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November 16, 2014

AWF Conference Continues Red Bird Partnership

(Susan Hunt) As we drove through northern Georgia and Tennessee to get to Kentucky, the trees were breathtaking. The fall colors were at their peak. That seemed like a good sign of things to come for our journey as we headed to ...

November 07, 2014

Bishops Call United Methodists to Prayer in Human Sexuality Statement

(UMNS) - Oklahoma City, Okla.: The Council of Bishops issued a statement concerning human sexuality, addressing their diverse perspectives and calling the people of The United Methodist Church to be in prayer, both for their ...

October 09, 2014

Mission Agency Prepares for Long-term Integrated Response to Ebola

October 8, 2014—Since June 2014, the General Board of Global Ministries’ United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and Global Health unit have been working in collaboration on a global scale to coordinate an integrated approach...

October 07, 2014

United Methodist Agency to Reshape Its Global Mission and Ministries

New York, NY, October 3, 2014—The United Methodist Church’s global mission agency will create a network of offices around the world linked and accountable to headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, beginning in late 2016. Part of the ...

October 05, 2014

A Word from the Bishop: Reflections on Acts 15

Bishop Paul Leeland is part of a reading group, initiated by Bishop Ken Carter of the Florida Conference. The group, including many bishops and laity from across the world, are reading one chapter of Luke and Acts, which totals 52...

September 23, 2014

Circles of Transformation: Transforming People, Congregations, and Communities

(Fred Blackwell) - “I’ve got people now!” So exclaimed Jose Maya, a recent Circles graduate in Dothan, Alabama. Dothan is the pilot site for Circles start-up in the AWFUMC. Maya is typical of those who can benefit from the Circles...

September 08, 2014

Imagine No Malara: An Update from the AWF Director of Mission & Advocacy

(Susan Hunt) - 65,321. That is roughly the population of the city of Dothan, Alabama. That is also how many people in Africa will now have the chance to live because of the effort you, the Alabama-West Florida Conference, have ...

September 05, 2014

Blue Lake Board of Trustees Announces New Director

The Blue Lake Camp Board of Trustees are pleased to announce Steve Lewandowski as its new executive director following the recent retirement of Ms. Phyllis Murray.  Steve grew up in Tulsa, OK, where he was heavily involved in his ...

September 05, 2014

Know Your DS: Dr. Chris Eckert

The next three editions of the NewsCONNECTION will feature a district superintendent that has not yet been featured before. This edition's spotlight is on Dr. Chris Eckert, Demopolis District Superintendent. What Brought You to ...

August 25, 2014

Guest Commentary: Dr. Jeremy Pridgeon

During a sociology of religion class, our professor shared that religious belief and participation helps to hold the elements of life together. As a Christian and a pastor, I would agree but contend that for us as followers of ...

August 21, 2014

Know Your DS: Dr. Doug Pennington

The next four editions of the NewsCONNECTION will feature a district superintendent that has not yet been featured before. This edition's spotlight is on Dr. Doug Pennington, Mobile District Superintendent. What Brought You to the...

August 19, 2014

Bishop Schnase's Statement on Ferguson

Dear friends, People have asked about what the United Methodist Church is doing in response to the events in recent days in Ferguson, Missouri, and so I’d like to lift up a few significant points of engagement and offerings of ...

August 18, 2014

QuadW Missional Internship Receives YCI Grant of $86,000

(Rev. Don Woolley) - The QuadW Missional Internship has been awarded an $86,000 grant from the Young Clergy Initiative, administered by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) of the United Methodist Church. ...

August 14, 2014

An Invitation To Catapult 2014

One of the emphases of my address to the annual conference was that every church can be a missional-invitational church. Every church within the bounds of the Alabama-West Florida Conference can embody the God who sends and the ...

August 11, 2014

New Cabinet Meets in Scheduled July Session

(Dr. Jeremy Pridgeon) - The Cabinet of the Alabama-West Florida Conference met recently in Montgomery. The session was devoted primarily to reviewing the overall mission and ministry of the conference. Bishop Leeland and the ...

August 11, 2014

The Power of a Small Envelope

Life-changing moments are expected to happen with the birth of a child, marrying your true love, saying goodbye to a parent, perhaps even being called into the ministry. It’s the unexpected moments and generosity of others that ...

August 07, 2014

Know Your DS: Dr. Larry Bryars

Many of you will remember the spotlight on our eight district superintendents. The next five editions of the NewsCONNECTION will feature a district superintendent that has not yet been featured before. This edition's spotlight is ...

