This week’s news……………….

Attention Pastors – Save these dates!
First of all, welcome to all of the new pastors that moved into our district this week!  Moving day was Tuesday for all pastors’ conference wide.  Please keep these men, women and families in your prayers as they unpack and begin a new chapter in their ministries. 
We have two important dates that our clergy need to place on their calendar:

  • Pastor’s meeting on Thursday, July 30th at Crawford UMC- 7470 Moffett Road - 10am
  • Pastor’s meeting and Family Fun Day & Picnic on Saturday, October 17th at Thornburg Lake – more information about this fun day will be coming soon!

Also, don’t forget that pastors meet for breakfast at the Cracker Barrel on Schillinger Road the first Wednesday of each month at 8am.  Pay attention………next Wednesday is the first Wednesday in July.  :-)   Hope to see you there!

Open Doors Thrift Store to be featured on WKRG News 5
Tune in at 6pm this Friday to view a feature story about The Open Doors Resale and Thrift Store from WKRG News Channel 5 reporter, Devon Walsh.  This is a great testament to the store’s success and also of the time and effort that has gone into making the Thrift Store a reality. (Not to mention great advertising!)  The store was a vision that The Rev. Charles Fail had for years and finally became a reality in 2012 when it began with a Christmas Sale for Missions in St. Mark UMC’s gym.  Since that time many people, volunteers and staff, have put in long hours and hard work to accomplish the distribution of almost $80,000 in grants to local missions!  Of course these grants would not be possible without you and your contributions of merchandise to sell! Thank you!!  And don’t forget; when you are cleaning out your closet, garage or attic…collect your unwanted items and drop them off at Open Doors located at 4125A Government Blvd.  Or you may give the store a call at (251) 661-5661, they will be glad to drop by and take these items off your hands! 

More Open Doors Resale News……….
Lagniappe Chooses Open Doors Resale Store as Finalist
Open Doors Resale Store has been chosen as one of six finalists for the Lagniappe’s Readers' Choice Awards "BEST THRIFT STORE."   Voting began online June 18 and continues through Monday, July 13 at noon. Click this direct link to find the ballot – Laniappemobile.  Scroll to the bottom of the page; the "BEST THRIFT STORE" category is listed at the bottom of the list of services.  If voting online, you may vote once per hour. No registration is required during the finals period.  The PAPER BALLOT deadline is Friday, July 10, and the ballots will be in the June 18, June 25 and July 2 issues of Lagniappe - ONLY OFFICIAL BALLOTS FROM THE NEWSPAPER WILL BE ALLOWED. NO PHOTO COPIES. Paper ballots must be delivered by Friday, July 10th at 2:00 pm or mailed postmarked no later than July 10.  Winners will be announced in the July 23 issue of Lagniappe.  What a great recognition of all of the volunteers and donators that have made Open Doors Resale a success.  Please forward this information to anyone and everyone - let's get voting!




**Spanish Fort UMC is looking for a church bus with the following specifications:

  • Late model
  • Diesel powered
  • 30 ( /-) passenger

Please contact Jan Webb ( if you can help!

Job/Ministry Opportunities
Dauphin Way United Methodist Church – Contemporary Service Worship
Leader DWUMC is located in beautiful Midtown Mobile Alabama and recently celebrated 100 years of ministry.  We are in the midst of an exciting season of ministry as we plan move into our brand new contemporary worship space in July.  Our contemporary worship service attendance currently averages 300 each week and we have many great volunteers who are ready and willing to serve alongside great staff. The Contemporary Service Worship Leader serves as the primary worship leader for the Sunday morning contemporary worship service and primary worship leader for the Sunday night student ministry.  This part-time exempt position reports to the Associate Pastor for Contemporary Worship, maintains regular office hours on Wednesday afternoons and conducts worship service rehearsals Wednesday evenings; subject to contemporary worship service and youth ministry event schedule. A qualified applicant will have experience and/or education necessary to enable them to effectively coordinate several volunteer teams including a media team, audio- visual team, and multiple worship teams and assists with all contemporary worship services and activities.  
Qualified applicants should send their resume’ to Rev. Bradley Goode at
Tuscaloosa First United Methodist Church - Director of Student Ministries
First UMC of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, is seeking a full-time Director of Student Ministries.  As vibrant congregation of 2500, First United Methodist Church influences their community with the core values of radical hospitality, passionate worship, international faith development, risk-taking mission and service, and extravagant generosity.  The Director of Student Ministries’ primary focus is to help students take their next steps to becoming life-long disciples of Jesus Christ.
The main responsibilities are:

