This week's news.......

December 7, 2017

Advent is a beautiful season of anticipation. This year, the QuadW Missional Internship team put together an Advent devotional with contributions from former interns, site leaders, and board members. We would like to share this with you and hope it will be a blessing to you. Click here if you would like to download.

With joy and hope, 

Don Woolley, QuadW Missional Director

Invitation from Government Street UMC

Government Street UMC will be having a Christmas Cantata, featuring renowned organist Terry Maddox, and his choral group playing Mobiles oldest manual pipe organ this Sunday, December 10th at 4pm.

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Oh, How We Need Advent

(Bishop David Graves for The Montgomery Advertiser) - We have just come off months of dealing with white supremacy, terrorist attacks, mass shootings that are just unthinkable and political behavior from Alabama to Washington that leaves us shaking our heads. Oh, how we need Advent! We have witnessed so much hatred, racism and polarization. Oh, how we need Advent! Advent? For some, you may ask, “What is Advent?” Full commentary here

AWF Local Church Committee Training Videos in Production

Three training videos are currently in production that will help AWF local churches train new and current SPR/PPR, finance and trustee committee members. These videos will discuss what is expected of the committee and how to better understand the members' role on the committee. Bishop David Graves, Dr. Darren McClellan and Dr. Jeff Wilson will be leading the video training sessions. An e-mail will be sent mid December and again in early January with links to these resources. 

Missional Giving Year-end Deadline Information

The last day apportionment payments can be applied for the 2017 year is Monday, January 8, 2018. Payments must be received in the conference office by 3pm so they can be deposited before the close of business. Payments can also be deposited directly into the conference bank account at Regions Bank no later than 4pm on January 8, 2018. If a church wishes to do so, they need to call 888-873-3127 or e-mail the fiscal office so that they can provide you with the account information.

Prepared for Emergency: Resources for Churches

After the terrible tragedy in Texas weeks ago, many of our churches are considering how they can best prepare for an emergency in their community or congregation and how United Methodists can take a stand against gun violence. This link provides some of the resources available to clergy, trustees committees, church leaders, and others on this topic. Click here for more.

Job/Ministry Opportunities

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Dauphin Way UMC – Pastoral Administrative Assistant

Toulminville-Warren St. UMC  - Day Care Teachers

Trinity UMC - Worship Leader/Musician

District Dates

Second Sunday of Each Month - North Mobile District SINGSPIRATION- 6pm

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

January 7 - Mobile District Conference - The Vision Center - 4807 Princeton Drive

Church Dates

December 9 - Georgetown-Chunchula UMC - Breakfast with Santa - 9-11am

December 17 - Wesley Chapel UMC - Family and Friends Day - 3pm

Conference Dates

December 7-10 - Appalachian Christmas at Lake Junaluska

January 3  - GBHEM Scholarship Applications

January 5-6 - Fresh Expressions-Pioneer Learning Community

January 19-20 - COSROW Event

January 19-20 - Lay Servant Ministries Training

January 27 - Conference Committee on Lay Servant Ministries Board Meeting

January 31-February 1 - ERT Training-Trinity UMC, Ft. Walton

February 3 - UMVIM Team Leader Training-Lynn Haven UMC

February 6-7 - Planning for Your Retirement

Click here to find The Alabama West Florida Conference calendar online!

Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.