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Clergy Pictorial Directory photographs to be taken during 2019 Annual Conference

5/14/2019

Photographs for a new Clergy Pictorial Directory will be taken during Annual Conference 2019. This year's directory will be produced by Universal Church Directories. Each clergyperson photographed will receive a free digital portrait and a free directory, which can be picked up at your district office this fall. The pictorial directory is an important tool in keeping the connection in the North Alabama Conference. It is intended to be a resource to assist clergy to stay in touch with one another...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Update on May 5-9, 2019 Council of Bishops meeting

5/14/2019

Dear Friends, The Spring 2019 Council of Bishops meeting took place May 5-9 in Chicago. Throughout the meeting I experienced rich covenant group sharing, meaningful worship and candid discussion about the present and future of the United Methodist Church. The Council of Bishops intentionally put hope in the center of our conversation even as we grappled with the reality of the deep differences and brokenness that exist in our beloved United Methodist Church. A summary of the week’s outcome can ...


COSROW announces 2019 Louise Branscomb Barrier Breaker Award nominees

5/13/2019

Dr. Louise Branscomb was a dedicated layperson in the North Alabama Conference. She was a tireless advocate for the vulnerable and collaborated with both laity and clergy to seek justice in the life of the church and its ministries. In 1990 North Alabama’s Commission on the Status and Role of Women (COSROW) named the newly created Barrier Breaker Award in honor of Dr. Branscomb, the first recipient. COSROW has continued to present the award in annual recognition of people who do impactful ...


Upper Room releases Discovery Year 2 manual

5/7/2019

Discovery Weekend is a spiritual formation retreat that provides an opportunity for middle schoolers to learn about and experience the love of God. High school students, youth workers, other adult volunteers, and church staff lead the weekend, allowing the entire church to surround young people with faithful examples of love and forgiveness. Originally conceived by Rev. Melody Traylor when she was appointed to Tuscaloosa First UMC, Discovery Weekend was inspired by her experiences with The ...


Annual Conference 2019 will focus on "Singing God’s Song in New Places with New Faces"

5/1/2019

The 2019 North Alabama Annual Conference will be June 2-4, 2019 at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville under the theme “Singing God’s Song in New Places with New Faces.” The Conference priority focus this year is New Faith Communities. During April, voting members received a PreConference Book either by mail or email. Nametags were included in the PreConference Book mailing for those who received a printed book. Those who have chosen “less paper at Annual Conference” and received a PreConference ...


Jane's Story - How the Fountain of Love Offering deeply impacted one family

4/29/2019

Real people are profoundly impacted by the Fountain of Love Offering, welcome at any time of the year, but often emphasized on Mother’s Day. Consider Jane’s story. Jane was the youngest of 5 girls that lived just outside of Headland, Alabama. Though the other girls stayed pretty close to the farm, Jane went away to school and became a nurse. Nursing was her life, and she prospered many decades in her chosen career. In her older years, Jane got an infection in her bloodstream after knee surgery, ...


Bishop announces full-time appointment changes

4/28/2019

North Alabama Conference Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett and the Cabinet announce the following full-time appointment changes to take effect on July 1, 2019. These appointments will be fixed during the 2019 North Alabama Annual Conference, which will gather at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville on June 2-4, 2019. DISTRICT CHARGE NAME CENTRAL DISTRICT     CE Midway / Edgewater Joey Karr CE Executive Director of New Church / Palmerdale - Senior Pastor Robin Scott CE Gracepoint Taylor ...


Bishop Wallace-Padgett announces new District Superintendent and expanded roles for two Extended Cabinet members.

4/28/2019

North Alabama Conference Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett and the Cabinet have announced full-time clergy appointment changes to take effect on July 1, 2019. Bishop Wallace-Padgett states, “I am grateful for the prayerful leadership of the cabinet throughout the appointment-making process. Appointment assignments are at the heart of our North Alabama Conference’s mission of discovering, developing and deploying spiritual leaders for the transformation of the world.” Among these newly-announced ...


Message from Sumatanga Trustees

4/24/2019

Camp Sumatanga Board requests formation of Action Team by Bishop The Board of Trustees of Sumatanga Camp and Conference Center has unanimously requested that the Bishop of the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church immediately create an Action Team to study, advise and reform the governance and management of the Camp, with the Board giving the Action Team maximum authority to act in the Camp’s best interest. The team, according to a Resolution adopted by the trustees, is to ...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Easter 2019

4/21/2019

Dear Friends, I have a deep appreciation for Charles Wesley, brother of Methodism’s founder, John. A prolific hymn writer and gifted musician, Charles penned more than 6,000 hymns, many of which continue to speak deep theological truths to us today. One of my favorite Wesley hymns is “Christ the Lord is Risen Today.”* The words are particularly meaningful to me this Easter season against the backdrop of challenges like my Dad’s recent death, the conflict in our beloved United Methodist Church ...


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