District News

 MEMO FROM THE DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT’S DESK:

(New) Spanish Fort UMC Grief Share - November 2017 - GriefShare Support Group – Spanish Fort UMC and the Community in the past year has endured some devastating loses. Heading into the holidays proves to be an even more difficult time for those grieving a loss of a spouse, child, family member or friend.  GriefShare is a network of thousands of grief recovery support groups meeting around the world. GriefShare is a program with direction and purpose. With GriefShare you will learn how to talk the journey of grief and be supported on the way. It is a place where grieving people find healing and hope in a Christian context.  As a service to our church family and community we are offering a short term group for grief support. This group will meet on Tuesday evenings at Spanish Fort UMC in WD 101 on the West Campus (by Piggly Wiggly) from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. beginning November 28th and will last for 13 weeks.  This group will be facilitated by Rev. Dr. Jim White, a clinically trained pastoral counselor with many years of counseling experience and a doctorate in pastoral psychotherapy. There is no charge for the class or materials.  

If you know of anyone who might benefit from this support ministry, please invite them to come.  We would ask that you register so that we can have record of those who are coming and make accommodations for anyone who might have need of childcare. Please register by clicking the register link below. In addition, if you desire more information, you can contact Dr. White at  jrwhite25@juno.com or at 850-419-1141. For more information or to register, please visit: 

http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07eer6gca081218e50&llr=tafld9yab

(New) Baypines District Clergy Christmas Luncheon will be held on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 11:30 a.m at Daphne UMC. All Pastors, Retired Pastors, Spouses and Surviving Spouses and their guests are invited to attend. This year we sent an Evite to your email so please make sure you check your email for the invitation. Please RSVP by November 30th. Please call the District office at (251) 580-2021 or email bpdist@bellsouth.net.

(New) ChoRuss Returns to Gulf Shores UMC - Returning to the US for their second annual tour, ChoRuss, a quartet of professional conservatory-trained Russian singers will be in concert at the Gulf Shores United Methodist Church sanctuary on Sunday evening, November 19, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.  There is no charge for the concert, however a love offering will be taken during the concert.  Reserved seating will be available for GSUMC concert season supporters. GSUMC Worship Arts Director Cody Johnson noted that the ChoRuss repertoire spans a wide variety of music, including traditional Russian Orthodox Christian melodies as well as Christmas songs and folk music.  "If you enjoyed them last year or if you missed the concert, this is your opportunity to hear some exceptional musicians from another part of our world", he said. ChoRuss was founded in April 2012 and has toured Germany, France, Switzerland, the United Kingdom as well as the US.  Their artistic director, Dmitry Petrov, has worked at St. Petersburg Chapel with several outstanding Russian conductors and is also involved with both opera and the ballet theater at St. Petersburg Conservatory.  For further information, feel free to contact the GSUMC office at (251)968-2411. 

Special Christmas Music Opportunity at Gulf Shores UMC - Popular church anthem composer/arranger Mark Hayes Will be at Gulf Shores United Methodist Church December 9 & 10, 2017 where he will direct an all-day rehearsal/workshop on Saturday, December 9, 2017 as well as conduct the Chancel Choir's annual Christmas concert in a program of all Mark Hayes music on Sunday, December 10, 2017.  There are several opportunities for area singers to participate.  For those who wish to join the choir for this event, rehearsals on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 are beginning now, along with additional rehearsals scheduled on some Fridays and Saturdays.  The Saturday rehearsal/workshop on December 9, 2017 will include time to visit with Mark Hayes as well as listen to him coach and direct the choir.  Lunch will be available along with new choral anthems, sheet music and CDs available for purchase.  A visit to www.MarkHayes.com lists several upcoming visits to Carnegie Hall in New York City along with other churches throughout the country.  "We are very fortunate", said Cody Johnson, Director of Worship Arts for GSUMC, "that a musician of Mark Hayes caliber will be working with us.  It will be a wonderful learning experience for our singers." To attend the Saturday program, registration is required for groups and may be made by visiting the GSUMC website at www.gulfshoresumc.org.  Those who wish to join in singing with the choir should call the church office at (251) 968-2411 or email Cody Johnson at cody@gulfshoresumc.org as soon as possible.

 (New) Baypines District Conference will be held on Sunday, January 28, 2018 starting at 4:30 pm at FUMC Atmore. Please make plans to attend. More information about the District Conference will be emailed soon.

(New)Baypines District Trustee Meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 12:00 pm(noon) at the Baypines District Office in Bay Minette. A light lunch will be served. Please RSVP by calling the District Office at (251) 580-2021 or email bpdist@bellsouth.net

(New)Baypines District Core Team Meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 5:30 pm at the Baypines District Office in Bay Minette. A light dinner will be served. Please RSVP by calling the District Office at (251) 580-2021 or email bpdist@bellsouth.net

OTHER AWFUMC CONFERENCE NEWS:

The United Methodist Children’s Home has this year’s White Christmas material ready! Please take the time to look at their new website – it is very user friendly! Click here to visit UMCH's White Christmas Website (downloadable)!

(New)Means of Grace /Day Apart for Spiritual Formation (Second Session) will be held on Saturday, November 18, 2017, from 9:00 a. m. until 4:00 p. m. Click HERE to register. 

