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Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day


Dear Friends, On Monday, January 18, 2021, we will celebrate the life and legacy of one of the heroes of our nation’s civil rights movement, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The most prominent civil rights leader in the 1950s and 1960s, Dr. King’s Alabama connections include marrying Coretta Scott from Perry County, Alabama . . . pastoring the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church from 1954-1960 . . . and penning the “Letter from Birmingham Jail” while incarcerated for leading a demonstration without a ...

New Church Development to offer four workshops designed to help you do something new in 2021


It’s a New Year! It’s time to do new things! New Church of the North Alabama Conference has four workshops designed to help you do something new in 2021. New Church desires to partner with you and is providing this training at the low cost of $25 per workshop for individuals or $100 for church staffs (invite as many team members as you would like). You select which pricing model works best for you. Please note: *Due to Covid-19, all trainings will be via Zoom.*   Workshop 1: Steeple to Street: A...

COVID-19 vaccination available for Alabamians 75 years old and older and first responders


On Friday, January 8, 2021, Governor Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) announced that ADPH will provide COVID-19 vaccinations for people 75 years old or older, as well as first responders, including law enforcement and firefighters, statewide by appointment only effective January 18. Appointments at locations throughout the state are made first come, first served. The addition of these groups is not a full expansion into the next phase of the vaccine rollout. To ...

Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Call to Prayer


Dear Friends, United Methodists are known as people of prayer. Our founder John Wesley placed a heavy emphasis on prayer. (See A Plain Account of Christian Perfection, Q 38, 5.) Our membership vows include a commitment to prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness. The United Methodist Book of Worship offers numerous examples of prayers for special occasions as well as a section on ways of praying. (See In that spirit, I invite you to ...

United Methodist Higher Education Foundation accepting scholarship applications for the 2021-2022 academic year


The United Methodist Higher Education Foundation provides more than $2 million in scholarships every year to United Methodist students attending UM-related institutions of higher education. Applications for the 2021-2022 academic year are being accepted through March 1, 2021, at UMHEF offers two main scholarship programs. The Dollars for Scholars Program is a non-competitive scholarship that begins with a $1,000 award from your United Methodist Church and is matched by UMEHF ...

Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: A Sign of Hope


Dear Friends, Like many of you I spent some time on the evening of December 21 gazing at the closest alignment of Jupiter and Saturn that has been visible in the past 800 years. This sight on the longest night of one of the most difficult years in human history filled my heart with hope! 2020 will be forever remembered for the pandemic that killed over 1.75 million people worldwide, with more than 330,000 in the U.S. alone. It will also go down in the books as a year of dramatic mental health, ...

Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: New Year's Invitation 2021


Dear Friends, One of my favorite passages of Scripture is found in Philippians 3:13b-14. “But this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.” Though applicable each and every day, these verses from Paul’s writings are especially apropos as an old year ends and a new one begins. This is because celebrating a new year particularly lends itself to letting go of the past ...

Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Christmas 2020


December 25, 2020   Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett shares a Christmas message reminding us that God is always with us. To view the video click the image above or go to    

EVOLVE 2021 provides a continuing education opportunity for clergy and laity


During the first half of 2021, North Alabama Conference clergy and laity are invited to be a part of EVOLVE, a popular continuing education opportunity designed to equip local church leaders to courageously lead their congregations into a future we cannot yet imagine. EVOLVE began in the fall of 2020 when North Alabama's Bishop and Cabinet joined with New Church Development, Ethnic Ministries, and the Board of Ordained Ministry to offer a continuing education opportunity comprised of a series of...

Bishop Wallace-Padgett announces Office of Connectional Ministries staff changes to take effect in early 2021


Bishop Wallace-Padgett announces that beginning Jan. 1, 2021, Rev. Dr. Adlene Kufarimai, current Director of Ministry with the Poor and Missions and Advocacy will become Director of Connectional Ministries. Additionally, effective Feb. 1, 2021, Rev. John Fleischauer, current Leadership Development Administrator for Connectional Ministries, will move from a part-time to a full-time role as Associate Director of Connectional Ministries. These moves follow current Director of Connectional ...

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