News from the Mobile District .............................................. February 20, 2020

A Lenten Challenge Before General Conference 
AWF Bishop's Discernment Task Force Listening Session
3rd Annual Love in Action
News from Open Doors Resale and Thrift Store
Mobile District To Host Lay Servant Training
Request for Flood Relief Efforts
Volunteer Opportunity at UMCOR Sager-Brown
Blue Lake Seeks Summer Camp Staff
Vital Conversations: Meaningful Conversations on Race Continue
66th Church Administrators Conference at Lake Junaluska

Click here to find an Important Word from Bishop Graves: A Lenten Challenge Before General Conference 

You are invited to the AWF Bishop's Discernment Task Force Listening Session - Click here to find more

3rd Annual Love in Action

During Lent we will again have our 3rd Annual Love in Action District Mission Event at Open Doors Resale and Thrift Stores. There are 20 slots to be filled every Saturday in Lent from 9am until noon.  You may sign up as an individual or as a group. Please click here to go to the sign up page and follow the directions. Check out the article below to see what a wonderful blessing to our local missions that you can be by volunteering!

News from Open Doors Resale and Thrift Store

Open Doors Resale and Thrift Store is excited to announce, as of the last distribution of 2019, the store has contributed $636,000 to our local Mobile UMC supported agencies! This happens because of prayers, volunteers and donations that come from all around our district. As the Lenten season approaches, please consider volunteering at one of our two stores. With your help 2020 will be our best year yet. For more information please contact me at 661-5661. 

We are grateful our United Methodist connection which makes this ministry a blessing to our local agencies and our volunteers!

Audrey Bryan, Store Manager

Mobile District To Host Lay Servant Training

When: Saturday, February 29, 2020
Where: Tanner Williams UMC
1. Basic: Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course*
2. Preaching: From Your Heart To Theirs
3. Leading Worship: Leading Worship
4. Leading Small Groups: Transforming Community: The Wesleyan Way to Missional Congregations

Click here to find more information and registration form.

Click here to find the most recent AWF NewsCONNECTION

Request for Flood Relief Efforts

Bishop Graves has made a request that each congregation in the Alabama-West Florida Conference collect a special offering for the flood relief efforts in the Mississippi Conference. (Click here to find the message from Bishop Graves)  This offering should be sent to UMCOR as they are often the first line of relief after a natural disaster. You may send the offering directly to UMCOR (give online through this link) or mail checks to the conference office (designated for UMCOR Mississippi flooding). At the moment, ERT teams are not being requested.

Volunteer Opportunity at UMCOR Sager-Brown

St. Mark UMC has three openings to travel with their mission team to UMCOR Sager-Brown Disaster Relief Distribution Warehouse in Baldwin LA March 8-13, 2020. The cost of the trip is $275 per person for room and board. Participants must submit to a background check or provide documentation of a report completed within the last 3 years. Please contact the church office at 251-342-5861, M-Th 9-2 or at to receive a trip packet or if you have any questions.

Blue Lake Seeks Summer Camp Staff

Blue Lake Camp is hiring summer staff. Please help them spread the word. They are looking for college-age adults who can commit 10 weeks of their summer to living at and working for Blue Lake. This is best for individuals who are passionate, excited, and willing to get their hands dirty. An ideal summer counselor is someone who can roll with the punches of summer camp (no two days are the same!) and is a team player. Contact Blue Lake here.  


Discovering your church’s ministry opportunities has never been easier. MissionInsite (MI) provides instant access to community information for your church via The MI System.  As part of the Alabama-West Florida Conference United Methodist Church you have free access to MissionInsite and the demographics around your church.  This free service is provided to you and your church by the Alabama-West Florida Conference Congregational Development Office.
Please reach out to our Regional Agency Administrator , Sandy Gutting in the AWF Office of Congregational Development, at or (850) 291-1244.  She will be happy to prepare  and email you your MissionInsite Reports as well as following up with you on your reports.

Vital Conversations: Meaningful Conversations on Race Continue

As a follow up to the Alabama-West Florida Conference fall clergy "Resisting Racism" Diversity Training and the first series of conversations, additional Vital Conversations are being held in four locations in February and March of 2020. These conversations will be open to all laity and clergy and will be focused on race, culture and justice. Celeste Eubanks, AWF Director of Leadership Strategies, will facilitate relevant questions to help people have fruitful and meaningful conversations on race. Registration is strongly encouraged but not required and all are welcome.There is one meeting left on March 1 at Auburn UMC; to register click here. Previous attendees are welcome to attend, but please be aware that table talks at this set of gatherings will be based on the same video and questions used in the first series. A new Vital Conversations series will be introduced at the gatherings in Fall 2020.

66th Church Administrators Conference at Lake Junaluska

The 66th annual conference for Church Administrators will be held at beautiful Lake Junaluska on April 19 through 22, 2020. This year’s topic is HR & Finance: Trends & Guidelines Beyond 2020.  Our presenters are Bob Winstead and Phil Schroeder. CEU credits will be authorized by The Church Network.
This will be a time of job knowledge growth, spiritual growth, and fellowship. We are now accepting signups. For more information see the website at or download the brochure by clicking here

Job/Ministry Opportunities

Click here for job descriptions and details

Spring Hill Avenue UMC - Administrative Assistant/Financial Secretary

Tanner Williams UMC - Part Time Youth Director

District Events

2nd Sunday of Each Month - Mobile District SINGSPIRATION - 6pm

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

February 29 - Mobile District Lay Servant Training - Tanner Williams UMC

March 26 - District Tanzania UMC Partnership meeting - 6:30pm - Ashland Place UMC

Church Events

Every Third Friday - West Side UMC Spaghetti Dinner and Game Night - 4-7pm

Conference Events

February 25 - Predatory Lending Seminar

February 28 - Science and Faith Conference

March 1 - Vital Conversations, Auburn UMC

March 6-7 - COSROW Event: "Glimpses into the Future"

March 7 - UMVIM Mission Team Leader Training

March 7 - ERT (Early Response Team) Training, Camden UMC

March 10-11 - Wesley Heirs Spring Gathering

March 13-15 - Bishop's Confirmation Retreat 2020

March 25-28 - Blue Lake Christian Writers Retreat

April 16-18 - Inspirit Retreat

April 17-19 - UMW 2020 Southeastern Jurisdiction Quadrennial Meeting

April 19-22 - 2020 Southeast Church Network (SECN) Conference

Calendar of events at Lake Junaluska

Click here to find The Alabama West Florida Conference Calendar

Scatter Kindness

Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.