North Alabama to hold General and Jurisdictional Conference delegate elections at 2014 Annual Conference
The 2016 General Conference, the top policy-making body of the United Methodist Church and the only body that officially speaks for the denomination, will meet in Portland, Oregon, on May 10-20, 2016. The 2016 General Conference will consist of approximately 850 delegates from all over the world who will vote on petitions and resolutions and revise the Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church. Each annual conference is allotted an equal number of lay and clergy delegates to...
Ethnic Ministries Grant Awards Dinner: You are Invited to this Celebration
You are invited to a time of celebration as North Alabama Conference Ethnic Ministries award grants to the recipients of the 2013 Congregation Growth Grant and honor Rev. Charles and Mrs. Wynnett Lee and Mrs. Maudine Holloway for their exemplary service.
Mrs. Maudine Holloway is founder and Executive Director of Community Enabler Developers in Anniston, Cheaha District and founder of the Sable Center in Hobson City. In 2008, she was featured in the New World Outlook for her work in...
UMC #GivingTuesday coming on Dec. 3
If you are like me, I often begin to ask questions about being a member of the body of Christ while spending hundreds of dollars during the holidays: standing in lines on Black Friday, spending too much, often buying for myself as well, particularly after seeing so much need in the world.
This year, however, we together have an opportunity to make an impact.
For one day only, on December 3, 2013 I want to invite you to UMC #GivingTuesday...
Canterbury UMC challenges congregation to embrace Disciple Bible Study
Our realtor looked at me and asked, “What church do you plan on attending?”
“Why?” I asked.
“Because that's where you'll need to find a home.”
My husband always tells me that I start in the middle of the story. You see, where I come from people do not ask strangers this type of question. I am from New Jersey, and my family comes from Montana (thank you Prairie Home Companion for helping the rest of the world understand Lutherans). In...
Grant Applications Due in January for Local Church Racial/Ethnic Ministries
Applications for grants up to $10,000 to help local United Methodist churches build ministries that strengthen and support racial and ethnic church concerns are due on Jan. 15.
Racial Ethnic Local Church Concerns (RELCC) grants from the General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) will be available for each year of the current quadrennium.
“The GBOD board of directors will act on the submissions for 2013 at their regularly scheduled meeting in March,” said Cheryl Walker,...
UMCOR Grant Meets Emergency Needs in Philippines
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) approved an emergency grant in response to Super Typhoon Haiyan, a category 5 storm, which barreled through the Philippines on Friday, November 8.
The $97,000 grant will provide emergency food, water, and water purification tablets to 7,500 individuals (or 1,500 families) in Tacloban City, Leyte Province, an area worst hit by the typhoon. To ensure that food is delivered in a timely fashion, it has been UMCOR’s strategy to...
Churches help lead toward North Alabama Conference Imagine No Malaria goal
During Annual Conference 2013, North Alabama United Methodists committed to work together to help save 100,000 lives through raising $1 million for Imagine No Malaria, a comprehensive model to fight the disease focusing on prevention, education, communication and treatment. It is an extraordinary ministry of the people of The United Methodist Church to join with others to end preventable deaths by malaria in Africa.
Every 60 seconds, malaria claims a life in Africa. It kills an estimated...
United Methodist Children's Home welcomes new board members
Ten new community leaders across Alabama have been elected to the United Methodist Children’s Home (UMCH) Board of Directors. New members Charlie Adair, Glenda Allred, Lawson Bryan, Carol Flowers, Beth Hamer, John Miller, Donald Price, Patrick Quinn, Lori B. Robertson, and Brian Rodgers bring diverse expertise and proven leadership skills that will assist UMCH in serving hundreds of hurting families and children across Alabama and Northwest Florida.
“We are so fortunate...
Apply Now for Grants from Young Clergy Initiative
Applications for Young Clergy Initiative grants to develop innovative projects of all sizes that could attract young people to ordained ministry in The United Methodist Church can be submitted beginning Nov. 1 through www.explorecalling.org/yci/grant.
“There are places in our denomination where imaginative ideas are percolating and good, effective work is being done around young people’s discernment of a vocation in ordained leadership. The goal of the grant process is to...
St. Mark UMC staff dress as Wizard of Oz characters for Fall Festival
On Wednesday, October 30, 2013, the staff of St. Mark UMC in Northport, welcomed the children and families that are enrolled in the Noah’s Ark Preschool Program wearing full costumes depicting The Wizard of Oz. Pictures were made with children as they arrived for their day of fun and fellowship.
The characters represented were Tin Man (Rev. Byron Fair), Scarecrow (Ellis Houston), The Lion (Jacob Tucker), Glinda (Summer Cockrell), The Wicked Witch (Samantha Mahloch), Dorothy...
