Annual Conference, Day One, May 31, 2015

May 31, 2015

In the News

Opening Worship: The Opening Worship Service of the 2015 Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference session was held Sunday evening, May 31, in the Sanctuary of Frazer Memorial UMC in Montgomery, AL. Bishop Mike Lowry of the Central Texas Conference preached the sermon based on Psalm 89:5-18 and Acts 12:1-17 entitled, "Stuck by the Story." He told of God transforming the lives of entire communities proclaiming, "Christ still reigns!" He also expressed that one of the most encouraging things going on across the Christian community is the reawakening and recovery of spiritual formation and small groups for prayer and Bible study. A mass choir from around the conference, and led by Wayne Sigler of Frazer, provided inspiring music for the service including moving renditions of, "By Faith," "Forevermore" and "Say Amen." The Old Testament Lesson was read by Rev. Enrique Escobar and Amber Shirley gave the Epistle Lesson. Amber is a youth delegate and is the daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Ed Shirley. Robert McMichael and Jarvis Wilson, talented worship leaders from the Atlanta area, are an exciting addition to conference this year and led an inspirational and spirit-filled worship medley. 

Imagine No Malaria: Imagine No Malaria is the beneficiary of the 2015 missional offering. Churches from within the conference have been working towards the goal of saving one million lives since January, 2014. Sheri Altland, Campaign Director with Imagine No Malaria, was welcomed to our conference and gave a brief presentation She highlighted four children that are members of Fitzpatrick UMC who inspired the small congregation to raise 247% beyond their original goal. She complimented the eight AWF districts on implementing a model and example for 32 other conferences currently engaged in Imagine No Malaria work. Because of the collective efforts in this initiative, the death rate has been cut in half. She presented a framed portrait to Bishop Paul Leeland and Susan Hunt, conference director of mission and advocacy.  Rev. Neil McDavid delivered the offertory prayer. At time of press, over $91,000 was collected this evening for a total of $925,732 saving 92,573 lives to date. To continue to monitor our conference progress, visit

Health Screenings: Annual Health Screenings will be offered during annual conference in the Cokesbury Room at Frazer Memorial UMC on Monday, June 1st and Tuesday, June 2nd, 6:30-8:30am. This is offered as a part of our health and wellness initiative designed to help you maintain good health. For more information, click here

UMCOR Relief Kits: Bring your UMCOR relief kits and supplies to the truck in the parking lot during annual conference. All assembled and unassembled kits and supplies are welcome. Thank you to Coleman American for providing the truck again this year, and for transporting the supplies to Sager Brown Depot in Baldwin, LA. The truck will be open to receive the kits and supplies during the following hours:
Monday: 7:30am-12:30pm
Tuesday: 7:30am-12:30pm
Wednesday: 7:30am-11:00am 
Thank you to the youth of Millbrook First UMC (Monday), Woodland UMC (Tuesday), and Mulder Memorial UMC (Wednesday) for working at the truck and receiving the supplies.

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View photos from the 2015 Annual Conference session (added daily, all photos by Luke Lucas). 

Live Streaming
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Remaining Streaming Schedule
All sessions available at, except the Service of Commissioning and Ordination. See special link for that service below. All times are CST. 

Monday, June 1
-Service of Remembrance & Holy Communion: 10:15am
-Conference Business Session: 1:30pm
-Recognition of Retiring Clergy: 3:15pm
-Service of Commissioning & Ordination: 7:00pm (

Tuesday, June 2
-Conference Business Session: 8:00am
-Bible Study with Rev. Jorge Acevedo: following morning business session
-Conference Business Session: 1:30pm

Wednesday, June 3
-Conference Business Session: 8:00am
-Sending Forth Service: 11:00am

WFRZ TV Schedule
The following service will be broadcast live on Frazer TV, WFRZ. Check your local provider listings for channel. 

Monday, June 1
-Service of Remembrance & Holy Communion: 10:15am

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