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Read the latest newsletter from North Alabama's GBGM Missionary Rev. Rhett Thompson


Rev. Rhett Thompson is a Board of Global Ministries United Methodist missionary assigned to the Republic of Panama, serving as pastor of an Evangelical Methodist Church in Panama City. A native of Florence, Alabama, Rev. Thompson grew up in Canterbury United Methodist Church, Birmingham, Alabama. Below is his latest newsletter describing his work over the last year. For more information about Rhett, his ministry and how you and your congregation can support his work click here.   La Pandemia in ...

Meet North Alabama’s GBGM missionary John Elmore


John H. Elmore is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church assigned to the Methodist Church of Chile as mission volunteer coordinator. A native of Richmond Virginia, he is a member of Forest Lake United Methodist Church in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He is supported by approximately 65 Covenant Churches including Bluff Park UMC (Central District). Recently, Bluff Park UMC’s Missions Program Coordinator Susan Reynolds-Porter interviewed John for an article ...

New book celebrates and offers reflections on 200 years of Methodist global missions


Two years ago, Global Ministries began the celebration of the 200th anniversary of organized mission in what is now The United Methodist Church. Now a new book, Methodist Mission at 200: Serving Faithfully Amid the Tensions, edited by former general secretary Thomas Kemper and director of mission theology Dr. David W. Scott, commemorates this bicentennial and invites reflection on mission past and consideration of present and mission future. The book tells the story of the church’s global ...

Society of St. Andrew offers free Lenten resources to congregations


This Lenten Season, lead your family of faith into a period of self-examination and spiritual growth using the 2021 Lenten Devotional Booklet produced by the Society of St. Andrew.  This year’s theme of "Walk Humbly" calls readers to practice self-examination, confession and repentance of their own sins. Micah was a prophet who spoke out for the poor and downtrodden. He protected them and shared God’s words with them. In light of high unemployment, increased hunger, and worldwide racial division...

End of year Give Love initiative begins November 1


A new campaign initiative – Give Love, Joy, Hope, Peace—invites United Methodists to join in giving love, joy, hope, and peace through an end of year campaign to support mission and disaster response. Between November 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020, the campaign will showcase stories of transformational work and how financial gifts through The Advance (the United Methodist program for voluntary, second-mile giving) have had a positive impact on people’s lives. Church leaders and laity can visit Res...

Upper Sand Mountain Parish, Society of St. Andrew partner to feed the hungry


Earlier this summer, two Advance Special agencies of the North Alabama Conference came together to distribute more than 20,000 pounds of fresh sweet potatoes in communities across several counties. Society of St. Andrew, an organization which works with farmers to glean produce, and Upper Sand Mountain Parish (USMP), which ministers to those living in poverty in Jackson and DeKalb Counties, spent about four hours with dozens of volunteers to organize the event in an effort to get the fresh ...

2021 Mission Grant application deadline is October 2


The North Alabama Conference Mission budget provides grant funds for new mission projects and continuing projects with connections to the United Methodist Church. The grant is available every other year. New and emerging ministries as well as existing ministries specifically engaged in missions managed by mission agencies, local United Methodist Churches, Cooperative Parishes, Advance Specials and other affiliated mission programs are invited to apply for funding.    The North Alabama Conference...

Global Ministries still in mission throughout the world


Our world has been rocked by the COVID-19 pandemic. Every country has had its share in many aspects of human life. We are encouraged daily by stories of hope shared by God’s people across the globe. God’s redemptive story continues to unfold each day and we are called to be part of that story. Regardless of what is going on in our world, we are still called to be in mission with God’s people from everywhere to everywhere. We are thankful for our worldwide mission relief and development agency, ...

Bluff Park UMC continues to support mission work in Chile


Bluff Park UMC has supported missionary Rev. John Elmore’s work in Chile since 2007. One of about 65 United Methodist Churches throughout the U.S. that support him as Covenant Churches, we honor his work with three commitments: to pray for our missionary and his work; to contribute financially to his work; and to send a team at least once a year to work alongside of him. John Elmore has done missionary work in Iquique, Arica, Talca, El Vergel and Angol (where he currently works). He is ...

SEJ UMVIM seeks summer interns


The Southeastern Jurisdiction office of United Methodist Volunteers in Mission office offers an internship program each summer for young adults in the area. The eight-week program begins with students spending a week in the Birmingham office. Following this short stint of training, the next weeks are spent in hands-on mission work—three weeks at an approved domestic project and three weeks at an approved international project—and closes with a final week of debriefing back in the Birmingham ...

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