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Week 7: Wait

3/31/2021

A Journey Toward Spiritual Surrender Week 7: Wait Contributed by Rev. Roger Short Retired Elder Scripture—John 18:1-19:42 When he had finished praying, Jesus left with his disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley. On the other side there was a garden, and he and his disciples went into it. Now Judas, who betrayed him, knew the place, because Jesus had often met there with his disciples. So Judas came to the garden, guiding a detachment of soldiers and some officials from the chief priests and the...


Week 6: Can't Stop Now!

3/24/2021

A Journey Toward Spiritual Surrender Week 5: Can't Stop Now! Contributed by Stephanie Sparks Minister of Christian Development, Huffman UMC Chair, Adult Discipleship Team Scripture—Hebrews 12:1-3 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he ...


Week 5: Can't Get Around It

3/17/2021

A Journey Toward Spiritual Surrender Week 5: Can't Get Around It Contributed by Joey Butler Trussville First UMC Adult Discipleship Team Introduction While working on this reflection, I received a message from an old friend, asking me to call him. I’ve known him and his family for decades but we hadn’t talked in some time. Like too many people, our primary interaction is scattered social media posts. I’d seen him and his family posting about his mom, and I began to worry about her. When I called...


Week 4: Afraid of the Dark

3/10/2021

A Journey Toward Spiritual Surrender Week 4: Afraid of the Dark Contributed by Rev. Donna Godwin Huffman UMC Associate Pastor Introduction When I moved into my house, I noticed what I considered to be odd. The builder put flood lights on the back of the house on the right-hand side of the house, but the steps of the back porch are on the left-hand side of the house. I realize that the lights were placed in that location because it is easier to access, but it meant I was in almost complete ...


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 ...


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