  • Provide Leadership:  The Director of Student Ministries will oversee all youth ministry programming, supervise the youth ministry staff, and guide the youth department in implementing a sustainable ministry model.
  • Equip youth, families, and volunteers:  The DSM will recruit, equip, and build teams of youth ministry leaders and volunteers.
  • Develop relationships:  Develop relationships with students, families, and volunteers, as well as, provide opportunities for students to develop relationships with other students and youth ministry staff and volunteers.

Qualifications include:

  • A minimum of five years of experience in leading a youth program
  • A Bachelor’s degree
  • Ability to implement sustainable structures and vision for the youth program
  • Strong leadership and organizational skills
  • Ability to communicate well with parents and teams of staff and volunteers
  • Alignment with the beliefs and practices of the United Methodist Church

For more detailed information or to submit a resume, please contact Kate at
**Montgomery First United Methodist in Montgomery, Alabama, is seeking a full time Director of Youth Ministries.  Worship is the heart of the identity of First United Methodist and this beautiful church averages 1,200 attendees at their two traditional services on Sunday morning.  For 185 years, First United Methodist has had a rich tradition of service and outreach in the city of Montgomery.  Using their history, this congregation is active in seeking the vision for the future of the church and the ways God can use them.  First United Methodist continues to build their ministry and vision of being a teaching church to train new generations of people pursuing their call.  Currently, there are 50-75 youth participating in youth programs with the potential for growth. A spark of excitement has become contagious, as First United Methodist Church has committed to put sustainable structures in place for the youth ministry and has active adult volunteers serving the youth.  This program needs a creative leader who is ready to lead the youth program and mentor youth interns into the ministry. 
The Director of Youth Ministries will oversee the junior and senior high youth ministry.   This person will seek, build, and strengthen relationships with the youth, their families, the youth staff, and adult volunteers, as well as, enable relationships to be built between the youth and youth volunteers. The Director of Youth Ministries will nurture these relationships to ensure the youth are growing in their journey of becoming disciples of Jesus Christ.  In addition, The Director of Youth Ministries will recruit, equip, and build teams of youth ministry leaders and volunteers. The Director of Youth Ministries will oversee all youth programming to ensure events bring an atmosphere of belonging and fellowship that will support the development of spiritual discipleship.
First United Methodist Church is seeking an individual who has the following qualifications:

  • Preferred five years’ experience in leading a youth ministry program
  • A Bachelor’s degree
  • Ability to serve as a spiritual role model by demonstrating a commitment to Christian spiritual practices and by articulating a personal faith journey
  • Ability to lead a team with a positive spirit that supports the mission, vision, and core values of First United Methodist of Montgomery
  • Ability to lead people and manage processes effectively in short-term planning and especially in long-range planning
  • Alignment with the beliefs and practices of the United Methodist Church

