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April 6, 2017
A Word from the AWFC Cabinet: "Pastoral Appointment Timeline and Reminders"
(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.[See also: http://umcpensacoladistrict.org/RightStart]
Annual Conference Laity Banquet Flyer
Here is the Laity Banquet flyer. Please share it with your AC 2017 delegates!
To purchase tickets register online at http://awfumc.org/ac2017 or call the AWFC Office.
Eat Well-Live Well Health Tips Newsletter
Click here to view the April 5, 2017, Eat Well-Live Well Health Tips newsletter. 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.
March 28, 2017
Our 2017 AWF Annual Conference reservation system is now LIVE! You can visit http://awfumc.org/AC2017 to see the various reservation links. Comprehensive information was also sent via email: http://awf-email.brtapp.com/viewemail/1711750. Pastors/Administrative Assistants, please share this with your delegates - thank you!
March 27, 2017
Free Mother's Day Fountain of Love Offering materials are available to order online. Visit http://www.methodisthomes.org/FountainOfLovePortal.html. The Fountain of Love Fund provides financial assistance to older adults living in a Methodist Home retirement community who find that they can no longer pay for their entire care. Because of the support of the Alabama-West Florida Conference and its Churches, no resident has ever been asked to leave a Methodist Home due to their inability to pay.
March 2, 2017
Here's a list of who's representing our local churches at Annual Conference. Please send any changes to the district office!
February 28, 2017
(See also the Pensacola District's Right Start page.)
If your church has changes in clergy appointments, clergy contact information, or clergy compensation, there is important information to send the district office:
Clergy full name
Clergy "goes by" name/nickname
Clergy preferred mailing address
Clergy home address
Clergy home phone number
Clergy cell phone number
Clergy office number
Clergy fax number
Clergy e-mail address
Clergy birth date
Name of spouse
Spouse's e-mail address
Spouse's birth date
Date of marriage
February 22, 2017
If your church has ministerial candidates, please let them know about upcoming meetings of the District Committee on Ministry (dCOM). If they need to be added to the schedule they need to contact the chairperson, Rev. Bob Bailey. As soon as meetings notifications are made, we post them here at http://UMCPensacolaDistrict.org/Officers.
November 15, 2016
The revised and updated Safe Sanctuaries training video is now online at https://vimeo.com/153825661. For those who may prefer to listen in their car, it is also available in an audio-only podcast. Search “AWFUMC Podcasts” in iTunes.
October 26, 2016
ABOUT ADVANCE COPIES OF CC REPORTS.... As you know (posted here), there are several charge conference reports that need to be received by the district office at least one week in advance of the meeting. If you'd like, instead of hand-delivering these, you can send them by e-mail! If you do, send them as an e-mail attachment to Mary, the District Administrative Assistant, at this e-mail address: email@example.com. Mary will be glad to print and put them on the district superintendent's desk for you! Remember, we don't need ALL the forms sent in advance, just the few that are specified on our Charge Conference Forms page.
NEW SECRETARY? Be sure to enter your new church secretary in the database (more about that is here) AND subscribe your new secretary to Pensacola District e-news at http://umcpensacoladistrict.org/Subscribe.
ABOUT THAT ATTENDANCE SHEET.... At your annual charge conference meeting, encourage attendees to sign the attendance sheet with their full contact information. If laity not in a leadership position choose not to enter an e-mail address that is fine, but that report surely is a handy reference when mail or e-mail sent to a church officer is returned to the district office!
BOARD OF MISSIONS CC REPORT.... Some churches are not turning in the Board of Missions report at charge conference. This is not the old form that the district used years ago, this is a new form that we've used only the past year or two. We need this form. More about it is at http://umcpensacoladistrict.org/CCforms#FORMS.
October 11, 2016
Administrative Assistants, please update the AWF Conference database by December 15. Please have your SPRC chairperson information in the system a little earlier, by December 11. Make sure the e-mail and mailing address are correct. Video and pdf instructions are available on the Pensacola District website at http://umcpensacoladistrict.org/OnlineReports#database, or feel free to contact the Pensacola District Office for assistance.
Here is the video of how to update the leadership information in the Church Dashboard.
September 26, 2016
There will be changes January 2017 for AWFC Clergy & Lay Insurance. You can download the pdf report here.
June 28, 2016
Reminder: If your church has a change in clergy appointment please note information needed by the district office. Visit http://UMCPensacolaDistrict.org/RightStart.
Please note charge conference forms that have mailing instructions. For instance, ministers should send a copy of their continuing education report and copy of certificates directly to the AWFC Office of Ministerial Services. There are also mailing instructions on the Graduating Seniors form.
Here are ongoing items:
Tasks and Expectations
Forms and Documents
Frequently Asked Questions
Local Church Membership Records
For record-keeping materials and certificates of baptist and membership, an excellence resource is Cokesbury Publishing House, now at http://www.umph.org/. Click here for Cokesbury's page about ordering membership certificates.
Local Church Curriculum, Supplies - How to Order from Cokesbury
(AWFUMC) - Need Church software? Visit one of the sites below for church management software solutions:
ACS Technologies www.acstechnologies.com
Everlasting Business Solutions www.everlastingbusiness.com
Shelby Systems www.shelbyinc.com
Shepherd's Staff www.shepherdsstaff.org
The Software Library (Church Management Solutions) www.softwarelibrary.com
Sage Software Nonprofit Solutions www.sagenonprofit.com
Church Windows www.churchwindows.com
Christian Computing Magazine www.ccmag.com
For information please visit http://UMCPensacolaDistrict.org/OnlineReports.
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