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This Week's News.............................................................. August 9, 2018

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Early Response Team Training Rescheduled
Bishop Graves to hold Town Hall Meeting
Pleasant Valley Yard Sale
United Methodist Women Mission Study
Homecoming at Deer Park UMC
Blue Lake Sunday September 9th
2018 Stephen and Ruth Dill Lecture Series
Job/Ministry Opportunities
District Events
Church Events
Conference Events


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Early Response Team Training Rescheduled

West Side UMC's ERT Basic course originally scheduled for August 11 has been rescheduled for September 29.  Instructor Pat Shubird will help prepare us for the next disaster that may head our way. Early response team (ERT) training covers the essentials of early disaster response, including roof tarping, cleaning out damaged homes, spiritual and emotional care, team protocols, and much more. You will receive a badge to join future emergency response teams.

This training is offered to anyone age 18 and over.  The cost of the event is $10 to cover lunch. Please register by contacting Kay Lauber at wsumc.ofc@att.net or calling 251-478-3721.


Bishop Graves to hold Town Hall Meeting

The district town hall meetings are part of an ongoing conversation concerning The Commission on A Way Forward and the called General Conference scheduled for February of 2019. The purpose of these gatherings is to bring clarity and answer questions around the three proposed plans coming from The Commission on A Way Forward to the 2019 General Conference. All interested United Methodists, both lay and clergy, are invited to attend a town hall meeting in their district.  He will hold the Mobile District Town Hall Meeting at Dauphin Way UMC on Sunday, October 14th at 3pm. 

Click here to find a message from Bishop Graves about this event and more details.


Pleasant Valley Yard Sale

On Saturday, Aug 18, 7-9am, District United Methodist churches are welcome to shop for leftover items at Pleasant Valley UMC, located at 2810 Pleasant Valley Rd. Items include choir material, office supplies, and many other small items that may be useful in churches. After 9am, the yard sale will be open to the public. For information, contact Rev. Mike Hoppe at mike@saralandumc.org 


United Methodist Women Mission Study


Homecoming at Deer Park UMC August 12 - 11:00 a.m.

Dr. Debra Bishop will be bringing the message.


Blue Lake Sunday September 9th

The Alabama West-Florida Conference has designated the 2nd Sunday in September as Blue Lake Sunday to provide much needed support for the care and future of this legacy.  The camp continues to upgrade facilities replacing the roof on Linwood addition and the Oakwood Chapel in 2017 and building a new 1500 sq. ft. Program Director's home in 2018.  Hospitality House has been remodeled and is available for pastors to come to Blue Lake for their own personal retreat.  We invite you to come see the improvements! 

We are grateful for the many churches, families, organizations and individuals who come to Blue Lake for worship, recreation, fellowship, and respite.  In the months of June and July 2018, 1,820 people utilized our facilities.  605 attended Blue Lake organized camps; 625 attended camps organized by individual United Methodist churches or groups; and 590 attended camps organized by other organizations. This activity is the largest source of income and of course our expense.  As with any facility the camp continues to require upgrades and repairs in roofing, air conditioning units, freezers/coolers and many other areas due to age and usage. 

The camp is blessed with the support of the Conference through apportionment funds compromising 19% of the total income for the year.  The camp also depends heavily on donations from churches to support this vital mission.  We ask for your support and encourage your church to participate in Blue Lake Sunday on September 9th or any Sunday that would be more convenient for you.  If you need envelopes or bulletin inserts please contact Blue Lake at 334-222-5407 or paige@bluelakecamp.com.  Other ways of support could come from communion offerings, fundraisers or even a line item in your annual budget!  You may also give online at our website by clicking here

We thank you for your past support and covet your future support and prayers as we continue our goal to be the best Christian camp and retreat center in Alabama!


2018 Stephen and Ruth Dill Lecture Series

The 2018 Stephen and Ruth Dill Lecture series will feature Jim Wallis who will speak on Faith and Public Discipleship.  Jim is a bestselling author of twelve books, founder and editor-in-chief of Sojourners, a public theologian, renowned preacher and teacher, and an international commentator on ethics and public life. 

The Series will begin at Dauphin Way UMC on Sunday, September 23rd where Jim will preach at the 10:30 AM Sanctuary Worship service.  Sunday afternoon there will be a 5:30 PM lecture in Moore Hall followed by a 6:30 PM reception and book signing.  Monday, September 24th will begin with registration and coffee at 8:30 AM in McGowin Hall.  A lecture and response time will follow at 9 AM in Moore Hall.  All events are free of charge and open to the community.   Click here for full details. 


Job/Ministry Opportunities

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Tanner Williams UMC - Part Time Children's Director

Mobile Area Interfaith Conference - Executive Director      

Lynn Haven UMC - Children's Minister

Kingswood UMC - Part Time Nursery Worker

Dumas Wesley Community Center - Evening Child Care Aide (Part Time)

Dumas Wesley Community Center - Evening Resident Advisor (Part Time)

Satsuma UMC - Pianist Position

Wilmer UMC - Pianist Position


District Events

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

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

August 11 - UMW Mission Study - Spring Hill Ave UMC - 10am

August 11 - Moffett Road Open Doors Resale & Thrift Store Opening

August 25 - Clergy Sexual Ethics Training EventThe Vision Center, Mobile

September 29 - Early Response Team Training - West Side UMC - 8am - 3pm

October 14 - Mobile District Town Hall Meeting

Church Events

September 23-24 - Dill Lecture Series - Dauphin Way UMC

September 29 - Early Response Team Training - West Side UMC - 8am - 3pm

Conference Events

August 11 - Early Response Team (ERT) Training - West Side UMC

August 13-16 - Lake Junaluska Festival of Wisdom and Grace

August 25 - Clergy Sexual Ethics Training EventThe Vision Center

August 25 - Means of Grace | Day Apart for Spiritual Formation (Fifth Session)

August 27 - Clergy Sexual Ethics Training Event - St. James UMC

August 27  - Social Principles Listening Sessions

August 28 - Clergy Sexual Ethics Training EventFUMC Dothan

September 9 - Blue Lake Sunday

September 15 - One Day, An Older Adult Event

September 17-20 - Prayer Shawl Retreat 2018

October 6 - At The Table Event - Mobile Vision Center - 10am - 2pm

October 14 - Mobile District Town Hall Meeting

Click here to find The Alabama West Florida Conference Calendar

 
Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.