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Annual Conference saves lives through Nothing But Nets


During the 2008 Annual Conference session, North Alabama United Methodists joined together to save more than 2750 lives through supporting this year's mission offering of Nothing But Nets. Nothing But Nets is a global, grassroots campaign to save lives by preventing malaria, a leading killer of children in Africa.  Every $10 donation to Nothing But Nets pays for the purchase, distribution, and education about the proper use of an insecticide-treated bed net. Bed nets work in two ways. This year ...

North Alabama Conference celebrates hope and focuses on vision and priorities


The North Alabama Annual Conference gathered June 6-7 on the campus of ClearBranch United Methodist Church for its 139th Session. The theme for the 2008 Session was “Hope” based on Hebrews 10:23.   Vision and Priorities As the United Methodists from the 800 congregations in North Alabama gathered, they focused their work together around their conference vision of Every church challenged and equipped to make disciples of Jesus Christ by taking risks and changing lives and their four Conference ...

North Alabama United Methodists to gather and celebrate "Hope" during Annual Conference 2008


On June 5-7, 2008 clergy and lay representatives from the 800 United Methodist Congregations in North Alabama will gather at ClearBranch United Methodist Church in Trussville for the 2008 North Alabama Annual Conference Session. As the United Methodists gather for worship and business sessions under the theme of “Hope,” the Conference will focus on its vision of “every church challenged and equipped to grow more disciples of Jesus Christ by taking risks and changing lives. “ The Conference will ...

Conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits forms master funding task force


On Tuesday, February 19, 2008, a task force recently formed by the North Alabama Conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits met at the United Methodist Center in Birmingham.  The purpose of this new task force is to develop and recommend to the Conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits a master funding plan for pension benefits, disability/death benefits, and retiree health insurance for our clergy.  Currently, funding for clergy benefits (pension benefits, disability/death benefits, ...

Deadline for annual Branscomb Barrier Breaker Award nominations is January 15


Since 1989, the North Alabama Conference has given an annual award to those who have shown effective leadership by taking risks for the rights of women and ethnic minority persons. First established by the United Methodist Women, this award is now administered through the Conference Commission on the Status and Role of Women. The award is named “The Louise Branscomb Barrier Breaker of the Year.” The Branscomb Barrier Breaker Award is for a United Methodist layperson or clergyperson who is active...

Online version of 2007 Journal now available for download. Other versions set for delivery in next few weeks.


The 2007 Journal is now available online in PDF format for free download at The other versions of the 2007 Journal are currently at the publisher with an expected delivery date by late November or early December for those persons who ordered a print copy or CD.  According to Journal editor Kathy Clements a real effort has been made to reduce the size of the 2007 Journal.  “By combining three reports into one, eliminating reports that are not Disciplinary or ...

Ministry Administration Reminder for 2007 HealthFlex Incentives


As you know, the North Alabama Conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits is offering the following incentive payment opportunities in 2007 for HealthFlex participants and their dependent spouses: A $50 incentive will be paid for each eligible person that completes or updates his or her personal HealthQuotient assessment by December 31, 2007.  All individuals that completed the HealthQuotient personal assessment in 2006 must update (or reaffirm) their HealthQuotient responses in 2007 to ...

Conference gathers in Huntsville for Service of Commissioning


Click here to see photos from the Service of Commissioning   On Sunday, June 24, United Methodists from across North Alabama gathered at Trinity United Methodist Church in Huntsville for the Service of Commissioning during which the Conference commissioned eight people as probationary elders or probationary deacons.  These eight people include those who will make up the first class of Residents in Ministry in North Alabama.   Bishop William H. Willimon preached the sermon titled “Sent” as well ...

Attendee evaluations give Annual Conference 2007 high marks


The theme for the 2007 Annual Conference session is “New.”  The 352 evaluations turned in either on the paper evaluation form or online by Annual Conference attendees show that the new aspects of Annual Conference were given positive marks. During the two weeks following the business session of Annual Conference, these evaluations were reviewed by both the Annual Conference planning team and the conference staff as each group did their assessment of the 2007 session. The last of the Annual ...

Annual Conference special offering helps fight malaria


There will be approximately 2600 families around the world who will soon be protected from malaria thanks to the generosity of North Alabama United Methodist congregations who contributed to the special offering at the 2007 Annual Conference session.   Conference treasurer Scott Selman reports as of Tuesday morning, June 5, “the total offering for Nothing But Nets is now $25,984.28.”  He adds, “I anticipate there will be additional gifts received for the offering.”   The Annual Conference ...

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