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This week's News......................................... March 8, 2018

Sign Up Now for Courageous Conversations
United Methodist Inner City Mission
Bishop Announces District Cabinet and Staff Appointments
Click here to find an update from AWFUMC Disaster Response
National Alliance on Mental Illness Walk
Huntingdon Leadership Academy for High School Students
North Mobile Singspiration - March 11th at Sunflower UMC - 6PM
Mobile District Hosts Lay Servant Training
Job/Ministry Opportunities
District Events
Church Events
Conference Events


Sign Up Now for Courageous Conversations

Starting February 22, 2018, Courageous Conversations will begin in the Alabama-West Florida Conference. Click here to find a video where Dr. Debora Bishop and The Rev. Allen Newton discuss the importance & necessity of the upcoming Courageous Conversations.  These conversations will be held in twenty-seven locations throughout the bounds of the conference, with one session being offered in Spanish. Four of these events will be held here in the Mobile District:

All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Click here to register.  For more information, contact Susan Hunt, AWF Director of Mission & Advocacy. 


United Methodist Inner City Mission

As you recall on January 25th, an automobile went air borne and destroyed the front business office of the United Methodist Inner City Mission. The driver’s insurance has a maximum coverage of $50,000, so our insurance carrier will have to make up the difference. This means that we must raise $5,000 to pay our deductible to make the repairs to the Mission’s building.

While the ladies in the shelter are temporarily being housed at another church, we are also trying to make some much needed repairs in the downstairs areas of the Mission. The total of these repairs are $13,312 (the contractors overseeing the work are donating their time).  At this point we are walking by faith and not by sight. We are appealing to our brothers and sisters for gifts to help us cover these costs. All gifts will be greatly appreciated.  To find out how to contribute please contact the Mission at 251-432-1122 or Tonny Algood at 680-4266.


Bishop Announces District Cabinet and Staff Appointments

Bishop David W. Graves is pleased to announce two projected district appointments and two projected staff appointments. Rev. John Brooks, current Montgomery-Prattville District Superintendent, will be appointed as the Director of Multicultural Ministries in the conference office. Rev. Allen Newton, current Demopolis District Superintendent, will become the new Montgomery-Prattville District Superintendent. Rev. Alan Gantzhorn, current pastor at Jackson FUMC, will be appointed as the Demopolis District Superintendent. Rev. Bill Kierce, current pastor at Trinity UMC-Opelika, will be appointed to the conference staff as the Director of Congregational Development and Vitality.  Click here to find full article.


Click here to find an update from AWFUMC Disaster Response


National Alliance on Mental Illness Walk


Huntingdon Leadership Academy for High School Students

The Huntingdon Leadership Academy (HLA)  is a youth theology institute that seeks to help rising high school juniors and seniors discern their call to ministry or Christian leadership. Our 2018 summer dates are Sunday, June 24 through Friday, June 29.  With calling as its primary theme, the Huntingdon Leadership Academy (HLA) engages students through a week-long summer experience. The week’s activities focus on discernment of each student’s calling to Christian leadership for ministerial vocation. Mentoring, discussion of current topics in the life of the church, cultural and mission-related events, and time for fun, praise, and worship are included. In addition, students participate in year-round spiritual growth through online engagement that continues students’ education, builds community, and promotes reflection on the Bible, Christian tradition, and students’ spiritual experiences.
 
Please encourage your students to consider registering for HLA 2018.  To register or for more info, visit www.huntingdon.edu/HLA 


North Mobile Singspiration - March 11th at Sunflower UMC - 6PM


Mobile District Hosts Lay Servant Training

When:  Saturday, March 24, 2018

Where: Tanner Williams UMC

1550 Grand Bay Wilmer Road North , Mobile, AL  36608

Click here to find complete details about the event.

Job/Ministry Opportunities

Click here for job descriptions and details

Foley UMC – Director of Traditional Worship

Wilmer UMC - Pianist Position

Chickasaw UMC - Part Time Youth Director

Wesley Foundation at The University of South Alabama - Campus Minister & Executive Director

Toulminville-Warren St. UMC  - Day Care Teachers


District Events

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

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

March 15 - Money Management & Budgeting - St. John's Vision Center - 6:30 pm

March 22 - Money Management & Budgeting - St. John's Vision Center - 6:30 pm

March 24 - Lay Servant Training - Tanner Williams UMC - 7am - 5pm

March 12 - Courageous Conversations - Christ UMC - 5:30pm - 8:30pm

March 17 - Courageous Conversations - St John UMC - in Spanish  -1pm-4pm

April 4 - Courageous Conversations - Ebenezer UMC - 12:30pm-3:30pm

April 5 - Deadline for Denman Award Nominations

April 15 - Courageous Conversations - Toulminville-Warren Street UMC - 2:30pm - 5:30pm

April 19 - Clergy Meeting - Christ UMC - 10am-1pm or 6-9pm

May 5 - Dumas Wesley Annual Plane Pull

Church Events

Every 3rd Saturday Movie Night at the Vision Center - 6pm - Free and open to the community.

March 8 - Theodore UMC Lenten Luncheon - Mr. Jon Seale - noon

March 5 -Theodore UMC Lenten Luncheon - Rev. Bill Price - noon

March 22 - Theodore UMC Lenten Luncheon - Rev. Ron McCants - noon

Conference Events

March 2 - Lay Servant Training - Baypines District

March 2-4 - Bishop's Confirmation Retreat 2018

March 2-3 - Small Membership Church Summit 2018

March 9-10 - Lay Servant Training at Trinity UMC, Ft. Walton Beach

April 12-14 - Inspirit Retreat for Older Adults - Blue Lake

April 20-22 - ARM-Cycle of Service

April 27-28 - Lay Servant Ministries Training

Click here to find The Alabama West Florida Conference calendar on

 
Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.