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E-news August 11, 2017
2017 Charge Conference Checklist with Form Links
AWFC Historical Society Meeting September 21 at Pensacola FUMC
Everyone is welcome to attend the next meeting of the Alabama-West Florida Conference Historical Society. The meeting will be at Pensacola First United Methodist Church September 21. The event page with brochure is here.
Lay Servant Training September 30 & October 7
Here is the flyer. The event page on the AWF Conference calendar is here.
Christian Support Group "Fresh Hope for Mental Health"
6:30 p.m. Mondays at Mary Esther United Methodist Church
Details here
What is Fresh Hope?
The purpose of Fresh Hope is to empower those with mental health challenges and their loved ones to live a full, rich, and faith-filled life in spite of having a mental health diagnosis.
Fresh Hope is an international network of Christian mental health support groups. The groups are nondenominational and approach mental health recovery from a hope and faith-filled perspective.

Fresh Hope is a mutual-help, peer-to-peer support group in which members encourage one another as equals under the guidance of a facilitator. The meeting format includes both a large and small group experience, where members can share as little or as much of their “journey” as they desire.

Fresh Hope is also a professionally-guided group, with a variety of educational, ministerial, social service and psychiatric representatives serving on the Board of Directors, in addition to Fresh Hope group members.
Fresh Hope is not intended to replace professional treatment such as therapy and prescribed medications when needed. Rather, Fresh Hope serves as a supplemental support and information system so that members and those who love them might develop tools to help them manage their illness on a daily basis in order to live with dignity and hope in Christ.
Blue Lake Seeks Food Service Director
Application deadline is August 31. For more information continue here for where this is posted on the Pensacola District Message Board.
E-mailed to Senior Pastors August 9, 2017
Dear Senior Pastor,

Attached is the new 2017-2018 Pensacola District Directory. Please feel free to share this with your administrative assistant and any other ministers of our district who may be connected with your church.

The 2017 Charge Conference checklist and forms are now posted at


E-mailed August 7, 2017
Upcoming AWF Conference Events
Older Adult Ministries Update Monday, August 7 
Dr. Donna Pruett, Older Adult Ministries Coordinator for the Pensacola District, has requested that we share the following with our Churches: 
OAM Meeting August 15
For those working with Older Adult Ministries, our next brainstorming session will be Tuesday, August 15, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., at Christ UMC in Milton.  Bring your lunch.  Drinks will be provided. We have two guests expected to help us look at the challenges of ministry to caregivers.  Bring your concerns and your ideas!
"Eating Well As We Grow Older"
Here is information to share (pdf) on this topic.  
"Life Plans" Series
Pensacola First United Methodist Church will be hosting a series titled "Life Plans" beginning August 21, 2017. These classes are designed for adults of any age who are interested in preparing and planning for the future. Adult children will also find this information useful when it comes to making decisions that effect their parents or other family members. For more information or to register visit
OAM Resources
If you missed June's webinar on "Older Adult Ministry on a Shoestring," you can listen to the recording at Discipleship Ministries also has information and resources for Older Adult Ministry, including webinars, at
September 16 - AWFC Older Adults Annual Event
AWF Conference Older Adult Ministries' annual event, "One Day," will be September 16, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at Ozark First United Methodist Church. (9:30 is when registration begins.) Keynote speaker will be Bishop David Graves. The program will include special music and break-out sessions on "Grandparenting by Boomers," "Communities of Transformation," and "Online and Phone Safety." The cost is $20 and includes lunch. The registration deadline is Tuesday, September 5. The event page with brochure is here. For more information please contact Barbara Wilder at  
E-mailed August 3, 2017
Free Music
Pine Forest United Methodist Church is cleaning out music and offering these (pictured right) free to any church.  If you're interested, come on by and pick it up! Here is their contact information. 
(Titles include O Sing Unto the Lord; Sing Joy!; Do Not I Love Thee, O My Lord?; Lord Listen To Your Children; Amazing Grace; Follow Jesus; Follow Me; Come Run, Ye Shepherds; Such a Small King; Advent Music; Baby, What You Goin’ To Be; New Promise of Love; The Perfect Rose; One Small Child; God’s Promise; and The Wonders of His Love.)

