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Tuesday, April 25, 2017
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Obituary: Bess Hunt Evans (Pensacola District)
Bess Hunt Evans passed away on April 16, 2017, at the age of 65.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Inez Hunt; and brothers, Orion Hunt and Jimmy Hunt. She is survived by her husband, Rev. Jesse Evans; daughters, Susannah Evans and Cynthia Brown; grandchildren, Tristan Brown and Hope Evans; brothers, Robert W. Hunt, Monroe Hunt, and Jerry (Helen) Hunt; sister, Margaret Brown; sister-in-law, Betty Jean Hunt; and special friend, Deanna Y. Hunt.
After her marriage in 1970 she joyfully embraced the role of domestic engineer, dedicating her life to her family, the United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, and the communities where she lived.  She had many hobbies including fishing, boating, snorkeling, shelling, and crafts, which included stained glass, photography, and writing.

Visitation will be Friday, April 28th from 3:00 - 4:00 PM at Ensley United Methodist Church, 25 E. Johnson Avenue, Pensacola, FL.  Memorial Services will be Saturday, April 29th at 11:00 AM. at First United Methodist Church of DeFuniak Springs, FL (88 Circle Drive, DeFuniak Springs, FL). 
Please be in prayer for Rev. Evans and family.          
Pensacola District "Centering Prayer" Workshop (Posted 4/17/2017)
with Minta McDavid
May 11 (Thursday) at Pensacola First UMC
The Pensacola District will have a Spiritual Formation workshop May 11, 2017, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Pensacola First United Methodist Church. Minta McDavid will present "Centering Prayer."  The cost is $15, which includes continental breakfast and hot lunch.  United Methodist clergy can receive .5 CEU for attending.  To register contact Pam Avery, or 850-529-9295, by May 8, 2017. The event page is here. Click here for the flyer in pdf.
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!
FREE Mother's Day Fountain of Love Offering Materials (Posted 3/29/2017)
Volunteers Are Welcome!
Potato Drop May 6 in Milton (Posted 3/29/2017)
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.                                

Disaster Response Training in April & May 2017 (Posted 3/21/2017)
UMVIM Team Leader Training
April 29, 2017
at Panama City First United Methodist Church
For details continue here >> 

Early Response Team Training (ERT)
May 5 & 6, 2017
at Panama City First United Methodist Church
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!!           
Webinar for Church Leaders (Posted 2/06/2017)
The following Webinar is free and made possible by the generous support of our churches for the World Service Fund.
Offering Electronic Giving: What Are You Waiting For?
Register here >>
DATE: Thursday, May 11, 2017
TIME: 6:30 p.m. Central
PRESENTER: Ken Sloane, Director of Stewardship and Connectional Ministries
Electronic giving is not the future of charitable giving, it is the present reality. If your church is not offering this as an option for those who attend your church, you are missing out on generous giving. If there have been obstacles to making this option available to your church, we will talk about them in this webinar.


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.

If any of the links above do not work, please look for the announcement on our Message Board.


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