This week's news.......
From Bishop Graves on Hurricane Harvey
It is hard to believe the news coverage coming out of Texas and the ongoing catastrophic flooding from Hurricane Harvey. My heart breaks as the stories continue to be reported about how lives are changing as a result of this storm. Please join me in praying for the people in Texas and that the United Methodist Church may best respond so that we may be a blessing. Our conference will respond through the collection of requested items and ERT teams. If you are part of a team, you may find out more information through Susan Hunt.
The most immediate way you can act and respond, in addition to praying, is through financial donations. I am asking each church in the Alabama-West Florida Conference to take a monetary collection in your worship services this weekend. Those collections may be sent to the conference office with "Hurricane Harvey-Texas Disaster Response" in the memo line.
Thank you for making this national tragedy a priority in your local church. I am grateful for each of you and your ministry. Together, we are better though our connection.
With Deep Appreciation,
Bishop David Graves
Alabama-West Florida Conference
Click here to find more information on how to help!
Praying our Way Forward
The denomination-wide "Praying Our Way Forward" initiative launched on New Year’s Day 2017 with 75 weeks of focused prayer for The United Methodist Church. Each annual conference will take one week to have intentional prayer for the mission of The United Methodist Church to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world and for the work of the Commission on a Way Forward. The effort began in the North Carolina Conference and will conclude in the West Angola Episcopal area in June 2018. The Alabama-West Florida Conference's week of prayer will be September 11-15, 2017.
Click here to hear a special request from Bishop Graves about how local churches can participate in this meaningful week. Click here for a written transcript of the video.
One Year Anniversary approaches of Bishop Grave's assignment to The Alabama West Florida Conference!
We celebrate the one-year anniversary of Bishop David W. Graves being assigned and installed to the Alabama-West Florida Conference. Hear more from him in this interview with Mary Catherine Phillips, AWF Director of Communications, about his first year and his hopes for our conference.
McIntosh UMC will host Singspiration September 10th at 6pm
Mobile Community of Transformation News and Events
**Mobile participants recently completed Work Ready, an eight- week job readiness program. Pamela Irby from the Mobile County Extension Office provided the educational side of the four- part Work Ready program. The participants learned about resume building, job applications, interview skills, and professional dress. Week four included a discussion panel featuring Kipp Bedford, Manager of HR at TruBridge, Jonathan Hollinger, manager at Wells Fargo Bank, and John Russell, who has ten years’ experience in the retail/hotel industries. They shared work experiences, best practices, advice, and answered questions. The participants enjoyed a really great night of conversation. Week six featured mock interviews. Site coordinator Katy Wrona invited guests from the community to conduct mock interviews with each of our participants. Each participant was interviewed twice in a rotation. Afterward there was a time of discussion and reflection. Katy shared that the experience was encouraging and uplifting as the participants gained a better understanding of the hiring process. Week eight culminated in a shopping trip to Ross, provided by a grant from Ross. Each participant chose a complete professional dress outfit. Younger participants learned tips about the cut of clothing like shirts and dresses, length, straps, and so much more. It was a community of strong women helping each other advance while laughing and having fun. One participant got a new job this summer and said she used the information she learned at her interview. All the group members came away with a better understanding of work-readiness.
**On Thursday September 7th COT will host a Taste and See event at 5:30pm at The Vision Center. For more information, contact Katy Wrona by calling 724-889-6754 or emailing Katy.email@example.com.
Youth Mental Health First Aid
OCT. 3 , 8AM-4PM at Spring Hill Baptist Church Activity Center
A young person you know could be experiencing a mental health or substance use problem. Learn an action plan to help!
Mental Health First Aid for Youth is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including ADHD), and eating disorders.
This event is sponsored by NAMI Mobile (National Alliance on Mental Illness). Special thanks to the MHFA instructors from the Gulf Coast Behavioral Health and Resiliency Center of the University of South Alabama.
Lunch will be provided courtesy of NAMI Mobile. For questions or more information contact Connie at (251) 709-3044. Register early! Space is limited. Click here to register through Eventbrite. 8 CE credits available for CSW and LPC.
National Suicide Prevention Week – September 10-17
World Suicide Prevention Day – September 10
September is National Recovery Month
To find more information click these links from NAMI and also Mental Health Ministries
Satsuma UMC Holds Revival Services
Tim Brannon from Tim Brannon Ministry will be speaking for revival services at Satsuma UMC on September 2nd,3rd,4th & 5th at 6pm. Tim will also be preaching on September 3rd at 11am. Contact Rev. Joel Wasson at 251-235-2046 for more details.
Sims Chapel UMC Homecoming Service September 25th at 11am
Dill Lecture Series Announced
Dr. Wayne Flynt will be speaking on Alabama's Religious and Literary Legacy at the next Dill Lecture Series event. Dr. Flint is a renowned scholar and author of fourteen books focusing on Southern culture and religion, Alabama history and politics, education reform and poverty. He is a Professor Emeritus in the History Department of Auburn University. According to Harper Lee he is the "living authority on all things Alabama,"
Click here to find more information!
The North Mobile - South Washington County Men's Prayer Group
At the present time there are fourteen churches in the North Mobile and South Washington county areas that are involved in a men's prayer group. Between 80 to 100 men from all denominations meet the fourth Monday of each month to have fellowship and prayer.
The meeting is held at different churches with a meal served at 6pm and the service beginning at 7pm. The next meeting will be held at Sims Chapel United Methodist Church on September 25th. Please come and join this meaningful service!
Healing Ministries Workshop
The Board of Discipleship has developed a series of workshops that will equip churches with tools necessary to live out the SEND model of discipleship. Our first effort is a workshop for Lay and Clergy. There IS a Balm in Gilead: Healing Ministries Through Your Local Church will feature Jeff Kirby from Church of the Resurrection. This workshop begins with theory/theology and will build towards practice. We will weave in real stories along the way. We plan to conclude with a Service of Healing. Click here to find more information.