September 7 - Webinar for Local Church Leaders in Finance & Stewardship
Are you looking for new ways to financially support your church’s ministry? The UMC is offering a webinar September 7, 10 a.m. CDT, that might be just right for you!  For more information continue hereResources such as this are available because of the generous contributions of Churches to the World Service Fund.
September 16 - AWFC Older Adults Annual Event
AWF Conference Older Adult Ministries' annual event, "One Day," will be September 16, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at Ozark First United Methodist Church. (9:30 is when registration begins.) Keynote speaker will be Bishop David Graves. The program will include special music and break-out sessions on "Grandparenting by Boomers," "Communities of Transformation," and "Online and Phone Safety." The cost is $20 and includes lunch. The registration deadline is Tuesday, September 5. The event page with brochure is here. For more information please contact Barbara Wilder at
September 21 - Historical Society Meeting 
The AWF Historical Society's annual meeting will be September 21, 2017, at Pensacola First United Methodist Church. The deadline to register is September 14. The cost is $20 and includes a catered meal.  The brochure is posted here.
Toolbox for the Annual Campaign
Will your church be planning an annual campaign this year?  If you missed July's live webinar on the topic, you can still view it online at your leisure. To view click here. After you complete the registration form the recording will begin.
E-mailed July 31, 2017
Update: Lay Servant Ministries Charge Conference Forms
from David Bowen, AWF Conference Director, Lay Servant Ministries

