This week's news from the Mobile District

February 11, 2016

Click here to find Robert Lupton bulletin insert.  

***The Auburn Wesley Foundation is bringing back Children’s Caravan this summer!  Children’s Caravan is a 3-day Bible school experience designed for churches with 30 or less children in kindergarten through 5th grades.  If your church is interested, please email Patricia Stevenson, at the Auburn Wesley Foundation, at for more information. 

***Auburn Wesley Foundation’s Youth Caravan will be traveling the area again this summer, with exciting programs planned for youth groups for up through 5 days.  Contact Patricia at  Both calendars are filling up! 

Click here to find the most recent copy of The Alabama West Florida Conference Historical Society Newsletter. 

One of our Mobile District Churches is featured in an article there!  

Save the Date: 5-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation

This event will be October 16-21, 2016, at Camp McDowell and is sponsored by the AWF Conference, the North AL Conference, The Upper Room, and The Episcopal Diocese of AL. Faculty presenters are Dr. Amy Oden (Former Dean of Wesley Theological Seminary and Professor at St. Paul Seminary) and Bishop Kee Sloan (Bishop of The Episcopal Diocese of AL). The theme is God’s Welcome - The Spirituality of Hospitality. Contact Pat Luna for more information.

Inspirit 2016 - A time to: Rekindle, Relax and Renew

Inspirit 2016, a time to rekindle, relax and renew, a ministry event designed for adults age 50 , will be held April 7 - 9, 2016 at Blue Lake Assembly.  The 2016 theme:  "Seniors, we've still got it!  So, let's use it!"  

Keynote speaker will be Rev. Dr. Robbins Sims, District Superintendent for the Montgomery-Opelika District.  Director of Congregational Vitality for the Alabama-West Florida Conference, Rev. Dan Pezet, will be the Bible Teacher.  Rev. Ed Shirley, pastor, Brundidge UMC, will lead the music.

Reservation deadline is March 24.  Click here for more information. 
Sponsored by the Alabama-West Florida Conference Older Adult Task Force

 Wesley Heirs Announce Spring Retreat

The Alabama-West Florida Conference WESLEY HEIRS will host their Spring Retreat "CELEBRATE LIFE, LOVE, AND LAUGHTER” March 8 – 10, 2016 at Blue Lake.  Registration begins Tuesday, March 8 at 10 am.  Click here to see further details.

Wesley Heirs is a group of Alabama-West Florida Conference clergy retirees (and spouses) and surviving spouses. This group meets twice a year, but there are smaller meetings held within Districts that meet monthly or quarterly. 

For more information, contact Myrtice Carr .

Register now for Bishop's Day Apart

Bishop's Day Apart 2016 will be held February 22, 2016 at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Montgomery, AL  Keynote speaker will be Dr. Tom Long, Bandy Professor of Preaching at Candler School of Theology. Click HERE for Dr. Long's full bio.

There is a problem with our conference PayPal account that handles registration payments.  Please register online and either mail a check to the conference office or bring cash/check with you to the even, cashiers will be on hand.

Spring Hill College hosting a Methodist-Catholic Panel Discussion

Spring Hill College will be hosting a Methodist-Catholic panel discussion for the Mobile community on its campus. This is the first dialogue of its kind to happen in the area and is significant in that the panelists will be working with the official documents produced by the national and international dialogue commissions. The dialogue is geared towards laity from both denominations who do not know anything of the others beliefs or the dialogue that has been happening internationally for the past 50 years. Historically, Methodists were the first Protestants to enter the Catholic gulf coast, so this event will be significant not just for Methodist-Catholic relations, but for the overall Protestant-Catholic relationship in the Mobile community. 

 The event will be February 18th at 7pm in Byrne Memorial Hall.

The panelists will include:

  • Dr. Stephen Wilson, Spring Hill College
  • Fr. David J. Tokarz, Archdiocese of Mobile
  • Dr. Stephen Sours, Huntingdon College
  • Rev. Jeff Wilson, Dauphin Way UMC, Mobile, AL

Pull a Plane for Dumas Wesley!

