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Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Fountain of Love

1/10/2018

Dear Friends, Jesus was sensitive to the needs of those on the margins of life, including the elderly, the poor and the orphaned. I count it a joy to participate in God’s work through supporting various missions and ministries that reach out to people in these life situations. We are incredibly thankful for all ministries serving the senior adults in our communities. One such ministry is the Fountain of Love Fund at Fair Haven and the other Methodist Homes in Alabama and Northwest Florida. Fair ...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Advent Devotional: Hope in the Plan

12/11/2017

The story is told of a man strolling by a sandlot ballpark one afternoon. “What’s the score?” he called to a boy in the dugout. "We’re down - Eighteen to nothing." "Wow!" said the spectator, "I'll bet you're discouraged." "Why should I be discouraged?" asked the little boy. "We haven't even gotten up to bat yet!" Source Unknown. I love this little guy’s hope in the face of great adversity. Sometimes we have that kind of hope. But on other occasions financial difficulties overwhelm us, a ...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Update on District Commission on a Way Forward Gatherings

12/5/2017

Dear Friends, I am appreciative of the many North Alabamians who participated in this Fall’s updates on the Commission on a Way Forward. Approximately 1200 persons engaged in the eight District gatherings held across the Conference. The insights and feedback we received at these meetings have been compiled and summarized by the Conference Connectional Ministries and Communication offices. In addition, the summary and the raw data have been passed along to the Commission on a Way Forward. The ...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: “Lord, Teach Us to Pray:  Prayerful Living in a Broken World”

11/13/2017

Dear Friends, It is mind-boggling to be able to communicate with the God of the Universe as frequently as we desire. Yet, prayer provides us this avenue. Communication with God is only the beginning of what happens when we pray, too. Time spent in prayer changes us in profound and life-changing ways. No wonder the first disciples said, “Lord, teach us to pray.” Though they had been raised in the Jewish faith and thus knew how to pray, as they observed Jesus’ prayer life they realized that they ...


Commemoration of 500th Anniversary of Beginning of Protestant Reformation

10/25/2017

Dear Friends, When was the last time that you experienced R and R? I am talking about reform and renewal, not rest and recuperation. My answer is best expressed by the Apostle Paul who writes, “So if anyone is in Christ there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!” (II Corinthians 5:17) Reform and renewal are cornerstones of Christian living. They are an ongoing process in the lives of Christ-followers, as well as in denominations and the Universal ...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: An Invitation for all North Alabama Conference Elders, Deacons, Licensed Local Pastors and Associate Members

10/9/2017

Dear Friends, Ten years ago Bishop Robert Schnase released Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations, a book that has had a significant impact upon the United Methodist Church. Congregations across the nation have grown healthier as a result of leaning into the five principles Bishop Schnase identified, including: 1) radical hospitality 2) passionate worship 3) intentional faith development, 4) risk-taking mission service and 5) extravagant generosity. A decade later, at the 2017 Gathering of the...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Developing Spiritual Leaders: A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

9/25/2017

Dear Friends, The year was 2000 and Bishop Robert C. Morgan was the Kentucky Conference bishop. My husband Lee and I were among the participants on the pilgrimage Bishop Morgan led to the Holy Land that year. I’ll always remember Bishop Morgan negotiating with the driver and guide to add to the itinerary “off the beaten pathway” sites. He was an amazing student of the land and Bible who taught us much in those ten days. It was the journey of a lifetime that forever changed how I teach, preach ...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Responding to Disasters

9/11/2017

Dear Friends, Heart-breaking devastation has been recently caused by weather-related events such as Hurricane Harvey in Texas, the mudslides in Sierra Leonne, fires in the Western US, earthquakes in Mexico and now Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean, Florida and other parts of the Southeastern US. The destruction has left a lot of persons across the world in need of compassion and assistance. The North Alabama Conference stands ready to help our neighbors, near and far. Many thanks to our Disaster ...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Charlottesville

8/14/2017

Dear Friends, As I have read and heard reports about the recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, my heart has been filled with grief. I grieve: for those who were killed; for those who were injured physically; for those who feel hurt and unsafe as a result of the incident; that racism continues to be a prevalent reality in our country. Grief often brings me to my knees in prayer. So I have also prayed. I pray for a day when: racism no longer exists; injustice of every kind is a distant ...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Update on Commission on a Way Forward

7/24/2017

Dear Friends, We completed our fourth Commission on a Way Forward meeting in Chicago this past week. Our specific recommendations for the Council of Bishops consideration for the 2019 General Conference are still being formed and thus are not yet ready for release. Though we have ground to cover before finalizing a proposal(s), I am encouraged by the progress the Commission is making. See www.umc.org/news-and-media/commission-on-a-way-forward-meets-in-chicago for a summary of last week’s ...


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