This week's news.............
November 12, 2015
White Christmas Fundraiser Tops Last Years Giving!
The Annual North Mobile Planning Council's White Christmas Dinner was held on Wednesday, November 4th at Ebenezer United Methodist Church. This event brought churches together for a wonderful evening of food and fellowship and also to collect $19,200 for the United Methodist Children’s Home! This tops last years offering by more than $3000! According to the average attendance of the churches participating, this is an average giving of $47 per member. WOW! WAY TO GO NORTH MOBILE DISTRICT!!!
Christmas Open House at District Parsonage
Mark your calendars for Thursday, December 3, 3:00 - 7:00 PM. All clergy and their families are invited to come to the district parsonage at 5709 Regency Court, S. in Mobile (just off Airport road). Christmas goodies will be served and you will have the opportunity to visit your Mobile District parsonage. Doug and Sandy look forward to greeting you and wishing you a blessed holiday season. Come and go whatever time is best for you. No gifts, please.
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Dauphin Way UMC Supports Refugee Ministries
(Mobile,AL) - During late September and early October, Dauphin Way United Methodist Church invited its congregation to make a special offering to support the United Methodist Church's ministry among the refugee crisis in Europe and the Middle East. To date, Dauphin Way has received $8,500 to care for those in need around the world. Dauphin Way’s Co-Senior Pastor Jeff Wilson states, “The recent refugee crisis has become a controversial political topic in many areas. But the care of refugees is a theological issue. It is about living out the biblical call to love our neighbors." Jeff Wilson says he was challenged by the words of Jesus in Matthew 25 regarding the final judgment: ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?' Then he (the king) will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ “We believe the refugees fleeing from Syria and other war-torn countries are among ‘the least of these’ in our generation,” explains Wilson. “We have a biblical responsibility to care for them.” Full release here.
Huntingdon Selected as a National Tree Campus USA Contest Finalist
Montgomery, Ala.—The Arbor Day Foundation has selected Huntingdon College as one of three national small college finalists in their Tree Campus USA Service Learning Contest. The winner will receive funding for a community project—Huntingdon's, as proposed by Tree Campus USA coordinator Gabrielle Ehinger, Department of Biology, is for $10,000 of funding to plant trees in the West Fairview area along South Holt Street. Voting will take place November 9–13 at www.arborday.org/vote.
The area in which the trees would be planted is part of a municipal initiative that includes efforts to revitalize the community by beautifying and improving streetscapes for walkability, safety, and connectivity. The proposed project is .25 miles from the Selma-to-Montgomery National Historic Trail.
The project fits perfectly with Huntingdon's mission and motto, says Ehinger. "Huntingdon College’s motto is 'Enter to Grow in Wisdom, Go Forth to Apply Wisdom in Service.' As such, commitment to public service is an integral part of student life." Ehinger says the project calls for Huntingdon students to help with planting and maintaining 40 trees in the proposed area, near the recently completed Fairview Environmental Park. The Montgomery city forester will oversee tree selection, planting, and maintenance.
Winners will be announced Nov. 16. Anyone can vote and all votes are welcome to help Huntingdon beautify the neighborhood.
Huntingdon College is a Tree Campus USA, a designation earned by a college or university and bestowed by the Arbor Day Foundation in recognition of effective tree management, promotion of student involvement, and connectivity with the surrounding community through forestry efforts.
The other national finalists in the small college category are Illinois College and Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Founded in 1854, Huntingdon is a coeducational liberal arts college. Ranked in the top tier of regional colleges by U.S. News and World Report and consistently listed in the Princeton Review's "The Best Colleges: Region by Region," Huntingdon has for four years been recognized on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Washington Monthly, which ranks colleges on the basis of their contributions to the public good, places Huntingdon amongthe top 15% of 344 baccalaureate colleges. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently recognized Huntingdon among "The Fastest Growing Colleges in America."
