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A Journey Toward Spiritual Surrender Week 3: Forgot to Pack...

3/3/2021

A Journey Toward Spiritual Surrender Week 3: Forgot to Pack... Contributed by Lyn Cosby Conference Office of Communication Introduction When I was a little girl I loved to visit my grandparents, who lived in a city about an hour’s drive away from us. At my grandparents’ house, I was loved without condition. If I wanted something and it was within their means for me to have it, I would have it. My siblings and I were the apple of their eye (but I was sure I was the favorite). Plenty of other ...


Week Two: Which Way to Go?

2/24/2021

A Journey Toward Spiritual Surrender Week Two: Which Way to Go? Contributed by Rev. Patsy Carlberg Retired Elder    Introduction When I was in elementary school, I was in a group similar to Girl Scouts called Camp Fire Girls. Once a week, after school, we would meet at Mrs. Denney’s house for refreshments, creative play, and a lesson that would help us earn patches – as I said, similar to Girl Scouts. One of our favorite activities was a “Flip-a-Coin” nature walk. We would walk down the front ...


Week One: You Are Here

2/17/2021

A Journey Toward Spiritual Surrender Week One: You Are Here Contributed by Stephen Ingram Pastor of Students, Missions, and Adult Formation, Grace UMC Birmingham Lead Consultant, Ministry Architects  Introduction I love the theatre. I love it and all of its other forms of television, movies, and dramatic readings. The theatre is a magical place where you can suspend belief, suspend your reality, and step into a fabricated story, disconnected from time and place. You have the opportunity to be ...


Silent Retreats rescheduled

2/9/2021

Due to the continued restrictions associated with the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Spring Silent Retreat has been postponed until September. We are happy to tentatively offer two Fall retreats in 2021. The late Claude Whitehead, UMC pastor, counselor and spiritual director, began the Silent Retreats in 1988 at Sacred Heart Monastery in Cullman. These retreats continue today following the format he created. The theme of the 2021 retreats is “Thirst For God.” A retreat guide is available, if needed, ...


Cheaha District to host virtual retreat "Becoming Fully Human: Practices for the Journey" on February 13

2/6/2021

The Cheaha District invites you to participate in an upcoming Spiritual Formation event.  Becoming Fully Human: Practices for the Journey is a virtual retreat scheduled for Saturday, February 13, from 9:30 a.m.-noon. We will offer this event on the Zoom platform. The session will be led by entrepreneur Susan Packard, an author, speaker, writer and mentor who is a co-founder of HGTV. The registration fee of $15 includes a copy of her book Fully Human.  Please join us! Susan will lead us in a ...


Golden TV is an online event for those who remember the golden age of television

10/7/2020

This summer children’s ministers and volunteers throughout North Alabama successfully collaborated to develop a virtual Vacation Bible School experience. Now, local church leaders who work with God’s older children are developing an online event for those who remember the golden age of television. Golden TV will take place on Friday, November 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. using the Zoom platform. It will feature information, education and entertainment. Participants will be able to learn about the ...


Silent Retreats postponed until 2021

7/22/2020

After prayer and discussion with Sacred Heart Retreat Center about the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing requirements, Silent Retreat leaders Rev. Susie Knedlik and Deanna Shotts decided it would be in the best interest of participants and the sisters at Sacred Heart to cancel the Silent Retreats for 2020. Participants who had already registered for 2020 can choose to receive a refund or apply their payment to one of next year's retreats. Contact Deanna Shotts to request a refund or ...


Adult Discipleship Blog: Racial Relationships within American Methodism

6/25/2020

I have been blessed by the opportunity to teach in the Alabama Course of Study School for several years now. The work continues to be rewarding to me, and the students continue to challenge me to grow in every way—mentally, spiritually, emotionally, and theologically. I have adapted a course on the Wesleyan Movement that I teach in an online format; as I write this, the students and I are nearing the end of that course. As part of the class work for the course I asked students to write an essay...


National Day of Prayer

5/7/2020

Dear Friends, Lyn Cosby, the staff representative for the Adult Discipleship Team, shares some thoughts  for the National Day of Prayer.  The Adult Discipleship Team is the group that offers the Pray Together podcast. The podcast is available on iTunes (Pray Together UMCNA)  or www.prayingtogether.podbean.com Today is the National Day of Prayer in the United States.   The National Day of Prayer, according to Wikipedia.com, is “… an annual day of observance held on the first Thursday of May, ...


Discipleship Ministries offers new spiritual gifts online tool and other resources

2/19/2020

Christian believers can discover their spiritual gifts and how to use them with a new online tool and other resources available from Discipleship Ministries. The resources include The Spiritual Gifts Assessment Inventory tool, which can help people learn how to use their God-given spiritual attributes to become intentional disciple-makers. “Everybody knows our mission is to make disciples for Jesus Christ, but some people may not understand that does not just happen coincidentally. It happens ...


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