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Thursday - July 24, 2014
Know Your DS: Rev. Sara Shaver

Many of you will remember the spotlight on our eight district superintendents. The next six editions of the NewsCONNECTION will feature a district superintendent that has not yet been featured before. This edition's spotlight is on Rev. Sara Shaver, Dothan District Superintendent. 

What Brought You to the Ministry?
I began my journey to the ordained ministry by working at Dalraida UMC as the Director of Christian Education. During that time is when God called me to move toward ordination.

The Best Book I’ve Read About Methodism Is:
I’m assuming you mean other than the church cookbooks. Maddox’s book Responsible Grace is probably the one that I would recommend.

Favorite Vacation Destination:
I must confess I am not a big Disney World fan. Living away from family most vacations are spent visiting them but I do like time on the beach.

Instead of being a minister, I almost was...
A Special Education teacher

One of the goals for my district is to:
Find my way around and eat at every restaurant in Dothan. Living in Monroeville for four years I have been restaurant challenged. Seriously, I hope and pray that as I get to know the clergy and laity we will find ways to worship and study together as well as provide a support network for the clergy.

What is one challenge you see for your district:
Besides dealing with me? Seriously, I haven’t been here long enough to answer this but so far I have been delighted at the joy and genuine warmth I have experienced.

What do you like best about serving the AWF Conference?
While I still sing Rocky Top in the fall, AWF has become home for me. I like serving with my family.

What do you do in your free time.........the little there is?
I do a little quilting

Most people don’t know that I can:
I wish I had a hidden talent.

The most important thing I’ve learned since my first appointment is:
The old saying “you can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time but you cannot please all of the people all of the time” is very, very true.

Thursday - July 17, 2014
Strong Support Moves Alabama-West Florida Toward Imagine No Malaria Goal

United Methodists in Alabama-West Florida had cause to celebrate at their annual gathering this year: An outpouring of grass-roots support has put them at almost 60 percent of a $1 million goal for Imagine No Malaria.

Earlier this year, Bishop Paul L. Leeland had announced an initiative to save 100,000 lives through Imagine No Malaria, The United Methodist Church’s campaign to help eradicate deaths in Africa from the mosquito-borne disease.

At the annual gathering in June in Montgomery, Ala., members set a record for the opening worship missional offering, contributing $322,600. The Alabama-West Florida Conference estimates that it will have saved 57,000 lives so far through its support of the campaign.

Bishop Leeland noted the impact of raising $10 to save a life in an Easter message to members.

“This $10 aids education, health clinics, and nets to eliminate malaria,” he said. “It is not difficult to find members of our congregations that can still remember when malaria was a serious threat in the United States in the 1940s and 1950s. We eliminated malaria here and we can do something mighty in our world by eliminating malaria elsewhere.”

For the campaign, each local church was provided a goal based on membership, and larger district goals were also set. The eight districts formed teams to lead a variety of efforts.

The Montgomery-Prattville District challenged its members to consider a Lenten fast in which they would give up something routine (a meal, coffee, etc.) that would cost around $10. The district also held Shoot for Malaria events for children and youth at area churches, and the young people collected pledges based on the number of free-throw baskets shot.

The Baypines District held a golf tournament in which one participant shot a hole in one. He gave the reward back to the Imagine No Malaria offering.

Local churches came up with hundreds of ways to reach their members. Children got involved by setting up lemonade stands and donating their piggybanks. A man sold his late wife's artwork and gave the proceeds to Imagine No Malaria. One church set up a crib in the sanctuary with netting over it, and gave each member a card with netting material tied to it. Other churches held cookouts and pancake suppers.

During the middle of the initiative, extreme flooding hit the Baypines and Pensacola districts, and the conference shifted its focus to respond to those in need. As a result, Alabama-West Florida has extended its timeline for reaching the goal of saving 100,000 lives to the end of the year.

To follow progress as it continues, visit www.awfumc.org/INMProgress.

*Phillips is director of communations for the Alabama-West Florida Conference.

