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St. Paul United Methodist Church in Birmingham awarded $500,000 grant by National Parks Service

by: Submitted News

10/1/2019

Picture from St. Paul UMC's Facebook Page St. Paul United Methodist Church in downtown Birmingham has received a $500,000 grant from the National Parks Service’s African American Civil Rights grants program. The Civil Rights Grants program documents, interprets, and preserves sites and stories related to the African American struggle to gain equal rights as citizens in the 20th Century. The National Parks Grant funds awarded will be used to preserve and restore St. Paul’s historic church ...


World Communion Sunday is October 6

by: UMC General Church

9/30/2019

World Communion Sunday celebration for 2019 is October 6 this year. United Methodist Communications has assembled resources to encourage and jumpstart your congregation's celebration. They include sermon starters, talking points, bulletin inserts, videos and other resources that will help educate your congregation on the importance of supporting this churchwide special Sunday with offering. World Communion Sunday began in 1936 as a way to recognize our ecumenical oneness in Christ and to bring ...


A Focus on Recovery: Resources for your local church

by: Guest Blogger

9/25/2019

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 focus is from Rev. Adam Burns, senior pastor at Church of the Reconciler in Birmingham, Alabama. Eight years of ministry at Church of the Reconciler has taught me many lessons about the disease of addiction. The most important being that the disease ...


Camp Sumatanga Action Team Communique - September 23, 2019

by: Submitted News

9/24/2019

ACTION TEAM LISTENING TOUR has been enlightening and affirming. We met with the Bishop, the Cabinet, laity, clergy, past/present campers, past/present camp leaders and representatives from many organizations who call Sumatanga “home." Thank you for traveling to Huntsville, Vestavia Hills, and Alexander City. An additional session is scheduled: September 24 (Tuesday) at 6 p.m. – Rainbow City First UMC 3208 Rainbow Drive, Rainbow City, AL 35906 FINANCIAL SUPPORT: We have raised 44% of the ...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Nominations 2020-2024

by: Debra Wallace-Padgett

9/23/2019

Dear Friends, Discover. Develop. Deploy. These three words sum up the mission of the North Alabama Conference. We discover lay and clergy spiritual leaders in a variety of ways and places. We develop spiritual leaders through training, mentoring, cohorts and other means of leadership development. We deploy leaders to serve in our churches, communities and other ministry contexts. The Conference Nominations Team emphasizes all three aspects of our mission throughout the course of the year. This ...


A Focus on Recovery: Redemption and Resurrection

by: Guest Blogger

9/18/2019

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 Elizabeth Cook, a member of Lakeview, Pelham’s First UMC. The 911 dispatcher’s voice came on the line, “9-1-1, what’s your emergency?” Calmly, I responded, “My mother is unresponsive. There is an empty bottle of Vodka and an empty ...


October 21 is United Methodist Men Give Day

by: UMC General Church

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

by: Guest Blogger

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 —...


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