St. Paul UMC building a relationship with their changed community


St. Paul UMC is at work in and around their community in 2016. Not that 2016 is the only year this has ever happened. St. Paul has been at work for more than 30 years trying to build a relationship with their changed community.

The conference was wise enough to try a different approach in 2015, two pastors. One pastor appointed to St. Paul, Rev. Mark Williams, and a satellite pastor, Rev. Percy (Bud) Nolan. were to build a new service that reaches out and speaks to the community. With the support of the existing congregation, the Northeast District, and the North Alabama Conference, this is what they have done since the start of the new service in December of 2015.

Rev. Williams explains, "We began with a Valentine celebration in February consisting of about 40 people from the congregation and the community. Our second Hispanic Health Clinic in June had 27 people attending and 14 volunteers. In July we put on a VBS, the first one in 2 years. And for the 1st time in years, we were allowed to partner with the Cove apartment complex across the street, in a back to school event in which we gave away 75 backpacks, water, and snacks. During this time we had two families join. Two adults transferred, two children and one adult were baptized. We also had an adult profession of faith making a total of six new members so far this year. We will be getting ready for our fall community picnic and revival in October, and we might be looking for help! The congregation, Pastor Bud, and I, are praying continuously and awaiting what work God may do."

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