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March 25, 2013

Appointive Cabinet Holds Scheduled March Session

(Dr. Jeremy Pridgeon) - The Appointive Cabinet of the Alabama-West Florida Conference met in regular session last week in Montgomery. Bishop Leeland and the district superintendents reviewed several aspects of the ministry of the ...

March 22, 2013

Academy Of Congregational Excellence Names New Director

(Bishop Paul L. Leeland) - The Board of Directors for the Academy of Congregational Excellence (ACE) of the Alabama-West Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church has named Rev. Ron Ball, District Superintendent of the ...

March 18, 2013

An Invitation from Bishop Paul L. Leeland

Friends,  Our deep love for the Church makes it difficult to hear statistics that continue to come from very reliable sources. For the first time since colonial days, according to the Pew Research Center, Protestants account for ...

March 08, 2013

2012 Multicultural Conference: "Creating a Church for All People"

(Susan Hunt and Rev. Frederick Outlaw) - On November 29 - December 1, 2012, the Southeastern Jurisdiction (SEJ) convened a Multicultural Conference (MCC) at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. A delegation of some fifteen persons, ...

March 04, 2013

Annual Conference 2013 Information

Greetings, Annual Conference 2013 is quickly approaching! This year's theme is the first part of the SEND Model many in the conference have adopted. It is, "The Great Commission: Seeking Disciples." We are most appreciative to ...

March 01, 2013

AWF Conference Secretary Named

Bishop Paul L. Leeland, in conjunction with the AWF Cabinet, is pleased to appoint Dr. Neil Epler as the interim Conference Secretary for our Alabama-West Florida Conference effective March 1, 2013. Dr. Epler will be nominated for...

March 01, 2013

AWF Holds Third Annual Prayer Breakfast for State Officials

(Montgomery, AL) - The Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church Board of Church & Society hosted a prayer breakfast on February 28 in the fellowship hall of River City Church (formerly Dexter Ave. United ...

February 25, 2013

February Cabinet Update

(Dr. Jeremy Pridgeon) - The Cabinet of the Alabama-West Florida Conference met in a regularly scheduled session on February 19-20 at the Conference Office in Montgomery. During the two day meeting, Bishop Leeland, the district ...

February 25, 2013

Frisco City Suffers Fire Damage

Frisco City United Methodist Church suffered damage due to a fire Sunday morning, February 24. It is believed that an upstairs heating unit could possibly be the cause of the fire. No injuries were reported. The damage was ...

February 21, 2013

An Invitation from Bishop Paul L. Leeland

Friends, It is my sincere pleasure to invite you, as pastors and clergy, to our Alabama-West Florida Conference “Bishop’s Day Apart” which is scheduled for March 11, 2013, at St. James United Methodist Church in Montgomery, AL ...

February 18, 2013

MATthew 6 Ministry: Helping the Homeless

Below is a Q & A with Rev. Diane Baldwin, pastor of Georgetown-Chunchula United Methodist Church, about their new MATthew 6 Ministry.  Q: Tell us what the MATthew 6 ministry is and the meaning behind the name. MATthew 6 is a ...

February 06, 2013

Extraordinary Women Doing Ordinary Things, COSROW 2013

(Ruth Ann Powers) - It was with a rousing send-off that the COSROW Event of 2013 began. The participants came together with joy and sadness to honor Dawn Wiggins Hare. Dawn has been selected to serve as the General Secretary of ...

February 06, 2013

Glory Sighting: God is at work in Plantersville and Jones

(Rev. Butch Cousins) - When I was assigned to be the pastor at Plantersville United Methodist Church and the pastor of Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church things did not look very promising. Plantersville was in a state of ...

February 06, 2013

Ultimate Training Event to Prepare Youth Leaders in AWF

Nick Mielke, Director of Youth at Prattville First United Methodist Church, talks with us about the upcoming Ultimate Training Event in Youth Ministry and what conference attendees can expect.  Q: Tell me a little bit about ...

