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December 02, 2016

Standing Rules Information and Deadline Announced

To: Members and friends of the Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church   The Committee on Standing Rules has begun its work in preparation for the 2017 Annual Conference session, June 4-7, 2017, at Frazer ...

December 01, 2016

Town & County 2017 Wall Calendars Now Available

The 2017 AWFC Prayer and Resource Calendars are now available! For the second year, The Conference Town and Country Commission has published a resource designed to connect our churches and ministries together through prayer. It ...

November 10, 2016

A Word from Bishop Graves: November 10, 2016

We invite you to hear a word from Bishop David Graves about the upcoming special called general conference session and the AWF district town hall meetings. Click here to watch video. Click here to read written transcript.  You may...

November 09, 2016

A Word from Bishop Graves: A Post-election Pastoral Letter

“Trust the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek God’s will in all you do and God will show you which path to take. Don’t be impressed with you own understanding.” -Proverbs 3:5-7a Dear Clergy ...

November 08, 2016

AWF Churches Hold Prayer and Communion Services on Election Day

On a day when the American population is certainly divided, several churches in the Alabama-West Florida Conference are using this opportunity to offer a sense of unity as Christians worshipping one God. Aldersgate UMC in ...

November 03, 2016

Wetumpka First Celebrates Sanctuary Renovation

Sunday, November 6, 2016, will forever be a memorable day in the life of Wetumpka FUMC. The church held a Service of Reconsecration and Holy Communion to commemorate the renovation.  For thirteen months, the congregation has ...

November 02, 2016

Council of Bishops to call for 2019 General Conference

(UMNS) - Through an affirmative vote at their fall  meeting this week, the United Methodist Council of Bishops expressed their intent to call for a special session of the General Conference in either February or March of 2019 and ...

November 01, 2016

Bishop Ough Makes First Presidential Address to Council

(UMNS) - In his first presidential address to the Council of Bishops, Bishop Bruce R. Ough brought the bishops alternately to their knees in prayer and to their feet in resounding applause as he laid out a message of unity to a ...

October 28, 2016

Save the Date: Town Hall Meetings with Bishop Graves Announced

Bishop David Graves, Resident Bishop of the Alabama-West Florida Conference, will visit each district starting in January. He will meet with district leadership, clergy and laity over the course of the three-day period. More ...

October 27, 2016

Bishops Opt for Fast-start Training

(SamHodges/UMNS)- It’s hard to imagine a group more on board with “on-boarding” than the new bishops of The United Methodist Church’s Southeastern Jurisdiction. They have embraced that corporate technique for getting a fast start ...

October 24, 2016

Council of Bishops Names 32 Commission Members

(Washington, D.C.) - The United Methodist Council of Bishops has announced the membership of the Commission on a Way Forward. "After three months of diligent and prayerful discernment, we have selected 8 bishops, 11 laity, 12 ...

October 19, 2016

Guest Commentary: Dr. Jeff Wilson

Dear Friends, In the summer of 1774, six months after the act of rebellion known as the Boston tea party, the British Parliament was dissolved and general elections were set to begin on October 5, 1774. In many ways, England was ...

October 17, 2016

UMPH Names Jernigan to Board

NASHVILLE, TN – The Board of The United Methodist Publishing House (Cokesbury and Abingdon Press) met at its new Nashville headquarters building October 10-12 to organize for the 2017-2020 quadrennium. The Reverend Brian K. ...

October 16, 2016

Hurricane Matthew: Disaster Response Update

The congregations of the Alabama-West Florida Conference have been so very generous to our neighbors affected by natural disasters this fall. The response to the Louisiana flooding was especially wonderful. Thank you for the ...

October 12, 2016

A Word from Bishop Graves: 2016 Missional Giving

We invite you to hear a word from Bishop David Graves about our progress with 2016 conference missional giving. Click here to watch video. Click here to read video transcript. 

October 05, 2016

Commission on the Way Forward: Membership Selection Progresses

(UMNS) - The Executive Committee of the Council of Bishops has narrowed the list of potential nominees for membership on the Commission on the Way Forward from over 300 persons to 29. The group includes 8 bishops, 13 clergy, and 8...

October 05, 2016

Exploring Fresh Expressions

(Dr. Darren McClellan) - Yesterday I was able to gather with over 125 friends from across our annual conference for the Fresh Expressions Vision Day at Pensacola FUMC. Derived over the last decade from the Anglican and Methodist ...

