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

September 3, 2015 

Open Doors Reale Store will be open on Labor Day, Monday, September 7th. If you have not had a chance to come by and see the store, please come and shop or browse. Store Hours are Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., and on Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

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.



 Job/Ministry Opportunities  -  Click here to find details

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 

Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.