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Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Easter 2019

4/21/2019

Dear Friends, I have a deep appreciation for Charles Wesley, brother of Methodism’s founder, John. A prolific hymn writer and gifted musician, Charles penned more than 6,000 hymns, many of which continue to speak deep theological truths to us today. One of my favorite Wesley hymns is “Christ the Lord is Risen Today.”* The words are particularly meaningful to me this Easter season against the backdrop of challenges like my Dad’s recent death, the conflict in our beloved United Methodist Church ...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Pan Methodist Campaign for Children in Poverty

4/11/2019

Dear Friends, This past Sunday I preached in a church that was brimming over with children. I was introduced to a family whose six-week-old child was in attendance for the first time. I sat at a table with a lively six month old whose grandmother graciously let me hold him for a few minutes. I knelt on the floor and talked with a little girl who was building a train. I enjoyed seeing several other children sitting with parents or grandparents. Each child with whom I interacted at this church ...


SEJ UMVIM Summer Internship application closes soon

4/10/2019

The Southeastern Jusrisdictional office of United Methodist Volunteers in Mission offers a summer intern program for young adults. The eight-week program offers students the opportunity to spend the summer learning about how the United Methodist Church operates in local, domestic and global missions. Interns will spend their first week in the Birmingham office, three weeks at an UMVIM / SEJ domestic project, three weeks at an UMVIM / SEJ international project, and a final week of debriefing ...


Thank you from Bishop Wallace-Padgett

4/4/2019

Dear Friends, Thank you so much for the many ways in which you have reached out to my family and me in the recent death of my father, Rev. Frank Wallace. We appreciate your expressions of support and love during this time when we are celebrating Dad’s life and grieving his death. The many e-mails, texts, cards, floral arrangements, phone calls and visits have touched us greatly. Your kindness has been a comfort to us in our loss. Again, thanks for your thoughtfulness. As always, it is a ...


Invitation to share your mission stories

4/3/2019

Bicentennial Celebration of Missions For more than 200 years, Methodists have put their faith into action through mission work across the globe. Methodists from all continents have engaged in mission work that has transformed the world through the “work of justice, alleviate suffering; build peace; heal the sick; empower women; train leaders; and witness to the kingdom of God.” We are excited that we have partnered with God in this redemptive story through our mission work. The Missionary ...


North Wood UMC celebrates the grand opening of North “Woof” Community Dog Park

3/28/2019

On Saturday, March 2, 2019, North Wood United Methodist Church (Northwest District) celebrated the grand opening of the North "Woof" Community Dog Park on their property. A crowd of almost 150 people from the community joined together with church members to commemorate the park’s official opening and to participate in a blessing of the park by Rev. Scott Coats, pastor of North Wood UMC. Florence Mayor Steve Holt, as well as City Council members Kaytrina Simmons and Andy Betterton, attended the ...


New Beginnings UMC charters and celebrates 6 years of ministry

3/27/2019

In 2013, a new church was birthed in the North Birmingham area by the name of New Beginnings UMC. New Beginnings is the result of a merger that took place between three historic congregations, Douglasville UMC, Mt. Pleasant UMC, and Wright’s Chapel UMC. Although these congregations had tremendous success in growth throughout their years of ministry, in recent years, they had experienced a decline in membership and financial resources. Hopeful that merging would provide a greater chance for both ...


Message to @umcna.org account holders regarding Google Plus

3/20/2019

A message from Director of Information Technology Pete Banish: To all @umcna.org account holders, Google is shutting down Google+ as a social network. This means on April 1, 2019, all Google+ pages, events, and the Google+ profile "tagline" field will be deleted from all @umcna accounts.  Once deleted, your Google+ social media account will no longer exist and people cannot search for you on Google+ or access your profile. This change in services does not affect any @umcna.org email accounts or ...


2019 Barrier Breaker Award Nominations Sought

3/14/2019

The Louise Branscomb Barrier Breaker Award celebrates North Alabama United Methodists who are willing to stand up for the rights of marginalized women and minorities and take risks in their ministries. The North Alabama Conference Commission on the Status and Role of Women presents this award to the recipient that best embodies the spirit of the award’s namesake.  For nearly three decades, COSROW recognizes those who sought justice and advocated for women and minorities in the North Alabama ...


Alabama Course of Study Extension School Announces a Position Opening for Director of the Alabama Course of Study Extension School

3/14/2019

The Alabama Course of Study Extension School (ALCOS) is part of a network of regional, extension, and satellite schools designed to provide vital education to part-time local pastors of The United Methodist Church in the North Alabama and Alabama-West Florida conferences. Defined by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM), the Course of Study is a 20-course curriculum that covers the study of Bible, Theology and Church History, Congregational Formation, and Clergy Formation. ...


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