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July 24, 2017

‘God is at work': Casa de Dios gets permanent home in Pensacola

(Kari Barlow for the Alabama-West Florida Conference) - The ceremony on June 29 was simple, but for Pastor Andres Doimeadios, the small gathering marked the start of something huge. It was the day the Pensacola District Board of ...

July 20, 2017

AWF Conference Launches Resource Page

"Where do I click?" "I can't find the forms." "Can the conference office help me with this?" These are common questions the staff of the Alabama-West Florida Conference hears often. As a result of feedback from clergy and laity, a...

July 18, 2017

UMICM Receives Grant From Children's Trust Fund of AL

The United Methodist Inner City Mission (UMICM) is proud to announce that they are a recipient of a $90,000 grant from the Alabama Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention. The $90,000 grant is for two years of program ...

July 14, 2017

A Word from Bishop David Graves

We invite you to watch a video message from Bishop David Graves, Resident Bishop of the Alabama-West Florida Conference. Click here to view. Click here to read the written transcript.  You may also listen to this message as an ...

June 23, 2017

A Word from Bishop Graves: Health Care for All People!

As we prepare for the July 4th remembrance holiday, there is a great debate going on in our country around health care. It seems that we have been in a standoff around this issue for many years. In my opinion, the spiral began ...

June 22, 2017

'It was always important'

Alabama Chief Justice Lyn Stuart makes church family a top priority   (Kari C. Barlow for the Alabama-West Florida Conference) - Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Lyn Stuart loves the view from her office window, which overlooks...

June 22, 2017

Milton First Celebrates 150 Years of Ministry

For 150 years, the people called Methodists have connected people to God and people to people through Jesus Christ in Milton, Florida! A celebration of this ministry and mission of First United Methodist Church was held on ...

June 22, 2017

Safe Sanctuaries Training Video Release by AWF Trustees

As the Chair of the Alabama-West Florida UMC Conference Safe Sanctuaries Committee and a former juvenile judge, I am reaching out to you because of your position of leadership at your United Methodist Church. As a member of the ...

June 12, 2017

A Word of Thanks from Bishop David Graves

To the clergy and laity of the Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference: I want to take this opportunity to express my appreciation for the spirit-led, inspirational, incredible, and over-the-top annual conference that we shared ...

June 08, 2017

2017 Annual Conference: In Review

The 2017 Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference was held June 4-7 in Montgomery, AL, with the theme, "Imagine: By Faith It Can Happen." Bishop David Graves, presiding over his first annual conference session since becoming the ...

June 07, 2017

Annual Conference, Day Four: June 7, 2017

In the News Full Recap and Bulletin Insert coming this Thursday! Stay tuned to www.awfumc.org/ac2017 for an informative bulletin insert. It is printer friendly and we encourage you to share it with your local congregation this ...

June 06, 2017

Annual Conference, Day Three: June 6, 2017

In the News Morning Worship: Day three of annual conference began with morning worship and Holy Communion. Rev. Amanda Messer, a deacon at Ashland Place UMC, offered the greeting and prepared the table for communion. Rev. Sung Kuk...

June 05, 2017

Annual Conference, Day Two: June 5, 2017

In the News Morning Worship: An addition to the agenda this year is to begin each day with morning worship. Bishop David Graves made this addition so that the conference session would start with a sense of Holy time and carry that...

June 04, 2017

Annual Conference, Day One: June 4, 2017

In the News Opening Worship: A capacity crowd attended the Opening Worship Service of the 2017 Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference session, which was held Sunday evening, June 4, in the sanctuary of Frazer Memorial UMC in ...

June 01, 2017

UMC bishops ask Trump to reconsider decision to withdraw U.S. from climate accord

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is asking U.S. President Donald Trump to reconsider his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord.  In a statement released today,...

May 25, 2017

Bishop Graves: By Faith it Can Happen

(Bishop Graves for The Montgomery Advertiser) - This will be the theme of the Alabama-West Florida Conference when we gather in Montgomery on June 4-7, for our annual gathering. Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church will host ...

May 17, 2017

Important Final Details and Guide to Annual Conference 2017

We are quickly approaching the 2017 session of the Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference. We are excited to see many of you soon. Click here to access a working agenda. Copies of the final agenda will be distributed at the doors...

May 10, 2017

Graves Announces Staff Change and Interim Plan

Bishop David Graves announces that Rev. Dan Pezet has accepted an appointment outside of the Alabama-West Florida Conference. Pezet has served as Director of Congregational Vitality since 2014. In that appointment he designed and ...

