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

March 31, 2016


 

 


Grace UMC Sponsoring Human Trafficking Video Series

Grace UMC will be sponsoring a 6-week informational series on Human Trafficking. We would like to invite all Mobile churches to join us.  The series will run on Wednesday nights from April 13 - May 18, from 6:30 - 8:00 pm.
Topics will be:
April 13 - Introduction to Trafficking, Sex Trafficking, Labor Trafficking
April 20 - A Multidisciplinary Approach to Trafficking
April 27 - Effective Victim Services
May 4 - Focus on Youth & Legal Needs and Rights of Victims
May 11 - Now That We are Free
May 18 - Feature Film Caged No More @ Carmike Wynnsong 16 - Schillinger Rd.
Get your tickets here:  https://www.tugg.com/events/96344

 

 

 

Blue Lake will have an open house and a free concert May 14, 2016 from 2 pm until 8 pm.  Performing will be The Lads.  The only cost is the concession stand where guests can buy food for dinner.

This is an awesome opportunity to help new parents and new campers get to know this awesome place! If you know of someone who would love to come to camp but is just unsure or if you and your family just want to come up for the day all you have to do is call up the office at 334-222-5407 and tell us your name and how many are coming with you!

We are looking forward to summer camp 2016! 

Blue Lake asks for a reservation with the church's name and how many will be attending.  Contact Eric Hindmon programs@bluelakecamp.com or 334-222-5407.


Free Webinar Offered - United Methodist Volunteers in Mission

The Connectional Webinar Series is a training opportunity using enhanced technology. You can enter this virtual, informative, educational, interactive experience from your home or office. All you need is a computer and the internet.

The next webinar will be Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 10 AM.

The topic is United Methodist Volunteers In Mission (UMVIM). Rev. Alan Gantzhorn will be the presenter.

This webinar will be an introduction to UMVIM, short-term mission teams, understanding UMVIM insurance, Team Leader Training, registering teams, and much more. The webinar should last approximately 1/2 hour.

Click here to register.

All upcoming webinars will be listed at www.awfumc.org/webinars. Past webinars are archived at that same link.


 


North Mobile District Singspiration will be hosted in April by

Sims Chapel United Methodist Church


Click here to see the latest edition of the

Communities of Transformation Newsletter


ARM's Cycle of Service

3 Days, 3 States, 300 Miles- ARM's Cycle of Service. If you like to cycle and make a difference at the same time, then join us or encourage someone to ride with us. From April 22-24th, we will launch our 7th annual ride across the heart of Alabama. Going from West Alabama to GA and back into Auburn, it promises to be a challenging and meaningful experience. Cyclists help raise $25,000 for home repair by gaining sponsors and can ride all three days or various legs of the journey. If you would like to ride or be a sponsor of a rider, please see the details on Active.com or the Cycle of Service website. Registration is $65 and closes on April 8th. Contact Lisa Pierce lisa@arm-al.org (334) 501-4276 ext 300 for details.


Mobile District Mission Church Holds Fundraiser

On April 9th West Wilmer UMC will be holding a day of food, music and fellowship! It is a come and go event between 11am and 3pm.  Barbecued pulled pork sandwiches, chips and coleslaw plates will be on sale $5 for a plate.  There will also be lots of music from The Crimson City Band and other musicians!!  The church is located at 15231 Starlight Avenue, Wilmer, AL  Come support this Mobile District Mission Church and enjoy a relaxed, old fashioned, day of fun! 



 An Evening With Lee Strobel 

To Benefit Victory Health Partners
April 12, 2016
Reception 5:30 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.
Dinner and Program 6:30 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel

Buy Tickets Here

Fountain of Love Offering Focuses On Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day, May 8th, has been approved for a Fountain of Love Offering emphasis in 2016. Because of the support of the Alabama-West Florida Conference and its churches, no resident has ever been asked to leave a Methodist Home because of their inability to pay. Last fiscal year the Fountain of Love awarded more than $410,000 to elderly residents in need. A large part of this program’s success is because of the churches that faithfully participate in a Fountain of Love Offering. Thank you, in advance, for making the Fountain of Love a priority in your church!
 
To order FREE Fountain of Love Offering materials online, visit http://www.methodisthomes.org/contactform.htm, and complete the form!  Though our emphasis is on Mother’s Day, offerings and speaker requests are honored throughout the year. For more information about the Fountain of Love or our Methodist Homes, explore our website or call 205-951-2442.
 
