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Glory Sightings This Week (Week of Sunday, March 22, 2015)

3/27/2015

“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 attention ...


Carbon Hill UMC's Thursday night worship connects with tweens

3/26/2015

By Rev. Diane Housler Pastor, Carbon Hill First UMC   Have you ever wondered why when you think you have it all figured out...planned and ready to execute and God turns it upside down and backwards and it is something better than you could imagine? This past fall at my consultation with our District Superintendent Roger Thompson, I mentioned that Sunday worship attendance at Carbon Hill UMC is never consistent because of people going out of town on a regular basis. He suggested a short, "...


Glory Sightings This Week (Week of Sunday, March 15, 2015)

3/20/2015

“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 attention ...


Woodlawn UMC and Mountain Chapel UMC partnership seeks to bring hope to the community

3/18/2015

by Rev. Emily Freeman Penfield God can do amazing things when people, and churches, combine their resources. In 2013, Woodlawn and Mountain Chapel UMCs began a partnership to serve people in the Woodlawn community. This low-income neighborhood has several families who struggle with food insecurity, unemployment and transportation issues. When Mason Boyd began to visit the area, he asked a resident what he needed help with – was it food, bill assistance, a job? The man answered , “we need ...


Glory Sightings This Week (Week of Sunday, March 8, 2015)

3/13/2015

“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 attention...


J.O.Y. UMC is a new congregation reaching out to Huntsville's Korean population

3/10/2015

Rev. Yohan Hong shares, “When my wife Jenny and I decided to obey God’s calling to serve a Korean congregation in the Northeast District of the North Alabama Annual Conference, District Superintendent Dale Cohen and we came to the same conclusion that we need a new church with new paradigms making God’s church healthier, instead of maintaining another traditional church.”   So in July 2014, a new United Methodist congregation began in the Huntsville area to reach the Korean immigrant population....


Glory Sightings This Week (Week of Sunday, March 1, 2015)

3/6/2015

“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 attention ...


Fairfax and Hopewell UMCs are being “LED” to be a source of Christ’s light in the community

2/28/2015

By Jonathan Herston   If we look in the New Testament, we see that when Jesus comes to town or when the church develops in an area things begin to change.   How can we as United Methodists be the hands and feet of Jesus in our local community? What are the areas of greatest need in our neighborhood?  How can we address these needs most effectively?  What can we do to make a difference and bring lasting change to people’s lives and the area in which we minister?   These questions initiated ...


Glory Sightings This Week (Week of Sunday, February 22, 2015)

2/27/2015

“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 attention and...


Trinity UMC’s Contact worship is reaching new people by offering modern expressions of historic Christian worship

2/24/2015

Contact, contemporary worship at Trinity UMC in Homewood, Alabama (South Central District), is a modern Christian worship experience that combines historic elements, sensory experiences and a casual environment. Contact is reaching a wide variety of people from those who are “unchurched” to those who are nominally religious to life-long church members. Over the last two years Contact has grown from 172 people each week to a weekly average of 486 at the close of 2014. This is an increase of 282%....


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