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Ider UMC member continues family's ministry of Bible display in Montgomery

by: Danette Clifton


Almost 75 years ago, a man named Ben Davis made an agreement with the Montgomery City Council that allowed him to erect a pedestal in the city's court square. He placed an open Bible on the pedestal under a heavy glass cover. This pedestal was close to where, a decade later, Rosa Parks waited on a bus and ultimately helped changed history. Mr. Davis never sought recognition for this placement. He placed the Bible there so people could have the opportunity to read it. Mr. Davis' grandson Larry ...

Union Chapel UMC celebrates 160 years in ministry


On Sunday, October 20, 2019, Union Chapel UMC in Cordova (Central District) celebrated its 160th birthday. In preparation for the big day, the church Trustees readied the fellowship hall and grounds for guests and the ladies of the church prepared a covered dish meal.  There were more than 60 persons in worship including several former and retired pastors. They included former pastors Douglas Ferguson and Wanda Banks and retired pastor Rev. Charles Black and his wife. Union Chapel UMC is Bro. ...

Aldersgate UMC and partner congregations celebrate Biker Sunday to help Children's Hospital


On September 22, 2019, Aldersgate UMC in Dora, Alabama,  (Central District) sponsored their 2nd Annual Biker Sunday. Fifty-six people attended and raised $600 for Children's Hospital of Alabama. Gary Harris a Lay Member of the Aldersgate Church was successful in organizing the ride and collecting donations from more than twenty merchants from around North Alabama. He also united three other churches to join the effort to raise awareness and funds for Children's of Alabama. Those congregations ...

St. Paul United Methodist Church in Birmingham awarded $500,000 grant by National Parks Service

by: Submitted News


Picture from St. Paul UMC's Facebook Page St. Paul United Methodist Church in downtown Birmingham has received a $500,000 grant from the National Parks Service’s African American Civil Rights grants program. The Civil Rights Grants program documents, interprets, and preserves sites and stories related to the African American struggle to gain equal rights as citizens in the 20th Century. The National Parks Grant funds awarded will be used to preserve and restore St. Paul’s historic church ...

Glory Sighting from Milner's Chapel UMC


On March 10, 2019, Milner’s Chapel UMC (Northwest District) celebrated the payoff of “The Hope Center” fellowship hall, by holding a Note-burning Service. The church’s pastor Rev. Jerry Hastings led the service. Northwest District Superintendent Rev. Kelly Clem was also in attendance.

Invitation to share your mission stories


Bicentennial Celebration of Missions For more than 200 years, Methodists have put their faith into action through mission work across the globe. Methodists from all continents have engaged in mission work that has transformed the world through the “work of justice, alleviate suffering; build peace; heal the sick; empower women; train leaders; and witness to the kingdom of God.” We are excited that we have partnered with God in this redemptive story through our mission work. The Missionary ...

North Wood UMC celebrates the grand opening of North “Woof” Community Dog Park


On Saturday, March 2, 2019, North Wood United Methodist Church (Northwest District) celebrated the grand opening of the North "Woof" Community Dog Park on their property. A crowd of almost 150 people from the community joined together with church members to commemorate the park’s official opening and to participate in a blessing of the park by Rev. Scott Coats, pastor of North Wood UMC. Florence Mayor Steve Holt, as well as City Council members Kaytrina Simmons and Andy Betterton, attended the ...

Winfield First UMC member works to make local park more accessible


Photo from Its-Time-to-Change-Something Facebook page.   Recently, a young member of Winfield First UMC was featured in an ABC 33/40 news story for her efforts to raise money to add an adult-sized changing table to a local park bathroom to help it be fully handicap accessible. Wren Williamson is taking on this community project for Girl Scouts. She has a goal of raising $2,700 by the end of February and is already halfway there. The park bathroom is schedule to be renovated this spring. Wren's ...

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...

Year-End Local Church Report now open. Submission deadline is Feb. 15, 2019.


Each year, as the new year begins, United Methodist congregations report information and statistics on their ministry during the previous calendar year through the Local Church Report. As North Alabama Conference Statistician Johnny Frazier explains, “Understanding what is happening at the local level for each congregation helps our Annual Conference and the General Conference have the information they need to equip our churches to make disciples for Jesus Christ.” In North Alabama, this annual ...

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