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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 ...

Sumatanga Action Team Communique - May 2020


Current Times: There are so many memorable quotes, recommendations and inspirations circulating as we cope with our social distancing, enhanced sanitizing practices and manage our close/distant relationships. We will not attempt to recap them all but do want to send you our prayers for your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health! As you have read in our multiple communication outlets since mid-March, all meeting and lodging areas have been closed. Fortunately, most all of the functions...

Fountain of Love Offering Focuses On Mother’s Day With a VIRTUAL OFFERING Option


Please remember that Mother’s Day, May 10, is Fountain of Love Offering emphasis Sunday. Because of the support of the North Alabama Conference and its churches, no resident has ever been asked to leave Fair Haven because of their inability to pay. As many North Alabama churches may be continuing to convene with virtual services and connections on Mother’s Day, Methodist Homes of Alabama & Northwest Florida has created a Virtual Offering page to make sure that the elderly in need do not get left...

Support Kids, Seniors and Fair Haven with the Wacky Tacky Light Tour

by: Submitted News


For the seniors, it’s the laughter of children on the lawn. For the children, it’s the wonder of experiencing what it might be like to have a granddad or grandmother. With a new partnership between Fair Haven and Fresh Air Family, these two natural allies will come together to learn about fishing, tadpoles, salamanders, snakes, and crafts, along with wisdom, caring and the joys of childhood. Fresh Air Family and Fair Haven are working together to bridge the generations at summer camps and ...

Sumatanga Action Team in action during Gathering of the Orders and Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members

by: Submitted News


The Camp Sumatanga Action Team was created in April 2019 to study, advise and reform the governance and management of the Camp. Earlier this week, during the annual Gathering of the Orders and Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members event, the team took on additional duties and helped with the food preparation for the lunch at this Conference-wide clergy gathering on October 28. Action Team members, Andy Wolfe, Neeysa Biddle, Terry McElheny and Sandy Wright were joined by Sumatanga ...

Sumatanga Action Team October Communique

by: Submitted News


RECRUITING FOR NEW STAFF: Daphne Orr and the Action Team have posted two new positions - Director of Summer Camp Ministries and a Receptionist/Administrative Assistant. We have a goal of hiring the Director of Summer Camp Ministries on or before December 1 in order to prepare for Summer 2020 camp programs. As stated in the full job description, the primary responsibility is: To direct the planning and implementation of the summer residential and day camp programs and ensure their success which ...

Camp Sumatanga Action Team Communique - September 23, 2019

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ACTION TEAM LISTENING TOUR has been enlightening and affirming. We met with the Bishop, the Cabinet, laity, clergy, past/present campers, past/present camp leaders and representatives from many organizations who call Sumatanga “home." Thank you for traveling to Huntsville, Vestavia Hills, and Alexander City. An additional session is scheduled: September 24 (Tuesday) at 6 p.m. – Rainbow City First UMC 3208 Rainbow Drive, Rainbow City, AL 35906 FINANCIAL SUPPORT: We have raised 44% of the ...

United Counseling to offer Prepare and Enrich facilitator training on October 10


On October 10, 2019, United Counseling will offer an opportunity for pastors and counselors to become a certified Prepare and Enrich facilitator. Prepare and Enrich is used by many clergy and counselors for pre-marital and couples counseling. This course provides participants with the tools to help couples identify their strengths and growth areas in categories such as Communication, Conflict Resolution, and Spiritual Beliefs. The training will be led by United Counseling Executive Director Rev....

UMCH Breaks Ground on New Home for Teen Moms and Babies


The United Methodist Children’s Home broke ground on a 9600 square feet residential facility on Thursday, August 22, 2019, with approximately 40 supporters in attendance. This new Babies First Home will allow UMCH to do more to accommodate a steady demand of teen moms in foster care. “It’s a special place where adverse circumstances meet God’s grace,” says Dr. Blake Horne, UMCH President and CEO. “While we extend this grace on a daily basis and residents are well cared for, the current home’s ...

Camp Sumatanga Action Team Communique July 29, 2019


New Interim Executive Director on August 1. The Sumatanga Action Team has employed Daphne Orr as Interim Executive Director to partner with the Action Team as we cultivate a regeneration of Camp Sumatanga. Action Team member and former Interim Executive Director Mike Byrne has agreed to volunteer his time and expertise temporarily as we transition leadership. Methodist Summer Camp. We had successful Traditional Methodist Summer Camps! Sumatanga hosted approximately 600 campers for the ...

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