Retiree News

Retiree News 13 March 2014

By: Jesse Shaddix on 3/13/2014
Topics: Retiree News

Retired clergy luncheon at noon on March 4 at Gardendale/Mt. Veron UMC

About 68 retired United Methodist clergy and spouses gathered for a special luncheon at Gardendale / Mt. Vernon UMC on Tuesday, March 4th.    The Rev. Herb Williamson called the meeting to order; The Rev. Robin Scott blessed the meal.  Those present thanked Dr. Ralph Bates for the securing of the funds for the lunch.  They also thanked Mrs. Joree Vance and Mrs. Betty Gunn for the decorations and the arrangements. Mrs. Jennifer Lindholm catered the meal.  

Following the meal, three persons told about the activities of existing Fellowship groups for retired clergy in the Conference: The Rev. Charles Boling represented the Decatur group; The Rev. Charles Hazel represented the Blackburn Court group; and Betty Gunn represented the First Tuesday group of the Birmingham area.  

 

The Rev. Lee Padgett, interim director of Camp Sumatanga spoke to the group about new activities and events at Camp and urged continued support and attendance.  

Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett thanked the group and also spoke in encouragement of Camp Sumatanga.

After prayer concerns were lifted, the meeting closed with the benediction by the Rev. Bob Alford.

Retiree News Feb 24 2014

By: Jesse Shaddix on 2/24/2014
Topics: Retiree News

Retiree Luncheon at Gardendale/Mt. Vernon

The deadline for reservations has passed for the March 4th luncheon for retired clergy at Gardendale/Mt. Vernon UMC . With 76 registered, the luncheon will begin at noon.  Our Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett and the Rev. Lee Padgett will be in attendance.  A member of the three regularly meeting  Fellowship groups will be attending and will tell about how each group gathers and keeps in contact during the year. We will look forward to another such luncheon for those who could not attend at this time.   

Retiree News 5 December 2013

By: Jesse Shaddix on 12/5/2013
Topics: Retiree News

Mark Your Calendars

Retired Clergy Luncheon

Noon Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Complementary meal at Gardendale/Mt. Vernon UMC

Gathering to encourage new fellowship groups for retired clergy and spouses!

Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett and Rev. Lee Padgett will attend.

All retired Clergy and spouses are encouraged to attend.

Please notify Betty Gunn at 205-940-9392 or bgunn66@charter.net or Joree Vance at 205-824-8184 if you plan to attend.

Retiree News 9 October 2013

By: Jesse Shaddix on 10/9/2013
Topics: Retiree News

ARMS Annual Meeting at Camp Sumatanga

Steve west began our meeting with old familiar hymns sung to other tunes than we are most familial with. It didn’t take long for those gathered to get into the rhythm of this new way.

President Herb Williamson recognized those who have been a part of the retired community and attending this function for the longest time. Woodfin and Dot Groves were present and have been attending for more than thirty years. He also recognized that Bishop Wallace Padgett and most of the cabinet were in attendance.

Superannuate Homes Update

Don Neal then brought us greetings and welcomed us with an update on the Superannuate Homes program. He began by saying that “despite what you have heard from the grapevine, Superannuate Homes is here to stay.” He did say, however, that a team has been formed to evaluate the program and would make recommendations at the next board meeting.

We currently have 127 homes and two are for sale.

Our treasury balance is $2,290.61 and we voted to sent $1,500 to UMCOR.

2014 Officers

The nominations committee recommended that we keep the current officers for another year. The by-laws call for election of new officers every two years, so in order to approve this recommendation, the by-laws had to be suspended in this matter. These matters were approved and the 2014 officers are as follows: President, Herb Williamson; Vice President, Ted Leach; Secretary, Sue Saxon; Treasurer, Jim Knapp; and Communications, Jesse Shaddix.

Spring Meeting

Betty Gunn is part of a team of ARMS who are trying to figure more ways for retirees to interact with one another. She reported that most of the retirees they have spoken with would like opportunities to meet and eat. There are some clusters who meet regularly for this purpose. One such group meets weekly each Thursday evening at 5:00 pm. at Blackburn Court for a night out together. It is made up primarily of the residents of the court, but anyone is invited to join them. Another group meets in Birmingham every first Tuesday, and there are other groups in Huntsville and Decatur.

However, this team thinks that since there are only two meeting opportunities, there should be another; therefore, on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at noon we will gather at Gardendale-Mt. Vernon UMC for a meet, greet and eat. The meal will be complimentary, so the only cost is transportation and your time. The purpose of this gathering is to encourage new fellowship groups and to promote existing groups for retired clergy and spouses. Bishop Wallace-Padgett and her husband, Rev. Lee Padgett will be present for this gathering. Details regarding registration will follow at t later date, but mark your 2014 calendar now and plan to be with us. If you need transportation, contact someone in your area to bring you, or if you know someone who needs transportation, contact them and make arrangements to pick them up.

Memorial Prayer

Vice President, Ted Leach, offered prayer for the needs of the community and in memory of those who have died since our last gathering at Annual Conference. Those who have claimed their heavenly reward since May are: Rev. Thomas Betts; Rev. Robert (Bob) Archibald, Jr.; Mrs. Lois M. Barr; Rev. Julius (Jay) Goodine; Mrs. Betty Ann Duncan; Rev. Larry Stephens; Rev. Lawrence Harbin; Mrs. Billie Doris Fetner; Rev. Norman Westbrook; Mrs. Dorothy Pickard; Rev. Albert Satcher; Mrs. Ann Friday; and Rev. Carolyn Pitts.

Featured Speaker

Interim Camp Director Jan Thomas brought a report on camping ministries and the repairs to the camp after the storms. A national survey of Christians reports that 70% made their profession of faith prior to 19 years and that 50% of those were made during a camp experience. Camp Sumatanga has had a long history of encouraging children and youth in the service to God in the local church. In fact, the camping ministry is designed to equip children and youth for service to the local church and community.

As to storm damage repairs, the Nina Reeves Chapel, which was totally destroyed, has been rebuilt, insurance has paid to have roofs replaced and the Sumatanga Cross on Chandler Mountain has once again lit up the night sky.

