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Nomination deadline for 2020 Denman Award is February 27

1/14/2020

The Conference Evangelism Team is now accepting nominations for the 2020 Denman Evangelism Awards. The Harry Denman Evangelism award was begun by The Foundation for Evangelism in 1981 as a way to honor United Methodist clergy, laity and youth in each Annual Conference who exhibit unusual and outstanding efforts for their work in Christian evangelism. The award is named for the late Dr. Harry Denman, a Birmingham native and distinguished lay evangelist, who founded the Foundation on Evangelism in...


Connectional Ministries to hold “We Love Our Churches” Open House on February 10-13, 2020

1/10/2020

As part of their continuing resource giveaway, the Connectional Ministries staff will host an open house from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. on Feb. 10-13, 2020, at the United Methodist Center on the campus of Birmingham-Southern College. Pastors and laity of the North Alabama Conference will be welcomed to browse their selection of more than 500 resources, discuss ministry ideas and options and enjoy Valentine’s treats. “We have given away 500 of the 1,110 items donated, and we have enjoyed getting to know ...


February 1 is deadline for Petitions and Resolutions to Annual Conference

1/8/2020

Petitions and resolutions to be presented to the North Alabama Annual Conference must be in the hands of the Conference Secretary no later than February 1 each year. Petitions and Resolutions should be submitted as a Microsoft Word or Google Document and attached in an email to the Conference Secretary at the following email address: acreports@umcna.org Include "Petitions and Resolutions" in the subject line and request a "read receipt" to ensure delivery. This year's submission deadline is ...


Deadline for North Alabama Annual Conference Reports & Information is Feb. 1, 2020

1/7/2020

North Alabama Conference teams, committees, commissions, and Conference-related organizations are invited to share a report in the Journal vol. 1 (PreConference Book) of the North Alabama Conference describing their ministry over the past year. Groups are asked to highlight how their ministry is working toward the Conference Mission of Discover, Develop and Deploy Spiritual Leaders to make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World. All reports submitted for publication in the...


Disaster Response & Recovery Update: The Bahamas Project

1/7/2020

Hopefully with a New Year one of your desires is to be more like Jesus by helping others. We are now in Crunch Time for the Bahamas Project. Thanks to some hard work by others behind the scenes, we have managed to find a supplier who can provide AND SHIP the lumber, sheetrock, and hardy board from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Due to restrictions on these types of products, Home Depot in Ft. Lauderdale has the materials that will pass inspection once in Freeport. This means we need the funds to ...


Local Church Report due Feb. 17, 2020

1/6/2020

Each year, as the new year begins, United Methodist congregations report information and statistics on their ministry during the previous calendar year through the Local Church Report.  In North Alabama, this annual report is completed online. The Local Church Report is the pastor’s responsibility. The online Local Church Report for the Year Ending December 31, 2019, went live on Friday, Jan. 3, 2020. All Local Church Reports must be submitted online no later than Feb.17, 2020. On Friday, ...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: An Epiphany Season Devotional

1/5/2020

An Epiphany Season Devotional Read Matthew 2:1-12 Dear friends, The 12 days of Christmas are among my favorite, beginning with Christmas Day and continuing until Epiphany, which is celebrated every January 6. A powerful Epiphany question is answered by the Magi in Matthew 2:1-12. What are we waiting for? These Magi were likely Zoroastrian priests, characterized by their knowledge of philosophy, history, geography, plants, medicine and the heavens. When they noticed the new star in the sky, they ...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: God Breaks the Silence with Jesus

12/24/2019

Scripture Reading: John 1:1-18 Dear Friends, Silence can be a gift. This is especially true in our 21st-century world where i-Phones, YouTube, laptops, Zoom, television, radios and multiple other technological wonders fill our lives with noise. Though technology keeps us connected with others, it also can cause us to experience silence deprivation. I am referencing the kind of silence that we embrace because it quiets our spirits, calms our racing minds and enhances our ability to hear from God....


Disaster Response Update: December 16 Storms

12/17/2019

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 Greetings, As you are now aware, many people were affected by last night's storms. As we celebrate this Advent season, it reminds us that storms can often come at the worst times. The good news is Christmas still came, despite the storm. I was reminded this past week in a personal devotion that Christmas is not as much about what happens at Christmas, as what happened that first Christmas. Christmas came to Bethlehem where the angels sang, but also to Ramah where the ...


Application for presentations to the 2020 North Alabama Annual Conference is now open

12/12/2019

The North Alabama Annual Conference Executive Planning Team is now receiving applications for presentations to be offered to the 2020 Annual Conference Session which will be held May 31-June 2 at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Alabama, with the theme “Singing God’s Song with Those Forgotten.” The focus will be Conference priority of Ministry with the Poor. “With the possibility of business resulting from General Conference 2020, regular Annual Conference business and presentations focused ...


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