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This Week's News..............................................................January 31, 2019

District Women's Study with Rev. Sheila Bates & Rev. Jean Tippit
The UM Connectional Federal Credit Union Offering College Scholarships
Lay Servant Training Course Offered
Delegation Elections for 2020 General And Jurisdictional Conferences
Summer Youth Events at Lake Junaluska
Communities of Transformation Fundraiser
Divorce Care for Kids Group Sponsored by Christ UMC
Blue Lake Christian Writers Retreat March 27-30


District Women's Study with Rev. Sheila Bates & Rev. Jean Tippit

If you have ever felt overwhelmed with the busyness of life or you have longed for a little peace and quiet? Then this Bible Study is for you.  As humans, we were created for Sabbath. We were created to need rest for our bodies, minds, and souls. On Thursday nights starting February 28, at 6:30 pm, gather with other women to study Breathe, Making Room for Sabbath by Priscilla Shirer.  This study will help women find the breathing room to live their everyday very hectic lives.  The study will look at what it means to create Sabbath and space to grow in your relationship with God. The group will be led by Rev. Sheila Bates, Associate Pastor at Dauphin Way UMC and  Rev. Jean Tippit, Associate Pastor at Christ United.  The study will be held in the fellowship hall at Spring Hill Avenue United Methodist Church. Invite your friends and join us for study and rest.  The cost of the book is $13.00 and you can pick one up at Dauphin Way UMC and Christ United.  For more information, contact Sonya Carson at sonya.carson@christunited.com.


The United Methodist Connectional Federal Credit Union Offering College Scholarships

4 people between the ages of 17-35 will have the opportunity to win a $1000.00 scholarship within the four conferences.  

Florida UMC Conference
Alabama – West Florida UMC Conference
North Georgia UMC Conference
South Georgia UMC Conference
 
Deadline to apply is April 30, 2019 and each winner will be notified during the month of prior to each Annual Conference. The Winner of each Conference will be announced at the Conference.
 
For Eligibility and to Apply Online click here  UMCFCU2019COLLEGESCHOLARSHIP  


Lay Servant Training Course Offered

Register now for a lay servant ministry training opportunity in Pensacola, FL at Shalimar UMC.
Saturday, March 16 and Saturday, March 23.  This event is sponsored by the Pensacola District.  The Adult Basic Course will be offered and two Advanced Courses: Polity and Devotional Life in the Wesley Tradition. Click here to find the registration form

For questions on Pensacola District Training, contact Bruce Knecht, District Director, at acftmechcso@att.net.

For questions on Lay Servant Ministries, contact Dr. David Bowen, Conference Director, at david.bowenjr@gmail.com.


Delegation Elections for 2020 General And Jurisdictional Conferences

The Alabama-West Florida Conference will elect its delegation to the 2020 General and Jurisdictional Conferences during the 2019 Annual Conference Session in Montgomery on June 2-5.

Laity who wishes to be nominated as a lay delegate to General and Jurisdictional Conference may be self-nominated by completing the Delegate Nomination Form linked below. Completed profile sheets will be published online at www.afumc.org. Information regarding eligibility may be found in paragraph 36 of the 2016 Book of Discipline (also outlined in the information page linked below). 

Completed nomination forms must be received no later than March 1, 2019, in order to be published in the 2019 Brochure of Reports.

Please click here to view the information page for prospective delegates.

Please click here to fill out the online form.


Summer Youth Events at Lake Junaluska

Bring your youth group to Lake Junaluska this summer for worship, spiritual growth and adventure in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Every event includes energized worship with great speakers and bands, small groups, vespers and workshops. Youth also can choose to participate in mission projects and recreational activities such as rafting, ziplining or swimming. Find more information at www.lakejunaluska.com/summeryouth.

Dates:
Event 1: June 15-19 – Rev. Andy Lambert with Jimmy Atkins and the Light ’Em Ups and a talent show, outdoor movie and Sunday morning worship in Stuart Auditorium
Event 2: June 20-23 – Rev. Juan Huertas with Abbye West Pates and a talent show
Event 3: June 23-27 – Guest speaker Stephanie Caro with Abbye West Pates and a talent show and outdoor movie
Event 4: June 27-30 – Rev. Janjay Innis with Zachariah Suggs and illusionist Josh Lozoff
Event 5: June 30-July 3 – Rev. Jeremy Steele with Zachariah Suggs and illusionist Josh Lozoff
Event 6: July 10-14 – Rev. Kevin Wright with Jimmy Atkins and the Light ’Em Ups and a talent show and comedian


Communities of Transformation Fundraiser


Divorce Care for Kids Group Sponsored by Christ UMC


Blue Lake Christian Writers Retreat March 27-30

At Blue Lake Christian Writers 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, interested in fiction or nonfiction, our faculty of seasoned professionals can teach you how to improve your writing skills, market your work, and get published.


Job/Ministry Opportunities

Click here for job descriptions and details

Lillian UMC - Part Time Youth Director

Tanner Williams UMC - Part Time Youth Director

Dumas Wesley Community Center - Full Time Youth Director

Dumas Wesley Community Center - Part Time Assistant Youth Director


District Events

Second Sunday of Each Month - North Mobile District SINGSPIRATION- 6pm - Feb - Ebenezer UMC

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

February 28 - Women's Study with Rev. Sheila Bates & Rev. Jean Tippit - 6:30pm - Spring Hill Ave UMC

March 10 - Post General Conference Meeting  at Christ UMC in Mobile, AL

March 11 - Post General Conference Clergy Gathering with Bishop Graves - Christ UMC

Church Events

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

March 30 - Activate Missions Conference - Saraland UMC - 8:30am-2pm

Conference Events

February 1-3 - Elementary Winter Retreat

February 2 - The Cost of Poverty Experience (COPE)

February 5 - Preaching like Wesleyans

February 15-16 - Alabama-West Florida United Methodist Women Annual Day

February 16 - UMVIM Mission Team Leader Training

February 16 - Means of Grace | Day Apart for Spiritual Formation (Seventh Session)

February 22-24 -  Boy Scout Ski Retreat

March 7 - General Conference Overview Meeting at Montgomery FUMC

March 8-10 - Bishop's Confirmation Retreat

March 9 - General Conference Overview Meeting at Covenant UMC in Dothan, AL

March 10-12 - Marriage Enrichment Retreat

March 10 - General Conference Overview Meeting  at Christ UMC in Mobile, AL

March 11 - Post General Conference Clergy Gathering

March 18-20 - Guided Personal Retreat

Click here to find The Alabama West Florida Conference Calendar

 
Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.