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Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: A Call to Prayer

4/1/2020

Dear Friends, Prayer is foundational for Christian living. Jesus said “when” not “if” you pray. (Luke 11:2) The Lord’s Prayer, prayed by Christians all around the world, is based on Matthew 6:9-15 and Luke 11:2-4. It includes four dimensions to prayer: Praising, Repenting, Asking and Yielding (PRAY). I often use the PRAY acronym as a structure for my prayers. P:  Praising God – “Hallowed be Your Name “(Luke 11:2, Matthew 6:9) R:  Repenting- “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors” (Luke ...


New Facebook Group provides "space" for pastors and worship leaders to share ideas for Holy Week and Easter

3/31/2020

With in-person worship services and gatherings suspended until after Easter due to the COVID-19 pandemic, pastors and worship leaders are asking questions such as, "What resources and ideas are available to congregations?" "How will we observe Holy Week and celebrate Easter?" and "How can we continue to be in ministry to our communities?" A new Facebook Group provides a place where pastors and worship leaders within the North Alabama Conference (and beyond) are "gathering" to share technology, ...


GBHEM Loans & Scholarships to Offer Financial Relief Measures

3/30/2020

The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) recognizes that the coronavirus pandemic will cause financial hardship for many graduate and undergraduate students. In response to the economic impact of the global pandemic, the GBHEM Office of Loans and Scholarships has made some important updates to its policies. New 2020 guidelines – including a loan payment suspension option – are outlined below. Anyone with questions regarding these items should contact the Office of Loans and ...


Conference Archivist to offer weekly series of "Sesquicentennial Moments" to celebrate North Alabama Conference's 150 year anniversary

3/27/2020

A Sesquicentennial Moment 1 This year, 2020, marks 150 years since the North Alabama Conference was founded. A sesquicentennial is often a time used to look back with pride at what has been accomplished. But our forebears have not always had an easy time of it. Time and again they were forced to deal with new and unforeseen problems. They made their share of mistakes. But Methodists in north Alabama persisted. Their story—our story—is the subject of the forthcoming For Jerusalem’s Sake, I Will ...


Basic videography tips for congregations new to video production

3/26/2020

As local churches continue creative and vital ministry during the COVID-19 pandemic, many are turning to online video for the first time. Pastors may now find their job description includes on-air personality, set designer and videographer. Below are some basic videography tips from Conference Director of Communication Danette Clifton to help pastors, church staff and volunteers as they navigate this new chapter of video ministry.   Video Composition If you are using a phone or tablet to ...


Bishop and Cabinet request North Alabama Conference United Methodist Churches to continue suspension of in-person worship services and gatherings until at least April 13

3/25/2020

Dear friends, I am inspired by how North Alabama United Methodists are responding to the coronavirus pandemic. Churches of all sizes are finding innovative ways to be Christ’s hands and feet in their communities. Examples include: Online worship services offered by many of our congregations, with more being added every day. A few churches are hosting drive-in worship, using low-cost FM transmitters to allow participants to worship in their cars; One church continues to cook Celebrate Recovery ...


Message from Sumatanga

3/25/2020

Dear Friend of Sumatanga, In the spirit of full transparency and in light of the current opportunity afforded by isolation and social distancing, I am choosing to use this time to be grateful for the progress that has been made at Sumatanga Camp and Conference Center over the past year and to focus our efforts in maintaining our momentum to build a new and successful future for Sumatanga. I will start by saying that above all, I am grateful for you and for your continuing prayers. Your feedback,...


Council of Bishops asks all to join day of prayer to rid the world of COVID-19; sets virtual meeting

3/24/2020

To the People of the United Methodist Church, The executive committee, meeting by phone earlier today, cared for three agenda items: 1.  We join with Pope Francis in calling for prayer tomorrow, March 25, drawing strength from the Annunciation (Luke 1. 26-38), as we are approximately nine months from the celebration of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  We invite all to pray to God to rid the world of the coronavirus pandemic.  And all are urged to pray the Lord’s Prayer at noon in their ...


United Methodist General Conference to be postponed until 2021

3/23/2020

Update: March 23, 2020 Subsequent to the announcement by the Executive Committee of the Commission on the General Conference that the 2020 General Conference will be postponed, the full Commission met March 21, 2020 to determine next steps to take in setting a new date. After hearing recommendations from Sara Hotchkiss, Business Manager of the General Conference, and discussion of possible alternatives, the Commission made a determination that the General Conference will not meet in 2020 as ...


North Alabama congregations offering online worship experiences

3/21/2020

In light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Bishop Wallace-Padgett and the Cabinet have asked North Alabama congregations to follow public health officials' requests and suspend in-person gatherings and worship services. Although North Alabama United Methodists are not physically gathering for worship, the churches of the North Alabama Conference continue to be in ministry! The following local churches are offering an online worship experience. If your church is also offering virtual ...


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