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November 5, 2015
Prayer request: Please keep The Rev. Dr. Doug Williams and his wife Nelda in your prayers. Doug has been in Thomas Hospital undergoing tests this week and is not doing well.
Break in at Taylor Park Community Center
We are sure you are familiar with the fact that Taylor Park Community Center is operated by the United Methodist Inner City Mission and that all of the programs there are to benefit the children and the families of the Oakdale-Maysville Community.
On Wednesday, October 15, 2015 the program suffered a major setback, 14 laptop computers used in the program were stolen. To date the police have not been able to provide any leads for the recovery of the computers. Due to the lack of funding for the program, we are not able to replace the computers and without the computers the children and programs are suffering greatly.
The children who receive services from the park are those with the greatest need. The after-school enrichment program provided at the park Monday thru Friday provides homework and tutorial help as well as assistance with special projects and research papers that the students are assigned throughout the school year. The program is made available to any child regardless of their ability to pay. We provide after school pick-up for 5 elementary and 3 middle schools.
Please consider helping the Center replace this much needed equipment. Any amount of assistance that you can provide will be greatly appreciated whether it be donations of new or used computers or monetary assistance to purchase new equipment. We also ask for your prayers for the continued success of our program, its volunteers and the lives of the children participating.
For more information please call The Inner City Mission at 251-432-1122 or send your contribution to 913 South Broad St., Mobile, AL 36603. Thanking you in advance for your support!
Click here to find the current edition of the COT News
Here is an article that you will find there about our local Circles of Transformation (COT):
Team of UMC pastors connecting Bay Area
Timing is a very important aspect of beginning a Circles of Transformation (COT) community. COT Mobile knows this especially well. Though talks of building COT in Mobile began three years ago in 2012, things didn’t really take off until 2014. District Missioner Don Woolley attributes this to a few things – the arrival of Global Missions Fellows, the passion of District Superintendent Doug Pennington, and the support and drive of local churches and pastors.
Global Missions Fellows Katy Wrona and Marcharkelti McKenzie, stateside missionaries within the United Methodist Church, are just two of the hardworking leaders involved in COT. “Katy has done a phenomenal job! [She] has led the charge and made Circles of Transformation happen. We are grateful for her leadership,” says Woolley. While Katy works closely with the adults involved in COT, Marcharkelti works with the youth and children, often teaching lessons and planning programming that mirrors the training the adults go through. “The children get to experience relationship building and how to make a new future story,” McKenzie states. This helps build up the family relationships as well as the relationships with COT volunteers.
When it comes to DS Pennington, Woolley says, “He has made the launching of Circles of Transformation a top priority.” According to Woolley, this passion has trickled down to local UM clergy and lay leaders as well, sparking a deep desire for lasting change. “All of our churches are deeply committed to serving those in need, but we have all realized that what we have done has enabled people to stay in poverty instead of helping them get out of poverty.” The leadership in Mobile includes John Russell (St. John UMC), Jenni Hendrix (Springhill UMC), Kathy Fisher (Wilmer UMC), Dan Morris (Daphne UMC), lay leader Clara Ester, DS Pennington, Katy Wrona, and Marcharkelti McKenzie.
Woolley is optimistic about the growth of COT Mobile and sings praises for the leadership: “We have a great group of pastors here who are driven and open to try new things.”
Missionaries to visit The Alabama West Florida Conference
Alex and Brenda Awad have been serving as GBGM Missionaries in Israel/Palestine now for over two decades. They have been serving with Bethlehem Bible College, and will now be retiring soon.
They will be traveling (itinerating) through the Alabama-West Florida Conference in early December to speak to churches and groups, and there are several spots still open in their calendar. Your church has the opportunity to hear these outstanding and knowledgeable missionaries speak about their ministry one last time before they retire.
Contact Susan Hunt at firstname.lastname@example.org or 334-356-8014 to get them on your church calendar or to ask for additional information.
They are available to speak to small groups or large groups, and churches of any size.
Wilmer UMC holds Holiday Market
Wilmer United Methodist will hold its annual Holiday Market and Gumbo sale, Saturday, December 5th, from 10 am-4 pm. Tickets for the gumbo sale will be available by contacting the church office at 649-1800.
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.
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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 www.dumaswesley.org
Job/Ministry Opportunities - click here for full descriptions
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
November 7 – UMW Executive Mission Team Meeting – Christ UMC
December 9 - Deadline for donations for Annual Dumas Wesley Toy Store
Local Church Dates
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
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!
UMC Mobile District Office
6333 Piccadilly Sq Dr
Mobile, AL 36609
Office (251) 345-3313
Fax (251) 345-3315