October 04, 2016

A Word from Bishop David Graves: October 4, 2016

We invite you to hear a word from Bishop David Graves, Resident Bishop of the Alabama-West Florida Conference. Click here to watch video. 

September 23, 2016

Conferences Hold UM Lawyers' Seminar

The Alabama-West Florida Conference and the North Alabama Conference held the United Methodist Lawyers' Seminar on Thursday, September 22, 2016. Both conferences invited United Methodist members in their local churches to attend ...

September 23, 2016

Pastor’s Program Offers Seminarians Financial Lifeline

(Martha Simmons/UMNS) - Jay Cooper already had a wife, two children and a job at his father-in-law’s business when he felt God urging him toward ordained ministry. “Everything was going swimmingly well until God decided to issue ...

September 20, 2016

AWF Receives Notes of Thanks for Louisiana Flood Relief Help

The Alabama-West Florida Conference heard the call from our connection to help the Louisiana area with flood relief efforts. Over $25,000 was collected and sent directly to the Louisiana conference for immediate use and fifteen ...

September 18, 2016

Service of Worship and Welcome held for Graves Family

Clergy, laity and friends of the Alabama-West Florida Conference gathered this evening, Sunday, September 18, 2016, at Crosspoint UMC in Niceville, FL, to welcome Bishop and Mrs. Nancy Graves to the area. A service to welcome the ...

September 17, 2016

From the Fiscal Office: New Department of Labor Overtime Rules

On May 18, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced its changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) “white collar” overtime exemption rules. The final rule strengthens protection for workers by increasing the standard ...

September 14, 2016

Conference Holds On-boarding Sessions

Throughout the course of the week, three on-boarding sessions were held in the Alabama-West Florida Conference. These sessions are being led by Claire Bowen, a lay person in the North Georgia Conference, who specializes in this ...

September 13, 2016

Guest Commentary: Dr. Darren McClellan

Yesterday evening, I had the opportunity to participate in a service of celebrating the episcopal assignment of Bishop David William Graves at First United Methodist Church in Montgomery. Gathered tightly in the good company of ...

September 12, 2016

Graves Installed as Alabama-West Florida Episcopal Leader

(Montgomery, AL) - Bishop David W. Graves was officially installed as resident bishop Sunday afternoon, September 11, 2016. A capacity crowd filled the beautiful cathedral sanctuary of Montgomery FUMC in Cloverdale Park.  The ...

September 08, 2016

A Word from Bishop David Graves

We invite you to hear a word from Bishop David Graves, Resident Bishop of the Alabama-West Florida Conference. Click here to watch video. 

September 06, 2016

Ester Named as National United Methodist Women Vice President

The Alabama-West Florida Conference would like to congratulate Clara Ester on her election as the National United Methodist Women Vice President. Ester was elected at the national meeting on August 29, 2016, in Houston, TX. ...

September 01, 2016

Graves Begins Episcopal Leadership Today

Perhaps you’ve seen the hundreds of back-to-school photos in your news feed over the past month? Today is the official “First Day of Bishop” for Bishop David Graves in the Alabama-West Florida Conference and new Bishops around the...

September 01, 2016

Hurricane Hermine

As many of you have seen in the news, tropical storm Hermine has now been upgraded to a hurricane as of this afternoon. At this time we do not expect this storm to make a significant impact on the Alabama-West Florida Conference. ...

August 29, 2016

Meet Beverly Maddox: New AWF Lay Leader

Beverly Maddox was elected the new Alabama-West Florida Conference lay leader at the 2016 Annual Conference session. The AWF Office of Communications sat down with her to learn more about her ministry and passion for our ...

August 23, 2016

You Are Invited to Welcome Bishop and Mrs. David Graves

Please join us to welcome Bishop and Mrs. David Graves on Sunday, September 11 and Sunday, September 18, 2016. 

August 18, 2016

Louisiana Flooding Disaster Response

(Susan Hunt) - Our hearts are broken with the news of severe flooding in Louisiana over the last several days. Thousands of people have been displaced and are in temporary shelters after over two feet of rain fell in a short span ...

August 16, 2016

A Word from the Bishop: Gratitude

When our Alabama-West Florida Conference Cabinet met several weeks ago, I shared St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians as a reminder of the joy and the journey that we have shared together over the last eight years. Following the ...

