Published February 8, 2018
Starting February 22, 2018, Courageous Conversations will begin in the Alabama-West Florida Conference. These conversations will be held in twenty-seven locations throughout the bounds of the conference, with one session being offered in Spanish.
The Courageous Conversations project is aimed to help the conference move from skepticism to curiosity and even openness to encounter God’s grace. Courageous Conversations is a toolbox that local churches can use to inspire and encourage the church and individuals to stay at the table when the anxiety and emotional turmoil is painful. Click HERE to learn more about the project.
Courageous Conversations introduces a faithful way to listen and learn more about one another in an appreciative style and in a safe space. All are welcome at these events and encouraged to attend. Click HERE to register. For more information, contact Susan Hunt, AWF Director of Mission & Advocacy.
All clergy and lay members to annual conference are strongly encouraged to watch this video message from Bishop David Graves. There are preparation assignments for both Bishop's Day Apart and 2018 Annual Conference. Click here to view. Click here to read written transcript.
You may also listen to this message as an audio-only podcast by clicking here, by searching for "AWFUMC Podcasts" on iTunes or in your preferred podcast player. We invite you to subscribe to these podcasts.
Published February 1, 2018
The Alabama West Florida Conference Historical Society has published the Winter issue of their newsletter, "The Circuit Writer." Click HERE to read it.
Published January 23, 2018
Three 2018 local church council training videos are now online and available. These videos were written and produced so that committee members in the conference may be properly trained in the new year. Whether you are a veteran member of a committee or this is your first year serving, these videos will outline the duties, responsibilities and expectations of committee members. Videos for local church SPR/PPR committees and finance committees can be found in the links below. The trustees committee link is forthcoming. We invite each local church committee related to these topics in the Alabama-West Florida Conference to view these as a ministry team. Click HERE for more information.
The 2017 Journal is now available. You may download the free pdf or order hard copies for $25 each through Amazon.com. The pdf download can be found HERE on www.awfumc.org under Quick Links, or click HERE for the Amazon link.
Published November 14, 2017
After the terrible tragedy in Texas, many of our churches are considering how they can best prepare for an emergency in their community or congregation and how United Methodists can take a stand against gun violence. Click here for some of the resources available to clergy, trustees committees, church leaders, and others on this topic.
Published October 24, 2017
Alabama-West Florida has received requests for ERTs (Early Response Teams) and mission teams from Annual Conferences affected by recent storms. Coastal communities in Texas, Florida, and South Georgia can all use our help, as can communities affected by Hurricane Matthew last year. Remember that when you are looking for an opportunity to volunteer as a mission team, each requesting Annual Conference controls the process and coordinates the United Methodist response. Click here for the full story.
Blue Lake is building a 1500 square foot 3-bedroom 2 bath house for the Program Director. Your church, UMM group, UMW group, youth group, or business can donate time, or you can choose from a list of items for the house to help in the completion of this project. If you would like to help please call 334-222-5407. For a list of needs and costs, contact Steve. Donations can be sent to 8500 Oakwood Lane, Andalusia AL, 36420.
Published August 9, 2017
Charge conference forms are available on the conference website. Click HERE to access them.
Published July 25, 2017
The resource page for the AWF conference can be found at http://www.awfumc.org/resources.
Published July 24, 2017
Christmas in July! The 2017 Advent Resource list is now available. Click HERE for more information.
Published July 13, 2017
Published April 27, 2017
Visit www.awfumc.org/ac2017 for complete information or follow the below links.
Reservations Through this page you or your group can reserve a meal in general seating, indicate interest in attending the clergy spouse luncheon, purchase a ticket to the laity banquet, obtain information for special breakfast/lunch meetings, volunteer for the Upper Room Prayer Line, and learn how to participate in the Biometric Health Screening.
Published April 25, 2017
Published April 20, 2017
Published April 11, 2017
The QuadW Missional Internship is an 8-week, paid, summer internship for college-age young adults. The internship will be in at least 10 cities across the US with positions for as many as 100 interns! The interns will experience the rhythms of living in Christian community with one another - eating, praying, studying, worshiping and SERVING together. Check out a video about the internship here: https://vimeo.com/181975760. You can visit our website to find out even more and to read some about each of the different sites across the US: http://quadwmi.org Our application can be found here: http://quadwmi.org/application/
Youth Mission Camp 2017 - There's still time to register! Mission is more than a trip. It’s more than a project. With Alabama Rural Ministry (ARM), we believe mission is a lifestyle of service shared among friends. We have availability for your middle/high school student mission team throughout June and July at one of our two rural AL locations! You'll serve with low-income families through home repair ministry and also have the option of serving with 5-10 year old kids with Sonshine Day Camp! Cost is only $290 person which includes meals, lodging, and construction materials. Link arms with us to extend Christ’s love and help us end substandard housing in rural AL! Check out arm-al.org/missioncamp to find out more and register online. Or, contact Joe at firstname.lastname@example.org or (334) 501-4276 x100
Pastoral Appointments and Timelines
Beginning April 17, 2017, pastors and churches were free to make announcements about pastoral moves in bulletins, newsletters, on Websites and social media.
In light of the stress of moving, the Cabinet has set the following schedule to encourage a smooth and healthy pastoral transition:
May 11, 2017 - The Right Start Workshop
June 18, 2017 - Last Sunday in the current appointment
June 20, 2017 - Moving day
July 9, 2017 - First Sunday in the new appointment.
This schedule is slightly different from previous years.
