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

July 21, 2016



COT hosts "Cost of Poverty Experience"

Communities of Transformation is hosting a "Cost of Poverty Experience" on August 2 from 6:00 pm until 8:15 pm at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Montgomery. All clergy and laity in the Alabama-West Florida Conference, and in the community, are encouraged to attend this life-changing event. The event is free, but registration is required  at


Click here to see the current COT Newsletter!

Going away gathering for Marcharkelti

There will be a potluck dinner at St.John UMC for Marcharkelti McKenzie "Mo" Saturday, July 23rd from 4-6pm. Mo as you know is one of our Mission Fellows that has served in the district for the last 18 months.  Please join us in sending her off to Georgia with a big THANK YOU for your service!  Chicken will be provided so bring sides, desserts and drinks.  Please call Katy at (724) 889-6754 if you are planning to attend.  

Mid-Career Clergy Retirement Planning Seminar

A Mid-Career Retirement Seminar will be held on Thursday, October 6, 2016, at Covenant UMC.  There are many aspects of retirement that require planning at different stages of a pastor’s ministry. This one day seminar provides vital information regarding the needs of pastors who still have fifteen or more years before retiring. We encourage spouses to come as well.  Click here to see brochure with more details.

Historical Society to meet at St Stephens UMC

Laity and clergy are invited to the annual meeting of the Alabama-West Florida Historical Society September 15, 2016 at 9:30am.  The meeting will be held at Saint Stephens UMC here in the Mobile District.  You do not have to be a member of the Historical Society to attend and this would be an interesting outing for your Older Adult Ministries.  

There will be guest speakers from the 18th and 19th centuries and you will also learn about the St. Stephens United Methodist Church which was built around 1857.  The main sanctuary of this church is the original structure and was listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks & Heritage on March 25, 1976.

Preregistration is required by September 8th; a catered lunch is included in the registration fee of $20.    Click here to find a brochure or visit the Historical Society website at

Pastors... SAVE THE DATE!

Please place Thursday, August 4th on your calendars for our first meeting of the Pastors with our new District Superintendent.  The meeting will be from 10am - 12pm at St John UMC.  Charge conference schedules will be available at that meeting. 

Reception planned to welcome District Superintendent

On Sunday, July 31st there will be a reception welcoming our new District Superintendent, The Rev. Dr. Darren McClellan, along with his wife Kristi and sons Joshua, John and Maxwell.  Ashland Place United Methodist Church will host the event from 2:00pm until 3:30pm.  Ashland Place is located at 15 Wisteria Avenue, Mobile, AL.

Blue Lake Scholarships Needed for Inner City Kids

The United Methodist Inner City Mission is seeking scholarships to take 40 of our  9 to 12 year olds to Blue Lake this summer.  The cost per child is $125.  If you  would like to help our children have this wonderful camping experience please send your donation to:  UMICM, PO Box 9082, Mobile, AL 36691.

Job/Ministry Opportunities - click here for full descriptions

  • Emmanuel UMC (Memphis, TN) - Director of Youth and College-Age Ministries
  • Kingswood UMC - Part Time Director of Music Ministry
  • Theodore UMC - Part Time Youth Director
  • Part-Time Media Coordinator Available - Jayme McMillan, on staff at Saraland UMC, is available for additional freelance or part-time work in creating/editing videos, social media, graphic design, and print media for churches or individuals. His degree is in video broadcasting and communications. You may contact Jayme directly at
To submit a Job/Ministry opportunity on the AWFUMC website click here

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

July 31 - Reception for District Superintendent Darren McClellan and family - Ashland Place, 2-3:30pm

August 4 - Pastor's meeting 10-12pm - St. John UMC

August 13 - UMW District Mission Study - Toulminville-Warren Street UMC - 10m - 2pm

September 9-10 - Lay Servant Training - Pensacola District at Trinity UMC

September 18 - Mobile District's Blue Lake Sunday

Church Dates

August 6 - St. John UMC Community Family Fun Day - 10am-1pm

Conference Dates

August 1-4 - Festival of Wisdom and Grace

August 5-7 - Blue Lake Christian Ashram

August 26-27 - Dothan District Lay Servant Training

August 26-27 - Becoming a Healthy, Growing Church

August 29-31 - Global United Methodist Clergywomen Gathering

August 17-20 - School of Congregational Development 2016

October 16-21 - 5-day Academy for Spiritual Formation

November 4-6“Imagine What’s Next” Conference


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

Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.