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

August 3, 2017

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 UMCClick 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!

Job/Ministry Opportunities

Toulminville-Warren Street UMC - Cafeteria Manager/Cook
Trinity UMC - Worship Leader/Musician
Saraland UMC - Full-time Director of Early Learning Center
Good News UMC - Full Time Children's Director

FUMC Austin, TX - Director of Youth Ministry

Eclectic UMC - Director of Student Ministries
St. Mark UMC - Part Time Youth Minister
Toulminville-Warren Street UMC -  Day Care Teacher


District Dates

Second Sunday of Each Month - North Mobile District SINGSPIRATION- 6pm - August at Sunflower UMC

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

August 10 - Clergy Meeting at The Vision Center - St. John UMC's 2nd campus - 9:30am

Church Dates

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

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

Conference Dates

September 10-15 - Academy for Spiritual Formation Five Day Spiritual Academy

September 16 & 23 - Marianna-Panama City Lay Servant Training

September 18 - United Methodist Social Principals Seminar

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

October 10-11 - Wesley Heirs Fall Event

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 - At The Table: An Intentional Multi-Ethnic Gathering

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

Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.