June 23 - Supply Pastors Meet with District Superintendent
Time: 9:30 AM
Place: Southeast District Office
June 24 - Vigil for Unity
We will lift up prayers for challenges facing our communities:
Our new school and for our young people
Families affected by the Alabama immigration laws
Join us in an event for the whole family!
Diverse groups from the neighboring counties will gather together!
July 7 - Welcome Brunch for Moving Pastors
The Southeast District Program and Planning Team and the United Methodist Women will welcome new and moving pastors as they assume leadership in the 2012 appintment year.
Place: Trinity United Methodist Church
July 14 - Welcoming the Stranger Seminar
You are invited!
We are pleased to announce that Jenny Yang with the evangelical relief organization, World Relief will be leading a seminar on Immigration at Asbury UMC on July 14. Jenny has co-authored a book with Matthew Soerens titled, Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion and Truth in the Immigration Debate. This insightful and balanced book offers a distinctively Christian view of immigration. Jenny will be sharing what she has learned about the issue of immigration and how God calls us to respond in this hour.
Time: 9:00 am to Noon.
Where: Asbury UMC, 980 Hughes Road, Madison, AL 35758 – HOPE - Room 213/215
Cost – Free! – All are welcome Please register at http://yangimmigrationseminar.eventbrite.com
Questions – Call John Bailey at Asbury UMC 256-837-0365
Please invite your friends to come and learn more about this important topic facing us as Christians and citizens in the state of Alabama right now.
Here is a link to a short video of Jenny Yang teaching, http://vimeo.com/27126711
July 26 - Program & Planning Team Meeting
The Program and Planning Team will meet at the District parsonage, This is the organizing meeting for the 2012 - 2013 conference year. Time: 5:15 PM for cluster leaders and 6:00 PM for the full team.
July 26 - 28 -- North Alabama Conference Cooperative School of Christian Mission
Study Groups Include
• Immigration in the Bible
• Teaching Children: Poverty
• Teaching Youth: Haiti
Place: Camp Sumatanga. Click for more information.
Rev. Dee Dowdy extends a special invitation connected to the Study Group on Poverty:
Recently, I have been asked to teach a course on poverty for the upcoming Cooperative School of Christian mission. In preparing for this course, I have learned so much about the faces of poverty that are all around us. In fact, we may have many in our own churches that struggle to make ends meet. Furthermore, I have been reminded from my reading and from Rev. Mike Slaughter (our speaker at annual conference) that the Methodist church was originally a church of and for the poor. However, today most UMC’s are composed of individuals with adequate to substantial means.
This got me to thinking: maybe many of our churches are missing a huge opportunity to make disciples for Christ because we have not been following the scriptural mandate to help the poor. Therefore, when I teach this class, I will be focusing on how we as a church may better minister to the forgotten ones. We will be considering ideas that our churches could implement to help improve the lives of those who are “stuck” in the hopeless cycle of poverty and (in true Methodist tradition) offer them Christ.
So, I invite you to consider bringing several people (men can come too!) from your churches to this class which will be offered as part of the Cooperative School of Mission.
You can register for this and other courses by clicking here.