Bishop’s Message

Bishop Wallace-Padgett has been meeting with her process team for several months. They have been discussing Deep Change and trying to discern ways to incorporate deep change into the North Alabama Conference and its local churches. They believe that the first assumption is that Deep Change is here to stay. In fact, that is what living the Christian life is all about. The next assumption is that Methodism at its best is a Movement, not an institution. It began that way and in order to be effective, it must continue that way. Everything we do must be geared toward the people and not toward an institution. The next assumption is that deep change must begin with the individual. As change takes place in our lives, we begin to transform the world. In order to accomplish this change we must become servant leaders.

There are three aspects to this process: Loving, Learning and Leading. The objectives for this change are: Developing Spiritual Leaders who model community that learns and leady together, Creating Environments that foster transformation, and Establishing Processes that produce fruit.

Vision

Spiritual leaders empowering life-giving congregations to transform the world.

Mission

Discover, Develop and Deploy Spiritual Leaders to make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World.

Values

  •  Oriented to the Kingdom
  • Grounded in Scripture
  • Show Honesty and Transparency
  • Centered in Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God
  • Loving God & Others
  • Doing Christ's Work

North Alabama Principles

  •  Making Disciples of Jesus Christ is why we exist
  •  We will focus on Personal and Social Holiness; not either/or
  • Triunal doctrine matters
  • Team matters
  •  We will create clarity around, communicate clearly and do things the North Alabama Way
  • We honor the integrity of all levels of the system

Conference Priorities

What do I do next?

  1.  Pray that the churches of our Annual Conference will grow in health and impact on their communities.
  2. Pray that we will reach more persons for Christ, helping them to become disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
  3. Give feedback of suggested revisions you suggest for our Ministry Action Plan.
  4. If interested in being a part of a team, talk to your District Superintendent.

 

Retiree News 4 October 2013

By: Jesse Shaddix on 10/4/2013
Topics: Retiree News

This is some information that I have gleaned from District Newsletters that may be of interest to our retired Clergy community. Some of you will have already seen it, but since we are free to cross District lines, I submit it to all retirees.

 

Listening Sessions with Bishop Wallace - Padgett

Please join the Northeast District in welcoming Bishop Wallace - Padgett for 3 Listening Sessions on Monday, October 21st, 2013.

Everyone is welcome! 

10:00 - 11:30 am at Madison UMC - 127 Church Street

3:00 - 4:30 pm at Epworth UMC - 2102 Epworth Drive

6:00 -  7:30 pm at Aldersgate UMC - 12901 Bailey Cove Road

If you have any questions please call the NE District Office at 256-536-9451 or email Karen Long atklong@umcna.org

 

Opportunity for Service

I Kings 19 tell the story of Elijah passing on his mantle to Elisha so that his ministry continued beyond his being taken up into heaven. One of my prayers for all of our churches when they reach the end of their lifecycle is that they will be able to pass on their mantle to new ministries. I was able to see that prayer answered this past June when Carpenter UMC in Anniston closed and their building and all of their resources were passed on to Community Enabler, Inc., a non-profit organization with United Methodist roots and support which provides food, clothing and utility assistance to the newly unemployed as well as to the chronically poor. Carpenter’s gift will allow Community Enabler to expand their ministries to include, among other services, ministry to our struggling veterans.

Now Community Enabler needs help in renovating the Carpenter campus for its new purposes. We’d like to invite your church or youth group or Boy Scout troop, or SundaySchool Class to help make this happen. There are currently several opportunities for service in the coming month:

·   Week of October 7th – painters are needed

·   October 12th Workday

For more information, contact Bill Bunn at bbunn4@bellsouth.net.

 

ERT Training

Oxford FUMC will host a Disaster Early Response Team training event on October 19, 2013. Those who are interested in becoming a disaster relief volunteer are required to have this training. This training event is sponsored by the North Alabama Conference and the Cheaha District.

Reservations for the class must be made no later than October 14, 2013. In order to reserve a spot in the class please call or email the Oxford UMC office.

Call 256-831-3221or email at office@oxfumc.org

Registration begins at 7:30 AM

Training begins at 8:00 AM and will conclude at 5:00 PM

Lunch will be provided.

We look forward to seeing you there,

Chuck Worley

 

Imagine No Malaria

Below is a schedule of training events for the Imagine No Malaria initiative of the North Alabama Annual Conference. I have listed from each district so that you may choose the one most convenient to you.

Thank you for all that you are doing and will continue to do in the effort to save 100,000 lives through Imagine No Malaria

  • October 6, 2013- Birmingham area at the Conference Center @ 4:00 pm- Charlie.
  • October 6, 2013 Mountain Lakes- 4:00 pm- Adlene
  • October 13, 2013- Cheaha @ Pell City First- 4:00 pm- Adlene
  • October 20, 2013-Northwest @ Florence First- 4:00 pm- Adlene

Local church members are welcome to come to the district training, this will also save time in doing local church training. District team volunteers will serve as ambassadors for local churches.

Retiree News 10 June 2013

By: Jesse Shaddix on 6/10/2013
Topics: Retiree News

The Association of Retired Ministers and Spouses gather at Annual Conference

 

The Annual Conference gathering of the Association of Retired Ministers and Spouses (ARMS) assembled in the Student Center Great Hall at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, June 3, 2013. ARMS President, Reverend Herb Williamson, welcomed all who gathered and gave the invocation.

Herb recognized our Bishop, Debra Wallace Padgent and she addressed the retirees, thanking us for our continuing service as both appointed supply pastors and as those involved in local church and community ministry.

He recognized Rev. Norman B. Westbrook as having come all the way from North Carolina to join us for the evening festivities. Rev. Westbrook is 90 years young and retired in 1987.

He also recognized the President of the Superannuate Homes Board, Mr. Jerry Swafford. It was a delight to have Mr. Swafford and his wife join us for this celebration.