 

Thursday - July 17, 2014
Texas Bishops Respond to Border Crisis in Joint Letter to all Texas Methodists

The bishops of the five Texas Annual Conferences have issued a letter to all Texas Methodists in response to the humanitarian crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border. The Bishops’ prayer is that the letter be shared with local churches throughout the state in myriad ways – such as
  1. included in local church newsletters and on websites and social media pages;
  2. incorporated  into sermons and/or worship liturgy; and
  3. offered up to small groups and Bible studies to focus on the cited texts.
There is also the hope that church mission teams will find it helpful in planning a faithful response to the needs of these children at our doorstep. All churches and members of the Central Texas Conference are invited to share this pastoral letter and engage in holy conferencing with your church and community. A digital version of the letter is available here.

To learn more about the ongoing crisis along our southern border, visit ctcumc.org/missionsupport-bordercrisis and/or see Bishop Lowry’s July 11 blog post, A Christian Response to the Border Crisis.

The  Exccutive Committee of the Council of Bishops has also issued a statement calling for compassion and prayer in response to the border crisis. You can access the Council of Bishops' statement here.


Thursday - June 19, 2014
June 18, 2014, Flood Update

Below is a recap from Amelia Fletcher, AWF Conference Disaster Response Coordinator.  

Alabama:

Baldwin County has set up a Long Term Recovery operation with officers. An office has been set up at Prodisee Pantry in Spanish Fort. Assessment and evaluation of information is currently being done. Lutheran Disaster has loaned us an office/volunteer manager for three to four weeks. 

Case management will be handled by the current service agencies. ALVOAD has sent information on the opening of the CAN (coordinated assistance network) portal.

Have interviewed a volunteer management person, Kathyrn Giles from the Spanish Fort UMC. She would begin in late July or August. Depending on number of homes and funding, this might be a part-time position.

I am seeking a construction supervisor/site manager and I will manage the oversite of the Alabama piece.

Four churches in Baldwin Co have offered to host volunteers: Fairhope, Foley, Rosinton, Gulf Shores.

Next LTR meeting June 24.

  • FEMA reported numbers in Baldwin:  $1,048,028, 987 in unmet needs (includes, home repair, rental, replacement and person property award to 1,237 home owners, 616 renters, 622 mobile homes, 987 homes.
  • 1,826 are SBA ineligible
  • 29 inspected homeowners –not insured

I'll be requesting grant money for Baldwin after definitive number of homes and scope of work established.

FLORIDA:

We are currently working in partnership with a five-county committee: Escambia, Jackson, Okaloosa, Walton, Santa Rosa. In the Pensacola area we are communicating with BRACE (Be Ready Alliance), and on the state level the FLVOAD.

FEMA registrations received as June 18:

Registrations Received as of June 18, 2014                                                                           13,571           

Disbursed Eligible Housing Program Assistance                                                                     $25,612,621

Disbursed Other Needs Assistance                                                                                             $5,015,101

Small Business Administration Home Load Applications Returned                                      1,804

Small Business Administration Home Loan Applications Approved                                      692

Small Business Administration Home Loans Approved                                                          $29,706,000

 

County

Cumulative Applications

HA Amount

ONA Amount

Maximum Grant

Escambia (County)

9,468

19,048,605.18

4,072,916.06

66

Jackson (County)

328

365,986.66

31,350.53

1

Okaloosa (County)

1,291

1,543,436.05

217,142.70

0

Santa Rosa (County)

1,975

4,175,556.79

662,589.74

3

Walton (County)

426

479,037.13

31,102.92

0

TOTAL

13,488

25,612,621.81

5,015,101.95

70

 

Gulf Breeze UMC has offered office space to the Conference to use as a hub for our operations. A construction supervisor has been interviewed as well as a case manager. Both look promising. Actively seeking an executive supervisor and volunteer manager. Will meet with Gulf Breeze again after the 4th.

Greg Forrester (Assistant General Secretary, UMCOR US Disaster Response) and I attended the first regional meeting of agencies in Milton and then visited Gulf Breeze. We  spent a couple of hours in discussion with Pastor Shawn York who has managed the response in GB. It was a timely and productive visit.

Volunteer hosts sites are currently Gulf Breeze and Warrington. Contact with other district churches will be conducted by email first, then phone. It is probable that the shower trailer will go to the Pensacola District at the end of the summer. Currently it is committed to Dauphin Way in Mobile for two weeks and to ARM through August. This should be just the right timing for need. Warrington has agreed to place the trailer and host.

