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

September 21, 2017

Dr. Wayne Flynt to speak at Dill Lecture Series This Sunday

Dr. Wayne Flynt will be speaking on Alabama's Religious and Literary Legacy at the next Dill Lecture Series event on September 24th and 25th. 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,"

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Alabama-West Florida Conference Responds to Irma

The Alabama-West Florida Conference continues to respond in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey.  Thank you for your incredible response through UMCOR monetary offerings and kit collections. The Florida Conference has officially requested as many kits that we can assemble. Click here for instructions and collection sites. Amelia Fletcher, AWF Disaster Response Coordinator, released this video so that churches may always be prepared, whether it be a hurricane, tornado or other disaster. Rev. Rob Gulledge and a team from Eclectic UMC have restored the conference shower trailer that will be going to Florida this week. Rev. Rob Haynes of Morgan's Chapel UMC will be leading the relief efforts after these hurricanes. He can be reached at disasterresponse@awfumc.orgClick here to see the AWF Conference featured in a United Methodist News Service articlePhoto courtesy of Christ UMC, Mobile

Agency Offers Post-Charlottesville Toolkit

(GCORR) - In the wake of Charlottesville and other protests around the U.S., the United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race is providing church leaders with resources to promote awareness and foster relationships across lines of difference. The toolkit is a curation of resources that may be beneficial for a small group or congregation on the themes of white supremacy, hate and violence. See toolkit. Click here to access through the AWF Resource page

Grant for Seminary Students Announced

(COB) - Applications for a partial scholarship to attend The Ecumenical Institute at Bossey during the Fall 2018 Graduate Session are now available. Seminary students who intend to vocationally serve The UMC are encouraged to consider this opportunity to engage in an ecumenical community for this 5-month, graduate-level course. For more information about The Ecumenical Institute at Bossey go to Click here for a copy of the COB scholarship application and guidelines

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Homecoming at Ebenezer on September 24th at 11am

Former Pastor Rodney Smith Preaching

Please join us on October 28th for our second At The Table gathering. We will continue the conversations we began this past April. We will directly engage discussions about effective ministry in Spanish and English breakout groups. Ethnic speakers from around the Methodist Church will help us think through what true inclusion and ethnic thriving looks like within our conference and local churches. Worship will be led in English and Spanish. Certified interpretive services will be offered as well.

Bishop Graves will also share his heart regarding ethnic ministries and inclusivity within our conference. Our prayer is that you might consider joining us for this time of fellowship!

WHEN: Saturday, October 28th, 2017
9:30 AM to 2:30 PM (CT)

WHERE: The Vision Center (A Ministry of St. John UMC)
 4807 Princeton Drive
Mobile, Alabama 36618

            *An authentic Hispanic meal will be served to only those who register in advance* 



The Council of Bishops Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships awards Local Initiative Grants to groups within annual conferences who are creating ecumenical and interreligious ministries in their local contexts. Applications for one of three annual "Local Initiative Grants" are now available. Projects receiving grants should be carried out during the first half of 2018.  For more information about the Local Initiative Grants go to  For a copy of the COB grant application with guidelines contact Rev. Dr. Jean Hawxhurst at

Upcoming Disaster Early Response Training

Be prepared to respond to the next disaster. Disaster Early Response Training (ERT) covers the basics of early disaster response, including roof tarping, cleaning out damaged homes, spiritual and emotional care, team protocols, and more. Click here for a description of what well-trained ERT teams look like. Click here for "Seven Important things to know about Disaster Spiritual and Emotional Care".

Proper credentials are required for individuals and teams responding in the first few days after a disaster. Participants who successfully complete this training will receive those credentials, including an ERT badge.  

Upcoming Sessions:

September 24, 2017 - Atmore First UMC

October 14, 2017 - Elba UMC

October 28, 2017 - Lynn Haven UMC



The North Mobile - South Washington County Men's Prayer Group 

The North Mobile - South Washington County Men's Prayer Group will meet at Sims Chapel UMC Monday, September 25. Dinner will be at 6pm with the service beginning at 7pm. All are invited, Alex Hopkins Jr. will be the speaker.

Sims Chapel UMC Homecoming Service September 24th at 11am

The Rev Denny McDavid will be preaching.

The North Mobile - South Washington County Men's Prayer Group 

The North Mobile - South Washington County Men's Prayer Group will meet at Sims Chapel UMC Monday, September 25. Dinner will be at 6pm with the service beginning at 7pm. All are invited, Rev. Denny McDavid will be the guest speaker.

Job/Ministry Opportunities

Chapelwood UMC, Texas - Associate Director of Children's Ministries

Spring Hill Avenue UMC - Part-time Children's Ministry Assistant
St Mark UMC - Part Time Custodian
Dumas Wesley Community Center - Part Time Office Assistant
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

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

October 1  - World Communion Sunday

October 7 - COT Mobile Books, Balls, and Blocks Event

October 26 - 12th Annual USA Wesley Foundation Cook-off and Auction

Church Dates

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

September 24 - Ebenezer UMC Homecoming Service

September 24 - Sims Chapel UMC Homecoming Service

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

Conference Dates

September 23 - ERT Training Dothan District

September 24 - ERT Training - Atmore UMC

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

October 7 - Healing Ministries Workshop (CBOD) Crestview

October 8 - Healing Ministries Workshop (CBOD) Montgomery

October 10-11 - Wesley Heirs Fall Event

October 14 - ERT Training, Dothan District

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 - ERT Training, Lynn Haven UMC

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

November 13-16 - 2017-2020 Spiritual Direction Training

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Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.