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Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Thanking God daily

11/26/2018

Dear Friends, I hope you had a good Thanksgiving Weekend. I am using this time between Thanksgiving and Advent to reflect upon the many reasons I have to be thankful. I pray for Thanksgiving joy to permeate each of our lives, not only during the Thanksgiving season, but throughout the year. I have shared with some of you my “rule of life” for the next several months. Associated with religious orders and focusing on good habits, a “rule of life” is a means that helps us to live the Christian ...


Advance Daily Christian Advocate out by November 26; electronic version now available

11/19/2018

The Advance Edition of the Daily Christian Advocate (ADCA), the official journal of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church, is set to be available in a bound and printed format by November 26, with a PDF of the 2019 ADCA accessible online now. The Book of Discipline requires that the ADCA be available to delegates at least 90 days before the opening day of General Conference. For the 2019 Special Session, which officially opens February 24th in St. Louis, that date is November 26....


BSC names Birmingham native, successful global CEO, as 16th president

11/15/2018

Daniel Coleman, a Birmingham resident with more than three decades of experience in finance and strong ties to BSC, will be Birmingham-Southern College’s 16th president, college officials announced Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. Coleman, who was CEO of the global financial services firm KCG Holdings until its 2017 sale, has been a member of the college’s Board of Trustees and is currently an adjunct professor of finance. He said that he wants Birmingham-Southern College to continue to expand its ...


Church of the Reconciler launches the Advent Poetry Project

11/14/2018

Church of the Reconciler, a United Methodist congregation for, and with, the homeless of Birmingham, is launching a fundraising project that will help support its unique ministry in downtown Birmingham while offering supporters a unique resource to prepare their hearts during the season of Advent. Read the details below. Advent is a time of waiting and expectation. It’s a time when we both name that the world is not as it should be while also reaffirming our faith that God will usher in a new ...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: An invitation to read through the Bible in a year

11/8/2018

Dear Friends, I had been a Christ-follower for decades before I first read through the Bible in a year. Though previously I had read significant portions of Scripture, I had not intentionally journeyed from Genesis 1 through Revelation 22 in a 365 day period. When a dear friend told me he had read through the Bible every year since his teens, I was inspired to follow suit. Adopting this practice as an ongoing part of my walk with God has changed my life. Why? Reading Scripture gives new ...


GBCS members visit border, issue statement on immigration

11/5/2018

Rev. Stephanie Arnold, a member of the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS), recently spent time at the U.S.-Mexico border. Here are her insights and a video of her impressions of that experience. I had the privilege to be part of a delegation from the General Board of Church and Society in an immersion experience on the Texas/Mexico southern border at the end of October. This visit took place prior to our annual GBCS board meeting. Throughout the trip we heard, “We need more eyes ...


2019 Special Session of General Conference pre-registration now available for guests and observers

11/4/2018

Guests and observers to the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference, the United Methodist Church’s top legislative assembly, may now pre-register online. General Conference will meet in St. Louis, Missouri, at the America’s Center on February 23-26, 2019. Guest and observer registration is required to attend the General Conference sessions. There is a suggested badge fee of $7 for early registration and $10 for on-site registration to offset the costs of the credentialing process. Early ...


Hymnal Revision Committee Seeks New Material

11/2/2018

The Liturgical Resources subgroup of the Hymnal Revision Committee seeks the submission of new materials for possible inclusion in the next United Methodist Hymnal. The collection of liturgical and music resources will be presented to the 2024 General Conference for approval. While all worship-related resources are welcome at any time, the Committee particularly invites the submission of resources for the following between November 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019:  Baptism  Confirmation  Renewal of ...


Self-nomination forms now open for those seeking to serve as clergy and lay delegates to the 2020 General Conference and Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference

11/1/2018

During the 2019 North Alabama Annual Conference which will meet June 2-4, 2019, in Huntsville, members will elect clergy and lay delegates to the 2020 General Conference and Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference.  General Conference is the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church. The General Conference revises The Book of Discipline which outlines the organization, beliefs and official policies of The United Methodist Church. Delegates also revise The Book of Resolutions, a ...


HealthFlex Annual Election is October 31 through November 15, 2018

10/31/2018

The 2019 HealthFlex Annual Election period is Wednesday, October 31 through Thursday, November 15, 2018. During this time HealthFlex participants may evaluate their health insurance coverage and make any changes needed for the year 2019. The North Alabama Conference website has a page of resources to assist participants in their Annual Election. Go to www.umcna.org/annualelection2019 for information about and comparison of the 2019 plans, as well as, an archive of the October 2018 Health ...


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