A request for volunteers has been issued to the Florida Conference and to SEJ UMVIM for Washington and Walton Counties. Pam Garrison of the Florida Conference has been a wonderful resource and has volunteers who want to serve in state. We are working with Gabe Tishcler (Catholic Disaster) and Hammers and Hearts. Housing and coordination is being done through these groups established with the area floods of 2013. I will incorporate funding and a case manager for this area so that our support is not localized to Pensacola area.

I have been in conversation with UMCOR about case management  training (tentatively July 7-9) and I will be working on the grant proposal with Cathy Earl of UMCOR on Friday morning. 

I welcome your input on any of these items and plans.

Amelia

Thursday - June 5, 2014
Poll: Making disciples tops United Methodists priorities; sexuality ranks low

June 4, 2014

Poll: Making disciples tops United Methodists’ priorities; sexuality ranks low
More than 90 percent of members say church shouldn’t split over issue

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—A new poll of United Methodists in the United States shows that issues related to human sexuality rank significantly lower than other concerns, and members want the church to engage on this issue and bring a positive perspective to the discussion.  

Creating disciples of Christ, spiritual growth and youth involvement are among the top priorities for U.S. church members, according to the survey, commissioned by United Methodist Communications. The research is based on a May 30-June 1 survey of United Methodist members in the United States. The research was conducted by Corporate Research of Greensboro, N.C., and Research Now of Dallas. It had a 4.4 percent margin of error.

“We found that regardless of a person’s position on homosexuality, members felt strongly that the church could offer a positive and different voice to the broader conversation occurring in society today,” said John Deuterman, president of Corporate Research. “They overwhelmingly reject the idea that the disagreements over this issue were justification for splitting the church.”

Seventy-six percent of members said the church “should engage and bring positive perspective” to society’s discussion of issues related to sexuality.

More than 90 percent of respondents said The United Methodist Church should not split over issues related to human sexuality. Sixty-three percent said the issue of sexual orientation and same-gender marriage is “diverting the church from more important things.” They ranked it 8th in importance among issues facing the church today.

The most important issues, according to members, are creating disciples of Christ (39 percent of respondents ranked it as first or second in importance); youth involvement (27 percent); members’ spiritual growth (24 percent); decline in membership (19 percent); poverty (17 percent); children at risk (17 percent); and social injustice (16 percent). Sexual orientation and same-gender marriage drew 11 percent.

“This poll shows what really matters to the members of The United Methodist Church,” said the Rev. Larry Hollon, general secretary of United Methodist Communications. “It also clarifies that the people in the pews are more concerned about faithful living and changing lives for Christ than they are about some of the other issues that we hear so much about.”

The poll is helpful as The United Methodist Church looks ahead to its legislative assembly in 2016, Hollon said. “As the church wrestles with issues related to human sexuality leading up to 2016, this is a hopeful reminder that our connection is strong and that people in the pews are neither ignoring this discussion nor letting it distract from our effort to answer Christ’s call.”

 

Monday - May 19, 2014
Pensacola District Disaster and Fire Response

I couldn't help but think of the Lent, Easter, Pentecost cycle as I prepared to worship this morning with the Mount Carmel United Methodist Church in their first service after the loss of their sanctuary on Wednesday. As you know, this holy season in the life of the church began with Ash Wednesday and will conclude on Sunday, June 8 with the celebration of Pentecost. In this "great reversal" we start with ashes and end with fire. Our mortal lives have new life breathed into them through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Now, as we are well aware, this is not how we experience things in our everyday life. Gathered with members of the Mount Carmel congregation, we watched, shocked, as fire consumed their place of worship, reducing it to ashes last week. Yet today, amid some tears and collective grief, the community affirmed their faith in the living God and began the process of recovery and rebuilding. Literally from the ashes, a new fire will burn in the lives of those who are part of the Mount Carmel congregation. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, they will witness anew to God's love in their community and beyond.