January 28, 2013

CATAPULT is Back!

The CATAPULT conference returns on April 29-May 1 at Christ United Methodist Church in Mobile, AL. CATAPULT's goal is to launch leaders into Kingdom mission. More and more, we see the need to understand all Christians as ...

January 25, 2013

Standing Rules, Resolutions and Petitions & Brochure of Reports Deadlines Approaching

To: Members and friends of the Alabama West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church: Greetings in the name of Christ. As preparations are underway for the 2013 meeting of Annual Conference June 2-5 at Christ UMC in ...

January 24, 2013

An Interview with Blake Horne: United Methodist Children's Home Director

(Rebecca Morris) - The United Methodist Children's Home welcomed a new director in 2012, Dr. Blake Horne. As Dr. Horne transitions into his new role, he explained his vision and direction for this worthwhile agency.  What led to ...

January 18, 2013

Bryan to Serve on General Board of Pension and Health Benefits

The Alabama-West Florida Conference would like to congratulate Dr. R. Lawson Bryan, senior pastor at Montgomery First United Methodist Church, on being named to the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits. Dr. Bryan replaces ...

December 17, 2012

We Remember: Newtown, Connecticut

"A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more." (Jer. 31:15) (Bishop Paul L. Leeland) - Unbelievable. Unspeakable. Shock. Our nation ...

December 14, 2012

A Christmas Letter From the Leelands

This Christmas letter is written specifically to all who, for whatever reasons, have been pushed to the periphery of life; to those who deeply desire their lives to be better - filled with more joy; to those who long for the ...

December 11, 2012

Mitchell Named New Controller

The Alabama-West Florida Conference is pleased to announce that Heidi Mitchell has been named the new controller in the fiscal office. Mitchell has already begun her work at the conference headquarters. Ms. Mitchell’s previous ...

December 11, 2012

Special Session of the Annual Conference

Click HERE to view PowerPoint slides from the AWF Board of Trustees’ Report to the Annual Conference on January 5, 2013 Click HERE to read a FAQ document about the purchase The Alabama-West Florida Conference of The United ...

December 07, 2012

Martin Methodist College Students Serve In The Connection

(Bradni Belcher) - Fall Break at Martin Methodist means many things to many different folks but to some students, staff and faculty it means an opportunity to serve God and God’s creation. For seven students, a faculty member and ...

November 26, 2012

November Cabinet Update

(Dr. Jeremy Pridgeon) - Bishop Paul Leeland and members of the Cabinet met in a regularly scheduled session recently in Montgomery, Alabama. We celebrate the work of our congregations and conference ministries in the efforts to ...

November 08, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Response: Update, 11/8/2012

Thank you for your continued prayers for the people affected by the storm Sandy, and now the "nor'easter" that hit much of the same area over the last day or so. This is a reminder of how you and your church can respond: Give Now...

November 01, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Response: Update, 11/1/2012

Thank you for your continued prayers for the people who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy - including those all the way from the Carribean to the northeast. After your prayers, the next best way you and your churches can ...

October 30, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Response

The response to Hurricane Sandy is still in the emergency/rescue stage, but UMCOR is already a caring presence in the area and hard at work preparing for the next stages of recovery and relief. Click here to see how UMCOR is ...

October 01, 2012

Alabama Rural Ministry Offers Two Service Opportunities

Alabama Rural Ministries Summer Opportunity Are you looking for a meaningful summer opportunity where you can experience and share Christ’s love in service to others? Alabama Rural Ministry (ARM) is seeking young adult Christians ...

September 27, 2012

United Methodist Children's Home Opens Birmingham Office

Birmingham, AL--The United Methodist Children’s Home (UMCH), a 120-year-old child care agency based in Montgomery, Alabama, announces the addition of Rebecca Morris and Lara Wheeler to its newly organized Birmingham Office of ...

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...

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