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Ragan Chapel UMC building destroyed by March 25 tornado; Congregation determined to rebuild


On Palm Sunday 2021, the members of Ragan Chapel UMC gathered for Sunday morning worship. They could not gather in their beloved church building because just a few days earlier it had been destroyed by an EF-2 tornado that also killed five people in the Ohatchee community. Instead, the Ragan Chapel congregation joined their neighbors at Ohatchee UMC and lifted prayers, shared holy communion and sang praises to God. During the service, Danny Poss, the pastor of Ragan Chapel UMC, shared that on ...

Cheaha District to host  Missional Training Event: Reaching Others for Christ on Feb. 10, 2018


The Cheaha District is offering a missional training event designed to empower all church members to reach others in their community for Christ. The event will be Feb. 10, 2018, at Pell City First UMC.  This event is designed to help develop your team’s vision for reaching your community as only your church can. The featured presenter is Rev. Dr. Joseph W. Daniels Jr., pastor, Emory Fellowship UMC in Washington, D.C. Participants will learn practical steps from Dr. Daniels, author of Walking ...

Mountain Lakes District helps provide almost 2500 Christmas Shoe Boxes for Uganda


Each year volunteers at the Disaster Response Warehouse in Decatur organize a Christmas Shoe Box ministry. They collect boxes full of small gifts and supplies for children. The boxes are then shipped to developing countries where United Methodist missionaries and pastors help distribute them to their local communities. This year, Executive Director of the Warehouse Rev. Ray Crump requested that the churches in the Mountain Lakes District fill 2500 Christmas Shoe Boxes. This was a huge goal for ...

Pastor training on “Three L’s of the Bible” featuring Dr. Charles Page to be Dec. 1, 2016, in Tuscaloosa


On Thursday, December 1, 2016, the Southwest District of the United Methodist Church and Tuscaloosa First UMC are sponsoring a training event for pastors. The event, “Three L’s of the Bible: the Land, the Language and the Literature” will feature Dr. Charles Page who served as Academic Dean of the Jerusalem Center for Biblical Studies and headed up the Jerusalem Institute for Biblical Exploration. Dr. Page has lectured all over the world, and teaches Bible conferences. He has authored two major ...

McClellan Cluster in Anniston does home repairs to make God known


The McClellan Cluster is alive and well in Anniston and the Cheaha District.  It was formed around 10 years ago consisting of the smaller United Methodist churches in the area working together to do things that they couldn’t do by themselves.  Every church is represented by the pastor and at least one lay person. On June 13, 2015, they built an ADA wheelchair ramp for Michelle Miller, the 2014 Ms. Wheel Chair Alabama. Ms. Miller did not have a ramp to get in and out of her house, even though ...

Southwest District Operational Team celebrates LeaderShape 3D event


On January 30-31, 2015, the Operational Team of the Southwest District hosted a church leadership event entitled LeaderShape 3D. The event was designed to help lay and clergy leaders in this district explore our conference's vision statement to discover, develop, and deploy spiritual leaders to transform their world.  Throughout the event, there were worship services that were lead by Rev. Dr. Ken Dunivant, who preached three inspiring sermons about discovering, developing and deploying ...

Discover, Develop and Deploy Spiritual Leaders to Make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World.