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Beware of spoofed emails targeting churches

4/12/2021

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted and changed many aspects of our lives over the past year. One thing that has remained the same is fraudulent emails targeting church members, staff and clergy. As more of our church interactions have moved online, it is more important than ever to be on the lookout for possible scams and online phishing schemes. Below is an article that originally was posted in early 2019. The information is still relevant and helpful to keep you from falling victim to...


Bishop and Cabinet announce full-time appointment changes

4/11/2021

Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett and the Cabinet announce the following full-time clergy appointment changes to take effect July 1, 2021. District Church Projected Appointment   Central District   CE Aldersgate (Dora) Sammy Hodges CE Bluff Park Associate Ross Furio CE Fultondale Sarah Rochte CE Mt. Zion Wally Armstrong CE Pinson Bill Boggan CE Pleasant Grove Matt Andrews CE Taylor Memorial Keith Beatty   Cheaha District ...


Safe Sanctuaries online training now available

4/8/2021

On March 21, 2021, the North Alabama Conference hosted a virtual Conference-wide Safe Sanctuaries training. This training, which was attended by nearly 800 participants, fulfilled the Safe Sanctuaries training requirements for many churches in the Conference, particularly smaller congregations without the need for complex policies and procedures. "We are thrilled by the incredible number of participants in the virtual training," says Rev. John Fleischauer, Associate Director of Connectional ...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Eastertide 2021

4/5/2021

Dear Friends, During this Easter season, I bring you words of hope. After all, more than any period on the Christian calendar, Eastertide is characterized by hope. Perhaps you have been in a meeting where participants name a word that they associate with an event, person or experience. Whether it is done on newsprint, with post-it notes or by Mentimeter, the word hope receives lots of votes in association with Easter. So Eastertide is a great season! Because all of us need an ample supply of ...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Easter 2021

4/4/2021

Dear Friends, On this Easter Sunday, I bring you words of hope. After all, more than any other day on the calendar, Easter Sunday is characterized by hope. Perhaps you have been in a meeting where participants name a word that they associate with an event, person or experience. Whether it is done on newsprint, with post-it notes or by Mentimeter, the word hope receives lots of votes in association with Easter. So today is a great day! Because all of us need an ample supply of hope in our lives! ...


Week 7: Wait

3/31/2021

A Journey Toward Spiritual Surrender Week 7: Wait Contributed by Rev. Roger Short Retired Elder Scripture—John 18:1-19:42 When he had finished praying, Jesus left with his disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley. On the other side there was a garden, and he and his disciples went into it. Now Judas, who betrayed him, knew the place, because Jesus had often met there with his disciples. So Judas came to the garden, guiding a detachment of soldiers and some officials from the chief priests and the...


Ragan Chapel UMC building destroyed by March 25 tornado; Congregation determined to rebuild

3/30/2021

On Palm Sunday 2021, the members of Ragan Chapel UMC gathered for Sunday morning worship. They could not gather in their beloved church building because just a few days earlier it had been destroyed by an EF-2 tornado that also killed five people in the Ohatchee community. Instead, the Ragan Chapel congregation joined their neighbors at Ohatchee UMC and lifted prayers, shared holy communion and sang praises to God. During the service, Danny Poss, the pastor of Ragan Chapel UMC, shared that on ...


North Alabama United Methodists respond to March 25 tornadoes

3/29/2021

On Thursday, March 25, 2021, multiple tornadoes left paths of destruction across Alabama. In Calhoun County, five lives were lost. In that same area, the Ragan Chapel United Methodist Church building in Ohatchee was destroyed. Other communities throughout Alabama also suffered damage to homes and businesses. As often happens, after winds of destruction tear apart buildings and lives, the United Methodist connection drew closer together to reach out to individuals and communities as the hands and...


Disaster Response Update: March 25, 2021

3/25/2021

As everyone is aware, we are in the middle of a major disaster.  FOR RIGHT NOW, unless damage is in your community, please stay away from the impacted areas so that Emergency Responders can do their work and make it safe for relief efforts.  Please be praying for all those affected by this event.  You may also go to our Conference webpage and donate funds directly for this disaster. (www.umcna.org/disasterresponse). Watch for more information from our Disaster Response Team and from the Disaster...


Get to know North Alabama Connectional Ministries: Support Our Missionaries in the Time of COVID

3/25/2021

The past year has been a difficult year for our United Methodist missionaries to visit churches and share stories of their ministries. They have been on the frontlines across the globe serving in about 350 plus global ministries in more than 60 countries during this time of a global pandemic. Our missionaries have stayed faithful to their call. Missionaries serve in different communities and capacities outside their communities of origin. Some serve as doctors, nurses, pastors, church planters, ...


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