District News


(New) Summer in the Baypines District - Has your church been busy this summer? We would love to see all of the wonderful things you've been doing in our community and around the world. (Examples: mission trips, Vacation Bible School, special services, concerts, etc.) Please share any pictures you would like included in a slideshow to be shared on the Baypines Facebook page. Please email photos no later than is August 31, 2018 to Mandie Kinsey MandieD@aol.com.

(New) Gulf Shores UMC will host a Musical Pairing event on Thursday, August 23, at Ginny Lane's at the Wharf on Canal Road will help introduce a new dining concept to the community. The experience will pair well-loved food dishes with live background music that enhances the taste and enjoyment of the meal. Tickets for the four-course dinner at $40 per person along with dining reservations are now available by calling Ginny Lane's at 251-224-6500. More than 40 members of the Chancel Choir - plus spouses and friends - are planning the New York City Carnegie Hall trip, according to Cody Johnson, GSUMC Director of Worship Arts. They will join with other choristers from around the country singing a new Christmas oratorio and another work by noted composer/arranger Mark Hayes. Mr. Johnson noted that Mr. Hayes spent a December weekend at GSUMC in 2017 conducting a one-day seminar for area musicians and directing the choir's annual Holiday concert. Please feel free to contact the GSUMC office at 251-968-2411 or the website at www.gulfshoresumc.org for further details on the Piano Showcase or the Musical Pairings dining experience.

(New) Gulf Shores UMC will hold a Bible Conference - Renowned Bible scholar Dr. Ben Witherington will lead a four session Bible Conference at Gulf Shores United Methodist Church, 1900 Gulf Shores Parkway, on Sunday, August 26. Teaching from the Gospel of John on the theme "What Does it Mean To Be Born Again", Dr. Witherington will present four entirely different lessons in worship services at 8:30, 9:45 and 11:00AM and at a 6PM evening session. All will be held in the church Sanctuary. Dr. Witherington is professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary and also serves on the doctoral faculty at St. Andrews University in Scotland. He has taught at Duke Divinity School, Vanderbilt University and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. The author of more than forty books, Dr. Witherington has frequently been interviewed on radio networks across the country as well as making numerous appearances on NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, the Discovery and History channels and the PAX Network.Area residents are invited to attend all four of Dr. Witherington's teaching sessions. For further details, please feel free to contact GSUMC at 251-968-2411 or visit the church's website at www.gulfshoresumc.org.

(New) Robertsdale UMC will host the Baypines UMW Mission Study on August 25, from 9:30 am – 2:00 pm. The study is a Spiritual Growth Study titled “Embracing Wholeness” by Jessica Stonecypher. The study calls us to live in covenantal relationship with all of creation and challenges us to work toward stronger and healthier relationships with creation, our community, ourselves and with God. Rev. Gail Baughman taught the study at the Mission U last month in Pensacola, and she has graciously accepted to lead the study for the Baypines District Units. Rev. Baughman, pastor of the Gadsden Street UMC is a native of Cleveland, OH. She and her husband have been married 39 years and are parents of three grown children and are grandparents to five amazing grandchildren. Ron’s career as an Air Force Officer moved then across the U.S. and to the Republic of Panama before settling in Alabama. Gail began her ministry in Southwest Texas Conference, served a church in the Detroit conference and completed a Masters of Divinity Degree at the Memphis Theological Seminary in 2002. Since that time she has served churches throughout the Alabama West Florida Conference. This study is open to all and there is no registration. Rev. Baughman has asked that each of us bring a small amount of soil, from your home, in a plastic bag. For more information on this event, please contact Gerry Stiffler (Baypines District UMW President) at (251) 942-7792 or email geraldinestiffler@msn.com.

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

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.

Catfish & Catechism Baypines District 2018 - All clergy and laity are welcome to join DS Darren McClellan and friends for Catfish and Catechism beginning in March 2018 in various locations across the Baypines District. 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.
The Method: Psalms, Study, Supper, and Sauce.
Source Material (in addition to your Bible): Oden, Thomas C. John Wesley’s Teachings, Volume 1: God and Providence, Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2012.
Chapter 1: God
Sept-24 (10am @ AND)
Chapter 2: The Primacy of Scripture
Oct-1 (10am @ AND)
Chapter 3: Tradition
Oct-8 (10am @ AND)
Chapter 4: Reason
Oct-15 (10am @ BRE)
Chapter 5: Experience
Oct-22 (10am @ BRE)
Chapter 6: Creation, Providence, and Evil
Oct-29 (10am @ BRE)
Chapter 7: Man
Nov-5 (10am @ MONR)
Chapter 8: Sin
Nov-19 (10am @ MONR)
Chapter 9: Original Sin
Nov-26 (10am @ MONR)
(AND) First UMC Andalusia, (BRE) First UMC Brewton, (MONR) First UMC Monroeville