New Retirees Recognized

Rev. Don Neal welcomed the newly retired to the Association and to the Banquet. Those new retirees are:

  • Eric Bell (Full Connection Elder)
  • Jesse Bynum (Local Pastor)
  • Sallie Colwick (Full Connection Deacon)
  • Celia Cox (Full Connection Elder)
  • Reid Crotty (Full Connection Elder)
  • Berry Faust (Local Pastor)
  • Bill Gandy (Full Connection Elder)
  • John Gates (Full Connection Elder)
  • Kenneth Graham (Full Connection Elder)
  • Tommy Heaps (Local Pastor)
  • James Holiday (Full Connection Elder)
  • Glen Horn (Local Pastor)
  • Sidne Martin (Local Pastor)
  • David Murray (Full Connection Elder)
  • Jerry Reeder (Full Connection Elder)
  • Roy Williams (Local Pastor)
  • John Wilson (Local Pastor)

Remembering those who Died

Rev. Ted Leach remembered those who have died in the past year and gave a prayer of celebration for their life, their ministry, and their memory. Those pastors and spouses whose home going we celebrated are:

  • Reverend Edward B. Black
  • Mrs. Georgia Freida Gibson Boling
  • Reverend Talmadge M. Clayton
  • Mrs. Margaret Ann Cole
  • Mrs. Ruth E. Crowson
  • Reverend William Eli Eslick
  • Mrs. Helen Morris Fears
  • Reverend Robert M. Garrett
  • Mrs. Gladys Giddens
  • Mrs. Carol Clotfelter Golson
  • Reverend Dr. Eley Bert Goodwin Jr.
  • Mrs. Mary Christine Gordon
  • Mrs. Lisa Ann Greer
  • Mrs. Claudia Mae Burgess Hardy
  • Mrs. Brenda Joyce Driver Williams Havens
  • Mrs. Azilee Bobo Howard
  • Mrs. Deborah Marie Howard
  • Mrs. Willa Dene Inmon
  • Mrs. Mildred Daphine Jones
  • Reverend Frank J. Lee
  • Reverend Billy W. Limbrick
  • Mrs. Virginia Clemons Logan
  • Mrs. Gayle Smith Long
  • Reverend Dr. Joseph Maples
  • Mrs. Martha C. McMinn
  • Reverend Thomas Leonard McMinn, Jr.
  • Reverend Dr. Allen David Montgomery
  • Reverend Jimmy Ray Nixon
  • Reverend William Allen Payne
  • Mrs. Barbara Rodgers
  • Mrs. Martha McInish Rosser
  • Mrs. Billie Jo Perry Sanders
  • Mrs. Catherine Collum Stabler
  • Reverend Dr. Michael M. Stewart
  • Mrs. Ila Dean Hill Webster
  • Mrs. Sara Frances Whitten
  • Mrs. Viola Wilburn

The Ordination Class of 1963

Rev. Williamson also recognized the ordination class or 1963 and gave thanks for their 60 years of ministry. Those from the class who were present were:

  • Rev. Oliver Clark
  • Rev. Bill Saxon
  • Rev. Billy York
  • Rev. Bob Gunn
  • Rev. Charles Hazel
  • Rev. Donald Shockley
  • Rev. Bill Smith

Rev. Alton Parris was recognized by the conference for his attendance at 62 consecutive Annual Conferences. Rev. Parris and wife Jimmie were also in attendance at the ARMS Banquet.

 

Rev. Stewart Jackson was our entertainer for the evening. He gave renditions of his own songs that kept us all in stitches. They reminded us of the comical side of growing older.

Next Meeting of ARMS

ARMS will meet once again at Camp Sumatanga on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. We hope to see you there. More information and registration material will be sent as the time approaches.

Retiree News 04/09/2013

By: Jesse Shaddix on 4/9/2013

Retiree Newsletter needs your help!

About seven or eight years ago I volunteered to do a retiree newsletter. I really enjoy this type of work. I was on the Board of Communication when it was a joint board with Alabama/West Florida and continued through the transition to a North Alabama only board, from the Advocate newspaper to the Voice magazine, and ultimately to the web based Voice. I think it is great to have the means of “getting the word out in a timely manner.”
I know that everyone does not have access to a computer, and I know that there are those who advocate a paper newsletter mailed to you on occasion, but I also know “first hand” that there can be no newsletter without news of interest to those who receive it.
That has been the problem since my early days on the Board of Communication. Getting news for a newspaper, magazine or web based newsletter is worse that pulling teeth. I have asked on numerous occasions that people send me something that is news worthy and of interest to those of us who are retired, but still want to be informed and connected to the happenings of the Conference and the retired community. Frankly, I have had little success. One exception to that statement is Betty Gunn, who has kept me informed of the happenings of the First Tuesday Lunch Bunch. I want to give a special “thank you” to Betty, but, as all of you know, the information from one group does not make a newsletter.
It is good that we have begun having an active pastor come each month to share his or her passion for ministry. In January we had Wade Griffin from Liberty Crossings talk to us about blogging. In February we had Vicki Cater from Steele talk to us about her “ministry outside the office.” In March we had Sam Williamson talk to us about his ever changing responsibilities at Vestavia. His greatest passion is the local mission work of The Carpenter’s Hands. This month we had Jim Savage talk to us about the continuing work and growth at Riverchase UMC .
These are exciting talks and help us to remember the better times of our own ministry, but, as exciting as this gathering is, the information about it does not make a newsletter. I need real news that helps us stay connected to one another and to the Conference in general. I need your help and the help of the Bishop and Cabinet so that I can receive the news and pass it on to you.
If you are serious about wanting a newsletter, you must act. You may send the news to me at jbshaddix@bellsouth.net or by snail mail at 1670 Big Mountain Drive, Birmingham, AL 35235. Please help me keep the retirees informed and connected!
Jesse Shaddix

First Tuesday Lunch Bunch enjoy guest speakers


In February Vicki Cater of Steele UMC spoke to us. She told us her greatest passion for ministry was what she called “Ministry outside the office.” She spends a lot of time out in the community and , because of that, she believes she is well received by most of the population of Steele. She referred to the fact that the Nazarene church had a female pastor a number of years ago who “softened up the people” for a woman pastor. She believes that is one reason she has been well received; however, it took a lot of work outside the office for people to fully accept her as the pastor of the Methodist Church.


