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

August 4, 2016

Prayer Requests

  • Bob Ewbank (member of St. Mark) passed away Tuesday morning.  Bob has been a very beloved and active member in our District as well as his wife Betty.  Bob, a third generation retired Methodist pastor,  served on our District Committee on Ministry, represented the district as an At Large Member to Annual Conference, served on the board of IgniteMOBILE, Inc. (Open Doors) and has served on the Board and spent many volunteer hours at  Dumas Wesley Community Center.  A memorial service will be held at St Mark UMC tomorrow, Friday, August 5th, at 2pm with family visitation immediately following.
  • Jeff Spiller’s mother (Edith Spiller) died Saturday, July 30th.  Jeff recently retired from serving as senior pastor of Christ UMC here in the Mobile District.  A celebration of her life was held at Christ UMC on August 3rd. 

  Singspiration at Mt Vernon UMC on August 14th.

Upcoming Conference Events

  • August 14 - Farewell Reception for Bishop and Mrs. Paul Leeland at Montgomery FUMC -  Epworth Room, Wesley Hall - 4:00pm.
  • September 11 - Service of Installation and Welcome Reception for Bishop and Mrs. David Graves - Montgomery FUMC - time to be determined.
  • September 18 - Welcome Service for Bishop and Mrs. David Graves, reception to follow - Crosspoint UMC - time to be determined. 

At McKemie Place, our mission is ongoing, as is our desire to keep you informed of the great works being done at our Shelter.  Please find our July 2016 newsletter by clicking here.

Click here to see the latest edition of the AWF Conference

Focus on Mission Newsletter!

Help Send a Child to Blue Lake!

The United Methodist Inner City Mission is seeking scholarships for Blue Lake Camp.    The cost per child is $120.  If you  would like to help our children have this wonderful camping experience please send your donation to:  UMICM, P O Box 9082, Mobile, AL.  36691. 

Dothan Wesley Manor Redevelopment Update

DOTHAN - The progress at Wesley Manor Retirement Community is spreading widely and quickly! If you have been by the community in the past several days, you have no doubt noticed the “wood screen” which has been added to the front façade. When completed with the green spaces between the wood screened areas, Wesley Manor will feature such a refreshing appeal! And of course in addition to the ongoing work in the short term stay rehabilitation center, we have now begun the interior remodeling of the “South Wing”. How exciting it will be to see these areas converted into the most modern of spaces for the residents of Wesley Manor!

These are such impressive changes and additions to Wesley Manor’s campus, and we are so blessed to be bringing this dream to reality. These new environments will assist us in creating an elevated quality of life for the older adults who live with us. We remain on schedule at Wesley Manor, with completion of the rehabilitation in the month of September.
In this month’s update, Christopher Tomlin, President & CEO of Methodist Homes, dedicated his correspondence to a pictorial review of the construction progress. You can see his most current update and his archived updates at
We look forward to continuing to share with you the great work and ministry that is taking place at Wesley Manor.  Find out more about Wesley Manor at the new website at or call 205-956-4150.


Fresh Expressions is a missionary minded movement of people who are creating new kinds of church alongside existing congregations.  It is designed for churches who desire to move into their mission fields and connect with the growing diverse and unchurched population.  It is a movement of the church that is about going where people are and creating relatively small new communities of faith which are often lay-led.  Churches of varying sizes are engaging in this movement of creating new, fresh expressions of church.

The Alabama-West Florida Conference (AWFC), along with the Board of Congregational Development, is sponsoring a Fresh Expressions Vision Day October 3, 2016 at First United Methodist Church in Pensacola, FL.  The event will begin at 9am and end at 4pm CT.

Vision Day is about:
•    Sharing how Fresh Expressions is renewing the church
•    Hearing about the development of Fresh Expressions US
•    Learning more about the Mission-Shaped church
•    Discovering tools to help your church start Fresh Expressions in your community

At its heart, Fresh Expressions is about reaching people we are not currently reaching, and building the body of Christ right where they are.  This is an indigenous, context oriented, mission field driven, local church connected approach to creating new places for new people.

Plan to be present on October 3 and bring a team from your congregation.  Click here to find more information or to register for the event.

Mid-Career Clergy Retirement Planning Seminar

A Mid-Career Retirement Seminar will be held on Thursday, October 6, 2016, at Covenant UMC.  There are many aspects of retirement that require planning at different stages of a pastor’s ministry. This one day seminar provides vital information regarding the needs of pastors who still have fifteen or more years before retiring. We encourage spouses to come as well.  Click here to see brochure with more details.

Historical Society to meet at St Stephens UMC

Laity and clergy are invited to the annual meeting of the Alabama-West Florida Historical Society September 15, 2016 at 9:30am.  The meeting will be held at Saint Stephens UMC here in the Mobile District.  You do not have to be a member of the Historical Society to attend and this would be an interesting outing for your Older Adult Ministries.  

There will be guest speakers from the 18th and 19th centuries and you will also learn about the St. Stephens United Methodist Church which was built around 1857.  The main sanctuary of this church is the original structure and was listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks & Heritage on March 25, 1976.

Preregistration is required by September 8th; a catered lunch is included in the registration fee of $20.    Click here to find a brochure or visit the Historical Society website at

5 over-the-top ideas for a back-to-school kickoff

MOBILE, Ala. (UMCom) — For teens, there may be no bigger seasonal transition than starting back to school. Jeremy Steele writes that this is the perfect time for a church to plan a fun outreach event. Writing for United Methodist Communications, he offers five ideas.
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Upcoming Connectional Webinars

Below you will find upcoming AWF Connectional Webinars that you may find very helpful.  The Connectional Webinar Series is a training opportunity using enhanced technology through the Office of Connectional Ministries. You can enter this virtual, informative, educational, interactive experience from your home or office! All you need is a computer and the Internet. 
Disaster Response - Church community response - August 8, 2016, 7PM
If a disaster strikes your church or your community, learn what steps your church can take to respond. Also learn what to expect from other community disaster response agencies and how your church can participate in the response immediately after a disaster, and how the conference disaster response personnel will assist.
Panelist: Amelia Fletcher, Conference Disaster Response Coordinator  -  Click here to register

Lay Servant Training Events

  • The Pensacola District Committee on Lay Speaking will offer Lay Servant Ministry Training September 9 and 10, 2016, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.  Click here for more.
  • The Dothan District will host Lay Servant Training August 26 - 27, 2016 at First United Methodist Church in Enterprise, AL. Click here for more.

Job/Ministry Opportunities - click here for full descriptions

To submit a Job/Ministry opportunity on the AWFUMC website click here

District Dates

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

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

August 13 - UMW District Mission Study - Toulminville-Warren Street UMC - 10m - 2pm

August 31 - Deadline to order Boston Butts and Ribs to support Inner City Mission - (251) 432-1122

September 9-10 - Lay Servant Training - Pensacola District at Trinity UMC

September 18 - Mobile District's Blue Lake Sunday

Church Dates

August 6 - St. John UMC Community Family Fun Day - 10am-1pm

Conference Date

August 5-7 - Blue Lake Christian Ashram

August 6 - Clergy Mid-Career Retirement Seminar -Thursday, October 6, 2016, Covenant UMC, Dothan

August 26-27 - Dothan District Lay Servant Training

August 26-27 - Becoming a Healthy, Growing Church

August 29-31 - Global United Methodist Clergywomen Gathering

August 17-20 - School of Congregational Development 2016

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

November 4-6“Imagine What’s Next” Conference


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

Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.