“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)
Part of the Operational Team process
in which Bishop Wallace-Padgett, the Cabinet and additional District and Conference leaders are participating is to take time during the team’s monthly meeting to share “Glory Sightings.” A Glory Sighting is a time when you have seen God at work.
The practice of regularly sharing Glory Sightings becomes a time of encouragement as participants are reminded that God is always at work. It is a reminder to stop, pay attention and give thanks.
Beginning in 2015, North Alabama Conference congregations can submit Glory Sightings as part of their Weekly Benchmark Report. This is an opportunity to share ways God is at work in the church and community.
We celebrate and give thanks for all the Glory Sightings shared by local churches this week. There were many celebrations noting that congregations nurtured and cared for each other; shared powerful times of prayer and worship together; and celebrated both physical healings and healings of “broken” families. Numerous congregations also celebrated starting the new year with a new focus, commitment and energy for ministry.
This week there were also Glory Sightings of local congregations reaching new persons for Jesus Christ and impacting their communities through missions and ministry.
Here are some highlights of this week’s Glory Sightings:
North Alabama Congregations are reaching new persons for Christ!
- Haven Chapel (SE District) — 1 person came forward to become a member
- Fairview (ML District) — 8 year old accepted Christ!
- Remlap (CE District) — A Child coming to faith
- Ohatchee (CH District) — A youth came to the Pastor for prayer over the Christmas Break and felt God calling him to be more active in the church.
- Lakeside (NE District) — Five people who were served via outreach came to worship with the Lakeside congregation.
- Flint Hill (SE District) — Flint Hill had 2 people join the church! They are African American. A predominantly white church, which is over 100 years old, now has 8 regular/participating members who are African American. Flint Hill is a place where they have discovered a faith family and the love of Jesus!
- Sumiton (CE District) — Had a new member join through profession of faith.
- Oleander (NE District) — Received new member the first Sunday of 2015
- Rescue (NE District)— Started a new Sunday School class for young adults
- Dadeville First (SE District) — We had the largest attendance for our Christmas Eve service! We had several visitors that have returned for the weekly service.
- Anniston First (CH District) — Young family joining church after visiting several times. What a great way to start the New Year! A new family, a new church family, a new journey together.
North Alabama United Methodists are in ministry to people in their communities!
- Hayden (CE District) — 65 families served in food pantry
- Hokes Bluff (ML District) — A team from our church serves dinner at the Salvation Army every 4th Sunday. Dec. 28 was a large crowd of very thankful people who ate with us, helped us clean up afterwards, and shared prayers and hugs with us. Glory sighting!
- Reform First (SW District) — Celebrate Recovery is happening!
- Diamond (ML District) — Christmas Celebration with neighborhood children
- Basham (NW District)— We closed the year with giving approximately 29% to missions
- Jennings Chapel (SW District)— Flatwoods Elementary School sent us a card saying how important we are for them. It said a little church like us is truly serving in a big way with hands & feet of Jesus!
- Ranburne (CH District) — God provided fresh fruit this week for us to give to hungry people in our community.
- Pleasant Grove (CE District)— Meals on Wheels - Our church members volunteer and we are a hub for delivery in our area. This year our Family Ministry Team prepared and delivered meals to these clients during the Meals on Wheels shutdown for the holidays from Dec. 29 through Jan. 2.
- Robertson Chapel (ML District)— We served in the Toy Store at Upper Sand Mountain Parish and served more than 100 children.
- Randall's Chapel (NE District) — This Wednesday night we will be host to Homeless persons through a new ministry.
- Walnut Grove (ML District) — We have started a Drive-Thru Prayer Ministry on Hwy 278 in Walnut Grove. This ministry has touched many people.