This week's news from the Mobile District

February 4, 2016

Inspirit 2016 - A time to: Rekindle, Relax and Renew

Inspirit 2016, a time to rekindle, relax and renew, a ministry event designed for adults age 50 , will be held April 7 - 9, 2016 at Blue Lake Assembly.  The 2016 theme:  "Seniors, we've still got it!  So, let's use it!"  

Keynote speaker will be Rev. Dr. Robbins Sims, District Superintendent for the Montgomery-Opelika District.  Director of Congregational Vitality for the Alabama-West Florida Conference, Rev. Dan Pezet, will be the Bible Teacher.  Rev. Ed Shirley, pastor, Brundidge UMC, will lead the music.

Reservation deadline is March 24.  Click here for more information. 
Sponsored by the Alabama-West Florida Conference Older Adult Task Force

 Wesley Heirs Announce Spring Retreat

The Alabama-West Florida Conference WESLEY HEIRS will host their Spring Retreat "CELEBRATE LIFE, LOVE, AND LAUGHTER” March 8 – 10, 2016 at Blue Lake.  Registration begins Tuesday, March 8 at 10 am.  Click here to see further details.

Wesley Heirs is a group of Alabama-West Florida Conference clergy retirees (and spouses) and surviving spouses. This group meets twice a year, but there are smaller meetings held within Districts that meet monthly or quarterly. 

For more information, contact Myrtice Carr .

Register now for Bishop's Day Apart

Bishop's Day Apart 2016 will be held February 22, 2016 at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Montgomery, AL  Keynote speaker will be Dr. Tom Long, Bandy Professor of Preaching at Candler School of Theology. Click HERE for Dr. Long's full bio.

There is a problem with our conference PayPal account that handles registration payments.  Please register online and either mail a check to the conference office or bring cash/check with you to the even, cashiers will be on hand.

6th Annual Legislative Prayer Breakfast Announced

The Conference Board of Church and Society is sponsoring the 6th Annual Legislative Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, February 11. Clergy and laity are invited to attend. The breakfast will be held at Montgomery First UMC at 7:30AM. 

Please RSVP to by February 9.  

The purpose of the breakfast is to be in prayer with our lawmakers and elected officials that the decisions they make in 2016 will be in accordance with God's will for our state. The Rev. Dr. Brian Miller of Aldersgate UMC will be the speaker this year.

Rev. Brian Miller 

Rev. Dr. Brian Miller

Knowing how busy our elected officials are and the number of invitations they receive, we would like to encourage their attendance in every way possible. You can help by contacting your local legislators and issuing a personal invitation. You will find their contact information at Please encourage your legislators to also RSVP by February 9.

Click here to check out the most recent

AWF Conference Focus on Mission Newsletter!   

Spring Hill College hosting a Methodist-Catholic Panel Discussion

Spring Hill College will be hosting a Methodist-Catholic panel discussion for the Mobile community on its campus. This is the first dialogue of its kind to happen in the area and is significant in that the panelists will be working with the official documents produced by the national and international dialogue commissions. The dialogue is geared towards laity from both denominations who do not know anything of the others beliefs or the dialogue that has been happening internationally for the past 50 years. Historically, Methodists were the first Protestants to enter the Catholic gulf coast, so this event will be significant not just for Methodist-Catholic relations, but for the overall Protestant-Catholic relationship in the Mobile community. 

 The event will be February 18th at 7pm in Byrne Memorial Hall.

The panelists will include:

  • Dr. Stephen Wilson, Spring Hill College
  • Fr. David J. Tokarz, Archdiocese of Mobile
  • Dr. Stephen Sours, Huntingdon College
  • Rev. Jeff Wilson, Dauphin Way UMC, Mobile, AL

Pull a Plane for Dumas Wesley!

Can you handle the ultimate man versus machine challenge? This extreme and unique event, which pits teams of 20 against a FedEx aircraft weighing more than 180,000 lbs., is a fundraiser that raises both money and awareness for the Dumas Wesley Community Center. Teams compete to pull the plane 12 feet in the fastest amount of time. The event is open to the public on May 7th at Brookley Aeorplex.  It will also include entertainment, food, an awards ceremony and a Kid’s Zone with various activities. Spectators are strongly encouraged to attend and cheer on their favorite team!

