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Glory Sightings this week (Week of Sunday, Jan, 11, 2015)

1/16/2015

“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 give ...


Jasper First UMC’s worship outreach leads to changed lives

1/15/2015

by Alan Beasley, Senior Pastor, Jasper First UMC     It was a normal September Sunday morning and we were about to begin our 8:30 Celebration Service. Except, we were about to begin worship on the downtown Jasper square adjacent to the Courthouse. Yes, outdoors with very little technology and all acoustic sound. As we began to worship I looked across the street and saw three men hanging out against a building. I did not recognize them and I sensed their intention when they woke up that morning ...


Glory Sightings this week (Week of Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015)

by: Danette Clifton

1/9/2015

“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)   Part of the Operational Team process in which Bishop Wallace-Padgett, the Cabinet and additional District and Conference leaders are participating is to take time during the team’s monthly meeting to share “Glory Sightings.”  A Glory Sighting is a time when you have seen God at work.   The practice of regularly sharing Glory Sightings becomes a time of encouragement as participants ...


Cove UMC’s gift of water means ‘new life’ to remote Kenyan tribe

1/8/2015

By Curtis Coghlan MOUNT PAKA, Kenya — The girl, maybe seven years old, gulped from the faucet like she had never tasted water in her life. Around three other taps, dozens waited to fill five-gallon cans, buckets and even bags made of animal skins. Before topping off, some washed their faces, hands and feet. Cattle and goats drank long and deep at concrete troughs. Shepherds brought the new water to the camels in nearby pens. The thirsty girl drank nonstop for almost five minutes. She finished ...


Southwest District expands outreach to community through Celebrate Recovery

11/24/2014

Neal Fuller, Jr. says he didn’t always feel welcome in church. “In the past, when I walked up in my cowboy boots and Hank Jr. shirt I didn’t always feel welcomed.”  However, today, as the Southwest District Director of Celebrate Recovery Ministries, he is working with churches throughout the district to make sure people like him find a place and are introduced to the hope that Jesus Christ has for everyone. Southwest District Superintendent Rev. Roger Thompson explains, “Celebrate Recovery is ...


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