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April 29, 1940 - Jan. 13, 2017 Verna Alice Fail Chesser, 76, continued with the next step of her spiritual journey on January 13, 2017. She was a native Mobilian that dedicated her life to the pursuit of knowledge and service to all those around her. She is survived by her two children: John Chesser (Mary) of Woodstock, Georgia; Andrea Ottolino (John) of Mobile, AL; two grandchildren: Joshua Chesser and Emma Grace Ottolino: seven siblings: Helen Dykes (Billy), Mary Davis (Bill), George Brett, Pat Fail (Risa), Charles Fail (Becky), Cedric Fail (Gloria), Elizabeth Gates (Ken); and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be Monday, Jan. 16, 5pm-7 pm at Pine Crest Funeral Home and the service of Christian Burial will be at 10 am in the Chapel of Dauphin Way UMC with internment to follow at Pine Crest Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Open Doors Ministries or a charity of your choice . - See more at: http://obits.al.com/obituaries/mobile/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=183601077#sthash.RXegpZTz.dpuf
April 29, 1940 - Jan. 13, 2017 Verna Alice Fail Chesser, 76, continued with the next step of her spiritual journey on January 13, 2017. She was a native Mobilian that dedicated her life to the pursuit of knowledge and service to all those around her. She is survived by her two children: John Chesser (Mary) of Woodstock, Georgia; Andrea Ottolino (John) of Mobile, AL; two grandchildren: Joshua Chesser and Emma Grace Ottolino: seven siblings: Helen Dykes (Billy), Mary Davis (Bill), George Brett, Pat Fail (Risa), Charles Fail (Becky), Cedric Fail (Gloria), Elizabeth Gates (Ken); and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be Monday, Jan. 16, 5pm-7 pm at Pine Crest Funeral Home and the service of Christian Burial will be at 10 am in the Chapel of Dauphin Way UMC with internment to follow at Pine Crest Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Open Doors Ministries or a charity of your choice . - See more at: http://obits.al.com/obituaries/mobile/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=183601077#sthash.RXegpZTz.dpuf

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

January 26, 2017


Prayer concerns:

**Please continue to keep Arthur Morales in your prayers; he is recuperating at home after back surgery last week.  Arthur is the husband of The Rev. Holly Morales who currently serves Chatom UMC and Chalker UMC in the Mobile District. 

**Please keep the family of The Rev. Charles Fail in your prayers at the death of his sister, Verna Chesser.  Verna passed away on January 13 and a celebration of her life was held at Dauphin Way UMC on January 17.  Click here to find obituary. 
 

April 29, 1940 - Jan. 13, 2017 Verna Alice Fail Chesser, 76, continued with the next step of her spiritual journey on January 13, 2017. She was a native Mobilian that dedicated her life to the pursuit of knowledge and service to all those around her. She is survived by her two children: John Chesser (Mary) of Woodstock, Georgia; Andrea Ottolino (John) of Mobile, AL; two grandchildren: Joshua Chesser and Emma Grace Ottolino: seven siblings: Helen Dykes (Billy), Mary Davis (Bill), George Brett, Pat Fail (Risa), Charles Fail (Becky), Cedric Fail (Gloria), Elizabeth Gates (Ken); and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be Monday, Jan. 16, 5pm-7 pm at Pine Crest Funeral Home and the service of Christian Burial will be at 10 am in the Chapel of Dauphin Way UMC with internment to follow at Pine Crest Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Open Doors Ministries or a charity of your choice . - See more at: http://obits.al.com/obituaries/mobile/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=183601077#sthash.RXegpZTz.dpuf


Attention Servant Heart Emmaus Community

We are still in need of applications to attend Servant Heart Emmaus Walk #36 scheduled for March 2-5, 2017

The expectation is for a FULL walk (36 ladies) but we ONLY have around 20 so far and TIME IS SHORT.  We need for applications to be filled out and mailed ASAP.   Please be in much prayer about sponsoring someone to a attend this walk weekend.  As you were told at the cross ceremony, "God is Counting on You".  So too, Servant Heart Emmaus is Counting on You!

Please pray about this and then follow the prompting of the Holy Spirit. For your convenience click here to find an application. 

Decolores!
 
The Board of Servant Heart Emmaus


Click here to see the current AWFUMC NewsCONNECTION

Here is a sample of what you will find there........................

Disabilities Sunday Designated in the AWF Conference

Sunday, February 26, 2016, has been designated as Disability Awareness Sunday in the Alabama-West Florida Conference. As United Methodists, "We recognize that God made all creation and saw that it was good. As a diverse people of God who bring special gifts and evidences of God's grace to the unity of the Church and to society, we are called to be faithful to the example of Jesus' ministry to [and with] all persons." (¶140, The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church 2012). More here.

Registration open for 2017 Huntingdon Leadership Academy  

Huntingdon College is accepting registrations for the 2017 Huntingdon Leadership Academy, established in 2015 to assist high school juniors and seniors in discerning God's call on their lives. Supported by a gift from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., the 2017 Academy has been expanded to six days and five nights, June 25–30. United Methodist churches in the Alabama-West Florida and North Alabama Conferences of The United Methodist Church are invited to sponsor high school youth to participate in the program. More here.

