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News from the Mobile District .............................................. March 12, 2020

Coronavirus Update from AWF Conference
Celebrate UMCOR Sunday
2020 Denman Awards
News from Blue Lake
Ecuador 2020
AWF NewsCONNECTION
66th Church Administrators Conference
Bishop’s Discernment Task Force
Annual Conference 2020
Upcoming General Conference
3rd Annual Love in Action
Mobile District Tanzania Partnership
Seminar at Government Street UMC
Fifth Annual Dumas Wesley Plane Pull
Dumas Wesley Seeks Front Desk Volunteer


Coronavirus Update from Conference Office

March 12, 2020  

All Alabama-West Florida Conference and District events are postponed as of today March 12, 2020, due to the threat of the coronavirus. We will reevaluate this guideline on April 1, 2020. At this time we are not making recommendations for local churches within this conference. We encourage churches to consult with your local authorities and school systems to decide what is best for holding worship services and congregational events.

Should you have questions about this announcement or need guidance in determining what is best for your church, please contact your District Superintendent.

The conference is praying for you, your loved ones and all affected by this outbreak. 

Click here to find a message from our Conference Disaster Recovery Coordinator, Rev. Chris Ackerman.

Click here for other resources related to the coronavirus


Celebrate UMCOR Sunday

On March 22, our designated gifts benefit the ministry of the United Methodist Committee on Relief, offering the balm of Christ’s love to those impacted by crisis or chronic need.

As your congregation gathers on this Special Sunday, please encourage your members to give generously. These resources will help you plan a worship service that reminds members and visitors of God’s love for all people.

As you prepare for UMCOR Sunday this year, invite the Holy Spirit to stir your congregation to acts of compassion and caring. Remember the generations that have come before and rekindle God's gift within you. Pray for the people and ministries that will benefit because of your congregation’s generosity. 

Click here to find more information about worship, promotion and social media material, children’s resources, a comprehensive youth ministry plan, informational videos, devotional podcasts, a curated reading list, a video playlist and inspirational smartphone wallpaper.


2020 Denman Awards for Excellence in Evangelism

Each year at Annual Conference recognition is given to a pastor, an adult layperson, and a youth who excel in personal evangelism. These are persons who share the Gospel in word and deed and prepare the way for others to place their faith in Christ. Nominations are needed for these awards! Click here to find more information and nomination forms.  Please provide as much specific information as you can, including examples of your nominees efforts in evangelism. Please get the nomination to Rev. Larry Anderson at larry@fumcdemopolis.org by April 24.


Click here to find the latest news from Blue Lake

Summer Camp is less than 100 Days Away!


United in Mission- Ecuador 2020

The Mobile District is putting together it’s second annual mission team traveling to Quito, Ecuador on July 4-13, 2020.  The total cost will be $1850.  This includes flights in/out of New Orleans, meals, hotel, excursions, and a team t-shirt.  A $100 deposit is due into the District Office by March 30.  Several fundraisers are already in the works to help offset some of the cost.  This is an excellent opportunity to grow and serve together as United Methodists!!  If you are interested and would like more information, we will be having an informational meeting on March 15th at 3:00 pm at the Mobile District Office.  Contact Jennifer Baumgarten for more information at jenbaumgarten@gmail.com or message me on Facebook.


Click here to find the most recent AWF NewsCONNECTION


66th Church Administrators Conference at Lake Junaluska

The 66th annual conference for Church Administrators will be held at beautiful Lake Junaluska on April 19 through 22, 2020. This year’s topic is HR & Finance: Trends & Guidelines Beyond 2020.  Our presenters are Bob Winstead and Phil Schroeder. CEU credits will be authorized by The Church Network.
This will be a time of job knowledge growth, spiritual growth, and fellowship. We are now accepting signups. For more information see the website at secn.biz or download the brochure by clicking here.


