Glory Sightings This Week (Week of Sunday, August 30 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 are welcoming new people and celebrating new steps in faith.

  • Hayden (CE District) — Baptism of beautiful baby
  • Nectar (CE District) — We had baptism at river had great time even in misting rain. We try to do this every year sometimes just one some times more.
  • St. Andrews (CE District) — Baby was baptized this past Sunday.
  • McNutt Memorial (ML District) — 1 visitor for worship.
  • the Table (NE District) — Husband of member attended church for the first time in year and participated.
  • St. Luke (NW District) — One student profession of faith & baptism!
  • Arnolds Chapel (SC District) — 91 people for our first 5th Sunday singing
  • Christ Church (SC District) — We had 1 Baptism and 1 Remembrance of Baptism. This to the Glory of our Lord Jesus!
  • Fredonia (SE District) — Lakeside baptism and fellowship occurred tonight following two recent adult professions of faith.
  • Reform First (SW District) — pastor heard two confessions of faith at Kairos-served 35 women as clergy.

Congregations are celebrating special events that reach out to members of their community, as well as events, that develop spiritual leaders within the church. 

  • Midway (CE District) — Had Family Movie Night at our church and had a few people from our community join us.
  • St. Paul (ML District) — We had a healing service yesterday and God was awesome
  • Union Hill (ML District) — Singing celebration! Great movement of the Holy Spirit! Many gave testimonies.
  • Limrock (NE District) — The Limrock family put together an Old fashioned Fish Fry and fellowship, invited our community. We had a great turnout of both churched and unchurched people.
  • New Hope (NE District) — Those concerned about a combined worship service finding peace after a fifth-Sunday trial run.
  • Shiloh (NE District) — Formation of new society with 2 other churches Great excitement
  • Somerville (NE District) — "Wesley Group" Intentional Faith Development Small Group Begins Tuesday
  • Haleyville First (NW District) — A member was a substitute at the elementary school. Several children recognized her as the bus driver that picked them up at the Housing Authority apartments for VBS. A member worked with an inmate for years thru a prison ministry. The man was released from prison. He is attending a local church and has been asked to be a part of the band because he is very musical. Our member gave him a guitar and helped him get an amp. He was so happy and thankful.
  • Ebenezer (SC District) — Ebenezer UMC had its first Arts at Ebenezer. Drs. LaurIe and Bennie Middaugh performed. There were about 35 in attendance. It was wonderful!!
  • Rocky Mount (SC District) — Launched new youth/young adult worship service. Youth attendance has increased by 260%!
  • Ashland First (SE District) — August 30th was Homecoming. Had 150 in attendance.
  • Ava (SE District) — Abide team meeting , 8 in attendance
  • Wedowee First (SE District) — Combined 5th Sunday Worship with the First Baptist Church of Wedowee totaled 65
  • Fayette First (SW District) — "Month of Sundays" was held Sunday at Bevill State. 400 people were in attendance.
  • Romulus (SW District) — Southwest District rally for a "Month of Sundays, Answering God's Call."

Congregations are reaching out to their community in service. 

  • Wise Chapel (CH District) — For the 21st year, the children (and adults) of Wise Chapel have raised money to help buy back-to-school items for children in Cleburne County through Kids Helping Kids.
  • Bethel (NE District) — Today we began taking up donations and supplies to help the school children at Fairview Elementary and Eva Schools
  • Cotaco (NE District) — Another successful food pantry with Cotaco and Somerville UMC serving 200 people.
  • Littleville (NW District) — Littleville UMC will launch its Backpack Ministry Friday, Sept. 4. Working with our local elementary school, we are preparing to provide weekend meals and snacks to 52 children. We also provide snacks during the school day to students at the elementary, middle and high schools. We are a small community with a big heart for feeding God's children!
  • Dadeville First (SE District) — The Councill Middle School asked the Methodist Men to build changing partitions for the girls locker room.
  • Hargrove Memorial (SW District) — Served East Tuscaloosa Community Soup Bowl 2 times

Congregations are nurturing young people in faith. 

  • Old Zion (CE District) — Awesome Sunday Worship Service as we celebrate our Youth Group. They played music, sang, performed a drama and shared their faith in testimony. What a blessed service!
  • Ebenezer (CH District) — It was good to see the looks of joy on the children's faces at our VBS commencement luncheon.
  • Hewett Memorial (ML District) — 14 Children sang Sunday morning . They sang and shared from Kidsfest Music.
  • St. Mary's (ML District) — Worship service was led by the Children today. The Spirit was high, and the children did an excellent job in leading worship. We Thank God for the children!
  • Lakeview-Pelham's First (SC District) — Youth, College & Sunday School attendance continue to have great record numbers.

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