In March Sam Williamson spoke of his duties at Canterbury as the senior associate. He spoke of his passion as he recommended clergy for different compassion ministries. He feels that it is necessary to match the clergy to those to whom they minister. He also spoke of his dedication to the ministry to which he is most associated; the ministry of The Carpenter’s Hands. This is a ministry to the community of Birmingham and surrounding areas that reaches out to people whose homes need repairs but are not able to afford to hire the work done. Canterbury helps to fund this work and a large group of members participate in the restoration.


In April Jim Savage of Riverchase UMC spoke of the work of Riverchase. He says that on any given day/night there are so many groups meeting at the church that he cannot keep up with them. Each group provides some means of connecting with the community. He is particularly proud of the Hispanic and the Korean congregations that are part of their church family.


The First Tuesday Lunch Bunch is a group of retired Clergy and spouses who meet on the first Tuesday of each month at 1:00 pm at Chris’ Bar-B-Que on Acton road just off I-459 across from AAA. All retired clergy and spouses are encouraged to join us. For more information contact Betty Gunn (205-940-9392 or Joree Vance (205-824-8184) for more information or to inform them that you are coming so that you may be added to the count.
 

Retiree News 04/09/2013

By: Jesse Shaddix on 4/9/2013

Retiree Newsletter needs your help!

About seven or eight years ago I volunteered to do a retiree newsletter. I really enjoy this type of work. I was on the Board of Communication when it was a joint board with Alabama/West Florida and continued through the transition to a North Alabama only board, from the Advocate newspaper to the Voice magazine, and ultimately to the web based Voice. I think it is great to have the means of “getting the word out in a timely manner.”
I know that everyone does not have access to a computer, and I know that there are those who advocate a paper newsletter mailed to you on occasion, but I also know “first hand” that there can be no newsletter without news of interest to those who receive it.
That has been the problem since my early days on the Board of Communication. Getting news for a newspaper, magazine or web based newsletter is worse that pulling teeth. I have asked on numerous occasions that people send me something that is news worthy and of interest to those of us who are retired, but still want to be informed and connected to the happenings of the Conference and the retired community. Frankly, I have had little success. One exception to that statement is Betty Gunn, who has kept me informed of the happenings of the First Tuesday Lunch Bunch. I want to give a special “thank you” to Betty, but, as all of you know, the information from one group does not make a newsletter.
It is good that we have begun having an active pastor come each month to share his or her passion for ministry. In January we had Wade Griffin from Liberty Crossings talk to us about blogging. In February we had Vicki Cater from Steele talk to us about her “ministry outside the office.” In March we had Sam Williamson talk to us about his ever changing responsibilities at Vestavia. His greatest passion is the local mission work of The Carpenter’s Hands. This month we had Jim Savage talk to us about the continuing work and growth at Riverchase UMC .
These are exciting talks and help us to remember the better times of our own ministry, but, as exciting as this gathering is, the information about it does not make a newsletter. I need real news that helps us stay connected to one another and to the Conference in general. I need your help and the help of the Bishop and Cabinet so that I can receive the news and pass it on to you.
If you are serious about wanting a newsletter, you must act. You may send the news to me at jbshaddix@bellsouth.net or by snail mail at 1670 Big Mountain Drive, Birmingham, AL 35235. Please help me keep the retirees informed and connected!
Jesse Shaddix

First Tuesday Lunch Bunch enjoy guest speakers


In February Vicki Cater of Steele UMC spoke to us. She told us her greatest passion for ministry was what she called “Ministry outside the office.” She spends a lot of time out in the community and , because of that, she believes she is well received by most of the population of Steele. She referred to the fact that the Nazarene church had a female pastor a number of years ago who “softened up the people” for a woman pastor. She believes that is one reason she has been well received; however, it took a lot of work outside the office for people to fully accept her as the pastor of the Methodist Church.


In March Sam Williamson spoke of his duties at Canterbury as the senior associate. He spoke of his passion as he recommended clergy for different compassion ministries. He feels that it is necessary to match the clergy to those to whom they minister. He also spoke of his dedication to the ministry to which he is most associated; the ministry of The Carpenter’s Hands. This is a ministry to the community of Birmingham and surrounding areas that reaches out to people whose homes need repairs but are not able to afford to hire the work done. Canterbury helps to fund this work and a large group of members participate in the restoration.


In April Jim Savage of Riverchase UMC spoke of the work of Riverchase. He says that on any given day/night there are so many groups meeting at the church that he cannot keep up with them. Each group provides some means of connecting with the community. He is particularly proud of the Hispanic and the Korean congregations that are part of their church family.


The First Tuesday Lunch Bunch is a group of retired Clergy and spouses who meet on the first Tuesday of each month at 1:00 pm at Chris’ Bar-B-Que on Acton road just off I-459 across from AAA. All retired clergy and spouses are encouraged to join us. For more information contact Betty Gunn (205-940-9392 or Joree Vance (205-824-8184) for more information or to inform them that you are coming so that you may be added to the count.
 

Retiree News 01/11/13

By: Jesse Shaddix on 1/11/2013
Topics: Retiree News

First Tuesday Lunch Bunch Meets

The First Tuesday Lunch Bunch met for lunch at Chris’ BAR BQ on Acton Road on January 8th at 1:00 pm.  There were twenty-six Retired Clergy and spouses present.  We sent cards to several retirees in the Conference family. 

Each month in 2013 we will have a young pastor serving in the No Al Conference as a special guest to keep us informed on ideas, events and programs going on during the year.  The Rev. Wade Griffith, pastor of Liberty Crossings UMC, spoke to us about how valuable our years of experience are to others, and the various ways we can share with others through social media.  He suggested that each of us create a blog using our meditations, sermons, and/or teachings to be posted on the internet for others to read and be inspired by. Blogging can be done easily and without charge and can be either typed or posted as audio files. You can just type “free blogging” in your search engine to find a list of web sites that offer free space for your blog. Wade even volunteered to come to our homes to instruct us on our computers, if we needed it! Contact him at wade@libertycrossingsumc.org or (205) 951-7707. Once you begin to post your blog, you can use Facebook or Twitter to refer to your blog site, or better still have others post a reference to the site on their Facebook or Twitter pages.

