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May 21, 2012 / Volume 11, No. 10 View Online

Annual Conference 2012 News & Updates

We look forward to seeing you in Mobile at the 2012 Annual Conference, June 3-6! Below are some helpful links.

Working Agenda: Find out what's going on at annual conference! Click here to download the agenda.

Live Streaming: Many portions of annual conference will be live streamed. For a list and streaming links, go to www.awfumc.org/live.

Brochure of Reports: The 2012 brochure of reports is now available online. Click here to download.

CD and DVD Order Form: Interested in purchasing a copy of portions of annual conference? Click here for pricing and options.

Hotel Information: Several hotels in the Mobile area are offering special AWF discounts. For the complete list, click here.

Missional Offering: The 2012 Annual Conference Missional Offering will go to Imagine No Malaria. The offering will be collected on Sunday night, June 3, at the opening worship service of annual conference. Bulletin inserts are available: for a color version, click here. For a black and white version, click here.

Prayer Line: Chuck Christian, Prayer Advocate for United Methodist Men, is coordinating via the Upper Room, a prayer line for this year's annual conference. Any/all prayer calls dialed into the UPPER ROOM on Monday June 3 and Tuesday June 4 from 8am-3pm will go to this line at Christ UMC where volunteers will answer and pray with an individual. More here.

Publications Order Form: You may order your journal and clergy directories online by going here. Hard copy order forms are also available.

Relief Kit Collection: UMCOR relief kits will again be collected. Details on what the kit contains and more information can be found here.

Glory Wall: Stop by the glory wall at annual conference at the back of the Christ UMC sanctuary to write a brief note about where you've seen Christ in our conference.

Twitter: Join the annual conversation on Twitter by using the hash tag #awfac12.

Complete information can be found at www.awfumc.org/ac2012. Daily updates will be sent June 3-6 at the completion of the day or the beginning of the next as a recap. Photo galleries will also be available as the session progresses. The 2012-2013 appointment book will be available online Wednesday at noon.

Conference News

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 Leader. Dr. Robbins Sims (FUMC-Eufaula) is the Theologian. Kathy Norberg (Gulf Breeze UMC) is the Hospitality Coordinator. Minta McDavid, Chair of the AWF Spiritual Formation team said "This is very exciting to have so many people from AWF to lead this important ministry. The Academy experience is a life transforming one and one I would hope all in our conference could have if and when they feel that deep yearning and call to attend." More here.

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, Macon and Sumter counties. The Third Annual Cycle of Service benefited Alabama Rural Ministry"s (ARM) home-repair efforts. Most of the families ARM serves are the elderly, disabled or single parents who live on limited or fixed incomes. ARM also hosts two free summer camps for underserved children in Livingston and Tuskegee. Most of the work is done in the summer time with two mission camps coordinated for visiting youth and church teams. Click here for full article.

Prayer Labyrinth Dedicated at Blue Lake

On Sunday May 6, 2012, a joyful group of friends and family gathered at Blue Lake Camp to dedicate a prayer labyrinth in honor of the 43 years of service and love of Retired Rev. Frank Scott. Set against the background beauty of the Conecuh National Forest and located next to the spiritual center of Lambuth Chapel, the new addition at the camp will serve all who come and will be an invitation to others who have never been to the facility. The Brewton and Pollard United Methodist churches partnered to raise funds, engage a contractor, and celebrate the installation, all without Rev. Scott"s knowledge. A consecration service shared that it "it is a tribute carved in stone to honor his many years of faithful service to the Lord and to the United Methodist Church. It is fitting that we honor Frank in such a way in this place, for he had a part in the establishment of Blue Lake. Over the years, Frank camped here, taught here, preached here and he prayed here. A prayer garden is a fitting way to commemorate Frank, for he loves to garden and is a man of prayer."

Dalraida UMC Member is Citizen of the Year

(The Montgomery Advertiser) - For Ken Hare, Montgomery has been a great place to be a journalist. It not only allowed him to reach professionally into a community rich in history, but personally, it afforded him the chance to work with groups he is passionate about " children, educators, the elderly. And in his role as the Montgomery Advertiser"s editorial page editor, the opportunities to make a difference were plentiful. "Most of the jobs in newspapers require you to be unbiased," said Hare, who recently retired from the Advertiser after 33 years, 28 of which were spent shepherding the opinion page. "Since I dealt with opinion, I didn"t have to keep that kind of distance. If there was a project I totally believed in, up to a point, I could get involved." Click here to read more.

Connectional News

SEJ ADCA Now Available

The Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference will convene for its quadrennial meeting in two months, July 18-20, 2012, at Lake Junaluska. The Advance Edition of the Daily Christian Advocate is now available. Please click here to download the file. This book contains most of the business items that will be coming before the Jurisdictional Conference and other reports for your information. This book will only be available by download from this site. There will be no printed copies distributed by mail or available at Lake Junaluska during Conference.

New Missionaries Sent Forth

Voices of the worldwide Methodist family came together in a Florida church on Sunday, April 29, to bless and celebrate 40 people being sent into the world as missionaries, deaconesses and home missioners to witness to God"s love, mercy and justice. Representatives from Methodist churches in more than two dozen countries were present for the commissioning of 23 new missionaries and 17 deaconesses and home missioners of The United Methodist Church. The missionaries were from 11 countries. More here.

Upcoming Events

John Wesley: The Man from Aldersgate, May 23

Fairway to Heaven Golf Tournament, May 25

UMC Southeastern Jurisdictional Quadrennial Meeting, June 1-2

AWF Annual Conference, June 3-6

Peace with Justice Sunday, June 3

SURGE into Missions: Christian Summer Youth Events, June 14-July 22

UMCH Softball Tournament, June 16

UMVIM Team Leader Training, June 16

Generations Together at Epworth by the Sea, June 22-25

SOULfeast, July 8-12

Summer Church Music Workshop, July 15-20

Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference, July 18-20

Panama Medical Trip, July 28-August 5

Festival of Wisdom and Grace, July 30-August 2

Cooperative School of Christian Mission, August 2-5

Celebrating Young Adults in Mission, August 2-5

SBC21 Convocation, August 9-11

The Global Leadership Summit, August 9-10

Africa-American Women's Leadership Conference, August 23-25

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