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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 ...

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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