Oct. 31, 2012
In This Issue:
ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill. (UMNS) — The top court of The United Methodist Church has upheld church rules that ensure security of appointment for elders and associate clergy members, striking down legislation passed by the denomination’s lawmaking assembly last spring. The church’s General Conference, meeting in Tampa, Fla., had approved on May 1 a much-debated piece of legislation that would have deleted language in the church’s Book of Discipline ensuring security...
A sunny fall afternoon was the perfect time to pay a visit to the Office of the President of Birmingham-Southern College, especially with a check for $16,000 in hand. Dr. Gloria Holt and Dr. Neal Berte, representing the Committee on Episcopacy of the North Alabama Conference, were delighted to visit Gen. Charles Krulak last week to make the presentation on behalf of the entire Conference. North Alabama churches, districts, and individuals generously contributed to a fund...
The North Alabama Conference Historical Society held its fall meeting on October 13 at Sylacauga First UMC. A presentation of the history of the church was given by church historian Bettye Lessley, and the life story of Johannes "John" Dressler was given by his three children with the help of the Sylacauga Church Choir, under the direction of Chris Phillips. Theo Dressler began with an introduction to his father's birth and boyhood until the time his...
There's nothing like 3,000 pumpkins to get your church noticed. Saint Mark UMC in Birmingham received the huge shipment for their annual fundraiser, the Pumpkin Patch, earlier this month. Proceeds benefit the church's Mexico Mission Team, which travels each year to build two or three houses and teach Bible study to the children of Rio Bravo. According to Saint Mark member John Gaston, who has been leading the trip for 12 years, the money raised will be used for supplies...
Thanks Be to God! Highlands UMC's Homecoming was truly a wonderful day. Around 150 friends and church members attended. One special guest was charter member Jewell Long Wonders. Former pastor Rev. Rod Morgan preached, and brought Andrea and Corey along. Several more former pastors were there with family members, including Bill and Sue Saxon, Ira and Nedra Laney with Jessica, Sudie and family, Marjorie Palmer, Donna Risberg Johnson,...
Other than joint UMW projects with Harpersville UMC, Vincent First UMC had not adopted any mission projects in the last few years. Most mission emphasis had been reserved for individuals in need in or around the Vincent community. October 2012 has been different. On October 7, VUMC joined AHMEN in the Christmas Shoebox Ministry to the children of Honduras. Spurred and coached by Ivan, Joy and Pam Greene of Wilsonville UMC, the congregation packed 40 boxes to ship to Honduras. Mr....
How do you turn around a declining church? That is the great challenge facing many congregations here in the North Alabama Conference. To turn a church around, the congregation must first be turned from "inward" on themselves to "outward" into the community. Call it out-of-the-box, unorthodox, unconventional, or simply "Rethink Church," but some believe we must stop going to church and start being the church. On September 30, Haven Memorial...
The United Methodist Church is in action responding to Hurricane Sandy. Our response effort to this disaster will continue for a long time.
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Nov. 3, 2012
Start Time 9:00 a.m.
End Time 12:00 noon
Sylacauga First UMC
105 East Spring Street
Coordinator: Debby Webb
Coordinator Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev. Barbara Day Miller, Associate Dean of Worship and Music at Candler, will lead a workshop geared toward enhancing the experience of congregants as they seek to worship Christ. Pastors, worship teams and leaders of churches are invided to participate in this practical training event. Rev. Day Miller also teaches practical liturgics and directs the Candler Singer. She is the author of Encounters with the Holy:A Conversational Model for Worship Planning (Alban Institute, 2010) and The New Pastor's Guide to Leading Worship (Abingdon Press, 2005)
There is no cost for this event, but please let us know if you are going to attend and how many people you are bringing with you.
Nov. 7-9, 2012
Start Time 6:00 p.m.
End Time 1:00 p.m.
Sumatanga Camp & Conference Center
3616 Sumatanga Road
Contact: Chrystal Smith
Coordinator Email: email@example.com
Soul Keeping is a 48 hour experience of silence for rest and renewal; an extended conversation with God. Designed to help you slow down, step away from the business and the noise, and be truly present in our lives. Soul Keeping offers participants a chance for physical and spiritual renewal through stillness and silence, guided prayer experiences, healing movement exercises, hiking, hammocking, reading, journaling, and great food.
