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This Week's News..............................................................March 21, 2019

Table of Contents:

It's not too late to sign up for the 2nd Annual Love in Action
Government Street UMC Coffee House
March 23 Celebrates 150 years of United Methodist Women with the Day of Giving
South Brookley UMC Art Night
Communities of Transformation
2019 AWF Conference United Methodist Men Annual Advance
Fountain of Love Offering Focuses On Mother’s Day
QuadW Missional Summer Internship 2019
UMCOR Sunday (formerly One Great Hour of Sharing) is March 31
VBS Training From Group Publishing
Annual Conference 2019
UM Federal Credit Union 2019 Annual College Scholarship
Dumas Wesley Community Center 2019 Plane Pull May 18
Mobile District Annual Conference Briefing
Golf Tournament Fundraiser for Ecuador Mission


It's not too late to sign up for the 2nd Annual Love in Action

This year our 2nd Annual Love in Action District Mission event will not be held on a single day. We will spend Saturdays(9 am-12 pm) in Lent serving at Open Doors Resale and Thrift Store on Highway 90.  There are 20 slots for every Saturday in Lent.  Churches can sign up as a group or individuals can sign up on their own. Please click here to go to the SignUpGenius page and follow the directions.


Government Street UMC Coffee House


March 23 Celebrates 150 years of United Methodist Women with the Day of Giving

On March 23, 1869, eight women gathered at Tremont Methodist Episcopal Church in Boston, Massachusetts, and organized the Women's Foreign Missionary Society, what would become United Methodist Women. Those women raised money to send a doctor, Clara Swain, and a teacher, Isabella Thoburn, to India as missionaries to serve the women of that nation.

Since then, for nearly 150 years, United Methodist Women has evolved to become the largest women's faith-based service and advocacy organization, underwriting programs that provide life-changing opportunities for women, children and youth.

To celebrate the dedication and foresight of our foremothers, every March 23 has become A Day of Giving to the Legacy Fund Endowment Campaign.  To find out more about the Legacy Fund click here.


South Brookley UMC Art Night


Communities of Transformation

Interested in providing a meal for Communities of Transformation? Sign up with the link below! 
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050d48aaa72da0f49-meal  Thank you for all your support! 


2019 AWF Conference United Methodist Men Annual Advance

Alabama-West Florida United Methodist Men 2019 Spring Advance will be held at Blue Lake Methodist Camp on Friday, April 26 - Saturday, April 27.   Please note the reduced fees for men under the age of 40 sharing a room.  Also, be reminded that room availability is on a first come basis. Click here for the registration form.  Registration is due by Monday, April 15.


Fountain of Love Offering Focuses On Mother’s Day

Please remember that Mother’s Day, May 12, is Fountain of Love Offering emphasis Sunday. 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 year the Fountain of Love awarded more than $409,000 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 Offering a priority in your church!  

To order FREE Fountain of Love Offering materials online, visit https://methodisthomes.org/offering/, 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 any of our Methodist Homes, explore our website or call 205-951-2442.


QuadW Missional Summer Internship 2019

QuadW Missional Internship is an 8 week, paid, summer internship for college-age young adults, 18-24.  $2000 stipend, housing and most meals included! We will have more than 100 interns serving on teams in 12 cities  across the US in the summer of 2019. 

The QuadW Missional Internship is aimed at helping interns participate deeply in God's mission in a particular context and to be an experience that helps them to discern God's call on their lives.  Interns live in Christian community and serve alongside local UM churches and other ministry partners, working to meet the needs of marginalized and at-risk populations in those communities.  For more information or to apply for summer 2019 visit our website - www.quadwmi.org


UMCOR Sunday (formerly One Great Hour of Sharing) is March 31

For more than 50 years, United Methodist congregations have been taking part in a special UMCOR Sunday offering, laying the foundation for UMCOR’s ministry of relief and hope.

Donations UMCOR receives through this offering, along with other undesignated gifts made throughout the year, cover our costs of doing business. Gifts like yours make it possible for UMCOR to use 100% of all other contributions on the projects our donors specify, instead of on administrative or fundraising costs.

UMCOR does not receive United Methodist World Service or apportionment funds, so without your offerings, UMCOR would not exist.

