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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 ...

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


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


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


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...

Birmingham-Southern College named top 20 best-value college


Birmingham-Southern College has been named one of the 20 best-value colleges and universities in the United States by the 2019 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges, Fiske announced Tuesday, July 10. Fiske focused on BSC’s strong academics, campus life, and its recent tuition reset, which gained national attention for responding to families’ concerns about skyrocketing and confusing college pricing. “In an effort to be more transparent about out-of-pocket costs, this leading Deep South liberal ...

McCoy Adult Day Care fundraiser to be during Annual Conference on June 4, 2018


On June 4, 2018, North Alabama United Methodists attending Annual Conference will have an opportunity to support a North Alabama Advance Special Ministry by eating dinner prior to the annual Ordination Service.  The Service of Ordination, Commissioning and Licensing will be at Trinity UMC in Huntsville beginning at 7 p.m.  That evening, between 4 and 8 p.m. participants who purchase their dinner at Panera Bread (4800 Whitesburg Dr S, Huntsville, AL 35802) located right across the street from ...

Chapel Named The Good Shepherd Chapel at Fair Haven


On Sunday, May 20, 2018, Fair Haven in Birmingham held a naming and re-dedication service of its renovated Chapel. The entire Fair Haven campus recently underwent redevelopment, but the Chapel remains the focal point of life and faith at the Birmingham retirement community.    The Good Shepherd Chapel at Fair Haven was named by Saundra Welch Wright of Birmingham in thanksgiving for the Welch and Wright families. In addition to regular worship services, The Good Shepherd Chapel hosts choir ...

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