This week’s news...........

Imagine No Malaria Success!


The Mobile District has reached and exceeded our goal to save 10,000 lives through Imagine No Malaria (106%).  This success is the result of sacrificial giving on the part of many churches.  I know that this effort was not part of most church budgets and for many people these gifts were above and beyond regular giving to their home church.  I want you to know how much I appreciate your efforts.  My friend Issac Kyambadde, who is a DS and pastor in Uganda, says that this program has opened doors in many communities for new United Methodist churches to be started because of the credibility that Imagine No Malaria has won among the chiefs and elders of these villages.  Thank you for your partnership in saving lives and saving souls!


For those who are still raising funds, please continue to give toward this worthy cause.  The Alabama West Florida Conference as a whole is at 93.9% of our goal to save 100,000 lives.  Please check the below to be certain your givings have been correctly posted.  


Click here to see the current edition of the AWF Conference NewsCONNECTION.

Included in this edition you will find:

  • A recap of Annual Conference 2015
  • How to order your 2015 Journal
  • An article about our local Dumas Wesley Community Center
  • and much, much more!!

Survey for Participants of 2015 Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference

If you attended Annual Conference will you please take a minute (if you haven’t already) and complete a survey about your experience.  Click the below link.  THANK YOU! Rg==

Lagniappe Chooses Open Doors Resale Store as Finalist

It is exciting to let you know that Open Doors Resale Store has been chosen as one of six finalists for the Lagniappe’s Readers' Choice Awards "BEST THRIFT STORE." The Lagniappe issue distributed for June 18th - 24th lists all of the finalists under all categories and gives details and deadlines about voting.

VOTING began online today (June 18) at 12:01am and continues through Monday, July 13 at noon. Click this direct link to the ballot (Laniappemobile) and scroll to the bottom of the page; the "BEST THRIFT STORE" category is listed at the bottom of the list of services.  If voting online, you may vote once per hour. No registration is required during the finals period.

The PAPER BALLOT deadline is Friday, July 10, and the ballots will be in the June 18, June 25 and July 2 issues of Lagniappe - ONLY OFFICIAL BALLOTS FROM THE NEWSPAPER WILL BE ALLOWED. NO PHOTO COPIES. Paper ballots must be delivered by Friday, July 10th at 2:00 pm or mailed postmarked no later than July 10.

Winners will be announced in the July 23 issue of Lagniappe.  What a great recognition of all of the volunteers and donators that have made Open Doors Resale a success.

Please forward this information to anyone and everyone - let's get voting!

Mission Lunch at West Side UMC this Sunday

West Side United Methodist Women is hosting a Mission Lunch this Sunday, June 21st at 12 noon.    Please bring your appetite and join us for country ribs, baked beans, potato salad, ice cream and other goodies - Donations $6. Everyone is welcome.  West Side UMC is located at 269 Mohawk Street. 



New Church Start in the Mobile District

The Mobile District is scheduled to launch a new church start in July, 2015.  Rev. Chris Gilmore will be appointed to this new church start which is targeting our under-served African American community, although it will be a church that is open to all.  The new church is slated to be located at the old Pleasant Valley UMC property.  Any churches or individuals who are interested in partnering with this new ministry can contact Rev. Gilmore at (251) 423-0199.  Please pray for this new ministry to flourish in making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Job/Ministry Opportunities

**Montgomery First United Methodist in Montgomery, Alabama, is seeking a full time Director of Youth Ministries.  Worship is the heart of the identity of First United Methodist and this beautiful church averages 1,200 attendees at their two traditional services on Sunday morning.  For 185 years, First United Methodist has had a rich tradition of service and outreach in the city of Montgomery.  Using their history, this congregation is active in seeking the vision for the future of the church and the ways God can use them.  First United Methodist continues to build their ministry and vision of being a teaching church to train new generations of people pursuing their call.  Currently, there are 50-75 youth participating in youth programs with the potential for growth. A spark of excitement has become contagious, as First United Methodist Church has committed to put sustainable structures in place for the youth ministry and has active adult volunteers serving the youth.  This program needs a creative leader who is ready to lead the youth program and mentor youth interns into the ministry. 


The Director of Youth Ministries will oversee the junior and senior high youth ministry.   This person will seek, build, and strengthen relationships with the youth, their families, the youth staff, and adult volunteers, as well as, enable relationships to be built between the youth and youth volunteers. The Director of Youth Ministries will nurture these relationships to ensure the youth are growing in their journey of becoming disciples of Jesus Christ.  In addition, The Director of Youth Ministries will recruit, equip, and build teams of youth ministry leaders and volunteers. The Director of Youth Ministries will oversee all youth programming to ensure events bring an atmosphere of belonging and fellowship that will support the development of spiritual discipleship.


