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October 8, 2012 / Volume 11, No. 18 View Online

Conference News

Auburn Wesley Foundation Celebrates 75th Anniversary

{The Auburn Wesley Foundation is celebrating 75 years of ministry and 50 years in their building at 131 South Gay Street. The year of celebration was kicked off September 28-30 with a wonderful reunion including worship, reminiscing, and building relationships.}

ACE Offers New Leadership Course For Clergy

The first of the Four Areas of Focus for The UMC is developing principled Christian leaders for the church and the world. To address this priority, the Academy for Congregational Excellence will offer a leadership development program for clergy entitled, "Becoming a More Effective Leader." The program features a series of eleven seminars led by proven servant leaders who are volunteering their time to make the program possible. To provide for active participation in small and large group discussions, enrollment is limited, and participants will be selected in the order in which registrations are received. The seminars are scheduled on the third Thursday of each month, beginning in January 2013 and ending in November 2013. Classes will meet from 10:00am until 2:00pm at Frazer Memorial UMC in Montgomery with lunch included. Participants are expected to attend all sessions, and upon completion of the program, will earn 4 CEUs. Click here to review the program brochure, which includes registration information as well as seminar topics and names of presenters.

Meet the Office of Congregational Development

This concludes our "meet the staff" series. We hope you have taken a moment to watch the videos for each ministry team. The final team to meet is the office of congregational development. Meet Rev. Neil McDavid, Barbara Sadler and Sandy Gutting. Click here for video. Missed one? Click here to see the series.

Around the Conference

Glory Sighting: North Mobile UMCs Collaborate for Youth Service Weekend

{S.O.U.L., Students Offering Unconditional Love, is a collaboration of youth groups from the north Mobile area to host a mission weekend. Chickasaw, Creola, Saraland, Satsuma and Citronelle United Methodist Churches' youth participated. The weekend was based on Galatians 5:13 and was a two-day event where they served at Wilmer Hall, which is a local children"s home in Mobile. They also worked at the United Methodist Inner City Mission. Amanda McKee, youth director at Chickasaw UMC stated, "We wanted a way to connect with other churches in our area and serve our community. We averaged about 45-50 people each day. Jeremy Fields, founder of Frontline Ministries in Gulf Shores, was the speaker and Breaking Chains from Creola was the worship band." The weekend concluded with worship and a communion service.}

Glory Sighting: UWA Wesley Foundation Establishes After School Program

The University of West Alabama Wesley Foundation started an after school program that is celebrating community ministry! UWA Wesley student, Karyn Louritt, who helped out with the Alabama Rural Ministry day camp this summer wanted to continue the partnership and invited several children to the Thursday night after school program. Thus far, about five kids attend each Thursday. One of the UWA biology professors, Ketia Shumaker (also a member of the Wesley board), is facilitating her college students to come and lead science projects with the kids for class credit. The first night the college students came they made "barges" out of aluminum foil, and the kids had to guess how many pennies their barge would hold in water. The college students are getting a lot out of this as well because they are learning how to teach and present science concepts. After the science experiment portion of the evening, the kids get to help make dinner or have free time in the gym. Then, after dinner, they review memory verses from the Bible with the kids. They receive points for the ones that they have memorized, and have prizes for them after they get a certain number of points. Rev. Gillian Walters, director, expressed, "It has been fun to see the kids excited about scripture. When we were teaching them how to look up chapters, verses, and books of the Bible they were racing to find the different verses. We are celebrating the work of the Kingdom in Livingston!"

Alabama Rural Ministry Offers Two Service Opportunities

Alabama Rural Ministry (ARM) is already taking applications for summer camp staff as well as reservations for mission camps. Read more about each opportunity here.

Raise the Roof

Are you considering mission options for your youth group for next summer? Raise the Roof Project is an excellent mission opportunity, sponsored by Dauphin Way United Methodist Church and St. Paul"s Episcopal Church. Come spend a week in Mobile helping repair roofs. Click here for more.

United Methodist Children's Home Opens Birmingham Office

(UMCH, Birmingham, AL) --The United Methodist Children"s Home (UMCH), a 120-year-old child care agency based in Montgomery, Alabama, announces the addition of Rebecca Morris and Lara Wheeler to its newly organized Birmingham Office of Marketing and Development located in the UMC North Alabama Conference Center on the campus of Birmingham-Southern College. Dr. Blake Horne, CEO of the United Methodist Children"s Home is pleased to announce the new staff and office, "We are thrilled to have Rebecca and Lara join our team here at UMCH. They bring a wealth of experience, creativity, and resources to the table as we seek to advance our most important mission, caring for all God"s children in Alabama and Northwest Florida." Full release here.