We were also welcomed Rev. Don Neal who brought us greetings from the Board of Superannuate Homes. He told us that we now have full occupancy of all inhabitable homes. Two homes need repairs before they can be occupied.

He also informed us that Bishop Wallace-Padgett and cabinet are instating a program for interim pastors. I first learned of this program eight years ago from Bishop Williman, but he told me we did not have it available in North Alabama. Bishop Wallace-Padgett is implementing the program with training sessions this year. The first will be this spring when a leader/leaders will be brought in from the Jurisdiction and the second will be in the fall. When a pastor has completed both sessions he/she will be certified as an “Interim Pastor” and open to temporary appointment of six months to two years in a troubled church. District Superintendants will be recommending retired clergy to attend these sessions.

Our lunch was an excellent time of fellowship, food and exchange of ideas. You may obtain more information on this group and meeting times and places from Betty Gunn 950-9392 or Joree Vance 824-8184.

 

Retiree News 10 October 2012

By: Jesse Shaddix on 10/10/2012
Topics: Retiree News

 

ARMS Annual Meeting

On October 9, 2012 82 retired Ministers and Spouses gathered at Camp Sumatanga for our Fall gathering. We would like to thank the staff of Camp Sumatanga for the delicious meal and for taking care of us with such graciousness.

It was a great time of singing (led by Rev. John Drawhorn and accompanied by Mrs. Kelly Clegg Neal and Rev. Rich Patsios), fellowship and food. We had the opportunity to meet and hear from our Bishop, Debra Wallace-Paggett. She told us she is still formulating her vision for the Annual Conference. In the meantime she is seeking input from everyone who would like to offer it.

During our time together we remembered those Ministers and Spouses who have died since Annual Conference. Rev. Ted Leach had a special prayer of remembrance for them.

Deceased clergy/spouses since Annual Conference:

  • Reverend Billy Limbrick
  • Mrs. Frances Whitten
  • Mrs. Martha M. Rosser
  • Mrs. Christine Gordon
  • Mrs. Freida Boling
  • Mrs. Helen M. Fears
  • Mrs. Billie Jo Perry Sanders
  • Reverend Talmadge M. Clayton
  • Reverend Thomas Leonard McMinn
  • Reverend Eli Eslick
  • Mrs. Brenda Williams (Spouse of Rev. Jeff Havens)

We were especially glad to see Rev. Jeff Havens who just lost his wife, Brenda Williams last week. Hopefully our time of fellowship was meaningful to him during his time of loss.

We also heard from the Director of Superannuate Homes and Ordained Ministry, Rev. Don Neal. He told us that Superannuate Homes has the highest rate of occupancy since he has become director. There are only three home vacant at present.

Under his umbrella for ordained ministry he told us that there were some 57 full time clergy scheduled to retire in the next few years, but a far smaller number in the pipeline to replace them. He reminded us that it was probably someone else who had called our attention to or confirmed God's call in our own lives, and that it is our duty, even in retirement, to help others hear that call in their lives. Just because we are retired from the appointment system, we are not retired from God's service.

Our President, Rev. Herb Williamson entertained us with a comical rendition of the word, UP. Many asked for a copy of it, so I have added it here.

I never knew one word in the English language can be a noun, verb, adj., adv. or prep.

UP

This two-letter word in English has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that word is ‘UP’.  It is listed in the dictionary as an Adverb, prep, adj, noun, and verb.

It is easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP?

At a meeting, why does a topic come UP?  Why do we speak UP, and why are the officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report?  We call UP our friends, brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver, warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen.  We lock UP the house and fix UP the old car.

At other times, this little word has real special meaning.  People stir Up trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses.

To be dressed is one thing but to be dressed UP is special.

And this UP is confusing:  A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP.

We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night.  We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP!

To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP, look UP the word UP in the dictionary.  In a desk sized dictionary. It takes UP almost 1/4 of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions.

If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP  is used. It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don’t give UP, you may wind UP or come UP with a hundred or more.

When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP.  When the sun comes out, we say it is clearing UP.  When it rains, it soaks UP the earth.  When it does not rain for awhile things dry UP.

One could go on and on, but I’ll wrap; it UP, for now…. My time is UP!  So I’ll shut UP!

Jesse Shaddix

jbshaddix@bellsouth.net

 

Retiree News 08-10-12

By: Jesse Shaddix on 8/10/2012
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Chaplain Stinson receives “Excellence in Chaplaincy” Award

 

The Rev. Dr. Mac Stinson, Chief Chaplain of the Shelby County Alabama Sheriff’s Office Chaplain’s Association attended the 39th Annual Training Seminar of the International Conference of Police Chaplains in Spokane, WA, July 9th- 13th, 2012.  Chaplain Stinson was the recipient of the John A. Price “Excellence in Chaplaincy” award.  This award is the highest honor awarded annually by the 2500 member organization, serving 20 nations

Chaplain Stinson began serving as a law enforcement chaplain in 1996 with Shelby County. There are over 20 Chaplains now serving with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.  Chaplains help law enforcement personnel with job-related issues such as post-traumatic stress, marriage and family problems, and are frequently called out to assist law enforcement with death notifications, suicides, fatal traffic collisions, death of children and other difficult situation

  

 

The First Tuesday Lunch Bunch met the second Tuesday of July at Kairos Cafe. We were delighted to have Mrs. Doris Chestnut and Jim & Barbara Short to join us for that meeting. Bill and Betty Gunn also brought along their grandson.

Our next meeting will be September 11 at Chris Barbedque on Acton road. Chris is located in the same place as the former Richard's Barbecue. As well as bargeque, the restuarant has meat and three dinners. Plan to join us for this early Fall gathering. Contact Betty Gunn (205-940-9392) or Joree Vance (205-824-8184) for more information.

