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

September 10, 2015


Prayer Request

Please keep me and my family in your prayers at the death of my father, Bill Guy of Opelika, AL.  I will be out of the office for the next few days.  If you need anything please leave a message or email and someone will get back with you as soon as we can.

Thank you for the prayers and concerns that have already been offered and shared!     Kim

Stephen and Ruth Dill Lecture Series Begins September 13

 On September 27, we are delighted to welcome Dr. Walter Brueggemann to Dauphin Way as a part of the second annual Stephen and Ruth Dill Lecture Series.  Dr. Brueggemann is a nationally known theologian with particular expertise in the Old Testament who has authored more than 50 books of Biblical interpretation, prayer, sermons, and cultural commentary.  While at Dauphin Way, Dr. Brueggemann will teach during the Sunday school hour, preach during the 10:30 worship service, and offer a public lecture at 5:30 PM.    
In preparation for his visit, please join us for two all-adult Sunday school classes on September 13 and 20 highlighting Brueggemann's work on the Psalms and the Prophets.  The following Sunday, September 27, Dr. Brueggemann will speak during the Sunday school hour sharing insights from his 2014 book, Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to the Culture of Now.  Class will begin each week at 9:30 in the Chapel.    
Mark your calendars and make plans to join us for this special opportunity:  
September 13, 9:30: Dr. Leigh Ann Berte
"Orienting Ourselves with the Psalms"
September 20, 9:30: Dr. Jeff Wilson
"The Prophets as Purveyors of Covenant"
September 27, 9:30: Dr. Walter Brueggemann
"Sabbath as Resistance"
10:30: Preaching at 10:30 Sanctuary Service with simulcast in Moore Hall Contemporary Worship
5:30: "Truth Speaks to Power: The Countercultural Nature of Scripture",

For more information contact Daniel Curtis, Public Relations & Communications Coordinator at
Dauphin Way United Methodist Church, 251-378-7529,

Invitations from Kingswood UMC

  • "Ernie Couch and Revival" will be leading Kingswood UMC in a musical program of worship on Sunday, September 20th during our 8:30am and 11am services. You can learn more about them at A love offering will be taken during the service. Please plan to join us!
  • Kingswood UMC's Annual Gym Sale will be held Saturday, October 3rd from 7am to 12pm.  Proceeds will provide a Christmas party for the children of West Wilmer UMC. The United Methodist Women Circles will be holding a bake sale in conjunction with the Gym Sale; their proceeds help fund all of their many missions!

News from Government Street UMC

Government Street United Methodist Church (GSUMC) has embarked on a new path and is doing well.  We are holding services with communion every Sunday and our doors are open to everyone.  GSUMC is holding an indoor Yard Sale on Oct 3 if you would like to donate any items for the sale we are accepting items on Monday’s and Wednesdays and please plan on attending our sale.

Job/Ministry Opportunities - click here for full descriptions

On behalf of ReadyAlabama, Alabama’s emergency preparedness campaign funded by Homeland Security Grant Program, your church family is invited to participate in the tenth annual ReadySunday initiative on September 27, 2015. ReadyAlabama makes it simple and easy for your organization to participate.

We know that the next emergency is coming, but we just don’t know when or what kind it will be. We can prepare now for the next emergency. Our family, friends, church, and community depend on it, and ReadySunday provides a compelling reminder to get prepared today!

Click here for more information about ReadySunday or click here to find the resources that it has to offer your church!

For over 40 years, Dauphin Way UMC’s Mason School has provided adults in the community with a wide variety of affordable learning opportunities in a relaxed, enjoyable atmosphere.  This year is no exception!  Mason School 2015 will be held on Thursdays at the church from October 15 – November 19.  A sampling of the classes offered includes Historic Mobile, the Art of Mosaics, Knitting and Crocheting, Tai Chi, Personal Finance, and more.  Costs for the school are kept to a minimum so that participation is affordable.  A single registration fee of $10.00 allows students to enroll in as many classes as time permits.  Costs for specific class needs (e.g., books and supplies) are the only additional expense.  Lunch ($5.00) is also offered by reservation each week.  For information and registration, please visit the church website at
 Dauphin Way United Methodist Church's Mason School has provided adults in our church and community with a wide variety of affordable learning opportunities since 1976.  Classes meet  only on THURSDAYS.  Costs for the school are kept to a minimum so that participation is affordable.  A single registration fee of $10.00 allows students to enroll in as many classes as time permits.  Costs for specific class needs (e.g., books and supplies) are the only additional expense.

Local Church Report Training
I know if feels too early to be thinking about the Local Church Report that is due in January, right?  But... the early bird gets the worm!!   There will be training at St Mark United Methodist Church on October 15th at 6:30pm.  Frank Dunnewind will be spending some time with us talking about how to correctly complete the Local Church Report, its importance and how it effects apportionments.  See you there!! 

The churches of the North Mobile District gather the second Sunday of each month at 6pm for SINGSPIRATION!  This is an entire service of music!  Special musical offerings are provided by the host church and a time of food and fellowship follows the service.  The next SINGSPIRATION will be Sunday September, 13th hosted by Ebenezer UMC.  All are invited to come and enjoy this wonderful time of worship and fellowship!!

