This Week's News............................................................ March 29, 2018

An Update From The Open Doors Thrift Store
Fountain of Love Offering Focuses On Mother’s Day
Click here to find McKemie Place's most recent newsletter!
The Cycling Adventure of a Lifetime!
Raise The Roof Project Adult Summer Service Opportunities
SECN Administrators' Conference - Tax & Human Resource Issues confronting the Church Today
United Methodist Women Mobile District Annual Day
Rise Against Hunger Meal Packing Postponed Until May 
Lake Junaluska Summer Youth Events
Initial 2018 Annual Conference Details Announced
Job/Ministry Opportunities
District Events
Church Events
Conference Events

An Update From The Open Doors Thrift Store

The Open Doors Thrift Store continues to benefit from the support of the Mobile District and the community. Last year was our best year so far and 2018 has started off with every indication of surpassing 2017! Thank you for your donations and for the time many of you have given in volunteer hours. Your efforts allowed us to give $133,500 in 2017 to local missions. The ministries that applied for and received distributions last year were: Dumas Wesley Community Center, United Methodist Mobile Inner City Mission, University of South Alabama Wesley Foundation, United Methodist Children's Home's Babies First Program , West Wilmer United Methodist Mission Church, St. John United Methodist Church Hispanic Ministries, Metro Jail Ministries and Communities of Transformation.

Please continue to bring your donations and tell your neighbors and friends about the good work that we do to serve people right here in our communities! We accept donations at the store (4125 Government Blvd) during any of our regular business hours. We are also happy to pick up furniture, appliances and larger items.  PLEASE NOTE: our pick up schedule is very busy. If possible, please try to give us a three to five day notice to pick up these items.

Our store hours are:  Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Open Doors remains committed to primarily operating with volunteer help. We have volunteer opportunities for individuals, Sunday school classes, civic groups, supper clubs, youth groups, etc. Please call the store at 661-5661 to schedule a time to serve soon!
Thank you again for supporting our Missions through The Open Doors Thrift Store.

Fountain of Love Offering Focuses On Mother’s Day

As we approach Mother’s Day, it is our hope that your church will celebrate mothers through the taking of a Mother’s Day Offering for the Fountain of Love. The Fountain of Love Fund provides financial assistance to older adults living in a Methodist Home retirement community who find that they can no longer pay for their entire care Because of the support of the Alabama-West Florida Conference and its churches, no resident has ever been asked to leave a Methodist Home due to their inability to pay.
Free offering materials, including a flyer with a special support letter from Bishop David Graves, are available for ordering now on our website here. Though our emphasis is on Mother’s Day, offerings and speaker requests are honored throughout the year. It is through the Fountain of Love Fund that needy residents of a Methodist Homes are able to continue living in the place that they call “home.” 
Last year the Fountain of Love awarded more than $411,000 to residents in need. A large part of this program’s success is because of the churches that faithfully participate in a Fountain of Love Offering. Thank you, in advance, for making the Fountain of Love Offering a priority in your church.
To order the FREE Fountain of Love Offering materials for your church online, visit, and complete the form!  For more information about the Fountain of Love or Methodist Homes, explore our website at, or call 205-951-2442.

Click here to find McKemie Place's most recent newsletter!

The Cycling Adventure of a Lifetime!

You get serious bragging rights of cycling across Alabama! And, your sacrifice will result in several families receiving vital home repairs. It’s a win, win!

Cycle of Service is a main fundraising event for Alabama Rural Ministry. It is an intense, fun, 3 day bike ride that helps families with low income receive vital repairs and works to end substandard housing in rural Alabama. The funds gained from cyclists’ sponsors provide home repair assistance to families in Lee, Macon, and Sumter counties making homes warm, safe, and dry through volunteers. It also helps ARM host children’s summer camps with a goal to help kids break cycles of generational poverty.

Registration is open till April 9th. There is even an option for cycling on a stationary bike, spin bike, or in your community. There really is something for everyone!

Raise The Roof Project Adult Summer Service Opportunities

Click here to visit the website!

