District News

MEMO FROM THE BAYPINES DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT’S DESK:

(New) A Second-year Reflection Interview with Bishop Graves - We celebrate the two-year anniversary of Bishop David W. Graves being assigned and installed to the Alabama-West Florida Conference. Hear more from him in this interview with Mary Catherine Phillips, AWF Director of Communications, about his second year and his hopes for our conference.  Click here to see the interview. We invite you to share this on social media and with your local churches. You may also listen to this message as an audio-only podcast by clicking here, by searching for "AWFUMC Podcasts" on iTunes or in your preferred podcast player. 

(New) Our AWF conference disaster leadership team is helping victims of Hurricane Florence. Click here for an update.

Charge Conference Forms Now Available -2018 Charge Conference Forms are now available online. You may access them through this link or go to our home page and click on the link under Quick Links. Should you have questions, please contact your district office. Click here to access forms. Please make sure you turn in your Charge Conference paperwork to the District office one week prior to your Charge Conference date. If you have any questions, please call the District Office at (251) 580-2021 or email bpdist@bellsouth.net

Baypines United Methodist Women will hold a Mission Study in Andalusia FUMC on September 22, 2018. The study is a Spiritual Growth Study and is titled Embracing Wholeness by Jessica Stonecypher. This study calls us to live in covenantal relationships with all of creation and challenges us to work toward stronger and healthier relationships with creation, our community, ourselves and with God. Ms Debbie Bracewell, President of the Dothan UMW District has graciously accepted to lead the study for the Baypines Units near Andalusia. She is an active member of Enterprise First United Methodist Church and serves as president of their United Methodist Women. She enjoys teaching Mission Studies whenever ask.  She has asked that each of us bring a small amount of soil, from your home, in a plastic bag. All interested are invited to join us for this study. We will gather at 9:30, at Andalusia, First UMC for the study. Please bring a sandwich for your lunch, the UMW members will provide snacks, drinks and desert. The study is a four hour study and we will be on our way home by 2:00. For more information on this event, please contact Gerry Stiffler (Baypines District UMW President) at geraldinestiffler@msn.com

Jubilee Shores UMC will host an Arts & Crafts Show on September 22, 2018 from 9:00 am -1:00 pm.  If you would like to rent a spot for only $25 you can do so at https//goo.gl/forms/RDbh7WKgBkq2tC5y2  

Deadline to register is September 1. The event itself is free.  We already have a Scentsy booth, local artists, and crafters signed up! We would love to have bakers, local businesses, and other representatives to join us.  If you have questions, please contact Heather Partin at heatherjsumc@gmail.com.  

Gulf Shores Wedding Chapel will be serving a special gourmet buffet brunch on Sunday, September 23, 2018 as a fundraiser supporting the Gulf Shores United Methodist Church Chancel Choir’s visit in November to New York City to sing at the famed Carnegie Hall.   The entire proceeds from this event go towards the Carnegie trip.  The brunch will include many tasty items for which the Wedding Chapel is noted.   Entertainment will be provided by Andi and Chris Carstens and Lisa Christian playing folk and bluegrass music. There will be two seatings, the first at 10:30 am and the second at 12 noon.  Tickets are $25 per person and may be purchased through the GSUMC Office at 1900 Gulf Shores Parkway.  Tickets are limited. The Wedding Chapel may be located as you drive north on Rt. 59 by making a left turn across the median at East 2nd Street, head south then make a right hand u-turn at West 33rd Avenue on to Chapel Lane; if you are on Rt. 59 heading south make a right turn at West 33rd Avenue on to Chapel Lane.  For map to location:  https://gulfshoresweddingchapel.com/map/ For further details about the Gulf Shores Wedding Chapel Brunch, please feel free to contact the GSUMC office at 251-968-2411 or visit the church website at www.gulfshoresumc.org.

Gulf Shores UMC presents themes from ‘Smokey Joe’s Café’ and ‘The Wizard of Oz’ that will set toes tapping at the annual fall ‘Evening of Broadway and More’ concert by the Chancel Choir at Gulf Shores United Methodist Church Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 7:00 pm in the church sanctuary.  The program includes a live band with percussion, bass, guitar and keyboards.  Jackie Dahlman will accompany the choir and soloists, including local favorite Marsha Guyer and others.  Guest piano soloist will be Greg Engell, music director at First Baptist Church in Foley. There is no charge for the ‘An Evening of Broadway and More’ concert according to Cody Johnson.  However a love offering of $10 per person to support the Carnegie Hall trip is suggested.  Reserved seating will be available for concert season supporters. Please feel free the contact the GSUMC office at 251-968-2411 or the church website at www.gulfshoresumc.org for ‘An Evening of Broadway and More’ concert details.

(New) Revised - Catfish & Catechism Baypines District 2018 - All clergy and laity are welcome to join DS Darren McClellan and friends for Catfish and Catechism. This will be a renewing time of encouragement, prayer, study, and formation as we engage the Scriptures through the historic lens of John Wesley. The course is open to all who desire to be further equipped for the work of ministry in the United Methodist Church. 

