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November 2017

1
Reservations open today for the Pensacola District Clergy & Spouses Christmas Dinner
The online reservations page goes "live" today. Reservations close at noon November 28, 2017.
At http://UMCPensacolaDistrict.org/RSVPChristmas please RSVP whether you can or cannot attend (adults only).
There is no cost, as this is a gift from Tim & Linda Trent.
 
22
Thanksgiving Holiday
Office closes at noon today, reopens on Monday.
 
23
Thanksgiving Day 
 
29-30
Meeting of District Administrative Assistants
at the AWFC Office in Montgomery - Onboarding Session with Bishop Graves Wednesday, Ezra Training with District Statisticians Thursday
 

December 2017

1 & 2
"An Evening in Bethlehem" 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at Gonzalez United Methodist Church
Experience a Christmas like no other - free to the community - a Christmas event for all ages! Gonzalez United Methodist Church recreates the town of Bethlehem, with more than 15 stops representing the inn, blacksmith shop, manger and other aspects of the Biblical city. Guides will lead visitors on an entertaining tour of the city to experience the Nativity story as if they were a part of it. Become a part of the Christmas story this year. It could be the happiest holiday your family has ever had! Gonzalez United Methodist Church is located at 2026 Pauline Street, Cantonment, FL.
 
5
District Clergy & Spouses Christmas Dinner
6 p.m. at Pensacola First United Methodist Church. This is a gift from District Superintendent Tim Trent and his wife, Linda, so there is no cost to attend, but reservations are requested because this is a catered event. This event is for Pensacola District ministers and spouses. Adults only, please. Childcare is not provided. Reservations will be accepted November 1st through noon November 28, 2017.  Let the district office know if you will (or will not) be able to attend by placing your reservations at http://umcpensacoladistrict.org/rsvpchristmas.
 
15
Database Deadline
Churches are to have the AWF Conference database updated by today. How to is here on our Online Reports page.
 
25
Christmas Day   
 

January 2018

19
COSROW Event
at Blue Lake. The event page is here.
 
23-26
 
 
SEJ Cabinet Consultation
at Epworth By The Sea on Saint Simons Island, Georgia. The theme for this year's event is "The Church as a Missional Incubator:  How to Turn Hare-Brained Ideas into Sustainable Ministries without Losing Your Soul (or Your Shirt)." Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean (Princeton Theological Seminary. Bishop in Residence will be Bishop Kenneth Carter, Jr. (Florida Conference). Worship will be led by  Derrick Scott III (Campus to City Wesley Foundation and the CCW Band. Continue here for online flyer and registration.
 
26-28
2018 Youth Meltdown Retreat
 
31
Deadline for Local Church Ezra & Consultation Reports
For more information visit our Online Reports page
 

February 2018

6 & 7
"Planning for Your Retirement" for clergy & spouses at the Pensacola Grand Hotel
There are many aspects of retirement that require planning at different stages of a pastor's ministry. This two-day seminar provides vital information regarding the needs of pastors considering retirement within the next ten years. We encourage spouses to join in making preparations for this milestone event in a pastor's (and his/her family's) life.  
  • Deadline for reservations is January 26, 2018. 
  • Limited to 20 clergy participants (and their spouses) age 50 and older who are considering retirement within the next ten years. Due to limited space, only the first 20 paid clergy registrations will be accepted
  • Cost- $55 per clergy participant, $65 per couple (fee includes room and breakfast)
11
Great Night of United Methodist Singing 6 p.m. at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Niceville, FL
 
16-18
LeadUP Missional Leadership Retreat for Youth in Tuskegee, AL
This is a weekend designed specifically for juniors and seniors in high school who have a passion to learn the principles of starting a ministry or movement in their own community or within their youth group. Students identify their passions, develop core values, create a vision and mission, and develop an action plan to get started! Alabama Rural Ministry's own story and process of development will be used as an example. Sessions are led by ARM staff, board members, and college student volunteers. LeadUP participants have the potential of serving a 1-2 week summer internship alongside the ARM youth mission camp counselors either in home repair or day camp ministry. Cost is $75 and includes housing, meals, and retreat supplies. For more information visit www.arm-al.org/leadup. Registration opens by December 15, 2017.
 
20
Bishop's Day Apart at St. James UMC, Montgomery, AL
The event page is here.  "The Health of Our Relationships" with internationally recognized family therapist, speaker and author Terry Real.  Please read The Anatomy of Peace prior to the meeting. If you are able, Dr. Real's The New Rules of Marriage is suggested reading.
 
23
Annual Meeting of Alabama-West Florida Conference United Methodist Women
This year's meeting will be at Foley United Methodist Church, 915 North Pine Street, Foley, AL 36535.
 
For more information e-mail awfumw@gmail.com or contact Debbie Bell, President of AWF Conference UMW. 
 
AWFC United Methodist Women meet annually to conduct the business of the organization. The program rewards actions of the previous year, sets the challenge for the current year and includes worship, praise and a memorial service. Delegates – one representative from each local United Methodist Women as well as conference and district officers - must pre-register. Registration forms will be available at the appropriate time at http://www.awf-umw.org/.
 
27
Bishop's Day Apart
The event page is here.
 

March 2018

4
Bishop's Confirmation Retreat at Blue Lake
The event page is here. Registration deadline is February 16.
 
9 & 10
Lay Servant Ministries Training at Trinity UMC in Fort Walton
The Pensacola District will hold Lay Servant Ministries Training on Friday, March 9, 2018, and Saturday, March 10, 2018, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. The registration form will be available in early 2018. For more information about this training contact Bruce Knecht at acftmechcso@att.net. The event page is here.
 

June 2018

3-6
AWF Annual Conference
at Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church in Montgomery, Alabama
 

July 2018

12-14
"Large Lay Servant Training Event" in Montgomery
(AWFC-UMC 12/02/2017) - There will be no Conference Blue Lake Training in 2018. We will hold a large training event at First United Methodist Church, Montgomery from Thursday, July 12, 2018, through Saturday, July 14, 2018, as we host the Southeastern Jurisdiction Annual Conference and District Directors meeting. There will be four or five Advanced Courses available as well as the Basic Course. Registration will be available in the spring of 2018. You may attend courses in any district. You are never limited to courses in your own particular district. For questions about Lay Servant Ministries in the Alabama-West Florida Conference, contact David Bowen at david.bowenjr@gmail.com.
 
 

 
 

How to Submit Events for Our Page

 
 
Would you like for us to post your special United Methodist event on the Pensacola District's Calendars page and/or Facebook page? Here are some things to know:
  • All items are subject to review and approval by the Pensacola District Office. 
  • To send items for consideration e-mail admin@umcpensacoladistrict.org.
  • Send the full announcement in text format so that we can copy and paste it.
  • When submitting items for Facebook, is there a URL you can share with us?
  • Send us your flyer, brochure, or applicable graphic/picture - or the URL to a web page where this is available.
  • Please note that we do not use Publisher. We do use Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, and PDF.
 
 

Guidelines for the AWF Conference Calendar

 
 
Due to the many activities going on around our conference, local church events are no longer posted at the Alabama-West Florida Conference website - unless they are of interest conference-wide. Below is information about guidelines for promoting Alabama-West Florida events; this was published by the AWF Conference in October 2017. 
 
 
Event Promotion Guidelines for the AWF Conference Calendar
(AWF-UMC 10/16/2017) - The Alabama-West Florida Conference cabinet and CORE team have approved new guidelines for promoting events in the conference. This will streamline how information is submitted, where events are promoted and also provides suggestions on how groups can help promote their events. Click here for the pdf document.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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