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

May 5, 2016

Pray for those attending General Conference May 10-20 

Members of the Alabama-West Florida delegation, and the legislative committees on which they will serve, include:

General Conference Delegation
Steve Furr, laity: Church & Society 2
Pat Luna, laity: Judicial Administration 
Beverly Maddox, laity: Faith & Order
Clara Ester, laity: Church & Society 1
Dawn Hare, laity; General Administration
Lawson Bryan, clergy: Ministry & Higher Education/Superintendency
Larry Bryars, clergy: Financial Administration
Jeremy Pridgeon, clergy: Conferences
Robin Wilson, clergy: Discipleship
John Brooks, clergy: Local Church

Click these links to find more information

General Conference 2016 Information

2016 GC Legisation

2016 GC Resources

Legislation Tracker

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Singspiration will not be held this Sunday due to Mother's day. 

It will be the following Sunday, May 15th at Pine Grove UMC


The 2016 session of annual conference is quickly approaching and will be held June 12-15, 2016, at Frazer Memorial UMC. Visit for complete information or follow the below links.

Brochure of Reports
Special Guests
Award Nominations
Laity Banquet
Missional Giving Offering Insert 
Online Missional Giving
Hotel Information
UMCOR Kit Collection
Working Agenda

This year’s recipient of the 2016 Missional Offering for the Alabama-West Florida Conference is the Disaster Response & Recovery Ministry. This team is committed to providing the loving presence of Christ as we respond to natural disasters within our conference and across the connection. The ministry provides a framework of resources and training for the local church and district, thus strengthening response within our communities.

We invite you to give generously to this ministry that has helped thousands over the years. It’s not if, it’s when. Natural Disasters will always be present and we must be ready to appropriately respond. This offering will be collected at the opening worship service on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church. You may also donate online at

 West Side UMC holds Abundant Life Luncheon

West Side UMC will host an Abundant Life Luncheon on May 17 at 11:30am.  Our guest speaker will be Kayla Kelim, Esp. from Aging In Alabama elder care law firm.  This event is open to the public.  Lunch donations $5.

St. John UMC Thrift Hut

Saturday, May 7th
Free Jeans and Books!!
New Selection of Men's Clothes and lots of Ladies Dresses!   
6215 Overlook Road, Mobile, AL  36618 

Attention Youth Workers

The Alabama-West Florida Conference is launching a year-long youth ministry cohort. Six times a year a group of youth workers will gather to spend a day pursuing personal holiness and professional excellence. The group will spend their time focused on exploring personal spiritual development, troubleshooting real-world ministry problems, and discussing an important book that is relevant to the life and role of a youth worker in a local congregation.

The cohort will be facilitated by a veteran youth worker who will act as a personal and professional mentor for those involved in the session.

Each session will be divided somewhat equally between taking next steps in your personal relationship with Jesus, working on problems or new initiatives in your local ministry setting, and studying one of the texts below:

  • Reclaiming the Lost Soul of Youth Ministry: A Wesleyan Field Guide by: Jeremy Steele
  • The Sacred Way: Spiritual Practices for Everyday Life by: Tony Jones
  • Hurt 2.0: Inside the World of Today’s Teenagers by Chap Clark
  • In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership by Henri Houwen 
  • Your First Two Years in Youth Ministry by Doug Fields 
  • You Lost Me: Why Young Christians Are Leaving Church...and Rethinking Faith by David Kinnaman

The year-long cohort costs $150, which covers the cost of books and meals. The fee must be paid in full before the first session.

The first meeting will be in Mobile, AL, on Thursday, May 26, 2016. Those registered will be notified of the location. Future meeting dates will be set by each group according to their own schedules. The locations will move from session to session to allow for each person to have some sessions closer to them.

Please contact Jeremy Steele if you have questions at

Click here to register. 


Current newsletters from The Alabama West Florida Conference....


AWF Focus on Mission

AWF Conference Historical Society

AWF Communities of Transformation

Job/Ministry Opportunities - click here for full descriptions

To submit a Job/Ministry opportunity on the AWFUMC website click here.

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

June 4 - USA Wesley Foundation Paddle Skedaddle Event

June 12 - 15 -   Alabama West Florida Annual Conference - Frazer UMC

June 19 - Last Sunday for Moving and Retiring Pastors

July 3 - First Sunday in Pulpit for Moving Pastors

September 18 - Mobile District's Blue Lake Sunday

Local Church Dates

May 11 - Grace UMC Human Trafficking series 6:30pm - Now That We are Free

May 17 - West Side UMC - Abundant Life Luncheon - 11:30am

May 18 - Grace UMC Human Trafficking series - Carmike Wynnsong 16 theater to view feature film - Caged No More

June 3 - St. John UMC Volunteer Training for Summer Camp

June 3-5 - Toulminville-Warren Street UMC50th Anniversary Weekend of Celebrations

Conference Dates

May 10 - 20 - General Conference 2016

May 14 - Blue Lake Open House and Free Concert

June 3 - 5 -United Methodist Women (UMW) SEJ Quadrennial Meeting

June 22 - 24 - Huntingdon College Leadership Academy

July 13-15 - 2016 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference

August 17-20 - School of Congregational Development 2016

October 16-21 - 5-day Academy for Spiritual Formation

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


Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.