Conference News

Hurricane Michael Recovery

published 10/10/2018

The Alabama-West Florida Conference continues to collect reports from our churches, clergy and families and is preparing the best ways to help in the immediate and long-term aftermath. Churches should report damage to their district superintendent and district disaster response coordinator. You may also call the conference office at 334.356.8014 if you cannot reach your DS or DRC. ERT teams should prepare to deploy but please wait for direction from our disaster response coordinators. There are four immediate actions at this time.



 

 

Should you or someone you know need prayer, click on the above image to submit your request. All prayer requests will go to the AWF Director of Connectional Ministries, Rev. Ashley Davis. She will then deliver them to our Spiritual Directors team, who will pray over all requests. 


 

The quickest way you can personally help those in need is through monetary donations. You may donate online by clicking the above image or send a check to:
Alabama-West Florida Conference
Attention: Suzanne Krejcar
4719 Woodmere Boulevard
Montgomery, AL 36106
Memo line: Hurricane Michael Recovery


Completed UMCOR cleaning and hygiene kits will be needed in the coming days. Please only collect the items listed in these instructions. Please carefully follow the directions UMCOR has provided. Kits may be dropped off at the nearest collection site to you; click here for a list


At this time, the conference will be assessing damage through the district superintendents and conference disaster response coordinators. ERT teams will most likely be needed. You may register your team by the clicking the above image. Someone from the conference will contact you as soon as possible. 


A dedicated toll-free phone number has been established: 888-942-4477. 

A dedicated email address for these efforts has been created: hurricanemichaelrecovery@awfumc.org


AWF Hurricane Michael Update

published 10/8/2018

Hurricane Michael continues to gain strength in the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to make landfall in or near the bounds of the Alabama-West Florida Conference. Our Conference Disaster Response Ministry is active in preparations and has provided the following update. 

Bishop David Graves encourages everyone to be in prayer for those in path of the storm and those who will respond in the immediate aftermath. The United Methodist Church has always been a community leader in post-storm recovery efforts and will be present when Hurricane Michael passes. 

Local churches should complete their disaster response plans as soon as possible. Click here to access resources and forms on the conference Website

The conference is coordinating with UMCOR to stage thousands of flood kits, hygiene kits, and other materials in anticipation of post-storm needs. Click here for more information on kit assembly

After the storm, churches should report damage assessments and needs to their district disaster response coordinator and district superintendent. Click here for coordinator contact information

While we encourage all to be in ministry to their neighbors after the storm, ERT teams should not self deploy to impacted areas until requested to do so.

Direct financial contributions are always best. You may send checks to the conference office with "Hurricane Michael relief efforts" in the subject line. 

We will share updates as they become available to us in the coming days. Should you have any questions, please reach out to Rev. Rob Haynes, our AWF Disaster Response Coordinator. 


A Video Message from Bishop Graves: Conference Staff Priorities

published 10/2/2018

October 2, 2018

We invite you to watch a video message from Bishop David Graves related to conference staff priorities. Click here to viewClick here to read transcript

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. We invite you to subscribe to these podcasts.


Open Enrollment for Conference Insurance for 2019

published 10/2/2018
Are you eligible for the Conference health/dental insurance?  Interested?  Have questions?  Contact BeLinda Carnegie at Office (888-873-3127) for answers about eligibility.
  • Become a church-plan sponsor the lay employees
  • Health insurance coverage is administrated through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama
  • Dental/Vision coverage are administrated through Guardian Company
Open enrollment begins November 1st and ends December 14th.  The effective date of coverage is January 1, 2019.

Active Clergy Coverage Premium Equivalent Rates per month
Individual Coverage (only)                                $875.00
Dependent Coverage (additional)                     $875.00
 
Laity Coverage Premium Equivalent Rates per month
Individual Coverage (only)                                $800.00
Dependent Family Coverage (additional)          $1,210.00
Laity Medicare Supplement*                             $210.00
 
*must meet requirements to enroll.
 

A Second-year Reflection Interview with Bishop Graves

published 9/18/2018

September 18, 2018

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. 


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