Mother Feels "Blessed" With Habitat House
(Montgomery Advertiser) - Carla Surls paused Sunday and brought her fingers to her eyes, the emotion clear to the 70 people gathered in the front yard of the house she helped build. A driver with the Montgomery Association for Retarded Citizens, Surls was about to open the door of the house she had spent the better part of this year helping to build, a house she and her son Brandon Freeman were about to move into. To the friends and family sitting on her new driveway " and Montgomery Habitat for Humanity officials and First United Methodist Church volunteers who helped raise the walls " she said thank you. Not only for herself, but for any future family members who might share the home. Full story here.
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 effort to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world and celebrate the "glory sightings" where congregations are experiencing fruitful, vital ministry engaging their communities in mission and service throughout the conference. Superintendents shared these stories with each other and continue to explore ways of making these known across the connection in an attempt to point toward examples of what we would hope to see taking place even more frequently in our churches. Full update here.
Meet the Office of Connectional Ministries
In the coming editions of the NewsCONNECTION, you will see a ministry team of the Alabama-West Florida Conference featured. We hope you will take a moment to watch the brief videos that will be shared to learn more about the conference staff and how each office can assist you or your congregation. Meet Rev. Neil McDavid, Rev. Frederick Outlaw, Susan Hunt, Martha Rovira and Traci Herndon. Click here for video.
Around the Conference
Our Amazing Connection
Why is it that our membership went down but our missional giving (apportionments) went up? What does our missional giving accomplish? How does the conference determine what my fair share is of the connectional budgets approved by the members of the Annual Conference? The answers to these questions and more can be found in the "2013 Connection." This document is downloadable and can be printed for distribution to interested persons. It can also be found on our home page under features entitled, "2013 Connectional Giving."
Praying Past the Pain"Guideposts Features Posell
Rev. Allison Posell of Niceville was published in a recent edition of Guideposts entitled, "Praying Past the Pain." Posell details how she relied on faith to recover from an injury in time for her daughter's wedding. Full story here.
Glory Sighting: St. Luke Enterprise Uses VBS to Help Cameroon
During Vacation Bible School this summer, St. Luke raised money to send mosquito nets to its sister church in Cameroon. They hold two Bible Schools each summer, one at the church and the other at the local YMCA. Between both events, they raised $884.48! Tracy Bullinger, Director of Children's Ministries shared, "I was so proud of the children. Each day, we told them a little more about Horeb UMC and about malaria. At the end of the week, the children made cards to send to the kids in Cameroon. I"ve been our VBS director for eight years now and this mission project really made a strong impact on the children. It is hard for them to grasp missions and what we donate money for but I really think they understood they were saving the lives of other children."
10-Fold 2012. 1 Click. Be Counted
On October 1, 10-Fold returns for a month-long celebration of five exciting projects, each highlighted for a full week. This is the schedule for this year's event:
Week 1: Disaster Relief; Week 2: Young People in Mission; Week 3: Mission Initiatives; Week 4: Missionaries; Week 5: Fair Trade
10-Fold gives church members the opportunity to meet some of these people and interact with them online. It brings the mission field to homes and churches through a multimedia experience that includes videos, chats, devotions, and worship resources. Each visitor can trigger a $1 donation"made by one of 10-Fold's sponsors"to the week's project simply by clicking the "Be Counted" button. 10-Fold is an interactive global gathering that features United Methodist projects around the world supported by Global Ministries and UMCOR. Just as all of Global Ministries does, 10-Fold puts faith into action, living out the commitment of The United Methodist Church to congregational development, leadership development, global health, and ministry with the poor. Resources to help you share information is available in a 10-Fold toolkit.
Holy Conferencing: Bringing Grace to Tough Conversations
(Interpreter Magazine) - Cheyenne, Wyo., was not immune when the economic downturn began in 2008. The economic stress clouded decision-making around building a new sanctuary at First United Methodist Church there " and led the congregation to rediscover a means of grace. "We had to figure out whether we wanted to commit to this, what the risks would be," says the Rev. Trudy Robinson, now serving First United Methodist Church in Littleton, Colo. "Holy conferencing became really important as we gathered at the table to listen to all the reasons of why we should or shouldn't move forward. We all had the common ground of wanting to do what was best for the church and create opportunities for more ministries." Full story here.
5 Tips to Inspire Giving at Your Church
(UMCOM) - As Christians, it"s important to give because God first gave to us. Your giving develops the next generation of Christian leaders, builds new churches, teaches lay and clergy leaders how to revitalize existing congregations, combats devastating diseases and engages directly in ministry with the impoverished. Here are five tips to promote giving at your church. More here.
A Different Kind of Christmas
(UMCOM) - Help your congregation see the traps and discontentment of consumerism and hear God"s call to live generously to fulfill God"s mission in the world. This five-week study features the Rev. Mike Slaughter of Ginghamsburg Church - a United Methodist Congregation. Order here.
Discover a Spiritual Framework for Your Work With Older Adults
(GBOD) - Participate in Faith and Aging, a new webinar series from The Upper Room on four consecutive Tuesdays in October. Upper Room authors Missy Buchanan, Dan Moseley, Richard Morgan, Jane Thibault and Rick Gentzler will each offer live presentations beginning on Oct. 9. The four presentations together create a spiritually formative framework for both understanding the aging process and living with vitality in older adult years. For more information and to register, click here.
Director of Children's Ministry, Porterfield UMC (Albany, GA)
Director of Children's Ministry, Aldersgate UMC (Montgomery, AL)
Pre-school Director, FUMC Dothan
Director of Music, Citronelle UMC
Social Worker, UMCH (Montgomery, AL)
Youth Care Worker, UMCH (Montgomery, AL)
Full-time Musician, Metropolitan UMC (Montgomery, AL)
Full-time Worship Pastor, Shalimar UMC
Director of Youth Ministry, Clearbranch UMC (Trussville, AL)
Music Associate, Accompanist, Navarre UMC
Children's Ministry Director, Gulf Breeze UMC
Part-time Pianist, FUMC Panama City
Part-time Youth Director, Wesley Chapel UMC (Marietta, GA)
Full-time Youth Minister, Bainbridge UMC (Bainbridge, GA)
Director of Youth Ministries, Hernando UMC (Hernando, MS)
Lead Youth Pastor, St. James UMC (Montgomery, AL)
Family Support Worker, UMCH (Dothan, AL)
Group Home Supervisor, UMCH (Mobile, AL)
Regional Director, UMCH (Montgomery, AL)
Pianist, Dadeville UMC
Part-time Youth Director, Liberty UMC (Notasulga, AL)
Full-time Youth Pastor, Eclectic UMC
Contemporary Worship Leader, Vestavia Hills UMC
Associate Director of Young Adults/Adults, Lakeland, FL First UMC
Early Response Team Training and Recertification, September 29
Hats for Habitat, World Habitat Day, October 1
Deaconess/Home Missioner Discernment, October 5-7
World Communion Sunday, October 7
Wesley Heirs Fall Meeting, October 9-10
Mobile District Lay Speaker Training, October 12-13
Dothan District Lay Speaker Training, October 12-13
Annual Meeting of the Historical Society, October 13
Just Breathe at Epworth by the Sea, October 15-18
UMW Fall Training and Meeting, October 19-20
The Enduring Magic of Eugenia Price at Epworth by the Sea, October 29-November 1
Lake Junaluska Multicultural Conference, November 29-December 1
Fiscal Office Closes for 2012 Financial Records, January 8, 2013