For more information please visit:

Eight Foot Tables For Sale

Irvington United Methodist Church has five 8 foot tables and one 6 foot table that need a new home.  They are heavy duty, folding tables with have rubber tips on legs for easy moving.  8 ft tables / $30 and 6 foot / $25.  For info, please contact Tina Nelson at 957-0888.

Lent Starts Soon - Order Free Booklets Now

The Society of St. Andrew Lenten devotional book is now being shipped. Order copies for yourself and for your church now, along with our Good Friday Fast. You can also download the eBook version for your use, and sign up to receive each devotion as a daily email. Lent starts soon!

  Order Online, Download Book, Get Daily Email 


Lay Servant Training Opportunity

Blue Lake Lay Servant Training Academy -“One in Spirit, All in Ministry: In the Spirit of Discipleship”; “MINISTRY OF THE LAITY” will be offered March 11 - 12, 2016 at Blue Lake.  Registration deadline is February 26, 2016.  Click here for more information. 

Who should attend?  Church Lay Leaders, Local Church Lay Servants (LCLS), Certified Lay Servants (CLS), and those interested in becoming Lay Servants.

Blue Lake Hosts Christian Writers Retreat

Blue Lake is hosting a Christian Writers Retreat April 20 - 23, 2016 at Blue Lake. At the retreat, you’ll experience the benefits of a large writers’ conference, but on a more personal level. Whether you’re a beginning or experienced writer, our faculty of seasoned professionals can teach you how to improve your writing skills, market your work, and get published. 

You may choose from three different morning continuing classes and sixteen afternoon workshops which offer a range of information about various aspects of writing, both fiction and nonfiction.  In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to meet with the faculty in one-on-one appointments and discuss your writing goals.

All of this training and networking with other writers, plus lodging for three nights and breakfast, lunch, and dinner can be yours for an amazing, affordable price.

Click here for more information.






Robert Lupton author of Toxic Charity to visit Conference

Robert Lupton, advocate of those living on the margins and author of the transformative book Toxic Charity, will be visiting the AWFUMC March 5-6, 2016!  Lupton will be engaging the entire Conference in the discussion on fruitful ministry with the poor. He will be speaking on two separate occasions:

  • March 5, 2016: Daphne UMC in Daphne, Alabama
  • March 6, 2016: Aldersgate UMC in Montgomery, Alabama 

These events are free of charge and open to the public – all churches, denominations, and communities are invited! Times will be announced and registration opened in early February.  Click here to see schedule.

Come join the discussion on Toxic Charity, ways we can strengthen our communities, and Circles of Transformation! For more information, contact Laurel Blackwell at or 334.524.3652.

The Bishop's Confirmation Retreat will be held February 19 - 21, 2016 at Blue Lake.  Registration begins at 7:00 p.m. on Friday and ends at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday.

The weekend focuses on the commitments made in membership vows in the United Methodist Church (UMC) -- prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness. Students will have the opportunity to hear from and spend time with Bishop Paul L. Leeland on Saturday morning.

Click HERE to register.  The deadline for registration is February 8, 2016.

Questions?  Please contact Rev. Sam Lewis

The 2015 Journal is for sale at Amazon!

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Job/Ministry Opportunities - click here for full descriptions

To submit a Job/Ministry opportunity to place on our the AWFUMC website click here.

District Dates

Second Sunday of Each Month - North Mobile District SINGSPIRATION - Sunflower UMC

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

February 20 - Mobile District UMW Mission Study - Spring Hill Ave. UMC - 10am-2pm

March 5 - Robert Lupton speaking at Daphne UMC - author of Toxic Charity

Local Church Dates

February 6 - New Hope UMC - Ribs & Boston Butt Sale

February 13 - Rust College Acapella Choir  Concert - Toulminville Warren Street UMC - 4pm

February 17 - West Side UMC - Randy Fisher Concert - 6pm

Conference Dates

January 29-31 - Meltdown 2016 Youth Retreat

February 5-6 - Lay Servant Training in Baypines District

February 5-7 - Blue Lake Elementary Winter Retreat

February 11 - Legislative Prayer Breakfast,

February 13 - One Day: “Loving and Laughing on the Way to Church"

February 19-21 - Bishop's Confirmation Retreat

February 22 - Bishop's Day Apart

March 5-6 - COT Hosts Robert Lupton

March 8-9 - Wesley Heirs Spring Meeting

March 11-12 - Lay Servant Training Academy - Blue Lake

April 7-9 - Inspirit 2016


 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



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