This week's news from the Mobile District
January 28, 2016
**Please keep Rev. Molly Fulford (McCann’s Charge) in your prayers. Her sister, Cathy Womack, passed away unexpectedly. Molly has served the Whistler, Chunchula, Creola, Calvert and McIntosh churches here in the Mobile District. Please keep Molly and husband Rusty in your thoughts and prayers.
Annual Mobile District Conference this Sunday at Dauphin Way UMC
January 31st from 4-6pm
Register now for Bishop's Day Apart
Bishop's Day Apart 2016 will be held February 22, 2016 at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Montgomery, AL Keynote speaker will be Dr. Tom Long, Bandy Professor of Preaching at Candler School of Theology. Click HERE for Dr. Long's full bio.
There is a problem with our conference PayPal account that handles registration payments. Please register online and either mail a check to the conference office or bring cash/check with you to the even, cashiers will be on hand.
6th Annual Legislative Prayer Breakfast Announced
The Conference Board of Church and Society is sponsoring the 6th Annual Legislative Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, February 11. Clergy and laity are invited to attend. The breakfast will be held at Montgomery First UMC at 7:30AM.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 9.
The purpose of the breakfast is to be in prayer with our lawmakers and elected officials that the decisions they make in 2016 will be in accordance with God's will for our state. The Rev. Dr. Brian Miller of Aldersgate UMC will be the speaker this year.
Rev. Dr. Brian Miller
Knowing how busy our elected officials are and the number of invitations they receive, we would like to encourage their attendance in every way possible. You can help by contacting your local legislators and issuing a personal invitation. You will find their contact information at http://capwiz.com/state-al/home/. Please encourage your legislators to also RSVP by February 9.
Grace and Peace,
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Dumas Wesley Appeal Seeks to Meet Urgent Needs
(Dumas Wesley) - “My name is Peggy, I am 49 years old and I am homeless. Please let me re-phrase–I am no longer homeless thanks to Dumas Wesley’s transitional housing program... My life has been a mess for a long time and there are so many opportunities here for me to be able to help myself become strong and independent. I’m writing this letter to thank you for everything you’ve done to make this possible. You’ll never know how much I appreciate this...My goal is to be one of the success stories. May God richly bless and keep you.” Peggy represents the thousands of individuals who receive life-altering services from the Dumas Wesley Community Center in Mobile, Alabama. Dumas Wesley’s mission is currently jeopardized by their urgent need for roof repairs. On behalf of the Mobile District and the Alabama West-Florida Conference, we are asking you to please consider making a donation to Dumas Wesley so they may continue to serve under-resourced individuals like Peggy in 2016. We thank you for your prayerful consideration and support of Dumas Wesley’s ministry. Click here to see complete letter.
Fountain of Love Offering Focuses On Mother’s Day
(Methodist Homes for the Aging) - For many of us, our parents and grandparents hold the most important positions in our lives. We celebrate these family members on special days during the year, reflecting on their influence in our lives and to show love, appreciation, or special remembrance. That is why Methodist Homes has chosen Mother’s Day for a Fountain of Love Offering emphasis in 2016. The Fountain of Love Fund provides financial assistance to older adults living in a Methodist Home retirement community who find that they can no longer pay for their entire care. Because of the support of the Alabama-West Florida Conference and its churches, no resident has ever been asked to leave a Methodist Home due to their inability to pay. More information here.
And Much More......................
Important Message - AWFUMC Annual Conference 2016
To Members and friends of the Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church:
Greetings in the name of Christ,
As preparations are underway for the 2016 meeting of Annual Conference, June 12 – 15, 2016 at Frazer Memorial UMC in Montgomery, Alabama, the Committee on Standing Rules will be looking at proposed changes to these rules; you will find them listed on pages 16 - 30 of our 2015 Journal. If you do not have a printed Journal, you may view it online HERE.
Let me alert you to these upcoming deadlines, which are in our current Standing Rules:
- Any proposed changes in the Standing Rules should be received in writing by the chairperson of the Committee on Standing Rules no later than February 1, 2016. You may submit these by e-mail to RWilson@dauphinwayumc.org, or by mailing proposed changes to Rev. Robin Wilson, 1507 Dauphin St., Mobile, AL 36604.
