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United Methodist Student Day will be Nov. 26, 2017


On Nov. 26, 2017, United Methodists will come together to lift up tomorrow’s leaders. Gifts to United Methodist Student Day special offering help deserving United Methodist students continue their education and faith journeys as they strive to make a difference in the world and discern what God has called them do.  Resources are available to help share this message with your congregation and church leaders so that they, too, have the opportunity to ensure a brighter future for United Methodist ...

Global Migration Sunday set for First Sunday in Advent, December 3


Every minute, an average of 20 people worldwide flee their homes because of war, famine and persecution. To prayerfully remember the plight of migrants, Global Migration Sunday has been set for December 3, the first Sunday of Advent. On this date, all United Methodist churches are asked to gather an offering dedicated to responding to human suffering caused by migration. “The facts are staggering,” said Thomas Kemper, chief executive, General Board of Global Ministries. “There are more than 65.6...

UMC #GivingTuesday to be Nov. 28, 2017


On Nov. 28, United Methodists have the opportunity to extend the spirit of giving thanks into the Advent season through gifts to The Advance. Through The Advance, United Methodists can give to more than 300 missionaries. Donors also can provide support for more than 600 United Methodist-related projects worldwide. As a partner with The Advance, you provide United Methodists and others with a way to build missional relationships through a designated giving channel they can trust. As always, 100 ...

Commission on General Conference Looks Toward 2019 and 2020


Meeting at Camp Sumatanga in Gallant, Ala. for their fall meeting, the Commission on General Conference announced the America’s Center Convention Complex will be the venue for the 2019 special session of the General Conference, to be held February 23-26 in downtown St. Louis, Missouri. Sara Hotchkiss, General Conference business manager, reported that hospitality for the 2019 event will be provided by the two annual conferences in the surrounding Greater St. Louis area -- the Missouri Annual ...

North Alabama's Adam Burns among recipients for this year's Emerging Ministry Grants for Innovative Deacons


by Rev. Victoria Rebeck, director of deacon ministry support, certification programs, and provisional membership development for the United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. Since deacons lead the church’s ministry to the world–and most especially to people who are usually overlooked or disdained–we are challenged to find new ways to minister alongside them. The old assumption that “if you build it, they will come” to a worship service or church building has long been ...

UMC Bishops Call Special Session of General Conference for 2019


The Council of Bishops (COB) has called a Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church (UMC) to be held February 23-26, 2019, in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. In announcing the call, COB President Bishop Bruce R. Ough said the Special Session will be held in accordance with Division Two - Section II - Article II of The Constitution of The United Methodist Church as recorded in Paragraph 14 of The Book of Discipline (2016). The purpose of the 2019 Special Session of the ...

United Methodist Church mourns with Coptic Church


The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is grieving with the Coptic Orthodox Church over the recent terrorist bombings that targeted Coptic churches in Egypt, killing at least 47 people as members celebrated Palm Sunday. The Coptic Church is the largest Christian Church in Northeast Africa and the Middle East. In a letter sent to His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the Holy See of St. Mark, UMC bishops expressed sincere sympathy with the Christian ...

UMCOR Sunday (formerly One Great Hour of Sharing) is March 26, 2017


The Pastor and Leaders Kit with all new resources resources to help you promote UMCOR Sunday (formerly One Great Hour of Sharing) on March 26, 2017 is available at​. It includes social media resources, a downloadable poster and a bulletin insert you can print out and insert in your church bulletin the week prior to this special Sunday. About UMCOR Sunday (formerly One Great Hour of Sharing)  - from

North Alabama’s Rev. Stephanie Arnold serving on General Board of Church and Society’s 2017-2020 Board of Directors


Rev. Stephanie Arnold, Associate Pastor of Birmingham First UMC, has been elected to serve as a director for the General Board of Church and Society for the 2017-2020 quadrennium.   As a member of the board of directors, Rev. Arnold will be helping to shepherd the work of the social justice and public policy agency of the United Methodist Church over the next four years. An organizational meeting for the incoming board of directors was held in September of 2016.   The General Board of Church and...

Generation Transformation event to offer information on young adult mission opportunities


On Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, high school students, college students and young adults up to the age of 30 are invited to learn about short-term and long-term, local and global mission opportunities through the United Methodist Church. The event will be at the UNA Wesley Foundation located at 715 Willingham Road, Florence, Alabama 35630. The initiative of the General Board of Global Ministries for young adults to engage in mission throughout the United Methodist connection is called Generation ...

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