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UMCH White Christmas Offering materials now available

10/19/2017

United Methodist Children’s Home's White Christmas promotional materials are now available to help you bring the important message of UMCH's ministry to your local church in very effective ways. The materials are available at no cost to you and include a poster, bulletin insert, scratch off Advent calendar, pew envelopes and tribute forms. No Greater Gift than a Place to Call Home, White Christmas Offering Each year during the Christmas season, we are reminded there is no greater joy for us than...


Oxford First UMC to host “Chip in Fore the Children” golf tournament to fund children's ministry

10/17/2017

Oxford First UMC announces it’s first-ever "Chip in Fore the Children" golf tournament to be held on Nov. 17, 2017, at Anniston’s Pine Hill Country Club. The purpose of the tournament is to raise funds for staffing and programming children’s ministries at Oxford First. “The idea came about when we needed to raise money to hire a minister to children and fund children’s ministries but couldn’t fit it into budget,” Pastor David Allison said. “With this tournament we should be able to fund, in ...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: An Invitation for all North Alabama Conference Elders, Deacons, Licensed Local Pastors and Associate Members

10/9/2017

Dear Friends, Ten years ago Bishop Robert Schnase released Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations, a book that has had a significant impact upon the United Methodist Church. Congregations across the nation have grown healthier as a result of leaning into the five principles Bishop Schnase identified, including: 1) radical hospitality 2) passionate worship 3) intentional faith development, 4) risk-taking mission service and 5) extravagant generosity. A decade later, at the 2017 Gathering of the...


Pan-Methodist Campaign for Children in Poverty invites your congregation to Celebrate Children’s Sabbath

10/9/2017

The North Alabama Conference Connection to the Pan-Methodist Campaign for Children in Poverty invites you and your congregation to Celebrate Children’s Sabbath on October 22, 2017. Children’s Sabbath is different from a Children’s Sunday. Children’s Sabbath does celebrate your congregation’s children, but it also is a time (during worship, study, outreach) to invite your congregation to focus on the realities of children beyond the congregation. Children’s Sabbath is a way for our congregations ...


Fresh Expressions of Church workshop will be October 19 in Huntsville

10/6/2017

There will be a Fresh Expressions of Church workshop on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at DesignLab in Huntsville.  The event is designed for pastors, church staff and laity who want to take the church to those not following Christ or those outside existing churches. This is also a great event for persons considering future vocations in ministry and those sensing a call to lead a new work to reach new people for Jesus! The cost is $20 per person and lunch is included. (Price ...


North Alabama Conference Ethnic Ministries Ministry Grant application now open

10/5/2017

The Ethnic Ministries Team is seeking to partner with local churches on projects that will lead to increase in worship attendance, professions of faith and membership. Are you in a church that thinks out of the box, planning a new and an exciting ministry that is reaching new people for Christ? Then, consider inviting Ethnic Ministries to be a part of your ministry by completing its Ministry Grant application. This grant excludes brick and mortar, building maintenance, and salaries. Ethnic ...


Pre-Retirement Seminar for Clergy and Spouses to be October 19

9/28/2017

A Pre-Retirement Seminar for Clergy and Spouses will be held Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, at Trinity UMC in Birmingham (1400 Oxmoor Road, Homewood, AL 35209). The event is sponsored by the Boards of Pensions, Ordained Ministry and Superannuate Homes. The purpose of the seminar is to provide ministers and spouses with information as they plan for the years of retirement from the itinerant ministry. Resources will be presented by The General Board of Pension and Health Benefits, Social Security, ...


Dr. Sidney E. Sandridge endowed scholarship established at Athens State University

9/27/2017

An endowed scholarship has been established through the Athens State University Foundation in memory of Dr. Sidney E. Sandridge. Dr. Sandridge, who served as President of the College from 1970 until 1981, died May 4, 2017. To date, the scholarship has received more than $12,000 in donations, excluding pledges made. Once the endowment is fully funded, the Dr. Sidney E. Sandridge Endowed Scholarship will continue into perpetuity and the educational opportunities for deserving students will be ...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Developing Spiritual Leaders: A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

9/25/2017

Dear Friends, The year was 2000 and Bishop Robert C. Morgan was the Kentucky Conference bishop. My husband Lee and I were among the participants on the pilgrimage Bishop Morgan led to the Holy Land that year. I’ll always remember Bishop Morgan negotiating with the driver and guide to add to the itinerary “off the beaten pathway” sites. He was an amazing student of the land and Bible who taught us much in those ten days. It was the journey of a lifetime that forever changed how I teach, preach ...


North Alabama's Adam Burns among recipients for this year's Emerging Ministry Grants for Innovative Deacons

9/22/2017

by Rev. Victoria Rebeck, director of deacon ministry support, certification programs, and provisional membership development for the United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. Since deacons lead the church’s ministry to the world–and most especially to people who are usually overlooked or disdained–we are challenged to find new ways to minister alongside them. The old assumption that “if you build it, they will come” to a worship service or church building has long been ...


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