This week's News.............

August 6, 2015

A Day Apart For Clergy and Church Staff With Dr. Walter Brueggemann 

Dauphin Way United Methodist Church, Mobile, AL, will be hosting “A Day Apart for Clergy and Church Staff with Dr. Walter Brueggemann” on Monday, September 28, 2015.  Registration and refreshments will begin at 9:30 AM, with the first session beginning at 10:00 AM.  Dr. Brueggemann will teach on the topic “Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to the Culture of Now.”  He will also preach a closing communion service.  A $15 registration fee covers morning refreshments, lunch, and .3 CEU credits.  Dr.  Brueggemann will also be signing books at a small book table.  For more information or to register, please visit our website at


The Academy for Congregational Excellence (A.C.E.) invites clergy to participate in a unique cohort opportunity this fall. Body & Soul is a 12- week group covenant experience focused upon a holistic approach to spiritual, emotional, relational and physical flourishing. Beginning Tuesday, September      2nd, a Body & Soul group is launching in Mobile.  Click here to read more.

Order of Elders and Clergy Day Apart with Bishop Mike Coyner

As clergy serving churches in the Alabama-West Florida Conference, you are invited to attend a gathering of all clergy on October 8, 2015, at Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church with Bishop Mike Coyner, Resident Bishop of the Indiana Conference. We will gather at 9:30am and begin our worship and work with Bishop Coyner at 10:00am. 

Registration is $10 to cover the cost of the lunch. Please note that due to the agenda, there will not be time to eat off site. A .5 CEU credit is available.  

Click here for more information and/or to register attendance.


McGowin Hall, 1507 Dauphin St Mobile, AL 36604
  WHEN: September 12, 2015
GATHERING:  9 - 9:30 am
PRESENTATION: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
COST:  $35
Lunch & book for 6 weeks Follow-up Sessions included
Make payment (cash or check) & mail to:
AWFUMC, Attention:CP Intro/Workshop, 4719 Woodmere Blvd, Montgomery, AL 36106
 REGISTRATION DEADLINE:   September 10, 2015 ~ 5 pm
Workshop Contact:   Minta McDavid, 251-550-5609 , or 
Patti Bodenhamer,  251 952 2175
Sponsored by the AWFUMC ~ Spiritual Formation Leadership Team & Contemplative Outreach, Ltd

General Board of Church and Society Educational Opportunity

Alzheimer's Talks Teleconference - Wednesday, Aug. 19 - 3 to 4 p.m. EDT. Dr. Scott Mackin, associate professor of psychiatry at University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, will speak about his work trying to understand mental illness and late-life depression and how that relates to cognitive decline. Alzheimer’s Talks is a monthly teleconference series produced by USAgainstAlzheimer's to raise awareness about issues. The United Methodist Board of Church and Society is helping with the talks. Details of how to register

You can see more educational opportunities and other upcoming events in the life of the church here.


What is the next thing God is calling your ministry to do? 

Do you want to build a new space for worship? Or, would you like to purchase property to expand your local ministry? Your church could simply need to catch up on renovation projects. What is your goal in ministry and how are you going to accomplish it?

Our ministry wants to help your ministry succeed.

 The Alabama-West Florida United Methodist Development Fund can support you with a low-interest loan for up to $1 million dollars. The Development Fund has fueled the growth, expansion and renovation needs of the AWF Conference for over 28 years, loaning more than $18 million to qualified churches and agencies. Because of the generosity of other United Methodists who invest in our Development Fund, our conference can continue to grow and serve our communities.

Click here for more information.


