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Painting tells story of past and hopeful present

1/16/2007

On November 30,  a painting titled ". .Marching On" by Jarrett Rutland was introduced at the United Methodist Center.  The painting hangs in the Episcopal Office and tells the story of Birmingham and North Alabama Conference churches as they have worked to move beyond racism to a new day.The artist is both the grandson and son of United Methodist pastors - John Rutland Sr. and John Rutland Jr. At the Janaury 6 event featuring Tony Campolo, Bishop William H. Willimon showed a slide of the ...


Student Loans Available Now, Scholarship Applications Open

1/16/2007

NASHVILLE, Tenn.(GBHEM/FYI) – College students who find they need additional funds for the semester beginning in January can apply for a United Methodist Student loan. “We are accepting applications for loans for the winter/spring semester right now,” said James Harding, assistant executive director for loans administration and operations for the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. “Often, students find that they get to the spring semester and the money they thought would cover ...


Event encourages United Methodists to live a spirituality of racial reconciliation

1/7/2007

On January 6, hundreds of North Alabama United Methodists gathered at ClearBranch UMC in Trussville for an event featuring Dr. Tony Campolo, Dr. C.T. Vivian and Bishop William H. Willimon with the purpose of discussing living with a spirituality of racial reconciliation.  “You can not be a Christian and be a racist.” Tony Campolo said. “If you Reject a segment of the population you reject the Christ in them.” Dr. Campolo, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Eastern University and author of 33 ...


UPDATE: Falkville First United Methodist church building destroyed by fire

12/18/2006

December 21; 9 p.m. - Update To see photos of the fire click here. In the days following the fire which destroyed their church building, the members of Falkville First United Methodist Church are making plans and continuing their ministry together.   On Wednesday night, the church Board of Trustees met and invited all other church members to be present at the meeting. The congregation has decided they will meet for a Christmas Eve service this Sunday at the Quail Creek Chapel. Quail Creek is a ...


United Methodist Agency to Restructure Designated Mission Giving Program

12/14/2006

New York, NY, December 14, 2006—The Advance for Christ and His Church, the designated mission-giving program of The United Methodist Church, is being restructured to better equip it to reach donors today and into the future. “We are acting to assure the vitality of the Advance in a day when the patterns and technology of giving are changing,” said Cashar Evans, Jr., a Kitty Hawk, North Carolina layman who chairs the Advance Committee of the General Board of Global Ministries. Mr. Evans, Bishop ...


Patrick Friday to take General Board of Global Ministries staff position in January

12/7/2006

 North Alabama’s Director of Mission and Advocacy Rev. Patrick Friday has been named the new Director of Special Mission Initiatives at the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM). Rev. Friday will assume his new role in January 2007.   One of the areas this new position will focus on is Evangelism and Church Growth in Eastern Europe where Patrick has spent years working with Methodist Churches.  Additional geographical areas he will focus on are Asia, Africa and South America.   "I am gratful...


United Methodist Pastoral Care and Counseling offers help dealing with "Holiday Baggage"

12/6/2006

by John Douglass, Director of Counseling and Adult Ministry Vestavia Hills UMC Satellite Center We live in a world of constant change.  In a day that changes from moment to moment by an email on our wireless handheld, a tragic wreck, a threat of terrorism, we have adjusted to make change normal.  It would not seem ok if there was not something different about our day-to-day life. However, we try somehow to hold on to those holiday traditions and not change them.  We hold the same gatherings in ...


Carraway sale final; Pastoral Care and Counseling looks for new home

11/16/2006

On Nov. 15, 2006, a group of doctors and a Nashville development company, collectively known as Physicians Medical Center, completed their purchase of Carraway Methodist Medical Center. The group had made the highest bid for the hospital during an auction on Nov. 7. The sale came after years of financial woes and growing debt for the hospital.  In September of this year the hospital had filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy. This bankruptcy sale means the hospital has freed itself from most of its ...


Ohatchee UMC reaches out to youth to grow ministry

11/9/2006

Today churches of all sizes try creative approaches to attract youth and their families to church.  Many smaller congregations struggle with this goal of being a welcoming place for teenagers and their families.    During the last few years, Ohatchee United Methodist Church in the Cheaha District was one congregation that struggled with this issue. They could have let the congregations size, its history of a struggling youth group or the age of its pastor and members be an excuse not to rise to ...


United Methodist Center showcases art

10/27/2006

Also see related storyArtwork by internationally recognized local artist being displaying at United Methodist Center. As you walk through the hallways and gathering spaces of the United Methodist Center you may notice more and more conversation pieces in the form of artwork hanging on the walls and sitting on tables and shelves. When you continue to wander through the building you will realize the United Methodist Center now has become a showcase for Alabama and United Methodist artists thanks...


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