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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 ...

December 16, 2016

Notes from the Fiscal Office: Connectional Giving and FLSA Update

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, We are halfway through Advent as I write this. While the end of the year is upon us, it’s not too late to share with you how we’re doing with apportioned connectional giving. The news is good!...

December 15, 2016

Advent Greetings from Bishop and Mrs. David Graves

Bishop and Mrs. David Graves would like to share an Advent message with the Alabama-West Florida Conference. Click here to view message. You may also listen to this message as an audio-only podcast by clicking here, by searching ...

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 ...

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