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Saturday, May 27, 2017
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Webinar: "Older Adult Ministry on a Shoestring" (Posted 5/25/2017)
Friday, June 2, 2017
10 a.m. CDT
For more information or to register visit
Note: The webinar will be made available in webinar archive for those who are unable to attend the live event.
Annual Conference 2017 - Final Details & Guide (Posted 5/17/2017)
The Alabama-West Florida Conference Office sent out an e-newsletter today on final details and Guide to annual conference. If you did not receive it, you can view it here. >>  The deadline to place reservations for annual conference is 2 p.m. May 22.  NOTE:  Delegates from the Pensacola District will be picking up their Brochure of Reports at the annual conference registration desk.
Update on Status of Printed Copies of the Brochure of Reports (Posted 5/15/2017)
Update on Rev. Joe Hensel (Posted 5/15/2017)
Please continue to pray for Rev. Joe Hensel and his wife, Joy. Doctors have determined that his brain tumor is inoperable. Please pray for him as he will be undergoing chemotherapy treatment. Joe is pastor at Farm Hill United Methodist Church.
The 2017 Book of Reports is Now Available Online!  (Posted 5/10/2017)
At the Pensacola District website a link to the Brochure of Reports is on the Message Board and also here on our Forms & Documents page.  At the AWF Conference website,, it's on the home page under "Quick Links."  Churches, please help us pass the word on to Annual Conference delegates!
Prayer Concern: Joe Hensel (Posted 5/6/2017)
Please continue to pray for Pastor Joe Hensel and his wife, Joy, as they move forward with possible treatment plans for his recent cancer diagnosis.
Invitation to Free BSC Lunch at Frazer UMC June 6 (Posted 5/04/2017)
(Please forward this to your Youth Director, thank you!)
Dear Pastors and Youth Directors,
Birmingham-Southern College will be hosting a free lunch on Tuesday, June 6th at 12:00 p.m. at Frazer United Methodist Church for Youth Delegates, Pages, and any or High School Students who would like to get to know each other better and learn more about Birmingham-Southern College. Please share this message with any students in your church, and if you or they have any questions please email Steve Reneau at 
Grace and Peace,
Pastor, Trinity United Methodist Church in Phenix City, Alabama
Invitation to OAM Meeting May 9 at Christ UMC, Milton (Posted 5/04/2017)
(Please forward this to your church's Older Adult Ministries leaders, thank you!)
Some of our Older Adult Ministries leaders from around the Pensacola District have been meeting together, and we would like to take this opportunity to invite YOUR local church leaders! All are welcome to join us at our next meeting, which will be at Christ United Methodist Church in Milton on May 9, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. The focus for our discussion this quarter is addressing opportunities for ministry to the widowed. Bring your own lunch; drinks will be provided. This is not a formal program but a time of sharing experiences, resources, and ideas. For more information contact Dr. Donna Jacobi Pruett (OAM Coordinator for the Pensacola District) at
E-mailed to Senior Pastors Tuesday, May 2, 2017
If have not already done so, please reach out to (or ask your administrative assistant to reach out to) those from your church who will be attending Annual Conference (1) to let them know where they can find information about it online, (2) to let them know that the registration deadline is May 22, and (3) to offer assistance for those who might not do computer but need to register.

Annual Conference information and registration are at There are links in the center of the page and in the right margin. If you click on the reservations link you can find even more details. If you want a list of delegates from the Pensacola District visit

The Brochure of Reports is currently in the stage of final editing. As done in previous years, when it is ready a pdf copy will be made available at and at

