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

August 24, 2017

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United Methodist Church

Stands Against Racism

(UMNS) - The United Methodist Church is advertising nationally to encourage a unified stand against racism, challenging people to learn how we all can be a force for good. A compilation of articles and denominational statements is available at Resources from across the connection are also available, including liturgies, discussion guides, videos to use in worship and on social media, and tips for talking to kids. Explore resources here



Healing Ministries Workshop

The Board of Discipleship has developed a series of workshops that will equip churches with tools necessary to live out the SEND model of discipleship.  Our first effort is a workshop for Lay and Clergy. There IS a Balm in Gilead: Healing Ministries Through Your Local Church will feature Jeff Kirby from Church of the Resurrection. This workshop begins with theory/theology and will build towards practice. We will weave in real stories along the way. We plan to conclude with a Service of Healing. Click here to find more information. 

COT Taste and See Event

On Thursday September 7, 2017, Mobile Communities Of Transformation will host a Taste and See event at 5:30 p. m. at The Vision Center. For more information, contact Katy Wrona by calling 724-889-6754 or emailing

Financial Planning for Clergy Candidates

(GBHEM) - The United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry has joined with Wespath and EY (formerly Ernst & Young) to offer financial planning services to certified candidates for licensed and ordained ministry. The services will be offered for free to candidates upon certification by their district committees on ordained ministry. Read press release.


USA Wesley Foundation Cook-off and

Auction to be held October 26th!

SAVE THE DATE for this 12th Annual Event!! 



Satsuma UMC Holds Revival Services

Tim Brannon from Tim Brannon Ministry will be speaking for revival services at Satsuma UMC on September 2nd,3rd,4th & 5th at 6pm. Tim will also be preaching on September 3rd at 11am. Contact Rev. Joel Wasson at 251-235-2046 for more details.

New Semester Begins for Students at USA Wesley Foundation

As a new semester begins, the USA Wesley Foundation wants to continue the tradition of providing meals each Tuesday night. We are seeking volunteers to help provide this meal each week.  This is an important time in the lives of these young students and what a great opportunity for you to show hospitality and get to know them as they grow in their relationship with Christ!  They expect to feed approximately 40 folks each week. Wesley will have paper products and drinks so you only need the meal... but be sure to include a dessert – we are talking about college students you know.  :-)  You are welcome to stay and eat with the students or you may simply drop off the food at the Wesley Foundation by 5:30pm. This could be a great project for your Sunday School Class or a small group within your church. 
Please support the students of USA Wesley by clicking here to sign up!

Christ UMC to Host Bible Conference - August 27-28

It’s time for us to get excited about the incredible gift we have: The Bible. Knowing and understanding the scriptures not only helps us form our beliefs, through it, we also hear the voice of God challenging us to live lives of faithfulness in our world.

The Rev. Jessica LaGrone, our guest speaker and author of The Miracles of Jesus, will preach in all three services to kick off our Bible Conference. She will leads us in a captivating exploration of the miracles of Jesus.

Click this link to find more information:

AWF Pastor and Youth Cohort Leader Releases New Book

Rev. Jeremy Steele, associate pastor at Christ UMC in Mobile, AL, has released a new publication entitled, "The Book of Everyday Prayer." The new release is for anyone looking to have deeper conversations with God in a busy world. It contains a seven-day read-along guide for praying the hours—dawn, morning, midday, afternoon, evening, and midnight. Within each prayer you’ll find Scripture and even song lyrics to help you focus your mind and heart on God. Also included in the book are over 30 prayers for every occasion from cleaning your room to taking a test to fighting with a friend. There are even prayers for difficult times like parents’ divorcing or a loved one dying. For those wanting to dig even deeper still, there is also a quick guide to four ancient, mystical prayer practices that have been used by Christians for centuries—centering prayer, the Jesus Prayer, Lectio Divina, and the Ignition Examen. Click here for more

AWF Historical Society Meeting

Everyone is welcome to attend the next meeting of the Alabama-West Florida Conference Historical Society.  They will be meeting at the First United Methodist Church in Pensacola, Florida on September 21st at 9:30am.   This church dates back to 1821 when a mission was established by the Missippi Conference and the Reverand Alexander Talley was appointed as a missionary to Pensacola.  

Click here to find registration form and brochure. 

One Day - An Annual Ministry Event for Adults 50

The Conference Older Adult Ministries will host their annual event, One Day! on September 16, 2017.  The event will be held at Ozark First UMC and will begin at 10:00 am until 2:30 pm (registration begins at 9:30 am).  Keynote speaker will be Bishop David Graves.  The program will include special music and break-out sessions on "Grandparenting by Boomers", "Communities of Transformation" and "Online and Phone Safety".  Cost is $20 and includes lunch.  Registration deadline is Tuesday, September 5. Click here for more information. 

Job/Ministry Opportunities

Theodore UMC - Church Secretary
Grand Bay First UMC - Pianist Position
Blue Lake United Methodist Camp -  Food Service Director

Toulminville-Warren Street UMC - Cafeteria Manager/Cook
Trinity UMC - Worship Leader/Musician
Saraland UMC - Full-time Director of Early Learning Center
St. Mark UMC - Part Time Youth Minister
Toulminville-Warren Street UMC -  Day Care Teacher

District Dates

Second Sunday of Each Month - North Mobile District SINGSPIRATION- 6pm - August at Sunflower UMC

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

August 28 - Deadline to order Boston Butts/Ribs from UMC Inner City Mission

September 7 - Mobile COT Taste and See Event

October 26 - 12th Annual USA Wesley Foundation Cookoff

Church Dates

August 19 - Theodore UMM Fish Fry - 11am-2pm

August 27-28 - Christ UMC to Host Bible Conference

October 28 - At The Table: An Intentional Multi-Ethnic Gathering - St. John UMC Vision Center

September 2-5 -  Revival services at Satsuma UMC on at 6pm.

September 24 & 25 - Dauphin Way UMC - Dill Lecture Series featuring Dr. Wayne Flynt, Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at Auburn University

Conference Dates

September 10-15 - Academy for Spiritual Formation Five Day Spiritual Academy

September 16  - AWF Children & Youth Ultimate Training Event (UTE)

September 16 - One Day-An Annual Ministry for Adults 50

September 16 & 23 - Marianna-Panama City Lay Servant Training

September 18 - United Methodist Social Principals Seminar

September 21 - AWF Historical Society Meeting

 September 23 - ERT Training Dothan District

September 30  & October 7 - Pensacola District Lay Servant Ministries Training

October 5 - Mid-career Retirement Seminar

October 7 - Healing Ministries Workshop (CBOD) Crestview

October 8 - Healing Ministries Workshop (CBOD) Montgomery

October 10-11 - Wesley Heirs Fall Event

October 19-21 - Southeastern Jurisdiction - Black Methodists for Church Renewal (BMCR)

October 20-22 - UMW Spiritual Enrichment Retreat

October 23-26 - Prayer Shawl Retreat - Blue Lake

October 28 - At The Table: An Intentional Multi-Ethnic Gathering

 November 13-16 - 2017-2020 Spiritual Direction Training

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

Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.