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September 20, 2012

AWF Cabinet September Meeting Summary

(Dr. Jeremy Pridgeon) - The Cabinet of the Alabama-West Florida Conference met in a regularly scheduled session last week at the Conference Office in Montgomery. We continue to affirm the work of our local churches in the ongoing ...

September 06, 2012

ERT Team Registration Now Open in LA Conference

Friends, We have received word that the Louisiana Conference has started registering Emergency Response Trained teams to respond to damage by Hurricane Isaac. If you have a current ERT badge (ie. have completed the UMCOR ERT ...

September 05, 2012

Deadline Approaches to Register for Holy Land Trip

Almost 100 persons have registered for the Alabama-West Florida pilgrimage to the Holy Land hosted by Bishop Paul Leeland, and the invitation is extended to any others who would like to be included. All clergy and laity of the ...

September 04, 2012

Labor Day to Advent: A Season For 90 Days of Prayer

(Dr. Philip McVay) - Do we remember what was happening ninety days ago? Ninety days ago would have been Memorial Day Weekend and Annual Conference was just around the corner. In the twinkling of an eye the summer of 2012 has now ...

September 01, 2012

Isaac Response Update, September 1, 2012

Dear Friends: I have spoken at length with the Mississippi Disaster Coordinator, Wayne Napier. He is putting me in touch with the Seashore District Disaster Coordinator. At this time there are families that have been moved to ...

August 30, 2012

Blue Lake Sunday

Dear Friends, Several years ago the Alabama West-Florida Conference designated the second Sunday in September as Camping Sunday* to give attention to your wonderful ministry at Blue Lake Camp and to recognize our dedicated ...

August 30, 2012

Two Huntingdon scholarships honor Clio resident Pearl Norton Jackson

(Su Ofe, Montgomery, AL) - Huntingdon College President J. Cameron West announced today that two scholarships have been established to honor Huntingdon alumna Pearl Norton Jackson (Mrs. Alto L.) of Clio, Alabama. The scholarships ...

August 29, 2012

Hurricane Isaac Response, August 29, 2012

Friends, At this point, I am most thankful for the reports I have received from our district disaster response coordinators. Although Hurricane Isaac has not entirely made its way through our conference, it appears we will not ...

August 27, 2012

Isaac Preparedness Update, Monday, August 27, 2012

Friends, We are coming closer to knowing more about where Isaac will land, although if you have experience with tropical storms and hurricanes, you know they can turn on a moment's notice. Because of that possibility, we have not ...

August 26, 2012

Isaac Preparedness Update, Sunday, August 26, 2012

Friends,  The 12:30pm Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) held a conference call today and briefings suggest we go into a stage two readiness plan and be ready to fully activate Tuesday at noon or before. This ...

August 24, 2012

Isaac Preparedness Update, Friday, August 24, 2012

Friends, The district disaster response coordinators, along with AWF Conference leaders, just completed a conference call. Several noteworthy pieces of information were mentioned that might be of interest to you or your local ...

August 23, 2012

Disaster Response Preparedness, August 23, 2012

Friends, The Alabama-West Florida Conference Disaster Response Team is on standby in preparation for Tropical Storm Isaac. We are closely watching the developments of this storm to see if it intensifies and the direction it will ...

August 15, 2012

Perdido Bay UMC's Flora-Bama Outreach Gains National Attention

Perdido Bay United Methodist Church's Flora-Bama Outreach gained national attention on August 15 with a feature article about its unique ministry and the people it reaches.  Click here to read the associated press article posted ...

August 14, 2012

Bishop Robert Schnase's Episcopal Address

Friends in Ministry, Below is a link to an Episcopal Address that Bishop Robert Schnase delivered to the South Central Jurisdictional Conference in July. I would like to ask each of you to take time to read or watch this. We are ...

August 13, 2012

Quietly Shaping the Future of the United Methodist Church

An anonymous donation. A student quietly hearing the call to ministry. Letters from donors to seminary students to show their support. The Stegall Seminary Scholarship Endowment Foundation makes a monumental impact on the future ...

August 10, 2012

AWF Cabinet August Meeting Summary

(Dr. Jeremy Pridgeon) - Bishop Leeland and members of the Cabinet met this past week in a regularly scheduled session in Montgomery, AL. We celebrate the variety of ministries found across the conference and were able to receive ...

August 09, 2012

A New Place For New People " The Journey

(Rev. Neil McDavid) - July 1, 2011, The Rev. Sean and Sandra Peters were appointed to the growing Crestview, FL area to plant a new United Methodist Church. The church, The Journey, began public worship gatherings at Crestview ...

August 09, 2012

Wesleyan Wisdom: Ala.-W.Fla. Bishop Shares His Leadership Style

(DONALD W. HAYNES, UMR COLUMNIST) - United Methodists love our bishops. One of the 1808 “Restrictive Rules” was that subsequent General Conference sessions could not “change nor alter any part or rule of our government so as to do...

August 08, 2012

Six Graduate from Course of Study School at Emory

On Friday, August 3, six Alabama-West Florida pastors graduated from the Emory Course of Study School in Atlanta. Five of these graduated from the Basic Course of Study: Dunford Cole, pastor of the Thomaston Charge (Demopolis ...

August 06, 2012

Back to School, Back to Church

(Dr. Jeremy Pridgeon) - What would a simple phone call to the members of your church do to ensure the "summer slide" doesn't become a "fall flop?" As I have traveled the district this summer, many of you have mentioned a much ...