For this year's Charge Conference Packages, there will only be 3 forms that deal with Lay Servant Ministries.
Those are: 
The previously used report "Application to Begin As a Lay Servant in The United Methodist Church" is no longer a valid form. Those who are contemplating getting into the LSM program will begin by taking the basic course and the application to take the course will be approved by their Senior Minister. No charge conference reporting is needed for someone just thinking about getting into the program. 
The Certified Lay Servant Report will be used by those who have completed the basic course and one advanced course.  
The Certified Lay Speaker Report will be used by those who have completed all the requirements and have become a Certified Lay Speaker. 
The Certified Lay Minister Report will be used by those who are in the CLM program.  
The Lay Servant and Lay Speaker reports are signed by the Pastor, Layperson, and DS. The charge conference keeps the original and makes 3 copies. One copy goes to the District Superintendent, one copy goes to the District Director of Lay Servant Ministries, and one copy goes to the Layperson. 
Please let me know if you have any questions. 
David Bowen
Conference Director of Lay Servant Ministries
E-mailed July 27, 2017
Prayer Concern
Please remember Rev. Laura Weant in your prayers. Her dad, Mr. Don Weant, passed away Wednesday, July 26.  His memorial service will be 4 p.m. Saturday, July 29, at Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church.  Visitation with the family will begin at 3 p.m.
If You Missed Tuesday's District Clergy Dinner and Meeting....
If you need to catch up on things we distributed and discussed at our district event July 25, visit our Message Board here. >>  
Baptismal Font Needed
Do you have a baptismal font you would be willing to sell or donate to New Bethel United Methodist Church? If so, please contact Rev. Gary Jones at 850-572-2482. 
New Facebook Page
The Pensacola District has a NEW Facebook page! If you'd like to follow us, the page is here.
E-mailed July 23, 2017
E-mailed July 17, 2017
E-mailed July 14, 2017
Benefit Fish Fry for Rev. Joe Hensel
Rev. Joe Hensel, pastor of Farm Hill United Methodist Church, was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in April of this year. Things have moved rather quickly. He and his lovely wife, Joy, are both unable to work. He is now fighting double pneumonia and a blood clot in his lung. Chemo is on hold.
Farm Hill UMC will be having a Benefit Fish Fry for Pastor Joe and Joy on July 22, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. They have a Facebook page about it here.  On the page they posted, "Whether you can attend or not, please lift them up in your prayers." For those who can't be there, I'm sure they'd appreciate any donations folks would like to send (clearly marked accordingly). The church address is 1251 Muscogee Road, Cantonment FL 32533-4329.
Celebration of Life Service
Saturday, July 22, is also the day in which there will be a Celebration of Life service at Mary Esther United Methodist Church for Rev. Charles Walker (retired), who passed away June 27. There will be a time to greet the family at 10:00 a.m. with the service following at 11:00 a.m. It will be strange not to see Rev. Walker this year at our district's Welcome Dinner July 25, as he and his wife, Monette, have attended together district (and conference) events like this for so many years. Charles served at Alston Ct., Marion-Junction-Orrville, Chisholm, Millbrook, Gonzalez, Dothan First (Associate), Spanish Fort, Mary Esther, Selma: Church Street, and as Demopolis District Superintendent before retiring in 2001. He's greatly missed. Monette appreciates your prayers.
Please continue to pray for Joe and Joy Hensel and for the Walker family.   
E-mailed July 12, 2017:
2017 Charge Conference Schedule
The 2017 Charge Conference Schedule is now posted on the Pensacola District Message Board. Please check the date for your meeting and contact the district office immediately if we need to reschedule.   To continue to the Message Board please click here.
E-mailed July 5, 2017:
Photo Submissions for Quadrennial Pictorial Directory
From the AWFC NewsCONNECTION 6/26/2017:
"We are excited to work with Color Craft Directories this year for our quadrennial pictorial directory. They will be available late summer. Many of you had your photos taken at annual conference, and we appreciate it! If you are clergy and were not able to stop by the booth, you may send a high resolution, professional headshot photo to All submitted photos will be included in the back of the directory. Please, no camera phone photos."
E-mailed June 27, 2017:
Death Announcement
Please continue in prayer for Monette Walker and family. Rev. Charles Walker (retired) passed away early this morning, June 27, in Pensacola. A celebration of life service will be held at Mary Esther United Methodist Church on Saturday, July 22.  There will be a time to greet the family at 10:00 a.m. with the service following at 11:00 a.m.
E-mailed June 8, 2017:
Here is the 2017-2018 AWFC Clergy Appointments list:
Congratulations, Pastor Andres Doimeadios!
Congratulations to Rev. Andres Doimeadios, the AWF Conference clergy winner of the Denman Evangelism Award!! Pastor Andres is the Pensacola District Hispanic Ministries Pastor of Casa de Dios Gateway of Heaven. Award bios are at
Congratulations, Gonzalez UMC!
At the 2017 AWF Annual Conference Rev. Dan Pezet congratulated Gonzalez United Methodist Church on being the first church in the conference to officially complete the Antioch Project from inception to completion. More about the Antioch Project is at
2018 Annual Conference
The 2018 session of the AWF Annual Conference will be held June 3-6, 2018, at Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church in Montgomery.

General Conference 2019
Bishop Graves reminded voting members of the special called session of General Conference. The current delegation, which was elected two years ago, was recognized and will continue to represent the Alabama-West Florida Conference at the special called session in Missouri in February of 2019. Dr. Larry Bryars will move to first clergy delegate and Rev. June Jernigan will move from first alternate to a general conference delegate.

Post Annual Conference Survey
What did you think about this year's annual conference? Please click here to take the post-conference survey.  


Ongoing Announcements

The 2017 Book of Reports Available Online
At the Pensacola District website a link to the Brochure of Reports is available here on our Forms & Documents page. At the AWF Conference website,, it's on the home page under "Quick Links

Pensacola District's Annual "All Stars" Recognition
Congratulations, Honorees!!        
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?
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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