District News


(New) Foley UMC will host ecumenical Lenten Services on Thursday from February 15 through March 22 this year. There will be a simple lunch served at 11:30 (donation $5.00) served in the Spirit Center at 915 N Pine Street, Foley. Beginning at 11:30 noon a short service including greetings, music and devotional thoughts brought from ministers of six different local churches. Rev. Dr. Nolan Donald will welcome and lead each service. The topics of the messages, this year will be taken from Colossians 3. On February 15, a message of Compassion will be brought by the Rev. Paul Zoghby of St Margaret’s Catholic Church. On February 22, Pastor Michael Bonham of Peace Lutheran Church will deliver the message on Gentleness.  March 1, a message of Humility will be given by Rev. Dr. Darren Mc Clellan, District Superintendent of the United Methodist Church’s Baypines District. On March 8, Pastor Elwanda Powel of Words Alive Ministries of Robertsdale will speak on Kindness. Rev. Ben Ragsdale of City Hope, Foley will bring a message of Patients on March 15. The final Lenten message will be delivered by Pastor Bennie Richardson of Morningstar Missionary Baptist Church, Foley. These programs are configured to last an hour to enable a working person to come for lunch, enjoy the service, and return to work within an hour.

It is hoped that at the end of the season, over 24 churches in our community will have participated. Special music, prayers and lunches will be presented by lay people from 18 churches. We invite you to gather with us on each of these Thursdays to enjoy a light lunch, a satisfying spiritual experience, and fellowship with other Christians who are using this time to prepare their hearts for Holy Week.


(New) Small Membership Church Summit at Blue Lake Camp, Andalusia, AL on Friday, March 2, 2:00 P.M. - Saturday, March 3, 3:00 P.M.

This summit is an opportunity for members of small membership churches (membership under 200) to come together and learn from each other and a few specialists about topics that are relevant for small churches. Open to all lay and clergy.

The schedule will include times of worship and communion, several break-out sessions, fellowship, and round-table discussion.

 Breakout sessions will include these topics:

• Children and youth in the church

• Mission and outreach in the small church

• Music and arts

• Evangelism

• Cooperative ministry

• Worship


Rates include room, meals, and other fees; rates listed per person

• Linwood wing- single: $100

• Linwood wing- double: $75

• Local (no accomodation required): $35


Link to the event page: www.awfumc.org/smallchurchsummit

Link to the registration page: https://awf-reg.brtapp.com/SmallChurchSummit


Gulf Shores UMC Upcoming Concerts:

  • THE SANDSPUR BAND will perform on February  8, 2018 -The well-known and loved bluegrass/gospel group  will be in concert on Thursday February 8, 2018 at 7:00 pm in the sanctuary of Gulf Shores UMC.  Tickets at $10 pp are available weekdays from 9am to noon in Thee Coffee Shop in the Winn Dixie Plaza and also at the door preceding the concert. Reserved seating is available for concert season supporters. 


  • (New) MEMORABLE ELVIS SONGS BY SHANE TUCKER LIVE on February 12, 2018 -Elvis tribute artist Shane Tucker of Foley will be featured along with the Promised Land Band in a live performance at the Gulf Shores United Methodist Church south campus auditorium at 7:00pm on Monday, February 12, 2018.  Tickets at $15 pp are available at Thee Coffee Shop adjacent to the auditorium from 9am to noon Monday through Friday.


  • (New) SACRED SOUNDS WITH ORGANISTS JACKIE DAHLMAN AND THOMAS HELMS will perform on February 18, 2018 -The annual Sacred Sounds organ concert will be held Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 6:30pm in the sanctuary of Gulf Shores UMC.  Tickets at $5 pp are available weekdays 9:00 am to noon in Thee Coffee Shop at the GSUMC south plaza campus in the Winn Dixie Plaza. Reserved seating is available for concert season supporters. 


For more information feel free to contact the GSUMC office at 251-968-2411 or visit the church website at www.gulfshoresumc.org. The address is Gulf Shores United Methodist Church, 1900 Gulf Shores Parkway in Gulf Shores.  All concert proceeds help support and broaden the GSUMC music program.


Baypines District will have a Lay Servant Training on March 2-3, 2018 at Frisco City UMC. The training will be held at Frisco City UMC.
The Courses that will be taught during the training are as follows:
Basic Course:           led by Beverly Maddox
Polity Course:          led by Rev. Jay Cooper

Methodist Heritage Course:  led by Richard Gilbert
Preach Course:       led by Rev. Steve Kopp
Where:  Frisco City UMC, 3942 Bowden St, Frisco City, AL 36445 (Contact Judy Raines at 251-362-1181)

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Friday Night, March 2, 2018 (Light dinner provided)

            8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Saturday, March 3, 2018 (Continental breakfast and catered lunch provide)

Cost:  $50.00 Basic or Advanced Course       

Registration: If you plan to attend, please call Richard Gilbert at (251) 271-0140 no later than Friday, February 9, 2018 at 12:00 pm (noon).

Make checks payable to Baypines Lay Servant Ministries,

and mail to:             Richard Gilbert

P.O. Box 1367

Orange Beach, AL 36561

Email: smrg@mediacombb.net


Baypines District Trustee Meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 12:00 pm (noon) at the Baypines District Office in Bay Minette. A light lunch will be served. For catering purposes, please RSVP by calling the District Office at (251) 580-2021 or email bpdist@bellsouth.net


Baypines District Core Team Meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 5:30 pm at the Baypines District Office in Bay Minette. A light dinner will be served. For catering purpose, please RSVP by calling the District Office at (251) 580-2021 or email bpdist@bellsouth.net



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/

Inspirit- (A ministry event designed for adults 50 and older) will be held on April 12-14, 2018 at Blue Lake Assembly. The keynote speaker will be Dr. George Mathison. The deadline to register for this event is March 29, 2018. For more information on this event, please contact Barbara Wilder at (850) 678-4411 ext. 123 or email BWilder@yourcrosspoint.org. Also, you may contact Herman “Red” Harville (Baypines District Older Adult Ministry Chair) at (251) 947-4972. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please write “Baypines” on your registration form.   

Upcoming Annual Conference Deadlines can be found by clicking on the link: https://www.awfumc.org/newsdetail/upcoming-annual-conference-deadlines-announced-10053406


 Opportunities in the Baypines District:

First United Methodist Church of Andalusia is seeking a full-time Christian Education Director that has formal training and experience in the field, providing leadership to members ages birth-12th grade as well as interacting with young adults. Interested applicants, please send your resume to First United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 1066, Andalusia, AL 36420.

Summerdale United Methodist Church is seeking a part time pianist   The  Pianist would accompany congregational singing during Sunday worship service 10:30-11:30, play for special music as needed, and be available for all special services such as Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, etc.  Pianist will be expected to sight read and select and play the prelude, postlude, and offertory.  Future plans include starting a choir which will require availability at practice. Contact Rev. Bob Sweet at swee9227@bellsouth.net or (251) 423-8016.

Robertsdale United Methodist Church 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

Guy’s Chapel United Methodist Church 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.