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Bethlehem UMC celebrates 192 years of ministry


In 1808, two Methodist Conference sent circuit riders in to the Alabama area - Rev. James Gwinn set out from the Western Conference to minister to those families living in the Great Bend of the Tennessee River in North Alabama and Rev. Matthew P. Sturdevant, was appointed by the South Carolina Conference to minister to the sparse settlements along the Tombigbee River in south Alabama. This was the birth of Methodism in Alabama. Behind Sturdevant and Gwinn came other circuit riders, lay preachers...

Gardendale-Mt. Vernon UMC celebrates 150 years of ministry during 2010


During 2010, Gardendale-Mt. Vernon UMC is celebrating its 150th Anniversary. One highlight of the year-long celebration will be on Sunday, May 2, 2010, when the Gardendale-Mt. Vernon will hold a Homecoming Sunday to celebrate its 150 year history. The Reverend Doctor William H. Bostick, Jr. will return to preach the Homecoming Service. Dr. Bostick was the senior pastor when the present Sanctuary was constructed. Homecoming Sunday will feature one worship celebration at 10 a.m. Worship music that...

Upper Sand Mountain Parish celebrating “40 Years of Miracles on the Mountain”


Upper Sand Mountain Parish is excited to be celebrating “40 Years of Miracles on the Mountain” in 2009. Upper Sand Mountain Parish is a cooperative parish of local United Methodist churches that was established in June 1969. Serving 1,000 square miles of Sand Mountain in Jackson and Dekalb Counties, the Parish has played a vital role in helping to meet the needs of those in this rural setting. As an Advance Special of both the North Alabama Conference and the General Board of Global Ministries, ...

Cameron UMC celebrates 125 years


Cameron United Methodist Church just concluded a month of celebration, marking 125 years of serving the Lord in northeast Madison County. The celebration began with the annual homecoming celebration on August 9. During the 11 a.m. service many former members and friends joined the Cameron crowd for an inspiring worship service. The sanctuary was filled with memorabilia and photos from years past. There was a displays of pictures of former pastors and folders with letters and reminiscences from ...

Whorton Bend UMC celebrates 100 years and looks to future ministry


Whorton Bend United Methodist Church celebrated its 100th year anniversary on Sunday, August 16. The celebration inlcuded a worship/celebration service held in the sanctuary, followed by a huge lunch in the fellowship hall. There was an afternoon of singing with The Harmony Trio which wrapped up the day's events. District Superintendent Rev. Bill Gandy brought a positive, encouraging message on the past of the church, but also talking about the future of the church. There were about 72 in ...

Alabama Methodists join together for Bicentennial celebration


Click here to see a photo gallery of the day Approximately 300 people gathered at St. James UMC in Montgomery on March 29, 2008 to celebrate the Bicentennial of Alabama Methodism. The joint celebration between the Alabama - West Florida and North Alabama Conferences treated participants to storytelling, music, singing, and fellowship. Thee day also featured the following historical presentations: Methodist Beginnings in North Alabama by Nancy W. Van Valkenburgh of First UMC in Huntsville; ...

Alabama Methodists to Celebrate 200 years of Methodism in Alabama


The year 2008 marks 200 years of Methodism in Alabama.  Governor Bob Riley has issued a Proclamation that 2008 be recognized as the Bicentennial of Methodism in the State of Alabama.  Throughout the year Alabama Methodists will hold times of celebration together. The first will be this Saturday, March 29, 2008, as United Methodists from both the North Alabama Conference and the Alabama-West Florida Conference will gather at St. James United Methodist Church in Montgomery to hold a Bicentennial ...

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