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July 17, 2018

Judicial Council releases October docket, details on proposed plans

(UMNS) - A request by the United Methodist Council of Bishops for a ruling on the constitutionality of three legislative plans heading to the 2019 special General Conference is among the docket items being considered this fall by ...

July 13, 2018

Alabama Rural Ministry Hosts Works Teams Over Summer Break

Over the past five weeks (and two more to go), Alabama Rural Ministry (ARM) has hosted several youth mission teams engaged in home repair and children’s ministry. The following churches from our Annual Conference have sent teams: ...

July 11, 2018

Students Discern Call to Ministry in HLA 2018

Montgomery, Ala.—Twenty-one high school students from 15 regional churches participated in the Huntingdon Leadership Academy at Huntingdon College, June 24–29.  The students, from rising high school sophomores to seniors, devoted ...

July 09, 2018

A Message from Bishop Graves to all AWF Clergy and Lay Members to Annual Conference

To the Clergy and Lay Members of the Alabama-West Florida Conference:   As we embark on a new conference year, I want to inform you of the status of the Commission on the Way Forward and Council of Bishops’ Report that was to be ...

June 28, 2018

A Statement from Bishop David Graves

At this time, the Alabama-West Florida Conference has received numerous complaints related to Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The United Methodist Book of Discipline outlines how these complaints against a lay church member will ...

June 26, 2018

More Than Conquerors: Elderly outreach thrives at New Hope UMC

(Kari Barlow for the AWF) - Facing old age can be frightening, but at New Hope UMC in Theodore, the congregation’s most senior members—and the people who serve them—have become More Than Conquerors.   That’s the name of the ...

June 26, 2018

United Methodist Bishops ask Philippines government to release UMC missionaries

WASHINGTON, D.C.   -  The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church today issued the following statement pertaining to three United Methodist missionaries who have been prevented from leaving the Republic of the ...

June 21, 2018

Discouraged? All of us have faced it but we don't need to stay that way

(Bishop Graves for the Montgomery Advertiser) -  All of us go through times of discouragement and disappointment. At times, things don’t turn out the way we thought or planned. Moreover, situations arise that turn our life upside ...

June 21, 2018

QuadW Missional Outreach receives $100,000 Young Clergy Initiative Grant for Skunkworks Project

QuadW Missional Outreach is pleased to announce receipt of a $100,000 grant from the United Methodist Church’s General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. This grant will support the launch of the “QuadW Missional Residencies ...

June 20, 2018

Joint statement from Texas bishops on separated families

We are heartened to see President Trump sign an executive order today ending his administration’s policy of separating families at the border. Furthermore, we commend him for taking this action and putting the needs of these ...

June 18, 2018

A Statement From Bishop David Graves Regarding Immigration and Family Separation

As the Bishop of the Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church, it deeply troubles me and burdens my heart that innocent immigrant children are being separated from their parents. It was difficult to celebrate...

June 15, 2018

Alabama-West Florida Conference Statement on Immigration and Family Separation

As United Methodists, we look to scripture and our social principles to guide our thinking and actions in regards to social justice issues. Specifically, the social principles state about immigration, “The United Methodist Church ...

June 07, 2018

2018 Annual Conference: In Review

The 2018 Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference was held June 3-6 in Montgomery, AL, with the theme, "Imagine A Church That's the Hope of the World." Bishop David Graves, presiding over his second annual conference session since ...

June 07, 2018

COB joins faith leaders in immigration statement

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is joining other faith organizations in a statement urging the U.S. government to stop its policy of separating immigrant families. Below is the full ...

June 06, 2018

Annual Conference Day Four, June 6, 2018

June 6, 2018 In the News Full Recap and Bulletin Insert coming this Thursday! Stay tuned to www.awfumc.org/ac2018 for an informative bulletin insert. It is printer friendly and we encourage you to share it with your local ...

June 05, 2018

Annual Conference Day Three, June 5, 2018

June 5, 2018 In the News Morning Worship: Day three of annual conference began with morning worship and Holy Communion. Jerrod Dorminey and the Frazer Praise Band provided moving music for this service. Rev. Chris Kelsey, a deacon...

June 04, 2018

Annual Conference, Day Two, June 4, 2018

June 4, 2018 Special reminder: please remember that Frazer Memorial UMC is an Alabama primary voting location tomorrow, June 5. The polls will be located in the gymnasium area away from most of the annual conference activities and...

