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May 9, 2011 / Volume 10, No. 8 View Online"

2011 Annual Conference News & Updates

Web Site Features Annual Conference Special Section

The Annual Conference section of our conference Web site is frequently updated. You can find specific pages and information for the following:

-Registration"(deadline is May 20)
-The Working Agenda
-Nominee Profile Forms for General and Jurisdictional Conference"
-Submissions and Deadlines
-Hotel Information
-Conference Award Nominations
-Clergy Directory and Journal Order Forms
-UMCOR Relief Kit Collection Information

Special Offering

The Alabama-West Florida Conference will be collecting a special offering prior to annual conference to support new church development."Your offering, joined with the other
churches of the Alabama-West Florida Conference,"will help launch this new church ministry in"Crestview, FL and give support to the church planting"movement in the future. To download the bulletin insert, click here."

Upcoming Deadlines

Alice Lee Award, May 10
Jane Walker Scholarship, May 15
Table/Booth Reservation (approved by Ed Deabler 334.272.2190), May 16
Inserts into giveaway bags (approved by Ed Deabler 334.272.2190), May 16 and delivered no later than May 23 to Frazer in order to be placed in the bag

Annual Conference to Feature Combined Choir

Wayne Sigler, director of music and worship at Frazer UMC, is again seeking a combined choir for the opening worship service of annual conference. If your church choir members are interested in participating, click here."

Conference News

Disaster Response

Most of you received our ongoing disaster response updates last week sent via e-mail. Thanks to Susan Hunt, we now have a page on our Web site that will be updated as we receive information. Click here to see that page. Churches around the conference collected a special offering this past Sunday. If you or your church would like to contribute and have not done so, information to donate is also on the special Web page. Our sincere appreciation goes to Amelia Fletcher, conference disaster response coordinator, as well as the district coordinators. Their efforts made a difference in reaching people immediately after the storm and having a consistent plan throughout the conference. Because this will be a long-term rebuilding process, we will continue to notify you of ways to help"whether by sending mission teams, donations or supplies."

Alabama Rural Ministries Plays Vital Role in Storm Rebuilding

This group will be an integral part of the rebuilding process in our conference. To signup for their newsletter and receive updates about how you can help in the coming months, click here."

Guest Commentary

Rev. Lonna Lynn Higgs, Chaplain of the United Methodist Children's Home, shares her perspective on the recent storms. Click here to read the commentary."

Click here to read commentary from the AWF Conference UMVIM Coordinator, Dr. Glenn Glover."

An Invitation to the Holy Land

Join Rev. Steve Gregg and"Dr. Robert Tuttle Jr, from Asbury Seminary, January"2-15, 2012. The trip will explore Egypt, Jordan and Israel. Space/seating is limited. Reservation (and deposit) is due now. For more, click here.

Connectional News

Updates to Ministerial Education Fund

Recently directors of the"General Board of Higher Education and Ministry"approved changes to the formula for distributing Ministerial Education Fund money."The directors adopted a new"Ministerial Education Fund"distribution formula last fall, but tweaked the formula at the spring 2011 meeting to include a portion of money to go to the schools based on the number of full-time United Methodist faculty and senior administrators. To read the full letter, click here."

Pauley Perrette joins United Methodist Imagine No Malaria campaign

(UMCom) Imagine No Malaria, a ministry of The United Methodist Church, is pleased to introduce actress Pauley Perrette to its growing community of supporters working together to reduce deaths caused by malaria. Click here for more."

Young People Presenters, Ministry Examples Sought for General Conference

(GBOD) Examples of the many voices and diverse ministries of United Methodist young people are being solicited by the Young People"s Ministries division of the General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) to be featured in a presentation at the 2012 General Conference. Two young people are also being sought by Young People"s Ministries (YPM) to host the video/pictures of ministries from around the world at the 2012 meeting April 24-May 4 at the Tampa Convention Center. Click here for more."

Register Your Church for Change The World

Change the World is a global movement of United Methodists doing what they can to improve lives and community. It will be held on May 14-15. To learn more or register your local church, click here.""


When All Hail Breaks Loose,"Weathering the Storms of Life

(Abingdon Press) Storms can come suddenly, unexpectedly and catastrophically. We are never the same after suffering the shock and after-shocks of such earth-shattering experiences. And it is during these times that we need the assurance that only our faith in God provides. To order this publication, click here."

AWF Conference Pastor Releases Second Edition Book"

A pastor, military chaplain, author and independent Christian publisher, Rev. Michael L. White has just released a newly revised and expanded second edition to his earlier book, Digital Evangelism: You Can Do It, Too!, published by Parson Place Press."In this second edition, he discusses such topics as creating a Web site, using audio and video on your Web site, using social media to connect with others, and how to avoid some of the most dangerous security threats now pervading the Web. To order, click here.""

Imagine No Malaria Mobile App Available for Android Devices

(UMCom) The United Methodist Church"s Imagine No Malaria campaign is using technology to fight mosquitoes with the launch of a new mobile application that keeps mosquitoes away and also raises funds for the fight against malaria. The new mobile app repels mosquitos using sound instead of spray. When used, the application emits three different high-pitched frequencies that serve as a deterrent for mosquitoes. Available for download on the Android platform at a cost of $.99, 70 percent of the proceeds benefit the fight against malaria in Africa. In addition, the app provides information about malaria, and a link to ImagineNoMalaria.org for those who wish to donate to the cause. The Imagine No Malaria app was developed by Pico Brothers in conjunction with Ad Hope.

Upcoming Events"

Featured Events

UMVIM Team Leader Training

In light of the recent storms, this is a wonderful time to learn more about leading a mission team to perform God's work. Training session is May 14. Click here to learn more."

The Right Start: Beginning Ministry In a New Setting

This event is required for all pastors starting new appointments July 1, 2011.".5 CEU will be given to those who attend the entire event. For more information, click here."

Spiritual Direction Training, May 10-13

Change the World, May 14-15

2011 AWF Annual Conference, June 5-8

God Seekers Camp, June 13-18

UMCH Softball Tournament, June 18

Junior Piano Camp, Opus 8 at Huntingdon College, June 20-24

Cooperative School of Christian Mission, July 21-23

Alabama Rural Ministry Bike Across Alabama, June 24-26

Academy for Spiritual Formation, August 22-27

Catapult, September 26-28"

Tracing Footsteps from the Past, September 26-29

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