If you have questions please contact Sherri Easdon, Director of Public Relations at seasdon@methodisthomes.org

Methodist Homes of Alabama & Northwest Florida
Wesley Gardens (Montgomery) * Wesley Manor (Dothan) * Epworth House (Selma)
Wesley Haven Villa (Pensacola) * Mathison Retirement Community (Panama City)
Wesley Scott Place (Pensacola)


Annual Conference 2016 Wesley Heirs Luncheon

The Annual Conference Wesley Heirs Luncheon will be held on Monday, June 13, 2016, in Room 6102 at Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church.  The luncheon will begin immediately following the Memorial Service, approximately noon.  All retired ministers and spouses are invited to attend.
Our meal will be served in the room.  We will not have to go through the regular serving line.
Everyone needs to make a reservation(s) with Traci Herndon at the Conference Office.  Call her at 334-356-8014 or email her at traci@awfumc.org.  If you wish to make a reservation for Tuesday lunch and/or the Laity Banquet using the conference online system, DO NOT make a reservation(s) there for lunch on Monday.  Skip over that question.  This will avoid a double head count.  
Everyone will need to pick up a ticket for the lunch from Traci Herndon at the registration desk Sunday afternoon or Monday morning. Everyone will need to turn in a ticket as we gather for the luncheon.  There is no charge for lunch but you do need a ticket.  
We appreciate Traci helping us with our reservations and tickets and Rev. Rusty Taylor at Frazer for making the arrangements for us to be served in the room.
It will be a great time of fellowship, seeing long-time friends and sharing in the comradeship of the ministry that has meant so much to all of us over the years.  Plan to join in this gathering of Wesley Heirs.
Walter and Dean Albritton and Jim and Bobbie Dannelly
Co-Presidents, Wesley Heirs


Conference News for Youth Directors

If you are in youth ministry, you need a community of others working with teens to steal ideas from, ask policy questions, and find solutions to your current youth ministry conundrum. Once a year, the youth workers in the Alabama West-Florida Conference gather to do just that. We will discuss whatever we all need to discuss, get the details on the cool wookie game that worked last week, and eat lunch.

Sessions will be facilitated by Jeremy Steele (Christ UMC in Mobile), Chase Faulk (Frazer UMC in Montgomery) and Caroline Hare (Destin UMC in Destin).

The Youth Worker's Round Table will be at Huntingdon College in the Stallworth Dining Room from 10am - 2pm on Thursday, April 28.

Lunch will be $10. Please bring cash or checks (made out to AWFUMC) to the event.  Should you have questions about this event, contact Rev. Jeremy Steele at  cumcnextgen@gmail.com or go head and click here to register!


2016 AC Award Committees Accepting Nominations

Do you know someone in the Alabama-West Florida Conference who has exemplified outstanding leadership? Please prayerfully consider nominating them for the Alice Lee Award, Francis Asbury Award, Harry Denman Evangelism Award, Jane Walker Scholarship, and Local Church Award. More information and nomination packets can be found here. Pictured is Mrs. Helen Edwards before she accepts the 2015 Alice Lee Award.


 


Praying for GC2016: What will happen?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — When the 864 delegates arrive for the 2016 United Methodist General Conference, each one comes blanketed in prayer. The Rev. Tom Albin, director of the church’s Upper Room, invites all United Methodists to blanket the entire proceeding with intentional prayer. Kathy Gilbert reports.
Read story and post a comment    -     60 Days of Prayer website


Free course on General Conference

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — United Methodist Communications offers “Exploring General Conference,” a free online course designed to help participants learn more about the official decision-making body of The United Methodist Church. The course is ongoing through June 30.
Learn more


65th Annual National Day of Prayer



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: http://www.dumaswesley.org/2016-plane-pull-fundraiser



The 2015 Journal is for sale at Amazon!

Click here to order!


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 - March at Ebenezer UMC

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

April 12 - Hope For Healing event supporting Victory Health Partners - 5:30pm

May 5 - National Day of Prayer - www.NationalDayofPrayer.org

May 7 - Dumas Wesley Pull a Plane event

Local Church Dates

April 9 - Barbecue and Music at West Wilmer UMC - 11am-3pm

April 9 - St. Mark UMC - Vacation Bible School Training - 8am

April 13 Grace UMC Human Trafficking series 6:30pm - Sex and Labor Trafficking

April 20 - Grace UMC Human Trafficking series 6:30pm - Multidisciplinary approach to Trafficking

April 27 - Grace UMC Human Trafficking series 6:30pm - Effective Victim Services

May 4 - Grace UMC Human Trafficking series 6:30pm - Focus on Youth & Legal Needs & Rights of Victims

May 11 - Grace UMC Human Trafficking series 6:30pm - Now That We are Free

May 18 - Grace UMC Human Trafficking series - Carmike Wynnsong 16 theater to view feature film - Caged No More

June 3-5 - Toulminville-Warren Street UMC50th Anniversary Weekend of Celebrations

Conference Dates

April 1-3 - Lead Up! Youth Mission Leadership Practicum

April 1-2 - United Methodist Men's Annual Advance

April 7-9 - Inspirit 2016 

April 20-23 - Blue Lake Christian Writers Retreat

April 22-24 - ARM's Cycle of Service

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

 

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

 
Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.