June 03, 2018

Annual Conference Day One, June 3, 2018

In the News Opening Worship: A capacity crowd attended the Opening Worship Service of the 2018 Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference session, which was held Sunday evening, June 3, in the sanctuary of Frazer Memorial UMC in ...

June 01, 2018

Petition submission for 2019 Special Session begins soon

Petitions for the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church may be submitted to the petitions secretary beginning June 6, 2018 until July 8, 2018. On May 25, 2018, the Judicial Council ruled ...

May 29, 2018

A Video Message from Bishop Graves: Annual Conference 2018

We invite you to watch a video message from Bishop David Graves, Resident Bishop of the Alabama-West Florida Conference. Click here to view. Click here to read the transcript.  You may also listen to this message as an audio-only ...

May 25, 2018

Court OKs submission of other petitions for GC2019

(UMNS) The United Methodist Church’s top court has ruled that other petitions — in addition to legislation from the Council of Bishops — can be submitted for the 2019 special session of General Conference. Any organization, as ...

May 18, 2018

Commission ends its work; hears bishops’ recommendation for a way forward

(UMNS) - The 32-member Commission on a Way Forward for The United Methodist Church concluded its ninth and final meeting in Nashville yesterday (May 16). The Commission met nine times over 17 months. The Commission reviewed a wide...

May 16, 2018

Important Final Details and Guide to Annual Conference 2018

We are quickly approaching the 2018 session of the Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference. We are excited to see many of you soon. Click here to access a working agenda. Copies of the final agenda will be distributed at the doors ...

May 16, 2018

Answering the call: Alabama women to become deaconesses

(Kari Barlow for the AWF Conference) - You could hear the excitement in Laurel Akin’s and Celeste Eubanks’ voices on Monday as they made their way to Columbus, Ohio, for the 2018 Assembly of United Methodist Women.   Not even the ...

May 14, 2018

Connectionalism at Work: Dothan District Ready to Build Habitat House

(Kari C. Barlow for the AWF Conference) -  The Dothan District of the Alabama-West Florida Conference is ready to build a house. After almost two years of fundraising, the district has raised the $40,000 needed to sponsor the ...

May 10, 2018

Constitutional amendment to be revisited

(UMNS) - Des Moines, Iowa: The Rev. Gary W. Graves, Secretary of the General Conference, announced today that an error was made in the text of a proposed Constitutional amendment as it was presented for voting, and which ...

May 09, 2018

A Video Message from Bishop Graves

We invite you to watch a video message from Bishop David Graves, Resident Bishop of the Alabama-West Florida Conference. Click here to view. Click here to read transcript.  You may also listen to this message as an audio-only ...

May 08, 2018

Special Alabama Primary Voting and Poll Information

The 2018 Annual Conference session, June 3-6, 2018, falls during the Alabama Primary Elections. Election day is Tuesday, June 5, 2018. This is important for you to know for two reasons.  First, if you are a member of the annual ...

May 07, 2018

A Word from the Bishop: Council of Bishops' Report

Friends, Nancy and I returned late Saturday night following the conclusion of the Council of Bishops meeting in Chicago, IL. We enjoyed yesterday as a day of Sabbath and worship and needed that renewal time as many of you ...

May 07, 2018

A letter to women clergy in the Alabama-West Florida Conference from Bishop David Graves

Dear Women Clergy of the Alabama-West Florida Conference, I write to you today saddened and disappointed that the two constitutional amendments related to the rights of girls, women, and vulnerable groups did not receive the ...

May 04, 2018

United Methodist Bishops Recommend a Way Forward

CHICAGO – United Methodist bishops, meeting in Chicago, engaged in a prayerful process to discern a way forward.  At the conclusion of the discernment process, the Council of Bishops strongly approved the following motion and ...

April 30, 2018

Krejcar Named as Alabama-West Florida Conference Treasurer and Director of Administration

The Alabama-West Florida Conference Council on Finance & Administration is pleased to announce the new Treasurer and Director of Administration. Suzanne Krejcar will begin her service to the conference on July 1, 2018. She is ...

April 30, 2018

Nest Builders: Lynn Haven UMC throws its arms around foster and adoptive families

(Kari Barlow for AWF Conference) - Lynn Haven United Methodist Church has launched a new ministry to support the men and women in its congregation who have stepped up to care for the most vulnerable children in Bay County and ...

April 26, 2018

Remember

(Bishop David Graves for the Montgomery Advertiser) - On April 26th the National Memorial for Peace and Justice opened to the public here in Montgomery, AL. The memorial consists of 805 engraved columns, a county-by-county listing...

