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Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry recognizes Asbury Award recipient and celebrates new campus ministry

8/22/2019

During the 2019 North Alabama Annual Conference in June, Conference Director of Campus Ministries Dr. Wade Langer presented the report of the Conference Board of Higher Education and Ministry. As the report began, Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett surprised Rev. Langer by announcing he was North Alabama’s recipient of the 2019 Francis Asbury Award.  The Francis Asbury Award is awarded annually to one honoree per annual conference and recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to ...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: An invitation to North Alabama Conference elders, deacons, licensed local pastors and associate members

8/20/2019

Dear Friends, Many times since the 2019 Annual Conference I have heard some version of the comment, “Annual Conference teachers and preachers Bishop Bob Farr and Dr. Candace Lewis were great. I wish we could have heard more from them!” Good news! Bishop Farr and Dr. Lewis will both be featured at the North Alabama Conference 2019 Gathering of the Orders and Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members on October 27-28 at Sumatanga Camp and Conference Center. In the course of 28 hours, they ...


Missions Monday: Pleasant Hill UMC’s story

8/19/2019

During worship on August 11, Pleasant Hill UMC (South Central District) had a blessing of backpacks for students preparing for a new school year. The congregation also prayed for teachers, school employees and administrators. During the children's moment, students were presented with a small rock that was marked with a cross and Joshua 1:9, a Bible verse that says, "I hereby command you: Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you ...


COSROW recognizes 2019 Branscomb Barrier Breaker Award recipient

8/15/2019

Each year during Annual Conference, the Conference Commission on the Status and Role of Women (COSROW) recognizes a North Alabama United Methodist willing to risk and stand up for the rights of women and ethnic minority persons through the  Louise Branscomb Barrier Breaker Award. During the 2019 North Alabama Annual Conference in June, COSROW Chair Rev. Kelsey Grissom presented the report of COSROW and announced that the 2019 Branscomb Barrier Breaker Award recipient was Rev. Lucy Morales. ...


Applications now open for new Conference Youth Leadership Team and Conference Young Adult Leadership Team

8/14/2019

This year, the North Alabama Conference will start a Conference Youth Leadership Team (CYLT) and a Conference Young Adult Leadership Team (CYALT), in accordance with The Book of Discipline ¶649 and 650 respectively. These teams will offer the opportunity for youth and young adults (and adults who support them) throughout the Annual Conference to gather and discuss important topics related to the United Methodist Church, locally and globally, as well as, promote youth and young adult involvement ...


Disaster Response Update 8.12.2019

8/12/2019

Disaster Response Safety Webinar Below is information on an upcoming webinar concerning safety when we are involved in responding to a disaster.  At the bottom are ways to join in the webinar.  It looks like an excellent training tool for everyone at every level. Training Opportunity: CDC EPIC Webinar August 21 at Noon Disasters—Keeping Volunteers, Workers, and Responders Safe Are you helping to clean up, rebuild, or support other response and recovery efforts after a flood, earthquake, storm, ...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Responding to violence as followers of Jesus Christ

8/9/2019

Dear Friends, Back-to-back U.S. mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, this past weekend have been a stark reminder of the frequency of horrific killings in the U.S. Thirty-one persons died in one weekend from those two events. Mass shootings in the U.S. are occurring on such a regular basis that some countries are warning their citizens to take extra precautions when traveling here. As followers of Jesus Christ, how do we respond to such violence in our own country, especially when...


Evangelism Team recognizes the 2019 Harry Denman Evangelism Award recipients

8/8/2019

Each year the North Alabama Conference Evangelism Team recognizes North Alabama Methodists who exhibit unusual and outstanding efforts for their work in Christian evangelism through the presentation of the Harry Denman Evangelism Award. An award for clergy, laity and youth are presented annually during the Annual Conference session.   During the 2019 North Alabama Annual Conference held in June, Evangelism Team chairperson Dr. Tiwirai Kufarimai and Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett presented the ...


Updated Safe Sanctuary background check consent forms now available

8/6/2019

Due to a concern that outdated consent forms are being used to obtain background checks for employees and volunteers who work with children, youth and vulnerable adults, updated versions of the consent forms are available from The North Alabama Conference, working in coordination with the Conference's background check provider Employment Screening Services (ESS). The updated forms reflect updated legal requirements and best practices in obtaining the necessary consent and providing disclosures ...


In New Places with New Faces: Oxford First UMC

8/2/2019

The 2019 North Alabama Annual Conference theme was “Singing God’s Song in New Places with New Faces.” The Conference priority focus was New Faith Communities. Throughout Annual Conference the Conference New Church Team asked Conference members and visitors a series of questions and then answered each question through a story about a North Alabama congregation reaching new people in new ways. The final presentation posed the question “Is my church being faithful with a gift we have been given?” ...


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