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December 2017
Pensacola District Office Christmas Holiday Begins
The Pensacola District Office will be closed for the holidays December 14, 2017, through January 3, 2018.
Database Deadline
Churches are to have the AWF Conference database updated by today. How to is here on our Online Reports page.
Christmas Day   

January 2018

at Blue Lake. The event page is here.
SEJ Cabinet Consultation
at Epworth By The Sea on Saint Simons Island, Georgia. The theme for this year's event is "The Church as a Missional Incubator:  How to Turn Hare-Brained Ideas into Sustainable Ministries without Losing Your Soul (or Your Shirt)." Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean (Princeton Theological Seminary. Bishop in Residence will be Bishop Kenneth Carter, Jr. (Florida Conference). Worship will be led by  Derrick Scott III (Campus to City Wesley Foundation and the CCW Band. Continue here for online flyer and registration.
2018 Youth Meltdown Retreat
Deadline for Local Church Ezra & Consultation Reports
For more information visit our Online Reports page
  31 & 1
Early Response Team (ERT) Training at Trinity United Methodist Church, Ft. Walton Beach, FL

February 2018

6 & 7
"Planning for Your Retirement" for clergy & spouses. Location is the Pensacola Grand Hotel.
There are many aspects of retirement that require planning at different stages of a pastor's ministry. This two-day seminar provides vital information regarding the needs of pastors considering retirement within the next ten years. We encourage spouses to join in making preparations for this milestone event in a pastor's (and his/her family's) life.  
  • Deadline for reservations is January 26, 2018. 
  • Limited to 20 clergy participants (and their spouses) age 50 and older who are considering retirement within the next ten years. Due to limited space, only the first 20 paid clergy registrations will be accepted
  • Cost - $55 per clergy participant, $65 per couple (fee includes room and breakfast)
Means of Grace Spiritual Day Apart for Spiritual Formation
The event page for this third session is here.
Great Night of United Methodist Singing 6 p.m. at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Niceville, FL
LeadUP Missional Leadership Retreat for Youth in Tuskegee, AL
This is a weekend designed specifically for juniors and seniors in high school who have a passion to learn the principles of starting a ministry or movement in their own community or within their youth group. Students identify their passions, develop core values, create a vision and mission, and develop an action plan to get started! Alabama Rural Ministry's own story and process of development will be used as an example. Sessions are led by ARM staff, board members, and college student volunteers. LeadUP participants have the potential of serving a 1-2 week summer internship alongside the ARM youth mission camp counselors either in home repair or day camp ministry. Cost is $75 and includes housing, meals, and retreat supplies. For more information visit Registration opens by December 15, 2017.
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.
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. The registration form will be available in early 2018. For more information about this training contact Bruce Knecht at The event page is here.

June 2018

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

July 2018

"Large Lay Servant Training Event" in Montgomery
(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


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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