July 24, 2014

Know Your DS: Rev. Sara Shaver

Many of you will remember the spotlight on our eight district superintendents. The next six editions of the NewsCONNECTION will feature a district superintendent that has not yet been featured before. This edition's spotlight is ...

July 17, 2014

Strong Support Moves Alabama-West Florida Toward Imagine No Malaria Goal

United Methodists in Alabama-West Florida had cause to celebrate at their annual gathering this year: An outpouring of grass-roots support has put them at almost 60 percent of a $1 million goal for Imagine No Malaria. Earlier this...

July 17, 2014

Texas Bishops Respond to Border Crisis in Joint Letter to all Texas Methodists

The bishops of the five Texas Annual Conferences have issued a letter to all Texas Methodists in response to the humanitarian crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border. The Bishops’ prayer is that the letter be shared with local ...

June 19, 2014

June 18, 2014, Flood Update

Below is a recap from Amelia Fletcher, AWF Conference Disaster Response Coordinator.   Alabama: Baldwin County has set up a Long Term Recovery operation with officers. An office has been set up at Prodisee Pantry in Spanish Fort. ...

June 05, 2014

Poll: Making disciples tops United Methodists priorities; sexuality ranks low

June 4, 2014 Poll: Making disciples tops United Methodists’ priorities; sexuality ranks low More than 90 percent of members say church shouldn’t split over issue NASHVILLE, Tenn.—A new poll of United Methodists in the United ...

May 19, 2014

Pensacola District Disaster and Fire Response

I couldn't help but think of the Lent, Easter, Pentecost cycle as I prepared to worship this morning with the Mount Carmel United Methodist Church in their first service after the loss of their sanctuary on Wednesday. As you know,...

May 18, 2014

Prayers for Daleville UMC

Rev. Dan Morris, District Superintendent of the Dothan District, reports that Daleville UMC suffered a fire early this morning. Preliminary reports say the church is a total loss but a cause is unknown at this time.  {Photo ...

May 15, 2014

Prayers for Mt. Carmel UMC in Jay, FL

Mt. Carmel UMC in Jay, FL, suffered extensive damage from a fire yesterday morning. Firefighters from around the area worked for hours to extinguish the flames, but were unable to save the sanctuary. Thankfully, no one was ...

May 08, 2014

Bishop Cancels Cabinet Meeting to Visit Storm Damaged Areas

The southern parts of the Alabama-West Florida Conference have experienced extreme flooding with predictions of more rain to come this weekend. Due to these circumstances, Bishop Paul Leeland has canceled the regularly scheduled ...

May 05, 2014

A Message to Pastors from Dr. Jeremy Pridgeon

The torrential rainfall this past week created havoc for our district. The descriptions of the flooding as "biblical" in nature underscored the severity of the event. The images that have been seen around the world point to a ...

May 02, 2014

A Word from the Bishop: Storm Recovery

Dear friends and colleagues in ministry, The immediate storm within the bounds of our conference produced more rain water than Hurricane Ivan. Hundreds of homes and churches were damaged by the storm. As your Bishop, allow me to ...

May 02, 2014

Church Leaders Gather for Spring Learning Retreat

Nashville, Tenn.: The residential bishops of The United Methodist Church and secretaries of the general agencies will gather May 4-8 at Epworth-by-the-Sea in St. Simons Island, Ga. for a time of spiritual reflection and peer ...

April 30, 2014

Gulf Coast flooding, April 30, 2014

To trained ERTs in the Mobile, Baypines and Pensacola districts: Our conference and district disaster response leadership is actively monitoring the situation along the Gulf Coast in response to the recent heavy rains and ...

April 25, 2014

An Easter Season Word from the Bishop

“Peace be with you.” These are the words the Resurrected Jesus speaks to the eleven disciples and their companions gathered in the locked upper room. They were “startled and terrified and thought that they were seeing a ghost” ...

April 14, 2014

A Holy Week Message from Dr. Jeremy Pridgeon

(Dr. Jeremy Pridgeon) - Throughout the world, the church shouted "Hosanna!" and waved palm branches commemorating the Triumphal Entry of Jesus into the Holy City of Jerusalem. I had the privilege today to preach at the St. Luke ...

April 10, 2014

Open Doors, Inc. Announces First Distribution

Celeste Eubanks, chair of the Open Doors, Inc. board of directors, has announced the first distribution of funds in support of community ministries in the Mobile District of the United Methodist Church. On February 18, 2014, the ...

March 30, 2014

Bishop Names Eckert to AWF Cabinet

(Montgomery, AL) – Bishop Paul L. Leeland announces that Dr. Chris Eckert has been appointed as the District Superintendent of the Demopolis District of the Alabama-West Florida Conference, effective July 1, 2014.   Currently ...

