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Alabama Emmaus Community resumes activities

10/4/2021

COVID-19 has not been able to stop God’s work through Alabama Emmaus ministries. After a year and a half with no Walks, Camp Sumatanga has again come alive with the sound of talks being given, communion served, songs sung, food shared, prayers lifted, jokes told, more singing, more eating—and most of all sharing of hearts. During the late spring and summer months, several church and cluster groups spent many Saturday workdays cleaning Hutto Auditorium and the South Wing at Camp Sumatanga. In ...


New Advent resource by Bishop Wallace-Padgett available at 20% discount through August 18

8/6/2021

Looking for Advent resources? Bishop Wallace-Padgett has written a resource! Pre-order at 20% discount by August 18 at marketsquarebooks.com (Discount code GBTAC). About God Broke Through at Christmas God Broke Through at Christmas is a resource to assist both individuals and small groups in spiritual preparation through the Advent season. Each chapter begins with a meditation and study session guide, followed by daily devotionals for the week. The book focuses on four different aspects of life...


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, ...


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