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

August 31, 2017

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

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. 

Job/Ministry Opportunities

Dumas Wesley Community Center - Part Time Office Assistant
Theodore UMC - Church Secretary
Grand Bay First UMC - Pianist Position
Blue Lake United Methodist Camp -  Food Service Director

Toulminville-Warren Street UMC - Cafeteria Manager/Cook
Trinity UMC - Worship Leader/Musician
Saraland UMC - Full-time Director of Early Learning Center
Toulminville-Warren Street UMC -  Day Care Teacher

District Dates

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

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

August 28 - Deadline to order Boston Butts/Ribs from UMC Inner City Mission

September 7 - Mobile COT Taste and See Event

October 26 - 12th Annual USA Wesley Foundation Cookoff

Church Dates

August 19 - Theodore UMM Fish Fry - 11am-2pm

August 27-28 - Christ UMC to Host Bible Conference

October 28 - At The Table: An Intentional Multi-Ethnic Gathering - St. John UMC Vision Center

September 2-5 -  Revival services at Satsuma UMC on at 6pm.

September 24 & 25 - Dauphin Way UMC - Dill Lecture Series featuring Dr. Wayne Flynt, Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at Auburn University

September 25 - Sims Chapel UMC Homecoming Service

Conference Dates

September 10-15 - Academy for Spiritual Formation Five Day Spiritual Academy

September 16  - AWF Children & Youth Ultimate Training Event (UTE)

September 16 - One Day-An Annual Ministry for Adults 50

September 16 & 23 - Marianna-Panama City Lay Servant Training

September 18 - United Methodist Social Principals Seminar

September 21 - AWF Historical Society Meeting

 September 23 - ERT Training Dothan District

September 11-15 - The Alabama-West Florida Conference's week of "Praying Our Way Forward"

September 30  & October 7 - Pensacola District Lay Servant Ministries Training

October 5 - Mid-career Retirement Seminar

October 7 - Healing Ministries Workshop (CBOD) Crestview

October 8 - Healing Ministries Workshop (CBOD) Montgomery

October 10-11 - Wesley Heirs Fall Event

October 19-21 - Southeastern Jurisdiction - Black Methodists for Church Renewal (BMCR)

October 20-22 - UMW Spiritual Enrichment Retreat

October 23-26 - Prayer Shawl Retreat - Blue Lake

October 28 - At The Table: An Intentional Multi-Ethnic Gathering

 November 13-16 - 2017-2020 Spiritual Direction Training

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

Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.