Glory Sightings This Week (Week of Sunday, February 15, 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 celebrated being in outreach to people in their community and around the world.

  • Canterbury (SC District) — In partnership with our sister churches in the community and many school and other groups we reached the milestone of packing 500,000 meals for people in crisis. Thanks be to God !
  • Columbiana (SC District) — We are blessed to have a very committed team who twice monthly prepare and serve meals and provide a positive Christian witness to the 65 Work Release Inmates at Shelby County. Several of whom have begun to attend our 9 o'clock worship service.
  • Haven Memorial (SE District) — Just as the church was challenged by the Sunday School Lesson for inactive nature of service, a distant member sent a huge donation to assist in outreach ministry, praise God!
  • Lineville First (SE District) — We were blessed with a wonderful message from Charlotte and Steve Robertson, sharing stories from Mescal's Children's Center of Hope in Kenya.
  • Midway (SE District) — Our Soup box has been shared with a family dealing with cancer. They have 5 children.
  • Addington Chapel (CE District) — Our congregation is working in partnership with Heifer International through the Lent season.
  • Bethlehem (Hueytown) (CE District) — BUMC Choir sang praises along with piano entertainment to residents at Self Rehab/Nursing Home in Hueytown, Ala. Blessings for all!
  • Moody (CH District) — We celebrated in worship a 10 year ministry--Loving Hands. This group is responsible for thousands of caps, hats, blankets, quilts, and other hand-made gifts for those who are ill or in need of "loving hands" for other life experiences.
  • Ranburne (CH District) — We helped to staff the warming center that Wise Chapel began.
  • Saks First (CH District) — Saks UMW delivered handmade Valentines to people in the community and to shut-ins; it was a blessing for all involved.
  • Wise Chapel (CH District) — We have opened and staffed a warming center for our community.
  • New Hope (NE District) — New Elderly folks attending a balance class we host.
  • Somerville (NE District) — Council Approval of PB&J Day (Event to kick-off connectional food pantry & literacy program
  • One Direction Community (NE District) — ODC handed out 800 carnations with cards to all over Madison and Huntsville.

Congregations celebrated welcoming new people and preparing to continue to welcome new people.

  • Pleasant Hill (NW District) — person transferred membership to Pleasant Hill
  • Christ Church (SC District) —2 Christ followers recommitting to following Him. A first-time visitor prayed to receive Christ.
  • Community Church Without Walls (SC District) — We had six new visitors come to our services this week and they all had a great experience and plan to return.
  • Wedowee First (SE District) — Visited three new members of the community this week.
  • Shiloh (SW District) — Congregation unanimously voted to swap Sunday School and Worship Service times to be more accommodating to prospective new members and visitors and add a coffee fellowship time to Sunday School.
  • Bethlehem Station (SW District) — We two to join our church Sunday
  • Warrior First (CE District) — New family!
  • Christ Central (ML District) — Starting a new worship service on Thursday
  • Valley Head (ML District) — Praising God For new couple and the possibility of another.
  • St. Paul-Triana (NE District) — Congregation is becoming more racially diversified
  • the Studio (NE District) — A professing Buddhist returned to our meeting for a second time.


Congregations celebrate what God is doing in the lives of young people in their midst.

  •  St. John (NW District) — future leaders in youth group
  • Riverchase (SC District) — Our middle school minister did a great job preaching Sunday.
  • Winfield First (SW District) — Four people went to Encounter in Gatlinburg.
  • St. Andrews (CE District) — Had 17 youth experiencing God this weekend during Encounter retreat in Gatlinburg.
  • Sumiton (CE District) — A young lady declared her intent to follow her call into a ministry in the UMC.
  • Brownsville (CH District) — Our membership has been impressed with our Children's Moments presented by the Pastor several have contributed for gifts for the children.
  • Asbury (ML District) — 5 of our youth recommitted their lives to Jesus over the weekend
  • Gurley (NE District) — 20 teens & adults attended Encounter in Gatlinburg this weekend

Congregations celebrated the connections and ministry happening through timely church events.

  •  St. James (SC District) — Black History Celebration
  • Lowell (SE District) — A young man met a couple at the heart banquet that took him to church when he was a child. He hadn't seen them in many years and they reunited at church. A true God moment!
  • Sweet Home (SE District) — Six couples reaffirmed their marriage vows at our evening service. Three youth witnessed the commitment to the marriage covenant made by their grandparents. Two youth witnessed their parents reaffirm their vows.
  • Wadley First (SE District) — Free Valentines banquet for whole church
  • Wesley Chapel (SE District) — One night revival--- Invitation to Love 'N Life with Rev. Keith Elder on Feb. 11th
  • Jennings Chapel (SW District) — 3rd Annual Fishing for Sumatanga had PERFECT weather and we raised over $1700 for Camp Sumatanga!
  • Birmingham First (CE District) — First Church is partnering with St. John AME in a desire to be leaders in racial reconciliation and equality issues. Together we will join in a city-wide community dialogue project that seeks to facilitate conversations and greater understanding of issues of diversity. The Bethesda Life Center and REV Birmingham are inviting culturally diverse groups of people to commit to reading together Tanner Colby's award-winning book, Some of My Best Friends Are Black, and then to participate in a dialogue to discuss issues the book raises.
  • Lusk Chapel (ML District) — Some of the ladies and youth from Lusk surprised the church with a special Valentine's meal after services
  • Morning Star (NE District) — Worshipped with Lakeview UMC for their black history program.

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