This Week's News..............................................................December 6, 2018

Table of Contents:

Mobile District Conference
Laity Discernment Event
2018 Apportionment Payments
Ecuador Mission Opportunities
Dumas Wesley Community Center
White Christmas at Dauphin Way UMC
BC Rain High School Concert
St. John UMC Holiday Worship
St. Mark UMC Christmas Concert
Job/Ministry Opportunities

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Hurricane Michael Continued Coverage

The Alabama-West Florida Conference continues to walk alongside those in the panhandle after Hurricane Michael. The recovery process will be a long-term effort that the United Methodist Church is committed to leading. A dedicated Web address, was established to better organize rapidly changing information. We continue to request monetary donations be sent to the Alabama-West Florida Conference so that we may quickly disperse funds as needed. Other needs are communicated throughout the week. If you do not already receive these notifications, click here to subscribe and select the Hurricane Michael option. Below are recent stories associated with Hurricane Michael relief. 

Blue Lake Offers Winter Retreat 

Registration is now available for Blue Lake Camp's Winter Retreat 2019. Students in 3rd-5th grades are invited to attend and will enjoy winter fun, worship and spiritual growth. The theme is, "I am with you always" based on Matthew 28:20. Click here for registration

AWF United Methodist Lawyer Names Needed

The Chancellors for the North Alabama Conference and the Alabama-West Florida Conference sponsor a seminar for lawyers which focuses on church related legal matters. This seminar is important as it benefits the lawyers who help our churches in legal matters. The Chancellors have worked hard on putting this seminar together. In order for the seminar to be successful, we need your help. Please send a list of the lawyers in your congregation to my office so that we can invite them to the seminar. We will need the names, addresses and email address (if known) for the lawyers in your church. We will send invitations to each of them along with program information. The seminar is scheduled for March 28, 2019, therefore we need to send out information about the seminar as soon as possible.  Please give this matter your prompt attention and send your list to Lauren Smith at

Mobile District Conference - Save the Date

The Mobile District Annual Conference will be held Sunday, January 6, 2019 at Christ United Methodist Church from 3-5pm.  Please mark your calendars and advertise in your church bulletins and newsletters.  There will be several informative break-out sessions after the business session.  More details will be forthcoming.

Singspiration is at Mt. Vernon UMC December 9th at 6pm

Laity Discernment Event

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2018 Apportionment Payments

The last day apportionment payments can be applied for the 2018 year is Tuesday, January 8, 2019. Payments must be received in the Conference office by 3pm so they may be deposited before the close of business. Payments may also be deposited directly into the Conference bank account at Regions no later than 4pm on January 8th.  Please call or email the District office at for instructions.

Two Ecuador Mission Opportunities

The Mobile District is gathering a team of servant hearts to journey to the beautiful Andes mountains of Ecuador around June 15-22 through Revive Ecuador. Hands and feet are needed to work on a construction project, to supply medical care, or to provide a vacation bible school experience for the children. The total cost will be approximately $2,400. A deposit of $200 in due by December 14th. Click here to find a flyer with more information or contact Jennifer Baumgarten at (251) 680-4370 or

Saraland UMC is also leading a mission trip to Ecuador, March 1-9, during Mardi Gras week. They will partner with the Methodist Church of Ecuador to work with street children and help repair a Methodist Church. Cost is approximately $1900, all inclusive, and the trip is open to people ages 13 . For more information, contact Pastor Mike Hoppe at

From Dumas Wesley Community Center

The Dumas Wesley Community Center is in need of a 15 passenger Goshen (turtle top style) van with low miles and in good condition. Please contact Kate Carver at 251.479.0649 or with any leads.

White Christmas at Dauphin Way UMC

Come and celebrate Dauphin Way UMC's 76th Annual White Christmas on Sunday, December 9 at 5:30pm. This free concert for the community will feature the choral and instrumental ensembles of Dauphin Way with orchestra. A goodwill offering will be taken with 100% of the proceeds benefitting the United Methodist Children's Home.

BC Rain High School Concert at South Brookley UMC

St. John UMC Holiday Worship

St. Mark UMC Christmas Concert

Job/Ministry Opportunities

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Tanner Williams UMC - Part Time Youth Director

Saraland UMC - Director of Contemporary Worship

Dumas Wesley Community Center - Part Time Youth Director

District Events

Second Sunday of Each Month - North Mobile District SINGSPIRATION- 6pm - Dec. Mt. Vernon UMC

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

January 6 - District Conference - Christ UMC - 3-5pm

Church Events

3rd Fridays - West Side UMC Spaghetti & Game Night - 4-7pm

December 9 - St. John UMC - Holiday Worship 2018 - 5pm

December 9 - St. Mark UMC - Christmas Concert - 3pm

December 9 - Dauphin Way UMC - White Christmas Concert - 5:30pm

Conference Events

December 1 - ERT Training, Greystone UMC

January 11-13 - Laity Discernment Event - River City UMC, Montgomery

January 12 - Chainsaw Safety and Use Training - Woodlawn UMC

January 21 - ARM Service Day

January 27-February 1 - The Academy For Spiritual Formation - Longing for God

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Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.