Thank you for your assistance!
A Prayer Request from the Pensacola District (Posted 4/26/2017)
Please be in prayer for Rev. Joe Hensel and his wife, Joy. Joe has been diagnosed with a brain mass and is in the hospital for scans and biopsy. Joe is the pastor at Farm Hill United Methodist Church, Cantonment, FL.  Update 5/06/2017Please continue to pray for Pastor Joe Hensel and his wife, Joy, as they move forward with possible treatment plans for his recent cancer diagnosis.
2017 Clergy Spouses Luncheon (Posted 4/26/2017)
The 2017 Clergy Spouses* Luncheon will be June 6, 11:45 a.m., at Montgomery First United Methodist Church. Click here for the invitation in pdf. We’ll enjoy entertainment by Christian comedian Beth Green and fun, fellowship, door prizes & district joyful tidings! Nursery will be provided by First UMC. (Bring your child’s lunch). Transportation is available (thank you, Aldersgate UMC-Montgomery!), with pick-up at Frazer UMC side atrium door @ 11:15 a.m. - or carpool if you can. To reserve seating and childcare, RSVP by May 23 (Tuesday) to Lauren at 334-356-8014 or (toll-free) 1-888-873-3127 or, or you can place reservations online at
(* This luncheon is for surviving spouses and spouses of active or retired clergy.)
P.S.--Pastors/Church Office Staff:  Have your delegates registered yet (here) for Annual Conference?  Our list of your church's delegates is at the following link. If your list doesn't match ours, please call the district office so we can update it, thank you!! 
A Word from the AWFC Cabinet:
"Pastoral Appointment Timeline and Reminders"  (Posted 4/06/2017)
(AWF-UMC 4/06/2017) - The Alabama-West Florida Cabinet is concluding its third round of appointment making today. Below you will find reminders of dates pertaining to pastoral moves and public announcements about appointments. 
Beginning April 17, 2017, pastors and churches are free to make announcements about pastoral moves in bulletins, newsletters, on Websites and social media.
In light of the stress of moving, the Cabinet has set the following schedule to encourage a smooth and healthy pastoral transition:
May 11, 2017 - The Right Start Workshop
June 18, 2017 - Last Sunday in the current appointment
June 20, 2017 - Moving day 
July 9, 2017 - First Sunday in the new appointment  
This schedule is slightly different from previous years.  We appreciate your prayers during the appointment season. We seek God’s guidance in all we do and pray for smooth transitions in the coming months. 
Annual Conference Laity Banquet Flyer (Posted 4/05/2017) 
Here is the Laity Banquet flyer. Please share it with your AC 2017 delegates!
To purchase tickets register online at or call the AWFC Office at the number shown on the flyer.
Eat Well-Live Well Health Tips Newsletter (Posted 4/05/2017)
Click here for the April 5 issue. This issue emphasizes the importance of walking: "Exercise and physical activity are a great way to feel better, boost your health and have fun. Aim for at least 150 minutes per week of exercise." For those who are confined to the office or unable to walk, the newsletter attachment features easy exercises you can do at your chair on your morning or afternoon break!  UPDATE:  Did you know that the Health Tips newsletter is archived on the Pensacola District Message Board? Continue here for more news from the Board of Pensions and Health Benefits.
A Letter of Request from Retired Pastor Dr. James R. White (Posted 3/29/2017)
RE: Missions to Liberia, West Africa
Our 2017 AWF Annual Conference reservation system is now LIVE!  (Posted 3/28/2017)
Our 2017 Annual Conference reservation system is now LIVE!  (Pastors/Administrative Assistants, please share this with your delegates - thank you!)  You can visit to see the various reservation links. Comprehensive information was also sent via email:
2017 AWF Annual Conference Updates (Posted 3/21/2017)
Pastors/Administrative Assistants, please share this with your delegates - thank you!  For 2017 AWF Annual Conference updates stay tuned to
Update: The Annual Conference reservations system is now LIVEFor our list of who is going to Annual Conference from the Pensacola District visit here.                                
A Word from Bishop Graves: Our Next Steps
and the Upcoming Judicial Council Ruling (Posted 3/21/2017)
March 20, 2017
Continue here >>
News from the AWF Conference (Posted 3/16/2017)
A Word from Bishop Graves:  Appointment Week Update
March 16, 2017
Continue here >>

Focus on Mission Newsletter
March 16, 2017
Continue here >>

Eat Well - Live Well Health Tips
March 16, 2017
Continue here >>
Pensacola District's Annual "All Stars" Recognition (Posted 3/14/2017)   
Congratulations, Honorees!!          


Ongoing Announcements

The Pensacola District Office's E-mail Address Has Changed! (Posted 1/26/2017)
The Pensacola District Office has a new e-mail address: 
The Message Board
Please remember to check the Pensacola District website often, especially our "communications hub," the Message Board.
Is God Calling Me? (Posted 1/24/2017)
If you are interested in becoming a ministerial candidate through the Pensacola District (or know someone who is), please visit
Job Listings
If you have local church job listings, your district administrative assistant will be glad to post them on our Message Board and district Facebook page. Simply submit the information at, and after they post the page send the district office the link.
Updated District Directory Available
For Pastors and Local Church Office Staff:  The Pensacola District Directory is kept updated throughout the year. If you'd like a pdf of the most current copy, please e-mail your request to Mary at the Pensacola District Office. Click here for our Contact Us page.

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