July 27, 2012

A Word from the Bishop: God is Good!

(Bishop Paul L. Leeland) - Coming home is always a great feeling. My appointment as the resident Bishop of The Alabama-West Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church felt like coming home. Janet and I certainly express our...

July 25, 2012

The Harbor, "A New Place For New People"

(Rev. Neil McDavid) - One of the ten new places for new people highlighted at our recent annual conference was The Harbor, a new church plant in Dothan, AL. This new congregation is being planted in the area where Love In Action ...

July 12, 2012

Q and A with Amanda Moore: A Mobile 3.0 Missional Intern

The 3.0 Missional Internship program is currently in its fourth summer of work in Mobile's inner city communities. The interns are an incredible blessing to those they serve. For many interns themselves, it has been a truly ...

July 09, 2012

AWF Conference Secretary Named

Mrs. Betty West has been named as Conference Secretary for our Alabama-West Florida Conference effective December 1, 2012. Mrs. West is currently the Executive Assistant to the Director of Ministerial Services and will remain in ...

July 09, 2012

Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference Information

The Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference is just days away. Below you will find helpful notes and links whether you are attending or following from within the conference. E-mail updates will be sent during the conference to ...

June 21, 2012

Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference Approaching

(Dr. Steve Furr) - The five jurisdictional conferences in the United States will meet at the same time July 18-20, 2012. Jurisdictional conferences are held once every four years in the same year as the general conference. Equal ...

June 15, 2012

New Places For New People Prayer Initiative

(Rev. Neil McDavid) - Ten “new places for new people” and three new ministries were highlighted at our recent Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference. New church starts, new second campuses, off-site services, new services, new ...

June 08, 2012

United Methodist Children's Home Announces Spiritual Care Ministry

Led by United Methodist Children’s Home Chaplain Rev. Lonna Lynn Higgs, spiritually vibrant and mature volunteers from among United Methodist clergy and lay ministry professionals will now serve as spiritual caregivers in each of ...

June 07, 2012

2012 Annual Conference: In Brief

The 2012 Alabama–West Florida Annual Conference was held June 3-6 in Mobile, AL with the theme, “Partnership in the Gospel....Serving the World.” Bishop Paul L. Leeland, presiding over his fourth annual conference session since ...

May 18, 2012

Cyclists Cross State to Raise Funds for Home Repairs

(Lisa Pierce) - From Friday, May 4, through Sunday, May 6, ten bikers/cyclists crossed Alabama to raise awareness about the housing needs in some of the poorest areas of our country, while raising money for home repairs in Lee, ...

May 11, 2012

Alabama-West Florida Leads The Academy for Spiritual Formation

(Pat Luna) - Every three years the Upper Room offers The Academy for Spiritual Formation in the Southeast Jurisdiction. Three of the six members of the leadership team are from AWF: Pat Luna (Point Washington UMC) is the Retreat ...

April 25, 2012

Furr Challenges General Conference Through Personal Testimony

(Montgomery, AL) - The 2012 General Conference of the United Methodist reconvened this morning at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, FL by starting the day off with several challenging and energetic messages. Bishop Peter D. ...

April 18, 2012

United Methodist Children's Home Announces New President/CEO

The board of directors of the United Methodist Children’s Home is announcing the appointment of Dr. K. Blake Horne as the agency’s new President/CEO effective May 16th, 2012. “I am truly humbled to have the privilege of serving ...

April 16, 2012

Dothan First Grocery Shops for Community

(Rev. Rudy Heintzelman, Executive Pastor of First UMC of Dothan) - As gas prices continue on the rise, many of the working poor in our community have to make the hard decision to buy food or put fuel in their auto to get to work. ...

April 12, 2012

Is There a Difference Between Mission and Ministry?

(Susan Hunt) - I hear a lot of people in churches use these terms – Mission and Ministry – interchangeably. However, after years of Mission work and church work, these have come to be two different things for me. There is not ...

April 12, 2012

New Ministry, "Mary Ellen's Hearth" to Open Soon in Montgomery

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April 09, 2012

An Update from the AWF Cabinet

The Bishop met with his Cabinet on April 3-4 in Montgomery to continue working on this year's appointments. As the flowers and trees bloomed around us, so did our time together. Bishop Leeland began by asking for prayer requests ...

April 05, 2012

EQUIP Leader Training

(Rev. Neil McDavid) - Cultivating fruitful leaders and congregations who make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world is at the heart of our mission in the Alabama-West Florida Conference. One of the ways we ...

March 23, 2012

Bishop Paul A. Duffey Remembered at Memorial Service

A capacity crowd filled the beautiful sanctuary of First United Methodist Church, Montgomery on Friday, March 23, 2012 to remember the exemplary life of Bishop Paul A. Duffey. The service represented the many wonderful attributes ...

March 21, 2012

Memorials and Condolences for Bishop Paul A. Duffey

On behalf of the Alabama-West Florida Conference, we extend our deep appreciation for the prayers and kind words expressed about Bishop Paul A. Duffey. Arrangements were previously announced and can be found here.  Clergy of the ...

March 18, 2012

In Memoriam: Bishop Paul Andrews Duffey

Bishop Paul Andrews Duffey passed away Sunday, March 18, 2012 in North Georgia after suffering a brief illness. Visitation will be held Thursday, March 22 at Leak Memory Chapel from 5-7pm and also Friday, March 23 in the ...

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 ...

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