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

July 7, 2016


A big THANK YOU to all who have completed the HealthQuotient and Biometric Screening that was launched on January 1, 2016.  So far we have only 15 pastors that have not met the requirements of this screening as set by the Conference Board of Pension & Health Benefits.  As a reminder, if not completed by August 31, 2016 a $50 premium will be deducted from the pastor's individual salary each month starting January 1, 2017.  This premium shall not be paid by the church.  This surcharge will remain in effect for all of 2017.  Unfortunately, completion of the requirement after September 1, 2016 will not reduce the 12 month surcharge.   

The goal of the program is to encourage our pastors and their dependents to live healthier lifestyles by providing them with personal health information, screening and coaching, thus helping the Conference to reduce and control the cost of health insurance claims.  Click here to find more information on how to meet the requirements involved. 


Pastors... SAVE THE DATE!

Please place Thursday, August 4th on your calendars for our first meeting of the Pastors with our new District Superintendent.  The meeting will be from 10am - 12pm at St John UMC.  Charge conference schedules will be available at that meeting. 

Reception planned to welcome District Superintendent

On Sunday, July 31st there will be a reception welcoming our new District Superintendent, The Rev. Dr. Darren McClellan, along with his wife Kristi and sons Joshua, John and Maxwell.  Ashland Place United Methodist Church will host the event from 2:00pm until 3:30pm.  Ashland Place is located at 15 Wisteria Avenue, Mobile, AL.

North Mobile District SINGSPIRATION 

July 10th, 6pm at McIntosh UMC

Blue Lake Scholarships Needed for Inner City Kids

The United Methodist Inner City Mission is seeking scholarships to take 40 of our  9 to 12 year olds to Blue Lake this summer.  The cost per child is $125.  If you  would like to help our children have this wonderful camping experience please send your donation to:  UMICM, P O Box 9082, Mobile, AL.  36691. 

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McKemie Place Women's Shelter

From the Fiscal Office:  Attention Clergy ages 25 through 39

Dear Friends:
The two the most frequent comments I hear from clergy persons when I meet with them  has to do with retirement planning and age.
From the younger clergy it is “ I (we) don’t have enough money and we have plenty of time to prepare for retirement.”  From the retiring clergy, discovering what they have for retirement it is “if I had known this earlier!”
Well, for clergy ages 25 through 39 the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits has an opportunity for you experience a new realm of information for life planning. It is called Rev-it-Up.
The Conference Board of Pension believes that your participation is so important that it is going to invest in you! It will reimburse you your registration fee of $119.00 if you register by October 7, 2016 and reimburse an additional $115.00 either as mileage or if you take advantage of the GBOPHB’s babysitter assistance.
Click this link for more information and to register:
Grace and Peace,  

Frank Dunnewind

Upcoming Connectional Webinars

Click here to find more about our AWF Connectional Webinars.

From the United Methodist Archives Center

The Methodist Archives Center (MAC) is having to discard many publications to create more shelving space.  We will have to destroy duplicates of conference journals which we have kept to share with persons or churches wanting them.  Available journals date back to 1923. Anyone interested in obtaining one of these extra copies may contact Mary Ann Pinkard at

Bet you didn't know.....

click the below for an interesting feature story from

Methodist history: Controversy, Communion, and Welch’s Grape Juice

Job/Ministry Opportunities - click here for full descriptions

To submit a Job/Ministry opportunity on the AWFUMC website click here

District Dates

Second Sunday of Each Month - North Mobile District SINGSPIRATION- 6pm - July at McIntosh UMC

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

July 31 - Reception for District Superintendent Darren McClellan and family - Ashland Place, 2-3:30pm

August 4 - Pastor's meeting 10-12pm - St. John UMC

September 18 - Mobile District's Blue Lake Sunday

Church Dates

July 17-21 - New Hope UMC VBS - 5:30-8pm

August 8 - St. John UMC Community Family Fun Day - 10am-1pm

Conference Dates

July 13-15 - 2016 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference

August 1-4 - Festival of Wisdom and Grace

August 5-7 - Blue Lake Christian Ashram

August 26-27 - Dothan District Lay Servant Training

August 26-27 - Becoming a Healthy, Growing Church

August 29-31 - Global United Methodist Clergywomen Gathering

August 17-20 - School of Congregational Development 2016

October 16-21 - 5-day Academy for Spiritual Formation

November 4-6“Imagine What’s Next” Conference


 Click here to find The Alabama West Florida Conference calendar online! 

Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.