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February 2018

Presidents Day - the Pensacola District Office will be closed today.
Bishop's Day Apart at St. James UMC, Montgomery, AL
The event page is here.  The topic will be "The Health of Our Relationships." Presenter will be 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.
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 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
Disabilities Awareness Sunday
Feb. 25-Mar. 1
"All Shall Be Well" Retreat at Camp Sumatanga, Gallant, AL
The event page is here.  All Shall Be Well is a retreat designed for intentional spiritual growth and reflection. This event is organized by The Academy for Spiritual Formation and will be held February 25 - March 1, 2018 at Camp Sumatanga.  More information may be found on this flyerVisit to register.

March 2018

2 & 3
Lay Servant Ministries Training at Frisco City UMC, Bay Minette. 
Sponsored by the Baypines District.  The event page is here.
  2 & 3
Small Membership Church Summit at Blue Lake Camp, Oakwood Lodge
Here is the event page for details and to register. This summit will be an opportunity for members of small membership churches (membership under 200) to come together to learn from each other and a few specialists about topics that are relevant for small churches. Open for all lay and clergy, .8 CEUs available for participants.
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. Click here for the event page and flyer. 
Centering Prayer Introductory Workshop at Cokesbury UMC in Pensacola
9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
The cost will be $30 and includes the study/guide book and a box lunch from Jason's Deli. The presenter will be Minta McDavid. Please register before March 6, 2018. To register go to Here is the flyer. Here are locations and times of local Centering Prayer Groups. For more about Contemplative Outreach visit
Lay Servant Training at Tanner William UMC, Mobile, AL
The event page is here.

April 2018

Next Step Ministries Skillshop at Andalusia First UMC
The event page is here. This is for all congregations seeking to join God actively working in their community for relevant mission and ministry. This time together will restore hope, encourage imagination and adventure, and transform your thinking toward becoming all of what God desires for you. Cost $10. RSVP deadline is April 4, 2018. RSVP to or 334-792-4259.
Licensing School
For more information continue here.
27 & 28
Lay Servant Training at St. Andrew UMC, Panama City, FL.

May 2018

Blue Lake Christian Writers Retreat
Blue Lake Christian Writers Retreat is a writers conference where both beginning and experienced writers can take classes from a professional faculty of experienced Christian authors and editors. Classes are offered for fiction and nonfiction, novels, articles, and devotions. Praise and worship begin each general session, and motivational keynotes create an atmosphere for spiritual growth and inspiration. Room and board are provided for those who stay for the full conference. Commuter options are also available.  Deadline for registration is April 15. Registration limited to first 100 people.
United Methodist Women Assembly 2018  in Columbus, OH

June 2018

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

July 2018

SE Jurisdiction Meeting of Lay Servant Ministries District and Conference Directors
at Montgomery First UMC
(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
AWF Conference Cooperative "Mission u" Event
at St. Luke UMC, Pensacola
Mission u in Alabama-West Florida Conference is a cooperative event of Board of Church and Society and United Methodist Women. It provides opportunity for mission education, confrontation with current issues and spiritual growth. The current mission studies are presented by certified leaders. Every church and local unit of United Methodist Women is strongly encouraged to participate. CEU credits are available. Registration forms will be available at the appropriate time on the website,


How to Submit Events for Our Page

Would you like for us to post your special United Methodist event on our 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
  • 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 conference-wide interest. If you choose to post an event please note the guidelines below. This was published by the Alabama-West Florida 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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