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2020 Delegation Update: North Alabama delegates nominate Dr. Glenn Conner as candidate for Episcopal election

by: North Alabama Delegaton

12/5/2019

From the 2020 North Alabama Conference Delegation:   After a time of discernment, our delegation, which will represent the North Alabama Annual Conference at the 2020 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference, has voted to affirm the nomination of the Rev. Dr. Glenn D. Conner for election as a bishop of The United Methodist Church. The delegation, comprised of eight clergy delegates and eight laity delegates, as well as three lay alternates and three clergy alternates, voted by a large majority to ...


Support Kids, Seniors and Fair Haven with the Wacky Tacky Light Tour

by: Submitted News

12/4/2019

For the seniors, it’s the laughter of children on the lawn. For the children, it’s the wonder of experiencing what it might be like to have a granddad or grandmother. With a new partnership between Fair Haven and Fresh Air Family, these two natural allies will come together to learn about fishing, tadpoles, salamanders, snakes, and crafts, along with wisdom, caring and the joys of childhood. Fresh Air Family and Fair Haven are working together to bridge the generations at summer camps and ...


Disaster Response Update: Pay It Forward Bahamas

by: Randy Burbank

12/3/2019

This communication is rather long, so please take the time to read all of it. Friends and Faithful Disciples of Jesus, It wasn’t that long ago that we saw the horrendous results of Hurricane Dorian as it swept across the Bahamas, in particular, the island of Grand Bahama. The nature of this beast is that there is always an initial outpouring of support for the Survivors; but in the Long Term Recovery, it is a different storyline. People either soon forget, or worse; they assume everything is now...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Always Thankful

by: Debra Wallace-Padgett

11/25/2019

Dear Friends, In a worship service at the recent 2019 SEJ Clergywomen’s Conference, Rev. Dr. Cynthia Wilson led participants in singing the familiar round, “Rejoice in the Lord, Always.” The joy in the room was palpable as 300+ clergywomen sang over and over the words of Philippians 4:4. “Rejoice in the Lord, always: and again I say Rejoice.” (KJV)  What an appropriate song to sing as the U.S. Thanksgiving weekend quickly approaches. Yet, it was only by the grace of God that all of us in the ...


Long Memorial UMC's food closet receives large donation

11/21/2019

Long Memorial UMC (Central District) in Cordova, Alabama, received a donation of more than 2800 food items for the congregation’s food closet. The donation came from Bankhead Middle School. Three students helped load the food items which filled both a pickup truck belonging to Long Memorial UMC pastor Rev. Charlie Brown, as well as, an SUV belonging to Bankhead Middle School teacher Donna King. Rev. Brown explains, “This food will be the basis for Long Memorial United Methodist Church’s food ...


Global Ministries to commission new United Methodist EarthKeepers for environmental stewardship

by: UMC General Church

11/18/2019

North Alabama’s Rev. Adam Burns is one of the 67 new EarthKeepers to be commissioned by the General Board of Global Ministries in an online service on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, at 7 p.m. CST at www.umcmission.org/live.  The service will affirm the EarthKeepers in their call to the ministry of creation care and will bless their work in their communities.  Commissioning online creates the opportunity for all three classes of EarthKeepers trained in 2019 to be commissioned together while minimizing ...


Discipleship Ministries produces official study guide for “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” movie starring Tom Hanks

by: UMC General Church

11/13/2019

Sony Pictures invited Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church to produce the faith-based study guide to accompany the movie, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.” The film stars Tom Hanks and Matthew Rhys. Discipleship Ministries produced the official faith-based discussion guide in collaboration with Sony Entertainment. It was written by staff from the Strategic Programming unit and the Office of Communications of Discipleship Ministries. The guide is designed to help groups ...


Sumatanga Action Team in action during Gathering of the Orders and Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members

by: Submitted News

11/1/2019

The Camp Sumatanga Action Team was created in April 2019 to study, advise and reform the governance and management of the Camp. Earlier this week, during the annual Gathering of the Orders and Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members event, the team took on additional duties and helped with the food preparation for the lunch at this Conference-wide clergy gathering on October 28. Action Team members, Andy Wolfe, Neeysa Biddle, Terry McElheny and Sandy Wright were joined by Sumatanga ...


If You Liked “The Office,” You’ll Love “The Committee”

by: Adult Discipleship Team

10/31/2019

Utilizing its popular character from the “Chuck Knows Church” video series, Discipleship Ministries released a series of sixteen videos, “The Committee.” The videos focus on the fictitious Park Grove Community Church, which is without a pastor and contemplating closure. Mixing “Office-like” humor and familiar traits of many of our United Methodist churches and leadership teams, each episode lasts about 15 minutes and follows meetings of the committee as our hero, Chuck, helps them process their ...


STEP Conference to equip those in ministry with young people

by: Emily Nelms Chastain

10/30/2019

The North Alabama Conference Connectional Ministries announces a new event for those working with young people. STEP Conference: Creating Pathways of Long-Term Discipleship will take place on April 24-25, 2020, at Trinity UMC in Homewood. STEP Conference will be an opportunity for all those who focus on the discipleship of young people to gather and learn how to best sustain ministry across age-levels. This training event will be open to children and youth leaders, as well as offering segments ...


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