April 29, 2017

A Word from Bishop Graves: The Judicial Council Decision

The Judicial Council, the highest judicial body in the United Methodist Church, has released its decision regarding the election, consecration, and assignment of Karen Oliveto as a bishop in the United Methodist Church. If you ...

April 25, 2017

UMC Bishops Call Special Session of General Conference for 2019

Washington, D.C.: The Council of Bishops (COB) has called a Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church (UMC) to be held February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. In announcing the call, COB ...

April 24, 2017

A Word from Bishop Graves: April 24, 2017

We invite you to hear a message from Bishop David Graves, Resident Bishop of the Alabama-West Florida Conference. Click here to view. Click here to read the written transcript.  You may also listen to this message as an audio-only...

April 20, 2017

A Word from the Bishop: the Upcoming Judicial Council Ruling

To the People of the Alabama-West Florida Conference: Greetings! As we live in the glow of Easter, the Gospel of Matthew concludes with Jesus reminding us, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and...

April 19, 2017

"Place at the Table" Seeks Intentional Inclusion

(Jenn Lusher) - The “Place at the Table” gathering was held on April 8th at Evergreen UMC. It was a great time of worship, food and fellowship between our ethnic churches and leaders around the conference. Our desire was to begin ...

April 18, 2017

Bishops say pray, don’t be afraid as Judicial Council weighs decision

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Council of Bishops President Bishop Bruce Ough has called on all United Methodists to pray unceasingly, intentionally and earnestly for the unity of the church as the Judicial Council ponders its decision on the...

April 17, 2017

Lusher Named AWF Director of Leadership Strategies

The Alabama-West Florida Conference, under the leadership of Bishop David Graves, is pleased to announce the naming of Jennifer (Jenn) Lusher as Director of Leadership Strategies. Her priority will be to help align the resources ...

April 10, 2017

Lay-led Ministry of Montgomery FUMC Reaches Dementia Community

Five years ago, it all started with a little bit of vision and whole lot of passion. The Respite Ministry at Montgomery FUMC celebrated their successes at a banquet luncheon on Thursday, April 6, 2017. But that banquet was really ...

April 06, 2017

A Word from the Cabinet: Pastoral Appointment Timeline and Reminders

The Alabama-West Florida Cabinet is concluding its third round of appointment making today. Below you will find reminders of dates pertaining to pastoral moves and public announcements about appointments.  Beginning April 17, ...

April 03, 2017

Fresh Expressions Vision Day Equips Leaders to Reach the Unchurched

In the year 2017, it has become increasingly difficult for churches to find new members. Schedules are overbooked, people are distracted and time seems to be a premium. To offset these challenges, a movement called “Fresh ...

March 28, 2017

2017 Annual Conference Information

Annual Conference 2017 is quickly approaching! This year's theme is, "Imagine: By Faith It Can Happen." We are most appreciative to Dr. Larry Bryars and his staff at Frazer Memorial UMC in Montgomery, AL, for hosting us again this...

March 27, 2017

Bishop Announces District Cabinet Appointments

Bishop David W. Graves is pleased to announce two projected district appointments. As previously announced, Dr. Debora Bishop will become a superintendent effective July 1, 2017. She will be appointed to the Mobile District. Dr. ...

March 26, 2017

SEJ College of Bishops Releases Q and A About the Judicial Council

Many in the church are anticipating the upcoming Judicial Council ruling on the Western Jurisdiction’s recent election of a married lesbian bishop, Bishop Karen Oliveto. Some are hopeful the Judicial Council will rule the election...

March 20, 2017

A Word from Bishop Graves: Our Next Steps and the Upcoming Judicial Council Ruling

We invite you to hear an important video message from Bishop David Graves about our next steps and the upcoming United Methodist Judicial Council ruling. Click here to watch video. Click here to read written transcript and to ...

March 16, 2017

Alabama-West Florida Conference Announces McClellan as Contract Grant Writer

Bishop David Graves and the Alabama-West Florida Conference are pleased to announce the addition of Mrs. Kristi McClellan as a contract grant writer. Her priority will be assisting the local mission agencies that are currently ...

March 10, 2017

A Word from the Bishop: Seeking Prayer

Friends, As another week has passed and the weekend is dawning, for me, it is filled with traveling this Saturday morning to Santa Rosa Beach and Good News United Methodist Church to participate and share in the Service of ...

