Glory Sightings This Week (Week of Sunday, April 12, 2015)


“The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one.” John 17:22 (NRSV)    

North Alabama Conference congregations are now sharing Glory Sightings as part of their Weekly Benchmark Report. This is an opportunity to share a brief statement of how God is at work in the church and community. The practice of regularly sharing Glory Sightings becomes a time of encouragement as we are reminded that God is always at work. It is a reminder to stop, pay attention and give thanks.        

We celebrate all that God is doing in North Alabama.  Highlights of Glory Sightings shared include the following: 

Congregations continue to discover and develop spiritual leaders and grow ministries in which leaders may serve. 

  • Riverchase (SC District) — New people being trained to run cameras mounted on the walls as we continue to video traditional worship and send it out online.
  • Oak Grove (SE District) — Our song leader continues to grow in strength of service. One of the "granddaughters " of the congregation helped lead singing Sunday, and it was a joy!
  • Powell Chapel (SE District) — Received a donation of $1,000 worth of chairs for our choir stand.
  • Hayden (CE District) — new contemporary service on Sunday night
  • Ebenezer (CH District) — The face of our new greeter at the opportunity to serve.
  • Pell City First (CH District) — Pell City FUMC held our first combined worship service at Chapel in the Pines with attendance of 327.
  • Hokes Bluff (ML District) — Our UMYF planned and led in worship - with music, prayers, testimonies, and our youth director bringing the message. It was a such a blessing!
  • Trinity (ML District) — Youth performed an awesome drama to Arise My Love.
  • Belle Mina (NE District) — The Belle Mina and Morning Star Churches voted to merge the two congregations.

Congregations are active in outreach to their community in many ways. 

  • Rocky Mount (SC District) — We hosted a community wide "Gun Safety" course in conjunction with local law enforcement. Great event!
  • Trinity (SC District) — Raised around $6000 in donations for Backpack ministry
  • Duncan Memorial (SE District) — Services at Chapman's Assisted Living
  • Goodsell (SE District) — The United Methodist Church Interpreters Magazine is writing an article on our Juneteenth Freedom festival. This year's festival will be in both Lanett, Alabama and West Point, Georgia.
  • Lowell (SE District) — A gentlemen we have delivered soup to with a very bitter spirit was changed when his soup was delivered. On Sunday the Lord took him home. He didn't understand why he was still here. God waits until we are ripe, for we are the fruit of his vine. Amen.
  • Jennings Chapel (SW District) — UMW Day. Carolyn Potter from Well House in Ashville, AL spoke about what they do to help human trafficking.
  • Birmingham First (CE District) — Participated in Project Homeless Connect, an event where more than sixty non-profit government and social service agencies gathered to provide 750 homeless citizens with as many necessary services as possible in one location.
  • Old Zion (CE District) — Community Outreach Sunday-75-100 people were visited. Some members visiting nursing home, some baked fresh apple pies and delivered, unchurched in community visited and took goodie bags, teens went to ball courts to witness to other teens, four men from the church went to gas station, pumped gas for customers, shared the love of Jesus and paid five dollars on their gas purchase (30) people. Such a wonderful experience. We went to be a blessing, but we received the blessing. Praise the Lord!
  • Pinson (CE District) — Our church participated in the Pinson Bicentennial. Two families visited our church that we met during the bicentennial!
  • Sumiton (CE District) — We held a Spaghetti and Baked Ziti luncheon and Cake Auction to raise funds for Backyard Blessings. 
  • Acmar (CH District) — Recovering heroin addict speaking at schools and other forums as part of drug prevention and help for other recovering addicts.
  • Ragan Chapel (CH District) — The singing group the church named, the Ragan Chapel Boys accepted an invitation to sing at the Calhoun County Hospice Memorial Service on Saturday the April 11, 2015.
  • Salem (ML District) — This evening we hosted the local high school band for their Spring concert. The community loves to come out and hear them. And to think that only 3 years ago many thought that there wouldn't even be a band. It may not sound like a big thing to host the band but 3 years ago many in this band along with the parents and family didn't even know where Salem UMC was. We are striving to reach out to the community in several different ways. 
  • Somerville (NE District) — PB & J Pantry Kick-Off
  • Springhill (NE District) — Springhill prepared gift bags to give to Huntsville City Correctional. Facility. This facility houses adult males. The gift bags included personal items such as toothpaste. Soap, deodorant, shaving cream, pencils, writing paper, etc. it was an exciting time for families in the church to make this sacrifice during Lent. This was a joint project with members and the United Methodist Women.
  • Mt. Moriah (NW District) — helping someone with no health insurance
  • Wright Chapel (NW District) — We had a special speaker and luncheon honoring graduating seniors and their families.

Congregations welcomed new people.

  • St. James (SC District) — Part of our Congregation shared in a Baptism worship at the Ocean.
  • Community Church Without Walls (SC District) — We had great attendance numbers the week after Easter.
  • Bethlehem (Lineville) (SE District) — A Glorious Resurrection Revival. Attendance of 197.
  • Harrington Heights (SE District) — 65 present for singing by "Faithful Few" from Camp Hill, Alabama.
  • Lineville First (SE District) — Our youth have gotten a new vision, and are renovating an unused part of the church for welcoming others. We had several "newcomers" in worship!
  • Aliceville First (SW District) — Welcomed four new members via transfer.
  • Nauvoo (SW District) — We had two new members by transfer from another UMC Church.
  • Springville First (ML District) — Confirmation service for 6 young people who have completed confirmation class. Combined all 3 services into 1 service.
  • Chestnut Grove (NE District) — On a typically low Sunday, we had more in worship than usual. Five were visitors.
  • Concord (NE District) — Visitor from community
  • Hollis Memorial (NE District) — A new Sunday School class began last week. Attendance in the class increased this week.
  • Falkville (NE District) — Youth night Food, & Fellowship 15 in attendance
  • Pleasant Hill (NW District) — new member by transfer

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