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This Week's News..............................................................January 3, 2019

Table of Contents:

Mobile District Annual Conference This Sunday
Lay Servant Training
2019 Stewardship Webinar Training Schedule
Activate Missions Conference
Blue Lake Winter Retreat
Save the Date - Post General Conference Meeting
Singspiration will be held at Creola UMC on January 13 at 6pm
Job/Ministry Opportunities
District Events
Church Events
Conference Events


Mobile District Annual Conference This Sunday

Our Mobile District Annual Conference will be held this Sunday, January 6, 2019 at Christ United Methodist Church from 3-5pm.  All laity are invited and encouraged to attend and attendance is required for all clergy.

A special offering will be taken for Lynn Haven United Methodist Church in the Marianna-Panama City District.  The church suffered extensive damage due to Hurricane Michael and ministry is ongoing there even as they recover.  The church is in need of a portable baptistery.  Our goal is to raise $2500 so the Mobile District can support this ministry.  

2:30 – 3:00      Registration and Fellowship
3:00 – 3:30      Worship and Business Meeting
3:45 – 4:15      Breakout Session 1
4:30 – 5:00      Breakout Session 2

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

  • Being a Lay Leader  -  Ms. Clara Ester  -  Room A-201
  • Ezra Reporting  -  Rev. Ed Baumgarten  -  Room A-202
  • Hurricane Michael Recovery  -  Rev. Chris Ackerman   -  Room A-203
  • Taking the Next Steps - a Financial Education/Coaching Ministry  -  Mr. Mark Davidson  -  Room A-204
  • S/PPR Committee  -  Dr. Debora Bishop  -  Room A-205
  • Local Church Trustees and Church Insurance  - Ms. Suzanne Krejcar  - Room A-206
  • Single Governance of Church Administration - Small Membership Churches  -  Dr. Mike Hoppe  -  Room A-207

Lay Servant Training

A 10-week Wednesday-night Basic Lay Servant course will be taught at Christ United Methodist Church at 6101 Grelot Road. The class will begin Jan. 9 and end Feb. 20. 

The course deals with the basics of the United Methodist Church - its beliefs, polity, and structure. Discussions will also cover servants' callings, spiritual gifts, and talents.

District Lay Servant Ministries Director John Sellers (604-4451) will teach the course.
 
The text,  Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course, (Participant's Book) is available online at Cokesbury, Upper Room, Amazon and Google Books. All participants should read the first chapter of the book before class begins.

One-hour classes will begin at 6 p.m. in Room A-207 


2019 Stewardship Webinar Training Schedule


Activate Missions Conference

Discover your purpose in the world. Join us for the Activate Missions Conference on Saturday, March 30, 8:30am-2pm at Saraland UMC. This transformative conference will help you and your church create a plan to share Christ with the world. This conference will be led by TMS Global (formerly The Mission Society for United Methodists), has impacted thousands of churches worldwide. Pastors and lay leaders may wish to attend, especially to explore the possibility of bringing the conference to your own church. Register online at TMS-global.org/activate.  Contact Rev. Mike Hoppe at mike@saralandumc.org for more information.


Blue Lake Winter Retreat

Come Experience Blue Lake for an action packed weekend with great camp fun and friends! Our theme for this year is about Jesus always walks with us, even through tough times. We will enjoy worship times, a campfire with classic skits, numerous games, a special program from the Agape Hands Puppets, as well as many other activities. Check in will begin at 6pm on Friday and will end after morning worship at 9:45am on Sunday.  Click here for more information and to register. 


Save the Date - Post General Conference Meeting

Please save the date for a post 2019 general conference regional meeting in your area. Bishop David Graves and AWF conference leadership are inviting all clergy and laity to join them for an overview of the called session which will include a question and answer time. The dates and locations are below.
 
Thursday, March 7, 2019, at Montgomery FUMC
Saturday, March 9, 2019, at Covenant UMC in Dothan, AL
Sunday, March 10 2019, at Christ UMC in Mobile, AL

There will also be a clergy gathering on Monday, March 11, 2018, at Christ UMC in Mobile, AL, from 10am-2pm.


Singspiration will be held at Creola UMC on January 13 at 6pm


Job/Ministry Opportunities

Click here for job descriptions and details

Tanner Williams UMC - Part Time Youth Director

Dumas Wesley Community Center - Part Time Youth Director


District Events

Second Sunday of Each Month - North Mobile District SINGSPIRATION- 6pm - Jan - Creola UMC

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

January 6 - Mobile Annual District Conference - Christ UMC - 3-5pm

March 10 - Post General Conference Meeting  at Christ UMC in Mobile, AL

March 11 - Clergy Gathering with Bishop Graves - Christ UMC

Church Events

January 18  - West Side UMC Spaghetti Dinner and Game Night - 4-7pm

March 30 - Activate Missions Conference - Saraland UMC - 8:30am-2pm

Conference Events

January 11-13 - Laity Discernment Event - River City UMC, Montgomery

January 12 - Chainsaw Safety and Use Training - Woodlawn UMC

January 14-15 - Pastor/Spouse Enrichment Event

January 21 - ARM Service Day

January 27-February 1 - The Academy For Spiritual Formation - Longing for God

March 7 - Post General Conference Meeting at Montgomery FUMC  

March 9 - Post General Conference Meeting at Covenant UMC in Dothan, AL

March 10 - Post General Conference Meeting  at Christ UMC in Mobile, AL

Click here to find The Alabama West Florida Conference Calendar

 
Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.