New full-color memoir of Sumatanga now available
For six decades, Camp Sumatanga has played an important role in the lives of many North Alabama United Methodists. A new 200 page, full-color, hardback memoir called Rest and Vision features images and memories of the first 60 years of Sumatanga.
Within the pages of this new 9 inches x 12 inches coffee-table style book are 1,000 images and 20 specially authored “reflections” which set the stage for the images in the various chapters and sections. In addition, each book comes...
Contagious 2014! event for children's ministry workers will equip, empower and encourage local church ministry
Children’s ministry workers play an important role in the life of local churches. Each year the North Alabama Conference Children’s Connexion team offers an event to not only strengthen local church children’s ministries but also to equip, empower and encourage the adults who play a vital role in the discipleship of our youngest United Methodists.
Contagious 2014! will be Jan. 31- Feb. 1, 2014, at ClearBranch UMC. The training event is designed for children's...
An Update to the Conference Background Check Process
The Connectional Ministries Office of the North Alabama Conference announces improvements in how background checks are processed through its office. The following enhancements allow churches to have greater control of the background check process, as well as providing a more efficient means of clearance for conference events.
In the spring of 2013, the Connectional Ministries staff discovered that the background checks previously being run were not consistent with the Conference’s...
Advocacy for Social Justice Blog: Alabama Immigration Law gutted by courts
The North Alabama Conference Advocacy for Social Justice Team writes a regular blog. This week's entry reflects on Alabama’s settlement agreement regarding the state’s 2011 immigration law.
Alabama Immigration Law gutted by courts
In June of 2011, Alabama passed HB 56, a law that both supporters and opponents called the toughest immigration law in the country. Law sponsor Micky Hammond stated that the law was designed to make life unlivable for undocumented...
'Grateful to God' for Kenya mall experience
NOTE: Scott Gilpin, Executive Director for Fund Development for the United Methodist Board of Discipleship, lives in Birmingham, Alabama. Scott currently serves as the Chairperson of the Sumatanga Board of Trustees
Nairobi, Kenya, Sept. 21, 2013
Saturday traffic in Nairobi is usually terrible, and this day was no exception. The main road was essentially a parking lot, and Scott Gilpin was running late. He just needed to pop into the mall to pick up some computer equipment and meet a...
Talladega Cluster Encouraged to "Count Up the Cost"
The Talladega Cluster of the Cheaha District gathered on September 29, 2013, for a 5th Sunday Service and Singing at New Hope UMC. The 5th Sunday services have grown increasingly popular within this small community, and the sanctuary was filled.
First, each individual choir performed a song or two. Then, members from all attending congregations who sang in the Afternoon of Praise in August gathered to sing "Jerusalem, with Holy City," a crowd favorite. The musical portion of...
2016 General Conference to see drop in delegates
The 2016 General Conference in Portland, Ore., will have about 15 percent fewer delegates than recent gatherings of The United Methodist Church’s top lawmaking body.
The Commission on the 2016 General Conference on Friday, Oct. 18, voted 14 to 2 to set the target number of delegates at 850. That number is not exact. It could vary by a few people either direction to meet representation requirements under church law.
General Conference, which meets for nearly two weeks every four...
Central Conference Pension Initiative $25 Million Fundraising Goal Accomplished
The General Board of Pension and Health Benefits (GBPHB) today announced that the Central Conference Pension Initiative (CCPI) reached its $25 million challenge goal with a $217,000 “tithe” contribution from the General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) board of directors, making it possible to retire the fundraising initiative once all pledged contributions are received.
Following the contribution confirmation, GBOD General Secretary Karen Greenwaldt said, "What an honor it...
Progress Report on the Search for Sumatanga's Chief Professional
In May of this year, Trustees of Sumatanga hired Jan Thomas, one of the most respected camp and retreat professionals in United Methodism, to serve as Interim Executive Director for six months. Jan was charged to begin immediately making changes necessary to move our camp and retreat ministry forward. She has done a wonderful job, but her term ends in late October.
Immediately upon Jan’s arrival on campus, your governing board began a national search for an experienced,...
Jacksonville First UMC receives Charter Church Certificate
The Conference Commission on Archives and History presented the Charter Church Certificate to Jacksonville First UMC on Sept. 15, 2013.
The church was established in December 1832 and has served the community for 180 years. Pastor Rev. John Simmons and Mr. Floyd Tredaway, Historian, received the award from Secretary of the Conference Commission Mrs. Louise Woodall and Chairperson Nell Berry.
Mrs. Woodall attended this church while she was a student at Jacksonville Teacher’s...