This week's News.............

August 20, 2015

Circles of Transformation Taste and See Event

Circles of Transformation (COT) is an innovative ministry that partners low-income families with community volunteers. Through COT, intentional and often unlikely friendships are developed, bridging the socioeconomic, cultural, and racial gaps that might often divide us. Participants enter a safe and nurturing atmosphere filled with hope. There they can dream about a more stable future for themselves, developing clear goals and a pathway to a better place. The participants are not the only ones experiencing transformation. COT volunteers also report dramatic change growing out of the new friendships that have been formed. You may learn more by joining us for a Taste and See event on September 3rd from 5:45-8:00 PM at Spring Hill Ave UMC. We will have dinner and a simulated COT meeting so that you may experience Circles of Transformation. Child care will be provided. To learn more call Katy Wrona at 724.889.6754 and also go to  or

“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good.” Psalm 34:8

Stephen Ministry Workshop Offered

Stephen Ministry is a proven system for training and organizing people in your congregation to provide quality Christian care to those experiencing life difficulties. The will be a introductory workshop held at Fairhope United Methodist Church on Saturday, October 17th.  Click here to find more information. 

Women's Retreat with Dr. Lauren Winner

Women of all ages are invited to join Dr. Lauren Winner, September 17-19, in the beautiful North Carolina mountains for renewal of soul, mind, and body.  Dr. Winner, a professor at Duke Divinity School and acclaimed author of Girl Meets God and Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis, will lead the discussion pulling on themes from her latest book, Wearing God: Clothing, Laughter, Fire, and Other Overlooked Ways of Meeting God.

The retreat will be filled with a combination of fellowship, learning, and Sabbath rest in our NEWLY renovated Terrace. Gathering together for meals is an important part of the retreat experience, so lunch and dinner are included for those not staying in Lake Junaluska housing.  Click here to find more.

West Side UMC Yard Sale

West Side UMC will be holding a yard sale on Saturday August 29th - 8am until 11am.  Come by and check out the good deals!

Christ UMC Hosts Bible Conference with Dr. Ben Witherington August 30 & 31

How can we read and understand the Bible? With thousands of years of history between the modern reader and this ancient text, how can we be certain we know what it is trying to say?In August, Christ UMC will host a two-day Bible conference with one of the leading Bible scholars and best Bible communicators in the world! Dr. Ben Witherington has written over forty books, including The Jesus Quest and The Paul Quest, both of which were selected as top Biblical study works by Christianity Today. He is also the author of our fall small group focus on the book of John.Along with many interviews on radio networks across the country, Witherington has been seen on the History Channel, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, The Discovery Channel, A&E and the PAX Network.In addition to his teaching on reading and understanding the Bible, he will offer a special lunch study where he will address some of the most common arguments against the Bible’s reliability and credibility.It is not often that we get the opportunity to hear from such a brilliant mind and eloquent communicator and we hope you won’t miss the chance in August. Please join us for the whole conference and invite your friends to come along!    Click here for more information.

Fall 2015 Days of Refreshing at Dauphin Island UMC

Dauphin Island UMC asks you to join them September 16-17 for a very special event featuring Pastor Scott McDermott!  Scott has a BA and an MA in Biblical Studies, an MDiv, and an MPh. He also has a PhD in New Testament Studies from Drew University. Scott became the Senior Pastor of The Crossing church in 1993. He teaches part time at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University and is also a Certified Life Coach.
Sessions on Wednesday will be at 9:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. There will be a special session for Pastors on Thursday morning from 9:00 a.m. until 11:30. This event is free. Please note that offerings will be received at each session. Please call 251-861-5509 for more information.

A Day Apart For Clergy and Church Staff With Dr. Walter Brueggemann 

Dauphin Way United Methodist Church, Mobile, AL, will be hosting “A Day Apart for Clergy and Church Staff with Dr. Walter Brueggemann” on Monday, September 28, 2015.  Registration and refreshments will begin at 9:30 AM, with the first session beginning at 10:00 AM.  Dr. Brueggemann will teach on the topic “Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to the Culture of Now.”  He will also preach a closing communion service.  A $15 registration fee covers morning refreshments, lunch, and .3 CEU credits.  Dr.  Brueggemann will also be signing books at a small book table.  For more information or to register, please visit our website at

The Academy for Congregational Excellence (A.C.E.) invites clergy to participate in a unique cohort opportunity this fall. Body & Soul is a 12- week group covenant experience focused upon a holistic approach to spiritual, emotional, relational and physical flourishing. Beginning Tuesday, September 2nd, a Body & Soul group is launching in Mobile.  An orientation session for Body & Soul will be held Friday, August 21st at Dauphin Way UMC at 2:00 pm.  Click here to read more.


