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


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 ...

Four in ten seekers would visit a UMC

by: UMC General Church


A new survey from United Methodist Communications found willingness to visit a United Methodist Church rose to 42 percent in 2019 among U.S. adults seeking more spirituality in their lives and who are aware of the denomination. That's up from 28 percent in 2017. About half of those who would be willing to visit a United Methodist church said they would definitely or probably do so in the next three months. Millennials are more likely than GenX-ers to say they would probably visit. Among those ...

2020 Delegation Update: North Alabama delegates nominate Dr. Glenn Conner as candidate for Episcopal election

by: North Alabama Delegaton


From the 2020 North Alabama Conference Delegation:   After a time of discernment, our delegation, which will represent the North Alabama Annual Conference at the 2020 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference, has voted to affirm the nomination of the Rev. Dr. Glenn D. Conner for election as a bishop of The United Methodist Church. The delegation, comprised of eight clergy delegates and eight laity delegates, as well as three lay alternates and three clergy alternates, voted by a large majority to ...

Support Kids, Seniors and Fair Haven with the Wacky Tacky Light Tour

by: Submitted News


For the seniors, it’s the laughter of children on the lawn. For the children, it’s the wonder of experiencing what it might be like to have a granddad or grandmother. With a new partnership between Fair Haven and Fresh Air Family, these two natural allies will come together to learn about fishing, tadpoles, salamanders, snakes, and crafts, along with wisdom, caring and the joys of childhood. Fresh Air Family and Fair Haven are working together to bridge the generations at summer camps and ...

Disaster Response Update: Pay It Forward Bahamas

by: Randy Burbank


This communication is rather long, so please take the time to read all of it. Friends and Faithful Disciples of Jesus, It wasn’t that long ago that we saw the horrendous results of Hurricane Dorian as it swept across the Bahamas, in particular, the island of Grand Bahama. The nature of this beast is that there is always an initial outpouring of support for the Survivors; but in the Long Term Recovery, it is a different storyline. People either soon forget, or worse; they assume everything is now...

Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Always Thankful

by: Debra Wallace-Padgett


Dear Friends, In a worship service at the recent 2019 SEJ Clergywomen’s Conference, Rev. Dr. Cynthia Wilson led participants in singing the familiar round, “Rejoice in the Lord, Always.” The joy in the room was palpable as 300+ clergywomen sang over and over the words of Philippians 4:4. “Rejoice in the Lord, always: and again I say Rejoice.” (KJV)  What an appropriate song to sing as the U.S. Thanksgiving weekend quickly approaches. Yet, it was only by the grace of God that all of us in the ...

Long Memorial UMC's food closet receives large donation


Long Memorial UMC (Central District) in Cordova, Alabama, received a donation of more than 2800 food items for the congregation’s food closet. The donation came from Bankhead Middle School. Three students helped load the food items which filled both a pickup truck belonging to Long Memorial UMC pastor Rev. Charlie Brown, as well as, an SUV belonging to Bankhead Middle School teacher Donna King. Rev. Brown explains, “This food will be the basis for Long Memorial United Methodist Church’s food ...

Global Ministries to commission new United Methodist EarthKeepers for environmental stewardship

by: UMC General Church


North Alabama’s Rev. Adam Burns is one of the 67 new EarthKeepers to be commissioned by the General Board of Global Ministries in an online service on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, at 7 p.m. CST at  The service will affirm the EarthKeepers in their call to the ministry of creation care and will bless their work in their communities.  Commissioning online creates the opportunity for all three classes of EarthKeepers trained in 2019 to be commissioned together while minimizing ...

Discipleship Ministries produces official study guide for “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” movie starring Tom Hanks

by: UMC General Church


Sony Pictures invited Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church to produce the faith-based study guide to accompany the movie, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.” The film stars Tom Hanks and Matthew Rhys. Discipleship Ministries produced the official faith-based discussion guide in collaboration with Sony Entertainment. It was written by staff from the Strategic Programming unit and the Office of Communications of Discipleship Ministries. The guide is designed to help groups ...

Sumatanga Action Team in action during Gathering of the Orders and Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members

by: Submitted News


The Camp Sumatanga Action Team was created in April 2019 to study, advise and reform the governance and management of the Camp. Earlier this week, during the annual Gathering of the Orders and Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members event, the team took on additional duties and helped with the food preparation for the lunch at this Conference-wide clergy gathering on October 28. Action Team members, Andy Wolfe, Neeysa Biddle, Terry McElheny and Sandy Wright were joined by Sumatanga ...

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