During this time of year, we pause to thank God for the birth of his Son and for sending Jesus into the world to bring new life to His people. The Bible, both the Old and New Testaments, teaches us that God’s plan had been in the works for a long time before the earthly birth of Jesus in Bethlehem some 2000 years ago.
Although we take so much for granted in this country and can easily get caught up in the materialism of Christmas, during December we join others around the world and enter into a time of remembering the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ and the meaning of Christmas. Christmas plays, skits, cantatas, special music, decorations, caroling, and so much more single out this time of year and help remind us Jesus was born.
The North Alabama Conference Lay Ministry Team wishes a Merry Christmas to each of you and also sends greetings for a very Happy New Year.
From Lauderdale County to Chambers County and from Pickens County to Jackson County, the District Lay Leaders, Associate Lay Leaders and Lay Servant Ministries Directors serve our eight districts and all the local churches in the North Alabama Conference.
We on the Conference Lay Ministry Team pause to thank Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett for her continued leadership in North Alabama. We also want to thank our District Superintendents and our Conference staff for the tireless work they do on behalf of the 131,000 United Methodist clergy and laity in North Alabama.
Thanks from those who serve on our Conference Lay Ministry Team. Our District Lay Leaders include Central District—Anne Jolly, Cheaha District—Mike Galloway, Mountain Lakes District—Gail Hiett, Northeast District—Betty Zoller, Northwest District—Dennis Griffith, South Central District—Charlie Carlton, Southeast—Bob Neighbors, and Southwest District—Ray Alexander. The Associate Lay Leaders are Mountain Lakes District—Joey Amberson, Northeast District—T. Poe, South Central District—Donald Johnson. Also, serving on the Lay Ministry Team is Becky Walker, Conference Chair of Lay Servant Ministries, and Tina Hardy, Associate Chair of Lay Servant Ministries.
Let’s make 2017 the year we turn the church around in worship service attendance! We can do it, one person at a time, if we all will invite our friends, neighbors and co-workers.
The Lay Ministry team offers a challenge for you, between now and the New Year, think about those YOU will ask to join you in worship in 2017.
Blessings to each of you from all of us,
Steve Lyles, Conference Lay Leader
and the North Alabama Conference Lay Ministry Team