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

July 20, 2017

A Word from the Bishop: July 13, 2017

You are invited to watch a video message from Bishop David Graves, Resident Bishop of the Alabama-West Florida Conference. Click here to watch video or click here to read the written transcript

You may also listen to this message as an audio-only podcast by clicking here, by searching for "AWFUMC Podcasts" on iTunes or in your preferred podcast player. We invite you to subscribe to these podcasts.

Sunflower UMC will host Singspiration August 13th at 6pm

UMICM Receives Grant From Children's Trust Fund of AL

The United Methodist Inner City Mission (UMICM) is proud to announce that they are a recipient of a $90,000 grant from the Alabama Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention. The $90,000 grant is for two years of program activities. The primary goal of UMICM's proposed program is to decrease risk factors and increase protective factors related to child maltreatment prevention  in 150 Kindergarten - Twelfth graders attending year-round programming at Taylor Park Community Center in inner-city Mobile. The secondary goals of the program are to enhance life skills, improve school performance and increase overall well-being. "This grant will provide a portion of the funding needed for UMICM to offer essential and life-changing opportunities for students in Taylor Park," Rev. Tonny Algood, the Executive Director of UMICM, said. "We are excited that the Children's Trust Fund selected the United Methodist Inner City Mission to receive this grant funding so that we can continue the important work at Taylor Park." Additional funding and volunteers are needed to ensure a successful program. For more information about UMICM, please contact Rev. Algood at 251-432-1122.

Conference Room Furniture for Sale

The AWF Conference is replacing the conference room furniture at the headquarters in Montgomery . They are making the table available to congregations at a very reasonable price of $500.00 if it is picked up at the conference office.  The table is 14 feet by 4 feet. You can see that the top has been well “loved.” Some of that loving may possibly be buffed out, but the table is being sold as is. :-)

Contact Frank Dunnewind at 888-873-3127 or

2017 - 2020 Spiritual Direction Training

The three year Spiritual Direction Training, hosted by Sacred Space Spiritual Formation, is suited to those who hunger to experience deeper intimacy with God, to grow in attentiveness to God’s movement, are drawn to compassionate listening, feel a call to companion others on the spiritual journey, and seek spiritual community with others.

• Lifelong compassionate listening skills
• Strong community development between participants
• Personal transformation and deeper inner-personal relationships
• Certificate as a trained spiritual director

A spiritual director is neither a counselor, coach, mentor or teacher but a companion who listens deeply to our sacred story. Time spent with a spiritual director, offers a safe space to share our inner most revelations of God’s work in our lives. Holy listening invites us to notice where God is moving in our daily experience.

The first meeting will be August 14-17, 2017.  A $50.00 non-refundable enrollment fee is due by July 20. You will be responsible for your own books, notebook, pens, and paper. 

Click here for more info on this Training:

Click here for a downloadable brochure. 

The Missing Link in International Missions 

Want to learn about International Partnerships in Missions?  Interested in investing and making sure that you are helping and not hurting?  Is promoting healthy missions through your church important?
Tune in on July 25, 2017 as Rev. Eric Soard, Global Ministries missionary and 7 year veteran of missions in Tanzania, presents about best partnership practices.

When: July 25th first at Noon and again at 6 pm.
Where: Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Montgomery, AL  AND
On Facebook live at Eric and Liz Soard: Attempting to Be the Church in Tanzania
How: Participate in person or watch live on-line.  

  • If you would like to attend on-line use this link.   You may ask questions during discussion times by responding to the on-line video or on twitter @EricSoard.   A handout will be provided on the Facebook page prior to the video going live.

 Click here to find more about the speaker and a flyer to share with your congregations!

Upcoming Lay Servant Training Events

There are two Lay Servant Training events coming up in the Dothan and Mariana-Panama City Districts.  Lay servants may attend training in any District; no one is limited to attending training in their own District.
  • The first will be held in the Dothan District on August 25-26 at Pleasant Hill UMCClick here to find the registration form. 
  • The next will be in the Marianna-Panama City District on September 16 & September 23 at Forest Park UMC.  Click here to find the registration form. 

Job/Ministry Opportunities

Saraland UMC - Full-time Director of Early Learning Center
Good News UMC - Full Time Children's Director

FUMC Austin, TX - Director of Youth Ministry

Eclectic UMC - Director of Student Ministries
St. Mark UMC - Part Time Youth Minister
Toulminville-Warren Street UMC -  Day Care Teacher

District Dates

Second Sunday of Each Month - North Mobile District SINGSPIRATION- 6pm - July at Pine Grove UMC

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

July 24 - Open House to Welcome Dr. Bishop - 11am - 7pm - District Office

July 27 - Open House to Welcome Dr. Bishop - 11am - 7pm - District Office

Church Dates

Conference Dates

October 10-11 - Wesley Heirs Fall Event
Click here to find The Alabama West Florida Conference calendar online!
Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.