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Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: What will you add to your life this Lent?


Dear Friends, I am inspired by the season of Lent which begins this year on Wednesday, March 1. During the 40 days (excluding Sundays) between Ash Wednesday and Easter we especially focus on Jesus’ life, suffering and death on our behalf. Each year I look forward to Lenten practices. I especially appreciate the “feasting” emphasis on the day before Ash Wednesday (Shrove Tuesday); the Ash Wednesday concentration on the finitude of humanity and repenting (turning back to God); daily Lenten and ...

UMCOR Sunday (formerly One Great Hour of Sharing) is March 26, 2017


The Pastor and Leaders Kit with all new resources resources to help you promote UMCOR Sunday (formerly One Great Hour of Sharing) on March 26, 2017 is available at​. It includes social media resources, a downloadable poster and a bulletin insert you can print out and insert in your church bulletin the week prior to this special Sunday. About UMCOR Sunday (formerly One Great Hour of Sharing)  - from

Nominations for the 2017 Louise Branscomb Barrier Breaker Award now open - deadline March 31


Photo courtesy of North Alabama Conference Archives Nominations are now open for the 2017 Louise Branscomb Barrier Breaker Award. Each year the Conference Commission on the Status and Role of Women (COSROW) recognizes a United Methodist “barrier breaker" willing to risk and stand up for the rights of women and ethnic minority persons. This year’s nomination deadline is March 31, 2017. The Branscomb Barrier Breaker award was established in 1990 by the United Methodist Women of the North Alabama...

Office of Ordained Ministry staff dedicated to discovering, developing and deploying clergy spiritual leaders


The North Alabama Conference Board of Ordained Ministry lives out the Conference mission to discover, develop and deploy spiritual leaders to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world through its work of credentialing, training, and providing life-long learning opportunities for clergy in the North Alabama Conference. The work of the Board is supported by dedicated staff members in the Office of Ordained Ministry. Over the last couple of years the faces in the office ...

BSC's Seigel to perform organ recital at Bluff Park UMC on March 5


The annual Organ Concert at Bluff Park United Methodist Church on March 5, 2017, will showcase the talent and expertise of Dr. Lester Seigel, the Joseph Hugh Thomas Professor of Music at Birmingham-Southern College. Dr. Seigel is an active conductor, teacher, and recitalist in chamber music and organ. Since 1993, he has been part a faculty member of BSC, leading the College's famed Concert Choir, Hilltop Singers and teaching a variety of other courses. In 1989 he began serving as the organist ...

2017 Denman Evangelism Award Nominations deadline is March 31


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, It is encouraging to see a greater evangelistic emphasis taking shape across our North Alabama Conference and I appreciate the work you do practically sharing Christ every day. Along these lines, it is now time for the 2017 Denman Evangelism Award Nominations to be submitted. We are looking for exceptional clergy, laity and youth who possess a passion for connecting people to Christ and actively leading others to salvation. John Wesley said, “You have nothing...

GBHEM's Ethnic In-Service Training grant applications open through March 1


The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) opened grant applications for initiatives and programming designed to recruit, train and retain ethnically diverse United Methodists in leadership positions in every level of the church and its ministries. The Ethnic In-Service Training Grant (EIST) awards up to $10,000 for innovative minority training programs; the application is open now through March 1, 2017. The EIST grant is open to local churches and organizations associated with ...

North Alabama’s Emily Nelms Chastain serving on board of directors of the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women


photo from Emily Nelms Chastain, Leadership Development Specialist in the North Alabama Conference Office of Connectional Ministries, has been elected to be a part of the board of directors for the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women for the 2017-2020 quadrennium. The General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (GCSRW) advocates for full participation of women in the total life of The United Methodist Church. The newly elected board of directors met in ...

UMVIM, SEJ announces Rev. Matt Lacey to serve as new Executive Director


United Methodist Volunteers in Mission, Southeastern Jurisdiction (UMVIM, SEJ) is pleased to announce that Rev. Matt Lacey has been named Executive Director. As a member of the UMVIM, SEJ Board of Directors and previous employee, Matt comes with a comprehensive knowledge of the ministry. He also has vast experience training and leading UMVIM teams. An ordained elder in the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church, Matt is currently serving as the Senior Pastor at Church of the ...

Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Refugees


Dear Friends, During the past several days, much has been written and said about the impact of the recent executive order on immigration and refugees. Though responses to the order range from outrage to support to everything in between – most Christ-followers agree on several points. We are deeply concerned about how the complex matters related to refugees and immigration affect lives and families. We serve a Savior who calls us to action that includes feeding the hungry, giving water to the ...

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