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

September 7, 2017, 2017

St. Mark UMC located at 430 Azalea Road is collecting UMCOR supplies. 

Deadline for drop offs is September 18th.  Someone will be in the fellowship hall to receive this Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am. Or during the week you may drop off Monday through Thursday from 9am until 2pm.

Call church at 251-342-5861 for other information.

Disaster Response Update from Bishop Graves

To our friends, neighbors, and churches in the Alabama-West Florida Conference:
Based on the most recent forecasts from the National Weather Service, it is still uncertain what effect Hurricane Irma will have on our Conference.
Amelia Fletcher, our AWF Disaster Response Team Coordinator, reminds us that now is a good time to review your preparations, especially when we are not imminently in danger or under pressure to move extremely quickly:

  1.  Back up your church and home systems (computers, databases, etc.) onto devices that can be taken with you should you need to evacuate, or to a location that will not be affected by the storms.
  2. Protect your electronic devices, sensitive equipment, musical instruments, organs, pianos, etc. Covering them with a tarp or plastic sheeting will protect them from roof leaks that might occur. Any equipment that can be elevated at least four inches off the floor will help prevent damage if waters do get into the building. Many computer towers sit on the floor under desks….put them up on the desk if you can.
  3. Take pictures of your facility, electronics, equipment, etc., for insurance purposes. Make sure these pictures are backed up/stored in a safe place.
  4. Protect your records and historical documents (technical drawings, pictures, paper files). Placing them in sealable, waterproof plastic bags within a safe or file cabinet will help if you cannot relocate them to a safe place.
  5. Verify that there is a contact list for all facility personnel, neighbors, family, etc. Make sure someone checks on shut-ins – are there plans for family members to care for them or evacuate them if necessary?
  6. Be aware of where shelters are in your community.

There are many resources for church preparedness and disaster protocols found on our Conference website: Upcoming ERT training sessions are listed at
Additionally, this is a good time to check on your neighbors and let them know that they do not need to weather the storms of life alone. There will be great opportunity to serve people who are directly impacted by this storm, including evacuees. We will post updates on our conference social media pages as the storm progresses and inform you of how you can help. Please join me in prayer for everyone in the path of the storm.
Our conference is blessed with able leadership, resources, and a spirit of courage and love – together we will handle whatever forces nature sends our way.
In Christ,
Bishop David W. Graves

Early Response Training Offered

Be prepared for the next disaster. 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. Click on the below links to find details of the current training dates offered:

If your church would like to host an Early Response Team training, contact Susan Hunt at 334-356-8014 or Amelia Fletcher at 251-968-2411.

The following conference trainers are both early response trainers and UMCOR badged.

Amelia Fletcher, Baypines District*

Glenn Glover , Montgomery-Opelika District
334- 821-7091

Michael Lawler*, Dothan District
334- 798-9913

Pat Shubird , Baypines District
251 454-7988

Ron Baughman**, Pensacola District
251- 408-1426

John Swanson, Montgomery-Prattville District

*also trained for Connecting Neighbors
**also trained for Community Training
also trained for Chainsaw Training

Click here to see the current Word from Bishop Graves


Click here to find the current AWFUMC NewsCONNECTION!

McIntosh UMC will host Singspiration September 10th at 6pm

Charge Conference Forms Available Online

2017 Charge Conference Forms are now available online. You may access them through this link or go to our home page and click on the link under Quick Links. Should you have questions, please contact your district office or Lauren in the Episcopal office. Click here to access forms


Sims Chapel UMC Homecoming Service September 25th at 11am

AWF Historical Society Meeting -September 21st

Everyone is welcome to attend the next meeting of the Alabama-West Florida Conference Historical Society. We will be meeting at the First United Methodist Church in Pensacola, Florida. This church dates back to 1821 when a mission was established by the Mississippi Conference and the Reverend Alexander Talley was appointed as a missionary to Pensacola. More here.  