- Resolutions shall be submitted to the Committee on Resolutions and Petitions by February 15, 2016, except in cases where it can be demonstrated by the author of a late petition that the situation which gave rise to making the petition was not apparent until after the deadline for petitions. The Chairperson of this Committee is Rev. Kathy Knight. You may contact her at email@example.com.
- Materials and reports to be included in the Brochure of Reports shall be in the hands of the Journal editor NO LATER THAN the last Monday in February. The Journal Editor is Rev. Jackie Slaughter. Please send any materials to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions or changes, do not hesitate to contact me.
Thank you for your excellent service to God and for your work for the Kingdom.
Robin C. Wilson
Conference Standing Rules Committee
Spring Hill College hosting a Methodist-Catholic Panel Discussion
My name is Trevor Warren and I'm a student at Spring Hill College. I'm writing to inform you of a significant upcoming event that will be happening in the Mobile community. On February 18, Spring Hill College will be hosting a Methodist-Catholic panel discussion for the Mobile community on its campus. This is the first dialogue of its kind to happen in the area and is significant in that the panelists will be working with the official documents produced by the national and international dialogue commissions. The dialogue is geared towards laity from both denominations who do not know anything of the others beliefs or the dialogue that has been happening internationally for the past 50 years. Historically, Methodists were the first Protestants to enter the Catholic gulf coast, so this event will be significant not just for Methodist-Catholic relations, but for the overall Protestant-Catholic relationship in the Mobile community The panelists will include:
Dr. Stephen Wilson, Spring Hill College
Fr. David J. Tokarz, Archdiocese of Mobile
Dr. Stephen Sours, Huntingdon College
Rev. Jeff Wilson, Dauphin Way UMC, Mobile, AL
Pull a Plane for Dumas Wesley!
Can you handle the ultimate man versus machine challenge? This extreme and unique event, which pits teams of 20 against a FedEx aircraft weighing more than 180,000 lbs., is a fundraiser that raises both money and awareness for the Dumas Wesley Community Center. Teams compete to pull the plane 12 feet in the fastest amount of time. The event is open to the public on May 7th at Brookley Aeorplex. It will also include entertainment, food, an awards ceremony and a Kid’s Zone with various activities. Spectators are strongly encouraged to attend and cheer on their favorite team!
For more information please visit: http://www.dumaswesley.org/2016-plane-pull-fundraiser
Eight Foot Tables For Sale
Irvington United Methodist Church has five 8 foot tables and one 6 foot table that need a new home. They are heavy duty, folding tables with have rubber tips on legs for easy moving. 8 ft tables / $30 and 6 foot / $25. For info, please contact Tina Nelson at 957-0888.
Elementary Winter Retreat for 3rd - 5th graders will be held February 5 - 7, 2016 at Blue Lake. The theme is “Signed, Sealed, Delivered!”
Immersed in God's creation, we are exploring Covenant: God's promises for us and our promises to one another. Through the stories of Moses, Ruth, and Jesus, we learn about how we are to be in relationship with God and each other.
Come and join us for awesome worship, Bible study, prayer stations, gaga, nine square, scavenger hunt, capture the flag, arts and crafts. Agape Hands puppet ministry from Spanish Fort will be leading us in worship on Saturday night.
The rate is $120 per person. The volunteer rate is $75 per person.
Click HERE to register - deadline is January 25!! Questions? Contact Eric Hindmon, Program Director, Programs@bluelakecamp.com .
Lent Starts Soon - Order Free Booklets Now
The Society of St. Andrew Lenten devotional book is now being shipped. Order copies for yourself and for your church now, along with our Good Friday Fast. You can also download the eBook version for your use, and sign up to receive each devotion as a daily email. Lent starts soon!
Order Online, Download Book, Get Daily Email
Two Opportunities for Lay Servant Training
Blue Lake Lay Servant Training Academy -“One in Spirit, All in Ministry: In the Spirit of Discipleship”; “MINISTRY OF THE LAITY” will be offered March 11 - 12, 2016 at Blue Lake. Registration deadline is February 26, 2016. Click here for more information.
