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Program seeks to call young people into clergy

2/1/2006

A UMNS Report_By Linda Green A new program will partially address pastoral leadership concerns in the United Methodist Church and other denominations by cultivating young candidates for ministry vocations. The program, "Calling Congregations," will organize churches in grass-roots programs to find and support the next generation of pastoral leaders for Christian denominations. It is being launched by the Atlanta-based Fund for Theological Education with a $6 million grant from the Lilly ...


Conference Votes to Realign Districts

1/28/2006

During a historic vote, the United Methodists of North Alabama voted to realign the number of districts within the bounds of the conference from the current 12 to eight new districts. Bishop William H. Willimon presided over the special session of the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church which was held on Saturday, January 28, 2006, from 10 am to Noon at ClearBranch United Methodist Church in Trussville, Alabama. The sole purpose of the meeting was to vote on a proposal from ...


North Alabama United Methodists increase giving to connectional church mission in 2005

1/27/2006

Congregations give $11 million to work of the United Methodist Church throughout the world. In a year when many churches and individuals generously reached out financially to the victims of hurricanes, earthquakes and other dramatic situations, The United Methodist churches in North Alabama not only gave almost $1 million to disaster relief efforts, they also grew stronger in their giving to other United Methodist ministries and missions. Bishop William H. Willimon shared a report dated ...


North Alabama holds annual Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century Celebration

1/23/2006

Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century (SBC-21) held its annual celebration on January 14-15, 2006, at St. Paul United Methodist Church in downtown Birmingham. 275 United Methodists participated in a day of workshops on Saturday customized to meet the needs of African-American churches, pastors, youth and young adults in the 21st Century. After breakfast, the SBC-21 Choir and Spiritual Guide Rev. Jesse Bynum led everyone in Praise and Worship. Ms. Brendolyn High, Convenor for ...


Bishops announce ratification of constitutional amendments

1/19/2006

WASHINGTON (UMNS) - The United Methodist Council of Bishops has announced that all eight amendments to the church's constitution passed by the 2004 General Conference have been ratified by the annual conferences.  The new amendments are effective immediately, the council said. The process for amending the Constitution of the United Methodist Church requires a two-thirds majority vote of delegates to the General Conference, the denomination's top lawmaking assembly. Annual (regional) conferences ...


Haleyville First UMC reaches out to community with ministry to strengthen personal financial health

1/19/2006

According to a Jan. 11, 2006, article in USA Today in the year 2005 personal bankruptcy filings in the United States "surged 31.6% to a record 2 million" (figures from Lundquist Consulting). Haleyville First United Methodist Church is beginning to offer a ministry to help people in its community deal with the issue of personal financial stewardship. Haleyville First UMC recently completed its first 13-week session of Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University. "The results were awesome," says ...


North Alabama Conference launches new website

1/19/2006

Beginning the weekend of Janaury 20 visitors will have a brand new online experience at www.northalabamaumc.org . The North Alabama Conference is launching a new website that will have a new look and will provide new features. The Communication and Computer Services staff are working with Brickriver Technologies, a company that has helped 15 other United Methodist Annual Conferences develop their websites. "During the next few months the website will be integrated with a new Conference ...


5% Challenge Celebration: Holy Spirit guides Russellville First UMC to growth in worship attendance

1/12/2006

Members of First United Methodist Church in Russellville (Florence District) say they have surrendered to the fact that God is in charge of growing their church. "We clearly understand there are no fail-safe programs or any cutting edge advertising/marketing, although these must be done, that will grow our church," says pastor Rev. Alan Beasley. "We believe God will draw people to Himself when He is honored, glorified and lifted up." The Russellville congregation has experienced visitors who ...


Lenten Devotions program offered by the national hunger-relief ministry of the Society of St. Andrew

1/12/2006

Many stories in the Bible involve people at crossroads in their lives. At these junctures they find that they must decide whether to travel in God's direction or choose a different path. CrossRoads a free Lenten Devotions program offered to individuals and churches by the Society of St. Andrew, asks the reader to reflect on the choices made by these Biblical people. It also guides the reader into reflecting on their own choices as they follow Jesus' journey toward the cross and resurrection. ...


Sylacauga First UMC hosts African Children's Choir

1/12/2006

On Sunday, Dec. 4, First United Methodist Church in Sylacauga hosted a performance by the African Children's Choir. The African Childrens Choir is comprised of children ages seven to eleven. Each child in the Choir, has lost one or both parents to poverty or disease. The group serves as ambassadors for all children in Africa who have become orphans because of the AIDS pandemic. They perform throughout the world bringing hope and joy to everyone they meet while shining the spotlight on the ...


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