 

Retiree News 6-13-2012

By: Jesse Shaddix on 6/13/2012
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2012 Annual Conference ARMS Dinner

We had a great time of fellowship and good food at Birmingham Southern College – Norton Center on Friday, June 1, 2012. We had 200 attend, which was our largest crowd in several years.

Rev. Herb Williamson welcomed the entire group and recognized former ARMS Presidents, Rayford Etherton, Bert Goodwin, Buzz Barrett and Ralph Bates, who were in attendance.

Ted Leach was elected Vice President, replacing Herb Williamson, who has taken the President position due to the death of Gordon McKinney.

The following new retirees were recognized.

Elders

Tim J. Barnes, Roy E. Bryant, James Walter Calhoun, Kay F. Collins, David C. Cook, James C. Cotton, K. Neal Culberson, Charles Frank Gattis, Jr., Lynn Ward Moore, Roderick K. Morgan, Dale Bradley Olmstead, Arthur T. Peterson III, James A. Robey, Jr., Danny Edward Romberg, Thomas D. Russell, John E. Rutland, Jr., Harry M. Skaggs, Dalton Barton Styes, Sr., David M. Weaver, Sandra O’Quinn West 

Local Pastors

Ray T. Beard, Albertha Boddie-Boykin, Al Dean, Danny M. Ellis, Willard J. Frederick, Walter E. Jury, Joseph E. Little, Michael C. Robinson, William H. Thrasher 

Diaconal

Lisa Carol McNutt

Deacon

Cheryl Hedges Wagar

Those members who have passed away during this conference year as well as those who have died in late April and May were remembered in prayer.   Those recognized at this year’s memorial are as follows.

Clergy

James A. Anthony, William Wayne Hitt, Coil E. Stricklin, James N. Baccus, Carl M. Howard, Walter Bradley Tidwell, George B. Creel, Brady E. McCullough, Sr., Travis Alonzo Warlick, William C. Davis, R. Gordon McKinney, Rowe Sims Wren, Arthur G. Finch, Jr., Russell L. Proctor, Billy Gene Wright, Thomas Buel Gladney, Arthur Eugene Rowe, Sam Elbert Graham, Jerry E. Sims

Spouses

Mary I. Brown, Ramona Ellen Pilkington, Vivian H. Butt, Christeen Clifton Pope, Sherry N. Earl, Mary Lou Segars, Bonita Gresham, Joel Smith, Winnie Dell Havens, Willie B. Smith, Colene F. Higginbotham, Martha Ann Stafford, Sara Harper Howell, Martha Maxwell, Wanda Gosa Parker


These who have died in late April and May are as follows: Rev. Joe Maples, Mrs. Dean Webster, Rev. Frank Lee, Mrs. Catherine Stabler, and Rev. Jimmy Nixon. These will be recognized at the 2013 Memorial Service.

The next event for ARMS will be the 10:00 AM Annual Fall Meeting on October 9, 2012 at Camp Sumatanga.  We will be inviting our new bishop (as yet not known) and hopefully the bishop will be able to attend. Additional information will be sent closer to that time.

First Tuesday Lunch Bunch to Meet

The First Tuesday Lunch Bunch will meet on the Second Tuesday in July. The first Tuesday falls during July 4th week while many families have travel plans and the Kairos Kafe is closed during that week. Instead of looking for a new place to gather during a week when many might be away, our leaders have decided to postpone for one week. We hope to see you there on July 10 at 1:00 p.m. For more information contact Betty Gunn (940-9392) or Joree Vance (824-8184).

Retiree News 05-23-2012

By: Jesse Shaddix on 5/23/2012
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Retired North Alabama Pastor Writes Her First Novel

Marjorie Palmer is a member of the NAC ARMS, living in Madison, AL.  She has recently written and published a book called, Winnie's Walk: A Journey of Faith and Romance.  The book is a fiction piece about a widowed, UM pastor who has been appointed to a small, rural church.

 She began writing Winnie’s Walk after she retired from active itineracy in 2009. She had just moved to Augusta, GA to live with her husband, who was working at Ft. Gordon. She retired, yet she knew she was not tired of sharing the good news of God’s love in Christ, and she wanted to find a new audience for this good news. A novel seemed like a natural answer.

 Winnie, her alter ego, is a widow (She had been a geographical widow for half a dozen years) who is a preacher in a small, southern town near Knoxville. Her life is shaped by her need to prepare a new sermon every week. She knows well the ‘count-down’ from Monday to Saturday, as the week shrinks and her need for coming up with a new sermon grows. 

 Marjorie’s initial effort in writing Winnie included a sermon at the end of each chapter (each week), but her editor convinced her the sermons had to be removed.  Twenty-two sermons did make a very heavy tome!  She finally agreed to take the sermons out, although there is one at the end of the book. 

 Winnie discovers that she’s falling in love with John, a professor of philosophy at University of Chicago. John seems most interested in Winnie, but he mentioned to her that he doesn’t believe in church, which makes Winnie hesitant to tell him of her profession. As the story proceeds, this situation becomes a wonderful avenue to explore how an atheist can come to faith in God in Christ. 

 Another important theme that floats in the background is the sanctity of marriage. Although the opportunity for adult activity certainly presents itself, Winnie is clear that marriage involves a contract that begins at the altar or before a judge. Marjorie is displeased with much of what the media puts out to the general public. Sometimes it’s all gore and violence or it’s about inappropriate, intimate relationships. Too many people have bought the idea “two, consenting adults” can do whatever they want to. She objects to such justification, so her book points out the opposite.

 She believes that readers of Winnie's Walk will feel good about themselves and have something to think about, too.  

Winnie's Walk is available on Amazon.

 

Retiree News 5-2-2012

By: Jesse Shaddix on 5/2/2012
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The First Tuesday Lunch Bunch met at the Kairos Cafe for our regular monthly meeting. We have changed our meeting site once again. Kairos has ample meeting space, good service and good food. These are the best qualities for a good meeting place. We would like for all retirees and spouses to join us on the first Tuesday of each month at 1:00p.m. This invitation also includes surviving spouses of retired clergy.

