Glory Sightings This Week (Week of Sunday, March 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 “next generation” ministries and events that are helping children and youth grow in faith and as spiritual leaders.

  • DeArmanville (CH District) — 3 students had a great experience at EXIT 456. First time at Sumatanga for 2 of them and they loved it!
  • Glen Addie (CH District) — Youth and Children Ministry led the Worship Service. At Prayer Time - the Spirit of the Lord showed up and touched every adult in the place. To God be the Glory!
  • Brownsville (CH District) — We have an 8 year old girl who regularly volunteers to pray during 10:30 a.m. worship service.
  • Gandys Cove (NE District) — We had 20 at youth worship/ Friday night and celebrated a profession of faith!
  • Madison (NE District) — We had 2 Youth recommit their lives during Youth Discovery Weekend. The weekend was a blessed time with the Lord.
  • Falkville (NE District) — Youth Wednesday night. Worship Food & Fellowship
  • Lexington (NW District) — Daraja Children's Choir of Africa
  • Community Church Without Walls (SC District) — Youth from our church prepared our Sunday meal on their own. Seeing youth grow into leaders is an incredible experience.
  • Wadley First (SE District) — We had 12 children come down Sunday morning for Children's Time
  • Reform First (SW District) — 3 "tweeners" from our Celebration Place ministry attended Exit 456 at Camp Sumatanga along with three chaperones from Celebrate Recovery.
  • Fayette First (SW District) — Wednesday night we hosted a youth worship service and had 126 in attendance
  • Old Zion (CE District) — New families attending worship service. More YOUTH attending than we have had in years. Praise the Lord! 
  • Vestavia Hills (CE District) — 257 young ladies & their fathers attended Spring Fling Dance wonderful night of fellowship, dancing and refreshments at VHUMC! 

Congregations celebrated events and processes that continue to grow spiritual leaders.

  • Lincoln (CH District) — We continued our visioning process and saw God's heart unified in the shared responses of several of our leaders. Jesus is leading us further into being His Kingdom Come!
  • Dadeville First (SE District) — On Saturday we celebrated a wonderful church retreat completely envisioned, planned, and organized by laity. On Sunday we received two new members by transfer of membership and celebrated the sacrament of baptism with their baby.
  • Lineville First (SE District) — One of our seminarians brought the message. The congregation received him warmly and encouraged him with enthusiasm. 

Congregations welcomed people into the Christian faith and into the fellowship of the church.

  • Southside (ML District) — profession of faith of a person
  • Randall's Chapel (NE District) — Great day with Ministry Fair Sunday. One profession of faith followed by a baptism next Sunday.
  • Somerville (NE District) — Profession of Faith
  • Christ Church (SC District) — 4 young people baptized
  • Aldersgate (CE District) — A young man that was unchurched began bringing his wife and is now playing guitar on the praise team.
  • Remlap (CE District) — We celebrated a woman professing faith. She said she was looking for a Church home and would return with husband to visit again.

Congregations celebrated ministries going beyond their church walls to meet the physical and spiritual needs of others.

  • Steele (ML District) — Collecting Easter baskets and fillings for the recipients of the Fifth Loaf Food Pantry to shop for their kids. First Aid supplies collecting for Steele Elementary & Jr. High School, selling T-Shirts to help fund scholarship for High School Senior.
  • Concord (NE District) — Finance Chair stepped out in Faith to lead Honor Society Students to collect food for the needy of their community
  • Green's Chapel (NW District) — Three local churches came together to at Green's Chapel to have a sending forth service for members from each church going to do mission work at Sager Brown, LA.
  • East Lake (SC District) — Members served the homeless at the Firehouse Shelter.
  • Mitchell Springs (SE District) — Feeding the Needy Project scheduled for 4/28/15 to provide & deliver food for 100 sick & shut-in and elderly citizens in the area.
  • Oak Grove (SE District) — We had a great visiting team go out to connect with a member of the church who has not been able to attend!
  • St. Thomas (SE District) — Neighborhood fun day held Saturday at the church for children as well as adults, watched movie, Selma, served refreshments, and had approximately 20 in attendance
  • Capstone (SW District) — Several of our college students were on a mission trip to Baton Rouge, LA this week through the University of Alabama Wesley Foundation.
  • Edgewater (CE District) — This past Wednesday we distributed a food "Blessing Bag" to every home in our community. What a blessing it was for all of us and hopefully to all who received a "blessing bag".

Congregations celebrated new ministries and new buildings that will allow them to reach more people in the name of Jesus Christ. 

  • Union Chapel (ML District) — First Sunday in Family Life Center.
  • Neel (NW District) — Our men began a new UMM fellowship. We had 7 men show up for our first gathering and they ranged in age from 34 to 77, most were in their 40s.
  • Hayden (CE District) — Church voted to open senior citizen center

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