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

2/20/2015

“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 ...


Fort Payne First UMC’s Wednesday Night Worship is creating a community of students who love Jesus

2/19/2015

By Lucas Pruett Youth Pastor, Fort Payne First UMC   The story of our Wednesday Night Worship service is one of God’s vision and also God’s provision.   I arrived at Fort Payne First UMC in February of last year. Wednesday night has always been youth worship night ever since an old mentor of mine, Lane Gilbert, was the youth minister here. There was a worship space on the third floor along with the youth small group rooms and other youth areas; however, the worship space was just another small ...


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

2/13/2015

“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 ...


Friendship UMC is transforming its community in generous ways

2/12/2015

By Rev.Tony Johnson   Love God, Love Others and Serve.  These words are printed and spoken regularly as they are the Mission/Vision statement of Friendship United Methodist Church in Athens (Northwest District).  These words are one of the high standards by which all ministry is measured, the litmus test if you will.   Knowing that Christianity was once known for its extreme generosity during the early plagues and beyond, generosity undergirds much of what we do.  We strive to impact and ...


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

2/6/2015

“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 ...


Flint Hill UMC is breaking down racial barriers as the Body of Christ

2/5/2015

By Rev. John Hill  The mission statement for the North Alabama Conference is simple, direct and can be summed up in three words: Discover, Develop, and Deploy. A needed question to go along with that statement is “How do we accomplish this?” I think that is a fair question and one I continually ask the congregation of Flint Hill UMC (Southeast District). Fortunately, it is a question the congregation is willing to wrestle with and seek to answer.   Wednesday Night Tutoring  One of the ways Flint...


Glory Sightings This Week (Week of Sunday, January 25, 2015)

1/30/2015

“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 attention...


Studio, a new spiritual community for spiritual, but not religious people, is striving to be deliberately different

1/29/2015

By Lisa Wolfe Nearly 80% of people do not attend church on Sunday morning; many consider themselves spiritual, but not religious (SBNR). Some simply do not like traditional church worship services; others may have been hurt (in some form) by a church in the past. And, today, there are many things competing for peoples’ time on Sunday mornings. Studio, a new spiritual community in Huntsville (Northeast District), is striving to be deliberately different. Rather than Sunday morning, they meet ...


Glory Sightings this week (Week of Sunday, Jan, 18, 2015)

1/23/2015

“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)     Beginning in 2015, North Alabama Conference congregations can submit Glory Sightings as part of their Weekly Benchmark Report. This is an opportunity to share ways 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 ...


Union Chapel UMC is answering God's call to be "A Campus Of Hope"

1/22/2015

“Imagine a church where the entire church wants to serve and wants no credit for anything.” This is how Rev. Chris Herbert describes the congregation of Union Chapel UMC in the Mountain Lakes District.   That spirit has led to growth of new ministries with their community and also to growth in the number of people who are a part of the congregation.   In the last three years worship attendance has grown from just over 70 people to approximately 160 each week. The congregation is building a ...


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