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Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Reflections on Annual Conference 2019

6/13/2019

Dear Friends, “And Are We Yet Alive?” Methodists have opened Annual Conferences with a rendition of this powerful Charles Wesley hymn since our inception in the late 1700s. As we sang this question at the opening worship service of the 2019 North Alabama Conference, the answer was evident. Yes, the North Alabama Conference is alive, energetic, diverse, principled and committed. We also are a Conference consisting of persons with varying perspectives on many matters. Our life together is not easy...


Annual Conference elects delegation to 2020 General and Jurisdictional Conferences

6/6/2019

During the 2019 North Alabama Annual Conference, members elected clergy and lay delegates to the 2020 General Conference of the United Methodist Church and the 2020 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference. General Conference is the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church. The Southeastern Jurisdictional is one of five Jurisdictional Conferences in the United States that have the role of electing and assigning Bishops in their region. North Alabama has been allotted 8 delegates (four...


Annual Conference 2019 Recap

6/5/2019

Click here for a Photo Gallery Download a printable Bulletin Insert Click here for the 2019 Appointments and Assignments The 2019 North Alabama Annual Conference gathered on June 2-4, 2019, at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville under the theme “Singing God’s Song in New Places with New Faces.” The Conference priority focus was New Faith Communities. Sunday  Sunday evening began with an Opening Celebration during which those gathered in North Hall sang the traditional opening hymn "And Are We ...


Glaize Named New Director of Alabama Course of Study

5/31/2019

Rev. Alecia C. Glaize has been named the new director for the Alabama Course of Study Extension School (ALCOS). This school is part of a network of regional, extension, and satellite schools designed to provide vital education to part-time local pastors of The United Methodist Church in the North Alabama and Alabama-West Florida Conferences.   After a thorough search, Glaize emerged as the leading candidate and will assume this role on July 1, 2019. She follows Rev. Walter Cash, who retired ...


McCoy Adult Day Care Center Announces New Executive Director

5/30/2019

After an extensive and rigorous search led by the Search Committee of the McCoy Adult Day Care Board of Directors, they are proud to announce that Lauren Goodman has accepted the position of Executive Director to begin June 3, 2019.   Lauren has a host of personal and professional achievements.  She holds a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Alabama and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  She previously worked for McCoy as Program Director...


Bishop and Cabinet announce additional appointments

5/23/2019

North Alabama Conference Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett and the Cabinet announce more appointment changes to take effect July 1, 2019. These appointments, along with appointments previously announced, will be fixed during the 2019 North Alabama Annual Conference, which will gather at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville on June 2-4, 2019. Clergy will move to their new appointments on Wednesday, July 3, 2019. The first Sunday in the new appointments will be July 7, 2019.   Additional Full-Time ...


WE Eat Fundraiser to benefit Urban Ministry

5/21/2019

Urban Ministry is pleased to present WE Eat Together, a celebration of food, fellowship, and community. The WE Eat Fundraiser is returning with an array of amazing foods from the chefs and apprentices of WE Cafe, live jazz and fun with friends against the beautiful backdrop of downtown Birmingham. WE Eat will be held on Thursday, May 23, 2019, from 5:30 - 8 p.m. on the stunning rooftop of the Kress Building located at 30119th Street North, Birmingham, AL. The cost of tickets is $55. Block ...


There is still time to register for Summer Camp at Sumatanga!

5/15/2019

There is still time to register for summer camp at Sumatanga! Summer 2019 features opportunities for young children and their grandparents; elementary, mid-high and high school students; and youth and adults with intellectual and cognitive disabilities.   Traditional Summer Camp Experiences at Sumatanga During a life-changing week at camp, participants will have opportunities to grow in their faith, meet new friends and make lasting memories. Elementary camps are designed to encourage and ...


Clergy Pictorial Directory photographs to be taken during 2019 Annual Conference

5/14/2019

Photographs for a new Clergy Pictorial Directory will be taken during Annual Conference 2019. This year's directory will be produced by Universal Church Directories. Each clergyperson photographed will receive a free digital portrait and a free directory, which can be picked up at your district office this fall. The pictorial directory is an important tool in keeping the connection in the North Alabama Conference. It is intended to be a resource to assist clergy to stay in touch with one another...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Update on May 5-9, 2019 Council of Bishops meeting

5/14/2019

Dear Friends, The Spring 2019 Council of Bishops meeting took place May 5-9 in Chicago. Throughout the meeting I experienced rich covenant group sharing, meaningful worship and candid discussion about the present and future of the United Methodist Church. The Council of Bishops intentionally put hope in the center of our conversation even as we grappled with the reality of the deep differences and brokenness that exist in our beloved United Methodist Church. A summary of the week’s outcome can ...


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