Thank you for your concern for our sister congregation in the Pensacola District. So many of you have contacted my office asking how you can help Mount Carmel in their time of need. We are receiving donations at the District Office that we will send to Mount Carmel in the days ahead for those that would like to make a contribution. They will be worshiping on a temporary basis at old Cornerstone Christian Church in Jay. Cokesbury, the denominational publishing house, is helping with materials through their Cokesbury Cares program. Should there be a need for other supplies, we will notify you through the District Office. Please continue to keep the congregation in your prayers.

As Dr. Lennie Howard shared, the work of the church and the ministry of the church goes on. And I would share with you that we are still engaged in flood recovery efforts in Gulf Breeze and Pensacola. And even as we are the benefactors of the generosity of others, we have opportunity to give through our conference initiative, Imagine No Malaria. At annual conference, there will be four special offerings received to benefit the Ministerial Education Fund, Imagine No Malaria, the Stegall Seminary Scholarship Fund, and an offering to benefit those affected by the flooding in our district and the Baypines District, as well as the Mount Carmel Church.

My prayer for us this week is that God will take the ashes of all of our lives and breathe the fire of the Spirit into our hearts and into the lives of our churches throughout the Pensacola District as we seek to serve Christ in our communities and indeed throughout the world. Thank you for your leadership! I am grateful for each of you!

Blessings and peace,

Jeremy Pridgeon
District Superintendent
Pensacola District

Events
Thursday - July 31, 2014
Baypines District Pastors Meeting

The Baypines District will host a pastors meeting on July 31, 2014 at First United Methodist Church, Bay Minette.  The meeting will begin at 10AM.

Charge conference paperwork and schedule will be discussed.

For more information, please contact the district office 251-580-2021.

 

Thursday - July 31, 2014
BP District Pastors Meeting

The Baypines District will host a pastors meeting on July 31, 2014 at First United Methodist Church, Bay Minette.  The meeting will begin at 10AM.

Charge conference paperwork and schedule will be discussed.

For more information, please contact the district office 251-580-2021. 

Thursday - July 31, 2014
Montgomery-Opelika District Picnic

The Montgomery-Opelika District will host a picnic on July 31, 2014 at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Montgomery, AL beginning at 6pm CT.    You will receive your charge conference packets as well as other essential information.  A nursery will be provided for children under the age of 8.  

Deadline for registration is July 23.  You must register your attendance HERE so we can get an accurate count for the meal.  

For more information, please contact the district office 334-239-7329.

 

Thursday - July 31, 2014
MTOP District Picnic

The Montgomery-Opelika District will host a picnic on July 31, 2014 at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Montgomery, AL beginning at 6pm CT.  You will receive your charge conference packets as well as other essential information.  A nursery will be provided for children under the age of 8.

Deadline for registration is July 23.  You must register your attendance HERE so we can get an accurate count for the meal.  

For more information, please contact the district office 334-239-7329. 

 

Friday - August 1, 2014
Montgomery-Prattville District hosts Lay Servant Ministry Training
The Montgomery-Prattville District will host Lay Servant Ministry Training August 1 - 2, 2014 at Dalraida United Methodist Church. 
 
Courses Offered:
1. Basic Course led by Pat Caylor (requires permission from senior minister of your church)
2. Advanced Course: Life Together in the United Methodist Connection (new Polity course) led by Dr. Robbins Sims
3. Advanced Course: Dancing with Words: Lay Speakers Tell Stories led by Rev. Jackie Slaughter
4. Advanced Course: From Your Heart to Theirs: Delivering an Effective Sermon led by Dr. Chris Perry
 
Schedule:
Friday, August 1
Registration: 4:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., light meal included
Orientation and Worship: 5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Classes: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., snacks provided
 
Saturday, August 2
Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Classes: 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., snacks provided
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Classes: 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., snacks provided
Break: 4:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. 
Consecration and Sending Forth – 4:45 p.m.
 
Register by Friday, July 25, 2014.  Cost is $50 and includes books, snacks and meals.
 
Below is a registration form.
 
Questions?  Contact David Bowen dbowenjr@aol.com 
 
Friday - August 1, 2014
MTPT Lay Servant Training
The Montgomery-Prattville District will host Lay Servant Ministry Training August 1 - 2, 2014 at Dalraida United Methodist Church. 
 