SECN Administrators' Conference - Tax & Human Resource Issues confronting the Church Today

Join us for Southeast Church Network's 64th annual Administrators Conference April 29-May 1, 2018, at The Terrace Hotel in Lake Junaluska, NC. It will be a time of spiritual growth, job knowledge growth, and fellowship that you won't want to miss. This conference is open to all churches of the Southeast.

This year's conference will be on "Church Administration:  Tax and Human Resources Issues Confronting the Church Today." Topics will include:

  • General Tax and HR Update
  • Payroll
  • Preventing Sexual Misconduct
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Unrelated Business Income - The Stealth Tax
  • Social Media - Managing and Utilizing the Powerful Tool
  • Hiring & Firing - Best Practices
  • Contribution - Hot Spots and Pit Falls 

Click here for more information.

United Methodist Women Mobile District Annual Day

When: Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 2:30 pm
Where: Toulminville-Warren Street UMC
Theme:  HOPE
Speaker:  Dr. Debora Bishop, Mobile District District Superintendent

Rise Against Hunger Meal Packing Postponed Until May 

St. Mark UMC's Annual March for Missions program this year was to raise money for Rise Against Hunger. We have reached our monetary goal but were asked by the organization to postpone our meal packing event. It will now be held on Saturday, May 19th at 2 PM in the Malone Center Gym at St. Mark Mobile. We would love other congregations, businesses and/or individuals to join with us as we pack over 10,000 meals for this great cause... it should be lots of fun too! Click here to find the Rise Against Hunger website for more information.

Lake Junaluska Summer Youth Events

Registration is open for Summer Youth Events at Lake Junaluska. The events are an incredible opportunity for youth to grow in faith, friendship and community, all while surrounded by the beauty of the Western North Carolina mountains.

Learn more and register today at or call 800-222-4930. 

Initial 2018 Annual Conference Details Announced

Annual Conference 2018 will be held June 3-6 at Frazer Memorial UMC in Montgomery. Our theme is, “Imagine: A Church That's the Hope of the World” based on Ephesians 1:18-19. The missional offering will go to Communities of Transformation, a ministry that was launched out of the Alabama-West Florida Conference in 2011. Click on the below links for more information. 
Nominate someone for an Annual Conference Award
Clergy and Lay Member Preparation
Courageous Conversations
UMCOR Kit Collection

Job/Ministry Opportunities

Click here for job descriptions and details

Dumas Wesley - Summer Recreation Staff

Kingswood UMC - Part Time Secretary

Foley UMC – Director of Traditional Worship

Wilmer UMC - Pianist Position

Chickasaw UMC - Part Time Youth Director

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

Toulminville-Warren St. UMC  - Day Care Teachers

District Events

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

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

April 8 - UM Women Mobile District Annual Day - Toulminville-Warren Street UMC - 2:30pm

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

April 19 - Clergy Meeting - Christ UMC - 10am-1pm or 6-9pm

April 25 - Deadline to register for 2018 Dumas Wesley Plane Pull

May 5 - Dumas Wesley Annual Plane Pull

May 10 - The Right Start: Beginning Ministry in a New Setting - Enterprise FUMC - 9:30am-3pm

June 17 - Last Sunday for Moving Pastors

June 19 - Moving Day for Relocating Pastors

July 8 - First Sunday for Moving Pastors

Church Events

May 19 - St. Mark UMC meal packing event for Rise Against Hunger - 2pm

Conference Events

April 12-14 - Inspirit Retreat for Older Adults - Blue Lake

April 17 - Clergy Community Workshop

April 20-22 - ARM-Cycle of Service

April 27-28 - Lay Servant Ministries Training

April 29-May 1- SECN Administrator's Conference

May 1-3 - Renovate Conference

May 2-5 - Blue Lake Christian Writers Retreat

May 18-20 - United Methodist Women Assembly 2018

May 19 - Means of Grace | Day Apart for Spiritual Formation (Fourth Session)

Click here to find The Alabama West Florida Conference Calendar

Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.