Glory Sightings This Week (Week of Sunday, March 1, 2015)

3/6/2015

“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 the ways they are developing spiritual leaders.

  • Nauvoo (SW District) — 1 person attended the Lay Speakers school
     
  • St. Andrews (CE District) — commissioned a new stephen minister.
     
  • New Hope (NE District) — Twenty parishioners meeting together to watch and discuss the opening video series, Chuck Knows Church The Committee.
     
  • Lakeview-Pelham's First (SC District) — Lakeview Pelham's Youth Minister is processing the call of God on his life and was grateful to preach on this Sunday, March 1, 2015.
 

Congregations celebrate their ministries that help young people grow deeper in faith.

  • Wadley First (SE District) — Boy Scout Sunday
     
  • Christ Harbor (SW District) — Three of our students have stepped up on their own to lead discipleship groups.
     
  • Jennings Chapel (SW District) — Confirmands told the Gospel from stained glass windows in sanctuary
     
  • Addington Chapel (CE District) — We started a 31 Days of Prayer during the month of March for the children and teens we minister to on Wednesday nights.
     
  • Birmingham First (CE District) — Youth Discovery Weekend 2/27/2015-3/1/2015
     
  • Bethlehem (CH District) — Hosted Cheaha District Pinewood Derby with 125 present.
     
  • Gandys Cove (NE District) — We had 26 attend our youth worship and fellowship Friday night
     
  • Alabaster First (SC District) — We hosted 70+ teenagers for our Discovery Weekend. God moved in many different ways through music, games, disciple groups and talks. The most moving for me is when one of our seniors gave the sermon at our 10 a.m. service. He comes from an unchurched home. However, he is faithful in his attendance and leadership in our church and youth ministry. After his sermon, he received a standing ovation from the other students and congregation. Both of his parents were there to see the impact their son is making in the lives of others.
  • Community Church Without Walls (SC District) — We had over 40 of our youth attend our Discovery weekend. Seeing our senior high students give talks, perform skits, and lead small groups was an amazing experience.

 

Congregations celebrated people experiencing transformation and spiritual growth.

  • Haven Chapel (SE District) — Baptism of 4 new members
     
  • Randall's Chapel (NE District) — Over the past 2 weeks we have witnessed God moving in the church with many people in the altar at the end of these services.
     
  • Somerville (NE District) — Another Request for Reaffirmation of Baptismal Covenant
     
  • Christ Church (SC District) —A Christ-follower recommitted their life to Christ
     
  • Columbiana (SC District) — One individual made a faith decision accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior through our mission team's witness and service to the women's facility here in Columbiana Alabama.
  • Restoration Mission (SC District) — We lead a young lady in hospice to Christ and she desired to join our church. We accepted her at her bedside and members have committed to visiting her regularly.

 

Congregations celebrated new groups and ministries they have begun in order to reach new people.

  • Marvin Chapel (SW District) — Marvin Chapel began a new Sunday School class for ages 11 and older on March 1, with five kids attending.
     
  • Graysville (CE District) — First small group meeting of Young Adults, 8 in attendance
     
  • Shiloh Allgood (CE District) — We kicked off a Craft and Praise women's outreach this week. It went great!
     
  • Reform First (SW District) — 3 New Small Groups formed for biblical study and recovery from life's hurts, habits, and hang-ups!
 

Congregations celebrated the ways they are in ministry to help invite their community to experience transformation.

  • Roanoke First (SE District) — On Feb. 22, Roanoke FUMC was presented a plaque of appreciation by Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child, recognizing our 5 yrs. of service as an official area shoe-box drop-off location.
     
  • Bexar (SW District) — Kairos weekend was very inspiring as the team touched many hearts
     
  • Bethlehem (Hueytown) (CE District) — BUMC rated 4th in contributions for McCoy Center Rock-a-thon
     
  • Gardendale - Mt. Vernon (CE District) — Kingdom Kids Consignment Sale made over $30,000 to go towards Missions
     
  • Old Zion (CE District) —Sunday afternoon as we shared a Cookie Blitz and love to others. We met at church at 3:30 had prayer and went out to visit those unchurched living near our church. Several of the ladies visited the local nursing home and provided cookies & gifts. Sharing the love of Jesus! What a wonderful experience.
     
  • Christ Central (ML District) — Food Drive at local store for Food Pantry


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