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Big Sandy UMC is “counting their blessings” during February worship services

2/21/2018

If we take the time to look, God’s blessings appear all around us, prompting us to pause, reflect and give praise.   Big Sandy UMC (Southwest District) is making it a priority to “count their blessings,” as the congregation observes, reflects upon, and gives God glory for all of the tremendous gifts they have received. During the month of February 2018, Big Sandy UMC is celebrating their blessings during the 10:45 a.m. worship services.   On February 11, the children and youth of the church led ...


The Upper Room publishes devotion written by North Alabama woman

2/16/2018

The Upper Room daily devotional magazine is a popular spiritual resource for many United Methodists around the world. The devotion for February 1, 2018, was written by Gadsden’s Maria Victoria (Vickie) P. Creel, a member of Christ Central Church in Rainbow City (Mountain Lakes District). Vickie Creel is a native of the Philippines and has lived and worked in the United States for several years. She moved to Gadsden after marrying her husband David. The Creels serve as missionaries under the ...


Nominations now open for COSROW's 2018 Louise Branscomb Barrier Breaker Award

2/15/2018

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. For nearly three decades, the North Alabama Conference Commission on the Status and Role of Women (COSROW) annually presents this award to a recipient that best embodies the spirit of the award’s namesake and first recipient, Dr. Louise Branscomb. Its winners have been male and female; clergy and ...


Duncanville UMC launches “Taking the Church to You” initiative

2/14/2018

In January of 2018, Duncanville UMC (Southwest District) launched a new ministry initiative called “Taking the Church to You,” in an effort to serve members of their church family who cannot join the congregation for Sunday morning worship. Factors like sickness, injury, work obligations, and other circumstances outside of a person's control may keep members from being physically present on Sundays. However, Duncanville UMC believes that when a member of their church family cannot come to ...


Conference Commission on Archives and History calls for applications for the Wheeler Award for preserving and advancing Church History and the Charter Church Award

2/13/2018

Each year at Annual Conference, the North Alabama Conference Commission on Archives and History presents the Wheeler Award for Church History and Archives and also recognizes certain historic churches with the Charter Church Award. Below is information about each award. This year's deadline for applications is April 1, 2018.   The Glynn and Annie Ford Wheeler Award The award was established in 2011 to recognize and thank Glynn and Annie Ford Wheeler for their years of service and ...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Vision, Mission and Appointment-Making

2/13/2018

Dear Friends, Our vision in the North Alabama Conference is spiritual leaders empowering life-giving congregations to transform the world. Our mission is to discover, develop and deploy spiritual leaders to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. This vision and mission is front and center in everything that the North Alabama Conference operational team and appointive cabinet do, including appointment-making. The appointment-making cycle is a year-round process. ...


UMCOR Sunday is March 11, 2018

2/11/2018

UMCOR Sunday (formerly One Great Hour of Sharing) is right around the corner. This churchwide special Sunday with offering provides United Methodists the opportunity to help our brothers and sisters around the world in their time of need. On Sunday, March 11, 2018, local congregations will receive this special offering that ensures that when a crisis happens, 100 percent of giving to the United Methodist Committee on Relief for that disaster goes to those in need. Download the UMCOR Sunday ...


Ministry With The Poor Team offers Young Adult Summer Missional Internships

2/7/2018

As we engage in doing ministry with the poor here in the North Alabama Annual Conference, we seek to discover, develop, and deploy young adult spiritual leaders who feel called to serve in under resourced communities. The 2017 Exploration Internship was a great start for this journey.  A wonderful group of young adult interns worked with Birmingham-area ministries and shared a community house for ten weeks. The shared stories, laughter, challenges and glory sightings have made a difference in ...


2018 Denman Evangelism Award Nominations deadline is March 31

2/5/2018

The Denman Evangelism awards are named after the late Dr. Harry Denman, a layperson from Birmingham whom Dr. Billy Graham called "my mentor in evangelism." Dr. Denman was tireless in his work of evangelism and never missed an opportunity to share the gospel story with others. The Foundation for Evangelism, which was founded by Dr. Denman in 1949 sponsors the Denman Evangelism Awards. Each year, Annual Conferences and the Foundation for Evangelism recognize one youth, one clergy, and one lay ...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Bishops’ Day of Prayer on March 10, 2018

2/1/2018

Dear Friends, I believe that prayer makes a difference. This is why I ask a team of persons to pray regularly for specific prayer concerns and joys that I send them. It is why I am a part of the Council of Bishops Praying Our Way Forward team. It is why the longer I live the more time I spend in prayer. So you can understand the reason I am excited about the March 10, 2018, North Alabama Conference Bishops’ Day of Prayer at Clearbranch United Methodist Church, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. I encourage each ...


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