QuadW Missional Internship Releases Video

The QuadW Mission Internship program, under the direction of Rev. Don Woolley, has recently released a video explaining more about the impact their presence is making in low income communities around the country. Click here to see video.


Disaster Response Update

This past weekend, tornadoes ripped through Mississippi and South Georgia leaving behind destruction and at least 20 people dead. Our brothers and sisters in those conferences are asking for our help in several ways. All details are at this link: http://www.awfumc.org/outofconferencerecoveries. Check that site for updates as available.

Here is a summary:

Collecting health kits: 
We are collecting health kits to replenish the supply (5,000) sent from UMCOR Sager Brown to Mississippi yesterday. The collection sites are Montgomery First UMC and Gulf Shores UMC, and more may be added. Click here for assembly instructions.

ERT teams requested:
South Georgia and Mississippi Conferences are both requesting ERT (Early Response Team) trained teams. Teams will need to be self-sufficient as some areas are still in search and rescue mode. Work will include tarping and debris removal.

Please keep track of your hours and send that information to your district disaster response coordinator. All forms can be found here.

Chainsaw teams requested:
South Georgia and Mississippi Conferences have both requested disaster trained chainsaw teams, along with tree removal equipment.  

Visit http://www.awfumc.org/outofconferencerecoveries for contact information and more details.

Click here for an article from the South Georgia Conference


Fresh Expressions Vision Day 2017

What is Fresh Expressions? Fresh Expressions is a movement that is cultivating new forms of church alongside existing congregations in order to reach a changing world. Begun in England 10 years ago, it has resulted in the birth of over 2,500 new communities in the UK alone. Fresh Expressions has spread to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and is also taking shape in the US. At its heart, Fresh Expressions is about empowering and equipping God’s people to develop creative expressions of church that can reach the increasingly diverse and growing unchurched population of our society.

What is Vision Day? Vision Day is a great way to discover more about Fresh Expressions. In an interactive format, you will have the chance to:

  • Hear how Fresh Expressions is renewing the church
  • Talk about the development of Fresh Expressions US
  • Learn more about the Mission-Shaped Church
  • Discover tools to start Fresh Expressions in your area

The Alabama-West Florida Conference (AWFC) will host a Vision Day on March 30, 2017, at First United Methodist Church of Prattville, AL. The event will begin at 9am and end at 3:30pm CT. Cost is $20 for members of the AWFC; $35 for non-members.

Click here for more information and/or to register.


Bishop's Day Apart - Save The Date

Bishops Day Apart will be held February 21, 2017, at Dothan FUMC.  

Jerry Heirships will be the guest speaker. He is the founder of AfterHours Denver, a thriving faith community that meets in bars and pubs. Originally a comedian and bartender, Herships was drawn into ministry after realizing that the connections and conversations he was having with his customers at the bar were deeper and more real than anything he'd ever experienced in a church. Click here to find more information about Jerry and his ministry. 

Registration is $20 and includes lunch. Times will be announced asap. 

Click here to register.

 


Know someone facing a transition in his or her life?

Stephen Ministry at Christ UMC is available to assist individuals through these times of transition.  Stephen Ministers will walk with individuals who need a little encouragement during difficult times and they will be there as long as the need exists.

Stephen Ministers are lay people—Christian men and women—trained to provide one-to-one care to people experiencing a difficult time in life, such as grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, relocation, or separation due to military deployment.

Stephen Ministers come from all walks of life. Their commonality? A passion for bringing Christ’s love and care to people during a time of need.

If you know of someone who is facing one of life’s transitions, please refer them to Donna Alexander at 251.510.0905. Your call is confidential.  


Mark your Calendars!

Bishop’s Confirmation Retreat

March 3-5, 2017 at Blue Lake Camp


Job/Ministry Opportunities

Theodore UMC - Pianist/Organist

Click here to find details.


District Dates

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

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

January 30 - Deadline to order Boston Butts from Inner City Mission - call 432-1122

January 31 - Deadline for S/PPR Committee Response Sheets to be turned in to the District Office.

January 31 - Deadline for remittance of the year end Local Church Report (EZRA Report)

January 31 - Fund Balance Report due to the District Office (from your charge conference reporting)

February 4 - Pick up date for ICM Boston Butts at Open Doors Thrift Store - 10am-12pm

Conference Dates

January 27-29 - Cord of Three Christian Women’s Quilting Retreat

January 27-29 - Meltdown 2017

January 28 - Mobile District Lay Servant Training Event

January 29-31 - Montgomery-Opelika District Town Hall Meeting with Bishop Graves

February 3-5 - Blue Lake Winter Retreat

February 6-8 - Wespath Clergy Benefits Academy

February 10-11 - UMW Annual Day

February 10-11 - Montgomery-Opelika District Lay Servant Training

February 12-14 - Dothan District Town Hall Meeting with Bishop Graves

February 17-18 - Baypines District Annual Lay Speaker Training

February 21 - Bishops Day Apart

February 26 - Disabilities Awareness Sunday

February 26-28 - Pensacola District Town Hall Meeting with Bishop Graves

March 3-5 - Bishop's Confirmation Retreat

April 1, 2017 - Blue Lake 65th Birthday
 
Click here to find The Alabama West Florida Conference calendar online!

 

 
Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.