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BSC named Alabama’s top film school by ICX Media


Birmingham-Southern College has been ranked No. 1 in Alabama by ICX Media in its first annual ranking of top U.S. film schools in each state. The college was featured in a Top 50 list along with such institutions as the University of Southern California, NYU, and Yale University. Schools were chosen based on their overall ratings, reputation, notable alumni, internship opportunities, faculty accomplishment, and more. “I am thrilled that our college has been recognized along with some of the ...

Urban Ministry's WE Cafe celebrates first anniversary


The WE Community Cafe in the West End neighborhood of Birmingham recently had a celebratory lunch marking its first year of existence. People from the neighborhood were joined by a large crowd of friends and supporters for a lunch of linguini with marinara or alfredo sauce, fruit and cheese, salad, bread and birthday cake. Altogether, 275 people enjoyed the meal and the fellowship. Last year, Urban Ministry shifted from a soup kitchen model to a community cafe. The dining space was modernized, ...

The Super Bowl will be February 5. Here are some tips for how your church can serve your community and avoid copyright infringement


On Sunday evening, February 5, 2017, the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons will face off in Houston, Texas, for Super Bowl LI.  People will gather to watch the game, rate the commercials and enjoy snacks.  Some churches will even "get in the game" and host special events and viewing parties. Souper Bowl of Caring The Society of St. Andrew (SoSA), an advance special of the North Alabama Conference, offers ideas for how church groups can use this occasion to make a difference in their ...

Sumatanga taking applications for 2017 Summer Camp Team


Sumatanga is now taking applications for the Summer Camp Team for 2017. The deadline for applications and references is February 11, 2017. Potential team members also will go through an interview process that begins in February.  Specific 2017 Summer Camp staff positions include Lifeguards, Craft Facilitators, Recreation Facilitators, Advanced Challenge Facilitators (oversee Alpine Tower, Giant Swing, rock climbing and zip-line), Music/Media and Counselors. Team members must be at least 18 ...

Scholarship opportunities for United Methodist Students at Birmingham-Southern College


For the fall 2016, Birmingham-Southern College awarded 101 scholarships from the United Methodist Scholarship Fund. Applications are now available for the 2017-18 academic year.  Information about United Methodist Scholarships is available on the BSC website at   BSC offers the following United Methodist Scholarships: United Methodist Church Scholarship is awarded to United Methodist students who have been active in, and recommended by, their local United ...

United Counseling to host Prepare and Enrich Training workshop on Feb. 15


On Feb. 15, 2017, United Counseling is offering an opportunity for pastors and counselors to enhance their pre-marital and marital skills by training to use the PREPARE/ENRICH inventories.  The workshop is designed to help facilitators learn how to administer PREPARE/ENRICH and provide feedback to premarital and married couples using six core, and over 20 supplemental exercises. Participants will learn to help couples identify their strengths and growth areas in categories such as ...

Upper Sand Mountain Parish partners with OxyMed to provide medical devices to under-resourced members of the community


Thanks to the partnership between the Upper Sand Mountain Parish donors, staff and volunteers, and local OxyMed staff, many under-resourced residents of the Upper Sand Mountain Plateau will be able to obtain much needed, but very expensive, medical devices at very little cost. Rev. James “Woody” Woodin, Executive Director of the Upper Sand Mountain Parish (USMP) recently presented OxyMed staff of the Rainsville, Alabama, store two medical devices that have been donated to USMP. These devices are...

Ten ways the Upper Sand Mountain Parish serves its community


by Rev. James “Woody” Woodin, Executive Director of the Upper Sand Mountain Parish (USMP) “And are we yet alive?” The answer is a resounding "YES!" at the Upper Sand Mountain Parish.   Here are ten ways USMP, and its partners throughout the North Alabama Conference, are serving the people of Upper Sand Mountain plateau. Emergency Services is the front lines of our battle against the deep need of the residents of Upper Sand Mountain. We offer much needed resources including food, clothing, ...

United Counseling offers local churches resources and new ways to connect


United Counseling is a ministry that has provided professional counseling services to people in the North Alabama Conference for more than 45 years.  Recently United Counseling announced new ways for North Alabama congregations to connect with the ministry - including a new website, social media and a new central office location. This fall United Counseling launched a new website that not only features information about the ministry, but also highlights resources such as ...

Methodist Homes announces Fair Haven’s new name and logo


In the course of its work in redefining home at Fair Haven, the Methodist Home in Birmingham, and also at its sister community at Wesley Manor in Dothan, Methodist Homes of Alabama and Northwest Florida has undergone the re-branding process.   It is the pleasure of Methodist Homes to introduce all North Alabama Conference friends to the new names and new logos for Fair Haven and Wesley Manor!   These new names and logos were developed with great care and thought to get them to the finished work ...

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