March 18, 2014

Annual Conference 2014 Information

Annual Conference 2014 is quickly approaching! This year's theme is the second part of the SEND Model many in the conference have adopted. It is, "The Great Commission: Engaging Disciples." We are most appreciative to Dr. Tim ...

March 16, 2014

Bishop Names Three District Superintendents to AWF Cabinet

(Montgomery, AL) - Bishop Paul L. Leeland is pleased to announce three new district superintendents to the Alabama-West Florida Conference appointive cabinet. Rev. John Brooks, Dr. Larry Bryars and Rev. Sara Shaver will begin ...

March 14, 2014

Lisenby Named by Bishop as Huntingdon College Chaplain

(Montgomery, AL) - Bishop Paul L. Leeland of The Alabama-West Florida Conference, in partnership with Huntingdon College President J. Cameron West, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Woods Lisenby to Huntingdon College ...

January 31, 2014

January Cabinet Synopsis

(Dr. Jeremy Pridgeon) - Bishop Leeland and members of the Cabinet recently held their first meeting of 2014. There is much to celebrate in the life of the Alabama-West Florida Conference because the Spirit is moving among our ...

January 23, 2014

Bishop's Day Apart for All God's Servants, an Invitation from Bishop Leeland

Friends, It is my sincere pleasure to invite you, as clergy and laity, to our Alabama-West Florida Conference “Bishop’s Day Apart for All God’s Servants” which is scheduled for March 3, 2014, at St. James United Methodist Church ...

January 22, 2014

Upcoming Deadlines in Standing Rules

Greetings in the name of Christ. As preparations are underway for the 2014 meeting of Annual Conference, June 1-4 at Frazer Memorial UMC in Montgomery, Alabama, the Committee on Standing Rules will be looking at proposed changes ...

December 16, 2013

Advent Greetings from the Bishop

Dear Alabama-West Florida family, Matthew 2:1-2 "After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, 'Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We ...

December 04, 2013

Foundation Dream Realized: $10,000 Scholarships to Full-Time Students

(Stegall Seminary Scholarship Endowment Foundation) - In September 2013, Dr. Karl K. Stegall dared to write of a bold vision. He said in the Foundation’s quarterly brochure, “With your great encouragement and generosity, I am now ...

November 25, 2013

Prepare for upcoming clergy retirement plan changes

Changes to the clergy retirement plan are fast approaching. Have you taken the actions necessary to prepare?  The General Conference 2012 plan changes – which go into effect on Jan. 1, 2014 – will affect clergy in different ways....

November 15, 2013

Council of Bishops Takes Action Following Same-Gender Ceremony

(Lake Junaluska, N.C/UMNS) Following the action of a retired bishop to conduct a same-gender ceremony in violation of church law, the United Methodist Council of Bishops took a series of actions to address the issue during their ...

November 14, 2013

Bishop Leeland Encourages Offering for Philippines Relief

Bishop Leeland Encourages Offering for Philippines Relief In the Philippines, home to more than 210,000 United Methodists, countless numbers of people are suffering from the devastating results of Typhoon Haiyan, described as one ...

November 07, 2013

AWF 2016 Delegation Number Announced by General Conference Secretary

Delegates to the 2016 General Conference are to be elected at either the 2014 or 2015 session of the Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference. (Paragraph 502.3) You are to elect 5 Clergy Delegates and 5 Lay Delegates. In accordance...

November 01, 2013

With needs on rise, religious leaders warn against food stamp cuts

(Linda Bloom*, UMConnections) - If Congress drastically cuts the federal food stamp program, religious institutions will not be able to fill the gap for hungry families. That was the message delivered by religious leaders from ...

October 23, 2013

AWF Delegation Task Force Appointed

(Montgomery, AL) - UMConnections, a blog about the United Methodist Church, recently reported that the 2016 session of General Conference will see a drop in the number of delegates based on a vote by the Commission. Most likely, ...

October 23, 2013

October Cabinet Holds Planned Session

(Dr. Jeremy Pridgeon) - The Cabinet of the Alabama-West Florida Conference met in a regularly scheduled session on October 14-15 at the Conference Office in Montgomery. A significant portion of this meeting was devoted to ...

October 04, 2013

Pensacola District On Watch for Tropical Storm Karen

The conference office received this note from Dr. Jeremy Pridgeon, Pensacola District Superintendent. It was sent to his district but we are reposting here for our Pensacola-area followers.    Based on the lastest advisory, the ...

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