2017-2020 Spiritual Direction Training will be held on Monday, November 13 - Thursday, November 16, 2017, at Blue Lake Camp.  The three year Spiritual Direction Training, hosted by Sacred Space Spiritual Formation, is suited to those who hunger to experience deeper intimacy with God, to grow in attentiveness to God’s movement, are drawn to compassionate listening, feel a call to companion others on the spiritual journey, and seek spiritual community with others. For more information, please visit: http://www.awfumc.org/eventdetail/8537843?month=11&year=2017&day=1&display=m

Alabama-West Florida Conference United Methodist Women Annual Meeting will be held on Friday, February 23, 2018 to Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Foley United Methodist Church, 915 North Pine Street, Foley, AL 36535. For more information, please email: awfumw@gmail.com or contact Debbie Bell, President, Alabama-West Florida Conference United Methodist Women.  Alabama-West Florida Conference United Methodist Women meet annually to conduct the business of the organization. The program rewards actions of the previous year, sets the challenge for the current year and includes worship, praise and a memorial service. Delegates – one representative from each local United Methodist Women, conference and district officers - must pre-register. Registration forms will be available at the appropriate time on the website at http://www.awf-umw.org/

 Opportunities in the Baypines District:

(New) Orange Beach UMC is seeking a Part Time Media Director. This position will oversee the media portions of all our services. This includes maintaining all equipment, producing the services, and leading the volunteer teams. Interested applicants will email a completed application and questionnaire to JKinder@orangebeachumc.org.

(New) Orange Beach UMC is seeking a Children’s Minister. We are currently seeking the right person to join/lead our children’s ministry team. This position will begin as part time. However, depending on skills and qualifications could move quickly to a full time position. Interested applicants will email a completed application and questionnaire to JKinder@orangebeachumc.org.

(New) Robertsdale UMC is seeking a part-time Preschool Director. The Preschool Director leads, organizes, facilitates, and develops Robertsdale UMC’s four day a week Preschool program. Robertsdale UMC Preschool uses a Christian curriculum that prepares children ages 2-4 years old for Kindergarten and elementary school. The Preschool Director provides direct supervision to the preschool teachers and also teaches one of the classes. The ideal candidate has a mature and growing relationship with Jesus Christ; is innovative, motivated, dedicated, relational and responsible; has excellent interpersonal skills, good verbal and written communication skills and the ability to maintain confidentiality of information; has the ability to deal with and lead through conflict; is a team player; has strong organizational skills; is able to ask for and seek help when needed; is able to lead and motivate others; and has a life that represents Christian values and beliefs. Training and experience includes a Bachelor’s degree, preferably in childhood education or a related field and experience working with toddlers and families. Robertsdale is located in the center of beautiful Baldwin County, Alabama, near the Gulf beaches, Pensacola, Florida, and Mobile, Alabama. Robertsdale UMC is a growing, family friendly church with a healthy, thriving preschool. Salary determined by qualifications and experience. All applicants will be considered. Send cover letter and resume to email or address below. Please include in cover letter a statement of why you feel you would be a good fit for this position. Rev. Jonathan Hart, pastor@robertsdaleumc.com or by mail to: Robertsdale UMC, PO Box 866 Robertsdale, AL 36567

(New) Robertsdale UMC is seeking a full-time Family Ministries Director/Youth Director. The Family Ministries Director will assist the pastor in providing vision and oversight for ministry to children, youth, and parents at Robertsdale UMC with a part-time focus on the execution of our youth ministry. Responsibilities include immediate supervision to the Preschool Director and Children’s Director to provide support, accountability, and an integration of our ministries to children, youth, and families; recruiting and equipping volunteers to work with children and youth; and overseeing and leading the youth ministry program. The ideal candidate must have a mature and growing relationship with Jesus Christ, good public speaking skills, a team player mentality, the ability to work with minimal supervision, strong organizational skills, the ability to communicate effectively with persons of differing backgrounds, and experience working with youth and families. A Bachelor’s degree or higher in Christian Formation, Christian Education, Youth Ministry, or field related to family ministry as well as a background in the United Methodist Church are preferable. Robertsdale is located in the center of beautiful Baldwin County, Alabama, near the Gulf beaches, Pensacola, Florida, and Mobile, Alabama. Robertsdale UMC is a growing, family friendly church with a healthy, thriving youth ministry. Salary commensurate with experience. All applicants will be considered. Send cover letter and resume to email or address below. Please include in cover letter a statement of why you feel you would be a good fit for this position. Rev. Jonathan Hart, pastor@robertsdaleumc.com or by mail to: Robertsdale UMC, PO Box 866, Robertsdale, AL 36567

(New) Spanish Fort UMC has an opening for a full time Communications Position. We are seeking a person who can work well with others, is team-minded and a friendly welcoming personality. This position includes creating publications, data entry, greeting people as they come into the church office, communicating internally and having a vision for external communications. This person would work closely with our web and design person as well as helping the program staff. We are seeking the best candidate and therefore the job description may fluctuate depending on the candidate's skill set. Applicant should have a ministry mindset and several years of experience or education in communication. Must have excellent computer skills and willingness to learn new programs. Please send resumes to Rev. Rebecca Rutherford at rebecca@spanishfortumc.org 

Guy’s Chapel UMC in Bay Minette (Rabun area) is seeking a part time Youth Minister. This position will be on Sundays, Wednesday evenings and on special occasions. For more information on this position, please contact Mrs. Maxine Stewart at (251) 937-5996 or (251) 253-2496.

The Baypines District Office will be closed on November 22-23, 2017 for Thanksgiving Holidays