Glory Sightings This Week (Week of Sunday, February 22, 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 welcomed new people into membership and are walking alongside others as they grow in relationship with Jesus Christ. 

  • Lineville First (SE District) — We were blessed with two new members
  • Reform First (SW District) — Three professions of faith made during Celebrate Recovery Worship and Celebration Place Worship last Friday evening!
  • Anniston First (CH District) — Family and friends celebrating the baptism of Virginia.
  • Eulaton (CH District) — An 87 year old woman professed her faith in Jesus. She was baptized & joined Eulaton United Methodist Church.
  • Fairview (ML District) — Over 100 accepted Christ in County Wide Crusade
  • the Studio (NE District) — The professing Buddhist returned and she said she had previously given up on the idea of God but is now open to God again.
  • Green's Chapel (NW District) — A lady makes a second visit to worship after "years of being invited" by her neighbor.

Congregations celebrated God in their midst during church activities and spiritual growth opportunities.

  • Vincent (SC District) — Fat Tuesday festivities included people from the community who enjoyed food and fellowship with our congregation.
  • Romulus (SW District) — Romulus UMC Spiritual Life Retreat held at Camp Sumatanga
  • Bivens (CE District) — On the fourth Sunday evening of the month we hold a dinner, movie and devotional night that is open to the whole community. We started the ministry last fall and since its inception we have averaged 60 in attendance.
  • Ohatchee (CH District) — We plan to have 20 not 17 to be confirmed this spring and 4 baptisms. We have at least 4 adults entering the basic lay servant class in our district on March the 7th.
  • Sand Rock (ML District) — One of our members attended the Emmaus Walk 438

Congregations celebrated how God is working through them to share God’s love with others through word and deed.

  • Christ Church (SC District) — Church planting article written by our pastor was posted by
  • Woodlawn (SC District) — Our first low-income food co-op is so successful that we've started a second co-op. Hallelujah!
  • Midway (SE District) — Our soup box was given to DHR after a call from them looking for food.
  • Sweet Home (SE District) — A member is being considered for state-wide chaplain for the Good Sam RV Club
  • Sycamore (SE District) — Members from Sycamore UMC filled a 10-foot Uhaul truck with winter clothing. The clothing was delivered to the Red Bird Mission in Kentucky. They were fortunate to be able to deliver between ice storms. One family lost their home to a fire so the clothing was very beneficial to them.
  • Wadley First (SE District) — Members of the congregation helped out a family with 4 kids.
  • Macedonia (SW District) — Missions Souper Sunday fund raiser was great!
  • Taylorville (SW District) — We were pleased to have some of our band members go to the VA and sing--it was reported to be a very special time!
  • Hayden (CE District) — Mission to Hondouras
  • Pinson (CE District) — Our Food Pantry ministry provided food for 86 people. 95 people attended our Ash Wednesday Service.
  • Ranburne (CH District) — We worked with Wise Chapel to provide a warm place during the frigid temperatures this week.
  • Wise Chapel (CH District) — We provided a warm place for cold people this week with our warming center.
  • Christ Central (ML District) — Food Pantry served over 120 families
  • Julia Street (ML District) — 32 people braved the icy conditions to work our Food Pantry -putting the needs of others before themselves.
  • Pleasant Hill (ML District) — The monthly feeding program to people with disabilities, elderly, etc. who are basically home bound Care givers are also fed. We do it to demonstrate our love by providing the meal and giving them a "night off." Forty four served by about fifteen church members.
  • Concord (NE District) — Congregation assisting member with gift for new baby Also sending financial support to local shelter ministry
  • Cotaco (NE District) — A lady who had been severely abused in the past came to our food pantry and was reassured of God's love for her.
  • Lakeside (NE District) — We had our monthly Community-Sunday of Giving worship service. This service is one of our entry points for the community to engage the church. We gathered in church from 10:55 to 12 noon; then continued our worship by serving hot meals to the community, and fellowshipping with them. We gave free clothing and school supplies. We opened the Food Pantry for the community to pick some basic food supplies. Through this entry point, we engaged with twenty people from the community.
  • Somerville (NE District) — Saturday w/Cotaco UMC Food Pantry
  • Milner's Chapel (NW District) — After a house fire in which all possessions were lost, one of our younger members immediately began calling for and picking up needed items for the displaced family of 5.

Congregations celebrated the privilege of nurturing young people in their Christian faith. 

  • Riverchase (SC District) — 150 middle school kids were led by 100's of adults and Sr. Highs at Discovery weekend
  • Community Church Without Walls (SC District) — One of our young adults who several years ago tried to commit suicide is doing much better. She has a beautiful voice and led our worship on Sunday. Seeing her in a worship leadership role after everything she's been through was an amazing experience.
  • Lowell (SE District) — Five year old girl came up during closing hymn saying Jesus wanted her to hug everyone in our church because He loves them. Not a dry eye!
  • West Scottsville (SW District) — Unaware of the sermon topic, a young boy came, before the service, to the pastor a pictorial illustration in his Bible. I was surprised to see that the illustration was the pictorial version of my sermon.
  • Acmar (CH District) — In January learned of "mystery bag" for Children's Minute. Each week 1 child takes bag home and bring back next Sunday with item. Pastor or person leading creates a message on the spot. Began doing this at Acmar. Excitement was created. A couple of brothers (ages 7 & 5) have taken to next level. They bring an item and the message. Example: UNO card game means "one" God.
  • Bethlehem (CH District) — The Youth "Make your own" Pizza and a Movie night had 22 in attendance.
  • Lincoln (CH District) — We had 27 youth show up to our Wednesday night fellowship!
  • Oxford First (CH District) — Once again the front of the church was filled with children during their moment in the service! 

Congregations began the journey of Lent together.

  • Fredonia (SE District) — Several members of the circuit participated in the Ash Wednesday Service
  • Lanett First (SE District) — Ash Wednesday service with 50
  • Jennings Chapel (SW District) — Ash Wednesday service was attended by 36 people
  • St. Luke (SW District) — 29 in attendance for Ash Wednesday service.
  • Capstone (SW District) — We began our Lenten series based on the podcast, "Serial," and were able to engage the congregation through the use of Twitter to share who Jesus is to them. We also were featured on the front page of the February 23 Tuscaloosa News.
  • Mt. Olive (CE District) — 66 People at our Ash Wednesday Service!
  • Lawley's Chapel (CH District) — On 2/18, this small congregation held it's first Ash Wed Service. There were 24 present and a most spiritual time. Following the service, they decided overwhelmingly to have a first ever Maundy Thursday service.
  • Oak Grove (CH District) — Joint Ash Wednesday Service with Shiloh and Concord UMC with 20 in attendance; very moving service.
  • Pell City First (CH District) — Ash Wednesday Service attendance: 151
  • Ashville First (CH District) — Ash Wednesday Service so meaningful & well attended
  • Union Chapel (ML District) — 95 attended the Ash Wednesday service on 2/18/15
  • New Hope (NE District) — A new family experiencing an Ash Wednesday service for the first time.
  • Old Brashiers Chapel (NE District) — Participated in Community Lent service with approximately 100 in attendance on Wednesday at noon.

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