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BSC group works, makes connections in Cuba


Rev. Julie Holly shares about a service learning trip to Cuba for BSC students. As part of Birmingham-Southern College’s January Exploration Term programming, eleven BSC students participated in an eleven-day, service-learning trip to Cuba under the leadership of Rev. Julie Holly, Dr. Vince Gawronski, and Rachel Estes. Some of those students traveling to Cuba received scholarship funding from BSC’s loafing project, in which students visit local United Methodist churches to share loaves of bread...

Project Backpack seeks to develop discipleship in Honduras


Rev. Leisha Boulware is a woman with a mission—to work toward developing sustainable discipleship in rural churches in Honduras through Project Backpack. Working with the Alabama Honduras Medical Educational Network (AHMEN), Rev. Boulware has set a goal to adopt 10 churches this year and provide the tools needed to strengthen discipleship. By adopting a church, Project Backpack leaders hope to first get to know and then empower local workers and not make them completely dependent on the ...

Generation Transformation event to offer information on young adult mission opportunities


On Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, high school students, college students and young adults up to the age of 30 are invited to learn about short-term and long-term, local and global mission opportunities through the United Methodist Church. The event will be at the UNA Wesley Foundation located at 715 Willingham Road, Florence, Alabama 35630. The initiative of the General Board of Global Ministries for young adults to engage in mission throughout the United Methodist connection is called Generation ...

Cokesbury launches Christmas campaign to help the refugee crisis


Donating Portion of Sales this December Today our world is witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record with an unprecedented 65.3 million people around the world being forced from their homes, 10 million stateless people denied a nationality and access to basic rights, and nearly 34,000 people forcibly displaced daily due to conflict or persecution in their homeland. In response to this need for help, online Christian retailer is taking strides to offer hope to those in...

UMC #GivingTuesday will be November 29


As a passionate disciple of Jesus Christ, your participation is vital to living out God’s mission through The United Methodist Church. Every day you are giving light, giving love, and giving to a world in need through your prayers, presence, gifts, and service. November 29, you are invited to come together with thousands of United Methodists to support the work of Advance projects and missionaries on UMC #GivingTuesday. The Advance remains committed to sustaining a strong foundation that allows ...

UMVIM Awareness Sunday will be September 25


The reach of the United Methodist Church is far — and that's because of you.  Mission teams, giving, prayer, partnerships and awareness from your local church do more good than you realize. On Sunday, September 25, 2016,  you are invited to celebrate mission in your congregation as part of the annual United Methodist Volunteers in Mission Awareness Sunday. Additionally, you are invited to celebrate the ministry of United Methodist Volunteers in Mission, SEJ who helps make all those connections ...

2017 Mission Grants application now open - application deadline Oct. 3, 2016


The 2017 North Alabama Conference Mission Grants application is now online at The North Alabama Conference Mission budget provides grant funds for new mission projects and continuing projects with connections to the United Methodist Church. New and emerging ministries as well as existing ministries specifically engaged in mission managed by mission agencies, local United Methodist Churches, Cooperative Parishes, Advance ...

Palmerdale UMC celebrates Pentecost in service to local communities


Acts 2 describes the giving of the Holy Spirit during the celebration of Pentecost in Jerusalem. This is celebrated as the birthday of the Church, and we, who are the church, are sent in the name of Jesus to proclaim the good news! In that same Holy Spirit, on Pentecost Sunday Palmerdale UMC gathered together in one worship celebration at 9 a.m. combining elements from both their “contemporary” and “traditional” worship celebrations to celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit and the birthday of ...

Young People In Mission Camp for Youth and Young Adults to be June 26-30, 2016


Young People in Mission (YPIM), a camp experience with hands-on mission opportunities for youth and young adults, will be held June 26-30,2016 at beautiful Lake Junaluska, North Carolina.   The hope is that this event serves as a launch to empower young people to serve with new eyes and a heart for Christ. Participants serve with local mission projects, worship together, fellowship and grow with family groups, dive into Bible studies, and learn from featured speakers and the City of Opportunity....

Sheffield First UMC celebrates sign of Kingdom Life


Nearly every Sunday during the Traditional Worship Service at Sheffield First UMC the congregation prays in unison that model Prayer Jesus gave to his first disciples. Part of that prayer says, “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.” On the evening of January 3, 2016, these words became action—a sign of the Kingdom Life visibly present at Sheffield First. On that evening they hosted their first time of providing a warm meal, a warm place, radical hospitality, a warm ...

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