Connectional News

10-Fold 2012. 1 Click. Be Counted

10-Fold returns for a month-long celebration of five exciting projects, each highlighted for a full week. This remaining schedule for this year's event is:
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.

Disaster Response Teams Needed for Isaac Recovery

(Louisiana Conference) - The Rev. Dave Carlton, pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church in Buras, La., watched television news reports of Hurricane Isaac"s devastating impact on Plaquemines Parish from a hospital room in Natchez, Miss. Carlton was on an overnight trip to Birmingham, Ala. and stopped to eat lunch in Mississippi. When he stood up from the meal, Carlton felt dizzy. "Although it turned out to be a minor health issue, I wound up in the hospital. I felt helpless as I watched reports about the devastation in Plaquemines Parish. All I could think was, "All of my people are down there." And I only had enough clothes for an overnight stay. I felt like I was reliving Hurricane Katrina," said Carlton. Full story here.

Did Jesus Have a Wife?

(UMNS) - If Jesus had been married, don"t you think Paul or the biblical Gospel writers would have mentioned it? United Methodist scholars and others weigh in on the papyrus fragment in the Egyptian language Coptic that includes the phrase: "Jesus said to them, my wife." More here.

Demand Grows for Older Adult Ministries

(UMNS) " With Americans reaching age 65 at the rate of 10,000 a day, congregations must become even more intentional about providing appropriate ministries for older adults, said the Rev. Richard H. Gentzler Jr., director of the Center on Aging and Older Adult Ministries at the United Methodist Board of Discipleship. He recently presented a comprehensive plan for older adult ministries to help annual (regional) conferences. Full commentary here.

Resources

5 Fall Facebook Activities That Lead to Real Life Engagement

(UMCOM) - Most likely, you have been on Facebook. You may have even wrestled with how to increase engagement on your church"s Facebook page. Here are five ideas for using Facebook this fall to engage your congregation and other people in your community online. You may discover that face-to-face encounters also result! More here.

St. Andrew Debuts 2012 Advent Devotions

(UMNS) " The Society of St. Andrew is inviting congregations to participate in "Joy to the World!," its 2012 Advent devotion and giving program, based on Luke 1:44. Society of St. Andrew also offers Christmas gift donation cards and a Bible study on hunger. Learn more.

Learn New Ways to Reach Different Generations of People

(GBOD) - New resources about the generations and ways to most effectively minister to them are available from GBOD. Articles and video clips to guide your ministry are at www.gbod.org/gen2gen. Find even more information in the book Gen2Gen: Sharing Jesus across the Generations, edited by GBOD staff Rick Gentzler, Melanie Gordon, Craig Kennet Miller and Abby Parker. It is available for $18 at http://amzn.to/OrlVrp.

Job Postings

Featured Posting: Controller for the AWF Conference

The Alabama-West Florida Conference announces its search for Controller. Accounting knowledge and experience is a must. A person in this position, under the direction of the Treasurer, will design, monitor and supervise accounting systems, budgeting, reporting, internal control systems and procedures. They will also be responsible for payroll and all related tax filings and payments, researching and solving accounting discrepancies when needed, working with auditors during annual audits, etc. Click here for full description.

Part-time Pianist, Millbrook FUMC

Administrative Assistant, Pensacola FUMC

Director of Music Ministries, Shalimar UMC

Youth Care Worker, UMCH (Headland, AL)

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)

Music Associate, Accompanist, Navarre UMC

Children's Ministry Director, Gulf Breeze UMC

Part-time Pianist, FUMC Panama City

Musician at Metropolitan UMC

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)

Upcoming Events

Featured Event: 2012 Multicultural Conference

"Creating a Church for All People." The 2012 Multicultural Conference will explore the changing racial, ethnic and cultural demographics of our country that are moving towards a population that is majority racial-ethnic. In light of this fast-approaching demographic change, this conference will provide cultural competency training for clergy and laity, enhancing their ability to serve as leaders within their communities. The event will be November 29-December 1. Click here for more.

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

World Food Day, October 16

UMW Fall Training and Meeting, October 19-20

The Enduring Magic of Eugenia Price at Epworth by the Sea, October 29-November 1

Pensacola District Conference, November 4

Pensacola District Youth FUSED Conference, November 4

Lake Junaluska Peace Conference, November 8-11

Photography as a Spiritual Experience, November 15-17

Mercy Me in concert at the MPAC, November 29

Fiscal Office Closes for 2012 Financial Records, January 8, 2013

Lake Junaluska Cabinet Consultation, January 21-24

Poems, Prayers and Promise at Epworth by the Sea, January 21-23

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