This week's news.......

February 15, 2018

United Methodist Inner City Mission

On January 25th, a Ford Explorer traveling eighty miles an hour down Broad St. went air borne and destroyed the front business office of the United Methodist Inner City Mission. Miraculously, the driver nor his passenger were injured, and a McKemie Place staff person and a guest in the shelter, who had been sitting in the office completing an intake, had just walked out  of the office and closed the door when the vehicle hit the office. They were not hurt, nor was the guest on the second floor who was knocked out of her bed by the force of the impact. We are truly blessed!  Bricks, mortar, windows, equipment, and furniture can be replaced. Lives can’t be replaced. We have just learned that 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.

Also, while the ladies in the shelter are temporarily being housed at another church, we are trying to make some much needed repairs in the downstairs areas of the Mission. These repairs cannot be made while the shelter is being occupied. 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. The Mission is moving forward with the repairs so this work can be completed by Wednesday, February 15th. This is the date when the ladies must leave where they have temporarily been staying. We are appealing to our brothers and sisters for gifts to help us cover these costs. All gifts will be greatly appreciated.

Please continue to keep the Mission in your prayers. 

Tonny Algood, Director

To find out how to contribute please contact the Mission at 251-432-1122 or Tonny Algood at 680-4266.

Courageous Conversation Dates Announced in AWF Conference

Starting February 22, 2018, Courageous Conversations will begin in the Alabama-West Florida Conference. 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:

  • Christ UMC on 12 March (5:30 pm – 8:30 pm)
  • St John UMC on 17 March (in Spanish) (1 pm – 4 pm)
  • Ebenezer UMC – 14 April (12:30 pm – 3:30 pm)
  • Toulminville-Warren Street UMC – 15 April (2:30 – 5:30)

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

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.

Click here to find the current AWF Conference NewsCONNECTION!

Click here to find McKemie Place's current newsletter!

UMCOR Sunday (formerly One Great Hour of Sharing)

Celebrate UMCOR Sunday on a date that is convenient for your congregation.
Official date: March 11, 2018
Official date: March 31, 2019

Registration is Open for The Bishop's Day Apart

Terry Real will be joining the Alabama-West Florida Conference for the 2018 Bishop's Day Apart. 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. Click here to register. 

Inspirit Retreat for Older Adults

The Alabama-West Florida Conference Older Adult Task Force invites you to come join us and enjoy a time of renewal and refreshment with great speakers, music and fun, in the beautiful setting of Blue Lake on April 12-14, 2018!

The theme will be The Fabulous 50’s and Forward and the keynote speaker will be The Rev. George Mathison.  Other Speakers will be:

  • Emilyn Gipson - “Life Changes after Retirement”
  • Faith Ellisor - “Concerns of Approaching 55 Years of Age and Beyond”
  • Betty Cates - Morning Watch speaker
  • Rev. Nancy Watson – Communion speaker
  • Terri Francis – Resources for Older Adults

Activities: Tour of Andalusia historic downtown and murals, Fabulous Fifties Party with a visit from Elvis! Show and Tell Bingo – please bring a white elephant gift, morning exercise from your chair, trivia games and more!  Please click here to see the brochure for registration instructions, registration fees, and a ‘what to bring’ list.


Special Events and Services Around the District

Theodore UMC

Theodore UMC will have Lenten luncheons with the theme of “Marching To Victory.”   Please come...and bring a friend!! Lunch will be served each Thursday at 12 noon during the season of lent with a tasty dessert to follow prepared by Irvington UMC. Our speakers will be:

  • Rev. Cecil Jackson — (Thursday) February 22
  • Rev. Dr. Debora Bishop (DS) — (Thursday) March 1
  • Mr. Jon Seale — (Thursday) March 8
  • Rev. Bill Price — (Thursday) March 15
  • Rev. Ron McCants (Thursday) March 22

West Side UMC

  • 3rd Sunday UMW Mission Lunch - Fried Fish @ West Side - February 18th @ 12 noon. Bring your appetite & join us for good food & fellowship.  $6 per plate.  All donations collected are for local missions. 
  • Weekly Wednesday Night Bible Study Starting February 13th @ 5:30pm - Subject: “Life of Christ in the Gospels”. Bring your Bible & a snack (light finger food or sandwiches).  Drinks will be provided. 

Leadership Empowerment Training & Luncheon

Theodore First United Methodist invites you to attend a Leadership Empowerment Training and Luncheon on February 24, 2018 from 10:am to 12:noon. Our presenter will be Dr. Valerie D.W. James, author of Leadership Beyond the Basics. The cost is $10 per person for material and lunch.  Dr. James book, "Leadership Intelligence Beyond the Basics" may be purchased from for her book signing after the training.




 Job/Ministry Opportunities

Click here for job descriptions and details

Wilmer UMC - Pianist Position

Chickasaw UMC - Part Time Youth Director

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

Dauphin Way UMC – Pastoral Administrative Assistant

Toulminville-Warren St. UMC  - Day Care Teachers

Trinity UMC - Worship Leader/Musician

District Dates

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

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

February 24 – District Lay Servant Training Day - Advanced Classes to be offered - more details coming

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

May 5 - Dumas Wesley Annual Plane Pull

Church Dates

February 18 - West Side UMC - 3rd Sunday UMW Mission Lunch - Fried Fish on the Menu - noon

February 22  -Theodore UMC Lenten Luncheon - Rev. Cecil Jackson - noon

February 25 - Theodore FUMC - Leadership Empowerment Training and Luncheon -10am-noon

March 1 -Theodore UMC Lenten Luncheon  - Rev. Dr. Debora Bishop - noon

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 Dates

February 16-18 - LeadUP: Missional Leadership Retreat for Youth

February 20 - Bishop's Day Apart

February 23-24 - AWF United Methodist Women Annual Meeting

February 25 - Disabilities Awareness Sunday

February 26 - Deadline for materials and reports to be included in the Book of Reports

February 25-March 1 - All Shall Be Well

March 1-4 - Lake Junaluska Peace Conference

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

Click here to find The Alabama West Florida Conference calendar online!

Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.