District News and Announcements
Mobile District To Host Lay Servant Training When: Saturday, March 23, 2019
Where: Tanner Williams UMC
1550 Grand Bay Wilmer Road North,
Mobile, AL 36608
1. Basic: Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course
2. Preaching: From Your Heart To Theirs
3. Prayer: Let The Whole Church Say Amen!
4. Storytelling: Dancing With Words
5. Polity: The Method of Our Mission
***Registration deadline is March 18, 2019*** Cost is $25.00 per person (includes continental breakfast, box lunch, coffee, water and snacks) Click here to find registration form, textbook and instructor information.
The Alabama-West Florida Conference will hold seven pre-annual conference briefings for clergy and lay members to annual conference. The Baypines District meeting will be Sunday, May 19, 2019, at First UMC Bay Minette. These meetings will be under the direction of Rev. Ashley Davis, AWF Director of Connectional Ministries and Conference Secretary. Click here for more information.
Gulf Shores UMC will be hosting a free ladies event on March 23rd beginning at 9:00 am. Rev. Jody Kranz and Rev. Janie MacBeth (GSUMC) and Janie Glover (Allen Chapel AME) will be discussing ways to add more Love, Joy and Peace to our lives. The event will include a full day of fellowship, a catered lunch, entertainment, and a fashion show Please call the office at 251-968-2411 to register you or your group. Women of all ages community-wide are invited to join us on this journey.
Conference News and Events
Applications are now being accepted for United Methodist Connectional FCU 2019 Scholarships. Click here for more information. Four winning applicants, one from each of our four conferences (Florida, North Georgia, South Georgia, and Alabama-West Florida) will receive a $1,000 scholarship. April 30th is the deadline for Application Submission. Click here for an application.
Game Changing Generosity is a FREE event on Thursday, March 21 from 1-2 p.m. (CST). This webinar is for District Superintendents, Pastors, Executive Pastors, Associate Pastors, and Financial Administrators who are looking to increase giving and foster a generous culture in their church. Learn simple strategies you can start using RIGHT NOW to foster a generous culture in your church. Chris Stovall and Alan Wildes of Generis Group will share practical tools and resources that can impact giving. Click here to watch a video. Click here to see our flyer.
The third annual Blue Lake Christian Writers Retreat will be held at Blue Lake Camp on Wednesday, March 27 - Saturday, March 30, 2019. For more information including a link to register, go to http://bluelakecwr.com.
The North Alabama Conference and the Alabama-West Florida Conference are jointly sponsoring the 2nd Alabama Methodist Lawyers’ Forum on Thursday, March 28, 2019, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Montgomery. Anyone who wishes to register may do so by contacting Suzanne Krejcar, the Treasurer and Director of Administration for the Alabama West Florida Conference, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please register by this Friday, March 15. If you have any questions, please contact Terry McElheny at (205) 226-7951 or at email@example.com.
The Inspirit Retreat will be held Thursday, April 4 - Saturday, April 6, 2019, at Blue Lake. Inspirit is a ministry event designed for adults 50. Come join us and enjoy a time of renewal and refreshment with great speakers, music, and fun, in the beautiful setting of Blue Lake! This year's theme will be "New Frontiers." Click here for more information.
There will be a UMVIM (United Methodist Volunteers In Mission) team leader training on Saturday, April 20, 2019, from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Greenville First UMC. Participants will receive a wealth of information on preparing a UMVIM team for service, including such topics as effective project selection, spiritual development, cultural sensitivity for teams, logistics, and finance. Included in the $35 registration fee are the UMVIM Team Leader Handbook, snacks, and lunch. This training is open to all Alabama-West Florida United Methodists, and it satisfies training requirements for leading a UMVIM team. Click here to register. For more information, contact Glenn Glover at 334-703-1115.
AWFL United Methodist Men's 2019 Spring Advance will be held at Blue Lake Methodist Camp on Friday, April 26 - Saturday, April 27. Please note the reduced fees for men under the age of 40 sharing a room. Also, be reminded that room availability is on a first come basis. Click here for the registration form. Registration is due by Monday, April 15. We look forward to an outstanding program entitled “Men’s Ministry is a Challenge.” Our Friday night keynote speaker is Bishop L. Jonathan Holston, the Resident Bishop of the Columbia area, which includes the South Carolina Conference in the Southeastern Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church. Click here for a brochure with more information.
Annual Conference 2019
Annual Conference 2019 will be held June 2-5 at Frazer Memorial UMC in Montgomery. Our theme is, “This We Proclaim” based on 1 John 1:1.
The annual conference planning team, directed by Bishop David Graves, is pleased to announce that this year's missional giving recipient for the 2019 Annual Conference special offering is Teaming with Tanzania. Many of you collect special offerings during your worship services leading up to conference.
Click here to access a bulletin insert that will help explain the impact this ministry has on our conference and global connection. The insert is setup so that you may print this file on a single sheet of paper, front and back, and then trim to have two inserts per page.
A promotional video is also available by clicking here. We invite you to show this video during your worship services.
We encourage you to give generously to this ministry that has made a significant impact in Tanzania. This offering will be collected at the opening worship service on Sunday, June 2, 2019, at Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church.
Latest Job Postings and Classifieds
QuadW Missional Internship is an 8 week, paid summer internship for college-age young adults, 18-24. $2000 stipend, housing and most meals included! We will have more than 100 interns serving on teams in 12 cities across the US in the summer of 2019: Anniston, AL; Birmingham, AL; Columbus, OH; Dallas, TX; Elkhart, IN; Kansas City KS; Mobile, AL; Pine Bluff, AR; Portland, OR; Reading, PA; Riverton, WY; San Diego, CA
The QuadW Missional Internship is aimed at helping interns participate deeply in God's mission in a particular context and being an experience that helps them to discern God's call on their lives. Interns live in Christian community and serve alongside local UM churches and other ministry partners, working to meet the needs of marginalized and at-risk populations in those communities. For more information or to apply for summer 2019 visit our website at www.quadwmi.org
Communities of Transformation is hiring a graphic designer! Are you interested in applying? We are looking for someone with at least two years of graphic design experience, and our ideal candidate lives in Mobile or the surrounding Bay Area. This will be a VISTA position pending approval. Send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. We can't wait to meet the next member of our team!