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Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Advent Devotional: Hope in the Plan

12/11/2017

The story is told of a man strolling by a sandlot ballpark one afternoon. “What’s the score?” he called to a boy in the dugout. "We’re down - Eighteen to nothing." "Wow!" said the spectator, "I'll bet you're discouraged." "Why should I be discouraged?" asked the little boy. "We haven't even gotten up to bat yet!" Source Unknown. I love this little guy’s hope in the face of great adversity. Sometimes we have that kind of hope. But on other occasions financial difficulties overwhelm us, a ...


Human Relations Day will be Jan. 14, 2018 — resources now available

12/10/2017

On Jan. 14, 2018, United Methodists will celebrate God’s call to empower those struggling to thrive and equip change agents and others to transform the world. Known as Human Relations Day, this is one of six churchwide Special Sundays with offerings of The United Methodist Church. The special offering benefits neighborhood ministries through Community Developers, community advocacy through United Methodist Voluntary Services and work with at-risk teens through the Youth Offender Rehabilitation ...


Lay Ministry Blog: The Season of Angels

12/6/2017

Some people are collectors and some are not. Unfortunately, I’m one of those people who keeps everything that comes my way. I get the trait honestly, as my parents were collectors. Anyone who was raised before the Great Depression and lived through World War II, as they did, were probably collectors. How many times did I hear my father say, “Let’s not throw it away, we might need it sometime.” The disciples were not collectors as they left their homes and most of their meager belongings to ...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Update on District Commission on a Way Forward Gatherings

12/5/2017

Dear Friends, I am appreciative of the many North Alabamians who participated in this Fall’s updates on the Commission on a Way Forward. Approximately 1200 persons engaged in the eight District gatherings held across the Conference. The insights and feedback we received at these meetings have been compiled and summarized by the Conference Connectional Ministries and Communication offices. In addition, the summary and the raw data have been passed along to the Commission on a Way Forward. The ...


Exploration Interns serve in Ministry With The Poor and make a difference in the lives of many

11/29/2017

Ministry with the Poor is one of the four North Alabama Conference priorities. Earlier this year the Ministry with the Poor Operational Team developed Exploration, an intensive summer internship for people who are discerning a call to Ministry with the Poor. Thanks to North Alabama Conference Ministry with the Poor Team and the support of the North Alabama Annual Conference as a whole the 2017 summer Exploration Internships were a success! A wonderful group of young adult interns worked with ...


Fair Haven to unveil the results of its $42.5 Million Expansion with Ribbon Cutting and Open House on Nov. 17, 2017

11/15/2017

Fair Haven has completed its $42.5 million construction and renovation project to become Alabama’s largest continuing care retirement community, and the first in Alabama to fully implement the innovative Household Model for resident care. The Household Model replicates the look and feel of life at home in the community setting. A front door with doorbell is the first clue that Fair Haven’s households are nothing like traditional hospital-like facilities. Once welcomed inside, you will see are a ...


USMP launches Jesus Library in their Better Way Shoppes

11/14/2017

"There has been another collaborative ministry effort launched at the Upper Sand Mountain Parish!" explains USMP Executive Director Rev. James "Woody" Woodin. Thanks to Henry Everitt and Benny Sisk and their mission partners at Trinity UMC in Huntsville, the Jesus Library is spreading the Gospel of Jesus the Christ to the children of thrift store shoppers on Sand Mountain. The way this new ministry works is when families with young children come and shop at one of USMP's Better Way Shoppes the ...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: “Lord, Teach Us to Pray:  Prayerful Living in a Broken World”

11/13/2017

Dear Friends, It is mind-boggling to be able to communicate with the God of the Universe as frequently as we desire. Yet, prayer provides us this avenue. Communication with God is only the beginning of what happens when we pray, too. Time spent in prayer changes us in profound and life-changing ways. No wonder the first disciples said, “Lord, teach us to pray.” Though they had been raised in the Jewish faith and thus knew how to pray, as they observed Jesus’ prayer life they realized that they ...


BSC announces agreements with two-year colleges to smooth transition for transfers

11/7/2017

During October 2017, Birmingham-Southern College (BSC) announced it has signed an agreement with both Bevill State Community College and Jefferson State that will allow students of the schools to earn their bachelor’s degrees at BSC starting this academic year. The announcements explain that the institutions have signed an articulation agreement ensuring that students who have earned associate’s degrees at Bevill State or Jefferson State can seamlessly continue their education at BSC. The ...


Druid Hills UMC reaches out to neighbors through ESL classes

11/6/2017

In Druid Hills UMC’s intentional effort to connect with their Hispanic neighbors, the congregation launched English as a Second Language (ESL) classes in September 2017. In the last week of August they held in-person registration at the church and registered 42 people. Most of those registered attended the first day of class. After two months, there are just over 25 regular students among three class groups. The groups include a beginner class on Monday nights with eight students, a Tuesday ...


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