Courses Offered:
1. Basic Course led by Pat Caylor (requires permission from senior minister of your church)
2. Advanced Course: Life Together in the United Methodist Connection (new Polity course) led by Dr. Robbins Sims
3. Advanced Course: Dancing with Words: Lay Speakers Tell Stories led by Rev. Jackie Slaughter
4. Advanced Course: From Your Heart to Theirs: Delivering an Effective Sermon led by Dr. Chris Perry
 
Schedule:
Friday, August 1
Registration: 4:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., light meal included
Orientation and Worship: 5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Classes: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., snacks provided
 
Saturday, August 2
Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Classes: 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., snacks provided
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Classes: 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., snacks provided
Break: 4:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. 
Consecration and Sending Forth – 4:45 p.m.
 
Register by Friday, July 25, 2014.  Cost is $50 and includes books, snacks and meals.
 
Below is a registration form.
 
Questions?  Contact David Bowen dbowenjr@aol.com 

  

Classifieds
Wednesday - July 23, 2014
Children's Ministry Director Position - Tuscumbia, AL

First United Methodist Church, Tuscumbia, AL (TFUMC) is a Christ-centered congregation that is seeking a full-time Children’s Ministry Director. The Children’s Ministry Director will develop, implement and lead a dynamic children’s ministry program, calendar of activities and special events which are designed to include all aspects of spiritual growth from birth through sixth grade.

TFUMC has a membership of over 900 and an average weekend attendance of 410.

The successful candidate will be a strong, adaptable leader and will understand the importance of being a team player. This person will make the spiritual growth of children and the best interest of the church top priorities.

Requirements include a strong Christian faith and a testimony that reflects a call to the ministry. A relevant college degree and at least three years of experience in a mid or large size church are preferred.

Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter and three references to brodavid@tuscumbiaumc.org by Friday, August 15, 2014. 

Tuesday - July 22, 2014
Financial Assistant - Millbrook FUMC

Millbrook First United Methodist Church in Millbrook, AL has an opening for a Financial Assistant.  The purpose of this position is to substitute for the financial administrator in their absence. A four year degree in accounting is preferred. 

Minimum skills for the position are:

  • accounting or bookkeeping experience
  • good computer skills
  • good interpersonal and communication skills

Because of the nature of the work that is done in the church, maintaining confidentiality is a condition of employment. After the initial training period, this position will be utilized on an as needed basis. 

Interested applicants should submit a resume to:
Rev. Dr. Nathan Attwood
First United Methodist Church
3350 Edgewood Road
Millbrook, AL 36054 

The closing date of this announcement is August 4, 2014. 

Tuesday - July 22, 2014
Media Specialist - Millbrook FUMC

Millbrook First United Methodist Church is seeking to hire a part-time Media Specialist.  The Media Specialist will develop and maintain the church website, including producing graphic art for sermon series and church programming to be posted on website and digital presentation.  The Media Specialist will creatively collaborate with preaching and music staff on thematic unity of visual presentation, sermons, and worship, as well as communicate with staff for effective communication of church programming.  Video editing ability preferred.  Experience in church communication ministries or media preferred.

Interested applicants please contact Dr. Nathan Attwood, pastor (nathanwattwood@gmail.com) or Personnel Chair Debbie Boutelier (abacus@sprintmail.com).

Application deadline is August 4, 2014. 

Friday - July 18, 2014
Director of Children's Ministries - Americus First UMC, South GA Conference

First United Methodist Church, Americus, GA is seeking a Director of Children’s Ministry.  This person will direct and supervise all ministries which serve children through fifth grade and their families. 

Specifics:

  • The Director works collaboratively with FUMC leaders and staff to provide opportunities and an environment for children to grow in faith – individually and together
  • The Director advocates for children and families, ensuring that FUMC’s programs provide for their spiritual needs and attract young families with children
  • The Director seeks opportunities to be involved in spiritual growth for our children outside church activities by remaining connected through regular contact and prayer
  • The Director has a great Children’s Ministry Team to work with in the development of a comprehensive children’s ministry
  • Position is full-time
  • Salary negotiable 

Please send resumes to Rev. Jim Smith or Mrs. Drenda Sternenberg, SPR Chair, Americus First United Methodist Church at office@fumcamericus.com or fax to 229-931-6191 or mail to 200 S Lee Street, Americus GA 31709 phone 229-924-3169 

Wednesday - July 16, 2014
Director of Youth Ministries - Trinity UMC (Phenix City, AL)

The Youth of Trinity United Methodist Church (Phenix City, AL) are seeking a Director of Youth Ministries who will coordinate youth ministries, teach, participate in worship, and grow in love and faith. This is a part-time position.