(New) New Bethel UMC in Crestview is looking for a used Baptismal Font, either donated or to be purchased. If there is any church that has updated their Baptismal Font and is looking to dispose of their old one, please contact Pastor Gary Jones at revgaryj@aol.com or call 850-572-2482.

Lake Junaluska to offer Marriage Enrichment Retreats -Lake Junaluska, N.C. — Beginning this fall, Lake Junaluska will offer three-day marriage enrichment retreats. The faith-based retreats will teach couples how to forge stronger relationships through meaningful conversation. Ned Martin, an expert in marriage counseling, will lead the retreats. “There is real value in taking time, going on retreat, having no distractions and being able to focus solely on that person to whom you’ve committed your life,” said Martin, who has both a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Counseling. “You can open up to them and receive them in a way that’s so hard to do in the day-to-day hustle and bustle of life.” By using emotionally focused therapy for couples, Martin will explain the psychology of successful relationships and guide couples through a series of conversations designed to help them connect. According to Martin, not only will couples experiencing marital stress learn from the retreats, but couples who are stable but seeking to strengthen their bond will also benefit. Currently, four different sessions are available, starting in September 2018 with the last scheduled retreat in September 2019. Couples will receive lodging, meals, counseling sessions and plenty of peace and quiet to reconnect with each, surrounded by the beauty of the Appalachian Mountains at Lake Junaluska. “Our setting provides a perfect place to step away from the busy-ness of life and focus on strengthening relationships with loved ones,” said Mitzi Johnson, Lake Junaluska director of programming. “Our staff take care of all the little things so that couples can spend their energy learning to communicate well.”
Pricing for each couple combined is $699, including two nights of lodging, access to Lake Junaluska recreation and five meals. Registration and more information is available at www.lakejunaluska.com/marriage or by calling 800-222-4930. Lake Junaluska is a place of Christian hospitality where lives are transformed through renewal of soul, mind and body. For more information about Lake Junaluska programs and events, visit www.lakejunaluska.com.
Retreat Dates
- September 30 - October 2, 2018
- March 10-12, 2019
- August 18-20, 2019
- September 29 - October 1, 2019

(New) 2019 Annual Conference UMCOR Kit Collection - UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) collects hygiene, school, and cleaning kits for distribution within the United States. Relief kits help provide care for the most vulnerable people during times of crisis. Kits help sustain everyday life for people who lack ready access to essential supplies when a disaster strikes.
At annual conference in June 2019, we are asking churches to bring individual bulk supplies for UMCOR hygiene and school kits. You are encouraged to stock up on items now and throughout the year to deliver to Annual Conference in June of 2019.
The Baypines District is asked to collect:
Two-gallon re-sealable plastic bags for the school kits
Hand Towels for the hygiene kits
• 15 x 25 inches to 17 x 27 inches
• Kitchen, cleaning, and microfiber towels not acceptable

Conference Events:

AWF Boundary Training, August 25

Means of Grace | Day Apart for Spiritual Formation (Fifth Session), August 25

AWF Boundary Training, August 27

Social Principles Listening Sessions, August 27

AWF Boundary Training, August 28

Blue Lake Sunday, September 9

One Day, An Older Adult Event, September 15

Montgomery-Prattville District Town Hall Meeting, September 16

Prayer Shawl Retreat 2018, September 17-20

Marianna-Panama City District Town Hall Meeting, September 23

At the Table, October 6

Pensacola District Town Hall Meeting, October 7

Mobile District Town Hall Meeting, October 14

AWF UMW Spiritual Enrichment Retreat, October 19-21

Montgomery-Opelika District Town Hall Meeting, October 21


(New) 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

(New) 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

(New) Spanish Fort UMC is seeking to hire a full time Youth Director. This person will have oversight of our Catapult (middle school) and Remedy (high school) youth programs. Please send your resume and cover letter along with at least three references including their phone number and email addresses to Rev. Rebecca Rutherford at rebecca@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