Glory Sightings This Week (Week of Sunday, February 8, 2015)

2/13/2015

“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 encountered the Holy Spirit during times of corporate worship. 

  • Somerville (NE District) — Reaffirmation of Baptismal Covenant
     
  • McKendree (NW District) — Excitement for God filled the THRIVE monthly service
     
  • Riverchase (SC District) — We had a full house Sunday and it was great to hear we had parking problems again.
     
  • St. James (SC District) —A child’s experience.
     
  • Capstone (SW District) — We began services at Glory Bound Gyro Co., including the introduction of a new worship format based around our core values of faith, reason, and action.
     
  • Pinson (CE District) —Our Modern Praise Service is growing!
     
  • Remlap (CE District) — Great worship service
     
  • Leeds First (CH District) — We had 71 in our early service. This is one of the all time attendance records for this service.
     
  • Pell City First (CH District) — The Children's Bell Choir performed in both services.
     
  • Julia Street (ML District) — A Great service to close out our Sunday evening worship/ Small Groups focus on "Relationships!"
     

Congregations celebrated blessings that were realized during, events, meetings and trainings. 

  • Huguley (SE District) — 16 youth attended Rush in Atlanta, GA
     
  • Jennings Chapel (SW District) — ABIDE group "catching" vision!! When explained at Admin Council it was said we had the "best" meeting! GREAT movement of the Spirit!!
     
  • Mt. Pisgah (SW District) — indoor campout with young children in fellowship hall, great blessing
     
  • Reform First (SW District) — Hosted Celebrate Recovery Advanced Leadership Training Event to support the growth of new communities of faith in existing churches in our area.
 

Congregations invited people into a new relationship with Jesus Christ and welcomed people into membership.

  • Oleander (NE District) — agnostic person changing mind about God
     
  • J.O.Y. (NE District) — One new family visited. One American lady joined our worship and shared God's Words of great encouragement.
     
  • Bell's Chapel (SE District) — We had one came forward joined Bells Sunday morning.
     
  • Union Chapel (SE District) — New member added to congregation.
     
  • Wedowee First (SE District) — Received members by baptism and profession of faith
     
  • Old Zion (CE District) — Amazing service, new people coming in to worship. The Holy Spirit is so real in the lives of congregation Two people joined the church Sunday.
     
  • Ebenezer (CH District) — We added a new member Sunday by transfer!
     
  • Lusk Chapel (ML District) — We had a young lady that grew up in the church that her job had moved her and her membership away that re-joined this Sunday by letter!
     
  • Skirum (ML District) — Received new Member from another Denomination
 

Congregations encountered God while they were in outreach and mission to their community.

  • Rogersville (NW District) — We had our first meeting of Celebrate Recovery and our on our way to starting this new program.
     
  • St. John (NW District) — new families being reached through van ministry on Wednesday night
     
  • Canterbury (SC District) — Saturday 165 Junior High Youth, with their Senior High and Adult Leaders spent the afternoon in service to others at the Christian Service Mission in Avondale as part of their Discovery retreat experience
     
  • Pine Grove (SE District) — Served Senior Citizens dinner
     
  • Sweet Home (SE District) — One of our young adults has started and is leading a community-wide Bible study for college-aged ladies.
     
  • Taylorville (SW District) — We had two ladies from our congregation that were asked late Friday/Saturday night to made 'emergency food' for a family of 9 who were taking refuge in the Compassion Coalition's Warming Stations. And, we had a 'karaoke party' at our church Friday night, and brought in a lot of friends and folks from the community--though outside the church. It was a joyful time, and brought a lot of fun and laughs to folks--some who are hurting from grief, debilitating disease of a child, loneliness, and other pain.
     
  • Gardendale - Mt. Vernon (CE District) — GIC Weekend- We packed over 20,000 meals for stop hunger now!
     
  • Hayden (CE District) — 64 families at food pantry
     
  • Center Point (CH District) — First time for a team to serve dinner at Jimmie Hale Mission, continue serving lunch once a week.
     
  • Chulafinnee (CH District) — Helped in handing out bags of food to over 300 people
     
  • Evergreen (CH District) — Our youth delivered items for the Wish List to The Red Barn collected in Sunday School during January.
     
  • Glen Addie (CH District) — Glory to God for the connection, UMCs around came and supported our Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser for our young people’s trip to College Park Georgia by Glen Addie Community Church in conjunction with Rising Star UMC and St. John UMC. One church cancelled its monthly breakfast to support this fundraiser. Nonmembers came as early as 4:50 am to prepare breakfast. Many people bought tickets to donate breakfast to people in community which we gave to the local firefighters, Salvation Army shelter for homeless, the sick and shut-in as well as elderly in the community.
     
  • Oxford First (CH District) — This week we saw God at work in Soup For The Soul. Eighty meals were served as church and community came together for a free meal. Gathered here were members of the church, both young and mature and members of the community, young, and older coming together without bias and without regard to race, Bread was broken and in the breaking of that bread we saw Jesus. On Sunday we celebrated what God has been doing in the scouting ministry. The Scouts from Pack 10 assisted in worship. They did a great job. Churched and unchurched kids came together to worship, experience God and the community we call Oxford FUMC. It was awesome. 
     
  • Ranburne (CH District) — God allowed us to give groceries to over 100 families, and we incorporated over 50 volunteers from across the community.
     
  • Wise Chapel (CH District) — God allowed us to give groceries to over 150 families, and we incorporated over 50 volunteers from across the community.
     
  • Asbury (ML District) — The Children's department at Asbury (Ft Payne) delivered 50 Valentine baskets to a local nursing home


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