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Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: George Floyd’s killing

6/1/2020

Dear Friends, The senseless killing of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, has shaken our nation to the core. The fact that the inhumane and unjust treatment of Mr. Floyd is not an isolated incident in our country adds to the pain, fear and outrage felt by countless Americans. The situation is made worse by uncertainty about whether all of those involved in George Floyd’s death will be held accountable. George Floyd’s killing has brought to the forefront several issues that must be addressed in our ...


Why the Church Can’t be Silent

6/1/2020

by Rev. Donald Smith North Alabama Conference Executive Director of Ethnic Ministries A man was killed in broad daylight on the streets of Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 25, 2020. The taking of life happens far too much in America these days, in cities, towns and neighborhoods, by and to people from all walks of life, colors, creeds and nationalities. Maybe The Church like many others have become desensitized to the consistent and persistent loss of life. To recount the number of times The ...


Conference virtual Pentecost Sunday Worship Service now available

5/31/2020

Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett and the Conference Leadership Team have posted a virtual Pentecost Sunday Worship Service as a resource for North Alabama Conference churches and individuals. The virtual service is made up of short video segments. Worshippers are invited to follow the order of worship and play each video as they progress through the service. The hope is because the videos are shorter than an entire worship service, watching each segment separately will be less taxing on a worshiper'...


Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett to continue as North Alabama episcopal leader through 2021

5/29/2020

We are all aware that we are navigating our way through a difficult and unique time. The pandemic is something we have not faced in our lifetimes. During this time, our churches and Conference have had to be flexible to adapt and to remain faithful. Because of the postponement of the General and Jurisdictional Conferences, the decision has been made to assign our Southeastern Jurisdiction (SEJ) Conference Bishops back to their current areas until the postponed 2020 Jurisdictional Conference ...


Commission sets dates for postponed General Conference; will explore new uses of technology

5/27/2020

The Commission on the General Conference has announced new 2021 dates for General Conference following the postponement of the event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The quadrennial legislative event will take place on August 29 - Sept. 7, 2021, at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. "We're grateful that we were able to secure new dates while keeping the site of General Conference in Minneapolis. Nearly seven years of pre-planning and preparations by the host team have gone...


UMC Bishops announce dates for postponed 2020 Jurisdictional Conferences

5/27/2020

The Council of Bishops (COB) has announced the new dates for the 2020 Jurisdictional Conferences in the United States, which have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, are November 10-12, 2021. The days prior to and after can be used at the discretion of each Jurisdictional Conference. In the call letter to Jurisdictional Conferences secretaries and heads of delegations, COB President Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey noted that the dates chosen by the bishops intentionally followed the ...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Bishop and Cabinet recommend phased-in approach to re-opening our church buildings as described in Do No Harm guidelines

5/26/2020

Dear Friends, A question that many people are asking is, “When will our church buildings be reopened?” The answer will vary from church to church, based not on a specific date, but on local data. Our North Alabama Conference District Superintendents recently hosted 32 virtual town hall meetings attended by 860 of our clergy and lay leaders. Discussion centered around Do No Harm: Recommendations for Reopening our Church Buildings (www.umcna.org/donoharm) and a video featuring Dr. Neil Lamb, ...


Bishop and Cabinet announces additional appointment changes

5/17/2020

Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett and the Cabinet announce the following appointment changes to take effect this summer. District Charge Moving Clergy   Central District   CE Boldo John Harrison CE Bethlehem (Hueytown) Roy Williams CE Pleasant Grove (Colony) Horace Blount CE Vestavia Hills - Coordinator Discipleship Engagement Kelley Bottcher CE Vestavia Hills - Director of Stewardship Development John Sweeny         Cheaha District   CH Haven Frank Swinney CH Bethlehem ...


Conference to offer free, virtual VBS created by a coalition of children’s ministry leaders

5/13/2020

Health concerns and in-person meeting restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic have left many North Alabama congregations pondering how to best continue ministry with their children.  One of the biggest questions has been if any type of summer programming would be a safe option. Over the last eight weeks, many congregations’ big plans for Vacation Bible School (VBS) have become unattainable. During this time of uncertainty, a group of 25 – 30 children’s ministry leaders from churches throughout...


Guidelines for counting Online Worship Attendance on the Weekly Benchmark Report now available

5/12/2020

With the sudden introduction of online worship to churches of all sizes in the North Alabama Conference, the Cabinet has been asked to provide some guidelines for counting online attendance. They are aware that some churches, who have tech people skilled in reading analytics, may already have guidelines that they use. Other churches may have church membership attendance software that allows for online registration of attendance. However, many churches are struggling to determine how to count ...


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