March 08, 2017

Registration open for 2017 Huntingdon Leadership Academy

Montgomery, Ala.—Huntingdon College is accepting registrations for the 2017 Huntingdon Leadership Academy, established in 2015 to assist high school juniors and seniors in discerning God’s call on their lives. Supported by a gift ...

March 06, 2017

Graves Announces Bishop To AWF Cabinet

(Montgomery, AL) - Bishop David W. Graves announces that Dr. Debora Bishop has been projected as a District Superintendent to the Alabama-West Florida Conference cabinet, effective July 1, 2017.  Currently serving as pastor of ...

February 21, 2017

2017 Bishop's Day Apart Brings Clergy Together in Dothan

(Dothan, AL) - Over 250 clergy from the Alabama-West Florida Conference gathered today at Dothan FUMC. In years past this event has been held in Montgomery, AL. This event was held at a more central location in the conference to ...

February 20, 2017

AWF Holds Seventh Annual Prayer Breakfast for State Officials

(Montgomery, AL) - The Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church Board of Church & Society hosted a prayer breakfast on February 16, 2017, at the Alabama State House in downtown Montgomery. State Treasurer ...

February 20, 2017

Springfield UMC Suffers Extensive Fire

Springfield UMC, in the Marianna-Panama City District, suffered an extensive fire and the sanctuary is a total loss. We are thankful that there are no injuries. Flames were reported shortly before 9pm on Sunday, February 26.  Dr....

February 15, 2017

Win a free Fitbit from the AWF Board of Pension & Health Benefits

To All AWF Health Plan Participants:  Would you like to win a FREE Fitbit? The Alabama-West Florida Conference Board of Pension & Health Benefits is kicking off a friendly health competition called Thrive!!  Here is how you can ...

February 13, 2017

A Word from the Bishop: The Appointment Making Process

Greetings to the wonderful people of the Alabama-West Florida Conference: I have been blessed by my times in the Town Hall/District visits in four of our districts and look forward to my time in the other four districts over the ...

February 08, 2017

Bryan Expresses Appreciation to AWF Conference

Bishop David Graves 4719 Woodmere Blvd. Montgomery, AL 36106   Dear David:    I have just received the incredibly generous gift of $5000 for disaster recovery here in South Georgia. This is overwhelming to me! It has been 25 years...

February 01, 2017

Annual Conference 2017 to Vote on Five Constitutional Amendments

(UMNS) - General Conference delegates had their say last year. Now, it’s up to annual conference voters to determine whether five amendments will become part of The United Methodist Church’s constitution. In the coming months, the...

January 31, 2017

Jernigan Offers Strengths-based Finder Workshops

A local church staff can “make it or break it” based on how well they connect with one another. That is why knowing each other's strengths can offer a glimpse into how we are most productive. How do you prefer to receive ...

January 30, 2017

Bishop Ough Issues Statement on Trump Immigration Order

(Minneapolis, UMNS) - Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, issued a statement regarding President Trump’s executive order on immigration at a press conference sponsored by the Minnesota ...

January 30, 2017

Methodist Homes Opens New Rehab Center in Dothan

Wesley Place on Honeysuckle, formerly known as Wesley Manor, officially opened The Rehab Inn, a newly constructed rehabilitation center for adults age 55+ on December 7. The Rehab Inn is the first of its kind in Alabama, ...

January 26, 2017

Weekend Tornadoes Impact Multiple Conferences

The weekend of January 21 was a deadly one for residents in the Southeast due to the extensive outbreak of tornadoes. It was also a destructive one for those who live in the Mississippi, South Georgia and Alabama-West Florida ...

January 12, 2017

Demopolis District Welcomes Next Step Ministry to Ignite Vitality Movement

The Demopolis District in the Alabama-West Florida Conference, under the leadership of District Superintendent Rev. Allen Newton, welcomed Dr. Victor Dingus and several conference leaders on Sunday, January 8, 2017. The district ...

January 11, 2017

Disabilities Sunday Designated in the AWF Conference

Sunday, February 26, 2017, has been designated as Disability Awareness Sunday in the Alabama - West Florida Conference. As United Methodists, "We recognize that God made all creation and saw that it was good. As a diverse people ...

January 11, 2017

Huntingdon celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day with college-wide service

Montgomery, Ala.—The Huntingdon College community will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 16, with a Day of Service in memory of Dr. King's life and legacy. In partnership with the United Methodist Committee on ...

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