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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 ...

McCoy Adult Day Care Center Announces New Executive Director


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


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!


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


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


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


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


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 ...

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