Glory Sightings This Week (Week of Sunday, March 8, 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:  

North Alabama congregations celebrated people entering into a new life of faith in Jesus Christ and growing in relationship with the church. 

  • Bivens (CE District) — We baptized an infant in today's service. She was born about 2 months early and the whole church had been praying for her. Today God blessed us by her baptism.
  • Remlap (CE District) — Saturday one came to the Lord.
  • Warrior First (CE District) — Increasing in attendance!
  • Fairview (ML District) — Several visitors made it a great day.
  • Whitehall (ML District) — One person transferred from another UM Church
  • Belle Mina (NE District) — Pastor had the privilege of baptizing her youngest great-granddaughter!
  • Isom's Chapel (NE District) — We had 23 people who made a commitment to Jesus at our Upward basketball awards ceremony on Friday, March 6!
  • New Hope (NE District) — A neighbor, whom we have been working on for years, finally attended worship.
  • Randall's Chapel (NE District) — 10 visitors attended our church and received one new member.
  • Falkville (NE District) — Restored membership of a longtime member. She first Joined FFUMC in 1953. Welcomed back with open arms
  • Christ Church (SC District) —  One person, who attended Sunday because of our street sign, prayed to receive Christ. Our youth participated in a retreat this weekend. One teenager prayed to receive Christ!
  • Trinity (SC District) — 588 students at Discovery Weekend with 4 professions of faith!
  • Woodlawn (SC District) — We are happy to report the baptisms of an entire family.

North Alabama congregations celebrate their ministries sharing God’s love to their communities.

  • Hayden (CE District) — 87 families served at food pantry
  • Old Zion (CE District) — Group of seven ladies at Old Zion participated in a ROCK-A-THON tor raise money for the American Cancer Society Relay-For-Life. We raised $2,113.00 and had a great time rocking, talking, praying and having lunch together. Outreach to touch others without a specific number. Glory to God!
  • Shiloh Allgood (CE District) — The two young people in our church helped pack meals for Stop Hunger Now. They packed over 10,000 meals Saturday morning! They shared the experience with the church Sunday morning.
  • Stewart's Chapel (CE District) — 87 families were served a box of food at the West Blount Food Pantry that Stewarts Chapel, Hayden and Smokerise Methodist Churches participate in. This was our 10th distribution.
  • Pell City First (CH District) — This Missions Team organized an apple drop with the Society of St. Andrew. They bagged 24,000 pounds of apples!
  • Ranburne (CH District) — God allowed us to provide groceries for 207 people. We had volunteer support from 38 people from across our community.
  • Wise Chapel (CH District) — God allowed us to provide groceries for 207 people. We had volunteer support from 38 people from across our community.
  • Springhill (NE District) — As a congregation we are giving during Lent; Gift bags to the Huntsville City prison ministry.
  • Milner's Chapel (NW District) — Was told by a local Baptist preacher he used Milner's Chapel as an example in his sermon. Asking the question of his church "IF their church would be missed in the community by closing? He said he knew one that would because of it generous nature and mission work concerning a community men’s breakfast that for ten years as been feeding and fellowshipping with men of different and no church ties.
  • Moss Chapel (NW District) — We heard a report in our worship service from a member who had just returned from a mission trip to Belize.
  • East Lake (SC District) — East Lake members were out "in the neighborhood for good last Saturday, doing acts of kindness at the grocery store, the Laundromat, the fire station, and other businesses.
  • Oak Grove (SE District) — New interest in inviting people to church.

North Alabama congregations gave thanks for ministries and activities that helped members grow deeper in faith and fellowship.

  • Ashville First (CH District) — New ladies ministry to begin
  • Concord (NE District) — Holy Eucharist brought us all to our knees in repentant prayer
  • J.O.Y. (NE District) — As I started to preach Romans since last Sunday, our brothers and sisters have learned the core key concepts of Christian faith and experienced the power of the gospel. During our worship, God pours out Holy Spirit upon each one of us. So grateful!
  • St. James (SC District) —Some of our members were invited to sing at the Fiftieth Celebration in Selma.
  • Community Church Without Walls (SC District) — Our city council rep was able to get 20 of our members tickets to the festivities to remember bloody Sunday. We were 9 rows back from hearing the president speak and got to meet heroes from the Civil Rights Movement. It was an amazing experience to be in such a holy place where God's spirit moved and a nation was changed.
  • Fredonia (SE District) — Two members of Fredonia joined ladies from several community churches to celebrate Ladies Day at Lanett Church of Christ. The day was provided holy fellowship, enlightening education, and fun
  • Lineville First (SE District) — A wonderful two-Monday series on Christian Stewardship and life planning reached the community and church family!
  • Sweet Home (SE District) — Neighborhood newcomers joined us for worship. Two members of Sweet Home joined ladies from several community churches to celebrate Ladies Day at Lanett Church of Christ. The day was provided holy fellowship, enlightening education, and fun.

North Alabama congregations celebrated opportunities to help people grow as spiritual leaders and use their gifts in ministry. 

  • Ohatchee (CH District) — A person successfully completed the basic lay servant course.
  • Ragan Chapel (CH District) — A person completed the basic lay servant course this past Saturday.
  • Christ Central (ML District) — Men's Breakfast & Eagle Scout Ceremony
  • St. Mary's (ML District) — St. Mary has four of our children to volunteer to be acolytes.
  • Grace (NE District) — Grace UMC youth led worship this Sunday as a culmination of their Discovery Weekend. What a great service, and what great youth leaders!
  • Somerville (NE District) — ABIDE Process in full swing.
  • Forrest Chapel (NW District) — Our youth and the youth at McKendree UMC organized a praise band to play for McKendree's monthly "Thrive" worship service.
  • Riverchase (SC District) — Eagle Scout ceremony, Cub Scouts running down the hall, then with the Prayer Team lifting up needs that were turned in today.
  • Midway (SE District) — Three of our children (2nd, 4th, 6th) graders held a piano recital yesterday. These are our future musicians and they were so amazing.
  • Jennings Chapel (SW District) — Congregation reaching out to shut-ins & not waiting for pastor to do it!

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