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Global Ministries to commission new United Methodist EarthKeepers for environmental stewardship

11/18/2019

North Alabama’s Rev. Adam Burns is one of the 67 new EarthKeepers to be commissioned by the General Board of Global Ministries in an online service on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, at 7 p.m. CST at www.umcmission.org/live.  The service will affirm the EarthKeepers in their call to the ministry of creation care and will bless their work in their communities.  Commissioning online creates the opportunity for all three classes of EarthKeepers trained in 2019 to be commissioned together while minimizing ...


Discipleship Ministries produces official study guide for “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” movie starring Tom Hanks

11/13/2019

Sony Pictures invited Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church to produce the faith-based study guide to accompany the movie, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.” The film stars Tom Hanks and Matthew Rhys. Discipleship Ministries produced the official faith-based discussion guide in collaboration with Sony Entertainment. It was written by staff from the Strategic Programming unit and the Office of Communications of Discipleship Ministries. The guide is designed to help groups ...


Sumatanga Action Team in action during Gathering of the Orders and Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members

11/1/2019

The Camp Sumatanga Action Team was created in April 2019 to study, advise and reform the governance and management of the Camp. Earlier this week, during the annual Gathering of the Orders and Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members event, the team took on additional duties and helped with the food preparation for the lunch at this Conference-wide clergy gathering on October 28. Action Team members, Andy Wolfe, Neeysa Biddle, Terry McElheny and Sandy Wright were joined by Sumatanga ...


If You Liked “The Office,” You’ll Love “The Committee”

10/31/2019

Utilizing its popular character from the “Chuck Knows Church” video series, Discipleship Ministries released a series of sixteen videos, “The Committee.” The videos focus on the fictitious Park Grove Community Church, which is without a pastor and contemplating closure. Mixing “Office-like” humor and familiar traits of many of our United Methodist churches and leadership teams, each episode lasts about 15 minutes and follows meetings of the committee as our hero, Chuck, helps them process their ...


STEP Conference to equip those in ministry with young people

10/30/2019

The North Alabama Conference Connectional Ministries announces a new event for those working with young people. STEP Conference: Creating Pathways of Long-Term Discipleship will take place on April 24-25, 2020, at Trinity UMC in Homewood. STEP Conference will be an opportunity for all those who focus on the discipleship of young people to gather and learn how to best sustain ministry across age-levels. This training event will be open to children and youth leaders, as well as offering segments ...


Sumatanga Action Team October Communique

10/26/2019

RECRUITING FOR NEW STAFF: Daphne Orr and the Action Team have posted two new positions - Director of Summer Camp Ministries and a Receptionist/Administrative Assistant. We have a goal of hiring the Director of Summer Camp Ministries on or before December 1 in order to prepare for Summer 2020 camp programs. As stated in the full job description, the primary responsibility is: To direct the planning and implementation of the summer residential and day camp programs and ensure their success which ...


Office of Connectional Ministries hosting a book and curriculum giveaway featuring more than 1,000 items

10/25/2019

Thanks to a very generous donation, the North Alabama Conference Office of Connectional Ministries will soon host a book and curriculum giveaway featuring more than 1,000 items. "Our office recently received more than 1,200 items thanks to an incredible donor who wanted these gifts to be used by our churches and their members," noted Director of Connectional Ministries Linda Holland. "When the conference priority of Church Health was moved to Connectional Ministries, we wondered how best to go ...


Ider UMC member continues family's ministry of Bible display in Montgomery

10/24/2019

Almost 75 years ago, a man named Ben Davis made an agreement with the Montgomery City Council that allowed him to erect a pedestal in the city's court square. He placed an open Bible on the pedestal under a heavy glass cover. This pedestal was close to where, a decade later, Rosa Parks waited on a bus and ultimately helped changed history. Mr. Davis never sought recognition for this placement. He placed the Bible there so people could have the opportunity to read it. Mr. Davis' grandson Larry ...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: A Prayer in the face of the tragedy of the believed death of Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney

10/23/2019

God of us all, On this morning our hearts break at the news that authorities delivered to us late last evening about the believed death of Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney. We grieve with all the people of Birmingham that one of our children was apparently abducted from a birthday party, killed and left in a dumpster. We know that your heart breaks, too. God, words fail to capture the deep and multi-faceted feelings we are experiencing. We are overwhelmed at the brokenness of our world when cruelty ...


Union Chapel UMC celebrates 160 years in ministry

10/23/2019

On Sunday, October 20, 2019, Union Chapel UMC in Cordova (Central District) celebrated its 160th birthday. In preparation for the big day, the church Trustees readied the fellowship hall and grounds for guests and the ladies of the church prepared a covered dish meal.  There were more than 60 persons in worship including several former and retired pastors. They included former pastors Douglas Ferguson and Wanda Banks and retired pastor Rev. Charles Black and his wife. Union Chapel UMC is Bro. ...


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