July 11, 2012
In This Issue:
Last month the Shelby County Reporter featured a story on the Feed My Sheep food pantry ministry of Calera First UMC. The food pantry ministry is part of a larger outreach objective the congregation adopted two years ago of “no more needy children” in Calera. The church started working toward this objective by first building relationships with teachers in local schools. The news article explains, “Teachers were lifted up in prayer and encouraged. They...
Church incorporates technology in new worship experience This article was posted on the web site of the Sand Mountain Reporter on June 15, 2012. Hewett Memorial United Methodist Church normally has two services: a contemporary service and a traditional service. However, churchgoers participated in a new kind of worship experience, called Hewett Live 2.0, Sunday. The event brought everyone together in one service that incorporated use of modern technology in an effort to...
On Sunday, June 10, 2012 Vestavia Hills UMC’s contemporary service, New Traditions celebrated the ministry of Sue Strozier and Mary Ann Harris. These two women have volunteered their time and gifts each week for six years to adorn the altar and worship space for the Sunday morning service. Sue and Mary Ann both are incredibly creative and artistic. Each Sunday the worshipers are greeted with a feast for the eyes, the gospel told through images. Each week they turned a multi-purpose...
On Friday, June 29, 2012, someone at the UMCOR Sager Brown Depot (the headquarters for UMCOR’s relief-supply operations) contacted the North Alabama Disaster Warehouse in Decatur requesting 300 Cleaning Buckets for the flooded parts of Florida due to Tropical Storm Debby. Volunteers gathered in the extreme heat and loaded the supplies that afternoon to be shipped to Live Oak, Florida. The supplies arrived on Sunday afternoon. As the shipment began to move south on Friday...
When a woman from Ecuador involved in “Sazon para el Alma” had brain surgery, volunteers from the local United Methodist church that hosts the program supported Marianna Tandayamo and her daughter, Jessica, with meals, transportation, prayer, and other support. The program, which means “Seasoning for the Soul” in English, is a project of PlumbLine Fellowship, a multicultural new church start within Narbeth United Methodist Church, located in a suburb of...
Recently Discovery UMC in Hoover (South Central District) helped the community say thank you to its teachers. In May, the church had a booth at “Celebrate Hoover Day.” The booth allowed residents to stop and decorate cards of thanks for the city’s teachers. Those cards were later attached to water bottles and delivered to the area schools by church volunteers. They estimated more than 1000 participated in this project of appreciation. After the delivery,...
From maintenance to mission On June 26, Bishop William H. Willimon and several members of the cabinet met with some of the clergy members who entered into ministry and into leadership in the conference within the past eight years. About fifty clergy gathered together at the Conference Center at Birmingham-Southern College and discussed the state of the Annual Conference at the close of Bishop Willimon’s tenure in North Alabama. As the group reflected upon the changes in...
The conference will officially open on Wednesday, July 18, 2012, with worship at 9 a.m. The newly elected Bishops will be consecrated on Friday, July 20, 2012, at 10 a.m.
The SEJ Committee on Episcopacy will host a process to allow delegates to become better acquainted with episcopal nominees on Tuesday, July 17.
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Business session and worship services will be streamed online live. Go to www.lakejunaluska.com/streaming to watch!
This year the North Alabama Conference will send nineteen mission teams to Central America to the second poorest nation in our hemisphere -- Honduras.
The Alabama Honduras Medical Education Network (AHMEN), a Conference Advance Special, is sponsoring a container going to Honduras to the churches with whom the mission teams ministered this year. AHMEN is celebrating its tenth year in the Christmas Shoe Box Ministry. You and Your Congregation can help.
All shoe boxes are the same size and furnished by AHMEN. The cost for shipping is $3.50.
AHMEN is furnishing the shoe boxes so that each child receives the same size box. Please try to fill each shoe box. Please do not over fill a box as this can hamper shipment!
Printed on the boxed are the manifest form, please fill out with a Sharpie magic marker indicating whether it is for a boy or girl and their age. It needs to list what you have in the box. In addition the Customs Declaration form that needs to be filled out.
Once the box has been filled, place $3.50 in an envelope and tape it to the shoe box OR send one check for the whole group that should be made payable to AHMEN. (Alabama Honduras Medical Education Network.) $1.75 of this amount helps get the shipment of boxes to the missionary in Honduras. The other $1.75 helps the missionary pay the cost of getting the boxes distributed throughout Honduras.
Suggested Gifts for Honduras Shoe Boxes
All liquids should be in a zip lock bag. Items marked with ** MUST be in a separate zip lock bag
DEADLINE to have shoeboxes at the Decatur Disaster Warehouse (3220 Hwy 31 South, Building F, Decatur, AL 35603) is October 8, 2012. This will allow time for the boxes to be cased, manifested, shipped, clear customs and be distributed to children throughout Honduras for Christmas.
