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#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 ...

Re-Dedication of The Good Shepherd Chapel at Fair Haven to be May 20, 2018


North Alabama United Methodists are invited to a Service of Re-Dedication of The Good Shepherd Chapel at Fair Haven located at 1424 Montclair Road, Birmingham, AL 35210. The brief Service of Re-Dedication and Reflection will be Sunday, May 20, 2018, at 3 p.m. Participants include Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett. A reception will follow with light refreshments. Overflow parking at Publix across the street includes a continuous shuttle service. Fair Haven, a Methodist Homes of Alabama & Northwest ...

Fountain of Love Offering focuses On Mother’s Day


As Mother’s Day approaches, it is Methodist Homes hopes that your church will celebrate mothers through the taking of a Mother’s Day Offering for the Fountain of Love. The Fountain of Love Fund provides financial assistance to older adults living in a Methodist Home retirement community who find that they can no longer pay for their entire care. Because of the support of churches in the North Alabama Conference, no resident has ever been asked to leave a Methodist Home due to their inability to ...

The United Methodist Foundation to launch Foundation Leadership Series with “The Five Things You Need to Set Up a Successful Spring!” event on April 4


The United Methodist Foundation is launching the Foundation Leadership Series as a way to share concrete, practical and fresh ideas to help church leaders set up their churches to be better.   The initial installment of The Foundation Leadership Series will be April 4, 2018,  at the United Methodist Center in Birmingham and will feature Dr. Ron Martoia.  Ron is an internationally known leadership development expert. He has spoken several times to gatherings in the North Alabama Conference on ...

Sumatanga Trustees Announce New Executive Director


The Sumatanga Trustees announce that Gene Joiner will be the camp's new Executive Director. Originally from Banner Elk, North Carolina, Gene and family are coming to Sumatanga from the Krislund Camp and Conference Center in Madisonburg, Pennsylvania. He and his wife Anissa have four children and are in the process of adopting a fifth child. The Joiners look forward to returning to Alabama and living on the camp property. They are a “camp family” and all of them take part in the life and ministry...

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