At our meetings we keep up with one another and always have prayer needs and concerns expressed. We also have an opportunity to send cards to those who are going through tough times. It is good to always have a support group during those times in our lives.

We would like for you to join us. Please contact Betty Gunn, (940-9392) or Joree Vance, (824-8184) to ensure that we have a space set for you at the table.

We really missed our dear friend, Gordon McKinney, at this month's gathering. He has been very faithful to attend despite his bout with cancer and all the ramifications of his treatment. Gordon was a staple of our conference for many years and a straple of our First Tuesday Lunch Bunch as long as I have been attending and longer I'm sure. He is shone here with the other officers of ARMS.

Mrs. Naomi Williamson, clergy spouse from the Mississippi Conference, was in attendance along with her daughter, Sandy Litkenhous, Mrs. Williams has been a part of this group since moving to Alabama.

 

The United Methodist Church

The North Alabama Conference

â–  Board of Ordained Ministry â–  Pensions

 â–  Superannuate Homes

 

Cordially invites you to attend

The ARMS Dinner for

Retired Ministers and Spouses

Friday, June 1, 2012, 5:00 P.M.

Birmingham Southern College – Norton Campus Center

 

Special Invited Guests are the 2012 New Retirees.

There is no charge, but reservations are required.

 

ARMS Dinner

5:00 P.M.   Friday, June 1, 2012     Birmingham Southern College

 

Names_____________________________________________________________

           

Please mail this reservation form by Monday, May 14, 2012

 

Send your reservation form to:         Regina Ergle   

                                                           898 Arkadelphia Road

                                                           Birmingham, AL 35204

Email – rergle@northalabamaumc.org 

 

 

Retiree News November 3, 2011

By: Jesse Shaddix on 11/3/2011

 

First Tuesday Lunch Bunch Moves Again
 
The First Tuesday Lunch Bunch of Retired Ministers and Spouses were shocked on Tuesday, November 1, when they arrived at their meeting place of several months. The doors were locked shut and a sign on the door proclaimed that the restaurant had closed permanently.
When everyone had gathered the group decided to give the Fish Market on Highway 31 in Hoover a try. Betty Gunn called to make arrangements and shortly we all gathered there. The food and service were delightful and they provided a separate room for our dining.
We decided to go back there next month for our December get together. We would like for any and all retired ministers and spouses in the Birmingham to join us. Please contact Betty Gunn at 940-9392 so we can provide an accurate count to the restaurant.
 
Revs. Mike and Barbara Harper attended the First Tuesday Lunch Bunch gathering for the first time on Tuesday, November 1.
 
If you have information for the Retiree News, please click on my name at the top of this article on the web page and email it to me.

Retiree News November 3, 2011

By: Jesse Shaddix on 11/3/2011

 

First Tuesday Lunch Bunch Moves Again
 
The First Tuesday Lunch Bunch of Retired Ministers and Spouses were shocked on Tuesday, November 1, when they arrived at their meeting place of several months. The doors were locked shut and a sign on the door proclaimed that the restaurant had closed permanently.
When everyone had gathered the group decided to give the Fish Market on Highway 31 in Hoover a try. Betty Gunn called to make arrangements and shortly we all gathered there. The food and service were delightful and they provided a separate room for our dining.
We decided to go back there next month for our December get together. We would like for any and all retired ministers and spouses in the Birmingham to join us. Please contact Betty Gunn at 940-9392 so we can provide an accurate count to the restaurant.
 
Revs. Mike and Barbara Harper attended the First Tuesday Lunch Bunch gathering for the first time on Tuesday, November 1.
 
If you have information for the Retiree News, please click on my name at the top of this article on the web page and email it to me.

Retiree News October 13, 2011

By: Jesse Shaddix on 10/13/2011
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Fall ARMS Meeting at Sumatanga

The Fall ARMS meeting was held at Camp Sumatanga on Tuesday, September 11, 2011. During the meeting the Nominations Committee presented nominations for a new slate of officers. The only officer to remain for another term was Treasurer, Jim Napp. The new officers elected were: Gordon McKinney, President; Herb Williamson, Vice-president; and Sue Saxon, Secretary.
 
ARMS Officers from left. Gordon McKinney, Herb Williamson, Sue Saxon, Jim Napp
 
During the meeting we remembered those clergy and spouses who have died since Annual Conference. Those were: Mrs. Sherry N. Earl, Mrs. Winnie Havens, Mrs. Willie Smith, Rev. Bill Wright, Rev. Dr. Bill Davis, Rev. Sam Graham, Rev. Bill Hitt, Mrs. Ellen Pilkinton, Rev. Bradley Tidwell, Rev. Thomas Buel Gladney, Mr. Joel Smith, Mrs. I. N. Brown.
Don Neal brought greetings from the Board of Superannuate Homes. We currently have 130 units of which 122 are occupied. Units on Smith Street in Huntsville that were damaged by a falling tree have been repaired and remodeled. Instead of 900 sq/ft models they are now 1500 sq/ft models with two car garages. They are almost ready for occupancy. If you know someone interested in retiring to the Huntsville area, have them contact Don at the office.
Rev. Paul Messer, newly appointed Camp Pastor gave the program around his years as missionary to Senegal. It was a very interesting program with numerous pictures of the areas of ministry around Dakar, the principle city of Senegal; a city or about 3 million residents. Senegal is about 85% Muslim and about 15% Christian and other religions. It is located on the west coast of Africa and is a former French Province. It is now a free democracy with freedom of religion. Apparently the Christians and Muslims live a relatively peaceful co-existence.
 
Rev. Paul Messer, Camp Pastor
 
After the program the camp cafeteria served a wonderful fish meal and those present fellowshipped around the table.
 

First Tuesday Lunch Bunch Met October 4.

The First Tuesday Lunch Bunch met Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at Richard’s Barbeque on Acton Road in Vestavia. There were 27 present. Mrs. Ellinor Butterly was in attendance but she will soon be moving to Greenville, SC to live near her daughter. We will meet again on November 1. For more information or to register to attend, please call Betty Gunn at 940-9392 We would love to have you join us.
 