Because we keep operating costs under 10% of our total budget, undesignated gifts may actually exceed UMCOR’s administrative needs. When that happens, your support is channeled to under-funded programs, where they’re most needed. They also may be used to allow UMCOR to respond to disasters immediately after an event and before funds can be raised.

Most congregations celebrate UMCOR Sunday on the fourth Sunday of Lent. If this conflicts with other events, local churches are encouraged to choose other dates that work for them. Resources such as bulletin inserts, posters, and more are available here.

Because of your donation today, we're ready to respond in times of crisis.


VBS Training From Group Publishing


Annual Conference 2019

The 2019 session of the Alabama-West Florida Conference will be held June 2-5, 2019, at Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church. Our theme is, "This We Proclaim" based on 1 John 1:1.  Click here to find more information. 


UM Federal Credit Union 2019 Annual College Scholarship

We are awarding four $1000.00 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.  Complete and submit the Scholarship Application no later than April 30, 2019.

Ways to Submit:
1. Click here to Apply Online.
2. Click here to download the application and send to either UMC FCU Georgia or Florida branches.

The four scholarships will be awarded at the Florida, North Georgia, South Georgia and Alabama-West  Florida conference meetings scheduled for June 2019.


Click here to find information about Dumas Wesley Community Center 2019 Plane Pull May 18 - Teams must register by May 6


Mobile District Annual Conference Briefing - May 19

The Alabama-West Florida Conference will hold seven pre-annual conference briefings for clergy and lay members to annual conference. These meetings will be under the direction of Rev. Ashley Davis, AWF Director of Connectional Ministries and Conference Secretary. Rev. Davis will review the highlights of the agenda, discuss 2020 General Conference delegate voting procedures and answer any questions related to annual conference. Each briefing will last no more than 90 minutes. If you are a clergy or lay member to annual conference, please plan to attend. If a reserve delegate is attending for you, please make sure they are aware of this briefing. The Mobile District briefing will be held at Saraland UMC on May 19 at 3pm.  Click here to find other dates around the conference.


Golf Tournament Fundraiser for Ecuador Mission

This June, the Mobile District is sending a 15 member mission team, representing 6 area churches, to the community of Cajas near Tabacundo, Ecuador.  The mission team will be hosting a golf tournament to raise funds to complete this mission.  This will be a no stress, fun day of golf.  Players and Hole sponsorships are needed to support these efforts.  For a donation of $100 or more a sign for each sponsor will be displayed on the golf course the day of the event.  Each player will also receive a list of all sponsors in their gift bag.  If you are interested in signing up or sponsoring click here to find rules, registration and sponsorship forms.   Deadline for forms to be returned to the District Office is May 8th.  Please consider joining in the fun and becoming a part of this mission experience.


Job/Ministry Opportunities

Click here for job descriptions and details

Kingswood UMC - Part Time Youth Director

Communities of Transformation - Graphic Designer

Dumas Wesley Community Center - Full Time Youth Director

Dumas Wesley Community Center - Summer Recreation staff


District Events

Second Sunday of Each Month - North Mobile District SINGSPIRATION- 6pm - March to reschedule due to Bishop's Post General Conference Meeting

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

March 23 - Lay Servant Training - Tanner Williams UMC

March 31 - UMCOR Special Sunday

April 23 - Right Start for moving clergy

May 6 - Deadline to register for Dumas Wesley Plane Pull

May 18  - Dumas Wesley Plane Pull

May 19 -  Mobile District Annual Conference Briefing  - 3pm - Saraland UMC

June 2-5 - 2019 Annual Conference


Church Events

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

March 22 - Government Street UMC - Coffee House - 7-9pm

March 30 - Activate Missions Conference - Saraland UMC - 8:30am-2pm

April 5 - Government Street UMC - Spring Fling Social & Dance - 7-9:30pm


Conference Events

March 27-30 - Blue Lake Christian Writers Retreat

March 30 - Early Response Team (ERT) Training

April 4-6 - Inspirit Retreat 2019

April 4-5  - The Art of Radical Hospitality & Empowered: A Model of Care 

April 23 - Right Start for moving clergy 

April 26-27 - United Methodist Men's Spring Advance

June 2-5 - 2019 Annual Conference

Click here to find The Alabama West Florida Conference Calendar

 
Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.