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McCoy Adult Day Care Center Announces New Executive Director

5/30/2019

After an extensive and rigorous search led by the Search Committee of the McCoy Adult Day Care Board of Directors, they are proud to announce that Lauren Goodman has accepted the position of Executive Director to begin June 3, 2019.   Lauren has a host of personal and professional achievements.  She holds a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Alabama and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  She previously worked for McCoy as Program Director...


WE Eat Fundraiser to benefit Urban Ministry

5/21/2019

Urban Ministry is pleased to present WE Eat Together, a celebration of food, fellowship, and community. The WE Eat Fundraiser is returning with an array of amazing foods from the chefs and apprentices of WE Cafe, live jazz and fun with friends against the beautiful backdrop of downtown Birmingham. WE Eat will be held on Thursday, May 23, 2019, from 5:30 - 8 p.m. on the stunning rooftop of the Kress Building located at 30119th Street North, Birmingham, AL. The cost of tickets is $55. Block ...


There is still time to register for Summer Camp at Sumatanga!

5/15/2019

There is still time to register for summer camp at Sumatanga! Summer 2019 features opportunities for young children and their grandparents; elementary, mid-high and high school students; and youth and adults with intellectual and cognitive disabilities.   Traditional Summer Camp Experiences at Sumatanga During a life-changing week at camp, participants will have opportunities to grow in their faith, meet new friends and make lasting memories. Elementary camps are designed to encourage and ...


Jane's Story - How the Fountain of Love Offering deeply impacted one family

4/29/2019

Real people are profoundly impacted by the Fountain of Love Offering, welcome at any time of the year, but often emphasized on Mother’s Day. Consider Jane’s story. Jane was the youngest of 5 girls that lived just outside of Headland, Alabama. Though the other girls stayed pretty close to the farm, Jane went away to school and became a nurse. Nursing was her life, and she prospered many decades in her chosen career. In her older years, Jane got an infection in her bloodstream after knee surgery, ...


Message from Sumatanga Trustees

4/24/2019

Camp Sumatanga Board requests formation of Action Team by Bishop The Board of Trustees of Sumatanga Camp and Conference Center has unanimously requested that the Bishop of the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church immediately create an Action Team to study, advise and reform the governance and management of the Camp, with the Board giving the Action Team maximum authority to act in the Camp’s best interest. The team, according to a Resolution adopted by the trustees, is to ...


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 ...


GBCS members visit border, issue statement on immigration

11/5/2018

Rev. Stephanie Arnold, a member of the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS), recently spent time at the U.S.-Mexico border. Here are her insights and a video of her impressions of that experience. I had the privilege to be part of a delegation from the General Board of Church and Society in an immersion experience on the Texas/Mexico southern border at the end of October. This visit took place prior to our annual GBCS board meeting. Throughout the trip we heard, “We need more eyes ...


#GivingTuesday is a chance to Advance hope, love and healing around the world on November 27

10/30/2018

On November 27, 2018, United Methodists will come together to support the work of Advance projects and missionaries on #GivingTuesday. This day of generosity is an opportunity for local churches and annual conferences to combine Advent and Christmas seasonal giving with global mission and outreach opportunities. The denominational theme for the campaign this year is #GiveUMC. In 2017, more than $300 million was raised in 150 countries on #GivingTuesday! More than $677,000 was given to Advance ...


BSC Board of Trustees welcomes new members

10/26/2018

The Board of Trustees at Birmingham-Southern College gained eight new members over the summer. Their term of service began on July 1. Among those elected to the board are six BSC graduates and two others. They are: Daniel Coleman, private investor; Elizabeth Dunn, community investor; G. Courtney French ’95, attorney and president/CEO of radio station V94.9 FM (WATV); Ashlyn Hines Meneguzzi ’85, real estate development executive with Bristol Development Group; Andy Newton ’94, president of ...


Message from the Sumatanga Board of Trustees

8/22/2018

Over the past months, members of the Camp Sumatanga Board of Trustees have received numerous questions, concerns and suggestions about issues around the Summer Camping Program as well as the general operation of the camp. We are aware that there are many variant voices who have expressed frustration. We are also aware of the deep love of and commitment to Sumatanga which has also been expressed. Where there has been confusion, misunderstanding or lack of clarity we apologize for our failings. We...


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