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

July 28, 2016


Welcome Reception Postponed

Dear Mobile District Clergy and Friends,
 
As many of you are aware, Bishop Paul Leeland and the cabinet members of the Alabama-West Florida Conference are actively engaged in the work of adjusting appointments as a result of Dr. Lawson Bryan's election and appointment to serve as the new bishop of the South Georgia Annual Conference.  Due to these circumstances, the welcome reception for the new Mobile District Superintendent and family has been postponed.  A new date for the reception shall be announced in the near future.  We apologize for any inconvenience to previous planning, and are especially grateful for the flexible accommodations of our gracious host for this event, Ashland Place UMC.
 
As always, your prayers for this work are appreciated.     
 


Help Send a Child to Blue Lake!

The United Methodist Inner City Mission is seeking scholarships for Blue Lake Camp.    The cost per child is $120.  If you  would like to help our children have this wonderful camping experience please send your donation to:  UMICM, P O Box 9082, Mobile, AL.  36691. 



Congratulations to Open Doors Thrift Store

Open Doors Thrift Store was chosen as BEST THRIFT STORE by Lagniappe voters. Thank you to everyone that voted!


COT hosts "Cost of Poverty Experience"

Communities of Transformation is hosting a "Cost of Poverty Experience" on August 2 from 6:00 pm until 8:15 pm at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Montgomery. All clergy and laity in the Alabama-West Florida Conference, and in the community, are encouraged to attend this life-changing event. The event is free, but registration is required.  Click here to register


Pastors... SAVE THE DATE!

Please place Thursday, August 4th on your calendars for our first meeting of the Pastors with our new District Superintendent.  The meeting will be from 10am - 12pm at St John UMC.  Charge conference schedules will be available at that meeting. 


Mid-Career Clergy Retirement Planning Seminar

A Mid-Career Retirement Seminar will be held on Thursday, October 6, 2016, at Covenant UMC.  There are many aspects of retirement that require planning at different stages of a pastor’s ministry. This one day seminar provides vital information regarding the needs of pastors who still have fifteen or more years before retiring. We encourage spouses to come as well.  Click here to see brochure with more details.


Historical Society to meet at St Stephens UMC

Laity and clergy are invited to the annual meeting of the Alabama-West Florida Historical Society September 15, 2016 at 9:30am.  The meeting will be held at Saint Stephens UMC here in the Mobile District.  You do not have to be a member of the Historical Society to attend and this would be an interesting outing for your Older Adult Ministries.  

There will be guest speakers from the 18th and 19th centuries and you will also learn about the St. Stephens United Methodist Church which was built around 1857.  The main sanctuary of this church is the original structure and was listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks & Heritage on March 25, 1976.

Preregistration is required by September 8th; a catered lunch is included in the registration fee of $20.    Click here to find a brochure or visit the Historical Society website at www.awfhistory.com.



 “Imagine What’s Next” ConferenceNovember 4-6

Sponsored by the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry, the gathering in Atlanta is designed to help college students connect their gifts with innovative discipleship. The Imagine What's NEXT community is a unique space created out of The United Methodist Student Movement. NEXT is about encouraging and supporting those who dream of making a difference in the world right now for Christ. As we grow and connect across the globe, NEXT serves as a pool of partners, perspectives, and resources to help you in your faith and leadership development. 



Upcoming Connectional Webinars

Below you will find upcoming AWF Connectional Webinars that you may find very helpful.  The Connectional Webinar Series is a training opportunity using enhanced technology through the Office of Connectional Ministries. You can enter this virtual, informative, educational, interactive experience from your home or office! All you need is a computer and the Internet. 
 
Disaster Response - Church community response - August 8, 2016, 7PM
If a disaster strikes your church or your community, learn what steps your church can take to respond. Also learn what to expect from other community disaster response agencies and how your church can participate in the response immediately after a disaster, and how the conference disaster response personnel will assist.
Panelist: Amelia Fletcher, Conference Disaster Response Coordinator  -  Click here to register


Lay Servant Training Events

  • The Pensacola District Committee on Lay Speaking will offer Lay Servant Ministry Training September 9 and 10, 2016, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.  Click here for more.
  • The Dothan District will host Lay Servant Training August 26 - 27, 2016 at First United Methodist Church in Enterprise, AL. Click here for more.
 

 Becoming a Healthy, Growing Church

The Alabama-West Florida Conference and Crosspoint United Methodist Church presents Becoming a Healthy, Growing Church August 26 – 27, 2016 at Crosspoint UMC in Niceville, FL.  If you have been in ministry long you know growing a church is not easy, and you probably have the scars to prove it.  But, if a church is not healthy it is nearly impossible!  Crosspoint is a healthy church that is seeing incredible growth.  They now have the largest worship attendance of any church in our conference and are the 9th fastest growing large membership church in our denomination.  The Crosspoint staff will be sharing the principles they have learned, the mistakes they have made, and the changes they have undergone to double their attendance in the last 10 years.   Click here to find more information.


Job/Ministry Opportunities - click here for full descriptions

To submit a Job/Ministry opportunity on the AWFUMC website click here

District Dates

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

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

July 31 - Reception for District Superintendent Darren McClellan and family - Ashland Place, 2-3:30pm

August 4 - Pastor's meeting 10-12pm - St. John UMC

August 13 - UMW District Mission Study - Toulminville-Warren Street UMC - 10m - 2pm

September 9-10 - Lay Servant Training - Pensacola District at Trinity UMC

September 18 - Mobile District's Blue Lake Sunday

Church Dates

August 6 - St. John UMC Community Family Fun Day - 10am-1pm

Conference Dates

August 1-4 - Festival of Wisdom and Grace

August 2 - Communities of Transformation - "Cost of Poverty Experience"  6pm-8:15pm - Aldersgate UMC, Montgomery.

August 5-7 - Blue Lake Christian Ashram

August 6 - Clergy Mid-Career Retirement Seminar -Thursday, October 6, 2016, Covenant UMC, Dothan

August 26-27 - Dothan District Lay Servant Training

August 26-27 - Becoming a Healthy, Growing Church

August 29-31 - Global United Methodist Clergywomen Gathering

August 17-20 - School of Congregational Development 2016

October 16-21 - 5-day Academy for Spiritual Formation

November 4-6“Imagine What’s Next” Conference

 

 Click here to find The Alabama West Florida Conference calendar online! 

 
Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.