Who should attend? Church Lay Leaders, Local Church Lay Servants (LCLS), Certified Lay Servants (CLS), and those interested in becoming Lay Servants.
Baypines District Lay Servant Training - February 5 - 6, 2016 at Bay Minette FUMC. Registration Fee (includes materials and meals). Registration deadline will be January 21, 2016. Click here to find schedule and registration form for the training.
If you have any questions, please contact Richard Gilbert - Registrar at (251) 271-0140 or email email@example.com
Blue Lake Hosts Christian Writers Retreat
Blue Lake is hosting a Christian Writers Retreat April 20 - 23, 2016 at Blue Lake. At the retreat, you’ll experience the benefits of a large writers’ conference, but on a more personal level. Whether you’re a beginning or experienced writer, our faculty of seasoned professionals can teach you how to improve your writing skills, market your work, and get published.
You may choose from three different morning continuing classes and sixteen afternoon workshops which offer a range of information about various aspects of writing, both fiction and nonfiction. In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to meet with the faculty in one-on-one appointments and discuss your writing goals.
All of this training and networking with other writers, plus lodging for three nights and breakfast, lunch, and dinner can be yours for an amazing, affordable price.
Click here for more information.
Click here to see the most recent Circles of Transformation Newsletter!!
Robert Lupton author of Toxic Charity to visit Conference
Robert Lupton, advocate of those living on the margins and author of the transformative book Toxic Charity, will be visiting the AWFUMC March 5-6, 2016! Lupton will be engaging the entire Conference in the discussion on fruitful ministry with the poor. He will be speaking on two separate occasions:
- March 5, 2016: Daphne UMC in Daphne, Alabama
- March 6, 2016: Aldersgate UMC in Montgomery, Alabama
These events are free of charge and open to the public – all churches, denominations, and communities are invited! Times will be announced and registration opened in early February. Click here to see schedule.
Come join the discussion on Toxic Charity, ways we can strengthen our communities, and Circles of Transformation! For more information, contact Laurel Blackwell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 334.524.3652.
The Bishop's Confirmation Retreat will be held February 19 - 21, 2016 at Blue Lake. Registration begins at 7:00 p.m. on Friday and ends at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday.
The weekend focuses on the commitments made in membership vows in the United Methodist Church (UMC) -- prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness. Students will have the opportunity to hear from and spend time with Bishop Paul L. Leeland on Saturday morning.
Click HERE to register. The deadline for registration is February 8, 2016.
Questions? Please contact Rev. Sam Lewis email@example.com.
The 2015 Journal is for sale at Amazon!
Job/Ministry Opportunities - click here for full descriptions
To submit a Job/Ministry opportunity to place on our the AWFUMC website click here
Second Sunday of Each Month - North Mobile District SINGSPIRATION - Sunflower UMC
Clergy Coffee - First Wednesday of each month 8am – Cracker Barrel on Schillinger Road
January 29 - Emergency Preparedness Volunteer Symposium - Montgomery, AL
January 31 - District Annual Conference - Dauphin Way UMC - 4-6pm
February 1 - Deadline to order Boston Butts or Ribs from Inner City Mission - call 432-1122
March 5 - Robert Lupton speaking at Daphne UMC - author of Toxic Charity
Local Church Dates
February 6 - New Hope UMC - Ribs & Boston Butt Sale
February 13 - Rust College Acapella Choir Concert - Toulminville Warren Street UMC - 4pm
February 17 - West Side UMC - Randy Fisher Concert - 6pm
- Meltdown 2016 Youth Retreat
February 2-3 - Conference Bd of Pension & Health Benefits Pre-retirement Seminar
February 5-6 - Lay Servant Training in Baypines District
February 5-7 - Blue Lake Elementary Winter Retreat
February 11 - Legislative Prayer Breakfast,
February 13 - One Day: “Loving and Laughing on the Way to Church"
February 19-21 - Bishop's Confirmation Retreat
February 22 - Bishop's Day Apart
March 5-6 - COT Hosts Robert Lupton
March 8-9 - Wesley Heirs Spring Meeting
March 11-12 - Lay Servant Training Academy - Blue Lake
Click here to find The Alabama West Florida Conference calendar online!
UMC Mobile District Office
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