This week's News.............

August 13, 2015

Bay Area Food Bank is looking for food sorting volunteers! 

Food Sorting Volunteers help to inspect and sort food donations to get them ready for distribution to those in need. This includes checking expiration dates, making sure cans are not rusty or missing labels and boxing similar items together to put on our shelves for our partner organizations to stock their pantries. This project requires you to partake in light/moderate physical activity. 

 Our shifts are...

  • Weekdays: Monday-Friday; 9AM-12PM and 12:30-3:30PM
  • WeeknightsMust be a group of 8  Monday-Thursday; 4/5-7PM
  • Saturdays: 8AM-12pm on following dates:
    • August 15
    • September 12th and 26th
    • October 10th and 24th
    • November 7th and 21st
    • December 5th and 19th 

If you would like to schedule a shift or attend a Saturday shift, get in touch with me, and I will get you squared away.  I hope to hear from you!  
Alice Gallagher, AmeriCorps VISTA  
Community Garden & Outreach Activities Coordinator | Main Branch
Bay Area Food Bank
5248 Mobile South St. | Theodore, AL 36582
t. (251) 653-1617 ext.125 f. (251) 653-4208

A day apart with Bishop Leeland, Local Pastors and Associate AWFC Members

The Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members will host a day apart with Bishop Paul L. Leeland Saturday, August 22, 2015 at First United Methodist Church, Greenville.  The day apart will begin at 10:00 AM until 1:30 PM.  This will be a time of sharing, fellowship and informal conversation with our Bishop and each other.  Click here for more details.

Becoming a More Effective Leader

As you know, the first of the Four Areas of Focus for The United Methodist Church is developing principled Christian leaders for the church and the world. Registration is now underway for the third session of the leadership development program for clergy entitled, "Becoming a More Effective Leader." We invite you to register today!

Offered by the Academy for Congregational Excellence, the program features a series of ten seminars led by proven servant leaders who are volunteering their time to make the program possible. To provide for active participation in small and large group discussions, enrollment is limited, and participants will be selected in the order in which registrations are received.

Click here for more information. 

A Day Apart For Clergy and Church Staff With Dr. Walter Brueggemann 

Dauphin Way United Methodist Church, Mobile, AL, will be hosting “A Day Apart for Clergy and Church Staff with Dr. Walter Brueggemann” on Monday, September 28, 2015.  Registration and refreshments will begin at 9:30 AM, with the first session beginning at 10:00 AM.  Dr. Brueggemann will teach on the topic “Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to the Culture of Now.”  He will also preach a closing communion service.  A $15 registration fee covers morning refreshments, lunch, and .3 CEU credits.  Dr.  Brueggemann will also be signing books at a small book table.  For more information or to register, please visit our website at

Invitations from West Side United Methodist Church

  • West Side United Methodist Women is hosting a Mission Lunch – August 16th at 12 noon. Bring your appetite & join us for good food & fellowship. Donation is $6.  Everyone is welcome.
  • West Side UMC Abundant Life group will meet Tuesday, August 18th at 11:30am.  Our guest speaker, Mr. Greg Harris, is a financial advisor from Edward Jones who will be speaking on investments.  Lunch will be served.  Donations $3 and everyone is welcome.

Ebenezer Homecoming and Revival Services

Ebenezer UMC announces their upcoming Homecoming service on Sunday, Sept., 27th at 11am.  Revival services will continue the next three nights, Sept. 28-30, at 7pm.  The Rev. George Weaver will be preaching at all four services and you are invited to join us for a time of spiritual rejuvenation. 

Lay Servant Ministries Training Offered

Pensacola District Lay Speaking Ministries is offering training September 12 & 19, 2015, 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., at Christ United Methodist Church, Milton, FL. Please click here for the flyer. Registration deadline is August 28, 2015.

Fall Festival Time

(UMCOM) - It’s time to start planning your fall festival, and United Methodist Communication is here to help! Though we offered several great ideas last year (including the pumpkin trebuchet), we now have even more ways to take your fall festival to the next level! Click here to read more.    

Click here to find other tips and tools from United Methodist Communications. 

Click here to find online training offered through UMCOM....the Connectional Giving course is free!


September is Hunger Action Month

See and Order Hunger Action Month Resources
Download the Calendar (PDF)

Nearly 50 million people in the United States today are hungry or food insecure. Plan now to make September a time for your congregation to stand together against hunger, joining with the Society of St. Andrew to see that each person in this country has healthy, nourishing food to eat. The Daily Calendar for Prayer and Action includes a scripture reading and related activity for each day of September. Using this calendar, your congregants will take direct action against hunger and give money that, through the Society of St. Andrew, will be used to put nourishing fruits and vegetables on the tables of our hungry brothers and sisters right here in the U.S.

The Academy for Congregational Excellence (A.C.E.) invites clergy to participate in a unique cohort opportunity this fall. Body & Soul is a 12- week group covenant experience focused upon a holistic approach to spiritual, emotional, relational and physical flourishing. Beginning Tuesday, September 2nd, a Body & Soul group is launching in Mobile.  An orientation session for Body & Soul will be held Friday, August 21st at Dauphin Way UMC at 2:00 pm.  Click here to read more.