April 25, 2018

UMC Bishops to act on three major issues at the Chicago meeting

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Bishops of The United Methodist Church will meet in Chicago from April 29-May 4 to celebrate leadership through the passing of the gavel, certify constitutional amendments and finalize their recommendations...

April 19, 2018

2018 Annual Conference Missional Giving Recipient

The annual conference planning team, directed by Bishop David Graves, is pleased to announce that this year's missional giving recipient for the 2018 Annual Conference special offering is Communities of Transformation.   Many of ...

April 18, 2018

2018 Annual Conference Information

Annual Conference 2018 is quickly approaching! This year's theme is, "Imagine A Church That's the Hope of the World." We are most appreciative to Dr. Larry Bryars and his staff at Frazer Memorial UMC in Montgomery, AL, for hosting...

April 16, 2018

Welcoming the stranger: FUMC Pensacola broadens its definition of hospitality by sheltering touring cyclists

(Kari Barlow for AWF Conference) - Julia Stinson and Carlann Scott weren’t sure what they might find when they pedaled up to First United Methodist Church of Pensacola last week. But the two cyclists, on the last leg of a ...

April 15, 2018

Bishop Names Davis as Director of Connectional Ministries & Conference Secretary

Bishop David Graves is pleased to announce a projected appointment for the role of Director of Connectional Ministries & Conference Secretary. Rev. Ashley Davis, current associate pastor at Woodland UMC in Pike Road, AL, will be ...

April 11, 2018

United Methodist Inner City Mission Awarded Grant

The United Methodist Inner City Mission has been awarded grant funding for their Taylor Park Afterschool and Summer Tutorial Program. Taylor Park is located in the Oakdale-Maysville community near downtown Mobile. On a daily ...

March 21, 2018

WinShape Camp: Aldersgate UMC prepping for ‘best week ever’

(Kari Barlow for AWFUMC) - When the school year comes to an end, many school- aged children across Montgomery are left without a safe, fun place to spend their days. Aldersgate United Methodist Church is doing its part to change ...

March 20, 2018

A Video Message from Bishop Graves

We invite you to watch a video message from Bishop David Graves, Resident Bishop of the Alabama-West Florida Conference. Click here to view. Click here to read the written transcript.  You may also listen to this message as an ...

March 13, 2018

Bishop Ough, thousands of United Methodists to join in rally against racism

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – As the nation marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., United Methodists will unite with members of the National Council of Churches in Washington, D.C., April ...

March 12, 2018

Singing from the Heart: Auburn Wesley Foundation Forms New Student Choir

(Kari Barlow for the AWF Conference) - Auburn University Freshmen Chip Blake and Carsen Grant are proof positive that you can’t take the youth choir outta the kid. When Blake and Grant started college last fall, they proceeded to...

March 06, 2018

Bishop Announces District Cabinet and Staff Appointments

Bishop David W. Graves is pleased to announce two projected district appointments and two projected staff appointments. Rev. John Brooks, current Montgomery-Prattville District Superintendent, will be appointed as the Director of ...

March 05, 2018

A Word from Bishop Graves: The Appointment Process

March 5, 2018 Friends, The AWF District Superintendents, Rev. June Jernigan and I have been working on the appointment process since December and will continue to do so leading up to this year’s annual conference, which will be ...

March 01, 2018

Commission on a Way Forward clarifies values as it presents two sketches to bishops

(COB) - What is the Christ’s way forward for doing mission and ministry in the worldwide United Methodist Church? That is the question bishops pondered during their February meeting in Dallas this week as they received an updated ...

February 27, 2018

Request for Lay Members to 2018 Annual Conference

Friends, As a lay member to the 2018 annual conference, you will represent your local church and all of its members. With this leadership role comes great responsibility. You are responsible for honestly representing various and ...

February 26, 2018

Healthy Growing Church Conference Draws Hundreds from Around Conference

With a heart to share best practices and encourage vitality and health in the local church, Crosspoint UMC hosted its 2nd “Becoming a Healthy Growing Church Conference" February 9-10 with almost 300 attendees from approximately ...

February 21, 2018

Renowned therapist, Real, leads Bishop's Day Apart

Over 225 clergy gathered from around the conference for the annual Bishop’s Day Apart held Tuesday, February 20, 2018, at St. James UMC. This year’s day apart addressed a necessary topic: clergy mental health. Mr. Terry Real of ...

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