Clergy Meeting with the District Superintendent
Pastors, don't forget the clergy meeting next Thursday, August 10th at 9:30am. We will be meeting at The Vision Center (St. John UMC's 2nd campus) at 4807 Princeton Drive. If you missed the charge conference schedule that was emailed this week click here!
One Day - An Annual Ministry Event for Adults 50
The Conference Older Adult Ministries will host their annual event, One Day! on September 16, 2017. The event will be held at Ozark First UMC and will begin at 10:00 am until 2:30 pm (registration begins at 9:30 am). Keynote speaker will be Bishop David Graves. The program will include special music and break-out sessions on "Grandparenting by Boomers", "Communities of Transformation" and "Online and Phone Safety". Cost is $20 and includes lunch. Registration deadline is Tuesday, September 5. Click here for more information.
Sunflower UMC will host Singspiration August 13th at 6pm
AWF Historical Society Meeting
Everyone is welcome to attend the next meeting of the Alabama-West Florida Conference Historical Society. They will be meeting at the First United Methodist Church in Pensacola, Florida on September 21st at 9:30am. This church dates back to 1821 when a mission was established by the Missippi Conference and the Reverand Alexander Talley was appointed as a missionary to Pensacola.
Click here to find registration form and brochure.
Two helpful webinars for Finance and Stewardship Leaders
Please find below two webinars that may be helpful for church leaders involved with finance and stewardship areas in your church. These resources are made available because of the generous contributions of churches to the World Service Fund of the Connectional Missional giving in the Alabama West Florida Conference.
Webinar for Local Church Leaders in Finance & Stewardship
Are you looking for new ways to financially support your church’s ministry? Then you should attend a webinar on Thursday, September 7th at 10am to engage with The Rev. Rosanna Anderson, Associate Director of Stewardship Ministries and the Rev. Rozario Picardo, author of Funding Ministry with Five Loaves and Two Fishes. Pastors and leaders in stewardship and finance will engage in questions to prompt creative thinking and innovative methods that are working in different contexts. Click here to register.
The Annual Campaign Toolbox
Will your church be planning an annual campaign this year? It is an important piece, but it is just a piece of what could (and should) be a larger stewardship strategy for your church. If you missed attending the live webinar in July, it's not too late -- watch the archived recording! We explore annual campaign resources, time-tested tools, and a year-round strategy to keep generosity before your people all the time. View the recording at your convenience by clicking here!
Upcoming Lay Servant Training Events
There are several Lay Servant training events coming up across the conference. Lay servants may attend training in any District; no one is limited to attending training in their own District.
- Dothan District on August 25-26 at Pleasant Hill UMC. Click here to find the registration form.
- Marianna-Panama City District on September 16 & September 23 at Forest Park UMC. Click here to find the registration form.
- The Pensacola District will have Lay Servant Ministries Training September 30 and October 7 at Christ UMC in Milton, Florida. Click here to find more information.
From Open Doors Resale Store
On behalf of Open Doors Resale Store, thank you for your support. This month we will be distributing $60,000 to our local agencies, bringing the total amount in the past four years to over $300,000! As we begin the seasonal transition (summer to fall), we will be closing the store on Monday, August 7, for the day. We will use this time to clean, refresh and redecorate the store. The store will return to regular business hours on Tuesday, August 8. Please share this information with your church by posting on your website, and including it in your bulletin and newsletter. Thank you!