More information at www.sumatanga.org
Nov. 15, 2012
Start Time 9:30 a.m.
End Time 3:30 p.m.
8089 Wall Triana Hwy
WE INVITE YOU TO AN EVENT THAT WILL CHANGE THE WAY YOU DO MINISTRY FOREVER! From Information transmission to transformation Is your church an information transmission expert or a transformational specialist? Many of us in church ministry realize there is lot of information being dispensed; sermons, bible studies, small groups, prayer meetings, personal devotions, podcasts and lots more. The question is this; for all the information we give out how much growth is really experienced? Are disciples really being formed? Is the world really being transformed? The mission statement of the United Methodist Church has the word “transformation” in it. But what exactly is that? We want to invite you to a one day event that has the potential to change the way to do ministry forever.
Dr. Ron Martoia is a transformational architect. His passion is helping people, and the organisms they serve, design, build and experience revolutionary change. Over the last 10 years Ron has spoken to over 30,000 leaders in conference settings from Catalyst to Willow Creek. His area of expertise is spiritual formation and cultural trends and how to respond to them so the church can experience greater effectiveness.
November 15, 2012
Crosswinds Church, 8089 Wall Triana Hwy Harvest, AL 35749
10.00-3.30 conference (lunch is included)
Pastors, staff and key laypeople. That is what it will take to create a revolution of transformation...the more people the more conversation to take back to your church
Early Bird Special $69 / per person up until November 2.
After November 2 $89 / person
Team discount early bird by Nov 2, four people from the same church $250… each additional $60/person
Registration CLOSES NOVEMBER 14th
Payment is by Paypal. Make payment to account name firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note in the payment the name(s) for the registration.
Nov. 29 - Dec. 1, 2012
Trevecca Nazarene University
Coordinator: Center for Youth Ministry Training
Proclaiming scripture to youth in a digital age.
The Center for Youth Ministry Training (CYMT) is hosting a conference at the end of November called Text 2 Speech which is about bringing the gospel to life in a digital age particularly so that youth and young adults can better hear it and accept it.
Featured speakers - Kenda Creasy Dean, Mike King, Dave Ward, and Olu Brown
$85 general admission before October 25th - $105 after October 25th.
Register at txt2speech.org
Nov. 29- Dec. 1, 2012
Coordinator: The Rev. Dr. Carl Arrington
Coordinator Email: email@example.com
Register today at www.lakejunaluska.com/multicultural
Scholarships available soon. Contact 828.454.6697 for more information.
The 2012 Multicultural Conference will explore the changing racial, ethnic and cultural demographics of our country that are moving towards a population that is majority racial-ethnic. In light of this fast-approaching demographic change, how do we create a church in which all people feel welcome? This conference will provide thought-provoking cultural competency training for clergy and laity, enhancing their ability to serve as leaders within diverse churches and changing communities.
Participants will experience this training through a mixture of plenary sessions, workshops, powerful and inspiring worship services and motivating speakers, all of which will empower the participants to embrace the principles learned at the conferences and put them into action in their local churches and communities, thereby "Creating a Church for All People."
Start Time 6 p.m.
End Time 4:30 p.m.
Gardendale-Mt. Vernon UMC
805 Crest Drive
Coordinator: Sheila Freeman
Coordinator Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contagious is an event designed for children's leaders and volunteers in churches of any size and any denomination. Bring your children's ministry team to join in team building, networking, worship, breakout sessions of your choice, VBS curriculum preview from at least two different companies, and much more.
Contagious 2013 is designed with the bi-vocational and volunteer children’s minister in mind. The schedule begins on Friday evening and ends early enough Saturday to get you home before bedtime. However, if you want even more, there are two Early-bird workshops this year. These workshops are free if you register before November 15. After that date, you can still attend for a fee of $20 each.
For a schedule and detailed event information, click here.
Registration Cost & Dates:
All other participants from the same church will be only $10 each.
Click here to see a listing of upcoming special events and celebrations at local North Alabama United Methodist Churches.