Mobile Area Interfaith Conference Invites You to a Re-entry Seminar Oct. 15th
The mission of the Mobile Area Interfaith Conference is to empower the marginalized and build bridges in our community through advocacy, education, and service. The board members are also the board members of the Mobile County Jail Chaplin’s Office. Rev. Jorgensen serves on these boards. Through the positive ministries in the jail, MAIC is now working on ministries for the ones re-entering society. We hope you will attend the Re=entry Seminar and consider helping us bring help and hope and God to those seeking to reenter society in a positive way.
On October 15, MAIC is hosting a Re-entry Seminar with the theme,"
AVENUES OF HOPE" at the Mobile Marriott from 8:30am - 3:00 pm. Tickets are $35 or save $10 by registering early (by Sept. 30). Register at 
If you really want to be a part of a "Change" that is going to be a lasting solution for reducing or preventing crime in our communities, you really,  should schedule to attend this event and register right away.

Fall 2015 Days of Refreshing at Dauphin Island UMC
Dauphin Island UMC asks you to join them September 16-17 for a very special event featuring Pastor Scott McDermott!  Scott has a BA and an MA in Biblical Studies, an MDiv, and an MPh. He also has a PhD in New Testament Studies from Drew University. Scott became the Senior Pastor of The Crossing church in 1993. He teaches part time at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University and is also a Certified Life Coach.
Sessions on Wednesday will be at 9:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. There will be a special session for Pastors on Thursday morning from 9:00 a.m. until 11:30. This event is free. Please note that offerings will be received at each session. Please call 251-861-5509 for more information.

A Day Apart For Clergy and Church Staff With Dr. Walter Brueggemann 
Dauphin Way United Methodist Church, Mobile, AL, will be hosting “A Day Apart for Clergy and Church Staff with Dr. Walter Brueggemann” on Monday, September 28, 2015.  Registration and refreshments will begin at 9:30 AM, with the first session beginning at 10:00 AM.  Dr. Brueggemann will teach on the topic “Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to the Culture of Now.”  He will also preach a closing communion service.  A $15 registration fee covers morning refreshments, lunch, and .3 CEU credits.  Dr.  Brueggemann will also be signing books at a small book table.  For more information or to register, please visit our website at

Centering Prayer Workshop/Day Retreat
The Spiritual Formation Leadership Team and Contemplative Outreach, Ltd are hosting a Centering Prayer Workshop and Day Retreat September 12, 2015. The workshop/retreat will be held at Dauphin Way United Methodist Church (McGowin Hall) and will begin at 9 AM.  

Cost is $35 which includes lunch and the book Forty Days To A Closer Walk With God - David Muyskens plus 6 weeks of follow-up sessions. Recommended and optional reading Open Mind, Open Heart by Fr. Thomas Keating)  Make your payment (cash or check) payable to AWFC and mail to  AWFUMC,  ATTENTION: CP INTRO / WORKSHOP, 4719 Woodmere Bouleard, Montgomery, AL 36106.

Registration deadline is September 10.  Questions?   Click here for more information or contact Minta McDavid or Patti Bodenhamer

Order of Elders and Clergy Day Apart with Bishop Mike Coyner
As clergy serving churches in the Alabama-West Florida Conference, you are invited to attend a gathering of all clergy on October 8, 2015, at Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church with Bishop Mike Coyner, Resident Bishop of the Indiana Conference. We will gather at 9:30am and begin our worship and work with Bishop Coyner at 10:00am. 
Registration is $10 to cover the cost of the lunch. Please note that due to the agenda, there will not be time to eat off site. A .5 CEU credit is available.  
Click here for more information and/or to register attendance.


District Dates

Second Sunday of Each Month - North Mobile District SINGSPIRATION - September - Ebenezer UMC
Clergy Coffee - First Wednesday of each month 8am – Cracker Barrel on Schillinger Road
September 20 – UMW District Annual Day – Westside UMC
October 8 - Order of Elders and Clergy Day Apart
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

September 12 - Centering Prayer Workshop - Day Retreat - Dauphin Way UMC
September 12 - Church Music Workshop - 10am - Christ UMC
September 13 - Christ UMC Organ Dedication Concern with Dan Miller- Christ UMC  - 3pm
September 16-17 - Fall 2015 Days of Refreshing with Scott McDermott - Dauphin Island UMC
September 27 - Ebenezer UMC Homecoming - 11am
September 28-30 - Ebenezer UMC  - Revival Services - 7pm
September 28 - Day Apart for Clergy and Church Staff with Walter Brueggemann- Dauphin Way UMC
September 27 - Zirlott Road UMC - Family Fund & Fellowship Day - 3-6pm
October 3 - Government Street UMC annual Inside Treasure Sale, 7:30am - noon
October 16 - Toulminville-Warren Street UMC -Gospel Soiree and Art Sale - 7pm
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

September 12 - Lay Servant Ministries Training - Milton, FL
September 13 - ERT Training; Auburn
September 17-19  -  Women's Retreat With Dr. Lauren Winner,
September 24 - Pleasant Path to Past; AWF Historical Society
September 25-26 - Marianna/Panama City District Hosts Lay Servant Training
September 28-30 - Explorations in Antiquities Center - Older Adult Ministries
October 4 - World Communion Sunday
October 5-7 - Revitup! An Energizing Event For Young Clergy
October 8 - Order of Elders and Clergy Day Apart
October 23-24 - UMW Conference Leadership Training and Annual Day
October 26-29 - SEJ Clergywomen's Consultation
October 27-30 - Conference Prayer Shawl Retreat - Blue Lake Camp
January 29-31 - Meltdown 2016 - Youth event
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