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Invitation to share your mission stories

4/3/2019

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

3/28/2019

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

2/6/2019

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

1/9/2019

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.

1/7/2019

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 ...


Church of the Reconciler launches the Advent Poetry Project

11/14/2018

Church of the Reconciler, a United Methodist congregation for, and with, the homeless of Birmingham, is launching a fundraising project that will help support its unique ministry in downtown Birmingham while offering supporters a unique resource to prepare their hearts during the season of Advent. Read the details below. Advent is a time of waiting and expectation. It’s a time when we both name that the world is not as it should be while also reaffirming our faith that God will usher in a new ...


Birmingham First UMC to host Moxie Matters Tour on November 9

10/12/2018

On Nov. 9, 2018, Birmingham First UMC is hosting an an evening with best-selling author Jen Hatmaker and award-winning singer/songwriter Nichole Nordeman from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the church's sanctuary.    Jen is the author of the New York Times bestselling titles Of Mess and Moxie and For the Love. Nichole has sold more than 1 million albums and won 9 GMA Dove Awards, including two for Female Vocalist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year.  The world is filled with angry voices shouting ...


Asbury United Methodist Church Hosts Free Organ Workshop & Concert on October 13-14

9/17/2018

Asbury United Methodist Church invites pianists, organists, growing churches, and music lovers everywhere to an organ workshop hosted by world-renowned organist Dan Miller on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018 from 10 a.m. to noon. An organist since the age of 15, Dan Miller holds a Church Music Diploma from Moody Bible Institute. He majored in organ performance at the American Conservatory of Music, holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Florida Atlantic University, and a Master of Music degree in ...


Central Alabama Congregants Prepare for Sixth Annual Afternoon of Praise

8/8/2018

Singers and musicians from 22 diverse congregations across Central Alabama will gather to present the Sixth Annual Afternoon of Praise to benefit charitable organizations that help those in need. The choir and orchestra have been practicing since February to provide a professional and soul-stirring Afternoon of Praise. Christian music great Richard Kingsmore will conduct the choir and orchestra, which, at more than 100 strong, fills the stage and orchestra pit to capacity. Both contemporary and...


Lesters Chapel UMC Celebrates 200th Anniversary

8/6/2018

Lesters Chapel United Methodist Church will celebrate its 200th Anniversary of ministry with their Homecoming on Sunday, August 12th at 10:30 a.m. Lesters Chapel, located in Columbiana, is in the South Central District. Methodist services on Yellow Leaf Creek began about 1818 when itinerant Methodist circuit riders, including the well-known preacher Ebenezer Hearn, stopped off from their travels through the Mississippi Territory and preached in the log cabins of the settlers or out in the open ...


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