For any questions, please contact Rev. Steve Reneau at (334) 298-4140.

For more information and to apply, visit www.tumcphenixcity.com/dym.

 

Monday - July 14, 2014
Director/Minister of Student Ministries - Orange Beach UMC
Orange Beach United Methodist Church (Orange Beach, AL) prayerfully seeks to hire a full-time Director/Minister of Student Ministries.  This individual will be warmly engaged to minister in a 21 year old denominational church located in a thriving vacation/resort beach community on Alabama’s Gulf Coast.  This church is a solidly passionate body called to reach new people for Jesus Christ and grow and deepen those already in faith toward a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and engaged in personal expressions of ministry for Christ.
 
We are seeking a person with a passion for sharing Jesus Christ with teenagers, middle-school thru high-school, and their families within the context of a growing church.  This person will have wonderful opportunities in ministry to lead a move of God’s Spirit, along with ample resources and passion, support and encouragement, and holy expectation from the church family, senior pastor, and fellow staff persons.  The vision and purpose for this active ministry position will be growing and extending existing ministries and pioneering/innovating discipleship to current church related students.  This person will also expand student activities in and evangelism outreach to all the teens and their families on our island.
 
This Christ-led ministry will happen within a team-oriented arena involving a mix of ministry partners and fellow staff persons.  This ministry position will involve providing leadership, resourcing adult and student ministry partners, providing and engaging in training, providing organization, overseeing communication, and most of all relationship development with and among teens and adults.
 
While we prefer a person with experience in Christian student ministries and degreed preparation, our goal is to share in ministry with a director boundless in energy and passion for answering Jesus’ call to make disciples and be an integral part of developing our vision as Christ’s Light in Orange Beach, AL. 
 
Interested candidates are encouraged to contact:
Rev. Dr. Alan W. McBride
Orange Beach United Methodist Church
28751 Canal Road
Orange Beach, AL  36561
251 981 6751
amcbride@orangebeachumc.org
 

     

Obituaries
Thursday - June 12, 2014
Burrell - Clarence

Rev. Clarence Burrell, age 76, of Sawyerville, died June 12, 2014, at home. Services werre held Saturday, June 21, 2014, at Bass Tabernacle Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Akron. Burial followed in Jackson Chapel Cemetery with Gandy Funeral Home directing.  He is survived by his wife, Brenda. 

 

Monday - June 9, 2014
Kicklighter - Hampton

We are sorry to report the death of Rev. Hampton Kicklighter (retired).  Hamp died June 9, 2014.

He is survived by his wife, Suzy.

Visitation will be held Thursday, June 12, 2014 at First United Methodist Church, Montgomery beginning at 1:00 PM.  Funeral services will follow at 2:00 PM.

Please keep the Kicklighter Family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. 

Saturday - June 7, 2014
Hendricks - Robert

Robert Edward Hendricks, of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, died at home June 7, 2014 on his 83rd birthday. He was born to Eugene and Mary Dozier Hendricks in Jay, Florida, the youngest of nine children.  Robert graduated from Pensacola Junior College in 1951, Troy State Teachers College in 1952, and Emory University Candler School of Theology in 1956.

As a student, Robert entered the Methodist ministry and served as pastor of several Methodist Churches in Alabama. Upon graduation from seminary, he entered the U.S. Air Force Chaplaincy. After training at Lackland AFB, Texas, he served at McClellan AFB, California; Elmendorf AFB, Alaska;  Eglin AFB, Florida; the Air Force Academy, Colorado; Ramstein AB, Germany; Keesler AFB, Mississippi; Hickam AFB, Hawaii;  Norton AFB, California; Scott AFB, Illinois; Langley AFB, Virginia; and Eglin AFB again, from which he retired in 1986.  Upon retirement, he became the pastor of The Community Church of Santa Rosa Beach for seventeen years and retired from that position on December 31, 2001.

