Glory Sightings This Week (Week of Sunday, June 14, 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.  On Sunday, congregations welcomed pastors into a new appointment or a new year in the same appointment. Other highlights of Glory Sightings shared include the following: 

Congregations celebrated people taking steps of faith and entering into new relationships with God and the church. 

  • Mt. Olive (CE District) — 3 new members by transfer from other churches!
  • Pleasant Grove (CH District) — First baptism in many years!
  • Green's Chapel (NW District) — Infant Baptism followed by the infant's 5-year-old sister singing and signing "Jesus Loves Me.” This was followed by an 75 year old lady telling the church "that is not just a children’s song that she woke up this morning singing the song. Yes, Jesus Loves Us no matter the age.
  • Christ Church (SC District) — 3 people became Christ-followers!!
  • Capstone (SW District) — We recognized our first Confirmation class, and two teenagers were confirmed.

Congregations share the love of Jesus Christ with their community and other communities through mission and ministry with the poor. 

  • Warrior First (CE District) — Youth served breakfast to needy at Lynn Park
  • Haygood Memorial (ML District) — Our Love Thy Neighbor missions helped two families with needs.
  • Epworth (NE District) — 18 youth and adults are serving this week on the Appalachian Service Project
  • Duncan Memorial (SE District) — Team of 13 left for Ecuador for a week on a Mission Trip. They will work in VBS and Construction.
  • Mitchell Springs (SE District) — God truly blessed thru our Food Ministry. Our meal was the only cooked meal some people received this weekend.
  • Wadley First (SE District) — Great day on Wednesday at our Food Bank.
  • Fayette First (SW District) — went on a mission trip to Livingston, Ala., this week — an amazing group of youth worked on three houses and did a week long Bible school.
  • Hargrove Memorial (SW District) — Hargrove served at East Tuscaloosa Soup Bowl and hosted a Community Block Party for the surrounding neighborhood.
  • Nauvoo (SW District) — Winston Co Jail Ministry had 50 women in the jail, Bible study has begun in the jail. 
  • St. Luke (SW District) — 10th Anniversary of East Tuscaloosa Soup Bowl Celebration

Congregations celebrated ministries with children and youth to help them grow as disciples of Jesus Christ. 

  • Huffman (CH District) — We had VBS last week. Our theme was Waves of Grace. Everyone enjoyed it!
  • Crossville First (ML District) — started children's time in worship service
  • Trinity (ML District) — we sent 15 kids to camp with the congregation praying for them
  • New Hope (NE District) — Four of our youth are taking an active role in worship, from setting up multimedia, singing in the choir, and helping serve Holy Communion.
  • Community Church Without Walls (SC District) — We took our youth to SIFAT and had an amazing week.

Congregations are reaching out to their community with acts of hospitality, worship opportunities and special events.

  • McCoy (CH District) — discussion taking place about evangelism possibilities by the congregation
  • Julia Street (ML District) — Our church hosted Christian Motorcycle Association (CMA) this weekend. The joy of our church members sharing Radical Hospitality to brothers and sisters that are very different than they are use to was incredible...the Holy Spirit is alive and well!
  • Whorton Bend (ML District) — Went to worship with the Attalla Healthcare and Rehab facility and received multiple blessings including a resident leading us in worship!
  • St. John (NW District) — started a Sunday night service: Family Focus
  • Oakmont (SC District) — Successful outreach to community with SPREE (yard sale and vendors)

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