Order of Elders and Clergy Day Apart with Bishop Mike Coyner

As clergy serving churches in the Alabama-West Florida Conference, you are invited to attend a gathering of all clergy on October 8, 2015, at Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church with Bishop Mike Coyner, Resident Bishop of the Indiana Conference. We will gather at 9:30am and begin our worship and work with Bishop Coyner at 10:00am. 
Registration is $10 to cover the cost of the lunch. Please note that due to the agenda, there will not be time to eat off site. A .5 CEU credit is available.  
Click here for more information and/or to register attendance.


McGowin Hall, 1507 Dauphin St Mobile, AL 36604
  WHEN: September 12, 2015
GATHERING:  9 - 9:30 am
PRESENTATION: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
COST:  $35
Lunch & book for 6 weeks Follow-up Sessions included
Make payment (cash or check) & mail to:
AWFUMC, Attention:CP Intro/Workshop, 4719 Woodmere Blvd, Montgomery, AL 36106
 REGISTRATION DEADLINE:   September 10, 2015 ~ 5 pm
Workshop Contact:   Minta McDavid, 251-550-5609 , or 
Patti Bodenhamer,  251 952 2175
Sponsored by the AWFUMC ~ Spiritual Formation Leadership Team & Contemplative Outreach, Ltd

Christ UMC Hosts Bible Conference with Dr. Ben Witherington August 30 & 31

How can we read and understand the Bible? With thousands of years of history between the modern reader and this ancient text, how can we be certain we know what it is trying to say?In August, Christ UMC will host a two-day Bible conference with one of the leading Bible scholars and best Bible communicators in the world! Dr. Ben Witherington has written over forty books, including The Jesus Quest and The Paul Quest, both of which were selected as top Biblical study works by Christianity Today. He is also the author of our fall small group focus on the book of John.Along with many interviews on radio networks across the country, Witherington has been seen on the History Channel, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, The Discovery Channel, A&E and the PAX Network.In addition to his teaching on reading and understanding the Bible, he will offer a special lunch study where he will address some of the most common arguments against the Bible’s reliability and credibility.It is not often that we get the opportunity to hear from such a brilliant mind and eloquent communicator and we hope you won’t miss the chance in August. Please join us for the whole conference and invite your friends to come along!    Click here for more information.

Dauphin Island UMC asks you to join them September 16-17 for a very special event featuring Pastor Scott McDermott!  Scott has a BA and an MA in Biblical Studies, an MDiv, and an MPh. He also has a PhD in New Testament Studies from Drew University. Scott became the Senior Pastor of The Crossing church in 1993. He teaches part time at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University and is also a Certified Life Coach.

Sessions on Wednesday will be at 9:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. There will be a special session for Pastors on Thursday morning from 9:00 a.m. until 11:30. This event is free. Please note that offerings will be received at each session. Please call 251-861-5509 for more information.

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Meltdown 2016 - January 29 - 31

Meltdown is an annual youth conference that brings together students from all over Northwest Florida and South Alabama for a weekend that will draw them closer to God and to each other.  It will be held on January 29-31 in Panama City Beach.  Organized by a team of youth pastors and church workers, Meltdown’s mission is to empower youth groups and their churches by offering a dynamic, inspiring, and challenging worship experience brought through an awesome worship team, speaker, and through a variety of breakout sessions. This year our speaker is Joel Penton and worship will be led by the band Shake the City.

Click here for more information.

District Dates

Second Sunday of Each Month - North Mobile District SINGSPIRATION

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

August 15 - Cokesbury Training for Deep Blue Children's Curriculum - Christ UMC

August 21 - A.C.E. Body and Soul Orientation meeting - Dauphin Way UMC

September 20 – UMW District Annual Day – Westside UMC

October 12 - North Mobile Planning Council - 6:30pm

October 17 – Pastor’s meeting and Clergy Family Fund Day & Picnic – Thornberg Lake

November 4 – North Mobile White Christmas Dinner – Ebenezer – 6pm

November 7 – UMW Executive Mission Team Meeting – Christ UMC

Local Church Dates

August 30-31- Bible Conference with Dr. Ben Witherington - Christ UMC

September 12 - Centering Prayer Workshop - Day Retreat - Dauphin Way UMC

September 16-17 - Fall 2015 Days of Refreshing with Scott McDermott - Dauphin Island UMC

September 28 - A Day Apart for Clergy and Church Staff with Dr. Walter Brueggemann

October 19-21- Bethel UMC Revival – Speaker will be Darrel Brunson - 7pm

October 25Bethel UMC Homecoming – Speaker will be John Henry Baxter - 11am

Conference Dates

September 24 - Pleasant Path to Past; AWF Historical Society

October 8 - Order of Elders and Clergy Day Apart

Oct 24UMW Conference Leadership Training and Annual Day

October 27-30 - Conference Prayer Shawl Retreat - Blue Lake Camp

January 29-31 - Meltdown 2016 - Youth event

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 



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