We appreciate your prayers during the appointment season. We seek God’s guidance in all we do and pray for smooth transitions in the coming months.
The 2017-2018 Cabinet of the Alabama-West Florida Conference
Published February 21, 2017
Click HERE to read the Winter 2017 Messenger's Flame, the Montgomery-Prattville district's UMW newsletter.
Published February 10, 2017
Lenten Resources are available through the conference website.
Published February 2, 2017
Click HERE to read the January 2017 newsletter from Communities of Transformation.
Published January 24, 2017
Get all the latest news from around the conference! Click HERE to have any of the conference newsletters delivered to your inbox.
Standing Rules Information and Deadline Announced. Click HERE for more information.
Changes in January 2017 for AWFC Clergy & Lay Insurance
Download the pdf report here.
Published January 5, 2017
Click HERE to view the AWF Staff Parish/Pastor Parish Relations Committee Training video.
Click HERE for SPR Training Video handouts.
Published December 6, 2016
AWF Historical Society
Click HERE to read the Fall 2016 Newsletter.
Published November 16, 2016
Safe Sanctuaries Training Video
The revised and updated Safe Sanctuaries training video is now online. It is also available in an audio-only podcast. Search “AWFUMC Podcasts” in iTunes.
Archived Webinar Available
The recent local church report tutorial webinar is now archived online. Find it at https://vimeo.com/191041088.
Published October 13, 2016
October Blue Lake Newsletter
Click HERE to read Blue Lake's October newsletter.
Wesley Foundation at ASU
Click HERE to read the Wesley Foundation at ASU's mission brochure.
FREE Special Sunday Giving Resources
Click HERE to order for your church.
Changes in January 2017 for AWFC Clergy & Lay Insurance. Download the pdf report here.
Published October 5, 2016
AWFUMC United Methodist Women Newsletter
Click HERE for the Fall 2016 issue of the the Alert.
AWFUMC Historical Society Newsletter
Click HERE for the Summer 2016 newsletter.
Wesley Manor Gets New Name and Logo
In the course of our work in redefining home at Wesley Manor, our Methodist Home in Dothan, and also at its sister community at Fair Haven in Birmingham, we have undergone the re-branding process. It is our pleasure to introduce all of our Methodist Homes Friends and Family to the new names and new logos for Wesley Manor and Fair Haven! These new names and logos were developed with great care and thought to get them to the finished work. To see the new logos and to read more about the changes to Wesley Manor (to be called Wesley Place on Honeysuckle) and Fair Haven, visit http://www.methodisthomes.org/wesley-manor-redevelopment-update.html.
Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference Spiritual Director Training 2017-2020 Forum Dates
Year 1: August 14-17, 2017; November 13-16, 2017; January 8-11, 2018; April 16-19, 2018
Year 2: August 6-9, 2018; October 8-11, 2018; January 7-10, 2019; April 15-18, 2019
Year 3: August 5-8, 2019; October 7-10, 2019; January 6-9, 2020; April 13-16, 2020
All forums will be held at Blue Lake Campground. Each forum will offer CEU’s. An enrollment form and more information are forthcoming.
Blue Lake Survey
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Published May 2, 2016
Click HERE to read the April 2016 newsletter from Blue Lake Camp.
AWFC Historical Society
Click HERE to read the Spring 2016 newsletter.
Click HERE to read the Spring 2016 of the Montgomery-Prattville District UMW's newsletter, the Messenger's Flame.
Communites of Transformation
Click HERE to read our March 2016 newsletter
Free course on General Conference
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — United Methodist Communications offers “Exploring General Conference,” a free online course designed to help participants learn more about the official decision-making body of The United Methodist Church. The course is ongoing through June 30. Click HERE for more information.
AWFUMC UMW March 2016 ALERT
Click HERE to read the latest newsletter.
Clergy Health and Wellness Initiative
Beginning January 1, 2016, the Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference Board of Pension & Health Benefits launched the Health and Wellness Initiative Program. The goal of the program is to encourage our pastors and their dependents to live healthier lifestyles by providing them with personal health information, screening, and coaching thus helping the Conference to reduce and control the cost of health insurance claims.
Clergy members on the conference active health insurance plan are required to complete the HealthQuotient and Biometric Screening by August 31, 2016. Dependents, retired clergy, and dependents and employees who are on the annual conference health plan are not required to complete the HQ and Biometric Screening but are welcome and encouraged to participate.
Click HERE for more details.
AWFUMC Historical Society
Click HERE to read the Winter 2016 newsletter.
Communities of Transformation
Click HERE to read the January 2016 newsletter from Communities of Transformation.
For churches looking to expand their outreach in the community, RETHINK CHURCH is offering Easter door hangers and invitations. For more information, click HERE.
Conference Prayer Calendar
Click HERE to access the Conference Prayer Calendar.
The 2016 Lectionary Calendar may be accessed HERE.
New Mileage Rates
The IRS has announced new mileage rates for business in effect beginning January 1, 2016. Click HERE to see the IRS Ruling.
Montgomery-Prattville United Methodist Women Newsletters
Click HERE to order envelopes for special offerings for 2016.
Mary Ellen's Hearth at Nellie Burge
The Montgomery-Prattville District is a proud sponsor and partner of Mary Ellen's Hearth at Nellie Burge. Mary Ellen's Hearth offers hope, help and healing to homeless women and children throughout the River Region by providing life skills training, transitional housing, and Christian love and support.
Click HERE to read about Sharmane, a resident of Mary Ellen's Hearth at Nellie Burge.