April 6, 2021
April Worship Service Celebrates Confirmands
The Alabama-West Florida Conference is celebrating the 2021 confirmands in this month's online worship service. Because the confirmation retreat was cancelled, this allows us to feature some youth and enables them to hear Bishop Graves' message. The monthly collaborative worship service linked below will premiere on Facebook on April 11 for public views. We invite you to stream this worship service on your Facebook page, share with your congregation through email, or stream at your regularly scheduled worship time so that you may have time away.
Welcome: Reeves Hall, FUMC Montgomery
Prayer Experience: FUMC Pensacola
Musical Offering: Written and Performed by Susanna Hoppe & Graycee Wallace, Saraland UMC
Scripture: Trinity UMC, Ft. Walton Beach
Message: Bishop David Graves, AWFUMC
Benediction: Monroeville FUMC
Click here for full service. Click here for the sermon only file.
2021 Annual Conference Information, Registration Live
Due to the continued threat of COVID-19, Annual Conference 2021 will be held virtually through Zoom webinar. Several important services will be by invitation only to honor the work of pastoral candidates. The Zoom clergy session will be held on Sunday, May 23, 2021, from 4:00-6:00pm and the Zoom four-day annual conference session will be held June 6-9, 2021. Two of the four days will be morning-only sessions (Tuesday and Wednesday). A non-voting live stream option will be available for guests. A working agenda for the annual conference is available by clicking here. The theme for Annual Conference 2021 is, "Come to the Table" based on Luke 24:35. Registration is now live and may be found here.
Upcoming Trainings for Clergy
Bolsinger Headlines Next Bishop's Time Apart
Join us for another Bishop’s Time Apart on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, with Tod Bolsinger. Most known for, "Canoeing the Mountains," Bolsinger serves as vice president and chief of leadership formation at Fuller Theological Seminary. He has extensive experience in church and nonprofit consulting and executive coaching, and writes infrequent weblogs on church and leadership formation. His faculty role at Fuller includes teaching the Practices of Vocational Formation class and a cohort in Leading Change for DMin students. Registration is now live and may be found here.
Additional AWF "Reboot Recovery" Trainings Offered
Rev. Ashley Davis and Celeste Eubanks will be leading Reboot Recovery trainings starting Thursday, April 8, 2021. The complete training will take place over three, two-hour sessions. Over the past year, Rev. Davis and Celeste have led these trainings with clergy, lay leaders, and board of laity members in our conference. Due to requests to offer Reboot Recovery to a larger demographic of people throughout the conference, these trainings will be open to any AWF clergy and laity who wishes to enroll. Registration is required (see links below). Please note that to complete the full training, you must attend all three training dates. CEUs will be awarded. More information on Reboot Recovery can be found here.
Reboot Recovery (Sessions 1 & 2) – Thursday, April 8 @ 5:30pm CT
Reboot Recovery (Sessions 3 & 4) – Thursday, April 22 @ 5:30pm CT
Reboot Recovery (Session 5 & Final Wrap-up) – Thursday, May 6 @ 5:30pm CT