This Week's News..............................................................January 10, 2019

Lay Servant Training
Clergy Pre-retirement Seminar
Marriage Enrichment Retreats at Lake Junaluska
Upcoming Free Webinars from Discipleship Ministries
Activate Missions Conference
Job/Ministry Opportunities

Lay Servant Training

A 10-week Wednesday-night Basic Lay Servant course will be taught at Christ United Methodist Church at 6101 Grelot Road. The class will begin Jan. 9 and end Feb. 20. 

The course deals with the basics of the United Methodist Church - its beliefs, polity, and structure. Discussions will also cover servants' callings, spiritual gifts, and talents.

District Lay Servant Ministries Director John Sellers (604-4451) will teach the course.
The text,  Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course, (Participant's Book) is available online at Cokesbury, Upper Room, Amazon and Google Books. All participants should read the first chapter of the book before class begins.

One-hour classes will begin at 6 p.m. in Room A-207 

Clergy Pre-retirement Seminar

The Conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits is sponsoring the annual pre-retirement seminar on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 and Wednesday, February 6, 2019.  The seminar will be held in Pensacola, Florida at the Pensacola Grand Hotel.

Individual retirement projections and consultations with Ronald Coleman and Robert Christophel  of Wespath will be conducted during the seminar.  Due to time limitations, participation is limited to the first 20 clergy persons with a paid registration.  Clergy persons must check the “Individual” registration.  If a spouse is attending check the appropriate block as well.

On-line registration is required. Payment may be made through PayPal accounts or through PayPal with a credit card. 

Please use this link ( to access the brochure and on-line registration.  Don’t delay registering your attendance.  The deadline for registration is January 25, 2019. A brochure is attached for your review.   You can also click on the link found in the brochure to register online.

Remember that the registration fee includes one night's lodging, and breakfast.

Marriage Enrichment Retreats at Lake Junaluska

We are created for a lifetime of love and intimacy, but relationships can be hard, even for the happiest couples. Distance, frustration and disconnection can enter through any number of life's events.

Come to a Christian-based marriage retreat at Lake Junaluska to better understand your partner and learn to cultivate a warmer, more joyful and loving relationship.


  • How to strengthen essential psychological and spiritual foundations for healthy, happy relationships.
  • How to stop rigid negative patterns in communication that lead to frustration and disconnection.
  • How to be more accessible, responsive and engaged in your relationship.
  • How to better understand your partner and help them to understand you.
  • How to share your deepest needs for support, love and affection and respond to those same needs in your partner.

Pastoral participants earn 1.5 CEUs for participation in this program. This retreat is perfect for pastors who regularly do marriage counseling, or anyone who wants to strengthen the bond in their marriage.

Cost: Marriage Enrichment Program for two people: $350 
Two nights lodging for two people and five meals (Monday breakfast through Tuesday lunch) for two people (required): $319

March 10-12, 2019
August 18-20, 2019
September 29 - October 1, 2019

 Learn more at or call 800-222-4930.

Upcoming Free Webinars from Discipleship Ministries

The Church Audit: You Can Do This!

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Clergy Taxes: Keep All You Can!

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Activate Missions Conference

Discover your purpose in the world. Join us for the Activate Missions Conference on Saturday, March 30, 8:30am-2pm at Saraland UMC. This transformative conference will help you and your church create a plan to share Christ with the world. This conference will be led by TMS Global (formerly The Mission Society for United Methodists), has impacted thousands of churches worldwide. Pastors and lay leaders may wish to attend, especially to explore the possibility of bringing the conference to your own church. Register online at  Contact Rev. Mike Hoppe at for more information.

Job/Ministry Opportunities

Click here for job descriptions and details

Tanner Williams UMC - Part Time Youth Director

Dumas Wesley Community Center - Full Time Youth Director

Dumas Wesley Community Center - Part Time Assistant Youth Director

District Events

Second Sunday of Each Month - North Mobile District SINGSPIRATION- 6pm - Jan - Creola UMC

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

March 10 - Post General Conference Meeting  at Christ UMC in Mobile, AL

March 11 - Clergy Gathering with Bishop Graves - Christ UMC

Church Events

January 18  - West Side UMC Spaghetti Dinner and Game Night - 4-7pm

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

Conference Events

January 12 - Chainsaw Safety and Use Training - Woodlawn UMC

January 14-15 - Pastor/Spouse Enrichment Event

January 21 - ARM Service Day

January 27-February 1 - The Academy For Spiritual Formation - Longing for God

March 7 - Post General Conference Meeting at Montgomery FUMC  

March 9 - Post General Conference Meeting at Covenant UMC in Dothan, AL

March 10 - Post General Conference Meeting  at Christ UMC in Mobile, AL

Click here to find The Alabama West Florida Conference Calendar

Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.