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Churches of all sizes are starting new faith communities

8/18/2017

Congregations – of all sizes – throughout the North Alabama Conference are reaching out to their community by starting new faith communities. Below are four good news reports from the Office of New Church Development. Executive Director of New Church Development Dr. Richard Hunter notes, “These are good examples that any church, any size can take on.”   Bethany UMC Bethany UMC in the Southeast District has started a new community of faith on Sunday nights. It is held at a local substance abuse ...


Witness and Invitation from the Southeastern Jurisdiction College of Bishops meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, August 17, 2017

8/18/2017

Photo from 2016 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference "The things, good Lord, that we pray for, give us grace to labor for." - Thomas More, UMH, 408 Serving with you in the Southeastern Jurisdiction, we grieve the violence in Charlottesville. We renew our baptismal covenant to trust and serve Christ, to resist evil, and to honor all in the human family. We share with you our resolve to name, resist and dismantle racism in our churches, in our communities and in the world. As Paul writes in ...


Tool for Church Health: Fresh Expressions

8/17/2017

“Fresh Expressions is one way to move out of the walls of the church and into our neighborhoods to incarnate the gospel of Jesus Christ for them,” Rev. Sherill Clontz explained as she introduced another Tool for Church Health to the 2017 North Alabama Conference. She noted, “In the past we could just move into the neighborhood and put up a sign, and if the preaching was good and the programs were good people would just come to us. ... Times have changed.” Fresh Expressions is a movement that ...


Morningstar UMC reaches out to kindergarten parents on the first day of school through “Sip and Sob” event

8/16/2017

Morningstar UMC in Chelsea (South Central District) recently hosted its fourth annual “Sip & Sob” event on the first day of school at the local elementary schools. Almost five years ago, one of the servant leaders of the congregation, who just happened to have a child nearing the age of starting kindergarten, spoke with Senior Pastor Mark Puckett, about doing something special to support the parents of the incoming kindergartners. The two sought to explore a strategy that addressed this need. ...


Latham UMC celebrates opening of new Grissom High School by reaching out to the school community in many ways

8/15/2017

On August 2, 2017, the new Virgil I. Grissom High School campus in Huntsville opened for students to begin a new school year.  Latham United Methodist Church (Northeast District) celebrated the beginning of the school year by rallying to welcome Grissom High School teachers and students in many ways.   On July 31, the congregation held a Campus Blessing Service. They invited members of other churches and the community to come celebrate and bless the newly constructed school building. The service...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Charlottesville

8/14/2017

Dear Friends, As I have read and heard reports about the recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, my heart has been filled with grief. I grieve: for those who were killed; for those who were injured physically; for those who feel hurt and unsafe as a result of the incident; that racism continues to be a prevalent reality in our country. Grief often brings me to my knees in prayer. So I have also prayed. I pray for a day when: racism no longer exists; injustice of every kind is a distant ...


Taylor Memorial UMC celebrates 4th Annual Blessing of the Backpacks event

8/11/2017

Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church in the Clay/Chalkville/Pinson area (Central District) kicked off Back to School season on August 5, 2017, with its 4th Annual Blessing of the Backpacks. Julie Morgan heads up the church volunteers who purchase basic school supplies for grades K-12. The volunteers then assemble and pack the supplies to give away to local students. Volunteers prepare 150 to 200 sets of supplies. Over the last four years, this giveaway has evolved from supplies being packed ...


Birmingham First UMC's City Kids ARTS Camp still going strong

8/9/2017

Nine years ago First United Methodist Church of Birmingham began a community outreach children’s camp including surrounding area ministries. The camp quickly became a favorite for all involved. Children of various socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds gathered for a week in June to participate in this one-of-a-kind camp. “God Colors our World” was the theme of the 2017 ARTS Camp and included music, art, percussion, dance and an interactive Bible Story. It was a great success and an enriching ...


Tool for Church Health: Abide

8/8/2017

“We listened to the needs of the community in order to find out place of service,” Rev. Dorothy Ann Webster explained to the 2017 North Alabama Annual Conference as she introduced Abide as a Tool for Church Health. Sharing the story of Lineville First UMC in the Southeast District, which began the Abide process in 2014, she explained, “Abide is L3 (Loving Learning and Leading) for the small membership church. Through the Abide ministry, a small membership church develops a leadership team that ...


Fair Haven begins construction on new independent living homes for Birmingham seniors

8/5/2017

The final phase of Fair Haven’s $42 million renovation and construction project expected to open in fall 2017. Over the course of the last 18 months, the team at Fair Haven, Birmingham’s largest continuing care retirement community, has been hard at work to complete a $42 million renovation and construction project. Fair Haven has opened new assisted living, rehabilitation, and long-term care accommodations, renovated existing units, and transitioned to the Household Model, all to better serve ...


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