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New website feature highlights local church Glory Sightings


Each week, North Alabama congregations share a real-time snapshot of their ministry through the Weekly Benchmark Report. Among the things reported are the congregation’s worship attendance, membership, baptisms and professions of faith for the week. Congregations are also encouraged to report “Glory Sightings.”  What is a Glory Sighting? It is a celebration noting where God is at work in the congregation or community. The Weekly Benchmark Report has a field for each congregation to share a short...

Henryville UMC continues tradition of free Christmas Eve meal for the community


Last week The Advertiser-Gleam posted an article describing how the Henryville UMC congregation reached out to its community on Christmas Eve.  Members of Henryville UMC (Mountain Lakes District) continued a ministry they have done for the past 15 to 20 years. They offered a free Christmas Eve meal to their community.  After weeks of planning and food preparation meals were available for community members to eat at the church or pick up for carry out. The congregation also delivered meals to ...

St. Paul UMC building a relationship with their changed community


St. Paul UMC is at work in and around their community in 2016. Not that 2016 is the only year this has ever happened. St. Paul has been at work for more than 30 years trying to build a relationship with their changed community. The conference was wise enough to try a different approach in 2015, two pastors. One pastor appointed to St. Paul, Rev. Mark Williams, and a satellite pastor, Rev. Percy (Bud) Nolan. were to build a new service that reaches out and speaks to the community. With the ...

Upper Sand Mountain Parish feeds local children by providing “Manna on the Mountain”


At the beginning of every school year the Upper Sand Mountain Parish contacts the Elementary Schools on Sand Mountain and asks for the number of students they will have during this school year that might not have a consistent source of food at home over the weekends.  Upper Sand mountain Parish Executive Director Rev. James “Woody” Woodin says, “The response from school administrators has been very positive in their willingness to help us serve their students and the need for such help continues...

Guntersville First UMC begins L.E.A.D. ministry to raise up the next generation of church leaders


by Ann G. Lee Director of Discipleship Guntersville First United Methodist Church   In September of this year Guntersville First United Methodist Church embarked on a new ministry designed to raise up the next generation of leaders in the church. L.E.A.D., Leadership Education and Development, is an eight-month leadership education and development program, that targets 18 to 40 year olds. It is about DISCOVERING who you are-DEVELOPING your God-given talents-and being DEPLOYED to work in the ...

Cottondale UMC’s "A Shower for Mary" ministry reaches out to teen and single moms-to-be


The women of Cottondale UMC began a new ministry reaching out to teen and single moms-to-be. A Shower For Mary is a ministry that works with various agencies to throw baby showers for the mothers-to-be and offers help and mentoring in the early stages of baby care. Noting that the most famous, unwed, teen mom in history was Mary, the mother of Jesus, the ministry asks, “What if the church was the first place a single mom-to-be turned for help?” They note that many women have had the privilege of...

Trinity UMC focuses on building relationships in order to make disciples


The foundation of making disciples is meaningful relationships. To strengthen relationships Trinity UMC in Huntsville led a church-wide focus this fall called “CommUConn: Communicate & Connect.” The month-long sermon series focused on the importance of relationships with each other and those in the community. This time of learning showed that these relationships can ultimately bring people to a relationship with Christ, and make disciples to grow the Kingdom. Each week, worship and sermon time ...

Russellville First UMC: Church in 3D


by Rev. Bo Lloyd Senior Pastor, Russellville First UMC Jesus called his appointed together on Sunday and sent them out ahead of Him in pairs . . . He sent them to every place that He intended to go. They went out into the world -- dressed in shorts, blue jeans, work boots, raincoats, ball caps and T-shirts. Even though it was raining, they went out, not worried about the weather but looking forward to proclaiming that the Kingdom of God had come near. They visited the least, the last and the ...

Glory Sightings This Week (Week of Sunday, August 30 2015)


“The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one.” John 17:22 (NRSV)        North Alabama Conference congregations are now sharing Glory Sightings as part of their Weekly Benchmark Report. This is an opportunity to share a brief statement of how God is at work in the church and community. The practice of regularly sharing Glory Sightings becomes a time of encouragement as we are reminded that God is always at work. It is a reminder to stop, pay ...

New Church Update: The Table


A new church plant, the Table, led by Rev. John Ryberg launched on June 14, 2015. In a few short weeks 58 adults and 14 children have begun to worship and serve on mission together.   The Table has already partnered with the International Leadership Institute (ILI) to help with a church plant in the Middle East.  On July 25, 2015,  the people of the Table joined with the James Clemens High School Band supporters to assist in a “crop drop” with Society of St. Andrew, which is a gleaning ministry ...

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