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

July 23, 2015

Pastors don't forget you are meeting next Thursday, July 30th at 10am
Crawford UMC - 7470 Moffett Road

   Bible Conference at Christ UMC 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 to register for Monday's Luncheon Session



Reading and Understanding the Bible Part 1: Oral Texts and Rhetorical Contexts

  • 8:00 a.m. | Sanctuary
  • 9:15 a.m. | Combined services - Sanctuary
  • 10:40 a.m. | Combined services - Christ Center Gym

Reading and Understanding the Bible Part 2: How’s Your Social Identity?

  • 6:00 p.m. | Christ Center Gym


 Did the Bible Misfire? Addressing Common Arguments Against the Bible’s Reliability

  • 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Christ Center Gym  -  Must preregister by Thursday, August 27, 12:00 p.m. | Cost: $10

Reading and Understanding the Bible Part 3: The Past is like a Foreign Country: They do Things Differently There

  • 6:00 p.m. | Christ Center Gym


Explorations in Antiquities Center - Older Adult Ministries

The Conference Older Adult Ministries is hosting a trip to LaGrange, GA, September 28 - 30, 2015.  This trip will feature the Explorations in Antiquities Center and the Hills and Dales estate.  Click here to find more information. Gets Upgrade

(UMNS) — The General Council on Finance and Administration, the denomination's finance agency, has relaunched the online shopping portal UMCMarket, using more advanced technology and faster delivery of donations. The site allows online shoppers to donate a percentage of what they spend back to their church or to the United Methodist ministry of their choice. Click here for press release or visit

"Pleasant Path to Past" hosted by the AWF Historical Society

On September 24th The Alabama-West Florida Conference Historical Society will host a tour of two beautiful churches in the conference, Ivy Creek and Autaugaville United Methodist Churches.  This is a great one day trip for all history enthusiasts in central Alabama.  

The tour costs $15 per person and includes a meal.  Click here to see Brochure with more details.

Job/Ministry Opportunities - Click Here

Upcoming Lay Servant Trainings Announced

  • Montgomery-Prattville District -  Basic and Advance Courses offered.  August 14 - 15.  Must register by August 7, 2015.  Cost is $50 which includes books, snacks and meals.   Click here to find more information and registration instructions.
  • Marianna-Panama City District - Advanced Course: Leading Worship on August 15, 2015.  Registration deadline is July 15th.  Same training at two locations - Bonifay FUMC and Parker UMC in Panama City, FL. (pick most convenient to you)  Registration fee $10.  Coffee, water, snacks and a light lunch offered.  Information for ordering text book will be sent upon registration.  Click here for more information and registration details.

District Dates

Second Sunday of Each Month - North Mobile District SINGSPIRATION

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

July 30 – Pastor’s meeting at Crawford UMC – 10am

August 10 - North Mobile Planning Council - 6:30pm

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 1 - Overlook Community Family Fun Day - St. John UMC - 10am-1pm

August 9 - Deer Park UMC Homecoming - George Weaver Speaker

August 9-12 - Deer Park UMC Revival - Otis Lister Speaker

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

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

July 31-1 UMW Mission u - Dothan UMC

August 1 - UMVIM Team Leader Training; Spanish Fort UMC

August 1 - ERT Training; Auburn UMC

August 6 - Stegall Seminary Scholarship Foundation Dinner of Celebration

August 6-7 - Global Leadership Summit, Montgomery

August 6-7 - Global Leadership Summit, Panama City

August 7-9 - E. Stanley Jones Christian Ashram

September 24 - Pleasant Path to Past; AWF Historical Society

Oct 24UMW Conference Leadership Training and Annual Day

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

 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.