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

January 12, 2017

Prayer Concerns

Please be in prayer for the family of Margery Sullivan Hoagland, who passed away January 10, 2017.   Margery was the wife of deceased Reverend R.L. (Ted) Hoagland, Jr., who served in the Mobile District as  pastor of Fulton Heights and Forest Hill United Methodist Churches and as District Superintendent from 1966-1971.

A celebration of her life will be held in the chapel of Dauphin Way United Methodist Church on Saturday, January 14, 2017.  Visitation will begin at 10am with the service immediately following at 11am.

New Course of Study options for part-time pastors

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Three new Course of Study options for part-time licensed local pastors are available, reports the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry. One is at United Theological School in Dayton, Ohio, and another is a satellite program, offered in Hays, Kansas, with Saint Paul School of Theology. The third is a pilot Spanish language program in Denver.
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Bishop's Day Apart - Save The Date

Bishops Day Apart will be held February 21, 2017, at Dothan FUMC.  

Jerry Heirships will be the guest speaker. He is the founder of AfterHours Denver, a thriving faith community that meets in bars and pubs. Originally a comedian and bartender, Herships was drawn into ministry after realizing that the connections and conversations he was having with his customers at the bar were deeper and more real than anything he'd ever experienced in a church. Click here to find more information about Jerry and his ministry. 

Registration is $20 and includes lunch. Times will be announced asap. 

Click here to register.


Free To Good Home:

One American Flag on tall stand
One Christian Flag on tall stand
Two Brass Offering Plates
Two Brass & Wood Candle Sticks
One Twenty-three Inch Brass & Wood Cross

Contact: Sharon Tucker, Archivist
Alabama West Florida Conference

Important Dates To Remember

New Semester Begins for Students at USA Wesley Foundation

A a new semester begins the USA Wesley Foundation wants to continue the tradition of providing meals each Tuesday night. We are seeking volunteers to help provide this meal each week.  This is an important time in the lives of these young students and what a great opportunity for you to show hospitality and get to know them as they grow in their relationship with Christ!  They expect to feed approximately 40 folks each week. Wesley will have paper products and drinks so you only need the meal... but be sure to include a dessert – we are talking about college students you know.  :-)  You are welcome to stay and eat with the students or you may simply drop off the food at the Wesley Foundation by 5:30pm. This could be a great project for your Sunday School Class or a small group within your church. 
Please consider supporting the students of The Wesley Foundation in this way and contact Missy Smith at to volunteer today!

Know someone facing a transition in his or her life?

Stephen Ministry at Christ UMC is available to assist individuals through these times of transition.  Stephen Ministers will walk with individuals who need a little encouragement during difficult times and they will be there as long as the need exists.

Stephen Ministers are lay people—Christian men and women—trained to provide one-to-one care to people experiencing a difficult time in life, such as grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, relocation, or separation due to military deployment.

Stephen Ministers come from all walks of life. Their commonality? A passion for bringing Christ’s love and care to people during a time of need.

If you know of someone who is facing one of life’s transitions, please refer them to Donna Alexander at 251.510.0905. Your call is confidential.  

Disaster Response Update

(AWFUMC) The year 2016 brought many disasters to the United States, including throughout the Southeast. There is still a need for volunteers, and there will be future needs for volunteers. When cameras and media attention leave a disaster area, so do many of the volunteers. Recovery from disasters can take months and even years. If you would like to volunteer in these efforts, please click here to see a list of opportunities. Most of these opportunities do not require ERT badges.

For additional opportunities in Southeastern Jurisdiction annual conferences not listed, click here to visit the UMVIM-SEJ website.

Invitations from West Side UMC

  • West Side UMC will host, Mrs Angie Richardson & Reverend Riley Richardson (husband) as our guest speaker and family this Sunday, January 15th at the 10:45am worship service.  Also our 3rd Sunday UMW Mission Lunch will immediately follow. All plates are $6, please come & enjoy the food & fellowship.
  • Come and join West Side UMC this Sunday, January 15, 2017 at  12:00noon, for our 3rd Sunday UMW’s mission’ lunch. The cost is only $6 for one of the best lunches offered in the city of Mobile. All proceeds are used to support the missions of the United Methodist Women. If you’re looking for a great meal and fellowship, visit us at 269 Mohawk Street in the Midtown section of Mobile.
  • Come join West Side UMC for our 5th Sunday Fellowship January 15, 2017, at 3:00p.m. Pastor Amy Howard from Spring Hill Avenue UMC will be the preacher for this worship service.  Make sure you don’t miss this event. We are located at 269 Mohawk Street, in the Midtown section of Mobile. We are asking those in attendance to come prepared to make a pledge between $5 and $10. All proceeds will be used for missions in the Midtown community. There will be refreshments served immediately following this worship service.

Deadline extended for Lay Servant Training Registration

Due to the very low response so far for the Lay Servant Training on Saturday, January 28 at Tanner Williams UMC; we are extending the registration deadline to January 13.  We hope to have enough signed up to go forward with this local training.  Please take time today to click the below link and register! 
Courses Offered:

  1. Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course*
  2. Delivering an Effective Sermon
  3. Leading Worship
  4. United Methodist Polity

Click here to find registration, textbook and instructor information.
Registration deadline is extended to January 13, 2017

Blue Lake Winter Retreat - February 3-5

3rd and 5th graders....... grab your friends and come enjoy your favorite camp activities,                     great Bible studies, and more - at your favorite camp - in the winter!?  Click here for more details.

Mark your Calendars!

Bishop’s Confirmation Retreat

March 3-5, 2017 at Blue Lake Camp

Job/Ministry Opportunities

Theodore UMC - Pianist/Organist

Click here to find details.

District Dates

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

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

January 22 -  District Conference at Toulminville Warren Street UMC - 3:30pm

January 22 - Town Hall Meeting with Bishop David Graves - 4:00pm

January 23 - Bishop Graves meeting with Pastors at Christ UMC at 9:30am.  If you are not able

to attend this meeting you may join him that evening at Saraland UMC at 7:00pm.

January 30 - Deadline to order Boston Butts from Inner City Mission - call 432-1122

January 31 - Deadline for S/PPR Committee Response Sheets to be turned in to the District Office.

January 31 - Deadline for remittance of the year end Local Church Report (EZRA Report)

January 31 - Fund Balance Report due to the District Office (from your charge conference reporting)

February 4 - Pick up date for ICM Boston Butts at Open Doors Thrift Store - 10am-12pm

Conference Dates

January 14 - Made For More with Alabama Rural Ministry

January 21 - ERT Training Montgomery FUMC

January 22 - Leadership Inspirational Training Event at Navarre

January 22-24 - Mobile District Town Hall Meeting with Bishop Graves

January 27-29 - Cord of Three Christian Women’s Quilting Retreat

January 27-29 - Meltdown 2017

January 28 - Mobile District Lay Servant Training Event

January 29-31 - Montgomery-Opelika District Town Hall Meeting with Bishop Graves

February 3-5 - Blue Lake Winter Retreat

February 6-8 - Wespath Clergy Benefits Academy

February 10-11 - UMW Annual Day

February 10-11 - Montgomery-Opelika District Lay Servant Training

February 12-14 - Dothan District Town Hall Meeting with Bishop Graves

February 17-18 - Baypines District Annual Lay Speaker Training

February 21 - Bishops Day Apart

February 26 - Disabilities Awareness Sunday

February 26-28 - Pensacola District Town Hall Meeting with Bishop Graves

March 3-5 - Bishop's Confirmation Retreat

April 1, 2017 - Blue Lake 65th Birthday
Click here to find The Alabama West Florida Conference calendar online!


Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.