This week's news.......
December 14, 2017
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
Don't forget our traditional holiday schedule!
The District Office will be closed
December 15th until January 2nd.
Bishop and Mrs. David Graves would like to share an Advent message with the Alabama-West Florida Conference. Click here to view.
Our District Chair of Superintendency, The Rev. Holly Morales, showed up at the district office this week with a surprise for me from the District.... I was overwhelmed! My sincere thanks to all of you for this thoughtful gift! I always tell people how much I love my job and what a privilege it is to work for you. I am giving thanks for you during this Season of Advent and praying that you will have a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Thank you again for your generosity!!
Kim Doss, Administrative Professional
UMC Mobile District Office
New Semester Begins Soon for Students at USA Wesley Foundation
As a new semester begins in January, the USA Wesley Foundation wants to continue the tradition of providing meals each Tuesday night. We are seeking volunteers to help provide this meal each week. This is an important time in the lives of these young students and what a great opportunity for you to show hospitality and get to know them as they grow in their relationship with Christ! They expect to feed approximately 40 folks each week. Wesley will have paper products and drinks so you only need the meal... but be sure to include a dessert – we are talking about college students you know. :-) You are welcome to stay and eat with the students or you may simply drop off the food at the Wesley Foundation by 5:30pm. This could be a great project for your Sunday School Class or a small group within your church.
Please consider supporting the students of The Wesley Foundation in this way and click here to find available dates and sign up!
A Video Message from Bishop David Graves
You are invited to watch a video message from Bishop David Graves, Resident Bishop of the Alabama-West Florida Conference. Click here to view. You may also listen to this message as an audio-only podcast by clicking here, by searching for "AWFUMC Podcasts" on iTunes or in your preferred podcast player. We invite you to subscribe to these podcasts.
First Annual "Love in Action" Event
Announcing the UMC Mobile District's first annual valentine event, “Love in Action.” The driving force for this event comes from the words found in John 13:35 (NRSV), “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” Each year, all of the Mobile District churches will be invited to come together in serving a church in need. It is an event that will be held each February near Valentine’s Day in effort to share our "love for one another.” This year’s event will be a District-wide work day at West Wilmer United Methodist Church.
Be a Part of the First Annual District Valentine, “Love in Action”
Come join us for a day of food, fun and serving as we share our "love for one another" in a District-wide work day. Tell your members about this exciting upcoming event where all will be blessed as we enjoy a day together, meeting members throughout the Mobile District and serving our only mission church. Come be a part of a God’s presence in the West Wilmer community!
Where: West Wilmer United Methodist Church
15231 Starlight Ave.
Wilmer, AL 36587
When: Saturday, February 10, 2018
Save the Date - Mobile District Conference
Please add January 7th to your church calendars for our annual Mobile District Conference. It will be held at The Vision Center located at 4807 Princeton Drive, Mobile. Breakout training sessions will be offered for various work areas of the local church. More information will be forthcoming!
Save the Date - Bishop's Day Apart
Terry Real will be joining the Alabama-West Florida Conference pastors for the upcoming Bishop's Day Apart on Tuesday, February 20, 2018. The event will be held at St. James UMC in Montgomery. Please read The Anatomy of Peace prior to the meeting. If you are able, Real's The New Rules of Marriage is suggested reading. Registration is forthcoming.
Click here to read more about Terry Real.
Redemption in Black & White - St Mark UMC Panel on Racism
Saturday, January 6th at 6 pm
Click here for more information.
Lay Servant Training Offered
Lay Servant Ministries is a United Methodist Church leadership development program focused on equipping and empowering laypersons who have responded to the call of God to serve in mission and ministry. The program emphasizes three study paths: Certified Lay Servant, Certified Lay Speaker and Certified Lay Minister.
All paths begin with a basic step titled “Introduction to Lay Ministry: The Basic Course.” Beginning Jan. 10, Christ United Methodist Church will offer this basic course on our campus for 10 weeks each Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. John Sellers, director of Lay Servant Ministries for the Mobile District, will teach the course.
Designed to help people become the disciple God wants them to be, the basic course opens the door to advanced studies in prayer, worship, Methodist beliefs, and preaching, just to mention a few.
Those interested should contact Sonya Carson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 251-342-0462, ext. 265 to order a book and reserve a space.
March 2-3, 2018 at Frisco City UMC. The training will be held at Frisco CIty UMC. The Courses that will be taught during the training are:
- Basic - Beverly Maddox
- Polity - TBA
- Methodist heritage - Richard Gilbert
- Preach - Pastor Steve Kopp
Click here for more information and to register.
March 9, 2018, and Saturday, March 10, 2018, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. The registration form will be available in early 2018. For questions about this training contact Bruce Knecht, Pensacola District Director of Lay Servant Ministries, at email@example.com or David Bowen, AWF Conference Director of Lay Servant Ministries, at 334-546-3970 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Annual Conference Deadlines Announced
The Committee on Standing Rules has begun its work in preparation for the 2018 Annual Conference session, June 3-6, 2018, at Frazer Memorial UMC in Montgomery, AL. The committee will be reviewing the Conference Standing Rules and recommending revisions. Click here to find more information.
Click here for job descriptions and details
Dauphin Way UMC – Pastoral Administrative Assistant
Toulminville-Warren St. UMC - Day Care Teachers
Trinity UMC - Worship Leader/Musician
Second Sunday of Each Month - North Mobile District SINGSPIRATION- 6pm
Clergy Coffee - First Wednesday of each month 8am – Cracker Barrel - Schillinger Rd
January 7 - Mobile District Conference - The Vision Center - 4807 Princeton Drive
January 10 - Lay Speaking Basic Training Begins - Christ UMC - Wednesday nights for 10 weeks
February 10 - First Annual "Love in Action" District Wide Event - West Wilmer UMC - 9am-3pm
February 24 – District Lay Servant Training Day - Advanced Classes to be offered - more details coming
December 17 - Wesley Chapel UMC - Family and Friends Day - 3pm
January 6 - Redemption in Black & White - St Mark UMC Panel on Racism - 6 pm
January 3 - GBHEM Scholarship Applications
January 5-6 - Fresh Expressions-Pioneer Learning Community
January 19-20 - COSROW Event
January 19-20 - Lay Servant Ministries Training
January 27 - Conference Committee on Lay Servant Ministries Board Meeting
January 31 - February 1 - ERT Training-Trinity UMC, Ft. Walton
February 3 - UMVIM Team Leader Training-Lynn Haven UMC
February 6-7 - Planning for Your Retirement
February 20 - Bishop's Day Apart
March 2 - Lay Servant Training - Baypines District
March 2-4 - Bishop's Confirmation Retreat - Blue Lake
Click here to find The Alabama West Florida Conference calendar online!