Robert, who became known as Bob when he entered the Air Force, married Barbara Ann Rodgers of Pine Level, Alabama, in June 1954.  They have three children: Rodger Eugene, Christine Roberta, and Lynn Ann.

Bob is survived by his wife; Barbara; his son Rodger and wife Linda of Archer, Florida; daughter Christine of DeFuniak Springs, Florida; and daughter Lynn and husband Gregory Porter and their sons Seth, Brice, and Justin of Daphne, Alabama.  His sister Frances Kilpatrick of Huntsville, Alabama, also survives, along with several nieces and nephews.

Bob was preceded in death by two brothers who died in childhood and another who died in infancy, as well as three other brothers and a sister.

A Memorial Service will be held for Bob at the Point Washington United Methodist Church on Saturday, July 12, at 11 AM, followed by a reception in The Stephen Center.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Point Washington UMC, 1290 North Highway 395, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459 or The Community Church, POB 1723, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459.

 

Saturday - May 31, 2014
Jones - Joseph Joel

Jones, Rev. Joseph "Joel," age 85, a resident of Montgomery, AL, passed away on Saturday, May 31, 2014. He served over 50 years as a minister in the Alabama-West Florida conference of the United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Eleanor Huggins Jones; his children, Julie Mogren, Keith Jones, and Janeen Stewart; 9 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Stegall Seminary Scholarship Endowment Foundation, P.O. Box 242661, Montgomery, AL 36124.

 

Sunday - March 16, 2014
Mixson - Rex

Dr. Rex M. Mixson passed away on Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Dothan Alabama surrounded by his family. 

Rex was a retired United Methodist Minister, having served over fifty years. He was the pastor of churches throughout south Alabama and northwest Florida, including churches in Ozark, Selma, Pensacola, Enterprise, Panama City and Marianna. In addition, he served as the District Superintendent of the Pensacola and Troy Districts. He was committed to serving God and others. He was a graduate of Troy University and received the honor of Alumnus of the Year in 1973. His legacy will be carried on by others for generations through the lives of countless people to whom he ministered and mentored. 

Rex is survived by his wife, Jo Dismukes Mixson, of Taylor, Alabama and his three children and their spouses, Steve Mixson of Tampa, Florida, Martha and Steve Wakefield of Alpharetta, Georgia, and David and Sue Mixson of Madison, Alabama. He was also the proud grandfather of six adoring grandchildren, Amy Mixson Warters, Kristin Mixson, Jackson and Reagan Wakefield, and Maddie and Drew Mixson. He was also proud to become the great-grandfather of Bradley Warters, the newest addition to his family. Rex is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Don and Pat Mixson of New Brockton, Alabama. His family will forever be grateful for his guidance, direction and unconditional love.

Rex was blessed to also have an extended family that truly became his family after his marriage to Jo Dismukes Mixson. Rex loved Richard Dismukes, Geary Dismukes, and Sheila Segrest, all of Taylor, Alabama. He loved their children and grandchildren as his own. What an incredible blessing they were to him.

Rex was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Margaret Davenport Mixson and his parents, Earl and Nora Mixson.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 from 4 to 6 PM.

A service to celebrate Rex’s extraordinary life will be held at 12:00 noon, Thursday, March 20, 2014 at Ozark First United Methodist Church with Searcy Funeral Home and Crematory directing.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to The Old Tabernacle Cemetery Fund, 11592 Hwy. 51, New Brockton, AL 36351 or Ozark First United Methodist Church, 167 E. Broad Street, Ozark, AL 36360.

 

Wednesday - March 5, 2014
Pugh - Glen

Rev. Glen Pugh, pastor at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Montgomery, AL, died March 5, 2014. 

A lunch was served in the Aldersgate Christian Activity Center March 8, 2014.  Visitation followed in the Sanctuary. Funeral servicesl began at 2:00pm CST.  

Please continue to keep his wife, Carla, their children, Hunter and Hillary, the Aldersgate United Methodist Church family, and churches he previously served in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. 

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