June 6, 2012
In the News
Full Recap and Bulletin Insert coming this Thursday! Stay tuned to www.awfumc.org/ac2012 for an informative bulletin insert. It is printer friendly and we encourage you to share with your local congregation this Sunday. A full recap article detailing all actions of the conference will also be posted on the home page by Thursday."
Approved Budget: The conference established an $11.131 million budget for mission and ministry for 2013, down 2.61% from 2012."
Statistician's Report:"Membership stands at 146,782,"down less than 1% from the previous year. Worship attendance stands at 66,145, down 2%. Church school attendance stands at 28,131, down 2%. Small groups was one category that showed increases: there was a 38% increase in persons in covenant discipleship groups, 6% increase in short-term classes for learning of all ages and mission teams showed increases in all categories."
:"Rev. Edwin Sells
was recognized and applauded for attending his 59th consecutive annual conference."
Courtesies and Appreciation
: Dr. Wesley Wachob
"of Pensacola FUMC
entertained the audience with his delivery of courtesies and appreciation and recapping the 2012 Annual Conference Session and thanking those who were instrumental in leading the event."
: Rev. Tonya Elmore
offered a prayer to begin the service of sending forth and was followed by the"10th grade men's ensemble from Pensacola FUMC
. They exemplified their talent and the "style" of both their senior pastor and district superintendent by uniformly wearing bow ties. The Episcopal Address was offered by Bishop Paul L. Leeland
and highlighted the many areas of thriving ministry and fruitful congregations. To conclude the service, each respective district superintendent read aloud the appointment changes within their district and the Bishop set the appointments."
2012-2013 AWF Conference Clergy Appointment Boo
k: The clergy appointments may be found online"here
. A friendly URL has also been established:"www.awfumc.org/apt2012
? Click here
"to view each of the daily e-mails sent during the 2012 Annual Conference. "
2013 Annual Conference: The 2013 session of the AWF Annual Conference will be held June 2-5, 2013, at Christ United Methodist Church in Mobile, AL. We express our sincere appreciation to the Christ United Methodist Church Leadership Team and Rev. Jeff Spiller for their hospitality during this year's annual conference."
New Church Development Special Offering Update: Frank Dunnewind, AWF Conference Treasurer, reported that the special offering for Imagine No Malaria has now totaled over $54,000 and additional contributions are still being received. The offering collected at the ordination and commissioning service for the Ministerial Education Fund collected over $1,600. Thank you!
UMCOR Kit Drive Numbers: Fifty-eight churches participated in the UMCOR kit drive yielding more than 1,275 kits. Thank you for your generosity during this crucial time of need."
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