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October 21 is United Methodist Men Give Day

9/16/2019

The General Commission on United Methodist Men invites you to support United Methodist ministries to men and scouting ministries for young people. Donations will make certain that the ministries of the General Commission on United Methodists Men continue to thrive. The funds will address and expand ministry opportunities in local, district and conference settings. Your contribution will support United Methodist Men in their mission to: Address root causes of domestic violence by providing ...


A Focus on Recovery: The impact of community

9/11/2019

September is National Recovery Month. Throughout this month, North Alabama United Methodists are sharing their stories on various aspects of recovery ministries and how they bring transformation to people, local churches and communities. This week’s story comes from Scott Jones, the Chaplain at Brother Bryan Mission in Birmingham, Alabama. In the study of addiction and recovery, research proves that social and environmental factors carry significant weight on whether a person may become an ...


Missions Monday: Hokes Bluff First UMC's story

9/9/2019

On August 3, 2019, more than120 people gathered at Hokes Bluff First UMC in the Mountain Lakes District to build 100 beds for children in Alabama who do not have a bed to sleep on at night. Sleep in Heavenly Peace, a ministry in Southside, Alabama, sponsored this mission. The 120 volunteers included church members as well as people from the surrounding community in Etowah County. The original goal was to build 20 beds, but the goal was far exceeded by the financial support from the church & ...


North Alabama Conference Historical Society's fall meeting to celebrate Methodist missions

9/5/2019

The North Alabama Conference Historical Society's Fall meeting will be at historic Athens First United Methodist Church on Saturday, October 12, 2019. The church is located at 208 West Hobbs Street in Athens, Alabama. The meeting will be in the youth center. This church celebrated 200 years of continuous ministry in Limestone County last year. The theme of this Fall meeting of the Historical Society is the mission of the church. Presentations will highlight three great areas of this mission —...


A Focus on Recovery: Transformation through leadership

9/4/2019

September is National Recovery Month. Throughout this month, North Alabama United Methodists are sharing their stories on various aspects of recovery ministries and how they bring transformation to people, local churches and communities.   This week’s story comes from Shan Odom, the Cheaha District coordinator for Celebrate Recovery.   I have had many people ask me why I love the recovery ministry called Celebrate Recovery, or CR. Celebrate Recovery is a street ministry that occurs inside the ...


September 29 is UMVIM Awareness Sunday

9/3/2019

The North Alabama Conference has designated Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, as United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) Awareness Sunday. This is an annual Special Sunday celebrated each fall. Each church is encouraged to take up a special offering that day to be used by the annual conference volunteer in mission program. You are also encouraged to provide UMVIM displays, information resources, solicit individual or group testimonies, and/or develop other ways to celebrate UMVIM that best suit ...


United Counseling to offer Prepare and Enrich facilitator training on October 10

8/28/2019

On October 10, 2019, United Counseling will offer an opportunity for pastors and counselors to become a certified Prepare and Enrich facilitator. Prepare and Enrich is used by many clergy and counselors for pre-marital and couples counseling. This course provides participants with the tools to help couples identify their strengths and growth areas in categories such as Communication, Conflict Resolution, and Spiritual Beliefs. The training will be led by United Counseling Executive Director Rev....


UMCH Breaks Ground on New Home for Teen Moms and Babies

8/27/2019

The United Methodist Children’s Home broke ground on a 9600 square feet residential facility on Thursday, August 22, 2019, with approximately 40 supporters in attendance. This new Babies First Home will allow UMCH to do more to accommodate a steady demand of teen moms in foster care. “It’s a special place where adverse circumstances meet God’s grace,” says Dr. Blake Horne, UMCH President and CEO. “While we extend this grace on a daily basis and residents are well cared for, the current home’s ...


Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry recognizes Asbury Award recipient and celebrates new campus ministry

8/22/2019

During the 2019 North Alabama Annual Conference in June, Conference Director of Campus Ministries Dr. Wade Langer presented the report of the Conference Board of Higher Education and Ministry. As the report began, Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett surprised Rev. Langer by announcing he was North Alabama’s recipient of the 2019 Francis Asbury Award.  The Francis Asbury Award is awarded annually to one honoree per annual conference and recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to ...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: An invitation to North Alabama Conference elders, deacons, licensed local pastors and associate members

8/20/2019

Dear Friends, Many times since the 2019 Annual Conference I have heard some version of the comment, “Annual Conference teachers and preachers Bishop Bob Farr and Dr. Candace Lewis were great. I wish we could have heard more from them!” Good news! Bishop Farr and Dr. Lewis will both be featured at the North Alabama Conference 2019 Gathering of the Orders and Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members on October 27-28 at Sumatanga Camp and Conference Center. In the course of 28 hours, they ...


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