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North Alabama Conference Historical Society's fall meeting to celebrate Methodist missions


The North Alabama Conference Historical Society's Fall meeting will be at historic Athens First United Methodist Church on Saturday, October 12, 2019. The church is located at 208 West Hobbs Street in Athens, Alabama. The meeting will be in the youth center. This church celebrated 200 years of continuous ministry in Limestone County last year. The theme of this Fall meeting of the Historical Society is the mission of the church. Presentations will highlight three great areas of this mission —...

A Focus on Recovery: Transformation through leadership

by: Guest Blogger


September is National Recovery Month. Throughout this month, North Alabama United Methodists are sharing their stories on various aspects of recovery ministries and how they bring transformation to people, local churches and communities.   This week’s story comes from Shan Odom, the Cheaha District coordinator for Celebrate Recovery.   I have had many people ask me why I love the recovery ministry called Celebrate Recovery, or CR. Celebrate Recovery is a street ministry that occurs inside the ...

September 29 is UMVIM Awareness Sunday


The North Alabama Conference has designated Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, as United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) Awareness Sunday. This is an annual Special Sunday celebrated each fall. Each church is encouraged to take up a special offering that day to be used by the annual conference volunteer in mission program. You are also encouraged to provide UMVIM displays, information resources, solicit individual or group testimonies, and/or develop other ways to celebrate UMVIM that best suit ...

United Counseling to offer Prepare and Enrich facilitator training on October 10


On October 10, 2019, United Counseling will offer an opportunity for pastors and counselors to become a certified Prepare and Enrich facilitator. Prepare and Enrich is used by many clergy and counselors for pre-marital and couples counseling. This course provides participants with the tools to help couples identify their strengths and growth areas in categories such as Communication, Conflict Resolution, and Spiritual Beliefs. The training will be led by United Counseling Executive Director Rev....

UMCH Breaks Ground on New Home for Teen Moms and Babies


The United Methodist Children’s Home broke ground on a 9600 square feet residential facility on Thursday, August 22, 2019, with approximately 40 supporters in attendance. This new Babies First Home will allow UMCH to do more to accommodate a steady demand of teen moms in foster care. “It’s a special place where adverse circumstances meet God’s grace,” says Dr. Blake Horne, UMCH President and CEO. “While we extend this grace on a daily basis and residents are well cared for, the current home’s ...

Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry recognizes Asbury Award recipient and celebrates new campus ministry


During the 2019 North Alabama Annual Conference in June, Conference Director of Campus Ministries Dr. Wade Langer presented the report of the Conference Board of Higher Education and Ministry. As the report began, Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett surprised Rev. Langer by announcing he was North Alabama’s recipient of the 2019 Francis Asbury Award.  The Francis Asbury Award is awarded annually to one honoree per annual conference and recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to ...

Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: An invitation to North Alabama Conference elders, deacons, licensed local pastors and associate members


Dear Friends, Many times since the 2019 Annual Conference I have heard some version of the comment, “Annual Conference teachers and preachers Bishop Bob Farr and Dr. Candace Lewis were great. I wish we could have heard more from them!” Good news! Bishop Farr and Dr. Lewis will both be featured at the North Alabama Conference 2019 Gathering of the Orders and Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members on October 27-28 at Sumatanga Camp and Conference Center. In the course of 28 hours, they ...

Missions Monday: Pleasant Hill UMC’s story


During worship on August 11, Pleasant Hill UMC (South Central District) had a blessing of backpacks for students preparing for a new school year. The congregation also prayed for teachers, school employees and administrators. During the children's moment, students were presented with a small rock that was marked with a cross and Joshua 1:9, a Bible verse that says, "I hereby command you: Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you ...

COSROW recognizes 2019 Branscomb Barrier Breaker Award recipient


Each year during Annual Conference, the Conference Commission on the Status and Role of Women (COSROW) recognizes a North Alabama United Methodist willing to risk and stand up for the rights of women and ethnic minority persons through the  Louise Branscomb Barrier Breaker Award. During the 2019 North Alabama Annual Conference in June, COSROW Chair Rev. Kelsey Grissom presented the report of COSROW and announced that the 2019 Branscomb Barrier Breaker Award recipient was Rev. Lucy Morales. ...

Applications now open for new Conference Youth Leadership Team and Conference Young Adult Leadership Team


This year, the North Alabama Conference will start a Conference Youth Leadership Team (CYLT) and a Conference Young Adult Leadership Team (CYALT), in accordance with The Book of Discipline ¶649 and 650 respectively. These teams will offer the opportunity for youth and young adults (and adults who support them) throughout the Annual Conference to gather and discuss important topics related to the United Methodist Church, locally and globally, as well as, promote youth and young adult involvement ...

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