Can you handle the ultimate man versus machine challenge? This extreme and unique event, which pits teams of 20 against a FedEx aircraft weighing more than 180,000 lbs., is a fundraiser that raises both money and awareness for the Dumas Wesley Community Center. Teams compete to pull the plane 12 feet in the fastest amount of time. The event is open to the public on May 7th at Brookley Aeorplex.  It will also include entertainment, food, an awards ceremony and a Kid’s Zone with various activities. Spectators are strongly encouraged to attend and cheer on their favorite team!

For more information please visit:

Lent Starts Soon - Order Free Booklets Now

The Society of St. Andrew Lenten devotional book is now being shipped. Order copies for yourself and for your church now, along with our Good Friday Fast. You can also download the eBook version for your use, and sign up to receive each devotion as a daily email. Lent starts soon!

  Order Online, Download Book, Get Daily Email 


Lay Servant Training Opportunity

Blue Lake Lay Servant Training Academy -“One in Spirit, All in Ministry: In the Spirit of Discipleship”; “MINISTRY OF THE LAITY” will be offered March 11 - 12, 2016 at Blue Lake.  Registration deadline is February 26, 2016.  Click here for more information. 

Who should attend?  Church Lay Leaders, Local Church Lay Servants (LCLS), Certified Lay Servants (CLS), and those interested in becoming Lay Servants.

Blue Lake Hosts Christian Writers Retreat

Blue Lake is hosting a Christian Writers Retreat April 20 - 23, 2016 at Blue Lake. At the retreat, you’ll experience the benefits of a large writers’ conference, but on a more personal level. Whether you’re a beginning or experienced writer, our faculty of seasoned professionals can teach you how to improve your writing skills, market your work, and get published. 

You may choose from three different morning continuing classes and sixteen afternoon workshops which offer a range of information about various aspects of writing, both fiction and nonfiction.  In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to meet with the faculty in one-on-one appointments and discuss your writing goals.

All of this training and networking with other writers, plus lodging for three nights and breakfast, lunch, and dinner can be yours for an amazing, affordable price.

Click here for more information.



Robert Lupton author of Toxic Charity to visit Conference

Robert Lupton, advocate of those living on the margins and author of the transformative book Toxic Charity, will be visiting the AWFUMC March 5-6, 2016!  Lupton will be engaging the entire Conference in the discussion on fruitful ministry with the poor. He will be speaking on two separate occasions:

  • March 5, 2016: Daphne UMC in Daphne, Alabama
  • March 6, 2016: Aldersgate UMC in Montgomery, Alabama 

These events are free of charge and open to the public – all churches, denominations, and communities are invited! Times will be announced and registration opened in early February.  Click here to see schedule.

Come join the discussion on Toxic Charity, ways we can strengthen our communities, and Circles of Transformation! For more information, contact Laurel Blackwell at or 334.524.3652.

The 2015 Journal is for sale at Amazon!

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Job/Ministry Opportunities - click here for full descriptions

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

District Dates

Second Sunday of Each Month - North Mobile District SINGSPIRATION

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

February 20 - Mobile District UMW Mission Study - Spring Hill Ave. UMC - 10am-2pm

March 5 - Robert Lupton speaking at Daphne UMC - author of Toxic Charity

May 7 - Dumas Wesley Pull a Plane event

Local Church Dates

February 13 - Rust College Acapella Choir  Concert - Toulminville Warren Street UMC - 4pm

February 17 - West Side UMC - Randy Fisher Concert - 6pm

February 27 - Christ UMC Women's Conference

Conference Dates

February 13 - One Day: “Loving and Laughing on the Way to Church"

February 19-21 - Bishop's Confirmation Retreat

February 22 - Bishop's Day Apart

March 5-6 - COT Hosts Robert Lupton

March 8-9 - Wesley Heirs Spring Meeting

March 11-12 - Lay Servant Training Academy - Blue Lake

April 7-9 - Inspirit 2016 

April 20-23 - Blue Lake Christian Writers Retreat

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

 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


Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.