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Disaster Response Update: Hurricanes Florence and Michael (Updated Oct. 18, 2018)

10/18/2018

Update October 18, 2018 Message from the United Methodist Disaster Warehouse in Decatur The United Methodist distribution Center in Apalachicola, Florida, just called and alerted us that they need all the Tornado Buckets they can get for wind damage. Currently our Disaster Warehouse in Decatur only has two pallets (72 buckets) ready to ship. We have already shipped around 2,000 of these. We have the (empty) buckets but NOT the contents! Please share with your congregation the need for the ...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Reflections on 2018 World Methodist Council meeting in Seoul, Korea

10/15/2018

Dear Friends, This summer Lee and I had the opportunity to participate in the 2018 World Methodist Council meeting in Seoul, Korea.  I continue to be inspired by this worldwide body that encourages unity in witness, mission and ecumenical relationships among Methodist, Wesleyan, and related churches.  80 million Methodist affiliates and members from 138 countries are represented by the World Methodist Council family. http://worldmethodistcouncil.org/about/ While participating in the Seoul ...


Judicial Council hearings to be accessible via livestream

10/14/2018

The United Methodist Judicial Council will partner with United Methodist Communications to livestream oral hearings held during the Council’s fall meeting at the Placid Hotel in Zürich, Switzerland. All of the oral hearings will take place on October 23, beginning at 8:30 a.m. CEST (Central European Summer Time) – which is six hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time. The hearings will be open to the public and broadcast on the denomination’s website, www.UMC.org/live, as well as via Facebook at ...


Birmingham First UMC to host Moxie Matters Tour on November 9

10/12/2018

On Nov. 9, 2018, Birmingham First UMC is hosting an an evening with best-selling author Jen Hatmaker and award-winning singer/songwriter Nichole Nordeman from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the church's sanctuary.    Jen is the author of the New York Times bestselling titles Of Mess and Moxie and For the Love. Nichole has sold more than 1 million albums and won 9 GMA Dove Awards, including two for Female Vocalist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year.  The world is filled with angry voices shouting ...


North Alabama Conference Historical Society fall meeting to be November 3

10/11/2018

The North Alabama Conference Historical Society will convene for its fall 2018 gathering at historic St. Paul United Methodist Church in downtown Birmingham on Saturday, November 3, 2018. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. with the program starting at 9:45 a.m. The program will consist of a presentation by Dr. William Nicholas on the desegregation of the North Alabama Conference. Dr. Nicholas is the author of the recently published book entitled Go and Be Reconciled: Alabama Methodists Confront ...


Single legislative committee to allow for full delegate participation at 2019 Special Session of General Conference

10/9/2018

Meeting October 4-5, 2018 in St. Simons Island, Georgia, the Commission on the General Conference adopted a plan for the legislative structure of the Special Session of the 2019 General Conference. The Commission on the General Conference has determined by a unanimous vote that there will be only one legislative committee —to which all delegates will be assigned — for the Special Session of the 2019 General Conference. All legislation deemed in harmony with the call will be assigned to that ...


Application now open for 2019 Annual Conference presentations

10/4/2018

The Annual Conference Executive Planning Team is already making preparations for the 2019 North Alabama Annual Conference, which will be held June 2-4, 2019, at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The theme will be "Singing God's Song in New Places with New Faces" as we celebrate the new churches being started and new people being reached across North Alabama. In preparation for the 2019 Annual Conference session, the Executive Planning Team is inviting ministries, institutions and ...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Spiritual Pilgrimages to Israel and Oberammergua in 2020

10/3/2018

Dear Friends, When was the last time you embarked on a spiritual pilgrimage?  Sometimes such journeys involve physical trips back to our childhood homes. Other times they are figurative excursions through challenging circumstances in life. Then there are travels to historic sites that are central to our faith. During 2020 I will lead two of the latter kinds of spiritual pilgrimages via Educational Opportunities, an organization that has been facilitating United Methodist groups on such journeys ...


BSC president steps down, interim president named

10/2/2018

Birmingham-Southern College President Linda Flaherty-Goldsmith will step down on Oct. 1, 2018, college officials announced. Flaherty-Goldsmith announced in August that this would be her last academic year at Birmingham-Southern College. Health issues that arose in the intervening weeks forced her to accelerate her departure, she said. “I am making this decision with deep sadness and after much internal soul searching,” she said. “I have loved this college since first joining the BSC family in ...


Announcing new ways Young People can be a part of the 2019 North Alabama Annual Conference

9/20/2018

For the past three years, the Office of Connectional Ministries and Leadership Development has successfully collaborated with the Districts in their investment toward increasing the participation of young people in the life of the North Alabama Annual Conference. This participation of young people in Annual Conference has facilitated the ability to grow young leaders in other areas of the Church. Additionally, we have seen more and more young people involving themselves in conference teams and ...


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