 The Invitation: For laity and clergy who seek to be further equipped for the task of ministry in the United Methodist Church.

Source Material (in addition to your Bible):  Oden, Thomas C. John Wesley’s Teachings, Volume 1: God and Providence, Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2012.

Introduction/Chapter 1

Oct-15 (10am @ BRE)

Chapter 2 & 3

Oct-22 (10am @ BRE)

Chapter 4 & 5

Oct-29 (10am @ BRE)

Introduction/Chapter 1

Nov-5 (10am @ MONR)

Chapter 2 & 3

Nov-19 (10am @ MONR)

Chapter 4 & 5

Nov-26 (10am @ MONR)

(BRE) First UMC Brewton, (MONR) First UMC Monroeville

 

OTHER AWFUMC CONFERENCE NEWS:

Dauphin Way United Methodist Church presents the 2018 Stephen and Ruth Dill Lecture Series on September 23 & 24, 2018 featuring  Jim Wallis, Founder and editor-in-chief of Sojourners, bestselling author, social justice advocate and public theologian.
Sunday, September 23

Sermon, 10:30 am, Sanctuary "Lessons from Matthew 25"

Lecture, 5:30 pm, Moore Hall "Faith and the Common Good"
Reception and Book Sale/Signing 6:30 pm, McGowin Hall
Monday, September 24 

Registration and Coffee, 8:30 am
Lecture and Response, 9:00 am "Public Discipleship: A Community Conversation With Jim Wallis".  After the lecture there will be responses by Mayor Sandy Stimpson, Commissioner Merceria Ludgood, Mr. Bill Sisson, and Rev. Michael Pierce Book Sale/Signing to follow. All events will be held at Dauphin Way United Methodist Church and are free of charge and open to the entire community. For more information, please contact, Dauphin Way United Methodist Church, 1507 Dauphin Street, Mobile, AL (251) 471-1511   www.dauphinwayumc.org/dill-lecture

Sweet Homes for Alabama- a.k.a No More "Shacks" Campaign will be October 10-16, 2018.  ARM staff members, pastors, and community leaders will be living in shacks at Auburn's Wesley Foundation to eliminate substandard housing in Alabama. You can help! This is the 11th Anniversary of ARM's Sweet Homes Campaign and we have set a goal to raise $100,000 to eliminate poverty housing in Alabama. This will repair 20 homes at $5000. You can learn more about what we do and see last year’s video footage here: https://vimeo.com/237101819  There are three ways your church can partner with ARM.

  1. Sign up to stay at the shack with Lisa and others at https://www.shacksignup
  2. Share our website link or use our bulletin insert for individuals in your church to donate www.arm-al.org
  3. Bring your donation to us at the shack.

The Ultimate Training Event, September 22

Marianna-Panama City District Town Hall Meeting, September 23

ERT Disaster Response Training, September 29

At the Table, October 6

Pensacola District Town Hall Meeting, October 7

World Communion Sunday, October 7

Mobile District Town Hall Meeting, October 14

AWF UMW Spiritual Enrichment Retreat, October 19-21

Lake Junaluska Choir Music Weekend, October 19-21

Montgomery-Opelika District Town Hall Meeting, October 21

Pensacola District Conference, November 4

Pensacola District Fused Youth Conference, November 4

 

OPPORTUNITIES IN THE BAYPINES DISTRICT:

FUMC Atmore is seeking a creative, energetic, self-starter to offer leadership to the church’s Mid-High and Senior High Youth Fellowship. The church is a growing and vital congregation that values competent and faithful leadership. Highly qualified candidates will display responsive and inspirational leadership skills, as well as strong communication skills. Applicants should also be at ease with sharing their story of faith and helping the youth learn to share theirs. Additionally, she or he should be prepared to generate content for communicating with the youth, their parents, and the church through a variety of media. The Youth Director will be responsible for planning and overseeing weekly meetings on Wednesday evenings. Planning and overseeing monthly outings and activities as well as regular monthly Youth Council meetings. Additionally, the Youth Director should be available for Sunday Morning activities including Sunday School. The position is designed to be part-time. High School Diploma or equivalent is required. Salary will be commensurate with the individual selected for the position. .  If interested, please contact the Church Office at (251) 368-8197 for a complete job description

Spanish Fort UMC is seeking to hire a full time Worship Arts Director.  We are interested in someone who has experience in leading dynamic and spirit-led worship as well as coordinate our music programs.  Please send personal and professional references in addition to your resume and cover letter to Rev. Rebecca Rutherford, Spanish Fort United Methodist Church, 6530 Spanish Boulevard Suite D, Spanish Fort, AL 36527 or at rebeccca@spanishfortumc.org 

Orange Beach UMC is seeking a full time (40 hours/week) Contemporary Worship and Student Minister. For more information on this position, please contact Rev. Emily D. Kincaid, Executive Minister at Orange Beach UMC at (251) 981-6751 or email ekincaid@orangebeachumc.org