Candidates interested in applying to be part of the team at First United Methodist Church should submit a resume to Teresa Sippel at
**West Side UMC is seeking to hire a church pianist/ musician. The duties will include playing for the 8a.m contemporary worship service, 10:45 traditional worship service (must be able to play hymns from Methodist Hymnal), contemporary praise music, playing for additional services as needed, and rehearsals twice a month. The salary will be based on negotiations between church leadership and interested persons, experience, and knowledge/ musician-ship. Please do not send resume’. Limit your response to a phone call to the church. The number is (251) 478-3721. 
**Dauphin Way United Methodist Church - Kitchen Assistant position
The Kitchen Assistant supports the Kitchen and Hospitality ministry with food preparation, cooking, and administrative support as needed.  This part-time non- exempt position reports to the Kitchen & Hospitality Coordinator and has a standard work schedule of Monday – Friday; 7:30AM - 1:30PM; subject to hospitality event schedule.
A qualified applicant will have experience and/or education necessary to enable them to effectively: Assist cooking teams with pre-prep services, food preparation, serving, and completed meal packaging; Clean kitchen area;  Prepare hospitality carts for church events ;  Assist with replenishment of food and other consumable supplies to include inventorying food items; receiving and inspecting food deliveries for accuracy and compliance with Mobile County Board of Health regulations;  Assist with all Kitchen & Hospitality Ministry events and activities. 
Qualified applicants should send their resume’ to the Church Administrator at
**Dauphin Way UMC – Director of Student Ministries 
Nestled among the stately Live Oaks in historic Mobile, Alabama, Dauphin Way United Methodist Church seeks a fulltime Director of Student Ministries for grades 6-12.  This growing congregation of 2100 offers a variety of worship services and has a heart for mission and service in our church, community and around the world.  The primary responsibilities of the Director of Student Ministries will be to provide leadership in youth programming and missions, develop relationships with the youth, families, and volunteers, and recruit and train volunteers to minister to the youth.  The successful candidate should have a Bachelor’s degree, three or more years of experience, and be strong in leadership, relationship building, communication, ministering to youth and working with parents and volunteers. The candidate should be aligned with the beliefs and traditions of the United Methodist Church.  For more detailed information or to submit a resume, including a cover letter and three references, please contact Robin Wilson at
**Forest Park UMC – Youth & College Director
Forest Park UMC in Panama City, Florida seeks to hire an experienced, full-time Youth and College Director.  The successful candidate will have a Bachelor's degree, knowledge of United Methodist doctrine, and experience in all facets of Youth and College Ministry.  For a complete job description or additional information, please reply via email to  Resumes with cover letters may be sent to Forest Park United Methodist Church, Attn:  Chuck Dick, 1401 West 23rd Street, Panama City, FL, 32405. 
Christ United Methodist Church, Venice Florida
**Christ United Methodist Church of Venice, FloridaDirector of Children’s Ministry
Christ UMC, a vibrant congregation of about 850 members, is seeking a full-time Director of Children’s Ministry who has a God-given passion and love for working with children birth through sixth grade. The Director will provide a comprehensive ministry and discipleship program that includes areas of discipleship, equipping and empowering lay leaders, and partnering with parents in the spiritual development of children.
The Director of Children’s Ministry will report to the Senior Pastor and serve alongside a team of program staff dedicated to all ages and stages of the church.
Qualifications for this position include:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferably with a Bible/Theology or Education major/minor, or four years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • A deep, abiding relationship with Jesus Christ, a demonstrated spiritual maturity and a commitment to a faithful Christian lifestyle consistent with the confessions of the United Methodist Church
  • Strong organization, administrative and budget management skills.
  • Ability to train and lead volunteers and staff.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with children, parents, staff, leaders or congregation.

Resumes and inquiries can be sent to Cheryl Outerbridge,

District Dates
Second Sunday of Each Month - North Mobile District SINGSPIRATION – May 17th in month of May - 6pm at Sims Chapel UMC
Clergy Coffee - First Wednesday of each month 8am – Cracker Barrel on Schillinger Road
July 5 – First Sunday in Pulpit for Moving Pastors
July 16-17 – Beginning Pastor’s Workshop – Spring Hill College, Mobile
July 30 – Pastor’s meeting at Crawford UMC – 10am
August 10 - North Mobile Planning Council - 6:30pm
September 20 – UMW District Annual Day – Westside UMC
October 12 - North Mobile Planning Council - 6:30pm
October 17 – Pastor’s meeting and 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
June 15 – July 24 – St. John UMC Summer Camp for ages 4-13 – call (910) 373-7913 for more details
July 20 – 24 – Vacation Bible School at Wilmer UMC
October 19-21- Bethel UMC Revival – Speaker will be Darrel Brunson - 7pm
October 25 – Bethel UMC Homecoming – Speaker will be John Henry Baxter - 11am
Conference Dates
July 5 – First Sunday in Pulpit for Moving Pastors
July 31-1 – UMW Mission u - Dothan UMC
Oct 24 – UMW Conference Leadership Training and Annual Day
FOR EVENT DETAILS & MORE, check out the AWFUMC online calendar!
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