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Aldersgate UMC and partner congregations celebrate Biker Sunday to help Children's Hospital

10/16/2019

On September 22, 2019, Aldersgate UMC in Dora, Alabama,  (Central District) sponsored their 2nd Annual Biker Sunday. Fifty-six people attended and raised $600 for Children's Hospital of Alabama. Gary Harris a Lay Member of the Aldersgate Church was successful in organizing the ride and collecting donations from more than twenty merchants from around North Alabama. He also united three other churches to join the effort to raise awareness and funds for Children's of Alabama. Those congregations ...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Read Together and Pray Together

10/8/2019

Dear Friends, Every Christian is called to be a follower. Indeed Christian disciples are continually growing in our capacity to follow Jesus. Though God is the One who empowers us to be faithful followers of Jesus Christ, we have an important part to play in the process. Practices that result in our spending regular quality time with God make a huge difference in our development as disciples. Since discipleship is not a solo venture, it is essential that we practice holy habits both as ...


Resources available for your congregation's Children's Sabbath

10/3/2019

​The North Alabama Conference Connection to the Pan Methodist Campaign for Children in Poverty invites you and your congregation to celebrate Children’s Sabbath. Children’s Sabbath is different from a Children’s Sunday. Children’s Sabbath does celebrate your congregation’s children, but it also is a time (during worship, study, outreach) to invite your congregation to focus on the realities of children beyond its church family. Children’s Sabbath is a way for congregations to help children ...


St. Paul United Methodist Church in Birmingham awarded $500,000 grant by National Parks Service

10/1/2019

Picture from St. Paul UMC's Facebook Page St. Paul United Methodist Church in downtown Birmingham has received a $500,000 grant from the National Parks Service’s African American Civil Rights grants program. The Civil Rights Grants program documents, interprets, and preserves sites and stories related to the African American struggle to gain equal rights as citizens in the 20th Century. The National Parks Grant funds awarded will be used to preserve and restore St. Paul’s historic church ...


World Communion Sunday is October 6

9/30/2019

World Communion Sunday celebration for 2019 is October 6 this year. United Methodist Communications has assembled resources to encourage and jumpstart your congregation's celebration. They include sermon starters, talking points, bulletin inserts, videos and other resources that will help educate your congregation on the importance of supporting this churchwide special Sunday with offering. World Communion Sunday began in 1936 as a way to recognize our ecumenical oneness in Christ and to bring ...


A Focus on Recovery: Resources for your local church

9/25/2019

September is National Recovery Month. Throughout this month, North Alabama United Methodists are sharing their stories on various aspects of recovery ministries and how they bring transformation to people, local churches and communities. This week’s focus is from Rev. Adam Burns, senior pastor at Church of the Reconciler in Birmingham, Alabama. Eight years of ministry at Church of the Reconciler has taught me many lessons about the disease of addiction. The most important being that the disease ...


Camp Sumatanga Action Team Communique - September 23, 2019

9/24/2019

ACTION TEAM LISTENING TOUR has been enlightening and affirming. We met with the Bishop, the Cabinet, laity, clergy, past/present campers, past/present camp leaders and representatives from many organizations who call Sumatanga “home." Thank you for traveling to Huntsville, Vestavia Hills, and Alexander City. An additional session is scheduled: September 24 (Tuesday) at 6 p.m. – Rainbow City First UMC 3208 Rainbow Drive, Rainbow City, AL 35906 FINANCIAL SUPPORT: We have raised 44% of the ...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Nominations 2020-2024

9/23/2019

Dear Friends, Discover. Develop. Deploy. These three words sum up the mission of the North Alabama Conference. We discover lay and clergy spiritual leaders in a variety of ways and places. We develop spiritual leaders through training, mentoring, cohorts and other means of leadership development. We deploy leaders to serve in our churches, communities and other ministry contexts. The Conference Nominations Team emphasizes all three aspects of our mission throughout the course of the year. This ...


A Focus on Recovery: Redemption and Resurrection

9/18/2019

September is National Recovery Month. Throughout this month, North Alabama United Methodists are sharing their stories on various aspects of recovery ministries and how they bring transformation to people, local churches and communities. This week’s story comes from Elizabeth Cook, a member of Lakeview, Pelham’s First UMC. The 911 dispatcher’s voice came on the line, “9-1-1, what’s your emergency?” Calmly, I responded, “My mother is unresponsive. There is an empty bottle of Vodka and an empty ...


October 21 is United Methodist Men Give Day

9/16/2019

The General Commission on United Methodist Men invites you to support United Methodist ministries to men and scouting ministries for young people. Donations will make certain that the ministries of the General Commission on United Methodists Men continue to thrive. The funds will address and expand ministry opportunities in local, district and conference settings. Your contribution will support United Methodist Men in their mission to: Address root causes of domestic violence by providing ...


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