First United Methodist Church Of Bay Minette, Alabama
Wednesday, July 08, 2020

Baypines District


Baypines News and a note from Reverend Jean Tippit

   Covid19, changes in appointments, closing and reopening of in-person gatherings, civil unrest, and the ordinary life of a church and ministry has made for a long spring for all of us.  In the midst of this, I am reminded that God is faithful, and the church will with the Lord’s help remain strong.  You all have shown me example after example of what it means to be the church and I am so thankful to be a ridiculously small part of the kingdom work happening in the Baypines District.
   One of the most difficult parts in all this will has been learning of the closing of our physical district office in Bay Minette. September 1, 2020 is now only two months away and there is much to do to be ready for the transition. Alicia Gourlay, our District Administrator, and the District Trustees have really been a big help as we prepare to leave both the old office and our present office at Bay Minette First UMC.  One of the big tasks will be cleaning out these spaces. 
   Below you will find information regarding some of the furnishings for sale.  The monies from these sales will help us cover the some of the costs of this transition.  If you are interested in any of these items, please contact the District Office ASAP.  Additionally, we are still trying to find someone to buy out our existing leases on the copier and phone system.  Please feel free to share the information with anyone who might have a need.  Alicia at the District Office has information about these items and what it would take to transfer the leases. Please call or email her with your inquiries.  (251) 580-2021 or bpdist@bellsouth.net
   Alicia and I are thankful for your support and continued prayers.  If you can volunteer in the office with scanning and file sorting, please contact Alicia by email.  Eventually, we will need to have a cleaning day at the old building and will need lots of hands. Please keep a look out for more information about the items we are selling and about possible volunteer opportunities.
    In the days to come, you will hear more about the restructuring at the Conference and new contact information for your district needs.  Please keep an eye out for these and other details.  I do pray you are having a safe and restful summer.

6 black 4-drawer filing cabinets (only 1.5 years old) $175 each

2 credenzas: $120 each or best offers (We will take more ;-) 

2 dining room sets: large for $175 and small for $100

3 ring Binders of all sizes, 3 hole punch, hanging file folders, staplers, and many other office supplies.

 

 


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Florida Church Family,

     In recent days following the tragic murder of yet another black male, George Floyd, there have been numerous statements written and reports of protests. Most of these were peaceful, yet some turned violent. Images of the officer’s knee suffocating the life from Mr. Floyd and the emotion that has followed leads to haunting cries that enough is enough. I am outraged at the actions I continue to see against people of color. During these times, it is our instinct to write or post on social media. Perhaps some of you have been asking when I would make a statement.
     Over the last few days and weeks, the stirring in my spirit has been to listen! I have listened to the feelings of anger, hurt, and pain of my brothers and sisters of color. Some of their anger lies with white people who continue to talk while they need to listen. I have listened to protestors who desperately beg for the generational trauma of persecution and killing to stop. To my dismay, I have listened to the theological rhetoric and the defensive posture of many. I have listened to those who are frustrated with those who abuse their positions of power. I have heard that we need to give space for forgiveness, acknowledge that racism is a sin, and that we need to acknowledge it when we hear it. I have listened to the lack of support for the black church here in Alabama-West Florida. I have listened to white clergy and laity who ask, “Bishop what can we do? I have so many questions and feel paralyzed to know how to appropriately act.”
     As I listen, I hear a consistent theme with COVID-19 and the events of the last week: weariness. Yes Lord, we are weary living in a weary land. We have moved from being tired to weary. It is a hard place to be. As I have listened, these words from 2 Chronicles 7:14 resonate within me, “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” Many are calling on God to heal our land, yet it will begin when God’s people turn to what we celebrated this past Pentecost Sunday in Acts 2:21, “Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” For God has poured out God’s Holy Spirit on all people for their choosing. 
     I am asking all people in the Alabama-West Florida Conference to listen and stand in solidarity with people of color! Make no mistake that all lives will in fact matter when black lives matter. This coming Sunday, June 7, is observed as 
Peace With Justice Sunday in the United Methodist Church. What timing! For as I listen, I hear the cry of where there is no justice there is no peace. I am calling us to listen as we begin this Sunday at 12:00 midnight with a 24-hour prayer vigil, followed by 24 days of prayer.
     For the 24-hour prayer vigil, there is an 
online sign-up with 15-minute prayer slots. Up to five people may register during each time slot. However, as many people who want to pray during a specific time may do so. God will hear our prayers! Please click here to sign up now. I would hope that we would have hundreds of people across this conference to participate and pray over the 24 hours this Sunday.
     The remaining days will have focused prayers as you can see 
on this calendar. During these 24 days of prayer, we are asking people to do virtual prayer walks on their own or with a small group. Additionally, we will be posting daily prayers on social media. Download the prayer sheet so that you can incorporate this focused time of prayer in your daily devotional life.
     Next, I would ask us to listen to one another during this time. To be frank with white people, you need to listen much more. Just listen, even when listening is hard. In these remaining days of June, I would ask all of us to talk with one another and to take the posture of listening more than talking. As we listen, God is calling all of us to be a part of ending systemic racism and injustice.
     24-hours of prayer and 24 days of prayer are what God has placed on my heart as we listen to what God is calling us to do next. The Holy Spirit is stirring within my heart to take action steps in the coming days. I plan to share that soon, but for now, there is this urging within me that we need to continuously pray and listen. Yes, it will take much more than prayer and listening, as prayer without action leads to death. For today in this Holy Spirit moment, speak Lord, speak!

In loving kindness,
Bishop David Graves
Resident Bishop
Alabama-West Florida Conference|
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May 27, 2020|
Bishop David Graves, in collaboration with conference leadership and the annual conference planning team, is announcing that the 2020 AWF Annual Conference session will be held in two parts in the fall of 2020. Both sessions will be held at Frazer Memorial UMC in Montgomery, AL.
     The clergy session will be held on Sunday, September 13, 2020, and the half-day annual conference session will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2020. A non-voting live stream option will be available to those who are unable to attend on the 26th. All guests and families are asked to watch via live stream this year to reduce the number of persons in the building.  The previously announced virtual session, planned for June 28-29, will not be held.
     “The two virtues I have learned during the COVID-19 pandemic when trying to plan calendar events are flexibility and patience,” stated Bishop David Graves. “Even with this new announcement there are uncertainties around details. I am grateful for the abundance of grace you all have extended and will continue to give us as we navigate this historic time. The one certainty around annual conference is that the length will be greatly reduced, and some agenda items will be scheduled for next year. I am grateful to Frazer Memorial UMC for their flexibility and willingness to walk alongside the conference as we determine the best solution for 2020 Annual Conference.”
     A revised working agenda will be published in June. In addition to this, a communications piece will be sent to all clergy and lay members regarding details and the postponement of agenda items and activities.
May 27, 2020.~~~
         Please join us in praying for our local churches and leaders as they discern best how to minister to those who need comfort, care, peace, love, and support during these difficult and uncertain times.

      The AWF will continue with our traditional devotional on Mondays at 10 am. The
lectio divina will be led by Rev.Julie Hare of Auburn UMC. on Wednesdays at 10 am.  The Zoom link is the same for both gatherings.  https://zoom.us/j/396678622
    The Upper Room living prayer center website allows for the submission of prayer requests 24/7.
                                                                              

Consists of 8 UMC Districts:
 Demopolis, Montgomery Prattville,
Montgomery Opelika, Dothan, Marianna/Panama City, Pensacola, Mobile
and Baypines-which is Our District (in light green)

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