Bishop’s Discernment Task Force Continues Work and Seeks Further Input from AWF Conference

The Alabama-West Florida Conference Bishop’s Discernment Task Force met March 2-3 at Montgomery FUMC to continue important work related to 2020 General Conference.
 
As a part of that vital work, over 400 clergy and laity from around the conference participated at in-person listening sessions that were facilitated by task force members. Due to the overwhelming interest in this meeting, the task force has created an online survey to obtain as much information and data as possible from members of our conference. Click here to find more information and the link  to take the survey.


Annual Conference 2020

Visit www.awfumc.org/ac2020 for details.


Upcoming General Conference Events and Resources

The 2020 United Methodist General Conference will meet May 5 -15 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.* General Conference is the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church which meets once every four years. The conference can revise church law, as well as adopt resolutions on current moral, social, public policy and economic issues. It also approves plans and budgets for church-wide programs. 

In the coming weeks there are several notable dates and events to consider. Click here to find those dates.  All information related to general conference will be posted to www.awfumc.org/gc2020.


3rd Annual Love in Action

During Lent we will again have our 3rd Annual Love in Action District Mission Event at Open Doors Resale and Thrift Stores. There are 20 slots to be filled every Saturday in Lent from 9am until noon.  You may sign up as an individual or as a group. Please click here to go to the sign up page and follow the directions. Check out the article below to see what a wonderful blessing to our local missions that you can be by volunteering!


Mobile District Tanzania UMC Partnership Meeting

As you know our conference has entered into a partnership with the United Methodist Church of Tanzania. There will be a Mobile District meeting about this partnership on March 26 at Ashland Place UMC at 6:30pm. Eric Soard, Global Ministries Missionary, who currently serves in Tanzania will be with us for the meeting.  Please plan to attend!  Watch this video to learn more about this exciting ministry opportunity.


Reasons to Believe Seminar at Government Street UMC


Fifth Annual Dumas Wesley Plane Pull - June 6, 2020

 


Dumas Wesley Seeks Front Desk Volunteer

The primary functions of a Dumas Wesley Community Center's Front Desk Volunteer are as follows:  Greet and assist all visitors/door traffic and provide a welcoming atmosphere for all visitors and clients Answer multi-line phone for all departments located in the main building of Dumas Wesley, and direct those calls to the appropriate staff person and/or take messages  Help prepare thank-you letters Assist with basic data entry Provide general support to visitors and organize donations Sort mail Work with Dumas Wesley staff to organize and execute direct mailings EXPERIENCE Proven ability to work under the supervision of management. Proven ability to work with high level of detail. Ability and initiative to perform duties under minimal supervision. Demonstrated ability to adapt and function in a diverse environment HOURS  M, W, Fr from 1pm-4:30pm. Interested candidates may send resume to: kcarver@dumaswesley.org


Job/Ministry Opportunities

Click here for job descriptions and details

Dauphin Way UMC - Office Administrative Assistant

Tanner Williams UMC - Part Time Youth Director


District Events

2nd Sunday of Each Month - Mobile District SINGSPIRATION - 6pm

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

March 26 - District Tanzania UMC Partnership meeting - 6:30pm - Ashland Place UMC

June 6 - Dumas Wesley Community Center Plane Pull


Church Events

Every Third Friday - West Side UMC Spaghetti Dinner and Game Night - 4-7pm

March 21 - Government Street UMC Reasons to Believe Seminar - 10am-3pm


Conference Events

March 25-28 - Blue Lake Christian Writers Retreat

April 16-18 - Inspirit Retreat

April 17-19 - UMW 2020 Southeastern Jurisdiction Quadrennial Meeting

April 19-22 - 2020 Southeast Church Network (SECN) Conference

April 22-24 - Soul Collage: Welcoming the Stranger Within

April 26-May 3 - 2020 AWF Licensing School

Calendar of events at Lake Junaluska

Click here to find The Alabama West Florida Conference Calendar

Scatter Kindness

 
Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.