The Spiritual Formation Leadership Team and Contemplative Outreach, Ltd are hosting a Centering Prayer Workshop and Day Retreat September 12, 2015. The workshop/retreat will be held at Dauphin Way United Methodist Church (McGowin Hall) and will begin at 9 AM.  

Cost is $35 which includes lunch and the book Forty Days To A Closer Walk With God
David Muyskens plus 6 weeks of follow-up sessions. Recommended and optional reading Open Mind, Open Heart by Fr. Thomas Keating)

Make your payment (cash or check) payable to AWFC and mail to AWFUMC, ATTENTION: CP INTRO / WORKSHOP, 4719 Woodmere Bouleard, Montgomery, AL 36106.

Registration deadline is September 10.  

Questions?   Click here for more information or contact Minta McDavid or Patti Bodenhamer

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Ebenezer Homecoming and Revival Services

Ebenezer UMC announces their upcoming Homecoming service on Sunday, Sept., 27th at 11am.  Revival services will continue the next three nights, Sept. 28-30, at 7pm.  The Rev. George Weaver will be preaching at all four services and you are invited to join us for a time of spiritual rejuvenation. 


Order of Elders and Clergy Day Apart with Bishop Mike Coyner

As clergy serving churches in the Alabama-West Florida Conference, you are invited to attend a gathering of all clergy on October 8, 2015, at Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church with Bishop Mike Coyner, Resident Bishop of the Indiana Conference. We will gather at 9:30am and begin our worship and work with Bishop Coyner at 10:00am. 
Registration is $10 to cover the cost of the lunch. Please note that due to the agenda, there will not be time to eat off site. A .5 CEU credit is available.  
Click here for more information and/or to register attendance.

Lay Servant Ministries Training Offered

  • Pensacola District Lay Speaking Ministries is offering training September 12 & 19, 2015, 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., at Christ United Methodist Church, Milton, FL. Please click here for the flyer. Registration deadline is August 28, 2015.
  • The Marianna/Panama City District will host Lay Servant Training September 25 - 26, 2015 at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Panama City, FL.  Click here for more information.

District Dates

Second Sunday of Each Month - North Mobile District SINGSPIRATION

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

August 21 - A.C.E. Body and Soul Orientation meeting - Dauphin Way UMC

September 20 – UMW District Annual Day – Westside UMC

October 12 - North Mobile Planning Council - 6:30pm

October 17 – Pastor’s meeting and Clergy Family Fund Day & Picnic – Thornberg Lake

November 4 – North Mobile White Christmas Dinner – Ebenezer – 6pm

November 7 – UMW Executive Mission Team Meeting – Christ UMC

Local Church Dates

August 30-31- Bible Conference with Dr. Ben Witherington - Christ UMC

September 12 - Centering Prayer Workshop - Day Retreat - Dauphin Way UMC

September 16-17 - Fall 2015 Days of Refreshing with Scott McDermott - Dauphin Island UMC

September 28 - A Day Apart for Clergy and Church Staff with Dr. Walter Brueggemann

October 19-21- Bethel UMC Revival – Speaker will be Darrel Brunson - 7pm

October 25Bethel UMC Homecoming – Speaker will be John Henry Baxter - 11am

Conference Dates

September 12 - Lay Servant Ministries Training - Milton, FL

September 13 - ERT Training; Auburn

September 16, 23, 30; Oct 7 - Technology and Christian Values Webinar Series

September 17-19  -  Women's Retreat With Dr. Lauren Winner,

September 24 - Pleasant Path to Past; AWF Historical Society

September 25-26 - Marianna/Panama City District Hosts Lay Servant Training

September 28-30 - Explorations in Antiquities Center - Older Adult Ministries

October 4 - World Communion Sunday

October 5-7 - Revitup! An Energizing Event For Young Clergy

October 8 - Order of Elders and Clergy Day Apart

October 23-24 - UMW Conference Leadership Training and Annual Day

October 26-29 - SEJ Clergywomen's Consultation

October 27-30 - Conference Prayer Shawl Retreat - Blue Lake Camp

January 29-31 - Meltdown 2016 - Youth event



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.