Eight Foot Tables For Sale
Irvington United Methodist Church has five 8 foot tables and one 6 foot table that need a new home. They are heavy duty and foldable. Have rubber tips on legs for easy moving. Name your price. For info, please contact Tina Nelson at 957-0888.
Taylor Park Community Center Needs Your Help
We are sure you are familiar with the fact that Taylor Park Community Center is operated by the United Methodist Inner City Mission and that all of the programs there are to benefit the children and the families of the Oakdale-Maysville Community.
On Wednesday, October 15, 2015 the program suffered a major setback, 14 laptop computers used in the program were stolen. To date the police have not been able to provide any leads for the recovery of the computers. Due to the lack of funding for the program, we are not able to replace the computers and without the computers the children and programs are suffering greatly.
The children who receive services from the park are those with the greatest need. The after-school enrichment program provided at the park Monday thru Friday provides homework and tutorial help as well as assistance with special projects and research papers that the students are assigned throughout the school year. The program is made available to any child regardless of their ability to pay. We provide after school pick-up for 5 elementary and 3 middle schools.
Please consider helping the Center replace this much needed equipment. Any amount of assistance that you can provide will be greatly appreciated whether it be donations of new or used computers or monetary assistance to purchase new equipment. We also ask for your prayers for the continued success of our program, its volunteers and the lives of the children participating.
For more information please call The Inner City Mission at 251-432-1122 or send your contribution to 913 South Broad St., Mobile, AL 36603. Thanking you in advance for your support!
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Missionaries to visit The Alabama West Florida Conference
Alex and Brenda Awad have been serving as GBGM Missionaries in Israel/Palestine now for over two decades. They have been serving with Bethlehem Bible College, and will now be retiring soon.
They will be traveling (itinerating) through the Alabama-West Florida Conference in early December to speak to churches and groups, and there are several spots still open in their calendar. Your church has the opportunity to hear these outstanding and knowledgeable missionaries speak about their ministry one last time before they retire.
Contact Susan Hunt at firstname.lastname@example.org or 334-356-8014 to get them on your church calendar or to ask for additional information.
They are available to speak to small groups or large groups, and churches of any size.
Wilmer UMC holds Holiday Market
Wilmer United Methodist Church will hold it's annual Holiday Market and Gumbo sale, Saturday, December 5th, from 10 am-4 pm. Tickets for the gumbo sale will be available by contacting the church office at 649-1800.
Support needed for the Annual Dumas Wesley Christmas Toy Store
One of the most beloved events each year is the Annual Christmas Toy Store at Dumas Wesley Community Center. The event serves 75 lower income families in surrounding neighborhoods by giving them the opportunity to buy new toys and bikes at a fraction of their retail value. This year the Toy Store will take place Saturday, December 12th. We need the help of our United Methodist family and others to provide the toys that will be sold. Click here for more details on how to participate and/or contribute. All donations need to arrive at Dumas Wesley by December 9th. More information can be found at www.dumaswesley.org
Reminder from the United Methodist Children's Home
The White Christmas offering collected on behalf of the United Methodist Children’s Home is a heart-felt tradition dating back to the 1930s. During this special season Methodist Congregations across both the North Alabama and Alabama-West Florida Conferences gather generous offerings in support of UMCH’s transformational ministries.
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Second Sunday of Each Month - North Mobile District SINGSPIRATION
Clergy Coffee - First Wednesday of each month 8am – Cracker Barrel on Schillinger Road
December 9 - Deadline for donations to Annual Dumas Wesley Toy Store
Local Church Dates
November 14 - Zirlott Road UMC Fall Festival & Bazaar - 10am-2pm
November 15 - Crawford UMC Homecoming - 10:50 am
November 20 & 21 - Creola UMC Holiday Bazaar - 9am
November 12-15 - Lake Junaluska Peace Conference
November 14 - Increasing Active Engagement Conference
November 21 - ERT Disaster Response Training
January 29-31 - Meltdown 2016 Youth Retreat
February 2-3 - Conference Bd of Pension & Health Benefits Pre-retirement Seminar
June 2-24 - Huntingdon College Leadership Academy
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