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

October 29, 2015

Rethink Church Accepting Grant Applications

We are now accepting applications for our 2016 Easter Digital Advertising Grants. This grant is for local churches who want to raise awareness of their church in the community by means of online digital advertising during the Easter season. These ads will link directly to the church website and will be geo-targeted to each church’s community.  Click here for details about what the grant provides. 

Deadline to apply is January 7, 2016!

Grants are awarded on a first come, first served basis. Churches can only be awarded one grant type of any kind once per year.

Just a reminder that Rethink church has many resources still available for Advent:

  • We are running National Advertising and can customize the Advent TV spots for your church at no cost for a digital file (only available in English).
  • Rethink Church has outreach resources to invite your community during the Advent season for English and Spanish speaking congregations that include low-cost direct mail postcards and 100 free customized door hangers and invitation cards (order deadline is December 1).
  • We have free downloadable worship resources that include bulletin covers, worship graphics, and much more!



Join Christ United Methodist Church 50 Ministry

February 5-7, 2016
For the "St. Simons Island Storytelling Festival

Hosted by Epworth by the Sea... a beautiful United Methodist Conference and Retreat center, located on the banks of the historic Frederica River.  On this beautifully landscaped campus you can take a stroll along the river bank, spend time in one of the lovely gardens or rock away on the front porch.  Epworth by the Sea is named in honor of the boyhood home of John and Charles Wesley, founders of Methodism from Epworth, England.

Trip includes:

  • Round trip coach transportation from Christ United Methodist Church to Epworth by the Sea, St Simons Island, GA
  • 2  nights accommodations at either the Turner Lodge or Robertson Inn
  • 6 meals
  • Storytelling Festival event tickets
  • 1-1/2 hr. trolley tour of the island.

Per person rates are:
Turner Lodge -- $373.73
Robertson Inn -- $353.40
Price is based on 2 people per room.

Hurry!  Space is limited.
A deposit of $50.00 is due by Oct 30,2015 to hold your spot.
Final payment is due Jan 18, 2016.
Contact Kathryn Twilley at (251) 404-4414 to book and make payment.

Team registration for Alabama Rural Ministry's (ARM) 2016 youth mission camp is now open!

 ARM serves with middle and high school students in June and July through home repair and children's day camp ministries. They can host teams of up to 70 members at two sites in rural Alabama. Teams have already begun registering, so now is the time to make your summer mission plans!
Team registration is only $25 until December 1, and the per person cost is only $275.

Join us as we restore hope, build dreams, and make sweet homes for Alabama!   Find out more today at or call Joe at (334) 501-4276 x100.

Check out the new UM Foundation Newsletter

The Alabama-West Florida United Methodist Foundation believes in the power of generous living and our goal is to inspire generosity in others. Generosity is not a spiritual attribute someone acquires apart from the actual practice of giving. Generosity focuses on the spiritual qualities of the giver, derived from the generosity of God, rather on the church’s need for money. 

In an effort to share God's generosity with others, we invite you to check out their very first newsletter where you will find articles and stories about generous living and giving.  

Luke 6:38 says, "Giving, not getting, is the way.  Generosity begets generosity." As we move into a season of thankfulness, let us remember that generosity matters.
For more information on year-end giving resources available for you or your church please call 334-793-6820 or e-mail



Huntingdon College Leadership Academy

Huntingdon College invites pastors and youth ministers who serve United Methodist churches to sponsor high school juniors and/or seniors to participate in the Huntingdon Leadership Academy  June 22 - 24, 2016.

 High school juniors and seniors who have the gifts and graces for ministry of any sort—whether as deacons or elders, missionaries, music ministers, children’s or youth pastors, worship leaders, or lay leaders, among the many ways to minister —are welcome at this retreat.

Click here for more information.


Reminder from the United Methodist Children's Home

The White Christmas offering collected on behalf of the United Methodist Children’s Home is a heart-felt tradition dating back to the 1930s. During this special season Methodist Congregations across both the North Alabama and Alabama-West Florida Conferences gather generous offerings in support of UMCH’s transformational ministries.
Click HERE to order your supplies.

Support needed for the Annual Dumas Wesley Christmas Toy Store 

One of the most beloved events each year is the Annual Christmas Toy Store at Dumas Wesley Community Center.  The event serves 75 lower income families in surrounding neighborhoods by giving them the opportunity to buy new toys and bikes at a fraction of their retail value.  This year the Toy Store will take place Saturday, December 12th.  We need the help of our United Methodist family and others to provide the toys that will be sold.   Click here for more details on how to participate and/or contribute.  All donations need to arrive at Dumas Wesley by December 9th. More information can be found at

Homecoming Service to be held at Sunflower UMC

Sunflower UMC will celebrate homecoming on November 1st with Brother Greg Nobles preaching.  Service starts at 11am with dinner to follow.

Job/Ministry Opportunities - click here for full descriptions

District Dates

Second Sunday of Each Month - North Mobile District SINGSPIRATION - November hosted by Pine Grove UMC

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

October 29 - USA Wesley Foundation 11th Annual Cookoff & Auction

November 5 - United Methodist Inner City Mission Annual Golf Tournament

November 4 – North Mobile White Christmas Dinner – Ebenezer – 6pm

November 7 – UMW Executive Mission Team Meeting – Christ UMC

December 9 - Deadline for donations for Annual Dumas Wesley Toy Store

Local Church Dates

October 1-31 - Tanner Williams UMC - Pumpkin Patch & Saturday activities during month of Oct.

October 30 - Deadline to register for Christ UMC's trip to St. Simons Island

October 31 - Theodore UMC Annual Bazaar and Turkey Dinner - 7am

November 1 - Sunflower UMC Homecoming - Brother Greg Nobles preaching - 11am

November 7 - South Brookley UMW Annual Bazaar - 7am

November 7 - Georgetown-Chunchula UMC Holiday Event - 8am-1pm

November 14 - Zirlott Road UMC Fall Festival & Bazaar - 10am-2pm

November 15 - Crawford UMC Homecoming - 10:50 am

November 20 & 21 - Creola UMC Holiday Bazaar - 9am

Conference Dates

November 8 - UMW Sunday in Local Churches

November 12-15 - Lake Junaluska Peace Conference

November 14 - Increasing Active Engagement Conference

November 21 - ERT Disaster Response Training

January 29-31 - Meltdown 2016 Youth Retreat

February 2-3 - Conference Bd of Pension & Health Benefits Pre-retirement Seminar

June 2-24 - Huntingdon College Leadership Academy


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

Kim Doss
Administrative Assistant
UMC Mobile District Office
6333 Piccadilly Sq Dr
Mobile, AL  36609
Office (251) 345-3313
Fax (251) 345-3315


Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.