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Message from Conference UMVIM Coordinator


Brothers and Sisters in Christ! With various disasters in our country and around the world, and with ongoing missions that many congregations support with finances and teams, I wanted to take this opportunity to remind you of the importance of registering your team with the UMVIM (United Methodist Volunteers in Mission) office and the importance of purchasing insurance for your team members for the duration of the trip. This summer I had the privilege of serving on a team that spent a week in ...

Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: 9/11 Prayer


A Prayer in Remembrance of the Twenty-Year Anniversary of 9/11 Triune God, We pause today to remember what happened on 9/11/01. Etched in the minds of many of us is the sight of the planes hitting the twin towers in New York City. Some of us can recall specifically where we were and who was with us. We were shocked, frightened and grief-stricken by the lives lost, the events which took place and the way the world changed that day. We ask You to heal our memories, Great Physician. Liberating God,...

Local farmer plants crop for gleaning


A few years ago at a meeting of the Alabama Farmers Federation meeting, Joe Mims approached a booth out of curiosity. What, he wondered, was the Society of St. Andrew (SOSA)? He liked what he heard and on the spot he decided to help. The next season, he planted a patch of okra and invited SOSA to send volunteers to pick fresh okra every week. He has planted that patch of okra every year since—and he's still planting that patch in his retirement years. "I liked what they were doing. I thought I...

September 14 EVOLVE event to focus on maximizing hybrid worship experiences for online and in-person audiences


Over the last year the Bishop and Cabinet, New and Renewing Churches, Multicultural Ministries and the Board of Ordained Ministry have sponsored a series of continuing education opportunities called EVOLVE. These online sessions are designed to provide powerful tools, information, and resources to help the clergy and laity of the North Alabama Conference to courageously lead into a future we cannot yet imagine. They feature top-notch leaders presenting through the Zoom platform. The next EVOLVE ...

Updated Safe Sanctuaries Train-the-Trainer program now available


The Office of Connectional Ministries is excited to announce the availability of an updated Safe Sanctuaries (child protection) Train-the-Trainer program based on the recently revised Conference Safe Sanctuaries policy. The updated Train-the-Trainer program is being made available in a new, entirely online format. “We are excited about the updated Train-the-Trainer format that, we believe, will make training more accessible and useful to those who wish to be certified as Safe Sanctuaries ...

Children's of Alabama announces October fundraising campaign to support hospital's Pastoral Care ministry


Children’s of Alabama is a world-class, not for profit, pediatric medical center in the heart of Birmingham. For many years, the hospital relied on the faith leaders in the community to provide pastoral care for patients and families. In the late 1980s, Children’s hired its first staff chaplain. Today, the Pastoral Care Department’s 12 chaplains, led by Director of Pastoral Care Rev. Herb Robertson, a United Methodist clergy member of the North Alabama Conference, provide 24/7 coverage. Pastoral...

UMCOR responding in Afghanistan and Haiti


UMCOR supports Afghans in need In collaboration with long-standing partners, UMCOR is providing humanitarian relief and is prepared to assist with refugee resettlement. For more than 40 years Afghanistan has been wracked by wars, civil strife, invasion and massive amounts of arms shipped in from outside forces. It is one of the poorest countries in the world, with high infant and maternal mortality rates, and millions of Afghans have been displaced as refugees over these many years. Today the ...

Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Renewal 2021


“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:” (Ecclesiastes 3:1). Dear Friends, I love the rhythm and variety of the four seasons that we experience in North Alabama weather. Fall brings the beauty of turning leaves. Winter’s crisp air and occasional snow cleanses the earth and atmosphere. Spring bursts on the scene with budding branches, blooming flowers and fresh rains. And then there are the long, warm days and the renewing change of pace that come with summer....

Celebrate Recovery can help churches minister to pandemic-related mental health struggles


Did you know Celebrate Recovery is a ministry not just for people struggling with substance abuse, but also for people facing mental health struggles such as anxiety, depression, anger, fear and grief? In the video below, North Alabama Conference Director of Celebrate Recovery Rev. Neal Fuller explains why and how your congregation may want to consider starting this ministry now to better serve your community.

UMCOR responding to Haiti earthquake disaster


In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, on Saturday, August 14, Haiti was hit by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake that caused widespread destruction in the western region of the country. Please join others and extend prayers of comfort for those who died and those who are still missing. The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is working with partners in Haiti in finding ways to meet the immediate needs of survivors. Please join UMCOR by making donations through the work of the International ...

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