Gordon McKinney and his daughter Amanda Hawkins from Texas.
 
Naomi Williams, absent due to illness was back with her daughter Sandy Litkenhous
 
Bob and Mary Archibald are now living in Homewood.

Retiree News 9/16/2011

By: Jesse Shaddix on 9/16/2011
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On Tuesday, September 6, 23 of our retirees and spouses gathered at Richard's Barbecue for lunch. Below are some interesting photos from the event.

Bill Gunn surrounded by Paul Owne and Paul Messer, Camp Sumatanga Pastor who was with us for the first time.

Bill and Sue Saxon were back after a 2 month absence while Bill recovered from knee replacement.

Ellen Barrett was celebrating her birthday with Betty Williamson and Emily Kitchens.

Ice Cream Social

Susie Knedlik asked that we invite all retired clergy and their spouses to the Second Annual Preacherplex Ice Cream Social on Thursday, September 29, at 6:00p.m. You may bring Ice Cream, toppings, finger food desserts and a chair if you wish, or just bring yourself and prepare to have a great time! Drinks, bowls,spoons and napkins are provided.

Location of the party is on Kentucky Avenue between the parking lot of Vestavia Hills UMC vans and Ostrosky's Hair Salon.

RSVP to Norma Owen 823-4842, Joan Knapp 607-7967, or Susie Knedlik 399-6676.

Fall Meeting for ARMS
The ARMS Fall Meeting will be on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at Camp Sumatanga. Starting with coffee at 9:45 AM, the meeting will be from 10:00 AM until 12:00 Noon, when lunch will be served. Reservations should be made with Regina Ergle, Office of Superannuate Homes, 898 Arkadelphia Road, Birmingham, AL 35204. The cost is $12.00 per person. Your reservation needs to be made by October 3, 2011 so the number can be given to Sumatanga. Emails and letters of invitation to those without email have been sent.
 
A special program at ARMS for the Fall Meeting will be brought by Reverend Paul Messer, Camp Sumatanga Chaplain and recently returned missionary. He will bring us a program about his years spent as a missionary in Africa, which should be interesting and timely. If you received Paul’s emails during his stay in Africa, you know Paul highlights his experiences in a special and personable way. Please come and bring a friend. Carpooling saves on that gas expense. If you have any questions, please call Regina at (205) 226-7968 or 1-800-239-7950.

Retiree News 08/08/2011

By: Jesse Shaddix on 8/8/2011
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August saw a big change for the First Tuesday Lunch Bunch. Our former watering hole, Dale’s of Vestavia, has closed because of lease negotiations that did not work out. As a result Betty Gunn and Joree Vance took on the task of finding a new meeting place in a hurry. Through recommendations from others, they settled on Richard’s Barbeque on Acton Road in Vestavia. The word got around rapidly and on August 2nd we had 22 in attendance. Everyone congratulated the leaders on their choice, and we agreed to meet there again for September. The pictures show the restaurant which is across from the AAA Office and the Kirkland Clinic, and a few of the attendees at the August meeting.
Everyone is invited, indeed encouraged to join us there as we meet again on September 6th. Contact Betty Gunn (205-940-9392) or Joree Vance (205-824-81840 for information or to acknowledge your intent to join us.

At our July meeting Jesse and Linda Shaddix brought two of their grandchildren, Marissa & Tyler Newman, who were visiting with them for about a month during Summer vacation.

Retiree News June 6, 2011

By: Jesse Shaddix on 6/6/2011
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Bishop and Mrs. Fannin as well Bishop and Mrs. Willimon joined the Association of Retired Ministers and Spouses (ARMS) for the annual luncheon at Annual Conference in Madison on June 3. The luncheon was held at lunch this year so that more retirees could be afforded the opportunity to attend. We had 136 in attendance.

 

We had 21 new retirees added to our group of retirees this Annual Conference. Pictured in picture 1 (-r) are: Ed Soule, Bobby and Lorna Green, Sally and Regan Brown, Tex and Regina Ergle, Ken and Jane Smith. Pictured in picture 2 (l-r) are:Rich and Cindi Patsios, Ben and Carol Padgett, and Warren and Bonita Wilder. Those who retired but are not pictured include: Tom Duley, Joe Elmore, Jr., Sam Hardie, III, Beverly Ann Hynes-Grace, R. Franklin Johnson, Kieth Murner, Melody Florence Traylor, David Sherman Wallace, Ronald Gilbreath, John Briscoe, Jr., James R. Wood, Roger Dale McCrary, and Margaret Anne Whitsett.

Rev. Bobby Scales lifted those who have died since our last Annual Conference and their families in prayer. Those are: (Clergy) Barry H. Anderson, James Elton Beasley, Oscar David Eddleman, Marvin Edmonson, Henry Ford, Jr., Charles Gilbert, Ernest Ray Goodwin, Thurston E. Hamby, II, Charles Philip Howell, Rex Alan Manasco, William E. Milstead, Samuel D. Pickard, Al Reaves, Clarence Rice, O. J. Ridgeway, Ernest H. Smotherman, Kenneth Ray Street, and William D. Wells, Sr. (Spouses) Martha P. Burnham, Betty Clark, Minnie Doss, Margaret Van Cleave Handley, Robbie L. Holcomb, Yvonnia Johnson, Calvin Lambert, Georgia Hollis McCain, Diane McCrary, Winnie Murphree, Shelvey Parker, Frances Railey, Willene H. Ray, Louise H. Scott, Altrue J. Stewart, Jessmer Glenn Terry, Inez Wallace, Marilyn Warlick, and Jackie L. Williams.

The Fall meeting of ARMS will be held at Camp Sumatanga at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 11, 2011. We look forward to seeing each of you there. Just a reminder; dues were raised to $10 per person last year. Dues can be paid at any of the ARMS meetings or forwarded to the treasurer, Rev. Jim Napp at 2036 Kentucky Ave., Vestavia Hills, AL 35216.

Annual Conference will return to Birmingham Southern for the 2012 session.

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