This Week's News............................................................ April 12, 2018

Table of Contents:
Early Disaster Response Training (ERT)
Clergy Quadrennial Sexual Ethics Training
New Details for Annual Conference 2018
SECN Administrators' Conference - Tax & Human Resource Issues confronting the Church Today
Fountain of Love Offering Focuses On Mother’s Day
Lake Junaluska Summer Youth Events
Job/Ministry Opportunities
District Events
Church Events
Conference Events

Early Disaster Response Training (ERT)

Be prepared to respond to the next disaster. Early Response Training covers the basics of early disaster response, including roof tarping, cleaning out damaged homes, spiritual and emotional care, team protocols, and more. Click here for a description of what well-trained ERT teams look like. Click here for "Seven Important things to know about Disaster Spiritual and Emotional Care."

Proper credentials are required for individuals and teams responding in the first few days after a disaster. Participants who successfully complete this training will receive those credentials, including an ERT badge.  

Training sessions are open to all people ages 18 . All participants must either have a background check done or bring proof of a background check from an employer or church.  

To schedule a training for your church, contact Susan Hunt at 334-356-8014.

Upcoming Disaster Early Response Team Training sessions:

April 21, 2018 - Cokesbury UMC, Pensacola

Clergy Quadrennial Sexual Ethics Training

All clergy are required by the AWF Board of Ordained Ministry to attend Sexual Ethics training every quadrennial.  There are three opportunities for you to comply with this requirement:

Saturday, August 25 at The Vision Center, Mobile
Monday, August 27 at St. James UMC, Montgomery
Tuesday, August 28 at FUMC Dothan

Again, this is a mandatory requirement each clergy must meet.  Please place one of these events on your calendars now!  An email with more information about the requirements of this event was sent earlier to all clergy.  Click here to view if you missed it! 

New Details for Annual Conference 2018

Annual Conference 2018 will be held June 3-6 at Frazer Memorial UMC in Montgomery. Our theme is, “Imagine: A Church That's the Hope of the World” based on Ephesians 1:18-19.

This week's highlighted details:

UMCOR  Mobile District Kit Supplies

As is custom At Annual Conference we are asking churches to bring UMCOR kits yet again. This year they are asking each district to bring individual items for hygiene and school kits. The Mobile District is asked to bring Paper for the school kits and Soap for the hygiene kits.  Click here to find more details!

Deadline for the Local Church Heritage Award

The deadline for the Local Church Heritage Award will be May 4, 2018.  The award will be presented to the local church who celebrated or preserved their heritage in the most outstanding way during 2017. For more information click here or contact Sharon Tucker at or 334-833-4413. 

Mass Choir Info for AC 2018

Frazier UMC has been asked again this year to have singers from all over the conference join their choir  to make a mass chorus for the opening worship service on June 3rd.  It has been a real thrill at past conference services to see a great choir from all of our churches singing together.  Click here to find out how your singers can participate in this wonderful worship service. 

Click on the below links for more information. 

SECN Administrators' Conference - Tax & Human Resource Issues confronting the Church Today

Join us for Southeast Church Network's 64th annual Administrators Conference April 29-May 1, 2018, at The Terrace Hotel in Lake Junaluska, NC. It will be a time of spiritual growth, job knowledge growth, and fellowship that you won't want to miss. This conference is open to all churches of the Southeast.

Click here for more information; deadline to register is April 27th.

Fountain of Love Offering Focuses On Mother’s Day

As we approach Mother’s Day, it is our hope that your church will celebrate mothers through the taking of a Mother’s Day Offering for the Fountain of Love. The Fountain of Love Fund provides financial assistance to older adults living in a Methodist Home retirement community who find that they can no longer pay for their entire care Because of the support of the Alabama-West Florida Conference and its churches, no resident has ever been asked to leave a Methodist Home due to their inability to pay.

To order the FREE Fountain of Love Offering materials for your church online, visit, and complete the form!  For more information about the Fountain of Love or Methodist Homes, explore our website at, or call 205-951-2442.

Lake Junaluska Summer Youth Events

Registration is open for Summer Youth Events at Lake Junaluska. The events are an incredible opportunity for youth to grow in faith, friendship and community, all while surrounded by the beauty of the Western North Carolina mountains.

Learn more and register today at or call 800-222-4930. 

Job/Ministry Opportunities

Click here for job descriptions and details

Dumas Wesley - Summer Recreation Staff

Kingswood UMC - Part Time Secretary

Foley UMC – Director of Traditional Worship

Wilmer UMC - Pianist Position

Chickasaw UMC - Part Time Youth Director

Wesley Foundation at The University of South Alabama - Campus Minister & Executive Director

Toulminville-Warren St. UMC  - Day Care Teachers

District Events

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

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

April 15 - Courageous Conversations - Toulminville-Warren Street UMC - 2:30pm - 5:30pm

April 19 - Clergy Meeting - Christ UMC - 10am-1pm or 6-9pm

April 25 - Deadline to register for 2018 Dumas Wesley Plane Pull

May 5 - Dumas Wesley Annual Plane Pull

May 10 - The Right Start: Beginning Ministry in a New Setting - Enterprise FUMC - 9:30am-3pm

June 17 - Last Sunday for Moving Pastors

June 19 - Moving Day for Relocating Pastors

July 8 - First Sunday for Moving Pastors

August 25 - Clergy Sexual Ethics Training Event -  The Vision Center, Mobile

Church Events

May 19 - St. Mark UMC meal packing event for Rise Against Hunger - 2pm

Conference Events

April 12-14 - Inspirit Retreat for Older Adults - Blue Lake

April 17 - Clergy Community Workshop

April 20-22 - ARM-Cycle of Service

April 27-28 - Lay Servant Ministries Training

April 29-May 1- SECN Administrator's Conference

May 1-3 - Renovate Conference

May 2-5 - Blue Lake Christian Writers Retreat

May 18-20 - United Methodist Women Assembly 2018

May 19 - Means of Grace | Day Apart for Spiritual Formation (Fourth Session)

August 25 - Clergy Sexual Ethics Training Event -  The Vision Center

August 27 - Clergy Sexual Ethics Training Event - St. James UMC

August 28 - Clergy Sexual Ethics Training Event -  FUMC Dothan

Click here to find The Alabama West Florida Conference Calendar


Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.