August 15, 2016

A Greeting from Bishop David Graves

Dear Members of the Alabama-West Florida Conference, Greetings in the precious name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Nancy and I are so excited to join you in the Alabama-West Florida Conference. The week of July 12-15 was ...

August 14, 2016

Conference Bids Farewell to Leelands

An overflow crowd gathered on the afternoon of Sunday, August 14, 2016, to say farewell to Bishop and Mrs. Paul Leeland. Clergy, spouses, lay leaders, conference staff and friends of the Leelands were welcomed by the staff and ...

July 31, 2016

Bishop Announces September 1 Appointments

Bishop Paul L. Leeland, in consultation with Bishop David Graves, is pleased to announce several appointments in the Alabama-West Florida Conference that are the result of Bishop Lawson Bryan’s episcopal election and assignment to...

July 21, 2016

Oakwood Experience Continues Legacy Camp

Over eighty youth from Dadeville UMC, Dothan FUMC, Destin UMC, Greenville FUMC and Woodland UMC gathered at Blue Lake Camp for the Oakwood Experience. The Oakwood Experience began over 30 years ago in the AWF Conference with ...

July 14, 2016

Bishop Graves Assigned to AWF Conference

The Rev. David Graves has been assigned to the Alabama-West Florida Conference and will serve as its bishop for the next four years. The assignment begins Sept. 1. Senior pastor of Church Street United Methodist Church in ...

July 14, 2016

What a Day! SEJ Elects 5 New Bishops, Makes History

There is no place in Methodism that has seen more episcopal elections than Stuart Auditorium on the campus of Lake Junaluska. By the close of the afternoon session July 13, five new bishops had been elected in the historic ...

July 13, 2016

Bryan Elected Bishop in the Southeastern Jurisdiction

Dr. Robert Lawson Bryan, of the Alabama-West Florida Conference, has been elected a bishop by the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference of the The United Methodist Church. He is the fourth bishop elected at the 2016 Southeastern ...

July 08, 2016

A Word from the Bishop: Still, it continues...

Still, it continues... The tragic deaths and continued violence reported daily appear to be creating a numbness in which we are becoming apathetic to the horrible events that destroy lives and community. In an atmosphere of fear ...

June 27, 2016

Helping with the Flint Water Crisis

The water crisis in Flint, Michigan, has not been in the news headlines as much recently, but the people who live there are still affected and will be dealing with the problems for years to come. Lead-tainted water, infrastructure...

June 16, 2016

2016 Annual Conference: In Brief

The 2016 Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference was held June 12-15 in Montgomery, AL, with the theme, "The Great Commission: Sending Disciples." Bishop Paul L. Leeland, presiding over his eighth annual conference session since ...

June 15, 2016

Annual Conference, Day Four: June 15, 2016

In the News Full Recap and Bulletin Insert coming this Thursday! Stay tuned to www.awfumc.org/2016annualconference for an informative bulletin insert. It is printer friendly and we encourage you to share it with your local ...

June 14, 2016

Annual Conference, Day Three: June 14, 2016

In the News Morning Teaching Sessions: Dr. Kevin Watson, Assistant Professor of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies at Candler School of Theology, led two morning teaching sessions titled "No Holiness but Social Holiness: The Theology ...

June 13, 2016

Annual Conference, Day Two: June 13, 2016

In the News Service of Remembrance and Holy Communion: Thirty clergy and clergy spouses who passed since the 2015 AWF Annual Conference session were remembered today during the Service of Remembrance and Holy Communion. Bishop ...

June 12, 2016

Annual Conference, Day One: June 12, 2016

In the News Opening Worship: A capacity crowd attended the Opening Worship Service of the 2016 Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference session, which was held Sunday evening, June 12, in the sanctuary of Frazer Memorial UMC in ...

June 07, 2016

Helms Named SEJ United Methodist Women President, Ester Named to Board

The 2016 meeting of the Southeastern Jurisdiction (SEJ) United Methodist Women was held June 1-3, 2016, in Charleston, South Carolina. The theme was, "A Fresh Wind Blowing." At this meeting, two Alabama-West Florida Conference ...

June 06, 2016

Special Edition: The NewsCONNECTION, June 6, 2016

Guide to Annual Conference  The Guide to Annual Conference is now available for download. It contains all orders of worship and special announcements pertinent to annual conference. Printed bulletins will not be available so ...

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