This week's news.......
September 14, 2017
St. Mark UMC located at 430 Azalea Road is collecting UMCOR supplies
Deadline is September 18th and you may drop off Monday through Thursday from 9am until 2pm.
Call church at 251-342-5861 for other information.
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Flood Buckets & Hygiene Kits Needed
Now that Irma has passed through, the Florida Annual Conference has asked us for as many cleaning buckets and hygiene kits we can spare. If your church hasn't already put together kits, or if your church can make more, there is still time.
The instructions for making these kits are found here:
It is important to follow the instructions carefully for both kits.
The collection sites throughout the conference are:
Contact those churches directly to make delivery arrangements.
Our goal is to get these shipped and on their way to Florida by September 18.
Thank you for your continued assistance for the many people who have been affected by these hurricanes. We will continue to provide additional updates on the conference website at this link.
Upcoming ERT Training sessions are listed here.
Early Response Teams Needed for Hurricane Harvey Recovery
To Disaster Response workers in Alabama-West Florida:
While we pray, as well as watch and wait to see what will happen with Hurricane Irma, let us not forget our brothers and sisters in Texas and Louisiana. They are now requesting ERTs. Upcoming ERT Training sessions are listed at this link.
The Louisiana Conference is now scheduling trained and badged ERTs for Hurricane Harvey response. Visit this link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/UMCVolunteerRegistration to register.
The Texas Annual Conference is ready to receive volunteer teams to assist with Hurricane Harvey relief. The work consists mainly of cleaning out flooded homes and requires extensive physical labor. They would prefer that at least one member of your team be ERT trained. Teams should bring their own protective gear and tools. All members need proof of Safe Sanctuary training and clear background check from your local United Methodist Church. You will be housed at a host church in the conference. Team leaders can register their team at http://www.txcumc.org/newsdetail/disaster-volunteer-team-registration-9275846 or go to the Texas Conference website at txcumc.org and click on "Disaster Volunteer Team Registration."
Questions can be directed to Scott Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rio Texas Conference:
The Rio Texas Conference is asking for ERTs. Only currently certified ERT members are being accepted.
Teams will base out of Corpus Christi and should register at https://riotexas.org/ert-volunteer-team-registration.
ERT trained individuals/small groups not part of a team should register at https://riotexas.org/ert-individual-and-small-group-signup.
Rev. Charles Fail awarded “Living Faith” award
On September 11th, the Mobile Area Interfaith Conference held a luncheon for The Neighbor Center reentry program to celebrate overcoming adversity and to announce the 1st recipient of the Judith Smits Award for “Living Faith.” Sr. Judith was a member of the Congregation of St. Agnes, based in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. She served in Mobile as the director for the Catholic Service Center and was a founder of The Quest, a social justice advocacy group. Known for openly campaigning against injustice, Sr. Judith, who died in 2012, will be remembered for living her faith in God as a call to service. Charles Fail is a retired United Methodist minister who is also known for his social ministry projects in addition to his responsibilities as a pastor. He has served as the director of the United Methodist Inner City Mission and has actively served with diverse congregations during periods of transition. As the president of Mobile Area Interfaith Conference, he established the Jail ministry at Mobile County Metro Jail in 2002. He is the founder of the Open Doors Resale and Thrift Store that since opening in 2013 has provided ongoing financial support of nearly $250,000 to community ministries of interest to United Methodists, including the jail ministry. Rev Fail knew Sr. Judith as a partner in pursuing ecumenical projects for the benefit of citizens in need. It was their vision that led to Mobile Area Interfaith Conference establishing The Neighbor Center in 2016 for released inmates, now referred to as returning citizens. As the 2017 recipient of the Judith Smits “Living Faith” award, Charles Fail was recognized for his role as a servant leader on behalf of those seeking God’s intervention for hope and justice.
Sims Chapel UMC Homecoming Service September 25th at 11am
The North Mobile - South Washington County Men's Prayer Group
The North Mobile - South Washington County Men's Prayer Group will meet at Sims Chapel UMC Monday, September 25. Dinner will be at 6pm with the service beginning at 7pm. All are invited, Rev. Denny McDavid will be the guest speaker.
AWF Historical Society Meeting -September 21st
Everyone is welcome to attend the next meeting of the Alabama-West Florida Conference Historical Society. We will be meeting at the First United Methodist Church in Pensacola, Florida. This church dates back to 1821 when a mission was established by the Mississippi Conference and the Reverend Alexander Talley was appointed as a missionary to Pensacola. More here.
Dr. Wayne Flynt to speak at Dill Lecture Series
Dr. Wayne Flynt will be speaking on Alabama's Religious and Literary Legacy at the next Dill Lecture Series event on September 24th and 25th. Dr. Flint is a renowned scholar and author of fourteen books focusing on Southern culture and religion, Alabama history and politics, education reform and poverty. He is a Professor Emeritus in the History Department of Auburn University. According to Harper Lee he is the "living authority on all things Alabama,"
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