop Graves

You are invited to hear an important video message from Bishop David Graves about our next steps and the upcoming United Methodist Judicial Council ruling. Click here to watch video. Click here to read written transcript and to access two relevant informational links

You may also listen to this message as an audio-only podcast by clicking here, by searching for "AWFUMC Podcasts" on iTunes or in your preferred podcast player. We invite you to subscribe to these podcasts. 

Mark your calendars for USA Wesley Foundation's Paddle Skedaddle!

Saturday, June 3rd 2017 - 9am to 2pm

Spend the morning on the water racing (or moseying) this 1.5 mile course with your family or as an individual!  There will be awards, lots of fair games & concessions on the grounds!  

This family-friendly event will take place at 5 Rivers (off the Causeway) on the June 3rd.  Boats launch from the launch site in front of Delta Safaris and line up at the docks at 5 Rivers.  Spectators will cheer the boat teams as they start from the docks and race around a small island at the end of the cut-through that connects Sardine Pass with Justin’s Bay.
While contestants are on the water, there are lots of fun activities for adults and children.  There will be food and fair games galore.  After the race, there will be awards given in a number of categories including, “parent/child teams”, “most creatively dressed team”, “loudest cheering section”, the coveted “Pews & Canoes Award” for the church with the most supporters there, etc.  

Please consider becoming a sponsor and help to support the foundation.  Funds raised go to the USA Wesley Foundation Building Fund.  Click here to find more information!

 Sponsored by the Quadw Missional Internship

"A Place at the Table" is a gathering of ethnic believers (lay and clergy) seeking to have intentional conversations about inclusion and unity throughout the Church. We confess that God’s heart for the Church is that we be a community of diverse believers, working and serving together for the transformation of the world. It is our prayer that this time of intentional conversation will aid in establishing commonality, creating community and bringing clarity of purpose to all our ethnic members and churches within the Alabama-West Florida Conference.

This event will grant a unique opportunity to gather with other believers as we worship and enter into a time of intentional conversation.

We would love for all those interested to join us!

WHEN: Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM (CT)

WHERE: Evergreen First UMC, 118 Desplous Street, Evergreen, AL 36401

            *Lunch will be served to only those who register in advance* 

 For more information: Jenn Lusher - - Connectional Ministries

To register visit—

Church Nursery Equipment Requested

Pine Hill UMC in the Demopolis District is seeking cribs and a changing table. This church will soon be hosting the newest Communities of Transformation site and would like to be prepared for participants who have children.

If your church is upgrading its equipment and has a crib or changing table you can donate, please contact Rev. Reba Wiley at 205-344-2192.

Upcoming Training Sessions

Mission Team Leader Training:

What: UMVIM (United Methodist Volunteers In Mission) Team Leader Training

Where: Panama City First UMC, Panama City, FL

When: Saturday, April 29, 2017, 8 AM to 3 PM

Who: Anyone interested in leading well-prepared mission teams across the US and the globe, or anyone who wants to be a better mission team member.

Click here for more information and to register.

Disaster Response Training:

What: ERT (Early Response Team) Disaster Response Training

Where: Panama City First UMC, Panama City, FL

When: Friday, May 5, 6 PM to Saturday, May 6, 12 PM

Who: Anyone over 18 interested in being prepared to respond when natural disasters strike your community and across the country.

Click here for more information

Upcoming Emmaus Walks

As a pastor, I've used Emmaus over the years as a discipleship tool to encourage my leaders in taking the next step in their walk with Christ. Here at Saraland UMC, we send as many of our members as possible. I especially recommend Emmaus to all pastors and leaders, not only for their own renewal but also so leaders can refer then others to this experience. Emmaus, published by The Upper Room, is a 72-hour retreat that includes a number of biblical talks and powerful worship experiences. It is open to people in all denominations. We're fortunate, here in the Mobile District, to have Servant Heart Emmaus retreats held nearby in Citronelle. Upcoming dates, which often fill up quickly, are Men's Walk (Sept 21-24) and Women's Walk (Oct 12-15). You can find an application by clicking HERE. Scholarships are available. For information, please feel free to contact me any time.  -Rev. Mike Hoppe, Saraland UMC,,  251-675-2728   

UMCOR Sunday (formerly One Great Hour of Sharing) is March 26

When disaster strikes around the globe—Haiti’s 2010 earthquake or Typhoon Haiyan in 2013—so many watching the drama unfold on our living room televisions feel entirely helpless. How could any one person make a difference in the wake of such widespread devastation? As responders around the globe scramble to help survivors, the United Methodist Committee on Relief, UMCOR, is prepared to act. When you give, you equip Christ’s body to serve in His name. That’s because your generous giving to UMCOR Sunday (formerly One Great Hour of Sharing) is what allows UMCOR to act as the arms and legs of Christ’s church, moving toward the most vulnerable in their darkest days. Convinced that all people have God-given worth and dignity—without regard to race, religion or gender—together we are assisting those impacted by crisis or chronic need. More information here.

Invitation from West Side UMC.........

  • Lenten Luncheons every Wednesday beginning March 22nd thru April 12th at 12 noon.  Cost is only $6 for one of the best lunches offered in the city of Mobile. Guest preachers/speakers to be announced. Those looking for a great meal and fellowship, visit us at 269 Mohawk Street in the Midtown section of Mobile.

Click here to find more details about the competition!

Job/Ministry Opportunities

St. Mark UMC - Part Time Children's Minister
Dumas Wesley Community Center - Part Time Office Assistant: Sybil H. Smith Family Village

District Dates

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

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

April 8 - A Place at the Table 9:30am - 2:30pm - Evergreen First UMC

May 29 - Dumas Wesley Community Center Plane Pull Fundraiser

June 3 - USA Wesley Foundation Paddle Skedaddle - 9am-2pm

Church Dates

March 22 - April 12 - West Side UMC Lenten Luncheons - Wednesdays - 12 noon - $6

April 1 - Crawford UMC - Easter Egg Hunt - 12-1pm

April 9 - Crawford UMC - Easter Dinner following Worship

Conference Dates

April 21 - 22 - United Methodist Men's Advance Spring Meeting

June 4 - 7 - 2017 AWF Annual Conference

Click here to find The Alabama West Florida Conference calendar online!
Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.