Christ UMC Hosts Bible Conference with Dr. Ben Witherington August 30 & 31

How can we read and understand the Bible? With thousands of years of history between the modern reader and this ancient text, how can we be certain we know what it is trying to say?In August, Christ UMC will host a two-day Bible conference with one of the leading Bible scholars and best Bible communicators in the world! Dr. Ben Witherington has written over forty books, including The Jesus Quest and The Paul Quest, both of which were selected as top Biblical study works by Christianity Today. He is also the author of our fall small group focus on the book of John.Along with many interviews on radio networks across the country, Witherington has been seen on the History Channel, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, The Discovery Channel, A&E and the PAX Network.In addition to his teaching on reading and understanding the Bible, he will offer a special lunch study where he will address some of the most common arguments against the Bible’s reliability and credibility.It is not often that we get the opportunity to hear from such a brilliant mind and eloquent communicator and we hope you won’t miss the chance in August. Please join us for the whole conference and invite your friends to come along!    Click here for more information.

Meltdown 2016 - January 29 - 31

Meltdown is an annual youth conference that brings together students from all over Northwest Florida and South Alabama for a weekend that will draw them closer to God and to each other.  It will be held on January 29-31 in Panama City Beach.  Organized by a team of youth pastors and church workers, Meltdown’s mission is to empower youth groups and their churches by offering a dynamic, inspiring, and challenging worship experience brought through an awesome worship team, speaker, and through a variety of breakout sessions. This year our speaker is Joel Penton and worship will be led by the band Shake the City.

Click here for more information.


Prayer Shawl Retreat

The Conference Spiritual Formation Leadership Team will host a Prayer Shawl Retreat October 27 - 30, 2015 at Blue Lake.  All are welcome to come together to enjoy the fellowship and ministry of Prayer Shawls and other handcrafts.  Be prepared to share your stories, your successes, your skills, (and maybe even your knitting secrets).  Be prepared to be blessed by others and by a God of extravagant love.   Click here for more information.

Revitalize your church with Disciple Fast Track!

 For nearly thirty years, the original Disciple Bible Study has helped millions of people read through the Bible and grow in their faith through a 34-week class. The new Fast Track study leads groups through the Bible in a shortened, 24-week, 75-minute format while maintaining the integrity and principles of the original study. New, easy-to-use print and video materials and an online community give participants the tools to absorb and retain what they learn in this shortened format. Churches that participate in this year’s (2015) beta2 testing phase will receive the final, official-release materials at no additional cost in the summer of 2016. 
  Main features of Disciple Fast Track:            
* Classes meet for a total of 24 weeks
* Each group session lasts 75 minutes
* Designed for Small Groups and Large Groups
* A new, user-friendly Leader Guide
* 24 new weekly Illustrated Review Videos
* 24 new Introductory Videos
* Illustrated Review Flash Cards
* Leader Online Training and Online Community
Learn more and sign up at:

Job/Ministry Opportunities - Click Here


District Dates

Second Sunday of Each Month - North Mobile District SINGSPIRATION

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

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

September 20 – UMW District Annual Day – Westside UMC

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

October 17 – Pastor’s meeting and Clergy Family Fund Day & Picnic – Thornberg Lake

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

November 7 – UMW Executive Mission Team Meeting – Christ UMC

Local Church Dates

August 1 - Overlook Community Family Fun Day - St. John UMC - 10am-1pm

August 9 - Deer Park UMC Homecoming - 11am - George Weaver Speaker

August 9-12 - Deer Park UMC Revival - 7pm - Otis Lister Speaker

August 30-31- Bible Conference with Dr. Ben Witherington - Christ UMC

September 16-17 - Fall 2015 Days of Refreshing with Scott McDermott - Dauphin Island UMC

September 28 - A Day Apart for Clergy and Church Staff with Dr. Walter Brueggemann

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

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

Conference Dates

July 31-1 UMW Mission u - Dothan UMC

August 1 - UMVIM Team Leader Training; Spanish Fort UMC

August 1 - ERT Training; Auburn UMC

August 6 - Stegall Seminary Scholarship Foundation Dinner of Celebration

August 6-7 - Global Leadership Summit, Montgomery

August 6-7 - Global Leadership Summit, Panama City

August 7-9 - E. Stanley Jones Christian Ashram

September 24 - Pleasant Path to Past; AWF Historical Society

Oct 24UMW Conference Leadership Training and Annual Day

October 27-30 - Conference Prayer Shawl Retreat - Blue Lake Camp

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.