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Board of Superannuate Homes announces staff change


The Board of Superannuate Homes expresses its gratitude to Regina Ergle, who will retire on February 1, 2018, after eleven years of outstanding service as Administrative Assistant. The Superannuate ministry began in 1901 and the Board now manages 118 retirement units throughout North Alabama for retired clergy and spouses.   Regina will continue to reside in Jasper with her husband, Rev. Tex Ergle, a retired pastor, where they are both involved at Jasper First UMC. They plan to do some traveling...

Fair Haven to unveil the results of its $42.5 Million Expansion with Ribbon Cutting and Open House on Nov. 17, 2017


Fair Haven has completed its $42.5 million construction and renovation project to become Alabama’s largest continuing care retirement community, and the first in Alabama to fully implement the innovative Household Model for resident care. The Household Model replicates the look and feel of life at home in the community setting. A front door with doorbell is the first clue that Fair Haven’s households are nothing like traditional hospital-like facilities. Once welcomed inside, you will see are a ...

USMP launches Jesus Library in their Better Way Shoppes


"There has been another collaborative ministry effort launched at the Upper Sand Mountain Parish!" explains USMP Executive Director Rev. James "Woody" Woodin. Thanks to Henry Everitt and Benny Sisk and their mission partners at Trinity UMC in Huntsville, the Jesus Library is spreading the Gospel of Jesus the Christ to the children of thrift store shoppers on Sand Mountain. The way this new ministry works is when families with young children come and shop at one of USMP's Better Way Shoppes the ...

Society of St. Andrew offers Advent Devotionals and Alternative Christmas Cards


The Society of St. Andrew (SoSA), an Advance Special of the North Alabama Conference, partners with faith groups, secular groups, schools, and individuals, to salvage fresh, nutritious produce from American farms – produce that otherwise would be left to rot – and deliver it to agencies across the nation that serve the poor. SoSA is offering Advent Devotional booklets and Alternative Christmas Cards to help you and your congregation reclaim the spiritual dimensions of the Advent season this ...

UMCH Presents Trinity UMC in Huntsville “Guardian of the Bell” Award


On Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, the United Methodist Children’s Home (UMCH) presented Trinity United Methodist Church in Huntsville (Northeast District) with the “Guardian of the Bell” award during morning worship service. The “Guardian of the Bell” is part of an overall campaign to recognize those churches who support the cause of the United Methodist Children’s Home and those it serves. The United Methodist Children’s Home awards the “Guardian of the Bell” annually to a church in the North Alabama ...

UMCH White Christmas Offering materials now available


United Methodist Children’s Home's White Christmas promotional materials are now available to help you bring the important message of UMCH's ministry to your local church in very effective ways. The materials are available at no cost to you and include a poster, bulletin insert, scratch off Advent calendar, pew envelopes and tribute forms. No Greater Gift than a Place to Call Home, White Christmas Offering Each year during the Christmas season, we are reminded there is no greater joy for us than...

Special Announcement from the Sumatanga Board of Trustees


Dear Friends, During a meeting of the Board of Trustees of Camp Sumatanga, we received and accepted Lee Padgett’s resignation as Executive Director of Camp Sumatanga. As most of you know, Lee has served for the past four years in this capacity, without accepting the salary, and we are deeply appreciative for the positive contributions of his service. Our prayers are with him as he moves forward. During the same meeting, Daphane Orr, Acting Interim Manager of Camp Operations, was named Manager of...

BSC takes lead in reducing tuition “sticker shock”


Taking decisive action to reverse the trend of skyrocketing college costs, Birmingham-Southern College (BSC) will decrease its published price for tuition and mandatory fees by more than 50 percent for the 2018-19 academic year, to $17,650. Known as a “tuition reset,” Birmingham-Southern’s new pricing initiative reverts tuition and mandatory fees back to the level they were more than 15 years ago. BSC will also hold room and board charges steady at this year’s rate for 2018-19. The result is a ...

Fair Haven begins construction on new independent living homes for Birmingham seniors


The final phase of Fair Haven’s $42 million renovation and construction project expected to open in fall 2017. Over the course of the last 18 months, the team at Fair Haven, Birmingham’s largest continuing care retirement community, has been hard at work to complete a $42 million renovation and construction project. Fair Haven has opened new assisted living, rehabilitation, and long-term care accommodations, renovated existing units, and transitioned to the Household Model, all to better serve ...

North Alabama congregations invited to celebrate Sumatanga Sunday on August 13


On Sunday, August 13, 2017, North Alabama Conference congregations are invited to celebrate Sumatanga Sunday and receive a special offering for camp. There are resources you can use to celebrate the ministry of Sumatanga during worship, on the Sumatanga website at Below is the list of suggested ways he Sumatanga website offers for your congregation to participate: How can YOUR church participate? Option 1 – Show our video to your congregation on ...

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