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Conference launches redesigned website to kick off the new church year


The Christian season of Advent is the beginning of the Church year. To mark this new year, the North Alabama Conference has introduced a redesigned website. Some of the features of the redesigned include: a simplified organizational structure easier site navigation a robust search engine multiple pathways to information to allow for differences in website visitors’ habits a new and ever-growing Resources section containing ministry resources that can be sorted by topic a rotating ...

Message from Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett: Advent 2021


Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications   Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett shares a video message for the beginning of Advent. She notes, “Advent is the time in the Christian year when we particularly watch and wait for God to break into our lives.”   Click image above to play message or visit

Two opportunities to give through UMVIM


United Methodist Volunteers In Mission (UMVIM) exists so all people in the church can have the opportunity to live their calling by service to others. North Alabama Conference UMVIM Coordinator Rev. Todd Owen shares two current opportunities to give through UMVIM this month. UMVIM Giving Tuesday Campaign UMVIM is in the midst of its annual month-long Giving Tuesday campaign. If they can raise $20,000 by the end of November 2021, they will receive an additional $10,000 from the UMVIM, Southeast ...

Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Read Together 2022


Dear Friends, II Corinthians 5:17 is one of my life verses. “So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new.” The Greek word Paul chose for new in this verse is kainos referencing a new creation that has not existed previously. This has greater implications than if Paul had instead used neos, meaning new in an already established category. The biblical concept of kainos new is a pillar of Christian doctrine. Since God is about ...

Monthly prison book club shares joy of reading


Rachel Estes, Director of Outreach at Canterbury UMC, has a heart for social justice. For several years she has hosted a Social Justice Book Club for elementary-aged girls. "I believe that empathy and compassion should be developed early in life," she said. "But one day while leading these young girls in discussion, it occurred to me that it's never too late, and that's how the idea for a prison book club was born." The idea is now a reality as Estes led the first book discussion at the ...

Multicultural Ministries Team invites high school seniors on a Civil Rights Tour


The North Alabama Conference Multicultural Ministries Team invites congregations to send their high school seniors on a transformative trip to walk the steps of history, to see the places and to hear the stories of the Civil Rights Movement right here in Alabama. In years past, the North Alabama Conference has sponsored a UN/Washington trip for high school juniors and seniors. This experience impacted many youth over the years and opened their eyes to new ideas and ways to live out their faith ...

2022 HealthFlex Annual Election period is Nov. 3-18, 2021


The 2022 HealthFlex Annual Election period is Nov. 3-18, 2021. During this time HealthFlex participants may evaluate their health insurance coverage and make any changes needed for the year 2022. The North Alabama Conference website has a page of resources to assist participants in their Annual Election. HealthFlex participants can choose from a variety of plans for 2022 coverage including six medical, three vision and three dental plans. Click here for information about and comparison of the ...

Deadline for North Alabama Annual Conference Reports and Information is Feb. 1, 2022


North Alabama Conference teams, committees, commissions, and Conference-related organizations are invited to share a report in the Journal vol. 1 (PreConference Book) describing their ministry over the past year. Groups are asked to highlight for the Annual Conference how their ministry is working toward the Conference Mission of Discover, Develop and Deploy Spiritual Leaders to make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World. The 2022 North Alabama Annual Conference is ...

February 1 is deadline for Petitions and Resolutions to Annual Conference


Petitions and resolutions to be presented to the North Alabama Annual Conference must be in the hands of the Conference Secretary no later than February 1 each year. Petitions and Resolutions should be submitted as a Microsoft Word or Google Document and attached in an email to the Conference Secretary at the following email address: Include "Petitions and Resolutions" in the subject line and request a "read receipt" to ensure delivery. This year’s submission deadline is ...

Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Holy Land Pilgrimage 2022


Dear Friends, My husband Lee and I were in our early forties when first offered the opportunity to travel to the Holy Land. Our bishop at the time, North Alabamian Robert C. Morgan, extended the invitation to all of the persons he had ordained during his eight years as the episcopal leader in Kentucky. Though Lee and my lives were crazy busy with our respective ministries and young family, we said yes to journeying to Jesus’ homeland. We expected that this trip would change how we read ...

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