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

January 18, 2018

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Three AWF Local Church Council Training Videos Now Available

Three 2018 local church council training videos are now online and available. These videos were written and produced so that committee members in the conference may be properly trained in the new year. Whether you are a veteran member of a committee or this is your first year serving, these videos will outline the duties, responsibilities and expectations of committee members. Videos for local church SPR/PPR committees, finance committees and trustee committees can be found in the link below. We invite each local church committee related to these topics in the Alabama-West Florida Conference to view these as a ministry team. Click here to access videos

AWF "At the Table" Ministry Receives GCORR Grant

A vision that became a reality has been awarded a $15,000 grant from the General Commission on Religion and Race. "At the Table" is an event that was held in the spring and fall of 2017 and brought together those in the conference who are focused on ethnic ministries. The grant outlines that this event-turned-ministry will:
-Bring about change by training church leaders to effectively minister to all people;
-Train these leaders in cultural competency and effective community engagement;
-Provide them with resources to help begin the work of racial reconciliation;
-Continue with follow-up “At The Table” gatherings with Bishops, District Superintendents, and ethnic churches. More here

Disabilities Sunday Designated in the AWF Conference

Sunday, February 25, 2018, has been designated as Disability Awareness Sunday in the Alabama-West Florida Conference. As United Methodists, "We recognize that God made all creation and saw that it was good. As a diverse people of God who bring special gifts and evidences of God's grace to the unity of the Church and to society, we are called to be faithful to the example of Jesus' ministry to [and with] all persons." (¶140, The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church 2012). More here.

8th Annual Legislative Prayer Breakfast

The Conference Board of Church and Society is sponsoring the 8th Annual Legislative Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, February 1. You are invited to attend, as well as all laity. The breakfast will be held at the Alabama State House at 7:30AM.

Please RSVP to by January 30.

Location:  Alabama State House, 11 South Union Street, Montgomery, AL 36130, Room 200

To enter the State House that morning, use the Washington Ave. entrance (south side of building) at the corner of Washington Ave. and S. Union Street. Room 200 is to the right immediately after passing through security.

The purpose of the breakfast is to be in prayer with our lawmakers and elected officials that the decisions they make in 2018 will be in accordance with God's will for our state. Bishop David Graves will be our speaker this year.

Knowing how busy our elected officials are and the number of invitations they receive, we would like to encourage their attendance in every way possible. You can help by contacting your local legislators and issuing a personal invitation. You will find their contact information at Please encourage your legislators to also RSVP by January 30.

2018 Annual Conference Deadlines Announced

  • Any proposed changes to the Standing Rules should be received in writing by the chairperson of the Committee on Standing Rules no later than February 1, 2018.
  • Resolutions shall be submitted to the Committee on Resolutions and Petitions by February 15, 2018
  • Materials and reports to be included in the Book of Reports shall be in the hands of the Journal editor NO LATER THAN February 26, 2018.

Job/Ministry Opportunities

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Dauphin Way UMC – Pastoral Administrative Assistant

Toulminville-Warren St. UMC  - Day Care Teachers

Trinity UMC - Worship Leader/Musician

District Dates

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

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

February 10 - First Annual "Love in Action" District Wide Event - West Wilmer UMC - 9am-3pm

February 24 – District Lay Servant Training Day - Advanced Classes to be offered - more details coming

Church Dates

January 18 - The Vision Center Open House - 5:30pm - 4807 Princeton Dr, Mobile, AL

Conference Dates

January 19-20 - COSROW Event

January 19-20 - Lay Servant Ministries Training

January 24 - GCFA Tax Reform - What You Need To Know Webinar

January 31 - February 1 - ERT Training-Trinity UMC, Ft. Walton

February 1 - Deadline to submit proposed changes to Standing Rules to Committee on Standing Rules

February 1 - 2018 Legislative Prayer Breakfast

February 3 - UMVIM Team Leader Training-Lynn Haven UMC

February 4 - Black Methodists for Church Renewal Sunday

February 5 - Predatory Lending Seminar

February 6-7 - Planning for Your Retirement

February 8 - Growing the Culture of Generosity in Your Church

February 9-10 - "Becoming a Healthy, Growing Church" Conference

February 10 -  Means of Grace | Day Apart for Spiritual Formation (Third Session)

February 15 - Deadline for submitting Resolutions to the Committee on Resolutions and Petitions

February 16-18 - LeadUP: Missional Leadership Retreat for Youth

February 20 - Bishop's Day Apart

February 23-24 - AWF United Methodist Women Annual Meeting

February 25 - Disabilities Awareness Sunday

February 26 - Deadline for materials and reports to be included in the Book of Reports

February 25-March 1 - All Shall Be Well

March 1-4 - Lake Junaluska Peace Conference

March 2 - Lay Servant Training - Baypines District

March 2-4 - Bishop's Confirmation Retreat 2018

March 2-3 - Small Membership Church Summit 2018

March 9-10 - Lay Servant Training at Trinity UMC, Ft. Walton Beach

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


Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.