Glory Sightings This Week (Week of Sunday, March 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 are reaching out to their communities (and beyond) through missions and community activities.

  • Concord (NE District) — 1000 cans of food collected for hungry persons led by church member
  • Lakeside (NE District) — This Sunday, we shared and served hot meals, gave school supplies, clothes, and groceries to nineteen people from the community; eighteen of those were children and youth who came to worship with us for the first time.
  • Oak Ridge (NW District) — We had a wonderful Easter Egg hunt for 20 kids.
  • Community Church Without Walls (SC District) — Our youth visited two nursing homes on Saturday and prayed with residents.
  • Fayette First (SW District) — Monthly Fishes & Loaves ministry
  • Nauvoo (SW District) — Christian's Place Mission served 282 people - 37 served in AA-NA meeting - 17 Winston Co jail ministry
  • Pinson (CE District) — Our Food Pantry provided food for 150 people!
  • Warrior First (CE District) — Community Easter program on the 25th!
  • Ohatchee (CH District) — Our Food Bank once a month has brought people into the life of this church. We go out and immediately visit those who are new to this town by way of word of mouth that the Holy Spirit leads us to to their front doors or back doors.
  • Pell City First (CH District) — Our Missions Team is now in Belarus where they have begun working at the orphanage.
  • Ragan Chapel (CH District) — Groceries with Grace /Saturday Meal for the people in our community has created a place of worship for people.
  • Ranburne (CH District) — God allowed us to provide free groceries for 90 households.
  • Saks First (CH District) — Packed 350 backpack lunches for kids at Saks Elementary School with our partner church Saks Baptist.
  • Wise Chapel (CH District) — God allowed us to provide free groceries to 90 households.
  • Christ Central (ML District) — We served over 142 families totaling 429 people with our Food Pantry this month.
  • Corbinville (ML District) — With Martling UMC sponsored county wide Music Fest with a meal for all, gospel music and info on drugs and how to get help. About 250 attended; 15 members helped.
  • Martling (ML District) — Event on Mar. 21 at the church with 250+ attending, 247 meals, sanctuary filled with folks standing outside.
  • Steele (ML District) — Awesome day Friday at Fifth Loaf Food Pantry. Our GiGi's (teens) youth Group, helped participants put together Easter baskets for their kids for Easter.

Congregations celebrated being intentionally invitational and welcoming new people as visitors and members.

  • Good Shepherd (NE District) — A person who had never attended a church is now regularly attending and becoming active in several ministries.
  • New Hope (NE District) — Two new unchurched youth attending Bible Study
  • Randall's Chapel (NE District) — Baptism today!
  • Bethlehem (Lineville) (SE District) — What a joy: 1 Baptism and 1 Profession of Faith. The Young Men Praise Team celebrated their 5th Anniversary. We are excited about our two new youth acolytes.
  • Fredonia (SE District) — Four guests, four routine guests from the community, and five members of other circuit churches joined us for the monthly Fri. night fellowship/outreach dinner.
  • St. John (SE District) — New small group formed out of the Adult Sunday School Class "Spiritual Growth" Will be open to the community and will meet weekly in different homes.
  • Jennings Chapel (SW District) — Guests visiting each Sunday
  • Reform First (SW District) — Baptism of one of our Celebration Place kids and renewal of baptism covenant by one of our CR adults.
  • Taylorville (SW District) — One of our newest 'regular visitors' has embraced our 'Lenten challenge' to invite folks in--she's brought 4 visitors with her in the last 5 weeks!
  • Trinity (SW District) — Trinity UMC partnered with two other university church at UA and Stillman. Together we host an ecumenical Lenten luncheon series. We are averaging 40+ people from 11 different churches and 6 denominations.
  • Bivens (CE District) — At the beginning of the year we designated one Sunday a quarter as Friendship Sunday. The first quarter Sunday was March 22nd. Each member of the congregation is encouraged to invite, friends, neighbors and family to church with them on this day. We had 100 in attendance for the first time in almost a year. Of the visitors who came, at least half of them do not attend church anywhere on a regular basis. God continues to work through his people to reach those who have very little or no relationship with him. We offer a giant Praise to God for his work among us.
  • DeArmanville (CH District) — 3 visitors worshipped with us.
  • Fort Payne First (ML District) — Five people were praying in the altar after our SOS Chapel Service last Wednesday.
  • St. Mary's (ML District) —  St. Mary had their Spring Revival last week, and souls were touched all week long; the messages were right on time as to what we all needed.
  • Whitehall (ML District) — Four transferred membership from another UMC

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