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
SUNDAY, AUGUST 30
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
MONDAY, AUGUST 31
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.
UMCMarket.org 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 UMCMarket.org.
"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.
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 25 – Bethel UMC Homecoming – Speaker will be John Henry Baxter - 11am
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 24 – UMW 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!
UMC Mobile District Office
6333 Piccadilly Sq Dr
Mobile, AL 36609
Office (251) 345-3313
Fax (251) 345-3315