News from the Mobile District ................................................. January 9, 2020

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Mobile District Annual Conference 2020
United Methodist Connectional Federal Credit Union Scholarship
Addiction Recovery Workshop
UMVIM Mission Team Leader Training
Mobile Game Changing Leadership Event
Job/Ministry Opportunities

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Mobile District Annual Conference 2020

Our Mobile District Annual Conference will be held Sunday, January 12, 2020 at Christ United from 2-5pm.  Please advertise in your church bulletins and newsletters & also encourage those involved in the breakout subjects to attend.  Listed below you will find our schedule and a list of the breakout sessions.  See you there!

1:30     Gather in Sanctuary
2:00     Announcements, Nominations Report, Budget Report, Communion
3:15     First Breakout Session
4:15     Second Breakout Session
5:00     Go, in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. And love each other.

Breakout Session Topics:

  • Alabama Rural Ministries Summer Program for Youth – hear about an opportunity for youth to volunteer this summer
  • EZRA (year-end) reports – receive instructions concerning the completion of this report that affects apportionments
  • Lay Servant/Speaker Ministry Training Information – find out about classes and opportunities in the local church and the district
  • United Methodist Foundation Financial Planning/Endowments – information for church leaders/staff and individuals about money management and affecting the future with an endowment
  • Confirmation – learn about a confirmation class creating a memorable and meaningful “rite of passage” for our confirmands as they “make firm their faith”
  • Vacation Bible School – a place for all VBS directors to begin to communicate with each other about plans, resources, and how to share the workload
  • Developing an Environment of Generosity in the Local Church – hear about a plan that worked and can be easily adapted to your congregation’s needs
  • Dumas Wesley – learn about a 116-year-old ministry in our area
  • Open Doors – Open Doors gives so much to our District, find out how you can give back through donations and volunteering
  • Disaster Response Team – those who have been identified as the Church Disaster Response Coordinators for the local church will meet to discuss plans for being prepared

United Methodist Connectional Federal Credit Union Scholarship

The United Methodist Connectional Federal Credit Union will be awarding four $1000 scholarships to college-bound students ages 17-35.  Applicants must be UMC FCU members within the four conferences - Florida, North Georgia, South Georgia and Alabama-West Florida, an employer of a UMC Church or organization within one of the UMC Conferences, or a family member of a current UMC FCU member in good standing.  Click here to find more information.

Addiction Recovery Workshop

UMVIM Mission Team Leader Training

Want to be a more effective mission team leader? Or are you interested in leading a mission team, but don't quite know where to start?  There will be a UMVIM (United Methodist Volunteers In Mission) team leader training on Saturday, February 15, 2020, from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm at Perdido Bay UMC. Participants will receive a wealth of information on preparing a UMVIM team for service, including such topics as effective project selection, spiritual development, cultural sensitivity for teams, logistics, and finance.  Click here for more information.

Mobile Game Changing Leadership Event

Balance in life and ministry is hard; especially as a pastor and the main financial leader in your congregation. We know every minute of your time is precious, so we condensed our Game Changing Leadership event into a one-day seminar where you will be surrounded by like-minded peers.

Game Changing Leadership is a one-day seminar focused on resourcing you with new tips and tools that can easily be put into place right away to foster a generous culture in your church, develop financial leadership skills, and improve your personal financial health.

Our goal is our pastors’ personal well-being, for congregations to thrive, and that the mission of the church be furthered.

Event Details:

  • Location: Thursday, January 23, 2020 at Dauphin Way UMC in Mobile, AL from 10am-2pm
  • Cost: $20 (includes lunch, seminars, and resources)
  • Earn .4 CEU Credit
  • Who the event is for: Pastors, Financial Administrators, Church Staff, and Lay Leadership
  • Speakers: Suzanne Krejcar (AWF Conference), Chris Stovall (Generis), Alan Wildes (Generis), and Terri Turner (UM Foundation)

For more information visit:

Job/Ministry Opportunities

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  Spring Hill Avenue UMC - Administrative Assistant/Financial Secretary

Tanner Williams UMC - Part Time Youth Director

District Events

2nd Sunday of Each Month - North Mobile District SINGSPIRATION - 6pm

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

January 12 - Mobile District Annual Conference - Christ UMC - 2-5pm

January 23 - Game Changing Leadership Event - Dauphin Way UMC - 10am - 2pm

Church Events

Every Third Friday - West Side UMC Spaghetti Dinner and Game Night - 4-7pm

Conference Events

January 23 - Game Changing Leadership Event - Dauphin Way UMC - 10am - 2pm

January 24-25 - Alabama West Florida Conference United Methodist Men Annual Spiritual Advance

February 1 - Vital Conversations, Robertsdale UMC

February 4 - Vital Conversations, St. Mark UMC Pensacola

February 4-5 - Pre-Retirement Seminar

February 7-9 - Lay Servant Training Academy

February 14-16 - St. Simons Island Storytelling Festival

February 15 - UMVIM Mission Team Leader Training

February 17 - Vital Conversations Dothan FUMC

March 1 - Vital Conversations, Auburn UMC

Calendar of events at Lake Junaluska

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