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Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Update on recent Judicial Council Decision 1341

4/29/2017

Dear Friends, The Judicial Council in the United Methodist Church interprets specific questions related to particular situations.  During their April 25-28, 2017, meeting in New Jersey the Judicial Council ruled on several items, including a petition from the South Central Jurisdiction requesting a declaratory decision on the Western Jurisdiction’s episcopal election, consecration and assignment of Karen Oliveto. The Judicial Council stated that “it is not lawful for the college of bishops of ...


2017 Annual Conference Special Offering resources available for local congregations

4/27/2017

Each year the North Alabama Annual Conference receives a special mission offering during the Annual Conference meeting.  This year’s offering has been designated for Ministry with the Poor.   Ministry with the Poor is one of the four North Alabama Conference priorities. The Operational Team leading this priority has developed Exploration, an intensive summer internship for people who are discerning a call to Ministry with the Poor. The goal is to develop trained ministers and laity passionate ...


Lay Ministry Blog: God First

4/26/2017

Once a year the United Methodists of North Alabama meet for Annual Conference, normally the first week in June. Last year the Conference was held at the Von Braun Civic Center in Huntsville. It will be held there this year on June 4, 5 and 6. In visiting churches throughout North Alabama I have seen metallic stickers or tags that say “God First.” I have seen them on cars, bulletin boards and many other places where a metal tag will stick. At our house at Lake Martin we have one on our ...


UMC Bishops Call Special Session of General Conference for 2019

4/25/2017

The Council of Bishops (COB) has called a Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church (UMC) to be held February 23-26, 2019, in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. In announcing the call, COB President Bishop Bruce R. Ough said the Special Session will be held in accordance with Division Two - Section II - Article II of The Constitution of The United Methodist Church as recorded in Paragraph 14 of The Book of Discipline (2016). The purpose of the 2019 Special Session of the ...


Bishop Announces additional Appointment Changes

4/23/2017

Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett and the Cabinet announce the following additional appointment changes to take effect July 1, 2017.   These appointments, along with appointments announced earlier, will be fixed during the 2017 North Alabama Annual Conference, which will gather at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville on June 4-6, 2017.   Full-Time Appointments DISTRICT CHARGE APPOINTED CH  Haven / Ministry with Poor  Adlene Kufarimai SW  Hargrove / Elmore Center / Sand Springs  Joseph (Joey) ...


Pan-Methodist Campaign for Children in Poverty Blog: Halos of Hope

4/20/2017

By Melissa Betts, Director of Children & Serve Ministries Cullman First UMC Often times, our heart strings are pulled when we see the commercials for providing aid to children in third world countries. The children who are living in poverty, malnourished, and struggling. But how often do we stop to ask ourselves “Are there struggling children in my community?” My neighborhood? The answer is YES. In the state of Alabama, there are NO counties that do not have families living in poverty. Feeding ...


Conference proposes changes to Safe Sanctuaries policy

4/18/2017

Since the mandate in 1996 by the General Conference for all annual conferences and local churches to adopt child protection policies, the United Methodist Church has been a leader in ensuring that the children, youth, and vulnerable adults entrusted to us are cared for in safe and loving environments. In 2003, the North Alabama Conference adopted its first Safe Sanctuaries policy, which has continued to evolve to meet the changing needs of the Annual Conference and churches across North Alabama....


Healthy Congregations to sponsor Training Workshop for Church Turnaround on June 3

4/17/2017

On Saturday, June 3, 2017, clergy and key laity from North Alabama Conference congregations are invited to a Training Workshop for Church Turnaround featuring Bishop Robert Schnase. The event, sponsored by Healthy Congregations, will take place at Trinity UMC (607 Airport Road, Huntsville, AL 35802) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bishop Schnase will provide practical training for churches of all sizes in the art of growth in mission and ministry. He is known for his practical and effective writings on ...


Easter Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett

4/16/2017

Who will Roll Away the Stone? Mark 16:1-8 Have you ever driven on Mountain Parkway in Eastern Kentucky? The scenery is absolutely incredible, especially in the Spring when Redbud trees, pines, flowering plants, mountains and running water dot the landscape. But I think that the most unusual landmark is the big rock – a boulder actually. Though you might miss it if you aren’t looking for it, once you spot it you are likely to do a double take. The rock is three times the size of the car it has ...


United Methodist Church mourns with Coptic Church

4/13/2017

The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is grieving with the Coptic Orthodox Church over the recent terrorist bombings that targeted Coptic churches in Egypt, killing at least 47 people as members celebrated Palm Sunday. The Coptic Church is the largest Christian Church in Northeast Africa and the Middle East. In a letter sent to His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the Holy See of St. Mark, UMC bishops expressed sincere sympathy with the Christian ...


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