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Workshop helps Church leaders learn to look for hope in the midst of conflict


In response to research that indicates up to 61% of clergy have become burned out due to conflict in their churches, United Methodist Pastoral Care and Counseling sponsored a conference entitled Hope in Conflict: Discovering Wisdom in Congregational Turmoil.   More than 50 clergy and lay leaders gathered at the United Methodist Center in Birmingham on March 1 to hear the presenter Dr. David Sawyer from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Dr. Sawyer provides leaders with ritual steps to...

North Alabama United Methodists increase support of Unitd Methodist Children's Home in 2006


Early numbers indicate that North Alabama United Methodists grew in their support of the United Methodist Children's Home in 2006.   The United Methodist Children's Home reports that all gifts from North Alabama Conference churches, their members and others who live in the region were approximately $985,000 in 2006. In calendar year 2005 that number was around $850,000. This means the North Alabama Conference donations to the Children's Home grew 16% in 2006! However, these early numbers do not ...

United Methodist Churches are feeding the hungry


Last year 23 congregations in the the North Alabama Conference were among 386 United Methodist churches across the connection that provided nearly 21 million servings of fresh, nourishing food to hungry Americans.  They did it with their donations totaling $414,615 to the Society of St. Andrew, a national nonprofit hunger relief ministry and an Advance Special.   Hunger, in this the richest nation in the world, continues to be a serious problem. Considering the difficulties faced in trying to ...

United Methodist Pastoral Care and Counseling offers help dealing with "Holiday Baggage"


by John Douglass, Director of Counseling and Adult Ministry Vestavia Hills UMC Satellite Center We live in a world of constant change.  In a day that changes from moment to moment by an email on our wireless handheld, a tragic wreck, a threat of terrorism, we have adjusted to make change normal.  It would not seem ok if there was not something different about our day-to-day life. However, we try somehow to hold on to those holiday traditions and not change them.  We hold the same gatherings in ...

Carraway sale final; Pastoral Care and Counseling looks for new home


On Nov. 15, 2006, a group of doctors and a Nashville development company, collectively known as Physicians Medical Center, completed their purchase of Carraway Methodist Medical Center. The group had made the highest bid for the hospital during an auction on Nov. 7. The sale came after years of financial woes and growing debt for the hospital.  In September of this year the hospital had filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy. This bankruptcy sale means the hospital has freed itself from most of its ...

Sumatanga celebrates "important summer" of ministry


As students head back to school, Bart Styes, the Director of Summer Camping Programs at Camp Sumatanga, took time to celebrate the disciple-making ministry that happened with students at Camp Sumatanga during the summer of 2006. Here is his report. We just wrapped up a very important summer in the life of our camping ministry. This marked the first summer that Camp Sumatanga was responsible for managing the elementary, junior high and senior high camping programs. Previously, these were managed ...

Church and Community Celebrate Plans for Transitional Home for Young Adults


BIRMINGHAM,  AL - About 80 church leaders, volunteers, Board members, staff, children  and community friends attended the August 26 groundbreaking ceremony  for a new Transitional Living Home in Cottondale, AL. The home will  be located on the grounds of the United Methodist Children's Home's  Tuscaloosa Group home and will house four young men who have aged out  of the foster care system. Rev. Vickie Cater, pastor of Jennings Chapel United Methodist Church  (UMC), coordinates a core group of ...

United Methodist Children's Home Welcomes Interim CEO


SELMA, AL - Rev. Joe Lisenby of Greenville, AL, is the new Interim President and CEO of the United Methodist Children's Home, Alabama and West Florida. Board Chair Luke Coley of Mobile, AL, made the announcement. Rev. Lisenby began overseeing the agency on July 22. "I am grateful to God for giving us someone of Joe's caliber and experience to lead us through this transition," said Coley, who was elected Chair of the Children's Home Board on July 19. "This decision by the Board was unanimous." ...

Sumatanga's McKinney-Atkins Conference Center suffers small fire


Sumatanga Camp and Retreat Center Executive Director Anne Horton reports that this morning, April 10, there was a small fire on the second floor of the McKinney-Atkins Conference Center.   After talking with the fire department, she said the fire was started when one of the three lights in the chandler located in the second floor hallway shorted out and sparked. The spark hit a sofa which then ignited. The sofa was sitting against a rock wall. The fire has been put out and damages are being ...

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