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March 14, 2012

Briefing Previews General Conference Issues

By United Methodist News Service* 7:00 A.M. ET Jan. 25, 2012 | TAMPA, Fla. a title=" The Rev. Jay Williams (left) listens during a panel discussion about clergy effectiveness at The United Methodist Church's pre-General Conference...

March 10, 2012

A Letter from Amelia Fletcher

March 6, 2011 Bishop Paul Leeland 100 Interstate Park Suite 120-A Montgomery, AL 36109 Dear Bishop, Since the April 2011 tornado outbreaks, our Conference has learned that response and recovery are not just a coastal concern. This...

March 09, 2012

Disaster Response Update, March 9

We appreciate your prayers and offers of service to those who lost property from the March 2 storms. Rev. Steve Reneau of Verbena UMC and Dr. Chris Perry, Montgomery-Prattville district disaster response coordinator, are ...

March 08, 2012

Circles of Transformation Continues Initiative

As the United Methodist Church worldwide, the General Board of Global Ministries has committed to four areas of service. One is Ministry with the Poor. It is one way that we commit to live out our Christian witness, our ministry ...

March 06, 2012

Alabama Rural Ministry Spring Update

Alabama Rural Ministry (ARM) is seeking energetic and dedicated students to run its summer youth mission camps called “Extend.” There are still a few openings for construction and day camp counselors and are in need of guys to ...

March 03, 2012

A Word from the Bishop: Storm Damage Assessment

The storms that have damaged areas across 10 states passed through our Alabama-West Florida Conference. Let us be in prayer for our congregations and families as we continue to receive news regarding the impact of these storms. ...

February 29, 2012

Sometimes "Thank You" Is Not Enough

Sometimes “thank you” is not enough. It doesn’t always capture the depth of our gratitude and we don’t always recognize the sacrifice that has been made by others. However, I did think about the sacrifices made by congregations in...

February 24, 2012

Prayer Breakfast Held for State Leaders

(Montgomery, AL) - The Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church and First United Methodist Church of Montgomery’s Work Area on Church & Society hosted a prayer breakfast on February 23 in the fellowship hall ...

February 20, 2012

3.0 Missional Summer Internship Availability

The 3.0 Missional Summer Internship (a partner of Forge America) offers young people an amazing opportunity to serve the underprivileged in Mobile, Alabama. We need your help in spreading the word! Selected interns will be ...

February 13, 2012

Living Into a Dream: The Teaching Parish Program

Guest Commentary: Rev. Jay D. Cooper History reminds us that unless we learn from the past we are likely to repeat it. No other appropriate words could apply to the way Montgomery has witnessed strides toward racial ...

February 10, 2012

Housing Allowances for Clergy

The following information was shared with us from the Legal Department at the General Council on Finance and Administration regarding housing allowances for clergy: In December 2010, the U.S. Tax Court issued a controversial ...

February 10, 2012

PUMC Youth Shares Personal Account of Mission Work

Name: Hannah Gipson Age: 17 School: Prattville Christian Academy Years Attended Prattville United Methodist Church: 17 What mission trips have you participated in with PUMC? Nashville 2009; Hinton NC 2010, 2011; Choir Tour 2010, ...

February 09, 2012

"Next Year in Jerusalem"

(Rev. Joe Bullington) - That’s the way the Passover Seder ends, and it’s appropriate for the Alabama-West Florida Conference; Bishop Paul Leeland invites the conference to join him in January of 2013 for a pilgrimage to the Holy ...

February 08, 2012

AWF Lay Leader Plays Key Role in MLK Memorial

As we celebrate Black History Month, probably the most notable leader in the Civil Rights Movement is now properly memorialized in our nation's capital thanks to one of our outstanding leaders in the Alabama-West Florida ...

February 06, 2012

Nellie Burge Announces New Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the Nellie Burge Community Center proudly announces the appointment of Debbie Dobbins as the new Executive Director. Ms. Dobbins brings to this position 25 years experience with nonprofits and over twelve...

January 27, 2012

The Best Advice I Ever Received

(Dr. Herb Sadler) - The best advice I ever got in my ministry came from the father of Bishop Mike Watson. I was a 25 year old recent seminary graduate and had just been appointed as Associate Pastor of First UMC, Dothan. Excell ...

January 25, 2012

One Great Hour of Sharing Hits Home

(Amelia Fletcher, AWF Disaster Response Coordinator) - A mantra of disaster work is that “ All disasters are LOCAL.” In that vein, UMCOR’s funding is unique to each disaster and it depends on the assessment and willingness of the ...

January 25, 2012

Safe Sanctuaries Training Presented By Author Joy Melton

Seminar To Help Develop Policies And Procedures For Reducing Risk Of Abuse In Churches And Organizations On February 21, 2012, First United Methodist Church of Pensacola will host Rev. Joy Melton, author of the United Methodist ...

January 17, 2012

AWF Cabinet January Meeting Summary

(Dr. Jeremy Pridgeon) - The Cabinet of the Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference met last week in a regularly scheduled session in Montgomery. We continue to celebrate the work of local congregations in "Living the Mission" of ...

January 13, 2012

Alabama Rural Ministry Anticipates Helping Many in New Year

(Lisa Pierce) - 1) Bring a mission team 2) Help us recruit summer staff 3) Come ride or support the Cycle of Service Bike Ride Across Alabama in May The New Year has come and once again, Alabama Rural Ministry (ARM) is off to the ...

January 12, 2012

Catapult Missional Grant Makes Immediate Impact

Below is a letter from a clergy spouse, Carmen McCullough, to Rev. Brian Miller in response to a Catapult missional grant written December 30, 2011. The Church at 301 Dexter received this grant to implement a brown bag ministry to...

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