For more information contact Ray Crump at RayLCr@aol.com or call (256) 642-1759.
July 18-20, 2012
Lake Junaluska, NC
A Jurisdictional Conference happens every 4 years primarily to elect and assign Bishops.
The conference also has the powers and duties:
For more information visit http://www.sejumc.org/jurisdictional-conference/
July 24, 2012
Coordinator: Donna Glenn
North Alabama Conference Cooperative School of Christian Mission Children’s One Day Mission Event
This one day event is designed to introduce children entering 1st grade through 8th grade to needs of mission and how they can be a part of meeting that need.
The Girl Under the Bridge:Stories of Poverty and Hope for Children
Registration/Sign In: 9:00 – 10:00 AM
Event: 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Cost per child: $15 includes lunch, snacks, and all supplies.
Each child should bring one Non-perishable item for hands-on mission
There will be study, crafts, music, and other fun activities to fill the day. We strive to give the children an awareness of missions at home and around the world, and how they can fit into that ministry.
In order that we meet safety standards we ask that there be one adult for each 5 children. There is no activity fee for adults but we do ask for $5 for lunch. Babysitting will be available for younger children upon request.
Start Date 7/27/2012
End Date 7/29/2012
Coordinator: Tanya Richards
Coordinator Email: email@example.com
North Alabama Conference Cooperative School of Christian Mission
Children’s Mission Camp
At Children’s Mission Camp 1st – 9th graders will participate in the United Methodist Women’s nationally endorsed children’s curriculum and this year’s study is The Girl Under the Bridge: Stories of Poverty and Hope for Children.
In addition the children will be able to take advantage of all that Camp Sumatanga has to offer: swimming, hiking, crafts, singing and learning about nature. Experienced counselors, who love children, lead the camp and are with the children at all times.
Registration begins at 1:00 PM, Thursday, July 26.
Camp will end after lunch on Sunday, July 29.
The schedule consists of class time, crafts, recreation, theme related activities, and worship. There are also special events such as campfires, marshmallows, movies, and games.
Space is limited to 50 children. 1st – 3rd graders will room together, 4th – 6th graders will room together and 7th ~ 9th graders will room together.
Cost and Scholarship Information:
Many churches offer full or partial scholarships for summer camp; we also have scholarships provided for the camp thru July 15 by United Methodist Women and the North Alabama Conference. Please don’t let the cost stop your child from participating.
Payment must be included with the application form. Health forms and a checklist for what to bring will be sent to you with your confirmation.
August 9-10, 2012
Christ Church United Methodist
5091 Caldwell Mill Road
Coordinator: Willow Creek Association
Christ Church United Methodist is the Birmingham regional host site for the Global Leadership Summit on August 9--10, 2012. This is Willow Creek Association’s annual world-class leadership event broadcast from the Willow Creek campus near Chicago. As a host site for this event, we truly believe the Summit to be one of the most accessible and affordable opportunities for leadership development available anywhere.
As each local church and our annual conference engage in the priority of developing Effective Leadership for the 21st Century, the Global Leadership Summit offers a high caliber lineup for equipping and developing high impact leaders. To attend this two day event, a participant will usually pay $249.00. However.........
All United Methodist Churches in the North Alabama Conference may attend the Birmingham host site for a special discount rate of $209.00 per individual. Go to the Willow Creek's Global Leadership Summit registration site at www.willowcreek.com/events/leadership/reg1.asp?event_id=EV-LSS1208-MAIN-245 After arriving at the site, plug in the code TGLS12DAS in order to get the discount.
August 23-25, 2012
Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center
Lake Junaluska,North Carolina
Coordinator: Rev. Carl Arrington, Director African-American Ministries
Coordinator Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Strong Black Woman: REjoicing Together in God's Abundant Grace
African-American Women's Leadership Conference, August 23-25, 2012, Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center --
The women's leadership conference is open to all women - lay and clergy, from young adult to the young-at-heart and beyond. It will be from the unique perspective of what it means to live faithfully as Christians from an African-American female perspective.
Leadership includes: Dr. Sheron Patterson, Rev. Candace Lewis, Dr. Bernice Williams Kirkland, and Lucinda Laws, Kendra Ross, and Christal Brown-Gibson
Early registration: $99; Registration after June 30: $119; 1.3 CEU: $10
Check the website at www.lakejunaluska.com/african-american-women for more information.
August 25, 2012
1400 Oxmoor Rd
Coordinator: Clay Farrington
Coordinator Email: email@example.com
Join us this August as we offer an outstanding array of seminars that help you make youth ministry as easy as apple pie. With so many students filling up on ministry experiences around the globe it can be hard to stay current. But we want to show you how to make youth ministry your bread and butter before you become toast.
Click here to see a listing of upcoming special events and celebrations at local North Alabama United Methodist Churches.