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Local farmer plants crop for gleaning


A few years ago at a meeting of the Alabama Farmers Federation meeting, Joe Mims approached a booth out of curiosity. What, he wondered, was the Society of St. Andrew (SOSA)? He liked what he heard and on the spot he decided to help. The next season, he planted a patch of okra and invited SOSA to send volunteers to pick fresh okra every week. He has planted that patch of okra every year since—and he's still planting that patch in his retirement years. "I liked what they were doing. I thought I...

Upper Sand Mountain Parish and Robertson Chapel UMC partner with Project Search


In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lord connected the leaders of Project Search of DeKalb County and Pastor Woody Woodin, the Executive Director of the Upper Sand Mountain Parish. Project Search is a transition to work program for out-of-school youth/young adults with disabilities. The goal for each “intern” upon completion of Project Search is competitive integrated employment in the local community. Project Search had been evicted from their host agency, DeKalb Regional Medical Center ...

Methodist Homes' Fountain of Love Offering communication resources now available


The Fountain of Love Offering is a way North Alabama United Methodists can participate in caring for older adults in need living in a Methodist Home including Fair Haven (Birmingham), Wesley Gardens (Montgomery), Wesley Place On Honeysuckle (Dothan), Wesley Haven Villa (Pensacola) and Mathison (Panama City). Because of this generous support, no resident has ever been asked to leave a Methodist Home because of their inability to pay. Last year the Fountain of Love awarded more than $441,000 to ...

UMCH’s Alabama ministry to become Embrace Alabama Kids


The United Methodist Children’s Home is rebranding its Alabama ministry to Embrace Alabama Kids on March 14, 2021. The same day clocks spring forward, they will be springing forward as a ministry. After much prayer and consideration, the organization determined its Alabama ministry has outgrown its current name and that “Embrace Alabama Kids” better reflects who they are and what they do. They changed the name of their Northwest Florida ministry a year ago and the success of this change has led ...

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...

Society of St. Andrew offers free 2020 Advent Devotional Booklets


In light of a particularly troubling year, you and your congregation are invited to reclaim a spirit of peace this Advent season. This year’s theme is Peace Be With You— and this seasonal devotional booklet from the Society of St. Andrew is available to you and your faith family at no cost. This year’s theme celebrates God’s longstanding and all-powerful promises of peace. The Lord’s promises should provide you comfort knowing that no matter the trial or the enemy, as the Creator of the ...

United Counseling to offer virtual Prepare and Enrich Training


United Counseling is bringing the annual Prepare and Enrich training to clergy virtually this year. The training will be on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost of the training is $160 and includes the price of the resource kit. Prepare and Enrich is used by many clergy and counselors for pre-marital and couples counseling. This course provides you with the tools to help identify their strengths and growth areas in categories such as Communication, Conflict Resolution, and ...

Sumatanga Board of Trustees name Rev. Tony Jones new Executive Director


The Board of Trustees of Sumatanga Camp and Conference Center is pleased to announce the naming of Rev. Kenneth Anthony “Tony” Jones as its new Executive Director effective Nov. 2, 2020. Rev. Tony Jones has been named the new Executive Director of Sumatanga Camp and Conference Center. Tony, who fell in love with Sumatanga many years ago, was selected from a field of qualified candidates after an extensive selection process. The Trustees feel certain that his skills and talents in ...

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 ...

Fair Haven welcomes new Medical Director


Methodist Homes of Alabama and Northwest Florida has announced that Dr. Lee Thomas Wimberly has taken on the role of Medical Director at Fair Haven, Birmingham’s largest continuing care retirement community. Dr. Wimberly and his team oversee the day-to-day medical needs of patients at Fair Haven’s 42-suite rehabilitation center and up to 214 other long-term care residents on the campus. Dr. Wimberly has spent almost the entirety of his life, schooling, and career in the Birmingham area. He ...

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