Dill Lecture Series Announced

Dr. Wayne Flynt will be speaking on Alabama's Religious and Literary Legacy at the next Dill Lecture Series event on September 24th and 25th. Dr. Flint is a renowned scholar and author of fourteen books focusing on Southern culture and religion, Alabama history and politics, education reform and poverty.  He is a Professor Emeritus in the History Department of Auburn University.  According to Harper Lee he is the "living authority on all things Alabama,"

Click here to find more information!

Praying our Way Forward

The denomination-wide "Praying Our Way Forward" initiative launched on New Year’s Day 2017 with 75 weeks of focused prayer for The United Methodist Church. Each annual conference will take one week to have intentional prayer for the mission of The United Methodist Church to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world and for the work of the Commission on a Way Forward. The effort began in the North Carolina Conference and will conclude in the West Angola Episcopal area in June 2018. The Alabama-West Florida Conference's week of prayer will be September 11-15, 2017

Click here to hear a special request from Bishop Graves about how local churches can participate in this meaningful week. Click here for a written transcript of the video

Click here to see the latest McKemie Place Newsletter!

Healing Ministries Workshop

The Board of Discipleship has developed a series of workshops that will equip churches with tools necessary to live out the SEND model of discipleship.  Our first effort is a workshop for Lay and Clergy. There IS a Balm in Gilead: Healing Ministries Through Your Local Church will feature Jeff Kirby from Church of the Resurrection. This workshop begins with theory/theology and will build towards practice. We will weave in real stories along the way. We plan to conclude with a Service of Healing. Click here to find more information. 

Job/Ministry Opportunities

St Mark UMC - Part Time Custodian
Dumas Wesley Community Center - Part Time Office Assistant
Grand Bay First UMC - Pianist Position
Blue Lake United Methodist Camp -  Food Service Director

Toulminville-Warren Street UMC - Cafeteria Manager/Cook
Trinity UMC - Worship Leader/Musician
Saraland UMC - Full-time Director of Early Learning Center
Toulminville-Warren Street UMC -  Day Care Teacher

District Dates

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

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

September 7 - Mobile COT Taste and See Event

October 1  - World Communion Sunday

October 26 - 12th Annual USA Wesley Foundation Cook-off and Auction

Church Dates

October 28 - At The Table: An Intentional Multi-Ethnic Gathering - St. John UMC Vision Center

September 2-5 -  Revival services at Satsuma UMC on at 6pm.

September 24 & 25 - Dauphin Way UMC - Dill Lecture Series featuring Dr. Wayne Flynt, Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at Auburn University

September 25 - Sims Chapel UMC Homecoming Service

Conference Dates

September 10-15 - Academy for Spiritual Formation Five Day Spiritual Academy

September 16  - AWF Children & Youth Ultimate Training Event (UTE)

September 16 - One Day-An Annual Ministry for Adults 50

September 16 & 23 - Marianna-Panama City Lay Servant Training

September 18 - United Methodist Social Principals Seminar

September 21 - AWF Historical Society Meeting

September 23 - ERT Training Dothan District

September 24 - ERT Training - Atmore UMC


September 11-15 - The Alabama-West Florida Conference's week of "Praying Our Way Forward"

September 30  & October 7 - Pensacola District Lay Servant Ministries Training

October 5 - Mid-career Retirement Seminar

October 7 - Healing Ministries Workshop (CBOD) Crestview

October 8 - Healing Ministries Workshop (CBOD) Montgomery

October 10-11 - Wesley Heirs Fall Event

October 19-21 - Southeastern Jurisdiction - Black Methodists for Church Renewal (BMCR)

October 20-22 - UMW Spiritual Enrichment Retreat

October 23-26 - Prayer Shawl Retreat - Blue Lake

October 28 - At The Table: An Intentional Multi-Ethnic Gathering

 November 13-16 - 2017-2020 Spiritual Direction Training

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

Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.