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A Call to Prayer to United Methodists in Alabama by Bishop David Graves and Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett

10/29/2020

Dear Friends, We strongly believe that prayer makes a difference. Indeed, sincere and fervent prayer is an action that positively impacts our lives and the world in which we live. As the 2020 U.S. Election Day quickly approaches, we call United Methodists in the state of Alabama to two weeks of daily prayer for our state and national leaders, beginning October 27 and concluding November 10.  We also encourage the practice of praying daily throughout the year for the U.S. President, Vice ...


Virtual Homecoming will celebrate United Methodist Higher Education & Scholars

10/20/2020

On Tuesday, October 27 the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation will host a virtual “homecoming” to celebrate Methodism and higher education, UMHEF scholars, and more. The public is invited to follow UMHEF on Facebook, Instagram, and at https://umhef.org beginning at 10:00 AM CST on Tuesday, October 27. Festivities will include messages from United Methodist students, spotlights of UM-related institutions of higher education, interactive activities, messages from prominent leaders, and ...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Annual Conference 2020 Follow-up

10/19/2020

Dear Friends, We did it!  We accomplished a meaningful virtual Annual Conference.  This virtual alternative to an in-person meeting allowed us to safely Conference together in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Your response to our first virtual Annual Conference was heartening. Our 944 unique log-ins to the Zoom webinar and 109 unique viewers on YouTube indicate that participation was higher than at the 2019 in-person Conference. While we do not have an exact headcount, we know these log-in ...


End of year Give Love initiative begins November 1

10/14/2020

A new campaign initiative – Give Love, Joy, Hope, Peace—invites United Methodists to join in giving love, joy, hope, and peace through an end of year campaign to support mission and disaster response. Between November 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020, the campaign will showcase stories of transformational work and how financial gifts through The Advance (the United Methodist program for voluntary, second-mile giving) have had a positive impact on people’s lives. Church leaders and laity can visit Res...


Society of St. Andrew offers free 2020 Advent Devotional Booklets

10/13/2020

In light of a particularly troubling year, you and your congregation are invited to reclaim a spirit of peace this Advent season. This year’s theme is Peace Be With You— and this seasonal devotional booklet from the Society of St. Andrew is available to you and your faith family at no cost. This year’s theme celebrates God’s longstanding and all-powerful promises of peace. The Lord’s promises should provide you comfort knowing that no matter the trial or the enemy, as the Creator of the ...


Cahaba Bend "Prayer for Schools" encourages students, educators

10/8/2020

Wanting to show support for locals schools in the midst of a pandemic, Rev. Patrick Friday and the congregation at The Church at Cahaba Bend strategized, planned and implemented the "Prayer for Schools" initiative during the month of September. The goal was to show students, parents, teachers, school administrators and staff care and support in challenging times. The Church at Cahaba Bend organized a city-wide prayer walk for schools in Helena, praying for God’s protection, guidance and grace. ...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: The Right and Responsibility to Vote

10/8/2020

Dear Friends, As the November 3 Election Day approaches I am reminded of an experience my Mom had as a teenager. A voracious reader who loved history and politics, at the age of thirteen she was told by an influential adult in her life, “Idella, women do not need to vote. Politics are for men.” Needless to say, she rejected this theory. Indeed, it has inspired her to vote in every election for the past sixty-plus years. She even did so four years ago from a hospital bed, aided by my 83-year-old ...


Golden TV is an online event for those who remember the golden age of television

10/7/2020

This summer children’s ministers and volunteers throughout North Alabama successfully collaborated to develop a virtual Vacation Bible School experience. Now, local church leaders who work with God’s older children are developing an online event for those who remember the golden age of television. Golden TV will take place on Friday, November 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. using the Zoom platform. It will feature information, education and entertainment. Participants will be able to learn about the ...


United Counseling to offer virtual Prepare and Enrich Training

10/6/2020

United Counseling is bringing the annual Prepare and Enrich training to clergy virtually this year. The training will be on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost of the training is $160 and includes the price of the resource kit. Prepare and Enrich is used by many clergy and counselors for pre-marital and couples counseling. This course provides you with the tools to help identify their strengths and growth areas in categories such as Communication, Conflict Resolution, and ...


Sumatanga Board of Trustees name Rev. Tony Jones new Executive Director

10/5/2020

The Board of Trustees of Sumatanga Camp and Conference Center is pleased to announce the naming of Rev. Kenneth Anthony “Tony” Jones as its new Executive Director effective Nov. 2, 2020. Rev. Tony Jones has been named the new Executive Director of Sumatanga Camp and Conference Center. Tony, who fell in love with Sumatanga many years ago, was selected from a field of qualified candidates after an extensive selection process. The Trustees feel certain that his skills and talents in ...


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