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

December 10, 2015

Prayer Request

Please remember Rev. Dr. Doug Williams who had heart surgery today at Thomas Hospital.  Report is that the surgery went well.... "two by-passes and mitral valve repair. He will be on a balloon pump for at least two days to assist his heart function. In the words of the surgeon, "he is not out of the woods yet."  At best, Doug will be in  hospital 6-7 days. Please continue to pray for Doug & Nelda. 

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.  

Annual Toy Drive at North Mobile Singspiration

Our next Singspiration will be held at Sunflower UMC on December 13th.  We will be collecting toys for our Annual Christmas Toy Drive.  All toys will be taken to DHR in Chatom for distribution to local families.  Look forward to seeing you there! 



Bring your Youth Group to Ski Lake Junaluska

Experience a weekend of worship, fellowship and skiing in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina with your youth group this winter. Lake Junaluska, a conference and retreat center in the Great Smoky Mountains, partners with nearby Cataloochee and Wolf Ridge ski resorts to offer a variety of youth ski packages from December to March. Packages include lodging, breakfast, lift tickets, ski and boot rentals, ski lessons, dinner and worship program admission. The worship lineup this year features The Skit Guys and The Wayne Kerr band, among other notable names. A special Mission in the Mountains Weekend will be offered in February. Or plan your own retreat using our facilities and discounted ski tickets. Learn more about Ski Lake Junaluska at

Shop UMCmarket and help Open Doors

If you haven't yet checked out the new UMCmarket, its an innovative and simple program that offers savings for you while generating contributions for your ministry. Whether purchasing items for donation or shopping for family and friends, it's a great way to give twice, at no additional cost to you. Open Doors is listed as an option for your donation when purchasing online through UMCmarket. This would be a great way to help Open Doors, Inc. continue in its mission for supporting community ministries as you shop online for Christmas.
 Click here to watch a brief video and learn more about the benefits of UMCmarket!

The adult chancel choir  at Kingswood United Methodist Church presents “The First Noel: Celebrating The Birthday Of A King”, Sunday, December 20 at 5 p.m. in the sanctuary. Guest appearance by the Amazing Grace Children’s Choir. You won’t want to miss it!

Also coming up at Kingswood: 

On Sunday, December 13 at 5 o'clock in the evening, Kingswood UMC will host our annual Christmas Keyboard Concert. You will not want to miss this jubilant performance!

Alabama Rural Ministry Offers Opportunities to Serve and Learn

Alabama Rural Ministry (ARM) has lots going on and needs your help.  Check out these opportunities:

Check out the ARM website to find all of the news.  :-)


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

December 13 - Annual Toy Drive at North Mobile Singspiration - Sunflower UMC

January 8 - Last day for 2015 apportionment payments

Local Church Dates

December 13 -   Kingswood UMC Christmas Keyboard Concert -  5pm

December 20 - Kingswood UMC presents “The First Noel: Celebrating The Birthday Of A King” 5pm

Conference Dates

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

June 2-24 - Huntingdon College Leadership Academy


 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.