First United Methodist Church is seeking an individual who has the following qualifications:

  • Preferred five years’ experience in leading a youth ministry program
  • A Bachelor’s degree
  • Ability to serve as a spiritual role model by demonstrating a commitment to Christian spiritual practices and by articulating a personal faith journey
  • Ability to lead a team with a positive spirit that supports the mission, vision, and core values of First United Methodist of Montgomery
  • Ability to lead people and manage processes effectively in short-term planning and especially in long-range planning
  • Alignment with the beliefs and practices of the United Methodist Church

Candidates interested in applying to be part of the team at First United Methodist Church should submit a resume to Teresa Sippel at


**West Side UMC is seeking to hire a church pianist/ musician. The duties will include playing for the 8a.m contemporary worship service, 10:45 traditional worship service (must be able to play hymns from Methodist Hymnal), contemporary praise music, playing for additional services as needed, and rehearsals twice a month. The salary will be based on negotiations between church leadership and interested persons, experience, and knowledge/ musician-ship. Please do not send resume’. Limit your response to a phone call to the church. The number is (251) 478-3721. 


**Dauphin Way United Methodist Church - Kitchen Assistant position

The Kitchen Assistant supports the Kitchen and Hospitality ministry with food preparation, cooking, and administrative support as needed.  This part-time non- exempt position reports to the Kitchen & Hospitality Coordinator and has a standard work schedule of Monday – Friday; 7:30AM - 1:30PM; subject to hospitality event schedule.

A qualified applicant will have experience and/or education necessary to enable them to effectively: Assist cooking teams with pre-prep services, food preparation, serving, and completed meal packaging; Clean kitchen area;  Prepare hospitality carts for church events ;  Assist with replenishment of food and other consumable supplies to include inventorying food items; receiving and inspecting food deliveries for accuracy and compliance with Mobile County Board of Health regulations;  Assist with all Kitchen & Hospitality Ministry events and activities. 

Qualified applicants should send their resume’ to the Church Administrator at


**Dauphin Way UMC – Director of Student Ministries 

Nestled among the stately Live Oaks in historic Mobile, Alabama, Dauphin Way United Methodist Church seeks a fulltime Director of Student Ministries for grades 6-12.  This growing congregation of 2100 offers a variety of worship services and has a heart for mission and service in our church, community and around the world.  The primary responsibilities of the Director of Student Ministries will be to provide leadership in youth programming and missions, develop relationships with the youth, families, and volunteers, and recruit and train volunteers to minister to the youth.  The successful candidate should have a Bachelor’s degree, three or more years of experience, and be strong in leadership, relationship building, communication, ministering to youth and working with parents and volunteers. The candidate should be aligned with the beliefs and traditions of the United Methodist Church.  For more detailed information or to submit a resume, including a cover letter and three references, please contact Robin Wilson at


**Forest Park UMC – Youth & College Director

Forest Park UMC in Panama City, Florida seeks to hire an experienced, full-time Youth and College Director.  The successful candidate will have a Bachelor's degree, knowledge of United Methodist doctrine, and experience in all facets of Youth and College Ministry.  For a complete job description or additional information, please reply via email to  Resumes with cover letters may be sent to Forest Park United Methodist Church, Attn:  Chuck Dick, 1401 West 23rd Street, Panama City, FL, 32405. 

Christ United Methodist Church, Venice Florida


**Christ United Methodist Church of Venice, FloridaFull-time Director of Children’s Ministry

Christ UMC, a vibrant congregation of about 850 members, is seeking a full-time Director of Children’s Ministry who has a God-given passion and love for working with children birth through sixth grade. The Director will provide a comprehensive ministry and discipleship program that includes areas of discipleship, equipping and empowering lay leaders, and partnering with parents in the spiritual development of children.

The Director of Children’s Ministry will report to the Senior Pastor and serve alongside a team of program staff dedicated to all ages and stages of the church.

Qualifications for this position include:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferably with a Bible/Theology or Education major/minor, or four years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • A deep, abiding relationship with Jesus Christ, a demonstrated spiritual maturity and a commitment to a faithful Christian lifestyle consistent with the confessions of the United Methodist Church
  • Strong organization, administrative and budget management skills.
  • Ability to train and lead volunteers and staff.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with children, parents, staff, leaders or congregation.

Resumes and inquiries can be sent to Cheryl Outerbridge,


District Dates

Second Sunday of Each Month - North Mobile District SINGSPIRATION – May 17th in month of May - 6pm at Sims Chapel UMC

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

June 21 – Last Sunday in Pulpit for Moving Pastors

July 5 – First Sunday in Pulpit for Moving Pastors

July 16-17 – Beginning Pastor’s Workshop – Spring Hill College, Mobile

August 10 - North Mobile Planning Council - 6:30pm

September 20 – UMW District Annual Day – Westside UMC

October 12 - North Mobile Planning Council - 6:30pm

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

November 7 – UMW Executive Mission Team Meeting – Christ UMC


Local Church Dates

June 15 – July 24 – St. John UMC Summer Camp for ages 4-13 – call (910) 373-7913 for more details

October 19-21- Bethel UMC Revival – Speaker will be Darrel Brunson - 7pm

October 25 – Bethel UMC Homecoming – Speaker will be John Henry Baxter - 11am


Conference Dates

June 21 – Last Sunday in Pulpit for Moving Pastors

July 5 – First Sunday in Pulpit for Moving Pastors

July 31-1 – UMW Mission u - Dothan UMC

Oct 24 – UMW Conference Leadership Training and Annual Day



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