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

December 16, 2015

The District Office will be closed for the holidays until January 4th.

Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Prayer Request

**The Rev. Dr Doug Williams - latest update since his surgery last week, please continue to pray:

"Doug's progress has been very slow. He remains in SICU. The doctors and medical team are very concerned that he has not responded better to date. He is still not alert.They have not been able to remove him from the ventilator.  Will try again today. Also, CT scans will be done today to determine if there are other complications.  I know everyone will continue to pray for Doug, Nelda and their family."

**The Rev. Jennifer Gregory's granddaughter Julie has been diagnosed with Pediatric Arthritis and is experiencing severe pain.  Please keep this family in your prayers and her doctors as they try to determine a treatment plan. 

Last Day for 2015 Apportionment Remittances

The last day apportionment payments can be applied for the 2015 year is Friday, January 8, 2016. Payments must be received in the Conference office by 3:00 p.m. so they can be deposited before the close of business. Payments can also be deposited directly into the Conference bank account at Regions Bank no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 8, 2016. Contact Heidi Mitchell at or Sharon Beasley at with questions or for details on depositing directly to Regions Bank.

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

The adult chancel choir  at Kingswood United Methodist Church presents “The First Noel: Celebrating The Birthday Of A King”, Sunday, December 20 at 5 p.m. in the sanctuary. Guest appearance by the Amazing Grace Children’s Choir. You won’t want to miss it!


Bring your Youth Group to Ski Lake Junaluska

Experience a weekend of worship, fellowship and skiing in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina with your youth group this winter. Lake Junaluska, a conference and retreat center in the Great Smoky Mountains, partners with nearby Cataloochee and Wolf Ridge ski resorts to offer a variety of youth ski packages from December to March. Packages include lodging, breakfast, lift tickets, ski and boot rentals, ski lessons, dinner and worship program admission. The worship lineup this year features The Skit Guys and The Wayne Kerr band, among other notable names. A special Mission in the Mountains Weekend will be offered in February. Or plan your own retreat using our facilities and discounted ski tickets. Learn more about Ski Lake Junaluska at

Click HERE for more information or to register.

Shop UMCmarket and help Open Doors

If you haven't yet checked out the new UMCmarket, its an innovative and simple program that offers savings for you while generating contributions for your ministry. Whether purchasing items for donation or shopping for family and friends, it's a great way to give twice, at no additional cost to you. Open Doors is listed as an option for your donation when purchasing online through UMCmarket. This would be a great way to help Open Doors, Inc. continue in its mission for supporting community ministries as you shop online for Christmas.
 Click here to watch a brief video and learn more about the benefits of UMCmarket!

One Day: “Loving and Laughing on the Way to Church"

The Conference Older Adult Ministries (adults 50 ) will host their annual event, One Day:  “Loving and Laughing on the Way to Church", February 13, 2016.  The event will be held at Wesley Chapel at Blue Lake Camp and will begin at 10:00 am until 2:30 pm (registration begins at 9:30 am).  Keynote speaker will be Dr. Karl Stegall (retired).  There will be special music, lunch and more!

An offering will be accepted for the Stegall Seminary Scholarship Endowment Foundation.

Cost is $20 and includes lunch.  Deadline to register, with payment, is at the close of business, Friday, January 29, 2016.  Attached above is a registration form.

For more information, please contact Barbara Wilder

Sponsored by the Older Adult Task Force, Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church 

Alabama Rural Ministry Offers Opportunities to Serve and Learn

Alabama Rural Ministry (ARM) has lots going on and needs your help.  Check out these opportunities:

Check out the ARM website to find all of the news.  :-)

Job/Ministry Opportunities - click here for full descriptions

Circles of Transformation hosts Robert Lupton

Robert Lupton, author of the transformative book Toxic Charity, will visit the Alabama-West Florida Conference to help change the conversation about ministry with the poor.  He will be speaking at Daphne United Methodist Church on March 5, 2016 and at Aldersgate United Methodist Church (Montgomery) on March 6, 2016.  All are welcome to attend as we discuss ways we can make lasting impact in our communities.  

For more information contact Laurel Blackwell, Director, Circles of Transformation,  

District Dates

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 8 - Last day for 2015 apportionment payments

Local Church Dates

December 20 - Kingswood UMC presents “The First Noel: Celebrating The Birthday Of A King” 5pm

Conference Dates

January 21-23 - Praying Like Jesus Conference

January 22-23COSROW's Annual Retreat

January 29-31 - Meltdown 2016 Youth Retreat

February 2-3 - Conference Bd of Pension & Health Benefits Pre-retirement Seminar

February 5-7 - Blue Lake Elementary Winter Retreat

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

June 2-24 - Huntingdon College Leadership Academy


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

Kim Doss
Administrative Assistant
UMC Mobile District Office
6333 Piccadilly Sq Dr
Mobile, AL  36609
Office (251) 345-3313
Fax (251) 345-3315


Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.